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: March 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 KMS chair weighs around 4.5kg and costs under £40.

The Trakker campbed is pretty light and very stable. Around £120.

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 Deluxe bedchair

For around £70, the TF Gear Deluxe campbed is a great buy. Stable and sturdy but not too heavy to carry.

  • Folded: Not stated
  • Size: H28cm-39cm L198cm W80cm
  • Weight: 8.1kg
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
Light and cheap
4.1/5

Bison reclining campbed

Under £50 and under 9kg. Great.

Six legs for stability, nice padding for the head and an unbeatable price for this Bison campbed.

  • Folded: 17 x 80 x 75cm
  • Size: L200cm W75cm
  • Weight: 8.6kg
The lightest
4.1/5

Caperlan bedchair from Decathlon

At just 5kg, this one is a fantastic option for camping. The Caperlan isn’t a recliner, but it has five options for leg height. It costs around £60.

  •  Folded: 90 x 70 x 20 cm
  • Size: H25cm-35cm L200cm W65cm
  • Weight: 5kg

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.

Kampa Utopia campbed

Kampa Utopia. Around £45. 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

Sea to Summit Comfort Plus insulated matAn 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

JRC Stealth X-Lite chair

Ultra strong aluminium frame, thick padding and adjustable legs. The Stealth weighs just 4kg and costs around £80. It’s the lightest we’ve found and the recliner version has armrests.

Best value camping chair
3.8/5

TF Gear Banshee

At 3.9kg, it’s pretty light. Its advantage is the £25 price tag. The TF Gear Banshee is a pared-down model, but still has adjustable legs and a supportive seat.

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.

Lightest chair with arms
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.

Sleeping bags that fix to campbeds

 Sleeping bags specifically made for overnight fishing trips tend to wider, warmer, bulkier and…khaki!

The best have hooks that fasten around the legs of your bedchair so that the bag doesn’t slip off.  You could always sew on your own hooks if you have a bag already – attach them to wide elastic so you can stretch to fit.

TF Gear Chillout four-season bag

An extremely warm and comfortable sleeping bag, with a snug fleece lining and hollow-fibre insulation.The TF Gear Chillout is also breathable and has attachment straps.

  • Length: 218cm
  • Price: £50/£60 (standard or XL width)

Caperlan campbed sleeping bag

A warm sleeping bag from Decathlon’s dizzying range of fishing gear. It has two side openings and hooks and loops to attach to your bed.

  • Length: 220cm
  • Price: £65

Have a look at this round-up of our favourite sleeping bags too

Our guide to the best sleeping bags

Freestanding mosquito net

A simple freestanding mosquito net from Lifesystems. Fasten it to your campbed or use it on the ground. Around £60.

A tent on a bed….nice!

A clever tent structure that turns your campbed into an off-ground tent. Around £55. I can see the attraction of fishing now!

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 kit that works for camping too

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.

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.

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.

 

Fishing umbrellas for shelter?

One of our readers told us  they used a fishing brolly instead of a tarp. It’s a great tip. Decathlon’s fishing umbrellas come in a range of sizes, but don’t forget you’ll probably also want to buy the separate ‘awning’ – a sort of curtain that gives you more shelter. Brollies from around £25 and the awning bit around £15.

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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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