Desert slugs seem to have unusual requirements. In my case it has to do with age, infirmities (a mix of CHF, DVTnPEs,rheum arth). For my times away from the desert, I like to go to the beach (yes, a water tolerant slug). These days I take a bus to the beach, and pack in what I need in a mesh pack (I got from WalMart). Beaches are well known for not having benches (and I approve), so I needed a seat to change from sneakers to barefeet (and back). I looked at backpack chairs, and all the other tote-ables, but they were too big and bulky for a packed city bus, and they wouldn't fit into my back pack --not surprising everybody said. BUT this gadget is a surprise. I was impressed the specs actually included measurements, not some uninformative descriptive term. And the measurements said I could fit this into my mesh pack (I have one now, and I'm pleased to say it fits into WalMart big blues as well, with only an inch and a half exposed). It comes with a nifty case as described, and that keeps the legs from punching holes in the mesh. BUT. there is a tag on the triangular seat that says mind your fingers. The good news is that it practically unfolds and sets itself up. The moderately bad news is that the legs have been cut in the middle, and they fold back using tough bungee like cords running through them. These cords exert a terrific force that rapidly pulls the two halves of the legs together. Woe be to any fingers which are at the joint in the stool legs. That little triangular patch you see in the photos near the feet is actually a safe place to grip the legs on re-folding or unfolding. I just wanted to caution those who skip reading instructions in general. My grands are calling this the Snapper, and I make sure each one is fully checked out on the finger-hazards. Just keep hands away from the middle of any one of the legs and it's a champ. This way of folding makes it, I'm sure the shortest folded, while being one of the tallest unfolded stools. I use an old piano stool cushion to ease the pressure on certain sensitive body parts. A little practice and shoe changing in a tripod environment is a snap. The brochures are also right that it behaves well in sand, although I tend to use it in the tightest packed sand. Finally, note the weight: it's only about like one and a half 20-oz water bottles: even I can carry it around all day.