Lightweight Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure

Lightweight Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure
Whether you are heading down the trail for the weekend or a multi-day trip into the back country, most of us enjoy a few creature comforts. There’s a fine line between being prepared and not overpacking. Typical camp chairs are bulky and heavy and not really an option for backpacking and back country use. A new breed of lightweight backpacking chairs has emerged in recent years making it possible to have your cake and eat it too!

Here are six options for your next back country adventure separated into above the ground and on the ground styles:

Above the Ground

Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero – $120

Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero

This award winning chair keeps you 11” off the ground and is the lightest four-legged camp chair in this roundup. It weighs slightly more than a pound and packs down to about the size of a large water bottle (stuff sack included). The single shock corded pole structure makes for quick and easy setup.

Weight capacity – 265 pounds

Alite Mayfly Chair – $100

Alite Mayfly Chair

This three-legged chair is a hybrid of two other chairs within the company’s product line. The nylon sling design with color coded aluminum construction makes for easy setup and breakdown. The removable front foot can be easily detached for balancing on uneven ground and reattached to provide the stability of a stand chair. Chair weighs just 1.6 pounds.

Weight capacity – 250 pounds

TREKOLOGY Compact Portable Camping Chair – $40

TREKOLOGY Compact Portable Camping Chair

While weighing slightly more than others in its category (2 pounds), the chair’s adjustable height feature are an added bonus. The seat height is adjustable from 13-15” and this 4-legged  chair quickly pops open and the seat cloth attaches easily.

Weight capacity – 300 pounds

ALPS Ready Lite Low Chair – $90

ALPS Ready Lite Low Chair camping chair

While the heaviest chair in the category, it still weighs in at less than 2.5 pounds (2 pounds 6 ounces to be precise). This low profile chair with it compact foldable design makes for quick out of the bag setup.

Weight capacity – 250 pounds

Ground Level

Mountainsmith Slingback Chair – $25

Mountainsmith Slingback Chair

New for 2017, the Slingback Chair weighs less than 5 ounces and utilizes two trekking poles (which many of us typically use on back country trips anyway). The chair is compatible with most telescoping trekking poles to provide the user with a back country lounger and is perfect for the minimalist still looking for a little comfort around the campfire.

Therm-a-rest Trekker Chair Kit – $40 – $50

Therm-a-rest Trekker Chair Kit

Utilize your Therm-a-rest mattress and indulge in a little campfire luxury. This 10-ounce (based on the 20” model, the 25” weighs just 13 ounces) chair kit comes in 2 sizes and accommodates most inflatable mattresses. Made of ultralight nylon and fiberglass poles, the redesigned Trekker Chair packs small for easy storage and portability.


How to Choose The Best Carry-On Luggage For Your Travel Style

Carry-on luggage is getting lighter, better, stronger — even smarter. Which suitcase is right for you?

A List of Essentials to Create Your Own Car Emergency Kit

Having a few essentials in the car can help save your life — or someone else's — if you run into trouble on remote roads.
Food & Drink

A Guide to Whiskey Decanters and the Best Ones to Buy

How bad ass and in control do you want to look? If you want to, great, then go ahead and decant your whiskey.

The Best Cooking Gear for Car Camping and Backpacking

We’ve rounded up the best camping utensils and appliances to help you make the perfect meal right beside the truck or 20 miles from it.

How to Survive a Bear Attack: Brown Bears, Black Bears, Polar Bears, Oh My

The chances of encountering a bear in the wild are slim, but you should always be prepared for the worst.

Tips for Camping in the Rain You Should Read Before You Get Soaked

There are several pieces of gear, a few techniques, and some clever hacks that will make your sodden outdoor experience a pleasure despite the drizzle or downpour.

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019: First Look at the Coolest Upcoming Gear

Here are the coolest gear pieces and insane technologies that we saw at Outdoor Retailer. These products are a sneak peek at what will be available to the public in the next few years.

The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

If you're reading this, you're staring at a screen. Wouldn't you rather be exploring a different part of the world than the Internet?

4 of the Most Dangerous Hikes in the World

You'll need a healthy dose of fear and a desire to push your self to the edge — just not over it.

6 Most Scenic Day Hikes in U.S. National Parks

It’s no wonder that some of the best views in the country are located within national parks.

4 of the Most Challenging Day Hikes in the U.S.

These trails are not for the faint of heart, but if you possess the necessary skills and are in above-average shape, they can be knocked out in one day.

Camp, Eat, and Have a Beer Underwater with the Ocean Space Habitat ‘Tent’

Imagine playing poker and sharing a bottle of bourbon with your buddies underwater.

The Essential List of Best Gear for the Climbing Gym

Even when it’s 0 degrees outside or raining sideways, you can still climb inside in a climbing gym. Here's the gear you need to start.

If Iron Man Designed a Ski Boot, It Would Be the Dahu Écorce

A hinge system and inner boot allow the wearer to step out of the plastic shell and walk around.