Best Camp Chair Reviews

Review by: Craig Delger, May 2014




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I evaluated the most popular camp chairs for comfort, portability, durability, and features. Based on those evaluations I selected 6 camp chairs to conduct in depth reviews on. Over the years I have purchased numerous camp chairs, and I admit that most of them were the sub 20$ "cheap" models. Those typically only last season before the fabric has ripped or the frame has bent. For this review, I elected to review more expensive models that will last more than a single season of use.

My family not only uses camp chairs while camping, we use them as portable seats while watching our children play field sports like soccer and lacrosse. As such, portability and easy of setup and take down are important criteria. Even though we are only carry the chair a few hundred yards we still appreciate a lightweight chair, and a storage bag with a padded shoulder strap. The storage sacks that come with the Kelty camp chars are clearly the best, with adjustable padded shoulder straps, external pockets, and daisy chains for lashing additional items to the sack.

I elected not to review the "low rider" style of camp chairs. The standard seat height for a camp chair is 17" - 20". Low rider style camp chairs are lighter and less expensive, but they are more difficult to get in and out of, and I find them awkward to sit in when every one else is sitting in standard height chairs.

Because durability was a consideration in selecting the best camp chairs, I evaluated the quality of the fabric used, as well as the strength of the tube frame. While several of the camp chairs used similar weight fabric, the Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair had the largest diameter tube frame, measuring just over 19mm on my calipers.

I also looked at features like storage pockets and beverage holders. The Coleman Broadband Quad Chair was the only camp chair that came with a built in cooler that could hold two beverages. While that was nice, our reviewers felt it wasn't needed, and preferred the simplicity and convenience of the dual pockets with beer cozies that the Kelty chairs used. The Kelty chairs also come with a bottle opener as a bonus.

In addition to the top 6 camp chairs displayed in the grid below, you may also want to consider the REI Camp Xtra Chair, Alps Mountaineering Riverside Chair, and the Picnic Time Reclining Camp Chair.

View our video on the Best Camp Chairs, and look over our product comparison grid to help you make an informed buying decision.

Product Review Videos
Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair Review
Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair Review

The Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair was awarded the Editor's Choice Award for its superior comfort, well thought out features, and quality construction. The standout feature is that the chair has three different reclining options, making it the most comfortable of the chairs reviewed for sitting in for extended periods of time. The Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair has the widest seat at 24 inches, and the tallest seat back at 24 inches. The storage bags that come with the Kelty chairs are far superior to the other chairs reviewed, with padded shoulder straps, external pockets, and daisy chain webbing. Read Full Review

Kelty Mesh Chair Review
Kelty Mesh Chair Review

The Kelty Mesh Chair is the most popular(best selling) camp chair we tested. Smaller in size than the Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair, smaller individuals may prefer this chair because it "fits" them better. Has all the same features that the Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair, but lacks the ability to adjust the recline angle.Read Full Review

Travel Chair Easy Rider Review
Travel Chair Easy Rider Review

The Travel Chair Easy Rider is the second most popular(best selling) camp chair we reviewed. Smaller and lighter than many of the other chairs the Travel Chair Easy Rider scored high points for comfort and portability. Read Full Review



Ranking #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
Product Name
Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair

Kelty Mesh Chair

Travel Chair Easy Rider

Coleman Broadband Quad Chair

Browning Fireside Chair
Price $74.95
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$45.59 - $59.95
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$38.95 - $64.00
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$23.62 - $48.88
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$29.74 - $59.99
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Awards Editors' Choice Most Popular Most Popular
Customer Rating
GearBuyer Rating Meter Meter Meter Meter Meter
Comfort
10
0
10
10
0
8
10
0
8
10
0
8
10
0
7
Features
10
0
10
10
0
8
10
0
7
10
0
7
10
0
7
Portability
10
0
9
10
0
8
10
0
8
10
0
8
10
0
9
Durability
10
0
8
10
0
9
10
0
8
10
0
8
10
0
7
Storage Bag
10
0
10
10
0
10
10
0
8
10
0
5
10
0
5
Pros The most comfortable to sit in for long periods of time because of the 3 different reclining positions and tall seat back height. The most popular camp chair tested. Good price, comfort, durability, and features. Excellent storage bag. Good balance of comfort, price, weight, and durability. Built in beverage cooler. The easiest of the camp chairs to get out of.
Cons Expensive. Smaller individuals may find the chair uncomfortable in the "upright" position due to the larger seat size. Does not recline. Does not recline. Seat back height is only 15". Does not recline. Not as comfortable as other camp chairs tested.
Weight
Seat height 17 inches 15 inches 15 inches 17 17
Seat width 24 inches 21 inches 21 inches 23 21
Seat Back Height 24 inches 22 inches 15 inches 23 23
Padded Shoulder Straps On Storage Sack YES YES NO NO NO
Storage Sack External Pocket YES YES NO NO NO



Kelty Reclinging Chair

3 angles of recline available on the Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair



Kelty Storage Bag

Kelty Camp Chairs come with storage bags that have padded shoulder straps, external pockets, and daisy chain webbing.



Kelty Bottle Opener

A bottle opener is included with the Kelty camp chairs.