When asked what the point of camping is, the answer is often “to sit around a campfire with good food and drinks.” Good food and refreshing beverages are obviously a requirement from that statement, but what about a comfortable place to sit and enjoy that drink? Hard picnic tables are novel for a few minutes, then your rear end might prefer furniture more suitable for extended lounging.
A quality camping chair will help make sitting around a campfire even more relaxing. You’ll want a portable chair such as a backpacking chair that can help make packing light and easy. We’ve scoured the best camping chairs for your next outdoor adventure. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious camp chair with reclining and insulation or a budget camping chair from Amazon, we’ve rounded them up below.
Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair
It’s like bringing a La-Z-Boy camping with you, but the Stargaze Recliner Luxury chair from Nemo is much more packable. The metal frame and hammock-like seat pack up into a small bag with a shoulder strap. The shock-corded frame sets up in a couple of seconds. The seat is hung from the top of the frame, swinging in between the two poles. A strap and pulley system lets you recline by just pushing back in the chair. Check out the stars or have a quick nap while your IPA is safe in the mesh cupholder.
Yeti Trailhead Collapsible Camp Chair
Cheap camp chairs don’t last long. They might last a handful of summers and then your friend who’s had a few too many ribeye burgers tears right through it. The Trailhead Collapsible Chair is built Yeti-style and likely could survive a grizzly attack (they make no claims of this but the brand’s best coolers can). Diehard joints are built like a truck door hinge and the frame is reinforced with two layers of age-hardened aluminum. Bonus points; The cupholder stays upright even when it’s folded.
Strongback Elite Chair
A chair with solid lumbar support can be a refuge for those with back pain. The Strongback Elite chair is a true oasis with a wide comfortable back and solid lumbar support that’s integrated into the frame. It can easily hold 300 pounds and packs up into a narrow bag with backpack straps. The tall seat keeps you high so it’s not hard to get out of after lounging for too long.
Helinox One Original Camping Chair
Unless you’re bringing your grandma camping you probably don’t have a rocking chair with you. But who doesn’t like a good rock by the fire? The Helinox Chair One is compact and collapsible. If the ground is too rough for rocking, just pop it off. Like the other crazy lightweight chairs from Helinox, the Chair One is only 2.1 pounds and packs up tiny into a carry case. For a seat with a plush headrest from Helinox check this.
Coleman Cooler Quad Chair
Sometimes you just need a chair for a good price for the weekend. Coleman has certainly hit the value for the price with the Cooler Quad chair. Only $35 gets you a 24-inch folding chair that holds 325 pounds with a pocket on one side and a four-can cooler on the other. Great for friends who are too cheap to buy their own. Just make sure they bring their own drinks.
Kelty Low Loveseat
The campfire is the perfect place for getting close to that special someone but most chairs are just for one. The Kelty Low Loveseat gets rid of those pesky armrests and gives you space for two with a slightly reclined back. The low version keeps you stable and closer to the ground but there is a taller version available. Insulated drink holders can hold both large and small bottles. When it’s time to pack up, the whole thing rolls up with clips and a shoulder strap.
Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair
Big Agnes is a well-known outdoor brand known for its quality products. And this Big Agnes camping chair can attest to that. This is the best lightweight and comfortable camp chair option at just over 1 pound. If you’re already carrying a lot of
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