Sure, you could sit on the ground (or a log, or a boulder) when you’re camping. But why, when we live in a world with camping chairs? Sorry Mother Nature, these portable seats are infinitely more comfortable than a rock. Camp chairs also come in handy on beach trips, picnics, and outdoor concerts. Here’s how to choose the best one for you.
What’s your top priority—comfort or weight?
Camping chairs run the gamut from minimalist, ultra-portable designs to sturdy, cushy thrones. If the latter sounds more like your style, know that the tradeoff will be a heavier, less packable chair. Some models in this category weigh 15 pounds or more and will be bulky even when folded up. Conversely, if you’d rather have an ultralight chair that you can even take backpacking, you’ll find options that weigh 3 pounds or less and break down into easy-packing bundles. But these chairs won’t be as supportive or have all the bells and whistles, like headrests and armrests and drink holders. If space and weight are extremely limited, consider a packable camp stool or a frameless, folding foam chair. These tend to be some of the most affordable pieces of camp furniture, too.
How durable does it need to be?
Take a look at the materials used: A frame made from steel will be stronger and last longer than one made from aluminum (and also heavier). Seats are typically made from nylon, polyester, foam, and/or mesh. Check the denier (a measure of fabric strength); the higher the number, the more durable the fabric. Some materials also have a waterproof or water-resistant coating for added weatherproofness.