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The 13 Best Camp Chairs of 2020

Lightweight seating for every type of camping out there.

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with our picks for 2020.

There are many styles of camping. Some people go off the grid in Patagonia. Others park their van and camp wherever they can find a parking spot with a view. But no matter what, at the end of a long day of backpacking, fishing, hunting or even just swimming in the lake nearby, every camper likes to take a load off, and the cold, hard ground won’t cut it. There’s a camp chair for everyone; collapsible seating ranges from heavy, relatively luxurious chairs you’ll need a car to tote around to ultralight chairs that can slot snugly into a backpack. These are our favorites for kicking back outdoors.

Additional contributions by Tanner Bowden, Tucker Bowe, AJ Powell and Meg Lappe.

Helinox Chair One

Helinox

Editor's Choice

Goldilocks would skip over the rest and go for Helinox's Chair One. It's the camp chair that set the standard for all four-legged adventure seats, with its lightweight fabric and aluminum construction. It weighs in at just over two pounds and offers a seating height of 11 inches, which is plenty of space between your rear and the cold, hard ground. Not only does it collapse to a size small enough to carry in a backpack, but the Chair One is also extremely easy to set up: its frame is made from one tent-style, shock-cord pole apparatus and the seat itself is one piece of ripstop polyester.

Weight: 2 pounds 2 ounces
Materials: ripstop polyester, anodized DAC aluminum
Seat Height: 11 inches
Packed Dimensions: 3.5 x 4.5 x 13.5 inches
Weight Capacity: 320 pounds

Buy Now: $100

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0

Best Packable Camp Chair

Crazy Creek’s foam and fabric chairs have been providing back support for campers in every environment for over 30 years. 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 light and affordable, and best of all, because there are no aluminum poles to bend, it’s incredibly durable. You can fold it, roll it and jam it into whatever you’re using to pack your gear.

Weight: 1 pound 5 ounces
Materials: Ripstop nylon, carbon fiber stays
Packed Dimensions: 4 x 16.5 inches
Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

Buy Now: $59

NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury

Most Comfortable Camp Chair

Here it is, the Cadillac of camping chairs: the Stargaze Recliner Luxury. NEMO built its entire Stargaze line with comfort in mind — each one is a free-swinging seat suspended between a set of lightweight aluminum poles. The Luxury takes comfort to the max though, with a supportive headrest that’ll let you gaze into the depths of the Milky Way for hours without developing a crick in your neck. All that comfort comes at a price — the Stargaze Luxury is probably too heavy for longer treks and will take up plenty of space in your backpack, but it’s great for car and boat camping where you don’t have to worry about weight. It’s like a portable La-Z-Boy; don’t be surprised if you find yourself waking up in it in the morning.

Weight: 6 pounds 5 ounces
Materials: Water-resistant nylon mesh, aluminum
Packed Dimensions: 7 x 24 inches
Weight Capacity: 300 pounds

Buy Now: $220

Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair

Best Ultralight Camp Chair

Most self-affirmed ultralight backpackers wouldn’t even consider bringing along something so luxurious and unnecessary as a chair, but Therma-Rest’s Trekker Chair isn’t really a chair at all. It’s more of a sling that turns the sleeping pad that’s already in your pack into a chair. The Trekker Chair is made with 100 percent polyester ripstop fabric that protects your pad from abrasions while keeping it folded up on itself in an L shape that’s perfect for sitting at the end of a long day. It packs down small and only weighs 10 ounces — surely even a pure minimalist could find room in an outside pocket to tote this chair along on the trail.

Weight: 10 ounces
Materials: polyester
Seat Height: 4 inches
Packed Dimensions: 4 x 20 inches

Buy Now: $30+

GCI Outdoor Big Comfort Stadium Chair

Best Chair for Campgrounds

Picnic tables are great for giving your legs a rest but spend too much time seated on a wooden bench and your back will be screaming. GCI’s created a solution with the Stadium Chair — it’s constructed specifically to perch on picnic table benches and stadium bleachers so that you can give your back a break while you’re hanging at basecamp or watching the game. The chair secures to the seat with a rotating L clamp and folds up on itself for transportation much like a typical beach chair.

Weight: 4.2 pounds
Materials: nylon mesh, polyester fabric, aluminum
Seat Height: 4 inches
Packed Dimensions: 8 x 22.8 x 7.1 inches
Weight Capacity: 330 pounds

Buy Now: $50

Helinox Beach Chair

Helinox

Best Chair for the Beach

You can get away with bringing any of the camp chairs on this list to the beach, but if that's where you plan to park your seat most of the time, it's best to get a dedicated piece of packable furniture for the task. Beaches are different from campsites in one primary way: sand. Helinox's Beach Chair has wider feet so that it won't sink into it. It also has a higher back for lounging because unlike camping, going to the beach isn't about roughing it.

Weight: 3 pounds 4 ounces
Materials: ripstop polyester, anodized DAC aluminum
Seat Height: 6.5 inches
Packed Dimensions: 5.5 x 18.5 x 4.5 inches
Weight Capacity: 320 pounds

Buy Now: $150

Kelty Low Love

Best Two-Person Camp Chair

Camping isn’t always a solo endeavor. In fact, it’s often double the fun with more than one buddy. If you happen to head out with your significant other, your patience might be tested and will leave you questioning, will this last the weekend? This chair is here to help. At the end of a long day of hiking, pull this loveseat out. While this isn’t the lightest of chairs, it’ll fit two people, and you both can lean back to enjoy the views, making it all the better to check out the sky and rest your achy legs and back.

Weight: 15 pounds 6 oz.
Materials: 600D polyester
Seat Height: 13.5 inches
Assembled Dimensions: 44 x 23.5 x 31.5 inches
Weight Capacity: 500 pounds

Buy Now: $115

Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair

Best Backyard Camp Chair

Sometimes you don’t have to wander much farther than your own backyard to experience the great outdoors. Or your neighbor's backyard. Or the sideline of your kid's soccer game. Or the park around the corner. You see where we're going here — the King Kong Chair is heavy, sure, but its padded seat is also comfy and easy to deploy. One more thing: This chair also has a lifetime guarantee.

Weight: 12.5 pounds
Materials: 600D polyester
Seat Height: 18 inches
Packed Dimensions: 7 x 41 inches
Weight Capacity: 800 pounds

Buy Now: $60

GCI Freestyle Rocker

Best Rocking Chair for Camping

Picture yourself sitting lakeside with a beer in hand, feeling tired, yet fulfilled after a successful long day of hiking. Are you sitting still or rocking back and forth? There’s something to be said about a rocker on a porch (or better yet, on a dock). While rocking chairs are definitely not for the carry-in, carry-out type, throw this in the back of your pick-up and enjoy a few calming undulations anywhere you go.

Weight: 12.1 pounds
Materials: Powder-coated steel
Seat Height: 19.7 inches
Packed Dimensions: 25 x 4.9 x 34.8 inches
Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

Buy Now: $65

Yeti Trailhead

Yeti

Best Rugged Camp Chair

The Trailhead isn't taking home any prizes for being lightweight or affordable; that's never been Yeti's focus. The brand's second chair follows many of the cues of its first, the Hondo Base Camp Chair. It's ultra-durable and uses the same high-tension fabric (which can support up to 500 pounds). It's also sturdy with a frame that locks into place and extra-wide feet that won't sink into soft ground. Unlike the Hondo, the Trailhead accordions into a tight bundle that fits into an included carry bag.

Weight: 13.3 pounds
Materials: FlexGrid fabric, aluminum
Seat Height: 16.75 inches
Packed Dimensions: 11.75 x 43 x 9 inches
Weight Capacity: 500 pounds

Buy Now: $300

Hillsound BTR

Hillsound

Best Camping Stool

Minimalism and comfort combine in Hillsound's BTR, a camping stool that packs down to a water bottle's size. The genius of the BTR — short for "Better Than a Rock" — is in its telescoping legs and their integrated PhantomLock technology, which hold fast while you are seated but disengage when it's time to pack it all up. The stool comes in two sizes, both of which can support up to 240 pounds.

Weight: 12.2 ounces (14-inch version), 14.1 ounces (17-inch version)
Materials: nylon mesh, aluminum alloy
Seat Height: 14 or 17 inches
Packed Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 11.4 inches (14-inch version), 3 x 3 x 13.4 inches (17-inch version)
Weight Capacity: 240 pounds

Buy Now: $55+

REI Co-op Camp Chair X

REI

Best Budget Camp Chair

Even at its most affordable, the classic camp chair doesn't have to be uncomfortable or feature-free. And while it isn't lightweight enough to bring on a backpacking trip, REI's wallet-friendly Camp X Chair packs plenty to like, from an integrated cup holder and pouch to a supportive fabric seat made of webbing and mesh. This chair also comes with a stuff sack for convenient packing and storage.

Weight: 7 pounds 3 ounces
Materials: polyester, nylon mesh
Seat Height: 10.5 inches
Packed Dimensions: 7 x 33 inches
Weight Capacity: 300 pounds

Buy Now: $40

Moon Lence Compact Ultralight Portable Folding Chair

Best Lightweight Budget Camp Chair

This small, yet mighty chair comes in its own carrying case, meaning the legs won’t get tangled along with everything else in your backpack. Made from lightweight aluminum, it’ll go anywhere you want to take it. The waterproof fabric is easy to clean and at $30, it’s hard to find another well-built chair that’ll survive more than just one adventure at that price point.

Weight: 2 pounds
Materials: 1000D oxford cloth
Seat Height: 15 inches
Packed Dimensions: 14 x 4.2 x 5 inches
Weight Capacity: 242 pounds

Buy Now: $34

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