Sit Back and Relax: The Crua Community’s Seven Best Camping Chairs
May 16 2018 – Crua Outdoors
In recent weeks we have been doing our bit to help you with your camping checklist. There is nothing worse than heading off on an adventure outdoors with poor camping equipment or worse, forgetting something completely. Having the right camping accessories plays a vital role in the enjoyment of your trip. You don’t want your trip to fall to the level of your equipment. Camping is about having fun and switching off. No time should be wasted being fed up with poor supplies.
To make sure you are set up for the best camping adventure possible, we’ve been busy conducting research. Using our personal experiences, expert tips from experienced campers and, of course, leaning on the Crua Community, we gathered some invaluable insights. We recently published our top camping stoves and our top camping lights. This time around, we are looking at our top seven camping chairs.
Camping chairs are something that often get overlooked. We see no problem in spending high on tents, stoves, boots, jackets etc. Those are seen as essential. However, sometimes people buy a camping chair as an afterthought. Not paying much attention to the quality. This is a bad idea. When you think of it, a lot of your camping trip will be spent sitting down. After a long hike or busy day in the wild, you want to be able to relax. You need a camp chair that is of high quality, comfortable, durable, and portable.
With that in mind, and in no particular order, here are seven that we would recommend.
Alps Mountaineering King Kong Folding Chair
The Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair has a whole lot going for it. The chair itself is incredibly sturdy and roomy. It is much bigger than other single camp chairs that we’ve listed below. Not only is it big but with a padded backing, it’s extremely comfortable. There is also plenty of room for storage. Both arms come complete with drink holders and storage bags. This chair really ticks a lot of the right boxes.
Also, rather impressively, the weight limit of the chair is listed at a whopping 800lbs. King Kong himself could probably fit in it. Kudos.
Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler
It has become almost a tradition to include a Coleman model in our top equipment lists. Like the camping stove and light listed in previous posts, this model is not placed at the very upper tier in terms of quality or price but it’s a great bit of gear nonetheless.
As the name suggests, the Oversized Quad is incredibly roomy. It is simple and cozy, yet sturdy. Meaning that you have good support on your back while also being able to lay back and relax. Loads of storage, including cooler bag with a 4 can capacity. A very good folding chair at a reasonable price.
Big Agnes Helinox Folding Chair
The Big Agnes Helinox Chair is a bit more expensive that the two previous but you are paying for quality. The design is very clever. The chair itself is lightweight and easily folded. This makes it one of the top camp chairs in terms of portability. This portability is not its only highlights. The Helinox Chair is also incredibly comfortable, surprisingly sturdy and comes top of class in ventilation.
Can be expensive but worth the price tag in many respects.
Rei Co-Op Flexlite Folding Chair
We felt it necessary to include the Rei Co-Op Flexlite as close competition to the Big Agnes Helinox listed above. At less than 2 pounds in weight it is extremely compact. Like the Helinox, it is sturdy with good support and particularly excels in its portability and lightweight frame.
Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair
The Kijaro Dual-Lock Folding Chair is one of the most popular camping chairs on the market. At a very reasonable price, this folding chair is a great investment. The dual lock feature means it stays in place both in the closed and open positions. Sturdy when sitting on and equally so when transporting it away.
Very comfortable and a lot taller that other models. This can be a bit of a catch 22. The height of the chair keeps you well off the ground but can also leave the legs dangling for many. The slightly reclined back gives a great feel to an overall excellent camping chair.
ENO Lounger DL
We love innovation here at Crua so we will finish with two innovative designs of the larger variety. The first is ENO Lounger DL. This camping chair is definitely a bit on the expensive side but we are simply blinded by innovation. The chair itself is very adjustable which brings a new dimension to a camping chair.
In terms of quality, it is hard to fault this folding chair. It is sturdy and portable, comes with a stuffed bag for easy transportation. The feel of the chair is very much camping chairs meets hammock. The perfect way to relax on your camping adventure.
Kelty Low Loveseat Chair
We round off our list with another innovative design. There is love all around for this one. We love it, the camping community loves it and the cozy two seat makes it perfect for loved up partners.
The Kelty Low Loveseat is the perfect folding chair. It’s comfortable, sturdy and easily packed away. The slightly reclined design offers added comfort. It’s almost like bring your home couch on a camping trip with you.
Thanks to everyone who helped us in compiling this list. If you have any other recommendations for camping chairs, we’d love to hear them. Any other pieces of equipment you’d like us to tackle? Write a comment underneath and let us know.
Depends on your use. If you want a comfy chair that you can eat at a table from, will last a lifetime and folds smaller than any other out there then you need one of these. Not cheap mind. But mine are 5 years old and as new, my mates are twice that and still going strong.
If you want more of a lounger then the Oz-tent King Guonna is good, though expensive, and I have known them break too.