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The Strongback Story

 Message from the STRONGBACK inventor:

"Hi and thanks for your interest in STRONGBACK Chairs. 

If you have ever been uncomfortable in standard sling-style camp chairs like I was, I promise you will be much happier and more comfortable in a STRONGBACK Chair. I have even met people who no longer go to outdoor concerts and other events because they cannot get comfortable - that is sad - STRONGBACK can help.

If you are here because you are an entrepreneur looking for a little inspiration I hope I can help here too - you CAN do it.  It just takes patience, perseverance, and time.  Ignore the nay-sayers but do not BS yourself - if your idea is a loser ditch it and focus on something else.  But the key is enjoying it while you do it - that way you are never really wasting your time." 

Best of luck!   ~ Ladd

Ladd - The STRONBACK Chair inventor



Most of us have had an idea or two we thought would make great products. Few of us try to do it. I had been a closet inventor for over 10 years until my first success, the STRONGBACK Chair. Creating, designing and building something original is fun - even more so when you are able to help people while you do it. Following is the story of how STRONGBACK chairs evolved.


Ladd with Camp Chair with back support

I was sold on the idea for a camp chair with back support when I was camping in the remote Mammoth Lakes area of the California Sierra Nevada Mountains. After squirming around in my chair in discomfort for the hundredth plus time, failing to get comfortable using cushions, I asked if anyone else got a sore back in these chairs. I was very surprised to hear that nearly everyone else, all people in their early thirties, did too.



That was all I needed - when I realized that it wasn't just me, but a common problem with the majority of people, I decided to sink my teeth into it. I realized that there must be a lot of people out there using camp chairs that are quietly suffering because they do not want to complain about a problem that is often associated with old people - back pain.


So, on the following evenings and weekends I got out my tools, made countless trips to the hardware store and eventually came up with the STRONGBACK design. My initial vision of the solution to the problem, however, was very different than the final result. I worked through about 30 prototypes, adjusting and tweaking, before I finally got it right about 1 year later. Originally I had envisioned a bunch of straps and protrusions but as I kept making the back support more effective it kept getting more simple - a great trend to eventual product success.




 One really exciting part of the process was attending the Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow in 2009 and watching the excited reactions of the people who sat in my STRONGBACK Chair. “Wow, this is great!” was the common reaction by most who tried it. I was also amazed at how many people passionately 'hated' the standard sling-style camp chairs. From there I used my contacts made at the show to shop my chair around to various manufacturers and distributors. A few months later I signed alicensing agreement with a well-known manufacturer and distributor in the industry.

I'm excited STRONGBACK Chairs are finally here for the public to use. I currently enjoy designing new models so keep your eyes out each year or join our email list for the latest updates. I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors a little more comfortably and a little more often.

To learn what other people think, please read our reviews. But the best way to be informed is to try one out for yourself - Sitting is believing. - Our website promises a full money back guarantee if you do not feel our product is the most comfortable and ergonomically healthy camp chair you have ever sat in

Warm regards and be good to your back.