Random trivia: The club team Pike was previously named No Mas (terrible team name that stood for North Mid-Atlantic All Stars). The name “Pike” won out over other options that included “Marvin” and “Tripod.”
In my *long ultimate career, I’ve gone through a lot of lawn chairs. I’ve bought cheap ones and nice ones, and I’ve never been able to get one to last more than a year or so. I’ve recently changed tacks on this and decided to buy a tripod.
My thinking: I’ve never actually broken one of my own chairs. I tend not to sit down that much during games, so in the lifespan of one of my chairs, less than 50% its use is in service of holding up my butt. What I’ve concluded is the cause of my chairs breaking is when one of my fat ass teammates plop their ass into my chair. Now bear in mind, most of these chairs are able to support over 300lbs. It's not their weight so much as it's the plopping, out of fatigue or disgust or both, that causes the bolts to bend or the seams to split. While these chairs can hold up 300+lbs, they’re not designed to have a body violently dropped into them the way one might collapse onto a couch.
With a tripod, you can’t plop. Since it’s inherently less stable than a chair, you have to gingerly set your backside in. I smile when i see my teammates pass my tripod on the sideline in favor of someone else's chair or cooler. I predict I retire before this tripod does.