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Strada Pochade Box

The STRADA MID pochade box is a strong midsize box made out of aluminium with an integrated panel holder and a tripod mounting.

Company name: Strada


Pochade box name: STRADA MID

Type: Pochade Box

Price range:  $250-$300

Weight:  3lb 4oz, 1.36kg

Palette size: 11′”x 12″x 1.5″, 28 cm x 30.5 cm x 4 cm

Construction: Aluminium

Average Rating: 4.0 stars (based on 4 ratings)




The STRADA pochade box can hold a canvas panel of any size up to a 16″ high with an unlimited panel width. It can accommodate a 1/16″ and 1/8″ canvas panel.


Made from high quality aluminum with a durable* neutral gray finish. With fewer than half the parts of more complicated wooden easels and pochade boxes on the market today, there is less to break down and wear out. It is a simpler, stronger, thinner, portable box easel with a unique self-locking component. The STRADA MID pochade box features only one adjustable hand screw, uses two position control hinges to hold the box open at any angle, and has a simplified tripod attachment. These features reduce weight and setup time. Furthermore, there are no parts that protrude from the sides, top and bottom surfaces making it easier to slip in and out of a backpack or carrying case.

How to set it up

Setup is relatively simple once mounted on a tripod.


You can add two side trays to the box to hold brushes and medium.


To compare Strada Easel with other pochade boxes, see my Guide to Pochade Boxes.

Reviews of Strada pochade box

A robust and solid pochade

I have one of these boxes and find it a nice robust box with a good depth of palette to hold wet paint. The panel holder works reasonably well, although some other pochade boxes now have lower profile grips for holding the canvas. Its main disadvantage is its weight and therefore it is in the… Read more “A robust and solid pochade”

Barry Raybould

Wobble alert

Your panel will move a good bit when you paint on it. I’ve seen people happily slapping away at a moving panel but I cannot abide it. Small mixing area, can’t nest trays without cleaning palette area first. High edge means you are dipping down into the palette. I sent it back right… Read more “Wobble alert”

Angela Cichetti Deppe
United States

Strada Mini for Watermedia

The Strada Mini has worked well for my casein painting out of doors – and in the studio. I cut down a Masterson’s Sta-Wet sponge and palette paper to fit on top of the acrylic palette that came with the Mini. This setup (and an EasyL umbrella) keeps my paint moist while painting (a real… Read more “Strada Mini for Watermedia”

Mary Nagel Klein

Strada Mark II Palette

I’ve been using the Strada Mark II easel for a couple of months now and here’s my take on it. The easel is probably considered heavy in some regards, but it is lighter than the EasyL Versa, which I also own. Probably saved me a few pounds over the Versa. Pros: • Seems to be… Read more “Strada Mark II Palette”

Randy Pitts
United States

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