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The most comfortable campbeds? We’ve found them

Have you seen those fabulously comfy-looking khaki campbeds when you stroll past the fishing section in outdoor stores?

Carp anglers have to stay in one place for hours, so they demand comfort. Why can’t campers have squishy beds and chairs too? Here’s our guide to what might work for all of us – fish or no fish.

Latest update: May 2020

Campbeds, chairs, shelters and camping storage – and all in stealthy khaki

You’ll already have spotted the downside maybe? Can you really have camping comfort with portability and packability?

Fishing beds, chairs and shelters aren’t as lightweight as some camping gear. So, they won’t work unless you have a vehicle. Carp anglers park nearby or use a trolley to cart all their fishing equipment to the waterside.

And these beds and chairs are probably not going to work for a family, because carrying more than one or two of these beasts isn’t usually feasible. Having said that, she who pitches the tent or threads the awning into the rail deserves the best chair! The rest can sit on the ground!

We’ve left no riverbank uncombed in our bid to find the lightest and foldiest campbeds, chairs and more. So, read on…

This Redcamp folding bed sets up quickly and weighs around 6.6kg.

But this NGT fishing bed is REALLY comfy. The trade-off is weight and packability.

Camping beds for ultimate comfort

Here are the lightest and most portable campbeds we’ve found from the carp fishing world. 

Good value campbed
4.5/5

TF Gear bedchair

 

For around £120, the TF Gear Flat Out campbed is a great buy. Stable and sturdy but not excessively heavy to carry.

  • Folded: Not stated
  • Size: L206cm W82cm
  • Weight: 8kg
Best for folding
4.5/5

NGT bedchair

A nice, easy reclining mechanism and a good padded mattress on this NGT campbed for around £70. Plus it folds fairly flat.

  • Folded: 60 x 60 x 20cm (approx.)
  • Size: H37cm (adjustable) L2m W80cm
  • Weight: 8.3kg

Simple folding bedchair

If you have a bit of room, then this is an easy option. A waterproof, folding bedchair. No back support, of course, but 10cm deep!

Around £40, 2m long and 80cm wide.

Add to comfort with a topper

If you choose a less padded bed to keep weight down, then consider a memory foam topper. These can make almost any campbed comfy.

The Abode contoured mattress weighs around 2kg and costs £45. The straps keep it neatly in place on your bed. Width is 68cm and it’s 4.5cm deep

The KingCamp folding mattress is over £100 but gives you 70cm of width and 5cm depth. It has a removable cover and built-in pillow. It comes with a carry-bag.

 

 

Other comfy campbed options

Funnily enough, the ‘normal’ camping beds we looked at weren’t all that much lighter (heavier in some cases) than these carp beds and nowhere near as sturdy or comfortable. These are the best we found.

Best for set-up
4.7/5

Redcamp camping bed

There are lots of campbeds with a simple stretched fabric design. The thing to look for, apart from sturdiness, is width. If they’re too narrow, you’ll find yourself lying on the uncomfortable side ‘rails’.

This Redcamp campbed comes in a choice of sizes from around £45. The 70cm width one weighs under 7kg. Rated to take a crazy 200kg in weight. Now that’s one heavy sleeper!

Set-up is fast and folded size is 105x23cm.

Kampa Utopia campbed

Kampa Utopia. Around £50. Steel frame. Size: 192 x 60 x 34cm. Folded: 96.5 x 60.5 x 10cm. Weight 5.5kg

Vango Dormir campbed

 Vango Dormir for around £50. Straps keep your mattress in place. Size: 183 x 64 x 31cm. Folded: 91 x 64 x 6.5 cm. Weight: 6.75kg

Outdoor Revolution Premium campbed

Outdoor Revolution steel-framed bed (heavier than all our featured carp beds, but folds well) Size: 213 x 79 x 31cm. Weight: 10kg. Folded: See below

An inflatable camping mat?

If you’d be just as happy with a super-comfy, deep self-inflating camping mattress, we have just the thing!

Have a look at our guide to the best camping mats that feel like your bed at home (sort of).

Some of the cheaper campbeds will be much comfier with a blow-up camping mat on top, of course! 

Sturdy fishing chairs for camping

If you’re after a bed and a chair, it might make sense to combine them in one. However, you might not want to drag your bed outside to eat. 

So, here are some lighter weight fishing seats that would make stable and comfortable camping chairs. Have a look at our favourite ‘normal’ camping chairs too.

Lightest camping chair
4.6/5

NGT superlight Nomadic chair

Ultra strong frame, thick padding and adjustable legs. The Nomadic weighs under 4kg and costs around £45. It’s the lightest we’ve found.

Comfiest chair
4/5

Bison Fleece Comfort chair

Not light at nearly 7kg, but VERY comfortable. The Bison has great extending legs and padding for warmth and comfort. Around £60.

Recliner + value
4.9/5

JRC Defender reclining chair

A very nice option, though you might want something to prop your feet up on – your camping coolbox maybe?

This JRC chair weighs 6.4kg and costs around £65.

Light armchair
4.9/5

Fox Duralite chair

Brilliantly light at just 3.2kg and look at those stable mud feet! The Fox chair costs a bit more – £75ish.

Add a hanging mosquito net

If the weather’s fine, you’ll get to see the stars if you lie back on your comfy bedchair with a simple mosquito net for protection. You might need to add some straps/hooks to keep it in place, and you’ll definitely need a tree to hang it from. 

 

Or a rather fantastic bivvy tent?

Alternatively, have a look at a ground-based bivvy tent with integrated mosquito net like the Aqua Quest West Coast we use all the time. Light, up in seconds, but no BIG campbed, of course!

Lots more like this in our wild camping article.

Clever fishing-inspired kit that works for camping

If you don’t have to design any colour choices into your kit (would you like that in khaki or khaki, madam?), perhaps you can spend more time designing clever and useful gear. How about these?

Vango Transit Trolley for all that outdoor gear

If you don’t need a heavyweight all-terrain barrow, Vango’s Transit is fab. Folds completely flat and weighs just 3kg. Around £30. It can take up to 70kg and comes with an elastic tie-round.

A fully adjustable camping gear wagon

Overkill for some camping trips, but we’d have loved one of these Casart trollies when we stayed at Blinkbonny Wood, where you park your car and then walk into the woods with your gear. Great for the beach too.

It’s totally adjustable, folds relatively small and the cover comes off. Pockets, rain hood, rugged wheels…Around £90.

All-in-one workstations…for camping kitchens?

These might be designed to carry bait and tackle, but imagine this neat storage pack filled with kitchen supplies, herbs and spices or other camping bits and pieces? 

This NGT Deluxe has two tiers, a separable table and costs around £45.

 

Leeda bivvy table

Aluminium folding table that’s under a kilo in weight and has adjustable legs. Size: 40 x 24 x 17.5cm. Around £12.

Fishing umbrellas for shelter?

One of our readers told us they used a fishing brolly instead of a tarp. It’s a great tip. 

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One Comment

  1. Mary McGrory

    Several years ago now we spent a considerable amount of money buying four carp fishing chairs and four of the TF Gear campbeds. There is no doubt they were comfortable but they were so heavy and bulky it quickly became clear that they were not really suitable for our style of camping. We sold the chairs on eBay but we kept the camping beds for overnight guests at home and for lounging in the garden (for which they are brilliant). These are seriously heavy and bulky bits of kit that will take up a lot of room in a vehicle so I would just say please make sure they will actually do what you want them to before parting with your cash.

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