I've owned this chair for at least 13 years. I don't use it very much - a dozen times a year - but it's as good as new. The most amazing thing about it (to me) is that no one has made anything better in that amount of time (better = weight/comfort ratio). Although relatively light, it is a heavy luxury item for me when backpacking, but I never leave it behind. I did once and that was mistake enough. The quality of rest I gain from its comfort at the end of the day more than makes up for hauling it along. People sitting on the ground or on their bear canisters look at me with envy.Nylon webbing is used to hold it closed when folded, and doubles as a shoulder sling - perfect for carrying from the car to events, campsite, beach, and other non-backpacking uses.Critique: the only thing to really improve is weight, in my opinion. For starters, the fabric is super-heavy duty. (haven't looked at newer ones to see if this is still the case, but the listed weight is only 2.5 oz. lighter than mine) Beyond that, I can't see shaving more than another ounce off using lighter hardware unless they use carbon fiber poles. Most people probably wouldn't buy a [$] chair though.Conclusion: great for backpacking if you can afford the weight.
LOVE this chair!
I read the reviews regarding this chair prior to putting it on my Christmas list. I received the chair for Christmas, and have used it already five or six times ice fishing! Actually, my husband likes it so much that he kept taking it out with him ice fishing. Its compact size is perfect inside an ice house. It's also extremely lightweight and easy to pack with your gear. We decided to order another one so that we can both sit in comfort! We will be taking this chair everywhere - we're especially looking forward to taking it this summer in the canoe and boat for shore lunch comfort. We live in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and do LOTS of outdoor activities. The only tiny negative for me is that the chair is a little tall. We will modify my chair by cutting the legs by about an inch or two. Shouldn't be too hard to modify. We're really impressed by the construction and durability of the chair (and that it's made in the USA).
Better than I thought possible.
I really didn't think this chair would be worth its price but decided to trust the reviews. It is exactly what I have been looking for for years. The typical 4 legged camp chair is just too large and heavy and promotes slouching for thin people like me. I would rather sit on a rock than get swallowed by one of those.
This little beauty is flawlessly designed to be light and durable. It packs and carries easily and will not rust or mildew. The backrest stays hidden out of the way when not wanted.
The only drawback is that it has a small leg base (1 square foot) so that it is more unsteady on uneven/soft surfaces than most chairs would be. It feels less steady than it is however, and I have not tipped over in it yet.
I am very pleased with it and look forward to enjoying it for the rest of my life.
Found this thing after experimenting with various stools, folding chairs, inflatable mats, strap chairs, mesh chairs, etc. for the best weight-to-comfort ratio. At 6'5" and 200lbs, the stools don't work well for comfort. For backpacking trips, the camp chairs are just too heavy.
I think I finally found a good compromise. This chair is much lighter than any of my camp chairs and much more comfy than some of those bicycle-seat-like stools.
The only "issues" I have with this one are:
*would like to see a mesh chair (it pools water pretty well in any downpour)
*It's a bit bulky, takes some creative manuevering to lash to my pack
*A slightly higher back, I'm kinda tall and I end up slouching when I sit back
Overall though, this is the best comfort:weight balance I've found. It's come with me every trip since I picked one up.
Best camp chair ever
The best chair ever for taking to music festivals and jamming! It is very light, compact and easy to carry on my shoulder along with my violin case. It has no arms, which is an important feature for playing an instrument, but it has that wonderful back, so you can lean back and relax between tunes. The chair is higher than other folding canvas camp chairs. I was originally a little worried that it might not be stable, but the chair does not rock around at all. The seat is not very big and I imagine that it would not be comfortable for a large person. But for me, it is perfect. I will recommend it to all my musician festival friends.
most awesome chair ever!!!
i used this chair on a two week backpacking trip in the mountains of NM. this same chair had already survived a similar trip a couple of years earlier. it shows no real signs of wear and still functions great. basically it's as durable as you could want it to be.
as for comfort... can't top it. it's fold up back is sturdy, but comfortable. it gives just enough to sit in complete comfort.
the only almost con is that it isn't exactly super compact. it folds up into a nice relatively thin bundle, but its long. bear in mind though all that space goes to durability and comfort. over all i haven't sen a better chair. period.
Only camp chair you need
I take this with me when I go wilderness kayak camping... or any other camping.. not to mention any of the millions of other activities.
- I use this chair for a step-stool while setting up my hammock-tent, so I am high enough off the ground to not get cold from ground-effect.
- I leave my shoes/boots on the chair next to my hammock while I sleep so there aren't any surprises inside in the morning.
- I don't have to find a log to sit on around the campfire.
- I can doze off in this chair and not tumble to the ground because it has a very stable and comfortable backrest (I'm 6'2" and 160 lbs).
these are fantastic chairs. I have used them for over 10 years, and they are amazingly comfortable and useful. They are compact and lightweight -- I can strap four of them on the outside of my pack. I originally got them for canoe trips, but now I use them backpacking and whenever I need a portable chair. They are totally bombproof. I weigh 250, and the only parts I have ever had to replace are the black caps on the ends of the feet, and the company sent me a bag of them for a nominal fee. Perhaps the best designed outdoor product I have ever used.
Great chair, I own two
I got the chair for BWCA canoe trips. Love it. I was able to put it in my Pro Pack so I did not have to worry about strapping it on the outside of a pack. Their where several other types of chairs on the trip. I always had to ask for my chair back. If I was not on it someone else was.
I have used the chair in the woods to take a break from the chainsaw. Taken it to kids sporting events and the like. It is the only chair I need any time I'm away from home.
I ride motorcycle. this chair is light and compact. easy to carry on the bike. Also use it when I am cleaning the bike. I wiegh 185 pounds and the chair was comfortable (not like a LazyBoy) your not going to fall asleep in it, but no complaint at all--especially for how compact it is. It does have a back on it, but it worked better when I put it close to my bike and then there was a little more back support---although it would have been OK sitting on it with nothing near by.