I like to consider myself a pretty savvy online shopper, which is where I purchase most of my bigger ticket items. I research before I buy, I read online reviews with a grain of salt, and I ferret out the best price I can find from a reputable retailer before I pull the trigger.
But every once in a while I see something that strikes a tingly spot in the pleasure center of my brain and I fall hopelessly in purchase-lust with an item that may or may not warrant my affection. Like the chair you see below.
My kids sat on one a couple of weekends ago when I was shopping for a new family kayak at a local outfitter.
They immediately fell in love with the study little twin-seater, and wanted to purchase it on the spot.
We actually need a couple of new chairs to take to the lake, but with its $89.99 price tag and the fact that it can’t be paddled across water (we were kayak hunting after all), I waved them out of it and pushed deeper into the store to find something more buoyant.
Since then, I’ve been thinking about this little guy, because we still need lake chairs and they’d obviously be pleased to have it. Plus, I like to buy quality folding chairs. I get so annoyed when the cheaper ones have a metal tear or lose a rivet that makes them perfectly unusable while still looking brand new.
Fast forward to today when I was cruising around on the Austin Canoe and Kayak website, and happened to once again run across the Kelty loveseat, which I didn’t have the chance to inspect closely at the store.
As I clicked through the pictures to see the details, I lit up with joy when I saw the close-up of the double cup holder. Any beer geek should be able to recognize this handsome fella, even if it’s just the tip-top of the can:
It’s Dale’s Pale Ale, my go-to beer when I’m at the lake. Yay!
Upon seeing this picture, my head suddenly filled with images of sun-hazed summer evenings by the water, Me sitting with Kelty, Dale and my lovely wife, watching our daughter hurl herself off the high dive and our son playing pickup basketball across the beach.
I suddenly felt a kinship for Kelty, who clearly have a handle on things – if they know how to choose a beer, they OBVIOUSLY make quality outdoor equipment.
Anyway, a single glance quickly galvanized into an affinity with the Kelty brand and this loveseat in particular, although I think I prefer the taller one, which is a better match for 6’5″ frame if I wind up sitting on it.
I haven’t purchased it yet, but when the time comes to pull the trigger on new outdoor seating, chances are good it’ll be this little folding bench, and all because a can of beer.
And because the taller version is currently enjoying 4.9 our of 5 stars from 15 user reviews.
Hey, love ain’t totally blind, at least when it comes to gear!