To continue on with The Incredible Shrinking Studio series, I needed a portable chair.
‘What?!’ I hear you screaming. Why on earth would I need a portable chair?
Believe it or not, I have run into a few situations where I have packed up my recording gear in a hurry and needed to work on some audio projects in a place where there was either no chair, nothing comfortable to sit on, or nothing at a good height for me to work at.
Also, I travel quite a bit (hence the portable studio) and am currently living in Tokyo, Japan; where space is at a premium.
Now, there are lots of portable stools, such as stuff from TravelChair, Coleman, and a slew of generic names. They’re mostly for outdoorsy stuff (you know… nature, camping, birdwatching, tail gating, etc) and I even went to a local REI and tried them all out.
They suck. Most of them are uncomfortable to sit on for more than 1 minute, are made of plastic parts or worse, and don’t support a lot of weight. Granted, I’m not a big dude, but I am brutal with a lot of my gear, so I like things to be of high-freaking quality and able to take a beating.
Enter, the Walkstool.
The Walkstool is made in Sweden. It is made from commercial grade anodized aluminum and has a heavy-duty nylon mesh seat. The Walkstool can hold up to 550 lbs. (250 kg, yeah, really… check the video at the bottom, it’s nuts). The Walkstool weighs about 800 grams (28 oz).
The Walkstool was originally designed for the electricians, service technicians and engineers. These workers needed a light, compact and heavy-duty stool they could carry in their tool bag and use on the job site on a daily basis and would continue to be awesome.
In a nutshell: The Walkstool kicks ass.
Folded up, it’s slightly larger than the width of my laptop, as you see in the pictures.
The Walkstool has telescoping legs which allows for two sitting positions, which you’ll see in a bit.
Here’s what it looks like when it’s unfolded and legs are telescoped out. And that nylon mesh seat? Damn comfortable. I sat in it for about 3 hours and my butt never fell asleep. That’s passing for me. It does feel a bit like you’re about to go on a bike race at first, but you get used to that when you realize you’re not pedaling.
Telescope those legs back in, and it still stands on its own. It still mystifies my mind when I look at it. I have no idea how it stands up either. But I use this position quite a bit, as I like to be slightly below my computer.
This angle makes it look lower than it is. But at this height, it drastically reduces the strain on my wrists while typing and mousing (carpal tunnel, tendonitis, etc. = immense, annoying pain, avoid at all cost).
The Walkstool also comes in a plethora of sizes (from 18 inches up to 30 inches standing (45 cm-75 cm) and backed by a 2 year warranty (not that you’ll need it).
For the record, I got the Walkstool Comfort 55cm/22in. It cost me $79 on Amazon. I have no affiliation with either. I’m just super satisfied and like the product a lot 🙂
And just for fun, here’s the video of a Volvo V50 on top of 4 Walkstools:
What’s next for the Incredible Shrinking Studio? I need just a little more screen real estate when composing/mixing, but I don’t want to lug around another monitor and I don’t want to use a power cable.
The solution? A USB-powered mini-monitor, coming up!
Happy New Year! Bring on 2011! Yeah!