When you're heading off the grid, a proper chair usually ranks pretty low on the list of gotta haves. After all, any camper worthy of his paracord bracelet knows that Ma’ Nature provides ample stumps for an overworked body. Factor in the energy that it takes to trek supplies for secluded subsistence and a cushy seat starts to seem a little city-folkish. Still, even the most hardened of campers can appreciate supportive seating when the fire is roaring and the back is aching from a seven-mile portage. In an age where a kayak can take up less space than a duffle bag, it would be nice to have a chair that fits in your pocket -- and the Helinox One comes close.
Securely stowed in its waterproof case, the Helinox Chair One could easily pass for an outdoorsy dopp kit, provided nobody peeps the illustrated instructions decorating the insides. Weighing in at less than your Nalgene (32oz), Chair One is the latest innovation from the mass-obsessed crew at Helinox. Thanks to the use of self-locating shock cord technology, assembly is simple -- you're sitting down in less time than it takes to over-toast a marshmallow. Despite the diminutive diameter of the chair's legs, it can support seriously generous campers (up to 320 pounds).
The secret behind the chair's stealth and strength lies in the use of an aluminum alloy called TH72M. Concocted using a mix of metals (including titanium), the lightweight bits of each Chair One are actually stronger than carbon fiber. Helinox's chair recently took home the coveted ISPO Outdoor Product Award, and really it's no surprise. You shouldn't need Sherpas in order to hump in a creature comfort or two, and the Chair One is a great place to start.
Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope.
The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.
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