If you haven’t got room for two sets of chairs in your camping kit, you’ve probably had to compromise – a camping chair that’s not quite supportive and upright enough for eating at a table, and not quite slumpy enough for lazing with a book. So what’s the answer?
We thought we’d found a good compromise in Outwell’s Woodland Hills camping chairs. They felt comfortable in the shop and, with their black+colour-stripe material, were a stylish change from all that camping khaki.
A week of sitting on them, though, and the lower back twinges kicked in. We found ourselves perching on the more solid front edge of fabric to eat at a table, but more often than not, we’d slump backwards and have to hold a plate on our knees.
Their design is much the same as most camping chairs – so you can be pretty sure that any type that has this concertina-type fold will have a saggy bottom.
We liked their looks, the neat pack size (17 x 19 x 82 cm0 and the 2.4kg weight, but we didn’t like the fact that, although the seat fabric was more taut than many fold-ups, there was still too much sag for real support.
The chair to choose
We carried on looking and now have a £30-40-ish contender for the ‘best chair’ award – the Coleman deck chair. It gives good support with a backrest and strong seat. Not exactly chairs for lounging in, but you could definitely read a book, play a board game or eat a meal in comfort.
This chair just seems built to last. It’s smart, simple and very supportive. It has an aluminium frame, a sloping back and padded armrests, which incorporate carrying straps when it’s folded.
There’s a version with a fold-out table too.
- Open size: 62 x 53 x 78 cm
- Folded size: 13 x 53 x 75 cm
- Weight: 2.6 kg
- Price: around £40
Another option for those with more room and the will to relax is a zero gravity lounger like the one shown below.
The bad news is that the VERY best chairs we’ve found are the ones that come with the VW California. How about a pair of camping chairs for £45,000 and a free campervan thrown in! Read our VW California Beach article here