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Old 02-04-2017, 02:48 PM   #1
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Best Folding Chairs

Trying to find the 'perfect" folding chairs to have for use at campsites. I have a collection of cheap folding chairs that I've accumulated over the years which are for the most part unsatisfactory. They are usually difficult to get out of being too low with no substantial arms. They break and are usually not comfortable.
Cabelas has a couple that are almost what I want but not quite. I'd like the following in a chair:
1) 300 pound capacity. I'm not there yet but closer to 300 than 225!
2) Comfortable
3) Easy to get out of
4) A place to hold a beverage - cup holder or a side table
5) Folds up compactly for storage / transport
6) Solid construction that does not loose feet or pull rivets

I'd welcome suggestions from the experienced travelers here!
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Old 02-04-2017, 02:53 PM   #2
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Old 02-04-2017, 04:18 PM   #3
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Strongback Elite. Very comfortable and rated for 300 lbs.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Strongbac...&veh=sem#about
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Kermit Chair, add in the leg extensions and cup holder....Done

I have a bad back and went through the same dilemma as you. So, I am very particular with my chairs. The Kermit fits the bill for me. They are not cheap, but are made well and in the USA.
After putting it together a couple times, it becomes much easier. They are very compact when they are folded up. I've had mine for over a year and am a very happy camper. The kind of chair you pass onto your children.

Good luck with your search.

Search for the thread, "Camp Chair Mulling" to find tons of reviews on chairs.
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Old 02-05-2017, 06:38 AM   #5
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I bought this (red) one yesterday, reg $64, on sale $39. They also had a larger director's chair (gray) with small side table and cup holder for $29. Both are by made by Portal and are really nice. You can buy them at kitterytradingpost.com.
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I think PharmaGuy, or something like that, posted this question a year or so ago. It was several pages long, and included a lot of his research on different types of chairs. I can't remember which chair type he ended up selecting. We've had horrible luck with the chairs that fold up into bags, but still like them. The feet break and the legs come apart. We have a Eureka chair now, that's similar to the collapsable chairs that go in a bag, but with a single leg where it contacts the ground. (I'm 6'5" and 235, so it could be my weight that has given "us" such poor results with the bag type chairs, ha!)
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:10 AM   #7
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Trying to find the 'perfect" folding chairs to have for use at campsites. I have a collection of cheap folding chairs that I've accumulated over the years which are for the most part unsatisfactory. They are usually difficult to get out of being too low with no substantial arms. They break and are usually not comfortable.
Cabelas has a couple that are almost what I want but not quite. I'd like the following in a chair:
1) 300 pound capacity. I'm not there yet but closer to 300 than 225!
2) Comfortable
3) Easy to get out of
4) A place to hold a beverage - cup holder or a side table
5) Folds up compactly for storage / transport
6) Solid construction that does not loose feet or pull rivets

I'd welcome suggestions from the experienced travelers here!
Beware of models like these, due to history of pinching to the point of amputation:
http://link.ikea-usa.com/hostedmessa...304251415.7668
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:16 AM   #8
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Best? Impossible question to answer but check out the chairs from Coleman. They make several comfortable folding chairs.
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:20 AM   #9
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Zip Dee without question.

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Old 02-05-2017, 07:25 AM   #10
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TIP: chairs with one piece seat and back can cause one to slouch and have sore back

chairs with 4 individual legs can sink into the ground and loose the plastic feet/caps.

just saying.

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Old 02-05-2017, 07:38 AM   #11
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I vote Zip Dee also.

Folds to 2'' thick, store easily

Stainless steel frame w/ Sunbrella fabric. Very durable. I have seen ones that have been around for years, still going strong.

Easy to carry down the street to the party. Or to the lake, sunset view, beach...won't sink in the sand

Reasonably comfortable

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Old 02-05-2017, 07:43 AM   #12
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My Conclusion?

In your sticks and brick house, you may have different chairs and stools for different types of seated activities.

In the same way, it is unrealistic to expect only 1 folding outdoor chair to be suitable for all activities.

We had the same criteria as you for expectations.

We found that nothing had everything.

We decided we could use a folding side table instead of a cupholder which gave us better actual chairs to consider.

We initially got a couple of folding directors chairs from Cabbalas. (just looked and they don't seem to be on their website any longer.) They excel at a firmer and more upright posture (vs some of the more sling-type bag chairs), have a good armrest, and are inexpensive. We liked the ones we chose because they have a firm metal (ours is folding) arm, vs the sling arms on many standard bag chairs.

These work well for sitting outside and eating or having cocktails with a side table. (Sling bag chairs are horrible to eat from, as you are too far sloped back to take food and drink without first doing a sit-up). Also with the bag and strap are able to be easily carried a good distance. Example is that in Yellowstone there was a beautiful meadow about mile from our campsite. There we carried our chairs and coffee and sat out for about 30 minutes enjoying nature.

What these chairs were not able to fulfill was outside napping, star gazing, or sitting with your feet propped up for reading.

So we added 2 of the zero-gravity type recliners last season (bought online from Costco). These are clunky and take up more space to transport. But are great for stretching out and relaxing and reading or napping. Light enough to carry a reasonable distance (like to the edge of the water from your campsite)

Lastly, my husband had a very small and portable 3-leg with back chair he initially bought when our child played high school and college golf and he had to walk the course and then wait for the players to shoot. It has proven to be very handy for doing small maintenance tasks if you don't want to squat down for a long time.
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The previous thread was called Camp Chair Mulling and posted by Pharmgeek

I tried to post the link .
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