Just because you are heading out to get away from it all doesn’t mean you have to leave every modern convenience behind. Camp chairs are great for everything from heading out for a day on the beach, to bringing along with you as you head out on weeks long backpacking trips. These pieces combine the comfort of being able to sit back and rest your legs with the kind of durability you’d expect from all of your tough camping equipment.
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to a comfortable seat, so it only makes sense that there are so many different ways to relax after a day of hiking, kayaking, or climbing. From large framed fold outs, to discrete chairs you can throw in your daypack, there are as many designs to these as there are preferences and ways to camp. We went through and assembled what we think are the 8 best camp chairs out there today so you can scan through and make the choice for yourself.
Kijaro Sling Folding Chair
What is better than feeling a breeze come through your chair’s mesh back and cool you down after a hot and sweaty day out on the beach or kicking it around the campsite? Kijari’s sling folding chair offers just that, along with a relaxed ‘sling’ seating position, an easy to reach zippered pocket, and a detachable pillow on the headrest for maximum comfort. Weighing just nine pounds, you can easily fold this up and carry it along with the rest of your gear thanks to the incorporated strap along the frame. Despite the seat’s light weight, however, it can still support up to 250 pounds.
Alite Monarch Butterfly Chair
A chair with only two legs doesn’t sound like the most agreeable thing – but this piece from Alite offers a comfortable and alternative way to pop a squat. Unlike a lot of other backpacking friendly chairs, the poles on this guy open up for a less tight fit around your sides. While it may take a second to find your balance on this chair, once you do, keeping upright becomes as easy as riding a bike. Weighing just about a pound and fitting easily into a stuff sack, this is ideal for taking out with you on longer overnight backpacking trips.
Alps Mountaineering King Kong
Whether you are going to be tailgating, hitting the beach, or unfolding this by the campfire, the King Kong is the ideal throne for the guy looking for something that’ll last years and years. Made with a tough khaki polyester fabric and steel frame, this chair can hold up to 800 pounds and features two cup holders along with a back netting for storing your gear. Despite being easy to fold down into a shoulder carry bag, this seat will be just as sturdy (if not more) than the ones you use in your own house.
evrgrn Campfire Rocker
Rocking chairs are relaxing. Camping is relaxing. Put the two together and you have the ultimate fireside companion. Made to easily fold down into an unobtrusive satchel, this five pound chair with wooden rockers, metal frame, and a stitched polyester seat is a super comfy chair to relax into after a full day jamming around the woods. Whether you just want to lean back and take it all in, or hunch forward to tend to the fire, this piece from REI’s evrgrn is more than amenable to your needs. Who knows – you may like this one so much that you’ll want to go ahead and set it up on your deck after you come back.
Eureka Curvy High-Back Chair
A relaxed fit chair with a high-mesh back and a no-fuss fold out frame, this chair is ideal for sliding down into wherever you are. With a 300 pound capacity and weighing in at only 11 pounds, it is as easy to pack as it is to setup. Due to its mesh construction it’ll keep you both cool and comfortable on warmer days or for when you are trying to take a breath after a day of having a heavy pack on your back. For easy access to your gear, the seat includes a side pocket beverage holster and compartment so your book and beer are less than an arms length away.
Kelty Low Love Camp Chair
Ok so so this is technically a post about camp chairs, but why not include a camp couch? This low-love seat from Kelty offers a great way to share some space while still offering a rugged build that can be packed away easily in a roll-tote storage compartment. Coming with two insulated beverage holders on both arms and constructed from a durable steel frame and 600D polyester construction, it’ll last through hundreds of camping trips, music festivals, and beach bonfires.
REI Flex Lite Chair
A super lightweight offering form the stalwart outdoor brand, this one pound chair made from ripstop nylon and an aluminum frame can work perfectly as either a camping or backpacking chair. With a simple and small storage sack, you can take it just about anywhere and easily pop it open when you feel the need to kick back and enjoy the roaring fire. Breathable mesh makes up the majority of the synthetic seat, making it easy to dry quickly if you ever get caught in the rain or find yourself spilling beverages.
Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair
This chair does not look like something you would see at an outdoor concert or campfire, and that isn’t a bad thing at all. Brilliantly designed to fold up into its own legs for a sturdy and easy to carry package, the Treo Chair makes comfort in the woods easy. With a tough 6000 series aluminum frame supporting a seat constructed from a durable dyneema, you can be sure that this will stand up to whatever terrain you take it through. Sand, rocks, or dirt won’t pose an issue for the base of the Treo – the strong composite legs are non-skid and are capable of supporting weights of up to 250 pounds.