The Walkstool

November 28, 2012 at 10:30 am  •  Posted in Cool Gadgets by

Travel photo gear : three-legged seat Walkstool

Walkstool WS-55XL

Living in Canada, there are endless opportunities to shoot beautiful outdoor photos.  It’s easy to spend an entire day looking for the perfect shot, and in all honesty, this can be exhausting. A common complaint I hear from outdoor photographers is that it is sometimes hard to find a place to take a rest between shots or even during. What many people may not realize is that there is an accessory available that is designed to help make long outdoor shoots a little more enjoyable.

The Walkstool is a small, light, comfortable, three-legged seat that you can carry with you anywhere.  For photographers I recommend the Walkstool WS-55XL, which is only a foot and a half long and can easily be attached to a folded up tripod. It is surprisingly durable and sturdy—the basic model can hold up to 150 kg (330 lb).  It makes peering through the viewfinder for long stretches of time extremely comfortable. For those who love time-lapse photography, it provides a great place to sit and enjoy the scenery as the camera clicks off shots.

There is also a valuable unadvertised use for the Walkstool: in a pinch you could use it as a platform for your camera if you forget your tripod. For example, if you spot a gorgeous river and want to achieve that smooth, serene look in the water, you could use it as a temporary tripod. It is not as good as a tripod for many reasons, but it is certainly better than trying to achieve that type of shot handheld.

There are plenty of great uses for the Walkstool, and it would make an awesome gift for almost anyone. Think of the possibilities for camping, birding, star gazing—just about any prolonged, outdoor activity. It is just one of those simple yet invaluable tools that can make the difference between packing it in early, or staying out a little longer to get the shot you want. For more information about available Walkstool products, visit or


  1. Laura Berman / December 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm /

    Or you could buy a similar 3 legged, folding stool for $7.99 at Canadian Tire. It may not hold 330 lbs though.

  2. Jeff Cruz / December 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm /

    Laura, I had the same question you did until I did a bit more research. It seems like the Walkstool is different in that it has telescopic legs that allow you to sit in a higher seating position (similar to that of a bar stool).

    I guess the author of this article missed to convey this VERY important feature of the Walkstool.

    I would still rather buy the Canadian Tire version. If it breaks it’s only 1/10th of the price.

    Yet another example of overpriced photography accessories. Once you tie it to photography it becomes 10x more expensive.

Comments are closed.