Material: Hardened aluminum alloy frame, Flexgrid fabric
Max. Load: 226.8kg
Let’s address the elephant in the room: this one’s pretty pricey. However, with durability and longevity being its primary focus, Yeti are hoping to offer the Trailhead as an investment; get it now and enjoy a quality, comfortable chair for ten– maybe twenty years without any serious damage. We take that claim very seriously, so before we even considered adding the Trailhead to this list, we put it through a lot of testing. The verdict: you couldn’t break this thing if you tried.
In addition to extremely solid construction, the Flexgrid fabric makes for one comfortable seat, conforming nicely to your shape and being wide and deep enough to feel like you’re sitting in a hammock with back support. It also holds up to 500lbs (or thirty-five stone), so have no fear about squeezing two of you on there, the extra wide feet do a great job of keeping the chair stable on any terrain. We also appreciate the detachable cup holder which docks underneath the arm rest instead of being built-in and taking up valuable real estate.
Finally, the carry bag is a super convenient accessory for campers on the move. The Trailhead packs away quickly, and the padded shoulder straps make this huge chair pretty easy to carry a long way. Overall, the Trailhead is super sturdy, well-engineered, excessive in its size, strength, and comfort, and it’s made by Americans. It’s basically the muscle car of camp chairs.
Assembled height, width & depth : 92 x 63 x 76cm / packed height, width & depth: 109 x 22 x 29cm / weight: 6.03kg / cup-holder and carry bag accessory included.
Best Reclining Camping Chair
4. Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair
Price: From £215
Weight: 3.23 kg
Material: Aircraft grade aluminium suspension frame, Non-absorbent monofilament mesh
Max. Load: 136 kg
Though the priciest on our list, its concept is probably the coolest. As the name suggests, it’s made with stargazing in mind, so has built-in rocking and reclining abilities. It’s kind of a hammock, rocking chair, and camping chair, all in one. With a supportive headrest, and a breezy non-absorbent monofilament mesh, the seat itself resists bacteria by not retaining moisture, whilst also withstanding sun exposure. This additionally makes for a breathable and comfy fabric.
Its design accommodates every type of surface, even when you are swinging. This is due to its aircraft grade aluminium frame, and unique pole set-up (anodized pole exterior and red ferrule interior), making for precise pole connections and greater stability on precarious terrain.
Though its set-up is supposed to be done in 3 easy steps, it’s a bit fiddlier and more time-consuming than most camping chair set-ups. This, coupled with its weight, means it’s not a backpacking chair, though can be stashed away easily in a car or in your campsite. Coined a ‘fireside favourite’, it’s quite the luxury item.
Assembled length, width & height: 68 x 92 x 112cm / packed length, width & height: 60 x 17 x 17cm / swings and reclines.
Best Two-Person Camping Chair
5. Kelty Low Loveseat
Price: From £89
Material: Steel frame, 600-denier polyester fabric
Max. Load: 181.4 kg
As a two-seater camping chair, the Kelty Low Loveseat is perfect for a two-person holiday, or as an extra seat for a canine companion. It’s fitted with two insulated adjustable cup holders, with mesh bottoms for easy cleaning, so is built with relaxing at your campsite in mind. That being said, there’s a bar in between the two seats, so it’s not ideal for lying across.
With a slight recline, extra padding, and adjustable arm rests for different heights, it nevertheless retains big comfort points. It’s also very wide and roomy for optimal lounging and sinking capabilities.
At 6.8kg, it’s pretty heavy so is better left at your campsite, though it folds up accordion-style like a traditional camping chair so can be packed away discreetly. Check out their website for some excellent pics of dogs in their camping elements.
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Seat height: 34cm / seat width: 112cm / 34cm above ground / packed length, width & height: 88 x 28 x 28cm / two-person seat.