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    I bought some similar styled "light weight" chairs from the camping store with A Snake on it, have had a few uses and them seem good, my brother has the Aldi copies, and I realy prefer mine.


    Quote Originally Posted by weeds View Post
    We purchased the Aldi chairs (same size as Helinox Chair One) as a tester for hiking and our limited space in the Poptop ......by the end of our 10 day fraser trip they were toast.

    Have since brought Helinox Sunset as we figured we would take the Chair One hiking....the sunsets have been used 2 or 3 times more than the aldi Chair was used and zero sign of wear. Pretty confident they will give us value for money. Aldi gear suits a lot of users, doubt Iíll ever buy from them again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weeds View Post
    We purchased the Aldi chairs (same size as Helinox Chair One) as a tester for hiking and our limited space in the Poptop ......by the end of our 10 day fraser trip they were toast.

    Have since brought Helinox Sunset as we figured we would take the Chair One hiking....the sunsets have been used 2 or 3 times more than the aldi Chair was used and zero sign of wear. Pretty confident they will give us value for money. Aldi gear suits a lot of users, doubt Iíll ever buy from them again.
    We have the aldi ones and one has a tear in the fabric after a few trips. The wife also commented that the angle you sit at hurts her back. Hows the posture in the Helios?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-tastic View Post
    We have the aldi ones and one has a tear in the fabric after a few trips. The wife also commented that the angle you sit at hurts her back. Hows the posture in the Helios?
    The Sunset have way more back support than the Chair One.....glad we went this way as they are not all that bigger in size (space is tight) and comfortable enough for us...well a good compromise.

    At the 70th in Comma a couple had Sunsets, this gave us a chance to sit in them as a tester.

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    Next time you are in a reasonable Western town check out the local bushmen's outfitter. There are still a few shops that cater to pastoral workers, drovers, ringers, musterers etc. The gear including clothing is usually sturdy and durable. You might not need spurs or a 16' stock whip unless you play robust boudoir games but they have billies, camp ovens, swags, and much else. Do keep the spurs off the water bed.
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    Overpriced camping stuff

    Ive had the Aldi Sunset copy for about 12 mths. I keep it in the car and use it quite regularly. But havenít used it daily on an extended trip. Iím sure the Sunset version would be better quality but the Aldi version is ok for me. Donít tell my wife, but Iím about 100kg. It hasnít broken yet.

    I also bought their hiking stove. Again very happy with it for occasional use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rover-56 View Post
    Retailers are allowed by consumer law to ask whatever they think they can get away with, all the stores check each others prices and set similar levels, so not much competition.
    You can thank Paul Keating for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbjorn View Post
    Next time you are in a reasonable Western town check out the local bushmen's outfitter. There are still a few shops that cater to pastoral workers, drovers, ringers, musterers etc. The gear including clothing is usually sturdy and durable. You might not need spurs or a 16' stock whip unless you play robust boudoir games but they have billies, camp ovens, swags, and much else. Do keep the spurs off the water bed.
    Most reasonable size Western towns once upon a time had bushmen's outfitters plus clothing retailers and drapers that had sturdy durable country type work clothing, boots, hats, etc. If you are in Winton check out Searle Bros. in Elderslie St. between the Aussie and the Tatts. There is also a very good country hardware store opposite the Tatts. I don't know if Cadell Drapers is still trading. Old Nell passed away a few years ago in her 90's. She used to go in every day but had stopped working decades ago. I have not been into the Longreach shopping strip for many years now the highway bypasses the town. There used to be good shops there too. Maybe most have closed with the economic state of the pastoral industry and drought causing depopulation. Longreach no longer is a pastoral town but a public service town. It does not ride on the sheep's back any more but on the public service pay slips. The other Western towns like Blackall, Tambo, Barcy may still have good bushmen's stores. It always pays to look around.
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