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Best Backpacking Chair: 8 Most Perfect Backpacking Chairs

Backpacking chair reviews
Dennis Owens
Written by Dennis Owens

Isn’t it extremely relaxing and blissful when you head back to your camp after a daylong toil in the woods? For those who camp outdoors a lot, they’ll know the pain of not being able to truly relax even after spending a whole day under the sun.

While you could surely find yourself a bunch of rocks, wood logs to make yourself some “makeshift furniture” or you could find something hard enough to rest your back against; it definitely won’t provide you with the comfort that you need or rather deserve after having spent a whole entire day hiking outdoors.

Be smart and always carry a backpacking/camping chair along with you. Selecting a camping chair can be tricky and so we’ve reviewed the 8 best backpacking chairs for your convenience.

Camping chairs are a very common accessory that almost every camper, trekker, survivalist or mountaineer carries along with them. Camping chairs come is several shapes and sizes and most of them are pocket-friendly too.

Your backpacking chair

You could purchase these chairs from the Amazon links hyperlinked with each product name. Whether it is portability, durability, or the price; you’ll get a good understanding of how to choose a camping chair for your next trip and which one is perhaps the best one for you. Happy camping chair hunting!

Features to Consider Before Buying

Camping chairs can be categorized into 3 main categories namely:

  • Minimal
  • Regular
  • Luxurious

But regardless of the category, the selecting procedure for the camping chairs remains the same. You have to focus on the following key features and specifications before you decide or finalize on your ultimate camping chair.

  • Weight: It is pretty obvious that you wouldn’t want to carry a camping chair that is as heavy as the chair at your dining table back home. The idea is to find the chair which is the lightest and yet durable and strong enough to bear at least 250lbs of weight.
  • Material: The build material determines the longevity of the camping/backpacking chair. Most camping chairs are manufactured with aluminum frames but there are exceptions too. While the material of the frame is important, so is the material of the seating and backrest are. There are primarily two types of materials that you can find in camping chairs which are ripstop nylon and foam padding. Pick the one that you find more comfortable.
  • Portability and Packability: As you continue with this blog post, you’ll come across a few chairs that come with carry bags or with some kind of packing technology. It is better to buy a camping chair that can be easily carried around hassle-free.
  • Armrest: Majority of the camping chairs do not provide an armrest. However, the high-end camping chairs do come with arm rest which further offers cup holders in them too.

Top Product Reviews

Helinox – Chair One

Helinox – Chair One

Price: $95.00

Dimensions: 25.6 in x 20.5 in x 19.7 in

Weight Capacity: 300lbs

Design Features: Good back support, lightweight, portability, ventilation, packs down to an extremely small package.

Best Use: Camping, hiking, outdoor recreation, fishing or mountaineering.

Description: With its compactness, strength and comfort; the Helinox Chair One has truly changed the face of the camping chair industry. This chair was originally introduced in the year 2012 and since then it has undoubtedly been one of the most marketed and preferred camping chairs available in the market.

Whether you are a kayaker, motorcycle enthusiast or cyclist; this chair simply can adapt to any outdoor situation as per your needs.
What makes it awesome? If you’re wondering what makes this chair all the more brilliant then the simple answer to that would be “everything.”

The high-strength nylon, the durable and ultra strong stitching, or the advanced TH72M alloy frame; all of this adds to the overall beauty of the Helinox- Chair one. The design features of this camping chair are extremely clever.

Helinox has indeed made some really wonderful engineering on this particular product. This chair comes with the most optimum of comfort features despite its tiny package size of only 30 centimeters. You could attach an additional carry bag along with the camping chair for any amount of additional storage.

Related: Helinox – Table One

Alite Designs Mantis Chair

Alite Designs Mantis Chair

Price: $89.96

Dimensions: 24 in x 21 in x 24 in

Weight Capacity: 250lbs

Design Features: Comfortable, portable, durable, additional storage facility.

Best Use: Trekking, Motorcycling, hiking, fishing or camping.

Description:  Hoping for some effortless lounging on your next camping trip? If yes, then this camping chair is simply the one for you.

Everything about this chair is wonderful whether it is the back-support, the strong base or perhaps the streamlined body frame; the Alite Designs Mantis Chair offers everything for a very reasonable price.

The chair certainly is one of the most comfortable camping chairs that you can find. Its body-hugging sling is designed to offer optimum comfort for your back so that you can lounge and get back up with ease. If you are in search for an “extremely lightweight” and a “very small” chair for your camping needs, this is the chair for you.

The chair holds to be very sturdy and the build quality is extremely durable capable of holding up to 250lbs. When it comes to a more reclining or reclined chair for camping, I feel that this chair is better in comparison to some of the other chairs out there.

Although unfortunately, the Alite Designs Mantis Chair does have a few cons to it as well. If not too many, a few of the demerits of the mantis chair are its longer set-up time, longer packing time or perhaps the price. If you overlook these three things, then you’ve gotten yourself a wonderful chair for relaxation.

Related: Alite Designs Mayfly Chair

Therm – A – Rest Treo Chair

Therm – A - Rest Treo Chair

Price: $91.19

Dimensions: 20 in x 19 in x 27 in

Weight Capacity: 250lbs

Design Features: Lightweight, attractive design, smaller packing size, easily portable.

Best Use: Fishing, Mountaineering, trekking, motorcycling, hunting, and hiking.

Description: Priced a little higher in contrast to other camping chairs, the Therm-a- rest treo chair offers a load of interesting features and comes with a lot of high-end specifications.

Whether it is the composite tripod, the non-skid feet, the 6000 series of aluminum poles, or perhaps the 300D polyester sling, the list of fascinating features is endless with this camping chair.

The Therm-a–rest Treo chair has an integrated closure handle and a carrying support, making it very portable. So it doesn’t quite matter as to what your adventure trip is, as long as you have the Treo chair you’re all set to go.

The set-up beats the odd and takes lesser than a minute to erect the chair completely. Another excellent feature of the Treo chair is its polyester ring-stop sling which helps create a much more firm case to rest on. You could recline yourself backward and not worry about the chair tipping over.

In case you had doubts about the seat height, don’t bother sweating about it. It offers a 13-inch high seat for a relaxed posture and can hold up to 250lbs of weight on it. The ultimate catchphrase for this camping chair would be “packable and comfortable”.

Related: Therm – a – rest treo chair

Alps Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair

Alps Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair

Price: $38.00

Dimensions: 20 in x 14 in x 24 in

Weight Capacity: 250lbs

Design Features: Sturdy, compact and foldable design, portable, lean reclining angle, also includes a carry bag and is designed withPolyester fabric.

Best Use: Beach, gathering, camping, cycling, fishing, hiking or mountaineering.

Description: If you wish to bask in the sun or perhaps gather around a campfire during an outdoor excursion, the Alps Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair promises the ultimate comfort at a very low price.

That’s right, the rendezvous chair is priced at $38.00 and hence is affordable by everyone. Comfort or strength, this chair guarantees it all. It has a steel frame that is sturdy and is powder coated for extra durability.

Sitting slightly lower than the rest of the camping chairs in the category, the Alps mountaineering chair allows you to stretch and relax your legs out comfortably.
Packing up the chair is simply a cake walk. It merely takes a minute and packs up completely into a carry bag that is included with the package.

Transporting this from one place to another is very simple and so is the storing of the chair.

The carry bag is a shoulder carry bag and is 8” x 28” in dimensions. Much like other camping chairs, the Alps Mountaineering honcho is designed with 600D Polyester fabric for added strength and comfort.

Related: Alps Mountaineering Eclipse Table

GCI Outdoor Quik – E – Seat

GCI Outdoor Quik – E - Seat

Price: $29.97

Dimensions: 14.6 in x 17.1 in x 27.4 in

Weight Capacity: 250lbs

Design Features: Padded Back, Sturdy, Backrest, Lightweight, Padded seat, Shoulder Strap.

Best Use: Sports Events, fishing, camping, hiking or motorcycling.

Description: A perfect outdoor camping chair, the CGI Outdoor Quik – E – Seat offers a lot for very little. The fact that this camping chair is field tested by experts adds more credibility tot he design and functionality aspects of the chair despite its low price point which could otherwise imply poor quality product.

What more you ask? This Quik–e–seat comes with padded cushioning for the backrest as well as for the under seating arrangement. Unlike other chairs, this chair offers a more added comfort with the cushioning material.

Folding is another aspect of this chair which is much interesting due to its patented folding technology i.e. the Auto-fold system. The Auto fold technology allows for the chair to fold into a portable package with shoulder straps that makes the camping chair extremely easy to carry around or move from place to place.

CGI Outdoor Quik – e – seat camping chair costs about $29.97 and offers a lot more than you would otherwise think. Like the other chairs in the category, this one too can bear up to 250lbs of weight on itself.

It is a perfect camping chair for trekking, hiking, fishing and of course camping. It is undoubtedly hard to find a chair with this many good features and almost no cons at that attractive pricing.

Related: CGI Outdoor Pack Seat

Travelchair Wallaby Chair

Travelchair Wallaby Chair

Price: $104.34

Dimensions: 22 in x 35 in x 35 in

Weight Capacity: 300lbs

Design Features: Shock-Cord System, Armrest with cup holder, compact and lightweight, Polyester fabric.

Best Use: Sports, hiking, camping, survival run, outdoor recreation, beach.

Description: You probably had a very long day hiking, trekking or perhaps hunting (it’s a thing) and now you want to relax, what do you do? Well, if I were you I’d fall back on to the TravelChair Wallaby Chair (quite literally!).

Among all of the chairs reviewed so far, this chair offers a perfect backrest to fall back in. You could relax and rest on this very compact, strong and durable chair no matter where you are.

Some of the many astonishingly fascinating features of this camping chair are that it has a wide seat, a very high backrest, and of course offers a higher ground clearance in comparison to other chairs of similar models. Now, if that wasn’t impressive enough, guess what? This chair comes with additional cup holders along the armrest region also.

So you can not only sit back and relax but you can also sip your favorite beer while you enjoy some quiet and alone time per se. I think it is a wonderful choice of seating for base camps or even for paddling trips too.

The company offers an additional mesh bag for carrying the chair around. The rip-stop fabric offers tremendous strength and rigidity for the chair to sustain 300lbs of weight on it.

There are many other catchy features that come with it, such as shock cord system and the bar tack stitch for added durability. All of these aforementioned functionalities packed into one product that comes in red as well as in black.

Related: TravelChair Joey Chair

Burton Camp Chair

Burton Camp Chair

Price: $84.95

Dimensions: 26 in x 21 in x 20 in

Weight Capacity: 320lbs

Design Features: Plain Weave Polyester, Lightweight aluminum poles, Storage bag, Firm chair body design, super compact.

Best Use: Mountaineering, trekking, outdoor concert, hiking or fishing.

Description:  If I have to describe this camping chair well enough, the best way to do that would be to call it a “3-step chair”. This is practically a chair that takes 3 steps to assemble and 3 steps to disassemble. You simply deploy the chair, you sit in the chair and then you relax.

With features like plain weave polyester, additional storage bag, lightweight aluminum poles for firm structure and super compact design, you’ll absolutely fall in love with this camping chair.

The Burton Camp Chair solves the big and heckling age-old nuisance of not being able to find a cost-effective and reliable camping chair for your outdoor activities. The load capacity of this chair is massive which is 320lbs or 145 kilos.

The pricing of the camping chair is pretty standard for the functionalities it comes with. Where else can you find a camping chair that can bear 320lbs of weight on it?

Related: Burton Nightcap footprint

Eagles Nest Outfitters – Lounger Hanging Chair

Eagles Nest Outfitters – Lounger Hanging Chair

Price: $119.95

Dimensions: 20 in x 8 in x 8 in

Weight Capacity: 250lbs

Design Features: 7075 aluminum frame, 210D Rip-stop Nylon, the Adjustable angle of reclining with footrest, stuff bag, and 250lbs weight capacity.

Best Use: Back-yarding, camping, traveling, relaxing, mountaineering, survival run.

Description:  Don’t be afraid to pick this if you’re a tad bit heavy. The Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger Hanging Chair can hold up to 250lbs safely. The 7075 aluminum frame is just too thick, strong and incredible to make this camping chair all the more rigid and durable.

The 201D Ripstop Nylon fabric is super strong and is another reason for its added stability despite the heavy weight capacity.

Like a few other terrific camping chairs available, this one also comes with an easy setup option. All you need to do is hang it from a suitable position whether it is a tree or from a rigid bar; you only need to adjust the footrest and the reclining angle accordingly to your comfort.

The longer hanging chair can become one of your favorites as it sets itself apart with its hanging feature which is quite unlikely in most camping chairs. Of course, it is slightly priced higher than other camping chairs but the price is absolutely justified with the high-grade specifications it flaunts. You wouldn’t certainly find a more versatile and a more comfortable camping chair than this one anywhere else.

Related: Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System

Just Sit Back and Relax

The general idea behind the selection of a camping chair lies in determining if you will be using it for long or if it is only a one-time thing. Considering that you’ll use it for several times; it is better to go with one that is more sturdy and rigid even if it means to pay a little more.

Sit Back and Relax

I would personally suggest the TravelChair Wallaby Chair as I find it very useful in terms of a camping chair but also as a product that comes with a tremendous amount of features at a very reasonable price.

If you adhere to the general idea of “how to select the right camping chair” as aforementioned, you should be able to find yourself the most suitable camping chair among the ones reviewed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dennis Owens
Dennis Owens

Dennis Owens is a graduate of National Camping School and REI Outdoor School. He knows everything about what gear to take with you, how to plan your trip to stay safe and what to do if you get lost in the mountains. We are lucky to have Dennis with us as he is a ‘walking encyclopedia’ when it comes to the wilderness.

  • Chase Oliver

    The Hilinox Chair One is an absolute must have for any camper. Though I don’t typically take camp chairs with me when backpacking, as I like to keep my pack weight down as much as possible, I did, however, purchase one for a recent car camping trip.

    I’d always heard good things about Helinox, but, I never expected the quality to be as good as it is. I am 6’2″ and a little over 220 lbs, and although I was initially concerned that the chair may be uncomfortable or incapable of holding my weight, I have been proven wrong time and time again.

    These chairs are built solid, the stitching is incredibly strong (similar to the type of stitching you’d see on climbing equipment or high-quality backpacks), the frame is constructed with DAC aluminum which has proven to be exceptionally sturdy and above all, the chair is incredibly comfortable.

    I’d definitely recommend the Chair One to anyone looking for a sturdy backpacking chair.

    • Dennis Owens

      Great choice as well, Chase. A lot of revolutionary backpacking chairs are really great nowadays and they offer fantastic durability and even classic style to keep your backpacking experience more comfortable than ever.

  • Rob chang

    For the price, you’ll struggle to do much better than the ALPS Rendezvous Chair. I bought one back in 2013 to sit on whilst with my kids, hanging out at the beach.

    Unlike many other camping/folding chairs, it is extremely well-constructed and sturdy. I’ll admit, I was a little worried when I first took it out of the box, as at first glance, it doesn’t look especially big or capable of holding much weight. I’m 6’3″ and over 200 lbs and the chair absolutely proved me wrong, it is comfortable, even for a guy of my size and the material seems like it will endure many more years of abuse.

    If you’re looking for a reliable camp chair at a reasonable price, buy this one and I’d 100% recommend it!

    • Dennis Owens

      This is the good surprise from my friends who bought the ALPS Chair because it is far more durable than it looks. One of my friends share a similar frame to yours and the chair carried his weight pretty well. Durable and simple, this is a really great backpacking chair.

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