Grand Trunk portable seating options for outdoor journalists and photographers

Grand Trunk Mantis Chair sitting next to a fire in the mountains

If you love exploring new places outdoors while gathering story content, photographing, and reporting, you probably find yourself constantly on the move. Grand Trunk’s team is dedicated to creating innovative outdoor products that can make your life easier and more enjoyable in the field. And a lot of Grand Trunk’s products come in handy for outdoor photographers and journalists. Below are two highly recommended seating options that are lightweight, versatile, and comfortable.

If you’re an outdoor photographer, you know that sometimes the best shots often require you to hike to remote locations or trek out into a field and wait, especially if you’re photographing wildlife. Having a way to sit down and take a load off can make a big difference in your comfort level. And if you’ve ever lugged out a traditional camping chair, you’ll highly appreciate the Grand Trunk Compass 360° Stool and the Alite by Grand Trunk Mantis chair

Compass 360° Stool

The Compass 360° Stool may become your new favorite travel companion. The first time I used it on a hill near my home in rural Montana observing and photographing elk, I was hooked. I found myself staying out longer than usual and not thinking about a stick poking into my leg or how I was going to move into position without making noise from crushing leaves. I love that the stool packs down smaller than a lot of camera lenses — 11 x 3 x 3 inches — and that it’s easy to tote with the built in carrying strap. 

But the best part about the stool is that it rotates a full 360 degrees, allowing you to move quietly in any direction. It adds an element of fun to your field experience and the stool allows you to quickly and easily change your angle of view so you don’t have to strain your neck or back to get the perfect shot. With a weight capacity of up to 250 pounds, you won’t have to worry about it collapsing under your weight or the weight of your gear. 

So, whether you’re a wildlife photographer looking to capture the perfect shot in the great outdoors or a landscape photographer looking for a comfortable seat to use on location along with your tripod, the Compass 360° Stool by Grand Trunk may be the perfect choice for you. It’s lightweight, portable, and comfortable, making it a must-have for any professional photographer who values quality equipment that can keep up with their demanding work.


  • 360° rotating swivel action
  • Low to the ground for added stability
  • Includes carry bag with integrated shoulder/hip sling
  • Super easy setup
  • Foam padded seat for added comfort
  • Lifetime Warranty

Tech Specs:

  • Weight: 1.0 lbs
  • Seat Height: 15 inches
  • Capacity: 330 lbs
  • Folded Dimensions: 11 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Setup Dimensions: 15 x 12.5 x 12.5 inches

Materials: 210D Ripstop Nylon, 7000 series aluminum frame

Alite by Grand Trunk Mantis Chair

As an outdoor journalist, you know how important being comfortable and prepared is for a successful field trip. You need to have the right gear with you, and that includes a good chair to rest on. That’s where the Alite by Grand Trunk Mantis chair comes in — a must-have for any outdoor journalist.

Picture this: you’ve been hiking for an hour and you just found the perfect spot to take a break and write some field notes in your journal. You sit down on a log, but it’s uncomfortable and unsteady. Your back starts to ache a little, and you can’t focus on your work. The Mantis chair solves this problem. Its sturdy frame and ergonomic design with a higher back give your back support, so you can sit comfortably, take your time and work efficiently.

The Mantis chair is also lightweight and compact — weighing in under 2 lbs. — so you can easily pack it in your backpack and carry it with you wherever you go. It’s also durable and made of high-quality materials, so you can trust it to withstand the rigors of the outdoors. And it’s versatile — you can use it for camping, hiking, fishing, or any other outdoor activity that requires a comfortable seat.

So if you’re looking for a lightweight chair that’ll give you a secure place to sit in the field, Alite by Grand Trunk Mantis chair could be a game-changer. 


  • Quick & easy setup thanks to the aluminum hub and pole system
  • Sits higher off the ground than our other chairs
  • 4 feet provide and strong and stable platform
  • Lightweight fabric with breathable mesh side pannels
  • Packs down small for easy transportation and storage

Tech Specs:

  • Weight: 1.8 lbs
  • Seat Height: 8 inches
  • Capacity: 250 lbs
  • Folded Dimensions: 14.5 x 5 x 5 inches
  • Setup Dimensions: 24.5 x 21.5 x 24.5 inches

Materials: 210D Ripstop Nylon (450D Poly if printed), 7000 series aluminum frame

Grand Trunk is a proud corporate sponsor of OWAA. 

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