10 Best Camp Chairs Reviewed & Compared

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Spring is coming! And for many folks and families, that means time for camping. Hit the trails and campsites in style with your best camp chair in tow. We’ve scoured the latest models of camping chairs to find the best of the best. Each chair we feature below supplies excellent comfort, durability, portability, and value. With varying heights, differing degrees of cushioning, and various storage capabilities, there’s sure to be a chair here to meet your camping needs. Whether you’re in search of superb back support or a chair that weighs next to nothing and packs down so small you’ll hardly notice you have it with you, we’ve found chairs to meet these needs. Each chair has one or more unique features or a special combination of qualities that make it worth its spot on our list. Enjoy finding your next favorite sitting spot and take a hike!

Last Updated: June 8, 2018
By Richard Haberkost:

A wow factor of incredibly good portable chairs for all outdoor uses. We reviewed quality, portability, durability, comfort, extra features, and cost and came up with the most current popular choices for you. In our FAQs we answer questions of interest regarding these products and our review system is explained in the section covering review criteria.

Coleman Oversized Quad
  • Coleman Oversized Quad
  • 5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Built in 4 can cooler
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Wildhorn Outfitters Terralite
  • Wildhorn Outfitters Terralite
  • 4.5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Very lightweight
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ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous
  • ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous
  • 4 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Excellent construction
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10 Best Camp Chairs

 

Coleman Oversized Quad

With a mesh drink holder in one arm and a four-can-capacity cooler pouch under the other, the Coleman Oversized Quad is the ultimate camp chair for enjoying your in. This inexpensive folding camp chair is simple and cozy, yet sturdy. Enjoy structure enough to sit upright and cushion enough to relax thoroughly.
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Comfort

The chair seat and back are fully cushioned, offering structured support. Ensure the perfect lounging position with adjustable armrest heights. This roomy chair allows you to sit upright without being too low to the ground, providing a firm yet soft hold.

Durability

Polyester fabric plus a heavy-duty steel frame make this a durable chair. It supports up to 300 pounds.

Portability

This folding chair is collapsible, making it easy to pack up and transport. It’ll fit inside most car trunks, and comes with a carrying bag for convenience.

Value

This chair gives a lot of bang for your buck! It ranks in at the low end on the price spectrum for camp chairs. Bonus storage room via the cooler and a zip pouch on the side adds to the value.
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Roomy
  • Built-in 4-can cooler pouch keeps cold drinks within reach
  • Mesh cup holder keeps close the beverage you’re sipping
  • Netted side pocket keep books and other personal items, saving a trip back to the car
Cons
  • Not the best construction quality

Wildhorn Outfitters Terralite

In addition to being incredibly lightweight, the Terralite Portable Chair has one remarkable feature that outshines all competitors: Terragrip feet. These rounded feet literally grip to the ground, making this chair suitable for beach sand and muddy environments. Headed to a campsite with firmer ground? Simply interchange the Terragrip feet for the included standard feet. Viola!
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Comfort

This chair is very comfortable and it doesn’t sink. Its interchangeable feet truly offer a level of comfort and versatility that other chairs can’t give you. One set of feet is perfect for sandy and muddy places, the other is suited for more solid ground.

Durability

The Terralite Portable Camp/Beach Chair is constructed from heavy duty aircraft grade 7075 aluminum. This sturdy chair supports up to 350 pounds. The Terralite’s high quality materials are also rustproof, a plus for beachgoers.

Portability

The Terralite is super lightweight at a mere two pounds. You can easily attach the chair to your napsack thanks to the built in velcro straps. Keeps your hands free! The mesh carrying bag is user-friendly, making it a cinch to put your compact chair back in the bag.

Value

This chair ranks in the middle of the price spectrum for camp chairs. Interchangeable feet and durable construction provide excellent value for the price point.
Pros
  • Versatile with interchangeable feet to match different environments
  • Super lightweight at only two pounds = excellent for backpacking
  • Carrying bag doubles as a storage pouch when attached under the chair using the bag’s velcro straps.
  • High quality materials with ultra durable construction
Cons
  • Feet are a little heavy
  • Sits slightly low to the ground (about 14 inches)

ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous

The ALPS Rendezvous is sturdy, breathable, and well-loved. The combination of stability and short seat-to-ground height makes this an excellent chair for children to use. This well-made chair is great for lounging, whether you’re taking a break at the campsite or popping it up at a picnic.
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Comfort

The ALPS Rendezvous sits just above the ground, inviting a luxurious lean-back for lengthening your legs and simultaneously relaxing. TechMesh fabric on both the seat and back of the chair offer improved ventilation and breathability.

Durability

The Rendezvous features a strong powder-coated steel frame, boasting a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Users report solid construction, noting the superior quality of pivot points and joints connecting the frame together.

Portability

This chair easy folds down and packs into the included shoulder carry bag, simplifying transport and storage. The bag is made of sturdy canvas and features an adjustable strap, allowing you to personalize the fit of the bag to your body, maximizing ease of carriage. It isn’t too heavy either, at 6.8 pounds.

Value

The Rendezvous is slightly more expensive than lowest priced camp chairs on our list. The excellent construction and safety qualities make this an excellent value for the price.
Pros
  • The combination of being low to the ground and very sturdy makes this chair a great pick for kids
  • Excellent construction
  • Great breathability
Cons
  • May be challenging to get into and out of for taller people

Wildhorn Outfitters Terralite Portable

Wildhorn Outfitters Terralite Portable
This chair is portable, sturdy and light and yet it can seat up to 350 pounds, that is a strong chair. We like the design for the feet, this works and prevents the chair from sinking into soft surfaces such as mud or sand.
It is so easy to transport to any location, ok, the price is higher than some other chair products but this is to be expected of a high quality, comfortable and durable product.
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Comfort.

Constructed with very supportive mesh fabric of various different strategic structural weaves. The chair is easy to transport and will set up in a matter of seconds. It is very comfortable and supportive. You will get full comfort at any location where you choose to use it.

Durability

The chair support structure is built from 7075 heavy-duty aluminum. This chair can support 350 pounds. A rustproof frame which is very resistive to all types of corrosion including salt/seawater.

Portability.

Comes packed in a durable lightweight carrying pouch, easy to remove and assembles very quickly.

Value

The cost is slightly higher than some other brand chairs and this is because you are getting a very reliable and long lasting product.
Pros

Light Aluminum frame

Rust proof

Corrosion proof

Easy to assemble

Easy to transport

Durable seating materials.

Anto-sink chair feet

Cons

Pay a little higher than other standard priced chairs

Moon Lence Compact Ultralight

Moon Lence Compact Ultralight
The Moon Lence is super compact and feather-light. It’s a fun, ergonomic chair with durable construction. For those who need a chair that packs down so small and weighs so little that they’ll hardly notice its presence in a pack, the Moon Lence is a great option.
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Comfort

The Moon Lence Compact Ultralight Portable Camp Chair is ergonomically designed to provide body-friendly relaxation. Breathable, waterproof mesh offers unbound, soft seating .

Durability

Made of 1000D Oxford cloth with a super strong aluminum alloy frame, this chair delivers excellent durability. Sturdy joints and anti-slip feet bolster this chair’s holding power of up to 242 pounds.

Portability

The Moon Lence is incredibly lightweight at only two pounds. And when Moon Lence says compact, they mean it! The whole chair chair packs down small enough to fit into your backpack or your on-board suitcase. The chair’s frame is made of super light shock cord poles, making this chair seem barely-there in your luggage. Perfect for long hikes.

Value

Though the Moon Lence is slightly more expensive than the lowest priced chairs on this list, it compares beneficially to the more expensive Helinox, giving it great value.
Pros
  • Super lightweight
  • Ultra compact
  • Attractive design
  • Available in eight colors
  • Rivals the more expensive Helinox
Cons
  • Leans back quite a bit, so may not be the best fit if you want to sit upright
  • The lightweight frame and design can mean this chair offers a less-than-sturdy seat

Alite Monarch

Alite Monarch
This unique chair offers a fun perk in its functionality: it rocks. No need to lug your heavy rocking chair to the campsite. Just bring along your Monarch! Lightweight and built to face the toughest of elements, this chair is a super portable addition to your camping or hiking pack.
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Comfort

The Alite Monarch is cozy and very comfortable. This chair is especially comfortable for petite folks, and it’s easy to get into and out of.

Durability

210D ripstop nylon fabric provides a strong seat while an 7075 aluminum frame finishes out the chair. The Monarch holds up well through the elements, standing up to lashings from water, salt, and sand.

Portability

This is the most lightweight folding chair on our list, weighing in a modest 1.3 pounds. Super quick setup and breakdown adds to the ease of taking this chair from one place to another.

Value

The Monarch is mid-range in price, offering reasonable value for how lightweight and portable it is.
Pros
  • Fun to use for those who enjoy rocking
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Super portable
  • Holds up well through exposure to the elements
Cons
  • Not the most solid chair for larger body types
  • The two leg structure means this chair requires balancing with your feet. Folks who don’t love rocking may not love this feature.

Thermarest Z

Thermarest Z
The Thermarest Z Seat is not your typical folding camp chair. In fact, it’s not a chair at all. The Z Seat is a slim, outrageously lightweight, cushioned mat that keeps your bottom off the cold, wet ground. This choice is a must for the minimalists out there who want literally the lightest weight, simplest option available.
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Comfort

The Z Seat can be used directly on the ground to keep you from the cold and wet elements. It will make sitting on a log more comfortable and parking yourself on a frigid bench or picnic table more cozy. The Limon color option provides extra comfort and warmth with aluminized coating.

Durability

This bad boy is made of puncture-proof closed cell foam. Users rate the Z seat as essentially indestructible.

Portability

The Z Seat is designed to fold up like an accordion, making for compact storage. An integrated bungee loop wraps around your folded seat, keeping the mat tightly wound and incredibly easy to pack. Weighing in at 2.08 ounces, you very literally won’t know you brought this seat with you, whether you strap it to the outside of your pack or tuck it inside.

Value

The Z Seat is super inexpensive and versatile, making it essential for minimalists and a totally worthwhile purchase for many other campers.
Pros
  • Unbelievably lightweight at just over two ounces
  • Versatile seating/cushioning doubles as a camp welcome mat outside your tent, a pillow, a backrest, or a buffer between your pack and the wet ground
  • Super comfy
  • Ultra portable
Cons
  • Not enough cushioning for those with serious back issues

Kijaro Dual Lock

Kijaro Dual Lock
The Kijaro is perhaps the most sturdy chair on this list. The dual lock features means once this chair is in set up, you literally lock it into place, and it’s not going anywhere! This is a taller chair that many folks will appreciate. It’s breathable, firm, and portable, too.
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Comfort

The Kijaro Dual Lock boast “no-sag” seating, offering a firm place to plant yourself. The chair is very comfortable with a padded seat and a headrest and breathable mesh on the seat back. The dual lock function provides maximum seat and back support.

Durability

The Kijaro Dual Lock features high quality 460 G Mesh, 600 x 300d Diamond Ripstop Polyester, and a steel frame. This chair is very sturdy and stable with a 300 pound weight capacity.

Portability

A built-in shoulder strap on the chair itself makes the Kijaro straightforward to relocate around a camp or game site. It also comes with a bag for transport.

Value

This chair is on the lower end of the price spectrum, though you may pay more depending on color selection. The Kijaro has an excellent price point for how sturdy it is.
Pros
  • Great for those seeking superior back support
  • Features two cup holders & organizer with zip & mesh pockets
  • Enjoy 10 color options
  • Built-in shoulder strap on the chair makes on-site relocation a snap
Cons
  • 20 inch ground-to-seat height is too tall for some, and also means this chair packs up tall for transport

Big Agnes Helinox

Big Agnes Helinox
The Helinox excels for combining portability with sturdiness. This lightweight, easy-to-pack chair is strong enough to offer a larger weight capacity than the other light chairs on this list. Exceptionally portable for such a sturdy chair, select from a rainbow of colors and patterns.
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Comfort

The Helinox is made with breathable mesh on the back and sides, maximizing ventilation. The seat is 13.5 inches from the ground, providing plenty of room for your legs to rest.

Durability

The Helinox is built from anodized DAC aluminum poles and durable 600d polyester fabric. Strong construction holds up to 320 pounds.

Portability

The Helinox is easy to pack into its carrying case with accompanying zipper closure, grab handles and daisy chain included. Aluminum keeps the weight minimal in this chair; it weighs only 1.9 pounds. The packed chair resembles a large men's shoe in size.

Value

The Helinox is quite expensive compared to the rest of these chairs. The biggest benefit is larger carrying capacity relative to how light the chair itself is. If color palette is important to you, you will be pleased with the broader selection of colors/patterns for this chair.
Pros
  • Available in 12 colors/patterns
  • Lightweight yet sturdy
  • Excellent portability
Cons
  • Quite expensive

ALPS Mountaineering King Kong

ALPS Mountaineering King Kong
If you're looking for a seriously sturdy chair yet cushy chair, the ALPS King Kong may be your ticket. With a tremendous weight capacity of 800 pounds, this chair nearly outdoes itself in strength. Padding and firmly stretched fabric accentuate comfort.
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Comfort

This chair lives up to its name, offering king-size comfort. The ALPS King Kong is large and inviting, delivering exceptional support with taut fabric covering. Padding adds to the King Kong’s coziness.

Durability

The King Kong boasts a strong powder-coated steel frame and 600D polyester fabric, providing solid structure. The weight capacity supersedes every chair on this list, making out at a hefty 800 pounds.

Portability

An accompanying shoulder carry bag allows convenient packing and transport. Strongarm this big chair and you're good to go.

Value

The pricing for the ALPS King Kong is mid-range. Stack up quality and capacity, and you're getting a pretty good deal.
Pros
  • Each adjustable armrest comes with a cup holder and side pocket for extra storage
  • Exceptional support & weight capacity
  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee
Cons
  • At 12.5 pounds and larger dimensions, this chair may not be best for casual campers
  • Many reviewers express leg and back-of-knee discomfort with the metal bars underneath the seat

Eureka! Curvy High Back

Eureka! Curvy High Back
Offering exquisite comfort and supreme back support, the Eureka! Curvy High Back is a fun and sturdy sling-style chair. Ideal for lounging, this chair is reported to be extra easy to get into and out of, a sometimes issue for camp chairs. This super comfortable chair works especially well for taller folks.
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Comfort

The Curvy High Back features an original high-back design for extra relief and relaxation of your head, neck, and shoulders. This sling-style chair creates an easygoing vibe and lounge-like seating. This chair maxes out its comfort measures with 3D spacer mesh in the seat and lumbar panel and padded foam covering the armrests and seat. The Curvy High Back is especially simple to get out of.

Durability

Like other Eureka! camp chairs, the frame of the Curvy High Back is constructed from bright silver powder coated steel. This sturdy chair holds up to 300 pounds.

Portability

The Curvy High Back packs quickly. Simply fold the chair and pack into the accompanying carrying bag.

Value

The Curvy High Back ranks highest on the price spectrum for camp chairs on this list. The quality purchased comes through with the chair’s exceptional upper body support and ease of use.
Pros
  • Extra head, neck, and shoulder support
  • Exceptional back support
  • Sling-style for lounge-like comfort
  • Side pocket includes beverage holster, storage bin for what you want closeby, and a 6 loop webbing daisy chain for clipping keys
Cons
  • Expensive

 

The Criteria We Used for Our Evaluation of the Best Camp Chairs

These great camp chairs were not selected by lottery. We used a specific set of standards to evaluate dozens of chairs, helping us narrow down the best of the best. Below is a breakdown of each metric we used to determine which chairs made it on the list:

Comfort

If you’re wanting a camp chair, you likely want a more comfortable option than sitting on the bare ground. Every chair on this list ranks high in the comfort category. Different factors affect comfort, including fabrics on the chair, padding, ground-to-seat height, and height of the chair back. Other comfort factors include whether or not you can adjust the armrests to just the right height for your body and whether or not the chair is easy to get into and out of.

You also want to be sure you won’t fall over if you lean too far back. Some chairs promote the ability to sit completely upright, which some find to be a sign of ultimate comfort, while others want a more lounge-like feel. So depending on the activity you plan to do with your chair, comfort will mean something different to you.

Because comfort is a nuanced experience, we highlighted chairs that would meet the comfort needs of different body types – different heights and weights, and whether you need lots of back support, a moderate amount or none at all.

Breathability and warmth are other comfort factors and may depend on the climate you’re in. Some of these chairs have more mesh to keep airflow maximized, while others are thickly padded and more likely to keep you warm.

Durability

Durability is a major quality factor for good camp chairs. You want to know your chair isn’t going to fall apart. All of these chairs rank well in durability relative to their price tag, and some will give you even more stability for your buck.

Weight capacity is a good indicator of durability. These chairs hold from 242 to 800 pounds. We looked at the construction of each chair, including frame material and quality of joints and pivots. We looked extensively through customer reviews to ensure these products don’t rip, rust, or fall apart easily.

For maximizing the life of the products, every single one of these chairs is a breeze to keep clean.

Portability

If you’re going to take the time to pack up a chair and carry it with you to camp, on a hike, or to a picnic or game, you’ll want to be sure the chair is straightforward to carry around.

Though the weight of the chair itself was one of the factors we looked at when examining portability, it wasn’t the sole determining force. These chairs range from less than two pounds to almost 14 pounds in product weight. Some of the heavier chairs come with additional features to increase portability such as a built-in carrying strap on the chair itself.

All of these chairs come with their own carrying bags. Some of these bags have adjustable straps to customize the fit. Some have Velcro straps for ease of attaching to your pack. We even looked at the strength of the carrying bags, ensuring that no customer reviews mentioned breaks or tears.

We also looked at how well each chair packs down. Some of these chairs fold up to be the size of a water bottle, and fit in your pack or attach to the outside just as easily. But some of the larger, more sturdy chairs just can’t do that. Again, this is when you have to evaluate your needs. Maybe you won’t take a larger chair on a long hike, but it could be just what you want for a car camping trip.

All of these chairs, regardless of compact size, setup and breakdown simply. This means they aren’t a pain to take with you where you want to go.

Value

While these chairs range broadly in price, they all rank high in value. Each chair has a unique combination of features that make it well worth its respective price tag.

 

Other Important Factors to Consider

Location

Two of the most important considerations to make when selecting your camp chair are what type of activity you’ll be doing the most with the chair and what type of climate you’re likely to be in.

Some of these chairs are made especially to be used on harder surfaces. So they won’t be your best bet for beach going. But others have feet that are great for use in the sand and mud. Some of the chairs have extra waterproofing and rust-free features that make them better options for wetter climates.

If you’re using a chair primarily for backpacking or long hikes, you’ll probably want a lightweight chair that packs down really well and adds little to your total cargo weight.

Support

You’ll definitely need to consider your body type and any particular issues you’re experiencing. These chairs range in level of back support, chair height, and height from the ground to the chair base. Do you want to sit upright or do you want to stretch your legs out while having back support? You’ll want to look at these specs and consider your own height or the height of the person you’re purchasing for, along with the amount of support you need and where you need it the most, and how you want to use the chair.

Additional Features

If storage on the chair is an important feature for you, remember to check for cup-holders, zip pouches, and keychain clips. Some of these chairs can hold multiple drinks, some can only hold closed containers, and some don’t even have a spot for drinks. So again, think about what you’ll use this chair for and what your priorities are.

One last consideration could be warranty. Some of these chairs have limited warranties, while some have lifetime guarantees.

FAQ

Q: How do I clean my camping chair?

A: All of the chairs we included here are simple to clean. Some have fabric coverings that come off easily and can be machine washed. Others are best to spray down with a hose and dry in the sun. Each chair will come with its own unique cleaning methods to ensure the best longevity of the product.

Q: How do I clean mildew/mold off my camp chair?

A: This is an excellent question. The first step before cleaning your chair is to ensure that it is completely dry. The best way to do this is leaving it out in direct sunlight for several hours.

Next, if possible steam cleans the fabric on the chair without taking it apart. If this isn’t an option, try spraying it down with rubbing alcohol and letting it dry in the sun. Of course, you’ll want to test a small patch first (perhaps underneath the chair) to ensure the alcohol won’t interfere with the fabric coloring. You may have to repeat the spraying and drying cycle a few times.

One more option is this simple at-home remedy that works for most camp chairs: Spray undiluted white vinegar on the problem area(s). Next, thoroughly wipe the chair with a cleaning sponge. Now take a gallon of hot water and mix into it one tablespoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of baking soda, and a couple drops of a gentle dish cleanser soap. Wash the chair with this cleaning solution, then leave it to dry in the open air and sunlight. This is the most critical step of the cleaning process. Do NOT fold up or pack the chair away while it is the least bit damp. This will invite mold right back onto the chair.

Q: What is the best heavy duty camping chair?

A: For folks who are looking for a seriously sturdy camping chair, the ALPS King Kong is your best bet with a stunning weight capacity of 800 pounds. It doesn’t get much more heavy duty than this!

Q: What is the lightest camping chair?

A: Backpacking campers often want the answer to this question, and our list features several ultra-lightweight chairs. For the minimalist camper, the Thermarest Z Seat may be the best option, weighing in at just over two ounces. If you’re looking for a more supportive option that still hardly adds weight to your pack, check out the Alite Monarch (1.3 pounds) or the Moon Lence, Helinox Chair One, or Terralite, each of which weighs about two pounds.

Q: Will my camp chair come with a warranty?

A: This is an important question, and the answer differs per manufacturer. You will have to check with your specific product to see what type of warranty, if any, is offered for your chair.

Q: Will my camp chair double as a beach chair?

A: Some camping chairs are made to withstand a variety of conditions, including water, salt, wind, and sand. But some of them aren’t made this way and might rust if you spend too much time at the beach. Another important factor to consider when thinking about using your camp chair at the beach is the chair’s feet. Most camp chairs aren’t designed to hold up well in soft sand, and thus they will sink. The Terralite is a great option for doubling as a beach chair due to its interchangeable feet, one set of which is designed specifically for softer, slippery surfaces.

Sources

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  4. Cool of the Wild, The 10 Best Camping Chairs in 2018, Wild Outdoors Website, Jan 01, 2018
  5. Felix Obrien, How To Clean Mold / Mildew From Camping Chairs?, Camping Website, Dec 20, 2016
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