I never would have bought this product. I hate the idea of carrying what appears to be a one use item. Simple Outdoor Designs was running a special when I purchased my Outsak through their website. If you bought an Outsak they would send you a free Adventure Seat. WTF is an adventure seat? I tossed it into my pile of backpacking gear and didn't give it a second thought. Then I decided to bring it along on a trip. It only weighs a few ounces and I was just looking for something to sit on. The Adventure Seat grew on me, fast. It looks like a useless product, but I assure you it is quite a wise investment.
As mentioned above I was not a fan of the product when I received it. Simple Outdoor Designs discovered yet another issue with backpacking in the Grand Canyon. During the winter months the rocks that we sit on suck the heat out of our bodies, creating for a very uncomfortable situation. During the Summer months the rocks absorb copious amounts of heat and also make the rocks uncomfortable. The simple solution? A insulating pad that is both lightweight and tough.
The Adventure Seat comes in various sizes depending on the size of your ass. The weight ranges from 2.3-4.9 ounces, depending on the size selected. Just like the Outsak bags, the Adventure Seat comes in a few different colors. The inside of the pad is a closed cell foam pad covered with a durable Cordura nylon. The seat is toped with a DWR finish to resist the elements and has a reflective strip to help locate it in the dark. The Adventure Seat is easily rolled up and stored in a side pocket of a backpack or stuffed flat into the interior. On one end of the seat there is a loop that allows the pad to be attached to anything, including your pants (more on this later).
Like I mentioned above I completely overlooked the usefulness of the Adventure Seat. Instead I purchased fancier, heavy alternatives that I eventually got rid of. This seat is the only one that has survived longterm. The simple, lightweight design has made the Adventure Seat one of my favorite backpacking items. I use the seat as intended on long hikes. The closed cell foam has insulated well against hot, cold, or wet rocks. The Cordura casing has restricted any damage and most dirt. When the seat gets too dirty I simply wash it with water and it restored. When the seat is rolled up it fits nicely in the side pocket of my backpacks. It also retains it's original shape after rolling, folding and stuffing many times. At windy camps I have found it useful to attach the pad to my belt loop with a small biner. Although you look like a dork your pad will never blow away, and is always right where you need it. The pad has also been useful for insulation when sleeping. I normally use a 3/4 length sleep pad and place my pack under my feet. As additional insulation I have found that the Adventure Seat works well directly under my feet. The seat is also excellent when sleeping in the hammock as it again insulated my feet if they become cold in the night. Aside from regularly using it backpacking, I normally take the seat for day hikes. It provides an acceptable amount of protection at a minimal amount of weight. The pad can be stuffed in a pack and you easily forget it is there till you need it. It does not require any setup, or have any moving parts that will break over time.
Yes you could just use a cut piece of closed cell foam as a makeshift Adventure Seat, but the durability of the Cordura shell is what really makes the pad shine. If you are looking for a multi-use seat that doesn't break the bank, the Adventure Seat is the answer. The attention to craftsmanship that Simple Outdoor Solutions applies, makes the seat a durable, long lasting, and lightweight product. With a wide selection of sizes and colors you can get a customized solution to your needs. Save your ass and get yourself an Adventure Seat, you won't be disappointed.
The Adventure Seat can be found at Simple Outdoor Solution's website.
*This product was acquired while purchasing the Outsak as a promotional offer.