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Old 04-10-2015, 08:40 PM   #393
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Has anyone tried the zero-gravity folding recliners they're selling at Sam's Club these days? IIRC they're priced at around $70 and come in tan, melon, or teal.
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:19 AM   #394
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Do great recliners exist that are truly deeply padded and cushy/comfy, rather than just flat, smooth vinyl/polymer fabric, suspended by twine, and 'hyped' as the best, luxury seating?

I don't mean to be overly critical, but so many chairs, recliners are billed as being luxurious, but really, are they? Are the $250-$300 recliners truly luxurious in comfort or are you just paying for steel tubing and the same old unpadded, flat-finished polymer fabrics?

OR, is there a huge, looming elephant-in-the-room named "Opportunity", for someone to create a deeply padded, luxuriously comfortable, zero-gravity recliner that is folding and can be stowed in the back of a pickup?

I'm not jonesing for a new business venture, late in my life, but I have to wonder if great opportunity exists here? Perhaps I am the only one in this quest. OR, I just don't know about THE great portable recliners that already exist in the marketplace?
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WOW... so glad I discovered this thread. I haven't begun to sort through all the pages, though.

Is there any consensus on what the top of the line camp chairs are? I've never sat in one that I felt was something I could comfortably hang out in for hours on end.

We will soon be in the market for a pair of luxurious camp chairs/recliners and they will be carried in the truck bed, so we don't have to have the most compact design, nor the lightest weight. And we're willing to spend good money on them, if the comfort is there. I'm 6'1 185 lbs and the wife is shorter and lighter.

Given this, what would you recommend we look at?

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I think that you already have the perfect camp chair. 6'1" & 185 lbs is an enviable condition that may be partly due to the inability to "hang out in for hours on end" in your current camp chair. Har har. Jim


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Old 04-11-2015, 11:20 AM   #396
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After getting chairs home not satisfied with flimsy construction as they wiggle when sitting in and afraid will collapse on uneven ground, would like some thing sturdier. Wife and I want this style of chair so if any one has better chairs please pm me or my email is bill73r12gmail.com. I have sat in some nice chairs at forum rallys, if not buying before spring rally in May maybeI can find a good chair then. I have 90 days to return but do not want wait that long to return or if any one has pur. these and they have held up post that or contact me. I have been hurt 2 times w/canvas chairs, no more. Bill

I sat in one at Walmart a little while ago- very uncomfortable-


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The entire purpose of Wallmart and Sam's Club is to provide the absolute cheapest whatever. If it's a "name brand" such as "Sony," "Charmin" or "Chicken of the Sea," that's fine. But if it's some no-name item like a camping chair, you can be sure that it will be the absolute cheapest piece of crap that you can buy at any price.
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Old 04-11-2015, 03:17 PM   #398
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Camping with some friends this past weekend. That had a pair of these. I was surprised how comfortable they are.

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The entire purpose of Wallmart and Sam's Club is to provide the absolute cheapest whatever. If it's a "name brand" such as "Sony," "Charmin" or "Chicken of the Sea," that's fine. But if it's some no-name item like a camping chair, you can be sure that it will be the absolute cheapest piece of crap that you can buy at any price.

Coleman is still a respected brand in camping equipment, but those chairs are just not comfortable. They may be high quality and last forever, but I didn't like it.


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Camping with some friends this past weekend. That had a pair of these. I was surprised how comfortable they are.

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Coleman - Coleman - comfortable camping chair - coleman camping chair - Comfortsmartâ„¢ Suspension Chair
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Looks intriguing...ill have to find some of those to try out.
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mimi, I have not tried the sams club variety, but its possible they are comfortable and a good buy.

Many zero gravity chairs are out there, but many for me were disappointing in some way.

Quality of some components around the key structure is often held up by plastic bits that will likely break with routine use in 2-4 years and often some are already broken in the store (although to be fair, they probably take some real abuse in that setting).

Also, many (not all) are especially heavy...not that any of them are "light" but some certainly are lighter than others.

Size is another problem and this varies perhaps person to person....for me I am just over 6 foot and many of the chair I could not just stretch my legs out in and be comfortable, as my ankles were hanging on the end of the footrest...or bow up my lets a bit, and that proves less comfortable.

The exact ergonomics of each one as far as size and shape varies a bit and so your results may vary. I thought the cheap target one I bought (then returned) was quite comfortable, had what appeared to me a fairly solid construction, was quite heavy, was pretty comfortable, but was too short for me.

Many of the types I sat in at camping world were either obviously cheap really (despite 80-120 dollar price tags) or not quite the right fit for me.

I think if you find a zero gravity chair that fits you nicely, whatever the brand, you could take a nap in them...I have dozed off in mine at least and at a backyard party over the weekend someone passed out in mine.

I ended up getting the lafuma variety, the XL size future clipper...so far we love them...they are pricey at 160-180 bucks a piece though.

They do make ones with padded mattresses instead of the mesh type, but I heard wanted the mesh for easier to dry off after a rain, etc...the padded ones also are like 50 more bucks....

I think the lafuma's are over-priced, but after trying several, they worked for me...the target variety if they offered an XL variety I probably would have bought those...but man, the lafumas are like 10 lbs lighter as I recall.

bottom line, one needs to really sit in a chair for more than 15-20 min and see if you like them...I brought home several, sat in living room, watched a movie, and see how it went....I bought my lafuma's from backcountry.com and they gave me 10% off and said they would accept them back if I was not pleased in any way....most retailers will let you return them..so give a bunch of them a shot and see what works for you.

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Thanks, Jim... fortunately I've been able to keep this same size and shape for my entire adult life... and I'm 65 now. Yikes. That's OLD.

The kind of reclining camp chairs that I am looking for would have good padding (since my padding isn't all that thick!).

Many of the reclining/zero gravity camp chairs on the market are not too bad... except most have no padding, except perhaps behind the head.

I would love to find a nicely padded recliner that, while more on the heavy side, is still relatively portable and foldable. To me THAT would be an awesome camp recliner that one may be able to relax in for hours on end.

I haven't found one yet. The thought occurred to me to create one, but I'm past the point in life where I would want to take that on. There is a great opportunity there, though, I believe.
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I don't think there is a better source anywhere for a discussion on the choosing of a camp chair thanks to PharmGeek. Over 400 entries with a variety of opinions. Start at the beginning or just read Pharm'a last entry and surely you will find something that works for you. Gotta love these forums. Jim


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Thanks Jim.

Lafuma again makes a padded variety indeed - worth a gander

Good luck!

Also - I recall in this thread one I liked was sold at camping world that was a reclining chair with a lot of padding and an extendable footrest - it was very comfy - a bit unwieldy but doable perhaps


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Thanks PharmGeek. We don't need one often enough to justify a high price. Unfortunately, our Sam's has failed to set up a demonstrator, so I can't even sit on one at the store.
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We bought the Walmart version of the Zero Gravity chairs and for me, I have the same feelings about them as PharmGeek. Being a tall person, my legs hang off the end of the foot part which is uncomfortable. They are also heavy and cumbersome to move around and also they take up a lot of storage space. But, they are very comfortable and we will continue to use these until they fall apart. I recently bought some side tables for them from Amazon. I think I paid about $12 each. They slide onto the legs and will fit most any A frame type chair. Here's some pictures:



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