Going outside isn’t always about being on your feet. Even the hardiest hiker and the most dedicated fly fisherman need a place to park when back at camp, and sometimes a log just doesn’t cut it.
Nor does a cheap folding chair.
Flimsy camping chairs are a dime a dozen at big box stores. Made from low-quality alloys and substandard fabrics, store-brand chairs often have trouble lasting the season and collapse if you look at them wrong.
A good camping chair, on the other hand, becomes a trusted companion. It goes with you not only to the campsite, but to the beach, the park, outdoor concerts, barbecues and picnics. It’s ready for you after a long day of work when you want to sit on your patio and watch the sunset, beverage in hand. It’s perfect for lounging around the campfire after an epic day on the trails.
You get the idea.
So what makes a good camping chair? It’s got to be comfortable, portable, sturdy and stowable. Season to taste: storage is important for many people—a cup holder, especially—as is adjustability, and ease of setup.
If you’re backpacking, it’s got to be ultralight; if you’re a large person, it’s got to support your weight; if you’re tailgating, it’s got to chill your next couple rounds. (Okay, maybe it doesn’t. But we did find a chair with a mini-cooler.)
The upshot: there are different chairs for different people. On our list you’re bound to find a chair that works for you, or something close anyway (there are a few alternate picks tucked in there.)
We kept our selections at $100 or less because we know you’re not shopping for your living room. That said, some of these are comfortable enough that you might just start to wonder if living rooms are overrated. Take a look.