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Rezarf
03-07-2010, 10:57 AM
So, I have a set of those zero gravity chairs that I got at Bass Pro for a song on one of their sales. They are AWESOME, however they take up way too much room, even with the trailer.

So I am on the hunt for a comfortable, durable, camp chair that won't break after a season or two. I would like the kind that folds down into a tube shape only. I am not looking for a flat folding kind. I don't need all the bells and whistles of foot rests, and head shades... just a good, high quality, rugged, comfortable chair with arm rests.

What say you!?

:thumb:

MDH33
03-07-2010, 11:02 AM
When I can afford them, I am going to pick up a couple of these:

http://www.kermitchair.com/

I would rather spend the coin on something quality rather than cheap made in China throw-away junk.

:thumb:

treerootCO
03-07-2010, 11:03 AM
http://www.snowpeak.com/lux/living/chair/index.html

Dn't know much about these chairs but the company seems to have the rest of their gear figured out.

Rezarf
03-07-2010, 11:28 AM
When I can afford them, I am going to pick up a couple of these:

http://www.kermitchair.com/

I would rather spend the coin on something quality rather than cheap made in China throw-away junk.

:thumb:

Man, those look nice, but ~$150ish to complete them... I could build another trailer for that ;)

Nice concept, they look uber nice!

MDH33
03-07-2010, 11:32 AM
Man, those look nice, but ~$150ish to complete them... I could build another trailer for that ;)

Nice concept, they look uber nice!

Well, you did say "The Best" in your thread title.

You get what you pay for, and they're made in the USA. One chair that costs $150 that will last a lifetime, vs a $30 chair that you'll be throwing away and replacing every few years.

Rezarf
03-07-2010, 11:34 AM
Anyone heard of these? Alps Mountaineering: Big C.A.T. they are steel framed, and claim to hold 500lbs! (no jokes! ;) ) Though I have a fear of dropping my "husky" butt through a cheap-o chair... it hasn't happened yet (knock on wood). :thumb:

These run around $40 bucks...

wesintl
03-07-2010, 11:37 AM
ALPS Mountaineering has comfortable chairs

Corbet
03-07-2010, 12:41 PM
I have a set of the ALPs chairs. But I left them out on my deck last summer and the UV damage has pretty much killed them. They are OK. Better than the average fold up of its type. Overland Journal had a chair write up last year. Kermit Chair got the editors choice. www.kermitchair.com

LARGEONE
03-07-2010, 01:48 PM
I've had both good and bad experiences with Alps Mountaineering stuff (in general). Whatever you choose, make sure it has a beer holder. Every time I sit in my chairs without a drink holder, I get pissed!!!

I'll be watching this thread as I need a new set as well. Since Cary camps with me often, I've actually been considering one of those two-seater dealios!!!

Hulk
03-07-2010, 10:45 PM
I always buy these high-end lightweight space age chairs, then find that my friends who bought a $17 chair at Sports Authority have chairs that are way more comfortable. Go sit in them and look for something with a wide seat that doesn't pinch your legs.

jacdaw
03-07-2010, 10:49 PM
X3! aerostitch.com (http://www.aerostich.com/kermit-s-kamping-chair.html) usually has good prices on them.

When I can afford them, I am going to pick up a couple of these:

http://www.kermitchair.com/

I would rather spend the coin on something quality rather than cheap made in China throw-away junk.

:thumb:

Rezarf
03-07-2010, 11:28 PM
I've had both good and bad experiences with Alps Mountaineering stuff (in general). Whatever you choose, make sure it has a beer holder. Every time I sit in my chairs without a drink holder, I get pissed!!!

Now that is funny! :p:

I always buy these high-end lightweight space age chairs, then find that my friends who bought a $17 chair at Sports Authority have chairs that are way more comfortable. Go sit in them and look for something with a wide seat that doesn't pinch your legs.

What are you trying to say Matt? :thumb:

Rezarf
03-07-2010, 11:33 PM
Well, you did say "The Best" in your thread title.

You get what you pay for, and they're made in the USA. One chair that costs $150 that will last a lifetime, vs a $30 chair that you'll be throwing away and replacing every few years.

You got me there Martin ;)

How about I change the title to the best camp chair for around 60 bucks or less! :D

corsair23
03-08-2010, 02:15 AM
Man, those look nice, but ~$150ish to complete them... I could build another trailer for that ;)

When should I bring up my $150 for a trailer build? :hill:

farnhamstj
03-08-2010, 08:29 AM
I have Wall-mart $7 folders they are great. I think I've had mine for about 7 years. It's got some holes from hot embers, and only one cup holder. But for $7, hard to beat.

rover67
03-08-2010, 08:37 AM
I always buy these high-end lightweight space age chairs, then find that my friends who bought a $17 chair at Sports Authority have chairs that are way more comfortable. Go sit in them and look for something with a wide seat that doesn't pinch your legs.

Ditto... you gotta go sit in them and see what fits you. I like to lean back on the back two legs and don't like it when they pinch my legs either. Seems like some work and soem don't. My fav was an ultra cheapie that is super comfy.

The kermit ones look nice though.

Air Randy
03-08-2010, 09:09 AM
I discovered that the chairs WalMart sells have weight ratings on them. So I pulled out a set that are rated at 300 lbs and are "extra wide". They are significantly beefier than the std chairs they sell which are rated for 200 lbs. They were about $15 more than the std chair so I picked up 2, we'll see how they hold up.

Chrispy
03-08-2010, 09:16 AM
I discovered that the chairs WalMart sells have weight ratings on them. So I pulled out a set that are rated at 300 lbs and are "extra wide". They are significantly beefier than the std chairs they sell which are rated for 200 lbs. They were about $15 more than the std chair so I picked up 2, we'll see how they hold up.

ive used these for years...the HD ones...

ive found the best/ most expensive camp chair:

a) does not hold up when it catches on fire and/or melts.
b) cannot support the weight of a <vehicle>
c) is very hard to clean the smell of vomit out of.

for these reasons... cheaper and disposable is better..at least in my book.

Blackdiamond72
03-08-2010, 09:51 AM
c) is very hard to clean the smell of vomit out of.


:lmao:

Red_Chili
03-08-2010, 10:34 AM
Cabela's... what else? (look identical to ALPS, probably same OEM)

http://redchili.smugmug.com/Family/Pronghorn-Hunting-2007/P9300003/204642977_oXTbZ-L.jpg

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0059821516332a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntt=camp+chair&Ntk=Products&sort=all&Go.y=0&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=true&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form1&Go.x=0

Don't want a recliner?
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20075-cat20087-cat20148_TGP&id=0024878516332a&navCount=2&podId=0024878&parentId=cat20148&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=UK&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat601233&hasJS=true
http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_516332_renderset_06?$main-Large$

Jacket
03-08-2010, 12:06 PM
Drew,

I did some research on this last year after my 10 yr old REI chairs finally snapped. I ended up getting a pair of Travel Chair Teddy's.

http://www.travelchair.com/the-chairs/579V/

http://www.shoppingwarehouse.net/images/product/5_105542.jpg

I'm not willing to pay hundreds for a top of the line chair. These retain for about $40, and are very well built, dry quickly per the fabric design, and have a beer holder. The chair got good reviews on line, and my 1 year experience has been positive.

Hulk
03-08-2010, 12:50 PM
Drew,

http://www.travelchair.com/the-chairs/579V/

http://www.shoppingwarehouse.net/images/product/5_105542.jpg



That's the one I have. Got it at REI. It pinches my legs -- just a little too narrow in front. I do like how lightweight it is and it seems durably built.

corsair23
03-08-2010, 02:26 PM
I always buy these high-end lightweight space age chairs, then find that my friends who bought a $17 chair at Sports Authority have chairs that are way more comfortable.

Avoid the $9.99 ones though :hill: - The one I brought with me to the Rubithon trip didn't hold up for 5 minutes against our Canuck friend :lmao: - The other one I bought lasted about 5 minutes longer when I used it :( - Our Coleman Loveseat is the bomb though...That sucker is probably 10+ years old and has held up great. It has been abused every year on camping trips , Cruise Moab, soccer games, Chatfield, you name it.

Hulk
03-08-2010, 02:52 PM
Our Coleman Loveseat is the bomb though...That sucker is probably 10+ years old and has held up great. It has been abused every year on camping trips , Cruise Moab, soccer games, Chatfield, you name it.

This?

corsair23
03-08-2010, 03:29 PM
This?

Nope...More like this, only standard Coleman green, heavier duty fabric, and unfortunately no cup holders :(

http://a1472.g.akamaitech.net/f/1472/124/36h/img.ebags.com/is/image/im2/145132_1_1?&

Rezarf
03-08-2010, 07:10 PM
Drew,

I did some research on this last year after my 10 yr old REI chairs finally snapped. I ended up getting a pair of Travel Chair Teddy's.

http://www.travelchair.com/the-chairs/579V/

http://www.shoppingwarehouse.net/images/product/5_105542.jpg

I'm not willing to pay hundreds for a top of the line chair. These retain for about $40, and are very well built, dry quickly per the fabric design, and have a beer holder. The chair got good reviews on line, and my 1 year experience has been positive.

Thanks Matt, I will need to track some down for a test sit. :D

Corbet
05-17-2017, 05:54 PM
Reviving this old thread as I've been threatening to try out one of the Kermit Chairs. http://www.kermitchair.com/?gclid=CK2eg7qO-NMCFQcIaQodaekALg

Initial impressions are pretty good. Quality and finish are solid. It packs down super small. I'd wager 8 of these chairs would equal the volume of my current Kelty camp chair folded. My only complaint is that it is definitely short. Fine for campfire sitting but to eat at a table would require a short table. There are leg extensions available and a drink holder which its currently lacking. My Kelty has one in each armrest plus an attached bottle opener. So it wins that category hands down.

I'll report back again after I get a trip or two with it. I have another chair in mind if this does not work for me. Good thing is Bridger needs a new chair and this will definitely work for him.

benjrblant
05-17-2017, 06:20 PM
Aw man, I wish I'd seen this thread a few weeks ago. I bought an REI Hang Time chair and it's been quite disappointing.
https://www.rei.com/product/870745/rei-co-op-hang-time-chair
Thankfully, 1 year return policy if it :rip: again.

Corbet
05-17-2017, 06:25 PM
Aw man, I wish I'd seen this thread a few weeks ago. I bought an REI Hang Time chair and it's been quite disappointing.
https://www.rei.com/product/870745/rei-co-op-hang-time-chair
Thankfully, 1 year return policy if it :rip: again.

Well that one looks pretty good for its price. The Kermit requires another "C note". But it's hand made in the USA of actual wood. It was kind of a splurg on my end. Even smelled of fresh lacquer when I opened the box.

gr8fulabe
05-17-2017, 09:09 PM
Kelty low love seatfor me.
https://kelty.com/low-love-seat/

If you don't need it right away, kelty does a friends & family sale once or twice a year. Which will get you it for $40. Low enough that Shrimpie can climb in easily (or young kids if you prefer, reclined seating position, Big pockets that are split for a drink holder & another thing.

bruce285
05-18-2017, 09:21 AM
I like this one. Have 2 similar.
https://www.amazon.com/ALPS-Mountaineering-8113705-Campside-Chair/dp/B00TFY41KW/ref=sr_1_34?ie=UTF8&qid=1495120380&sr=8-34&keywords=fold+up+chair+with+side+table

Corbet
05-28-2017, 11:09 AM
The more I sit in the Kermit chair the less I'm liking it. Its really comfortable if your sitting upright. But lacks a high back for lounging. The armrests are too thin to really offer anything but assistance in and out of the chair. I don't like how low it is but than can be cured with the extended leg kit.

Fishing it was great as it's narrow profile did not get in the way. I was perched on a steep shore so the height there was ideal. It seems to be sitting pretty stable on uneven ground as one leg will sink into the ground to level it out.

Last night around a campfire it just did not deliver. My old Kelty chair is much better for the fire.

Not sure if I'll continue to invest in this one or give it to the boy. The extended legs are $40 plus $20 for the drink holder + freight.

Romer
05-28-2017, 09:58 PM
I have a blue Comman camp chair, hard to get out of. The last 3 years I have been trying the ARB chair and the Oztent chair. The Oztent chair is double the price and the same frame and components as the ARB chair. The seat is a bit different with a higher back

I prefer the ARB chair and this year bought 4 for the girls and their counterparts:cool:

ARB on the left, Oztent on the right with a cheap folding chair in the back

LARGEONE
05-29-2017, 09:44 AM
I'm kind of a bigger heavier dude, so this chair works PERFECTLY for me. Has a cup holder and wide arms/back. A little bigger to pack, but not so big that I regret my decision to bring it. Definitely made for the 225lb plus man, but works equally well for me at 210 lbs :)

https://www.amazon.com/ALPS-Mountaineering-King-Kong-Chair/dp/B001RLQNSO/ref=pd_lutyp_simh_2_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B001RLQNSO&pd_rd_r=NRPPHFGY6ZXCMS29G6PT&pd_rd_w=HUUoF&pd_rd_wg=3jd25&psc=1&refRID=NRPPHFGY6ZXCMS29G6PT

EDIT: make sure you watch the video on Amazon for all the features. Says it's made to hold up to 800 lbs.

Rezarf
06-20-2017, 09:25 PM
I bought the Costco brand camp chairs a few years ago. We killed one at the Great Sand Dunes NP last year with a family photo all in one chair. The other is still holding up fine. I'm adding a Cabellas or ARB once I test drive each one.

WVU fan
07-17-2017, 08:09 AM
Bought the Kelty lowrider couch after the recommendations. Used it at State Forest State Park over the weekend....actually I never did - My wife and 2 year old loved it.

nuclearlemon
07-17-2017, 09:49 AM
I have the kong chair. i got sick of cheap store chairs failing. i was going to do an arb chair, but after seeing two friends arbs fail, i decided on the kong. only thing i don't like is it's huge. doesn't fit in my drawer (too long) and it's a bit bulky...not unlike a tent, but i'll sacrifice for a chair rated well above my weight that hopefully won't fail. two years in, it's been good.