Never Leave Behind the Z-Seat First thing’s first, what’s a Z-seat? A Z-seat is a piece of accordion-style, closed-cell foam manufactured by Therm-a-Rest. It was designed to protect your bum from the cold, dirty, rocky ground. It even uses reflective ThermaCapture surface treatment to reduce loss of body heat. But I read I shouldn’t carry things that only serve one purpose… This is where I’m going to blow your mind. This little piece of foldable foam is one of the most versatile pieces of gear in my kit. A note to the gram shavers who are shaking their heads and the luxury of any type of cushioned surface: this isn’t just a comfort item! (and you can cut them in half <1 oz total weight) Potential Uses for the Z-seat: 1.A seat- duh- but honestly nothing worse than sitting your sweaty bum on the dirty ground and making mud or on a cold rock and going numb 2.A mat- to keep your feet clean as you step in/out of your shelter 3.An insulator- the ThermaCapture surface treatment isn’t only for your bum- wrap around beer to keep cold as you leave town- wrap around food to use the “cook in Ziploc bag method” without carrying a reflectix koozie 4.A fan- extremely advantageous in fire starting, keeps you from passing out 5.A gnat swatter- bug nets make me claustrophobic, so when the gnats begin to dive bomb my eyeballs, I fan my z-seat in front of my face as I walk 6.A pillow- I personally use my puffy, but the z-seat could definitely get the job done 7.A splint- I hope you never have to do this, but with a few fabric bandages the foam would form very nicely to an injured ankle or wrist and provide enough support to immobilize the joint. So, next time you head out for anything from a day hike to a thru-hike, consider bringing the z-seat along. It could save your life! Well, probably not, but you’ll definitely be comfy. Did we forget anything? Let us know how you use your Z-seat. Don’t have one? Use this link to grab one from Amazon.
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