Sitpack ignites crowdfunding again. About a year after winning $336,000 for its Octo titanium carabiner multi-tool, the Danish company finds itself in the midst of an even more successful six-figure marketing campaign. This was designed for the Campster 2, a faster, lower version of the original ultraportable Campster.New iteration bag shrunk down to the size of a water bottle, except suit itself Rising smoothly in five seconds, and providing a comfortable place to plop the flesh and bones of a 300-pound (136-kg) man (or girl) anywhere on or off the map.
The Octo tool might seem like an anomaly for Sitpack, as the company has been very focused on making the act of sitting as portable and versatile as possible. It starts out as an ultra-compact deployable stool, then goes full-leg up and back-down with the original Campster.
An ultralight chair that can be carried to remote locations for long, isolated sittings, the original Campster was a mid-pandemic product if we ever saw one. Now that the pandemic is over, campers and adventurers don’t have to be as far from their cars or cabins and can afford a little extra weight.
The new Campster 2 adds about 1.2 pounds (544 grams) to the Campster, and the four-legged aluminum frame seems more stable than the original tripod mount. It also sits lower to the ground with a 12-inch (30.5-centimeter) seat height and has a squarer bucket seat reminiscent of other low-slung foldable chairs, such as those from the CLIQ. The lower height may or may not prove to be an advantage, depending on preference – we like lower chairs when using a dug-in fire pit, but taller chairs when using an above-ground fire pit or ring.
The Campster 2’s lower frame also helps with faster setup. The frame quickly unfolds and unfolds into shape, bringing with it the chair fabric. Goes from duffel to chair in just five seconds, twice as fast as the original Campster. When it’s time to move, the 3.2-pound (1.5-kg) Campster 2 can be packed into a 13.7-inch-long (35-cm) travel form, which Sitpack compares to the size of a 1.5-liter water bottle.
Sitpack is running a Campster 2 Kickstarter campaign, offering the chair for as low as the pledged price of $59. It also offers a $129 kit that includes accessories like an insulated seat cover for cold-weather warmth and a floor mat that attaches all four feet to keep them from sinking into sand or other soft surfaces. So far, the campaign has raised more than 20 times its goal, approaching $500,000. If all goes well, the company will begin shipping in July in the heart of the northern hemisphere summer.