There are many styles of camping. Some people go off the grid in Patagonia. Others park their trailers in a lot. But no matter what, every camper likes to take a load off. As a result, the market for camping chairs includes everything from heavy, relatively luxurious chairs to ultralight chairs that can slot into a pack. These are our favorites for kicking back outdoors.
Additional contribution by AJ Powell.
Helinox Chair Zero
Released earlier this year, the Helinox Chair Zero is the lightest four-legged camp chair on the market. It weighs in at just over a pound and offers a seating height of 11 inches. The Chair Zero is also extremely easy to set up, with one shock-corded pole for assembly.
Evrgrn Pendleton Campfire Rocker
Evrgrn’s collaboration chair with Pendleton is perfect for those who splurged on Pendleton’s Airstream trailer, but really, it’s at home in any camp. It features a Pendleton jacquard print that dates back to 1910, folds up easily, and weighs in at a surprisingly light (for a rocking chair) 5 pounds.
Alite 4-Legged Mantis
If you seek ultralight performance in a camp chair but still want a fun print, Alite’s Four-Legged Mantis is the way to go. The San Francisco-based company offers a lifetime guarantee on its camp chairs; if you ever have an issue with one, simply send it back, and the brand will repair or replace it.
When it comes to portability and packability, the Quadra is tough to beat. It packs into its own base, which is roughly the size of a tennis ball canister, and when unpacked, it can hold up to 300 pounds. Setting it up is a little bit more involved than other chairs on this list, but you get more than you give.
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0
The Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 is dead simple, and that’s a good thing. It consists of one piece of fabric folded at a 90-degree angle and held together by two nylon straps. It’s the most affordable on the list, as well as the lightest, coming in at 21.9 ounces. It has less parts to break, and has been a mainstay in the packs of lightweight backpackers for decades.