Camping brings with it all sorts of fun outdoor activities, but one of the most iconic and enjoyable parts of the experience is just kicking back and relaxing around a campfire at the end of the day. Any seasoned camper will tell you that a quality tent, backpack, and pair of boots are all vital parts of your loadout, but many often overlook the simple camp chair – something you’re going to likely be spending at least a few hours in each day when you’re just chilling at your campsite (or a ball game, a concert, the beach, and so on).
You naturally want a chair that’s comfortable, but a good one should also be relatively lightweight, reasonably easy to carry and set up, and durable enough to withstand exposure to the rigors of the outdoors (including exposure to elements like rain and mud). If you’re a new camper looking to build up your adventure kit or just need to replace some old camp chairs that are running ragged, read on: These are the best ones available on Amazon right now, from budget-friendly folding chairs to two-seaters and just about everything in between.
If you’re after what might be the sturdiest fold-up camp chair out there, the aptly named King Kong from Alps Mountaineering might be the one. It’s generously sized and very comfortable, and its coated steel frame and 600-denier polyester construction is head and shoulders above most cheaper camp chairs that bend, rust, or otherwise start to break down after a while.
The King Kong also has cup holders and storage pockets on both armrests giving you ample space for drinks, phones, and other stuff, and with a capacity of 800 pounds, it’s plenty strong enough for just about anybody. The Alps Mountaineering King Kong camp chair is available in three colors for between $53 and $70 – a little pricey, but worth it considering it’ll last you a long, long time.
Coleman is a staple in the camping world, so it’s no huge surprise to see it holding a spot on our roundup. This brand is particularly well-known for offering no-frills, budget-friendly equipment, and its Quad camp chair should be your go-to if you’re looking to buy a seat (or a few) without breaking the bank.
Its design is pretty standard for a folding camp chair – there’s really nothing to complain about for just $25 to $35 – but the Coleman Quad does have a handy little four-can cooler built into one of the armrests, which is a nice extra touch at this price. Coleman also offers afor larger folks but it rings in at around $50, so it’s not as budget-friendly. For that price, you’re better off springing for the Alps Mountaineering King Kong.
When it comes to chairs, it doesn’t get much more relaxing than a rocker – and with the Freestyle from GCI, you can enjoy the comfort of a rocking chair right at the campsite. The Freestyle has a unique piston-based rocking mechanism that’s deceptively simple, and the powder-coated steel frame can support adults weighing up to 250 pounds.
There are a few drawbacks with a rocking camp chair like this: It’s a bit heavy, it doesn’t fold down into as small of a package as standard camp chairs (although it does fold flat), and the rocking mechanism will need some oil from time to time. If you want to get rocking around the campfire, though, the GCI Freestyle is the camp chair for you, and it can be yours for a pretty reasonable $55.
Backpackers have unique requirements for their camping kit, generally cleaving to equipment that favors portability and light weight. Nobody wants to hoof it while being weighed down with tons of gear (especially something like a folding chair, which is arguably a luxury rather than a necessity), but the TravelChair Slacker is a backpacker-friendly sitting solution for hikers who still want a seat by the fire at the end of the day.
The TravelChair Slacker is a simple three-legged folding stool that, despite weighing just over two pounds, is surprisingly durable thanks to its reinforced construction and rip-stop polyester seating material. When folded, it’s about the size of a large rolled-up newspaper, so it can easily be lashed to your pack. The Slacker camp chair is very affordable, too, coming in at just $18 to $24.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a recliner-style camp chair, and the Infinity Zero from Caravan Sports is just the ticket for serious loungers. This gravity chair rotates backward on its steel frame (which can support up to 300 pounds) to let you lie back and stretch your legs a bit, and it even comes with an attached pillow. When not in use, it folds totally flat for transport.
This reclining design would also be a fine choice for sunning yourself by the pool or at the beach, and it looks good enough to even be a semi-permanent fixture on your home porch or patio (although at 18 pounds, it’s probably not going to be a part of your backpacking kit). The Infinity Zero gravity camp chair is available inor for $45-50 depending on color choice.
If you plan to cozy up next to the fire with a special someone or want a bench-style camp chair that the kids can all pile onto together, Kelty has you covered with its Low Loveseat. This extra-wide camp chair has enough room for two adults (or one adult and a dog or two) or a few children, along with sturdy steel-framed construction with support for up to 500 pounds and an insulated drink holder in each of the two armrests.
The only major drawbacks here are that the Kelty Loveseat isn’t as portable as a regular camp chair (naturally, given its width), and it’ll cost you $100 – although that isn’t too bad considering you’re essentially getting two seats in one.
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