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Old 02-26-2019, 08:14 AM
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Pochade easels: Strada vs Edge Pro

I am interested in purchasing an Strada easel or the Edge Pro. I wonder if anyone has had any experience or heard comments about these two easels or pochade boxes. They are not cheap but they look very practical and sturdy.
I also heard about the A la Prima pochade box which is made out of wood and has practically every tools needed to paint outside. It is a lot cheaper than the metal ones.
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Re: Pochade easels: Strada vs Edge Pro

An artist I follow on Instagram recently switched from Strada to u.go by New Wave. Here's what he said when I asked why: "I like the Strada. It's just the weight, thickness and sharp corners that detract for me. This one is much more comfortable, light and very well built."
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Re: Pochade easels: Strada vs Edge Pro

Which size? And more importantly how are you thinking of using it? There's a difference if you plan to backpack with it...versus keeping an easel or box in the trunk of your car and only walking a short distance.

I've reached the point where I want something very light and compact if I'm walking or travelling, especially in the city.

But if I'm near the SUV, I don't mind packing with several elephants. It's not so much the easel, or even the canvas(es), ....the real logistics challenge is working backwards from the amount of paints, medium, beverages and the "stuff". And at 60, I like to have my chair. LOL

I do think that the trend is leaning towards the photo-tripod modular easels and away from the French easels and the one-piece contraptions. There are so many nice carry bags, photographers' and student bags now to carry the supplies and paints. All sorts of lightweight tripods and canvas-holders.
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Re: Pochade easels: Strada vs Edge Pro

I have 2 alla prima boxes (Belly River and Yellowstone) and I love them both madly, tho they need different tripods. I take the 6x8 box absolutely everywhere, and it has held up nicely for 9+ years so far and going strong...

Here is a pic of my Belly River on an in-progress painting from last Thursday.

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Re: Pochade easels: Strada vs Edge Pro

I have a Strada and an Alla Prima by Ben Haggett. Love them both. The Edge doesn't allow for wet paint to stay on the palette....
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Re: Pochade easels: Strada vs Edge Pro

I have a mid Strada easel and love it... when I'm not painting outdoors I use it as a palette to complement my studio easel... great stuff...
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Re: Pochade easels: Strada vs Edge Pro

I'm not used any of these, but I've read before that the Edge doesn't allow wet paint to stay on the palette. Seems such an obvious design oversight that I wonder why it hasn't been corrected already?
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Moving this to plein air.
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