Mogo Travel Seat – Review
If you’ve ever found yourself walking or hiking and wishing for a place to sit, you should talk to Martin Keen. Keen, founder of the eponymously named shoe company, has a solution: the Mogo travel seat. Three years ago, he started Focal Upright Furniture with a vision of creating a healthier and more comfortable office workstation, having taken note of the rise in popularity of the standing desk. Having adopted this, he noticed that, after a while, his feet would start to ache and he wanted a way to retain good posture and energy while resting his feet. His solution? The Locus Workstation, an elevated and tilted desk with a sturdy, flexible and maneuverable seat that allowed him to retain the benefits of working from a standing position while simultaneously taking pressure off his feet.
Now, Keen is expanding his vision and product line with the introduction of the Mogo travel seat, dubbed “The Human Kickstand.” As the name implies, Mogo is a far more portable seat – indeed it weighs only 2.1 pounds – that can be set up virtually anywhere. A red rubberized dome on the bottom of the seat makes it ideal for office or home use. Unscrewing the dome and reversing it enables “Turf Mode,” allowing one to use the seat in various outdoor settings.
SETTING UP THE MOGO TRAVEL SEAT
Mogo is stored folded in a convenient carrying case. There are three simple steps to prepare Mogo for use: detach the seat (which comes clamped to the post) and screw it clockwise into the top of the post, pinch the release pegs to extend the body fully, and adjust the seat to a comfortable height.
USING THE MOGO TRAVEL SEAT
Once the seat is adjusted to the proper height, one must trust. When I first tested Mogo, I admittedly felt wary about leaning my whole weight onto the pogo-stick-like seat. My concerns were dispelled almost immediately when I realized just how much friction is created between the ridged, rubberized ball and my hardwood floors.
“Sitting” on the travel seat feels more like leaning against a wall than anything else. Mogo opens up a new category of equipment that fills the void between sitting and standing, using two human legs and its own leg to create a stable tripod.
I put my MacBook Air on a box on top of my desk to bring it level with my new working height and leaned back gently onto the Mogo. I found my new position to be very comfortable; my lower back was tucked in and my head wasn’t gazing downward. My spine was more aligned and I could tell that blood was flowing much more easily throughout my body rather than pooling in the thighs.
However, perhaps fifteen minutes into using my new arrangement, I noticed two things. My feet ached considerably more than they would if I was seated normally, as they might if I was simply standing. This is, of course, to be expected as the weight one would usually put on his behind is now shifted onto the feet. A strategically placed cushion helped to alleviate some of this discomfort.
In addition, I noticed that the portability of the seat, while manufactured to be as light as possible, provides minimal cushioning for the buttocks. Sitting on the curved plastic was akin to sitting on a wooden table chair rather than a padded office desk chair. Luckily, as I mentioned, the sitter’s whole weight is not directly on the seat but rather dispersed more evenly throughout.
It’s important to note that these minor comfort annoyances replace the usual (and more dangerous) aches and pains associated with sitting in a standard office chair. That is to say, while Mogo may introduce minor discomfort in the feet, it shifts pressure and pain away from more crucially vulnerable areas such as the lower back.
My testing clearly reveals that Mogo overall provides a healthier way to sit, despite the minor issues it introduces. It engages its user’s muscles to a greater extent, eases back aches, promotes good posture and blood flow, and at 2.1 pounds is portable enough to tote on trips. It will be available at various sporting stores such as EMS and REI for $99 on September 1.
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