High quality folding camping chairs can make a big difference when you’re out camping in the woods. Some folding camping chairs are cheaply made, break quickly, and even worse, aren’t comfortable at all. To be sure you can relax well when you are in the outdoors, you better get camping chairs that promote good posture and don’t make you hunch over. Here’s 5 of the best heavy duty camping chairs out there.
5 High Quality Folding Camping Chairs
These heavy duty camping chairs fold out and provide a table on one side to hold your drinks or snacks, along with a pouch on the other side to hold important items like your phone, keys, wallet and more. The side table is big enough for a quick meal and small enough to fold up nice and tight. It’s an extra wide director’s style chair that can fit anyone, big or small.
These folding camping chairs weigh in at 7.65 pounds and fold flat for easy storage and hauling. When open it is 35″ wide. This chair offers good support and will help you stay comfortable when it’s time to take a load off.
Complaints: With almost all 5-star reviews, this heavy duty camping chair is sure to give you what you’re looking for. The only complaints were that it folds flat (so doesn’t fold up tiny), which is a trade-off that makes it stronger. Click here to read more customer reviews on the Stylish Camping Folding Full-Back Director’s Chair
These folding camping chairs are Alps Mountaineering best-selling camp chair, and for good reason. This camp chair has a taller back than many folding chairs, and it reclines just slightly to make it more comfortable. The arm rests are also padded and curved for additional comfort.
This Alps camping chair comes with a cup holder/pocket and a powder-coated frame that will last. It weighs a little more at 10.5 pounds, but it’s capacity of 425 pounds makes this one of the most heavy duty camping chairs around. This chair is not as wide as the chair above, measuring at 24″ wide, 21″ deep, and 36″ tall. Folds flat.
Complaints: Another high-rated folding camping chair, the Alps suffers from a small problem where it seems to collect water in the material and possibly the tubing. Click here to read what other customers had to say about the Alps Mountaineering Camp Chair.
The Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair is great for camping near the water or in the woods. It has an adjustable pillow and padded straps so you can haul it around easily. It even adjusts to 5 different positions, including one that lays flat if you’re looking to take a nap (but want to stay out of the dirt). It comes equipped with a storage pouch, an insulated cooler pouch, and a folding towel bar.
This folding camping chair is rated for 300 pounds with a lightweight aluminum frame so it won’t rust even if it gets wet. The molded arms also have a cup holder and pocket that hangs down. It folds down flat, making it very easy to carry with the lightweight frame and backpack straps.
Complaints: Because of this folding camping chairs ability to adjust to different positions, it can be hard to fold up sometimes. It is also quite low to the ground. There have been a couple problems with the stitching and the adjustment notches not holding, but it’s not common. Click here to read other real customer reviews about the Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair.
The Picnic Time Portable Reclining Camp Chair is the only umbrella-style folding camping chair that made the list. Unlike other camping chairs of this type, the reclining back makes it so you don’t have to sit all hunched over with bad posture. It also features 3 different positions, a padded seat, adjustable arm rests (with cup holder) and a large zippered pocket on the back (not accessible from sitting position)
It’s folding steel frame can support up to 300 pounds, like most other heavy duty camping chairs. The major advantage of this chair is that it folds up nice and small and comes with a bag to put it in and carry around, making it very portable.
Complaints: While this is a recliner, it can be difficult to do if you’re sitting in the chair. Like other folding camping chairs that fold like this, it also isn’t the best for back support or posture (though better than the standard ones). There have also been a few reports about this chair breaking at a particular hinge point made of plastic. Click here to read reviews by other customers.
The GCI Outdoor PICO Arm Chair is one of the highest rated folding camping chairs out there. The main benefits of this chair is it’s ability to fold very small, down to 20″ x 3.75″ x 12″ making it the smallest heavy duty camping chair on this list. If you have limited storage space but still want a high quality, comfortable chair, this GCI folding camping chair is a sure choice.
It has a lightweight aluminum frame that can support up to 250 pounds, won’t rust, and only weights 9 pounds. It also comes with a carry bag with a padded shoulder strap to haul around, which doubles as a storage caddy when the chair is in use. Along with the caddy, this folding camping chair is also equipped with a mesh side storage pocket, a media pocket, and a mesh side beverage holder.
Complaints: Because of it’s telescoping folding feature that helps it remain strong but also fold up so small, this chair is relatively expensive. This is the only drawback with this chair. Click here to see what other customers had to say about the GCI Outdoor PICO Arm Chair.
Folding Camping Chairs Buying Tips
Like I mentioned earlier, buying high quality folding camping chairs will help you relax more when camping. I’ve tried to relax in the cheaper umbrella-folding chairs and they just aren’t comfortable, my back always gets fatigue because I’m hunched over. All of the chairs above solve this problem, but if posture is a big focus don’t go with the Picnic Time chair, grab one of the flat-folding chairs instead.
These are all heavy duty camping chairs, with the minimum being rated at 250 pounds. If you’re looking for the heaviest duty chair, go with the Alps Mountaineering camping chair, it will work great for ya.
Remember too that these are all equipped with nylon fabric, so embers will burn a hole through it if they land on the chair. If you’re not sitting on them near the campfire, I suggest pulling it back to avoid burn holes.