15 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2021

If you are planning on taking a long trip into the unknown, then you better go prepared. Grab your solar lantern, charger, phone, tent, bag, and camping chair. Yes, a camping chair, where else will you sit?

Yes, I know. You don’t go hiking or camping to sit in a different place. But it is better to have a comfortable surface once you do feel like sitting down a bit. Here we come up with 15 of the best backpacking chairs you can find today.

Ranging from stools to full-sized chairs with a low or high back and foldable padded seats, we’ve got them all.

Backpacking Chairs of 2021

ProductWeight (Pounds)Capacity (Pounds)Deployed Dimensions (Inches)Seat Height (Inches)Rating
Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Paisley Blue

Helinox Chair Zero

$99.95
1

265
20.5x19x25


8.5


Big Agnes Mica Basin Camp Chair - Brown Trout

Big Agnes Mica Basin

$129.95
2.3
300
16x22x19.5
16
Camping Chairs, Sportneer Folding Backpacking Chair 2 Pack Height Adjustable Portable Ultralight...
Sportneer Portable
$52.68
2
300
22x20x26.5
14.6
TravelChair 7789B Joey, Blue, One Size
Travelchair Joey
$74.96
2.3
300
21x21x18
16
YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair - Compact Ultralight Folding Backpacking Chairs, Small Collapsible...

YIZI Go

$39.99

2.1

300

28x19x12

15.4
Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Scarlet/Iron

Helinox Chair One

$99.95
2.12
320

21x21.5x25.5
10

REI Co-op Flexlite Air Chair

$99.95

1
250
19x20x20
11
Helinox Ground Chair Ultralight, Portable Outdoor Chair

Helinox Ground Chair Ultralight

$109.95
1lb 7oz26512.2 x 5.51 x 3.94
19.7
MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair, Portable Compact for Outdoor Camp, Travel, Beach, Picnic,...

MARCHWAY Ultralight

$31.99
2

250

16x21.2x12.2
14
Big Agnes Skyline UL Camp Furniture

Big Agnes Inc Skyline

$109.95
1.7
275
26x21x17.5
15
Ultralight Camping Chair, YIZI LITE 750g Hiking Backpacking Chairs Lightweight Camping Chair, Low &...

TREKOLOGY YIZI Lite

$39.99
1.65
220
21.7x21.2x21.7
9.8
ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair, Khaki, 8013914
ALPS Rendezvous
$53.81
6.8
300
22x14x24
9
KingCamp Low Sling Beach Chair for Camping Concert Lawn, Low and High Mesh Back Two Versions
KingCamp Low Sling
$79.99
6.6
300
25.2x23.2x22.8
5
ALPS Mountaineering Tri-Leg Stool - Rust
ALPS Tri-Leg Stool
$19.99
2
250
14x14x16
16
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Stadium Seat, One Size, Deep Sea
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
$34.18
1lb 5oz17 x 33 x 1 inches

Full-sized Portable Chairs With Low Back

Best Ultralight Chair: Helinox Chair Zero Portable Camping Chair

Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Black

Features:

  •  Weight (Pounds): 1
  •  Folded Dimensions (Inches): 4 x 4 x 14
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 20.5 x 19 x 25
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 265
  • DAC Aluminum Poles
  •  Polyester Cloth

With around 1 pound in weight, the Helinox Zero is one of the lightest camping chairs you can find. Sadly, it is also one of the most expensive ones. So, it might not be the best option for those who have a tight budget or are looking to purchase backpacking chairs for the whole family.

The Helinox Chair Zero packs down to 4 x 4 x 14 inches! Once deployed, the DAC aluminum alloy frame holds up to 265 pounds of weight. The UV-resistant polyester is comfortable, durable, and breathable. All you seek in a foldable camping chair.

Assembling the chair is extremely easy. The internal bungee cords keep the poles together. Thus, you only need to attach them to the two plastic joint points, and you are ready to sit.

Keep in mind that with the Helinox Chair Zero, you will be sitting close to the ground. Thus, you could face some trouble standing up.

Likes:

  • Very light and sturdy
  •  You can wash the cloth in a washing machine
  • Good back support
  • Stable for its size and weight

Dislikes:

  • Price
  •  You sit too close to the ground
  • The chair sinks on soft ground
Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Multicam/Coyote
Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Paisley Blue
Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Black/Melon
Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, All Black
Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Coyote Tan
Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Multi Block

Big Agnes Mica Basin Backpacking Chair

Big Agnes Mica Basin Camp Chair - Brown Trout

Features:

  •  Weight (Pounds): 2.3
  • Dimensions (Inches): 17.5 x 3.5 x4.5
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 16 x 22 x 19.5
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 300
  • Aluminum Frame With Interlocking Poles
  • 100 Denier Nylon Seat With 300 Denier Ripstop Polyester

The Mica Basin is everything but big. It packs down to 17.5 x 3.5 inches and weighs around 2 pounds. Although it is heavier than other backpacking chairs on this list, it offers plenty of features that will be worth your while.

First, let’s start with the aluminum, plastic-free frame. Once you lock the poles in place, they stay in position no matter what. You can be confident that the Mica Basin will have your back at all times as it can hold up to 300 pounds of weight.

On the other hand, the 100 deniers deep nylon seat accommodates most bodies. But we wish for it to be a little wider. The Mica basin backpacking chair sits 16 inches above the ground. Hence, you might have no trouble sitting down or standing up.

The seat has 300 denier ripstop polyester reinforcements. And the UTS waterproof coating keeps things dry even during overcast weather.

Likes:

  • No Plastic Hubs
  • Great Back Support
  • Available In Different Colors
  •  Interlocking Poles Offer Maximum Durability

Dislikes:

  •  We Wish For The Seat To Be Wider
  • Price
  • You Have To Lean Back A Lot To Enjoy Lumbar Support
Big Agnes Mica Basin Camp Chair - ElevationBig Agnes Mica Basin Camp Chair - Brown TroutBIG AGNES Mica Basin Chair, Asphalt Camp Furniture, One SizeBIG AGNES Mica Basin Chair, Asphalt/Gray Camp Furniture, One Size

Sportneer Lightweight Folding Camping Chair

Camping Chairs, Sportneer Folding Backpacking Chair 2 Pack Height Adjustable Portable Ultralight...

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 2
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 4.7 x 14 x 5.5
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 22 x 20 x 26.5
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 300
  • Aluminum Frame
  •  60 Denier Seat

All value lovers read this! You will get two chairs for around 60 bucks! So, if you are planning on a weekend getaway with a friend, these chairs are the ones for you.

The heavy-duty aluminum frame holds up to 350 pounds of weight. Around 30 pounds more than other, more expensive models. However, don’t push it.

Although the poles are strong, we notice some flex on the plastic connections. Needless to say that if either of them breaks, the chair will be useless.

You can adjust the seat height from 12.6 to 14.6 inches. Neither of the backpacking chairs offers such a feature. You also get a meshed side pocket for your cup or phone. While it is not crucial to have one, it is a wise addition nonetheless.

The 60 denier seat is not the most reliable in terms of durability. It is just too thin. However, it shouldn’t be a problem provided you take good care of your brand new portable lightweight camping chair.

Likes:

  • Two chairs for the price of one
  • Strong frame
  • Breathable seat
  • Adjustable height

Dislikes:

  • Noticeable flex on plastic juncture
  • Hard to remove from bag
  • Wobbles if you’re a heavier person

Travelchair Joey Lightweight Chair

TravelChair 7789B Joey, Blue, One Size

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 2.3
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 4 x 4 x 14
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 21 x 21 x 28
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 300
  • Aluminum Frame

Polyester cloth. You might as well skip this one if you are planning on hiking long trails. Since it’s 2.3 pounds, it is among the heaviest backpacking chairs you can find. Surprisingly, it fits inside a 4 x 4 x 14 inches carry bag for transportation.

With that out of the way, we can take some time to talk about all the good things. Let’s start with the feet. The rubber disk feet keep the chair from sinking into the ground. Hence, it is an ideal backpacking chair for muddy terrain.

The aluminum frame gives both enough support and is easy to assemble. But the polyester cloth is not. Travelchair forgot to add indications of which side is up.

The seat height is adequate, and the chair is big enough to accommodate hikers of all sizes. What’s more, you sit farther from the ground, which makes standing up easier.

Likes:

  • Sturdy aluminum frame
  • Comfortable
  • Ideal for soft ground
  • Easy setup

Dislikes:

  • Heavy
  • Cloth doesn’t show which side is up
Travelchair Joey Chair, Portable Camping Chair, Super Compact Storage, Red
Travelchair Joey Chair, Portable, Compact, Black
Travelchair Joey Chair, Portable Camping Chair, Super Compact Storage, Green, One size
TravelChair 7789B Joey, Blue, One Size
Travelchair Joey Chair, Portable Camping Chair, Super Compact Storage, Yellow

YIZI Go Portable Camping Chair

YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair - Compact Ultralight Folding Backpacking Chairs, Small Collapsible...

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 2.1
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 4.6 x 6 x 14
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 28 x 19 x 12
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 300
  •  Aluminum Frame
  • 600 Denier Polyester Cloth

The YIZI Go portable camping chair is a little something for those looking for an affordable backpacking chair. It has an aluminum frame, which can withstand up to 300 pounds of weight.

On the other hand, the 600 denier polyester frame offers a comfortable, breathable surface to sit on. The meshed sides improve airflow, and the side pockets come in handy to keep your belongings close.

Each aluminum pole has a bungee cord that runs within it. It allows a faster deployment. The YIZI Go portable chair folds to 4.3 x 6 x 14 inches once you are ready to go. The only downside is that it weighs twice as much as other models.

So, it might not be the best option for those who wish to keep the weight down.

Another problem that we faced while using the YIZI Go sinks into the ground. Thankfully, TREKOLOGY offers a sand cover mat that allegedly helps with weight distribution.

We are yet to test it, since it is sold separately.

Likes:

  • Affordable
  • Deep seat offers decent support
  • Breathable Sides
  • Cup holders on each side

Dislikes:

  • It on the heavier side
  • Sand cover not included with purchase
  • Reclines too far

TREKOLOGY YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair - Compact Ultralight Folding Backpacking Chairs, Small...
YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair - Compact Ultralight Folding Backpacking Chairs, Small Collapsible...
YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair - Compact Ultralight Folding Backpacking Chairs, Small Collapsible...
TREKOLOGY YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair - Compact Ultralight Folding Backpacking Chairs, Small...

Helinox Chair One

Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Black/Golden Yellow

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 2.12
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 14 x 4 x 4.5
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 21 x 21.5 x 25.5
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 320
  • Aluminum Frame
  • 600 Denier Polyester Seat
  • UV Protective Coating

Available in nine different colors, the Chair One is here to meet most demands. Like all portable camping chairs from Helinox, the Chair One features an aluminum frame with ABS feet and joint points.

Moreover, the structure potentially holds up to 320 pounds of weight, more than any other backpacking chair we’ve reviewed before.

The 600 denier, the ripstop polyester seat has a UV coating that protects the fabric against sun exposure. So, the chair should hold on well even after many years of use. On the other hand, the fabric seat has a meshed back and sides to improve airflow.

The catch here is that it is just too small for a big person. Thankfully, you can get an XL version for some extra dollars.

The pointy feet keep the chair in place. However, this also means that it sinks into the ground. Furthermore, the separation between each foot prevents Chair One from shaking as you move.

In summary, our only complaint is the seat height. Your butt is just 10 inches above the ground. You might as well skip this one if you have trouble standing from this position.

Likes:

  • Impressive weight support
  • IComes with a 5-Year Warranty
  • Very stable

Dislikes:

  • Deep recline
  • Too small to be comfortable
Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Scarlet/IronHelinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, BlackHelinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Black/Golden Yellow
Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Multi BlockHelinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Tie DyeHelinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair, Black/Green

REI Co-op Flexlite Air Chair

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 1
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 5 x 16
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 19 x 22 x 22
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 250
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Ripstop Nylon Seat

Weighing only 1 pound, the Flexlite Air Chair is among the lightest options on this list. It has a strong aluminum frame with a ripstop nylon seat. The Flexlite supports up to 250 pounds of tired hiker mass.

The seat has a coating that repels water. Keep in mind that this only works with light showers, not a storm.

Also, the nylon seat lacks meshed sides or back. So, there is no airflow whatsoever, which might be a problem in hot, humid environments.

The Flexlite Air Chair has four anchor points, like most of the others. But you sit parallel to the structure, looking more like a hammock than a camping chair. So, things might get a little unstable.

On the other hand, the seat is deep to the point that you might feel a little cramped. It is also quite hard to stand up without the nylon sticking to your body.

Still, we think that it offers enough back support. Plus, it is slightly cheaper than the Chair Zero by Helinox. Its direct competitor.

Likes:

  • Easy to Set Up
  • Ultralight
  • Offers good back support
  • Compact
  • Water repellant coating

Dislikes:

  • A little unstable
  • Feet sinks into ground
  • If you a large person, then you might feel cramped


Helinox Ground Ultralight Backpacking Chair

Helinox - Ground Chair, The Ultimate Lightweight Camp Chair, Black

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 1
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 12 x 4 x 4
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 19.5 x 21.5 x 19
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 265
  • Aluminum Frame
  • 600 Denier Polyester Seat

With a packed weight of 1 pound and 7 ounces, the Ground ultralight backpacking chair presents itself as an option for both hikers and campers alike.

Additionally, it has a property DAC aluminum structure with a 265-pound rating. It also has both a square base and rounded feet to keep the chair from sinking into the ground.

Assembling the Ground ultralight chair is a straightforward process, thanks to the bungee cords. You only need to join the square base, add the seat, and that’s all.

The 600D polyester seat keeps you 4.5 inches above the ground. So, yes, you need to stretch your legs, or you won’t be able to sit at all. We don’t mind at all.

However, some people might find this position rather unpleasant. Apart from this, the fabric is soft to the touch, and the meshed sides keep things cool.

The only thing we missed was the side pockets. However, it doesn’t matter much since you sit very close to the ground.

Likes:

  • Quick setup
  • Good lumbar support
  • Portable
  • Suitable for soft ground

Dislikes:

  • You sit close to the ground
  •  No side pockets
  •  Delicate plastic feet
Helinox Ground Chair Ultralight, Portable Outdoor Chair, Coyote Tan
Helinox - Ground Chair, The Ultimate Lightweight Camp Chair, Black

MARCHWAY Ultralight Camping Chair

MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair, Portable Compact for Outdoor Camp, Travel, Beach, Picnic,...

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 1.98
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 12 x 5 x 4.3
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 26 x 21.2 x 12.2
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 250
  • Anodized Aluminum Frame
  • 500 Denier CORDURA Nylon Seat

It doesn’t matter where you are heading. The MARCHWAY ultralight camping chair has your back. Literally.

The anodized 7075 aluminum frame is corrosion-resistant, which means that you can take the chair on your next trip to the beach. In addition, the 500 denier CORDURA nylon chair is strong and shows no deformation. However, it is not as soft as Oxford fabrics.

The meshed back and sides allow the chair to breathe, making it an ideal choice for both hot and humid environments.

Since you sit 14 inches above the ground, getting in and out of the MARCHWAY camping chair is as easy as it can be. The back support falls a little short, especially if you are tall. But it is somewhat comfortable given the price.

The non-slip ABS plastic feet keep the chair in place on wet exteriors. However, it doesn’t perform as well on softer grounds.

Likes:

  • Good Value For Your Money
  • Durable Seat
  • Corrosion-Resistant Aluminum Frame
  • Breathable Back And Sides

Dislikes:

  • Not For Soft Ground
  • The Back Support Is Short
  • It Wobbles Under Heavy Load
MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair, Portable Compact for Outdoor Camp, Travel, Beach, Picnic,...
MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair, Portable Compact for Outdoor Camp, Travel, Beach, Picnic,...
MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair, Portable Compact for Outdoor Camp, Travel, Beach, Picnic,...
MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair, Portable Compact for Outdoor Camp, Travel, Beach, Picnic,...
MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair, Portable Compact for Outdoor Camp, Travel, Beach, Picnic,...
MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair, Portable Compact for Outdoor Camp, Travel, Beach, Picnic,...

Big Agnes Inc Big Agner Skyline Ultralight Backpacking Chair

Big Agnes Skyline Ultralight Backpacking Chair for Fast and Light Adventures, Black Camp Furniture,...

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 1.7
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 17 x 3.5 x3.5
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 26 x 21 x 17.5
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 275
  • Aluminum Frame With Interlocking Poles
  • 70 denier nylon seat

Big Agnes Inc is a highly reputable brand that produces high-quality camping equipment. The Skyline Ultralight proves this fact.

The four-legged aluminum frame uses interlocking poles instead of plastic hubs to keep the structure from collapsing. As a result, it has a sturdier body with fewer weak points.

On the other hand, the 70 denier nylon seat is broad and deep. The back is big enough and provides good support. However, our only complaint is that the fabric doesn’t seem as thick as other models.

Nevertheless, the Skyline camping chair holds up to 275 pounds and is adequate for most solid grounds.

We loved how stable the Skyline is. Also, the seat is high enough for most people to get in and out without feeling the pressure.

The Skyline folds down to 3.5 x 17 inches. It is a slightly taller pack, but it is still portable. There is a backpacking stool version available for those looking for something more portable.

Likes:

  • Lightweight
  • Stable
  • Great Seat Height
  • Ergonomic

Dislikes:

  • Nylon fabric doesn’t feel sturdy
  • Pointy aren’t suitable for soft nor uneven ground
  • Not for large people

TREKOLOGY YIZI LITE Ultralight Camp Chair

Ultralight Camping Chair, YIZI LITE 750g Hiking Backpacking Chairs Lightweight Camping Chair, Low &...

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 1.65
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 12.6 x 5.9
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 21.7 x 21.2 x 21.7
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 220
  • 7075 Aluminum Frame
  • 60 Denier Nylon Ripstop Seat

The YIZI LITE portable camp chair is a sight for shore eyes. Specifically, it fits inside a 12.6 by 5.9 inches cloth bag.

It is so tiny that you can stash it in the side pocket of your hiking bag. Also, at 1.65 pounds, it is not as heavy either. So, it won’t break your back during long treks.

The aircraft-grade aluminum frame has two ABS plastic joint points. TREKOLOGY connected all poles using a shock cord.

As you might imagine, setting the chair up is both quick and easy. The structure holds up to 220 pounds in weight, which is the lowest capacity until now. So, bulky people are better off elsewhere.

According to TREKOLOGY, the seat is 60 deniers ripstop nylon. It looks very thin!

We feel that even a tiny tree branch could rip the breathable back. Certainly, try your best to set the camp chair as far away from sharp things.

Nevertheless, the YIZI LITE is wide enough to accommodate a 5’10” hiker. Still, it is a tight fit, and you have to lean back a lot. But the chair serves its purpose.

Likes:

  • Affordable
  • It Packs Small
  • It Has Side Pockets
  • Breathable And Water-Resistant Seat

Dislikes:

  • It Is A Little Unstable
  • Thin Seat
  • Low Weight Limit

Full-sized Portable Chairs With High Back

ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous Portable Camping Chair

ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair, Ocean/Charcoal (8013941)

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 6.8
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 8 x 28
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 22 x 14 x 24
  •  Max Capacity (Pounds): 300
  • Steel Frame
  • 600 Denier Polyester Cloth

The Rendezvous backpacking chair features a lightweight steel frame and 600 deniers TechMesh fabric.

The seat has a meshed back to both increase airflow and keep you dry and comfy. We miss the lack of side coverings. However, ALPS added steel poles at either side of the chair for you to rest your arms.

Since this is a low-profile camping chair, you remain very close to the ground. The slightly reclined back allows you to sit with your legs stretched.

We understand that this might not be the most comfortable position for some people. So beware.

In terms of portability, the Rendezvous backpacking chair fits inside an 8 x 28-inch cloth bag. However, it has a whopping 6.8-pound weight. So, be ready for those shoulders to burn.

Likes:

  • Quick assembly
  • Feet supports mean you won’t sink into ground
  • Meshed back improves airlflow
  • Virtually unbreakable frame

Dislikes:

  • It’s like a brick, heavy
  • Lacks side support
ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair, Salsa/Charcoal, One SizeALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair, Rust, (Model: 8013905)ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair, Khaki, 8013914

KingCamp Low Sling Camping Chair

KingCamp Low Sling Beach Chair for Camping Concert Lawn, Low and High Mesh Back Two Versions

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 6.6
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 30.7 x5.1 x 7.9
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 25.2 x 23.2 x 22.8
  •  Max Capacity (Pounds): 300
  •  Steel Frame
  •  600 Denier Seat

With 6.6 pounds, the KingCamp Low Sling is the heaviest camping chair on this list. It also has the largest packed size with 30.7 x 5.1 x 7.9 inches. Still, it is a suitable choice for those who don’t care about anything but comfort.

The KingCamp Low Sling is 23.2 inches wide once deployed. Plus, big people won’t feel cramped since the chair has no sides. You get a set of steel padded armrests instead, which is a more comfortable chair indeed.

You also get higher back support. It is true.

The backpacking chair still sits close to the ground. But at least you can sit, stretch your legs with your back slightly decline.

Yes, we know that it might be difficult for some people to reach that low. But the Low Sling is pleasantly comfortable once you do.

Besides, the steel frame and 600D Oxford seat hold up to 300 pounds of weight. Plenty to cope with most body sizes.

Likes:

  • Remarkably comfortable
  • Great lumbar support
  • Cup holder for water bottles
  • Anti-sink feet

Dislikes:

  • Weight
  • Very low profile
  • Steel poles underneath are too close under chair
KingCamp Low Sling Beach Chair for Camping Concert Lawn, Low and High Mesh Back Two Versions
KingCamp Low Sling Beach Chair for Camping Concert Lawn, Low and High Mesh Back Two Versions
KingCamp Low Sling Beach Chair for Camping Concert Lawn, Low and High Mesh Back Two Versions

Lightweight Camping Stools

ALPS Mountaineering Tri-Leg Camping Stool

ALPS Mountaineering Tri-Leg Stool - Rust

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 2
  • Folded Dimensions (Inches): 3 x 3 x 23
  • Deployed Dimensions (Inches): 14 x 14 x 16
  • Max Capacity (Pounds): 250
  • Steel Frame
  • 600 Denier Polyester Cloth

It might not be the most comfortable of options. But hikers know how to appreciate a sturdy backpacking stool.

Despite being small, the steel legs and 600 denier polyester can withstand up to 250 pounds of weight. Virtually anyone can sit on it without worrying that the chair will break. Also, the round feet with disks keep the stool from sinking into soft ground.

Since the fabric seat is already attached to the frame, deploying the ALPS Tri-Leg backpacking stool takes no time. You can rest or get back to the hiking trail in the blink of an eye.

Moreover, you can haul it on your shoulder, thanks to the convenient carry strap. You can place the camping chair in the cloth bag and also stash it inside your backpack.

Likes:

  • It Is Compatible With Soft Grounds
  • Sturdy Steel Frame
  • It Is Available In Many Different Colors

Dislikes:

  • You Sit Too Close To The Ground
  • It Is Not Stable

Backpacking Foldable Seat

ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat

ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Stadium Seat, One Size, Teal

Features:

  • Weight (Pounds): 1.3
  • Dimensions (Inches): 17 x 33 x 0.5
  • Ripstop Nylon
  • Side and Bottom Buckles

Although it doesn’t look like any of the other camping chairs we’ve seen so far, the Weekender seat is ideal for hikers. It only weighs 1.3 pounds and folds into a briefcase so you can place inside your back or attach to the side.

The ripstop nylon construction is both thick and offers enough cushioning for the occasional stop. What’s more, is that the side buckles give some support. But it is nothing compared with having an aluminum frame, of course.

You can solve this by setting the chair near a tree or boulder. Needless to say, this isn’t a chair for those who have a hard time sitting down low.

Versatility is Weekender’s main advantage. You can use it while you hike, camp, fish from a boat, do picnics, and pretty much elsewhere. Plus, you can set it up in no time. Everything comes at the expense of comfort.

Likes:

  • Versatile
  • Compact
  • Quick To Set Up

Dislikes:

  • It Is Not Very Comfortable
  • Not Suitable For The Elderly
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat, Black, 17' x 33' x .5'
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Stadium Seat, One Size, Charcoal/Blue
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Stadium Seat, One Size, Deep Sea
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat - Green
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat, Rust

How to Choose a Backpacking Chair

Backpacking is indeed, all about choosing the most portable gear possible. The same principle applies to portable camping chairs.

The best backpacking chair should be lightweight, easy to set up, and comfortable. Of course, each item has a different weight depending on the perspective.

For instance, we value comfort the most. While others might find portability to be the most relevant feature. It certainly all depends on what you like better.

Here you will find all the information you need to choose the backpacking chair that best suits your needs.

friends packing up camp
Camping with your family will require different sized camp chairs for each person, since comfort is key.

How Much Are You Willing To Spend?

You must carefully consider how much money you are willing to spend. Are you an avid outdoorsman? Or are you planning on using the camp chair for more than just camping?

Then spending a little more will be the wisest thing to do. But there is no point in getting a 100 bucks backpacking chair if you only go out occasionally.

Now that you’ve set your budget, it is time to start talking about serious stuff.

Weight and Packed Size

Talking about a backpacking chair is talking about something that you will carry on your back until you make camp. Thus, getting a lightweight and portable camping chair is a wise move. However, small and light are subjective.

Hiking with camping chair
Some camp chairs are not as portable as others, while others pack down to the size of a Yeti water bottle

For instance, anything below 3 pounds is light for us. But others find this too heavy for long hikes. Try your best then to stay around 2 pounds. Thankfully there are plenty of backpacking chairs with this approximate weight.

However, there is a catch.

Ultralight camping chairs often sacrifice comfort and capacity. Sometimes the seat is so thin that there is simply enough cushioning to keep it comfortable.

Still, durability is also an issue. Both its light structure and thin fabric also keep the weight down. But they also compromise long-term performance.

Packed size matters too. Going for something small will save space but will be harder to set up. Surely, you will have less room to sit.

Set-Up

All camping chairs fold down for better transportation. Some even fit on tiny bags. Unfortunately, there is a relationship between portability and ease of setup.

setting up camp
Setting up camp chairs after a long day hiking

Most camping chairs that pack small take more time to set up, especially those that use shock cords. They have to be handled with care too.

In contrast, backpacking chairs with a bulky packed size tend to be easier to assemble. The rigid structure takes but a minute to deploy. Basically, they are not as fragile.

Nevertheless, having something that packs small outweighs anything else. Besides, you will deploy it in the blink of an eye once you have done it a couple of times.

Comfort

There is nothing like sitting on your favorite sofa once you get home from work. Sadly, you can’t take it because it is just too big. You have to settle down with a portable camping chair.

camping chair comfort rating
Comfort

Thankfully, some chairs are comfortable enough to sit after a long hike. How comfortable the camping chair depends on several features, such as:

  • Back Support: This is the Achilles heel of any backpacking chair. Most of them don’t offer enough lumbar support because the back height is too low. Ideally, try to find one that at least reaches your mid-back. Anything shorter will kill your back.
  • Width: If you have big thighs like me, then you’ll most likely want something broad. You will feel cramped otherwise. However, a wider backpacking seat means more weight, a bigger packed size, and is typically more expensive.
  • Seat Height: This is the space between the ground and the bottom of the camping chair. Some chairs sit closer to the ground than others, especially those beach chairs models. While this makes the chair more portable, it also puts your legs in an unpleasant position. Also, it is harder to get in and out. You should avoid low seats at all costs if you have a bad knee. Sadly, more height also means more instability.
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Backpacking Chair Stability

Backpacking chairs aren’t known for their stability. Regular, bulky camping chairs are better in this subject. The reason for this is that the first type of seat has a cross-legged structure.

In other words, all poles converge into the middle of the chair instead of the sides. Thus, the chair is more likely to tip over because all the weight gets concentrated in one place.

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As a countermeasure, try to look for aluminum frames where each pole joints fit tightly into the other. It makes a more rigid structure. Hence, more stability.

If possible, find a backpacking chair with more than one junction. It offers better weight distribution, making it less likely to tip over. Also, it pays to find ones with thicker frames.

Certainly, it will increase the weight but will be more reliable.

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Feet are another element that impacts stability. No backpacking chair has problems with solid grounds. But things are different on soft terrain.

Basically, chairs with wide feet are the winners since they are less likely to sink into the ground. Some brands even offer a rag that you attach to the feet to keep them from burying into the ground.

Sadly, it is an aftermarket item for chairs that don’t have them. Only a few offer chairs with feet, like Marchway Ultralight Folding Camp Chair.

Seat Construction

Nylon and polyester are the prime materials for backpacking chairs. Both are strong, flexible, and light. However, there are a couple of differences between them.

  • Durability: Nylon is exceptionally resistant to abrasion, chemicals, and oils. Polyester shows the same features but to a lesser degree. However, polyester copes with UV abrasion better than nylon.
  • Price: Making nylon is slightly more expensive than making polyester. Thus, you might find that backpacking chairs with polyester seats are a little cheaper.
  • Comfort: Both are equally light. But nylon is softer to the touch, warmer, and smoother than polyester.
  • Water-resistance: Nylon shows minimal water absorbency, while polyester is mildly water-resistant.

What does Denier mean?

Denier is a unit used to measure the thickness of a single thread. A higher number indicates a thicker fiber. Generally, this also means more durability. But a high denier fabric comes at a price.

Firstly, it is more expensive. Secondly, it is both heavier and less breathable as well. Thus, it will take more time to dry.

However, a thicker seat comes in handy in cold environments. Another advantage is durability. The higher the denier rating, the more puncture-resistant it is.

Backpacking Chairs: Sit Anywhere You Go

Our review comes to an end. Now it is your time to get the backpacking chair that best suits your needs.

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For us, the Helinox Chair Zero is the best option. It is among the lightest chairs you can find. Overall, it packs small as well. Another plus, it has a durable, breathable polyester seat.

Several seats show similar features. However, none of them offer such a quality build. Chair Zero has everything you look for in a backpacking chair. But it also comes with its downsides.

Yes, it is a little expensive. However, the advantage of having a portable chair that’s easy to set up and doesn’t break your back is a huge advantage.

So, what are you waiting for? Click here to get yours!

Last update on 2021-12-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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