Found! The perfect camping chair

Camping chairsIf 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?


Outwell Woodland Hills chairCamping chairs to avoid

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.

Coleman deck chair

Coleman deck chair – comes in a sand colour too

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.

Zero gravity lounger chairThe 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


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One Comment

  1. Mark Pittam

    Avoid the Sunncamp Steel Deluxe Chairs. I purchased two whilst in Norwich and used them for the first time a few weeks ago only to have them break on myself and my partner. My chair snapped where the beams cross and have a metal stud going through the middle. My partners chair broke where the fabric is held by plastic.

    70 quid down the drain for that rubbish!

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