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Take a seat. Whaddya mean, where? You could have one right there in your carry bag. Perhaps not the most ergonomic of chairs, the Grand Trunk Collapsible Micro Stool is nonetheless a fine alternative to standing. Just pull this little red stool out of its included 12-inch by 6-inch stuff sack, unfold, extend the aluminum legs, lock in, and plop down on the nylon seat. Expanded, the stool measures 9.5 inches by 9 inches by 10 inches high. It weighs just 10 ounces — and that includes the built-in mesh storage “shelf” under the seat. And it holds up to 250 pounds. No back support, but who gets so picky in a pinch?

Collapsible Micro Stool is $29.99 at

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