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Old 06-08-2014, 04:00 PM   #15
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I have two tommy Bahama reclining beach chairs I bought at Costco a few years back - love them - would enjoy something of similar design but sitting higher - the lafuma cham elips seems to fit that bill 80-100 bucks and they appear pretty light - 6 lbs (if you know other brands of this style please share)

Those hammocks look awesome - lots to consider
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:02 PM   #16
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That eureka curvy chair looked interesting as well - somewhat similar to the strong back - that company seems to make a reclining basic type similar to the cham elips but it looks more complicated and ?problematic? A mechanism
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:43 PM   #17
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The Zip Dee chairs don't have a drink holder, but the chairs with drink holders don't have their own little cabinet in my trailer and they don't match the awnings.
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:46 PM   #18
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The s curvy reclining chairs are the most comfortable, but I don't really have anywhere to store them.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:08 PM   #19
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So, we do not have any camping chairs. It was my B-day yesterday and could not still decide on what chairs I wanted to buy.

I plan on going to sit on some zip dee chairs this coming week and see if comfort for me is acceptable...
Hold the Presses -
The way this B-Day present thing actually works is you have to make up your mind on or before your big day. After the date DOES NOT work and you must forfeit this years gift and wait till next year....

So with that in mind, I would consider going to the wood pile on your next camping trip and find yourself a proper stump that you can sit on.

(Just think of the $$ you will save also....)
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:17 PM   #20
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I have two tommy Bahama reclining beach chairs I bought at Costco a few years back - love them - would enjoy something of similar design but sitting higher - the lafuma cham elips seems to fit that bill 80-100 bucks and they appear pretty light - 6 lbs (if you know other brands of this style please share)
I have several camp chairs in my shed that don't get used for various reasons. I would shop around at local stores to see what suits you. Nothing like trying before buying.
We also have the Tommy Bahama beach chairs from Costco and like them for lounging at the beach or at the lake, but are too short for regular camp use. We also have Lafuma zero-gravity chairs that we always carry with us. To me they can't be beat for a good afternoon snooze, but aren't very well suited for sitting around a campfire.
The chairs that we use the most, because they are comfortable, durable, good for sitting around a campfire and light (about 7lbs) are the Coleman deck chairs with the side table. You can keep your drink, snacks and book handy at all times! If I had to choose only one chair, it would be this one.
Amazon.com : Coleman Deck Chair With Table : Camping Chairs : Sports & Outdoors
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:01 PM   #21
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We have purchased probably six sets of chairs over the years and our favorite are the folding Coleman deck chairs. They are light weight and store easily under the dinette

We purchased a set of Zip Dee's and they now have an honored spot in our garage pulled out when we need another set for our home patio. We found them to be too heavy and not quite comfortable over the long term.
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:21 PM   #22
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We have a couple of these that we bought from REI, and they are nice too, though I'm tempted by the other chairs people have spoken of here. They fold down as compactly as a standard "captain's" camp chair, but they are a lot more comfortable and they are $45 vs. $79.

GCI Outdoor Outdoor Recliner Chair at REI.com
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:27 PM   #23
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Hahaha - well bday passed but the monetary value passed to Father's Day

The Coleman folding chair looks nice - that REI recliner looks up my alley as well
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:33 PM   #24
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We have two of the Strongback chairs, one in each size, and like them very much. We also have an LL Bean and a LaFauma recliner and like both. I would recommend any of them for camping
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:49 PM   #26
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I have 5 Zip Dee chairs and 2 Zip Dee lounge chair extension, two chairs in my Safari and the rest in my Excella. I use these only around the trailers, mostly under the awning. One chair is more than 25 years. The two with the lounge extensions are about 20 years. Two are 15 years and still look new. Zip Dee chairs are very well built and last forever if you take care of them.

But, I also buy cheap aluminum folding chairs with cloth seats and a side table. To me these are more comfortable. If I use these on the beach I usually get 3-4 seasons. Then I toss them in the recycle bin when the steel rivets and braces get too rusty. I recently found some at Harbor Freight that work pretty good for about $25.
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Agree with AW on the longevity of the Zip Dee. His statement of taking care of them is spot on. I would not put them in the ocean like other brands, but then again maybe folks have. After pulling up some paperwork, our Zip Dee's are 19 years old. My how time flies when you are having fun.
The lafuma's are very comfortable as mentioned by many and you can roll right back. The new updates have a lever for the release rather than the older version which had a tension knob that would rotate to keep the chair in position. Make sure you check them out to make sure that it is a simple function that kids can adapt too. They will be spending more time in the chair before we get to it.
Finally getting to use our many chairs. NOW, with our Son being at the young age of 24 and now wanting to Airstream and not camp. Interesting how they get smarter in life.

Looks like you have some great input for the now "Father's Day" gift.

Maybe we can start a thread on coolers. I have the Coleman Steelbelt (2) and was looking at a 35 cu in Yeti. These are NOT cheap, but like the Zip Dee Chairs, Old Town canoes, these items are meant to last for decades if not generations to hand off not only the product, but the memories.

Oh, did I mention Airstreams?

This is what life is about. It only takes more time than money.

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camping world has two styles of Margaritaville folding camp chairs that fold-up and fit in a carry bag. one has a higher back than the other and is a little more roomy, both have a cup holder and a small "ice chest" (actually an insulated bag). they do have the plastic feet.
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