Camping chairs are an essential part of most outdoor activities. In recent past, people were only interested in lightweight, portable and easy-to-carry camp chairs. But over the years, our needs have transformed and there are now a lot more features to be considered when picking out camping chairs.
The best camping chairs will generally depend on your own specific needs and preferences but there are certain features that we have come to expect from all of them. The camping chair you choose will not necessarily possess all of the features and qualities but it must have a combination of just enough to serve you well and for a very long time.
The three basic qualities that every camping chair must possess are comfort, durability and ease of use. If the chair is lacking in any of these qualities, then it is not worth your hard-earned money. There will be certain trade-offs as no single chair can have all these qualities at the same level but the compromise of any quality should be at the minimum.
Features To Consider When Choosing The Right Chair
This is perhaps the most important thing to look out for in a camping chair. You want to pick out a chair that is very comfortable for you to sit on for extended periods of time. This is especially important if your camping trip will involve a lot of in-between stops for you to rest.
Generally the chair must have the right build, design and materials to give you the best comfort. Ventilation is also key, as you don’t want to sweat all over it, but should also provide just enough protection against any chilly winds.
There is no point investing in a chair, no matter how good it seems, if it will only last you for just one season. You want a chair durable enough to be your camping buddy for multiple seasons. With this in mind, it is wiser to stay away from the very cheap, lower-end chairs, as they aren’t built to last as long as the higher-end ones. Higher-end chairs might be a little bit pricier, but they will stick around for the long haul.
The best camping chairs are made of very durable and sturdy materials which offer durability and doesn’t compromise on comfort either. This chair will typically have an built-in support system that helps them endure more stress than your average chairs.
The best camping chair must also be built to withstand all weather conditions and support the right amount of weight without falling apart in a very short time.
Ease of Use
This is another very important aspect of a camping chair. A very good camping chair must be easy to use. It must not add to your stress levels when it comes to assembly or collapsing. Moving it around and folding it back up should also be very easy and straightforward. In essence, it must be ready to deploy and ready to go in a matter of seconds.
You want a chair that doesn’t delay your other activities. It must be easy to carry around after setting up because you might want to change your position after sitting down, perhaps to evade smoke coming from a camp fire for example, so you need an easy to use and easy to carry chair.
You also want to go for chairs that don’t require assembly and can easily be snapped open and closed. Not all chairs are this way but if you can find ones like this, they are way easier to use.
In addition to the 3 main considerations that have been discussed above, it wouldn’t hurt to go for a chair that has certain special features installed on it to make your life easier. They may add to the overall weight and size of the chair, which can compromise the portability, so don’t go all out on a chair that has too many special features.
Extra storage, storage pockets and cup holders are sweet. It helps you reduce your trips to and from your tent and /or backpack because you can easily put the items you frequently use, such as your cell phones, keys, books etc., in the storage spaces provided. This feature keeps all your necessities close to you so you can stay put in your chair for as long as you want.
Also consider built-in headrest and armrests. It is very easy to bring along an extra pillow to use as your headrest, but it is even easier to simply invest in a camp chair that has an built-in headrest. This makes it much more comfortable to rest on.
Also as for armrests, there are some camping chairs that do not have this feature and it is easy to assume there is no need for it, but they are very important. You might not appreciate the need for them until you really need a place to rest your arms.
There are so many other extra features that chair manufacturers now equip their chairs with and they keep coming up with more and more innovations; some other important special features include: adjustable position, canopy or shade, foot rests.
Types of Camping Chairs
It is very easy to assume that there are no differences between the different kinds of camping chairs commercially available but this is not the case at all. Camping chairs will generally fall under one of these categories:
- Traditional camping chairs
- Portable chairs
- Backpacking chairs
Traditional Camping Chairs
Camping chairs that are more traditional are more comfortable, considering the extra back support and how much higher off the ground they are. However, they can be a lot more bulky.
So if you wish to lounge and you don’t mind the extra space that these chairs will take up in your car or backpack, then this category will suit you well. They are also easy to set up and collapse and they won’t significantly delay any of your activities.
As the name suggests, these chairs are smaller, weigh less and are easier to carry around.
However to achieve its portability, they take a lot more time to assemble and are less comfortable compared to the traditional chair. If space or weight is an issue for you, this chair is the right choice.
This category is even more portable and lightweight compared to the portable chairs. This class prioritizes size over all other features so they are generally easier to carry about.
The rest of this article will review some of the best camping chairs and each may fall under any of the above mentioned categories each with its own unique features.
Top Camping Chairs
Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair
Description: Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair has its own patented dual lock technology. This design feature makes it very unique from any other chair out these and gives you a superior seating experience.
The chair is designed to lock in a folded position when you carry it around thus making it portable and also to lock in the open position when you seat on it thus giving you maximum support.
- Product dimensions: 26 x 35.4 x 7 inches
- Weight: 9.8 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
- Patented dual lock technology
- Superior posture and seat support
- Cup holders, organizer and mesh pockets
- Breathable mesh for ventilation at the back
This chair is very comfortable even for the larger frame individuals and although a little heavy to carry around, it is worth the trouble.
Alps Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair
Description: Alps Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair is another great chair that prioritizes comfort and it is a very well-constructed folding chair.
With its low profile i.e. close to the ground design, and sturdy material build, it is equipped to support most individuals. Also its compact folding design makes it very easy to carry and set up.
- Product dimensions 20 x 14 x 24 inches
- Weight: 6 pounds, 13 ounces
- 600D polyester fabric
- Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
- Compact folding design
- Powder coated steel frame
- 8 x 28 shoulder carry bag accessory
This chair is a little lighter than most in its category and thus easier to carry around at the expense of supporting a little less weight. All round it is comfortable, well ventilated chair.
Helinox – Chair One, The Ultimate Camp Chair
Description: Helinox – Chair One, The Ultimate Camp Chair, Black manages to pull of features that cut across style, portability, capacity and comfort.
The chair is lightweight and it folds down so small that you can practically take it with you anywhere you go whether it’s your camp fire, outdoor events, picnic or even backpacking. It can also sustain weights of up to 320 pounds which is quite incredible.
It gets its lightweight feature from its aluminium construction and the chair legs are fabricated from the same aluminium pole technology used in trekking poles and tent poles.
- Product dimensions: 14 x 6 x 4 inches
- Weight: 1 pound
- Fabric and polyester
- Weight Capacity: 320 pounds
- Conveniently packed in a breathable carry case
- Very compact
If you are looking for a small chair you can carry around and still be able to support your weight, then this chair is the right chair for you.
Sport-Brella Recliner Chair
Description: Sport-Brella Recliner Chair is great for relaxing in the outdoors with its umbrella, cooler, bottle opener and reclining features. With its heavy duty construction with reinforcing bands of webbing and rugged plastic/metal frame components, it can support weights of up to 250 pounds.
- Product dimensions: 8 x 8 x 39 inches
- Weight: 11.8 pounds
- Metallic undercoating for UPF 50 plus sun protection
- 3 position recliner with easy adjusting hinges
- 3 way swinging umbrella
- Built in insulated pockets to hold up to 4 drinks
- Cup holder with bottle opener
- Built in footrest
- No assembly. Easily collapsible and fits nicely in bag
- Heavy duty construction
This chair is not the lightest chair out there but it serves so many purposes with its multifunctionality and it is a great companion to have.
Quik Chair Heavy Duty Folding Camp Chair
Description: Quik Chair Heavy Duty Folding Camp Chair – Grey was built for optimum comfort and stability. With its sturdy frame design, oversized seats and back, it is guaranteed to support you so well for many years for your camp fires, picnics, barbecues and general lounging. The chair is very easy to fold up and it fits very well into its carry bag which you can easily strap into your shoulders
With features such as the arm rests and cup holders, this chair will keep you comfortable and have all your essentials within easy reach. It is also very strong and can support weights of up to 500 pounds
- Product dimensions: 24.8 x 35 x 38.5 inches
- Weight: 13.08 pounds
- 600 x 300D polyester fabric
- Weight Capacity 500 pounds
- Portable and easy to assemble
- Heavy duty fabric that is water resistant and strain resistant
Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair
Description: Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair is very comfortable and even sturdier as it is built to support weights of up to 800 pounds. It is a king Kong chair indeed and it can support any size outdoorsmen. It is also compact and easily foldable.
- Product dimensions: 5 x 5 x 38 inches
- Weight: 13 pounds
- Steel material build
- Sturdy powdered coated steel frame
- Adjustable arm rest
- Padded back and seat
- Compact and foldable
- 7 x 41 shoulder carry bag included
If you have a very heavy build and you are searching for that chair that will support you without falling apart, this is the chair for you.
Quik Shade Chair 2.6
Description: The quick shade chair comes with a tilt shade canopy that blocks the sun from different angles. This is the main feature of the chair and it will do a lot of good for the individual going to the beach or for a picnic in sunny weather.
Its sturdy steel frame construction also makes it so it can support enough weight.
Its patented design allows the user to raise, lower, and tilt to either side the sun shade. So whenever the sun is coming at you, you always have cover.
- Product dimensions: 30 x 34 x 49 inches
- Weight: 9 pounds
- 600D polyester fabric
- Weight Capcity: 225 pounds
- Portable folding chair with adjustable canopy
- Fabric and mesh cup holders
- Durable steel frame
- Water and strain resistant fabric
Coleman BroadbandTM Quad Chair
Description: Coleman BroadbandTM Quad Chair is your perfect camping chair as it is easy to carry being lightweight, easy to set up and collapse and it is very comfortable to sit in. it maintains a middle ground in the trade-off between portability and comfort and this will suit most of your needs.
With this chair, you can take your comfort with you wherever you go and its durable and sturdy design means it can support your weight easily and still be around for a long time.
- Product dimensions: 8 x 8 x 35.5 inches
- Weight: 6.2 pounds
- Polyester material with steel frame
- Adjustable arm heights
- Carry bag included
- Nylon mesh back for ventilation
- Arm rest cup holder
- Strong bag for easy portability
- Compact and easy to fold up.
Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler
Description: The Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler comes equipped with a variety of features that make it very comfortable and convenient. This extra-large chair is very well padded for extra comfort and has a very strong frame that will support up to 325 pounds.
The built in soft cooler that can hold up to 4 cans, mesh cup holder and program holder all combine to make it a very convenient chair to use
- Product dimensions: 7.8 x 27 x 27 inches
- Weight: 7.8 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
- Adjustable arm rest
- Mesh cup holder
- Storage pocket for magazines
- Compact design
- Carry bag for easy transport and storage
With all that has been discussed up until this point, it is very apparent that all of these chairs are unique in their build, design, and features. They all fall under various categories and depending on the nature of your outdoor activity and your own personal preference, the chairs will all serve their own purpose.
You can’t go wrong if you carefully select the one that suits you most. Don’t forget, your chair must have the three main qualities of durability, portability and ease of use. It won’t have all these qualities to the max because of certain trade-offs between them but it should still have them nonetheless.
Are there any chairs that we neglected to mention that you’ve had a good experience with? Share your favorite camping chairs with us in the comments section below so that we can build a more complete list in the future. And don’t forget to share this article with your friends, family, and fellow campers.