Comfortable Camping Chairs

Comfortable Camping Chairs

Camp chairs are not feature-rich items, but storage is one area where a few thoughtful extras can be really handy. Let’s start with beverages. Cup holders are a must for a chair that’ll be used for camping—ground-based beverage storage is a major camping faux pas and just plain silly. Some of the larger models include side mesh pockets, which are great for items you need close at hand or want tucked away, including keeping your stuff in place on a windy beach day. Backpacking models eschew most if not all of these features. And the reason is rather obvious: there’s little need for them when precious ounces matter. But if you don’t have to haul your chair very far, we recommend making storage a priority. Back to Our Top Camping Chair Picks Back to Our Camping Chair Comparison Table
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Comfortable Camping Chairs

Camping The term “camp chair” encompasses just about any type of chair that can be folded up, squeezed into a car, and carried to your final destination, so your first order of business is narrowing it to your intended use. True camping chairs—provided you have the space in your car—can be large and luxurious. They have taller backs, are farther off the ground, and have the best support. More, they have the most features, from cup holders to storage pockets. Backpacking When you’ll be hauling the chair on a backpacking or hiking trip, weight and packed size take precedence over comfort. All dimensions of these chairs shrink dramatically, the fabrics and frames become a whole lot thinner, and they’ll pack down small enough to strap to the outside of—or sometimes even squeeze inside—a backpack. The compromises make them less than ideal for around town or camping use, but if you’re only wanting one chair for all uses, you need to choose a lightweight option like the REI Co-op Flex Lite. Everyday Everyday camp chairs cover just about anything you can think of: visits to the beach, back yard relaxing, or outdoor concerts. An everyday chair crosses over quite a bit with the traditional camp chair category, but is differentiated with a lighter overall weight and occasionally a lower seat back height to meet restrictions at outdoor concerts (more on this in the seat back section below). They’re too heavy to take hiking, but reward you with an improvement in all-around comfort and support. Examples of an everyday chair include the low-slung Alps Mountaineering Rendezvous and GCI Wilderness Recliner.
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Comfortable Camping Chairs

After six months of regular use, we think that the Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler is the best choice for most people seeking an upright chair for car camping, tailgating, and enjoying other outdoor gatherings (the more expensive Renetto chair is our pick for anyone who needs shade). We noticed during the first of our three camping trips—a weekend in Joshua Tree National Park in California, with a total of seven families—that, given the choice, campers prefer to take the biggest seat. When we set up a dozen chairs around the campfire without comment, people consistently claimed them from largest to smallest. On a later trip, to Wheeler Gorge Campground near Ojai, California, we systematically polled four camping families about their seat preferences, playing multiple rounds of music-less musical chairs until each camper was able to identify a favorite. Overwhelmingly, the Coleman came out on top, with campers praising its comfort and stability.
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Comfortable Camping Chairs

Every big-box and outdoor-camping store sells camp chairs of similar design to the Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler. But after three group camping trips and six months of regular backyard use, we concluded that the Coleman chair is far more durable than the cheapest chairs of this design, and also more comfortable and functional than similar chairs that cost more than twice as much. With ample beverage storage, a wide seat that testers of all sizes appreciated, and an affordable price, this is the F-150 of camp chairs: big, tough, and widely beloved.
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Comfortable Camping Chairs

One of the most basic but essential pieces of camping equipment is the camping chair. Aside from your tent and sleeping bag, a good, solid camping chair can make all the difference to your outdoor adventure. Just being able to sit back and relax in a comfy chair around the fire or under the shade of the trees, is important for any camper or backpacker.
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Comfortable Camping Chairs

The best type of camping chair is one that comes with additional accessories like one or two drink holders, a side table, and extra storage space. My camping chair has a side table and a drink holder and I could not imagine going camping without these two accessories.
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Comfortable Camping Chairs

With the Kiljaro Dual Lock Folding Camping Chair, Kijaro combines three key features to bring you a great camping chair: support, comfort, and portability. With innovative technology, Kijaro has designed a superior camping chair that is made from durable steel, and the patented dual lock system makes the chair feel solid and secure when you sit in it. At the press of a button, the chair locks firmly into place, and when you need to pack it away, it locks securely into a compact folded position. The built-in carry strap makes the chair easy to transport or you can store it away in the carry bag.
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Comfortable Camping Chairs

For maximum comfort and easy portability, the KingCamp Moon Camping Chair is a great choice. If you are chilling out around the campfire or just need an extra seat for visitors at your pool party, this super stylish camping chair is an essential camping item and will be a favorite with your guests.
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by Richelle Szypulski There are many gifts to be found in the Great Outdoors—once-in-a-lifetime vistas, solace, inspiration, endless adventure—but a comfortable place to sit is generally not one of them. In times of need, a log or stump will suffice, but nothing can cradle you above the pine needle–laden ground quite like a good camping chair. Once you’ve found the perfect folding chair for you, it will become your closest confidant in comfort. You’ll be tempted to bring your fireside friend to barbecues, music festivals, sporting events, and even your back porch on a particularly perfect summer evening. There are tons of cheaper options out there that technically meet the requirements to be a folding chair—they have a collapsible frame, a seat, and maybe a back—but they really don’t have much else going for them. Consider that when it comes to camping gear, a chair isn’t as much a necessity as say, a tent. If you’re going to tote one along with you, it better be comfortable enough to be worth the weight—although, we did find some that are less than two lbs.! At the baseline, these 13 folding chairs are easy-to-use, sturdy, varying degrees of portable, and above all, actually nice to sit in. But what makes them the best? Some other not-so-standard features like reclining, rocking, cooling your beverages, and heating to 145 degrees Fahrenheit in less than 20 seconds. Scroll Down
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There are many gifts to be found in the Great Outdoors—once-in-a-lifetime vistas, solace, inspiration, endless adventure—but a comfortable place to sit is generally not one of them. In times of need, a log or stump will suffice, but nothing can cradle you above the pine needle–laden ground quite like a good camping chair. Once you’ve found the perfect folding chair for you, it will become your closest confidant in comfort. You’ll be tempted to bring your fireside friend to barbecues, music festivals, sporting events, and even your back porch on a particularly perfect summer evening. There are tons of cheaper options out there that technically meet the requirements to be a folding chair—they have a collapsible frame, a seat, and maybe a back—but they really don’t have much else going for them. Consider that when it comes to camping gear, a chair isn’t as much a necessity as say, a tent. If you’re going to tote one along with you, it better be comfortable enough to be worth the weight—although, we did find some that are less than two lbs.! At the baseline, these 13 folding chairs are easy-to-use, sturdy, varying degrees of portable, and above all, actually nice to sit in. But what makes them the best? Some other not-so-standard features like reclining, rocking, cooling your beverages, and heating to 145 degrees Fahrenheit in less than 20 seconds.
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There are many styles of camping. Some people go off the grid in Patagonia. Others park their trailers in a lot. But no matter what, every camper likes to take a load off. As a result, the market for camping chairs includes everything from heavy, relatively luxurious chairs to ultralight chairs that can slot into a pack. These are our favorites for kicking back outdoors.
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While few people fret over the weight and packed size of a camping chair (camping gear in general is bulky and comfort-oriented), backpacking-ready chairs are a lesson in creative packaging. The Flex Lite, Chair Zero, and Monarch all pack down to extremely small dimensions, with the disadvantage being you have to reassemble the chairs each time. None of the styles take all that long to set up, but it is a small sacrifice in time that you make with the portable chair style. For us, we try and keep our packable chairs under or around 2 pounds to minimize their impact on our pack weight. Bringing along a chair is already outside of the typical realm of “essentials,” but 2 pounds is something worth swinging for a short weekend trek.