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Old 11-29-2014, 09:17 AM   #295
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I tried a pico type in CW - I think they are on same par of comfort as zip dee - not arguably as durable and long lasting though perhaps depending on use?

I have not looked at these alps chairs - I will though!

I want a couple smaller comfy camp chairs in addition to out lafuma ZG chairs

My list as it is something like this in no particular order at this point:

Eureka curvy type
Strongback
Pico
Helinox One (a strong favorite for me right now)
Zip Dee
Haven't looked at these alps types
Law chair USA basic aluminum type
Kermit chair (Im doubtful of this one - helinox in the same class for much less money and looks more comfy IMO )

Zip Dee are comfy enough and they last forever (the one last night was 12 years old and looked perfect) and they store very flat

I'll have to look into these alps chairs as well






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Old 11-29-2014, 09:18 AM   #296
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We saw these at our FODS rally and bought them from overstock.com. There may be better deals out there, we paid $89 each and LOVE them!

https://www.gcioutdoor.com/directors...-arm-chair.htm
Those look like great chairs!
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:19 AM   #297
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They are very comfortable to us. I'm 5'8" 160 and Zell is 6'2" 150 and we both like them. We also have a blow up ottoman that we use as well. The ease of storage and the vented material are my two favorite features! If you buy one just make sure they have a free and easy return just incase you don't like them.

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Old 11-29-2014, 09:24 AM   #298
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They are very comfortable to us. I'm 5'8" 160 and Zell is 6'2" 150 and we both like them. We also have a blow up ottoman that we use as well. The ease of storage and the vented material are my two favorite features! If you buy one just make sure they have a free and easy return just incase you don't like them.

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Old 11-29-2014, 09:30 AM   #299
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FYI, the Alite Mantis is on sale directly from Alite Designs for $70 today...
I am thinking a pair of these for lounging by the camp fire and a pair of ZipDee's for the campsite...
Now I have to compare the Mantis to the Helinox.
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:55 AM   #300
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We've had two Zip Dee chairs for five years and they spend at least 6 months each year outdoors as we travel. They are a very good and strong basic chair, heavy enough to not blow around in the wind, don't sink into sift ground when sitting, and reasonably comfortable. The canvas looks as good as new, the wood armrests shown minor weathering from being outdoors, and the chromed steel frames have a little rust color at the connections, nowhere else. They easily fold up to be compact.

If you need a good, reliable, compact chair that can take the rigors of travel, it's a good buy.
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:15 AM   #301
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Zip Dee Chairs

My principal issue with the Zip Dee chairs is the steel rail that cuts into the undersides of my thighs when I sit in them. I personally much prefer a chair without any "hard support" in that area.

For an upright non-reclining style of camp chair, we use the Stongback Chair. I find it a solid, comfortable and stable chair.

http://www.amazon.com/Strongback-Eli...rongback+chair

For a reclining style chair, we like this one from Lafuma:

http://www.amazon.com/Lafuma-Futura-...=lafuma+rsx+xl
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We've had two Zip Dee chairs for five years and they spend at least 6 months each year outdoors as we travel. They are a very good and strong basic chair, heavy enough to not blow around in the wind, don't sink into sift ground when sitting, and reasonably comfortable. The canvas looks as good as new, the wood armrests shown minor weathering from being outdoors, and the chromed steel frames have a little rust color at the connections, nowhere else. They easily fold up to be compact.

If you need a good, reliable, compact chair that can take the rigors of travel, it's a good buy.

We wanted Zip Dee chairs until we sat in them. They didn't fit either the bride or me. Zip Dee's are probably the best made chair I've ever seen, but just didn't seem comfy for us.

We finally found Coleman chairs that fit, gave good comfort, and are reasonably well made.
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We are preparing to sell our house in order to become full-time Airstreamers.

We have sold all of the seating (couches, chairs, etc) in our living room and are now using our Pico chairs and Lafuma recliners as our main seating. These will be going with us when we get on the road. We find our Picos and Lafumas to be quite comfortable for us. (I am 5'5" and hub is 5'11".)
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For size/space/weight the Zip Dee chairs or the 50's/60's aluminum frame chairs with the nylon webbing-
The more comfortable chairs generally cost more, weigh more, take up more space-
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Mhony - not so...arguably

I think the helinox or alite mantis or joey chair (all same type), the eureka curvy and others are very small for storage - actually smaller - and are more comfortable - but will they last for 10+ years strong ?

I think the helinox type if made right just may as it has I think no steel parts - but that I would say is very uncertain

The zip dees are freaking rock solid and will last a long time - i do find this attractive - but am not impressed with level of comfort

Doug - I had not thought about the weight factor if leaving them out unattended ...good point - the helinox would sail away if left out lol

Another problem with the helinox is the base legs will sink down in soft ground (like the very sandy spot I'm in - some put tennis balls on theirs to correct or as a previous photo showed - small PVC electrical conduit that fits in bag

I have not yet say in a Strongback but it's on my list of to do's

Lafumas so far are amazing - my wife was a skeptic - but now...

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That chair in the picture is much larger than an ordinary lawn chair.
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I like shopping for Airstream stuff!!!
I am becoming more intrigued with the Kermit. It stores in a very small bundle, It has leg extensions to bring up the height and what can I say, it is wood...I like wood!
It also has a 30 day return policy. This means that I can return it if I do not like it. Kind of takes the edge off.
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I do like the look of the Kermit Chairs, I have seen motorcyclists using them. Also like that they're hardwood, and made in the US.

The price is a bit high once you add the leg extensions. If they are built to last though, the price isn't excessive.
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