Sweetspot

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The Sweetspot strap chair is a clever little device…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (The awesome folks at Trailspace!)

Summary

The Sweetspot strap chair is a clever little device that allows a person to have back support when sitting on the ground, a bench, or trailside log. The design is so simplistic, it leaves the user wondering, "Why didn't someone think of this sooner?"

Pros

  • Provides back support
  • Comfortable
  • Packs down small (pocket size)
  • Lightweight
  • One size fits most
  • Another example of Cottage Industry innovation!

Cons

  • On my lanky, 6'2" frame, I max out the size adjustment
  • APPEARS uncomfortable (even though it's not)
  • Would like to find a multipurpose use for this item

Printed on my Sweetspot Chair is the company slogan, "Way Better Than Nothing." I have joked repeatedly on how Sweetspot's creators have set the bar pretty low on customer expectations with that slogan. However, this product is clever, simplistic, and waaaaay better than sitting in camp trying to balance yourself on a rock or sit pad!

As a facilitator of team building and adventure education, I spend several hours a week outdoors sitting quietly as my clients seek to solve the challenges I present to them. It is not uncommon for me to be perfectly still for up to an hour at a time. Before receiving the Sweetspot Chair, my options were to stand or lean against a tree. I can't carry a lawn chair with me, but keeping the Sweetspot in my cargo pocket is easy.

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As a man with arthritis in both his knees, I have found the Sweetspot Chair in no way aggravates that condition. I can sit comfortable for long periods of time.

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That is why I was very surprised when I first saw pictures of me sitting in the chair. I appear to be very uncomfortable. I assure you, this is far from the case.
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Until seeing the above pictures, I didn't realize I appear to be tied up. I have a 6'2" frame, and a 34" inseam. As such, I have to use the strap fully extended. I have seen other web photos where smaller-framed people can put their knees lower. I would love to try a Large-Tall version of this strap.

Appearances aside, not only do I find the Sweetspot to be comfortable, I appreciate that my hands are free to do what I need to do.


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In my field of work, having my hands free allows me to take notes or look through my processing/debriefing tools as the group solves the problem I've given them. Out backpacking, one can sit in the chair and read a book, cook supper, repair gear, and etc.


The chair compacts well and easily fits into a pocket.
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When I sit on the ground, I carry a small piece of foam pad (a scrap of Tyvek would be an option).

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The Sweetspot also provides back support when sitting on a log or rock (or bleachers at a school game). I actually find the lower the object is to the ground, the more effective the chair feels.
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At a mere 3.4oz, the Sweetspot is definitely worth throwing into your pack. What I would like to see is a way to make this item multipurpose. I spent a small amount of time unsuccessfully thinking of ways I could replace various straps with this item.

A few small grommets that could accept microbiners, like the Dutchware Ridgeline Biners, would definitely improve its versatility and keep it light. It would even be cool if Sweetspot worked with a UL backpack designer to combine the chair with the removable belt strap of a pack (wear it while hiking; unclip it when at camp to make a chair!).

I received the Sweetspot as a prize from Trailspace for being the January reviewer of the month. When I sat down to write my review this morning, I discovered Sweetspot's website is closed down. However, the product still has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweetspot-WAY-Better-Than-Nothing/187457294703704

Before running out and spending $30-$100+ on gadgets stamped with REI, NorthFace, or Therm-A-Rest, you owe it to yourself to check out this inexpensive, cottage-industry innovation!

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for letting us know that despite appearances this actually is very comfortable, Goose!


3 months ago
Ashleigh MODERATOR

Great review, Goose! I am glad you reviewed the Sweetspot, because I have never heard of these before. It is a really interesting concept. It looks really nice!


3 months ago
rob5073

Looks weird but if it works, what the heck!


3 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Thanks, guys. This is such a simple concept. In fact, in team building I often use a 30' piece of 1" Tubular Webbing to create a "Yurt Circle" for the group to sit in. This is just a personalize version, with adjustable buckles, and a wider back for comfort.


3 months ago
KiwiKlimber

I was interested enough to click the link to their Facebook page. It looks like that hasn't been updated in a year. I could be wrong, but it appears as if this company is done. Too bad, it looks like a neat little product.


3 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

UGH! You're right! I saw their last post as April 21, and I didn't bother with checking the year. I did wonder with the primary website being down. bummer. :(


3 months ago
FromSagetoSnow

Well even if we can't buy one we ought to be able to make our own.


3 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Yep. But these are well made. Good to "see" you, Sage. I thought last night that I hadn't seen you post recently.


3 months ago
Bill "L.Dog" Garlinghouse

This is cool. I've seen folks carrying devices that they stuffed a mattress pad into, and bits of foam pad - all seemed bulky and heavy for light backpacking. This looks like it could be comfortable around a campfire!


3 months ago
norockets

I'd like to make my own since they appear to have been out of business for a year or so. Do you mind posting the width and length of the webbing of your chair? Thanks.


3 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

I sent you a private message, norockets. For anyone else curious, the material is 6' long. Strap width is 2", except the part across the back expands to 3.5". If you were to make this, I would suggest a 6' piece of 3" Tubular Webbing tied with a water knot to the desired size.


3 months ago

Manufacturer's Description

 Sweetspot is a clever relaxation device for all humans who sit.

Sweetspot

MSRP:
$14.95

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