Mini Max Portable & Collapsible Stool – Quick Review

It’s a little bit weird for me to write this review because the oldest photo accessory I have is the Walkstool Comfort. I have used one for decades. It’s basically a portable stool. Since I spend so much time in the wild, just waiting on a bird, it’s nice to be able to take a load off.

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As I get older, having a portable stool with me extends the amount of time I can stay out shooting before I get tired.

After having spent decades with the Walkstool Comfort, I finally found something I like better. The Mini Max Portable & Collapsible Stool is an improvement over the old stool I used.

First let’s get to the stats…

Height: 17.7″(45cm) >> 12 positions
Seat dimensions: 10″(25cm) diameter
Maximum load: 400 lbs (180kg)
Weights: 3.1 lbs (1.3kg)
Strap length: 43″(110cm)
Warranty: 3 year

The problem with the Walkstool Comfort was that it could be hard to balance on uneven terrain. The Mini Max solves that problem with a simple, round, circular, base. It is much more stable on uneven ground.

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Walkstool Comfort

Another problem with the Walkstool Comfort can be the fact that you are merely sitting on a piece of cloth that stretches between the three legs. It can get to be uncomfortable. With the Mini Max you have a 10″ diameter seat, made of the same material many restaurant chairs are made of. It is called polyamide and it is a material known for its resistance and durability. It can resist all kinds of weather conditions and is also considered to be an environmentally friendly material. I find it easier to sit on for longer periods of time.

The way the Mini Max works is that you carry it around on your shoulder like a canteen (it is approximately the same size as an old Boy Scout canteen.) Then when you want to deploy it, you simply grab the two holes on top and pull/twist on the telescopic body of the stool. It is made from 120 segments that form together a strong and flexible basis while the optimal balance between weight, dimensions and strength is maintained.

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You can make it as high as 17.7″ or any height lower than that down to two inches. It fits in a suitcase or even a briefcase and can go anywhere.

The biggest advantage it has over the Walkstool Comfort is that it doesn’t sink into sand, or mud. I have only been using mine for a week, but I already can see it has greater utility.

Oh yeah, and the Mini Max costs a lot less than the Walkstool Comfort. At $49 the Mini Max is almost half the price of the larger Walkstool Comfort.

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There is only one drawback to the Mini Max but I am willing to live with it. It isn’t as tall as the  prefer the Walkstool Comfort. The old stool I had could be as high as 22″. If you are very tall, this is something you will need to consider. Otherwise, I have no caveats.

You can get your Mini Max at Hunt’s Photo & Video. It’s also the perfect holiday gift for any photographer.

Highly Recommended.


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