Best Camping Chair
Camping chairs are handy little pieces of equipment that lend comfort, support, and convenience to a camping experience. They are more comfortable to sit on than rocks and logs, softer to lean against than a tree or slab of granite, and many offer handy little perks such as cup holders, pockets, and even lumbar supports. When deciding on which chair is best for you, it is a good idea to prioritize comfort and quality to avoid having to purchase a new chair too soon after making your original purchase. This list does just that, and explores some of the best camping chair options based on comfort, quality, and convenience. The choices on this list offer varying degrees of amenities and portability.
Lafuma RSX Camp Chair
Alite Monarch Butterfly Chair
Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair
Ming's Mark SL1204-BLUE Blue Full Back Folding Director's Chair
TravelChair Larry Chair Model 169
If you simply must have the most comfortable, most luxurious camping chair available, consider the Lafuma RSX recliner. This zero-gravity mesh chair literally imparts a feeling of weightlessness due to the lacing system connecting the fabric to the frame - a design that provides exceptional comfort and support. The headrest provides a cushioned haven for your head to call home, and getting in and out of the chair is a breeze. The RSX has the ability to recline to the point where your legs are level with your upper body, a feature that has many users admitting that they use this chair in their home more than they do on their camping trips. The RSX is the most expensive option on this list, but many users feel its superior level of comfort is worth the price tag. If you are on the taller side, consider the XL version. The RSX also comes in a padded model that is even more supportive and comfortable.
The Alite Monarch is an ideal choice if you want your camping chair to be easily portable, in addition to comfy and practical. This chair easily folds up into the included stuff sack, and the poles are shock corded for easy setup. The complete chair system weighs in at 21 ounces, making it a lightweight and conveniently compact option to carry to your various outdoor adventures. It is perhaps more weight than many would like to add to their backpacking pack, but it's a viable option if you simply must have something available to sit on during your trek. This chair is supported by two rubber feet, so your own feet act to balance you while sitting since the chair can't balance and remain standing on its own. This feature makes this chair perfect for leisure sitting and rocking, but may also make it less than ideal if you need to perform chores or tasks while sitting that require a more sturdy, four-legged chair.
Most people don't need a chair that can hold 800 pounds, but the fact that this chair can do just that is a worthy brag point. The King Kong's steel frame is insanely strong, and the fabric and strap materials are designed to last. In fact, Alps Mountaineering backs the quality of this chair with a lifetime warranty. A long mesh pocket along the top backside of the chair keeps items like your phone and keys close while two hanging side pockets can store whatever else you want to keep easily accessible. Each arm of the chair has a cup holder, and the armrests are adjustable so you can customize your chair fit. The padded back and seat make this chair one of the most comfortable options currently available. The chair weighs 13 pounds, but a shoulder bag with two straps helps make it easier to carry.
The SL1204 is a king when it comes to anticipating your camping needs and meeting them with ease. For starters, the aluminum frame is a sturdy beast and can handle upwards of 300 pounds. The full-back of this chair offers increased back support, and the chair's overall height is ideal for easily alternating between sitting and standing. The side table makes eating in the chair simple and conveniently frees up your hands from having to hold everything on your lap. Plus, that side table also includes a cup holder. Removable side pockets keep your important items organized and close at hand.
If you are searching for a sturdy, durable, and lightweight camping chair that can also serve your chair needs in many other settings, the Larry Chair is an excellent option. This chair sits low and is great for sitting around the campfire or anywhere else in your campsite. Having a low profile also makes this chair a handy accessory for concerts (where there may be a chair height limit) and lazing on the beach. It folds down to roughly the size of a laptop and the included carrying case makes it easy to transport. Overall, users rave about this chair's comfort, versatility, and portability. Note that it doesn't have arm rests or a cup holder.
My husband and I have backpacked through diverse terrains ranging from the rugged wilderness areas of Yosemite and King's Canyon to the more beginner friendly paths of Lake Tahoe. Next year we are even planning to undertake the glorious 200+ miles of the John Muir Trail. We have hiked 12,000 foot passes, traversed rushing rivers, set up impromptu camps on everything from solid snow to granite outcroppings, and seen the wonders of hidden pristine lakes and patches of snow that remain year-round. Our experiences with wildlife including bears, deer, rattlesnakes, and bugs that we didn't even know existed have helped us refine our gear list to be as prepared as possible in the most light-weight, compact way. We have near perfected the art of campsite setup and teardown and can literally create a home away from home in mere minutes and pack it back up in the same amount of time. My husband's insatiable need to be in possession of the latest technological backpacking advancements has allowed us to experiment with many different types of equipment and even varying editions of the same piece of equipment. Even our honeymoon was a 55-mile backpacking adventure. Let's just say it's an obsession.
I look forward to helping you sift through the many options in the backpacking world to find the gear that will help make your trip (and many more to come!) unforgettable. Happy trails!