The Buyer’s Guide to Folding Camping Chairs

The Buyer’s Guide to Folding Camping Chairs

The Buyer’s Guide to Folding Camping Chairs

Frederic Arnold invented the first foldable chair in 1947. More than seventy years have passed and folding camping chairs have considerably evolved since then. Now, campers have the luxury of choosing from a wider and better selection of camping chairs to make their camping trip more enjoyable than ever.

Factors to Consider When Buying Folding Camping Chairs

Use the factors below as a checklist to end up with the best camping chair for your trip.

Size

How big a chair do you need? Most chairs come in standard sizes but there are a number of models that have been designed with oversize frames. Expect to pay more for them, though. There are also a number of kiddie-sized camping chairs available if you wish your child to have his very own throne when you go on an outdoor trip.

Fabric

Weatherproof protection – or at least water-resistant capabilities – and durability should be your topmost concerns when shopping for camping chairs. Another factor to consider is the texture. Those with sensitive skin should look for chairs with fabrics that won’t irritate their skin.

Frame

There are basically two types of frames used for camping chairs. Some come with side X designs while others have the X-shaped support at the back. Some people prefer the latter type as it gives them a better sense of sturdiness and stability when they lean back against their camping chairs.

Consider the materials used for the frame of your chair. The more expensive ones would be made purely of steel. That would mean having to bear just a little bit extra weight but it promises greater durability as well.

Design

Folding camping chairs come in a variety of colors and designs and since they won’t affect your comfort in any way, you can choose in whichever you want. Stains won’t show as easily with darker-colored chairs while neutral shades would blend more easily with the background. Then again, there are also some models that come in beautiful pastel and fun colors like pink and orange if you wish for something fashionable.

Case

Most foldable chairs come with their own backpacks or hand-carry or body bags. If you already have a backpack, another form of packing or case for your camping chair would be ideal.

Add-ons

Think armrests and cup holders, padded seats and back, and extra storage space. Do you need one or all?

Warranty

Finally, low end folding camping chairs won’t come with warranties but higher-end models may even offer you lifetime warranty.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

William Edison August 16, 2010 at 5:55 am

I know of a cool folding chair that carries like a backpack. It is called the SherpaChair. It is quite interesting in that you can easily take a chair with you as when it is folded the chair is three inches thick and is lightweight. It even has a drink-holder too–very practical!

Cheers,
William Edison
Denver, Colorado

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Outdoor Guy January 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Thanks William. We’ll take a look at the SherpaChair and possibly review it.

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Sophia August 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Thank you for the guide, I appreciate it and I am glad I came to this site. Sometimes, finding the best camping chair is difficult and it takes a lot of time. This is the reason why I went to search for some tips rather than the chairs because I know that I got a lot of options.

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