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.