Memorial Day weekend kicks off camping season in the Pacific Northwest, and whether you car camp, hike in or do a little of both, it’s always nice to have a comfy chair to collapse into back at camp.
Camping chairs are getting lighter and lighter, making it possible to tote a more supportive chair farther afield. And if you’re not going far from the SUV, well, the sky’s the limit for comfort.
Here are a few top camping chair picks for the 2019 season, for those looking for light, luxe and in between.
Helinox Savanna Chair (on sale for $149.89 through May 27 during the REI Anniversary sale). Tall people, rejoice. This high-backed chair is lightweight and comfortable (if a little narrow), with clever armrests and two drink holders. Packs into a small carry sack. Weight: 4 pounds, 3 ounces. Capacity: 320 pounds.
Kelty Discovery Low Loveseat ($100; eligible for 20% off REI coupon through May 27). You’re eating s’mores and gazing at the stars … but you’re so far apart in your separate chairs. Get a little closer to the one you love in this padded chair built for two. Rolls into a carrying tote. Weight: 15 pounds, 6 ounces. Capacity: 500 pounds.
Coleman Portable Quad Chair with Cooler ($25 at target.com). A great budget option, this is a chair you can sit in all day, with a cushioned seat and back, plus a four-can cooler and side pocket to hold whatever you need to keep you entertained and relaxed in the sweet mountain air. Folds for transport. Weight: 7.3 pounds. Capacity: 325 pounds.
REI Co-op Flexlite Air Chair (on sale for $69.89 through May 27 during the REI Anniversary sale). New for this year, this chair is ultra-lightweight, providing a comfy seat on even the longest hike-in. Packs into stuff sack. Weight: 1 pound. Capacity: 250 pounds.
Yeti Hondo Base Camp Camping Chair ($300 at yeti.com). Yes, it’s priced like all things Yeti. But it’s also made with the same durability and great looks that got you to pay $300 for a cooler. Solid, cast joints and a tight supportive mesh fabric that’s UV-resistant make it a chair intended to last a lifetime. Folds for transport; carrying tote sold separately. Weight: 16.5 pounds. Capacity: 500 pounds.
Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair (on sale for $164.89 through May 27 during the REI Anniversary sale). If stargazing (or treetop gazing) is a top priority, then this innovative seat is a must-have, mixing a camp chair with a hammock. Just make sure you claim it each night before a friend or kid poaches it. Packs into carrying case. Weight: 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Capacity: 300 pounds.
Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair ($64–$69.50 at amazon.com). And if those meshy, lightweight camp chairs just don’t cut it for you, pick up something bigger and burlier. The King Kong, as you might expect from the name, is large, supportive and super-padded, with a whopping 800-pound capacity. Folds and slides into a carry bag. Weight: 13 pounds.