Top Rated Backpacking Chairs in 2020 – Amazon Bestsellers


If you are preparing for your next outdoor adventure, you might want to check this list with versatile top rated backpacking chairs suitable for a variety of outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, etc.

All these chairs are ultra-lightweight as you would expect from an item built to be carried on the trail, the lightest in the list is only 1.1 lb (500 grams) of weight. They are also exceptionally packable and usually come with a carry bag with some loops so that you can attach it to the backpack.

No need to buy a new backpack for such a purpose. Many packs have bottom straps where you can attach such a packed chair. If it is without bottom straps, you can carry it in the side stretch pocket and fix in place with side compression straps. Some packs have attachment loops on the top so here you can fix the packed chair with a pair of cords. You can also attach it on the front of the pack if you have any attachment loops or daisy chains.

You can transport such a chair also on a mountain bike or on a beach cruiser bike. They will fit in an inflatable kayak as well, they are so small when packed. The packed size can be as small as (L x D) 14 x 4 inches (35 x 10 cm) so imagine.

In some cases, the carry bag of such a backpacking chair is designed to be attached to the chair when it is in use, and it becomes a storage pouch so you do not have to keep some small items on the ground. Note that we have a separate list with folding camping chairs that are for ordinary camping at places with a car access.

About the construction of backpacking chairs

These are very simple structures that normally only have the following elements:

  • A frame which includes several segments of shock-corded poles. This is convenient because you cannot lose any element of the structure and you can have the frame ready in seconds and this can be done without any light.
  • The fabric sling which you put on the frame by attaching it to the ends of back poles and seat poles. So normally it has only four points where it is in contact with the frame. These points are with reinforced fabric and with tiny pockets where the ends of frame poles enter and stay in place. You will see this in the video below.
  • Of course, you also have a carry bag.

Some examples in the list have a high back and even a headrest. This adds lots of comfort of course, but bear in mind that this implies longer poles on the back and more fabric in general, so these chairs are a bit heavier than others.

The legs are usually with some plastic cups for protection and to give some traction and reduce sinking in the ground. But in general, the feet will sink if you use such a chair on a soft ground. The hub elements where the legs join the upper frame is normally a hard nylon or anything similar.

You might want to see a bit more in this short video which shows the best known of all backpacking chairs, have a look:

The capacity of a backpacking chair

The frame is normally some aircraft grade aluminum alloy, you will not find any other material in the chairs here in the list. But if properly done, these are unbelievably strong constructions. You will see that they support the weight anywhere in the range 240 – 350 lb (110 – 160 kg). So do not be fooled with their fragile appearance.

What are the best brands in this industry

No doubt the best-known brand in this industry is Helinox. But you will notice that their chairs are far more expensive than the competitors. This industry is growing and there are many reliable brands out there, you will see them in the list. I am convinced that the difference in quality is disappearing quickly.

So here is our list with top rated backpacking chairs, these are true Amazon bestsellers picked up from various departments on Amazon. Observe hundreds of customers’ reports that some of them have collected in the past years, so they have been around for a while already and all is known about these chairs.

The list is dynamic and new models may appear depending on what is becoming popular on Amazon. The prices are updated daily so all info you have here is new and accurate, you might want to bookmark this text and check from time to time.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Sportneer Portable Lightweight Folding Camping Chair, 2-Pack for Backpacking, Hiking, Picnic
1,546 Reviews
Sportneer Portable Lightweight Folding Camping Chair, 2-Pack for Backpacking, Hiking, Picnic
  • [2-PACK]ROBUST QUALITY: The frame made of heavy-duty aluminum ensures stability and durability of this camping chair
  • ULTRALIGHT & COMPACT: These portable chairs can be folded into a small piece of 14.25" x 5.25" including the carry-on bag and still weights 2 lbs. It is extremely easy to carry during outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and backpacking
  • EASY SET-UP: Aluminum shock-cord pole structure makes this camping chair for quick intuitive setup
  • LOW-Height: This chair’s height is 13.8" with a back height of 26". It MAY NOT be suitable for people with back pain problems or those who can’t get up from low positions
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY: This robust chair is capable of taking weight up to 350 lbs. This heavy duty chair is a necessity for campers, hikers, backpackers, adventurers and anyone who loves outdoor activities
Bestseller No. 2
MOON LENCE Ultralight Camping Chairs Folddable Backpacking Beach Chairs with Carry Bag
2,542 Reviews
MOON LENCE Ultralight Camping Chairs Folddable Backpacking Beach Chairs with Carry Bag
  • HIGH DURABILITY: Seat made of 600D Oxford cloth with high-strength aluminum alloy frame. Our heavy duty camping chair weighs only 2 pounds which can hold up to 242 pounds/110kg.
  • SUPER COMFORT: Unique and ergonomic seat design gives you the best seat experience allowing you to relax. Breathable and soft seat net makes you feel comfortable while you sit.
  • PORTABLE DESIGN: Both the mesh and the holders can be folded into small pieces.This portable chair is compact enough to put into your backpack or your carry-on luggage.
  • EASY SETUP and CLEAN: Foldable mesh and metal poles make it easy to set up and fold down. It is super easy to clean: just sweep off or clean by soap water.
  • VERSATILITY: The ideal choice for Backpackers, Tailgaters, Hikers, Concertgoers, Campers, Adventurers, and anyone looking for comfort without the bulk. A decent HOLIDAY GIFT for friends and families.
Bestseller No. 3
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair - Compact Ultralight Folding Backpacking Chairs, Small Collapsible Foldable Packable Lightweight Backpack Chair in a Bag for Outdoor, Camp, Picnic, Hiking
1,639 Reviews
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair - Compact Ultralight Folding Backpacking Chairs, Small Collapsible Foldable Packable Lightweight Backpack Chair in a Bag for Outdoor, Camp, Picnic, Hiking
  • Brand New Upgraded Design with Your COMFORT in Mind! The new YIZI GO design is 1cm higher and 15% lighter and prior version. Experience superior lower back support from the new deeper seat fabric! Breathable side Mesh Panels allow for increased Air Flow in hot and humid environments, helping to Keep you Cooler. Rest assured you Will sit like a king or queen
  • SIZE DOES MATTER! LIGHT WEIGHT PACKABLE FOLDABLE design: Fits in Backpacks and Carry-on luggage (14in storage bag included). Stop hauling around bulky chairs! At only 2 pound the Yizi Go chair is ready to go Wherever and Whenever you are! Take a load off no matter where you decide to go. PORTABILITY and STRENGTH in one LIGHTWEIGHT Package. Perfect for hiking, camping, tailgating, BBQ, picnics, concerts, sporting events, the beach. backpackers, car camping or anywhere you travel!
  • YOU REALLY CAN HAVE IT ALL! SUPER DURABLE and STURDY GEAR for OUTDOORS! The YIZI GO Chair was BUILT to LAST: Designed and Engineered with the same High strength aluminum alloys used by Aircraft manufacturers. The frame provides sturdy support with a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds. Engineering Grade 600D polyester seat fabric with double reinforced V stitch is durable, flexible and Machine Washable for ease of care.
  • SET UP in SECONDS. Single piece (tent style) lightweight aluminum pole system with hand guide connection. The Yizi Go’s shock corded main frame allows you to guide the connected poles directly into the frame. This unique design enables you to just pop it open, attach the seat fabric and You’re ready to go! Allowing you to immediately sit and enjoy a camp fire, outdoor festival, sporting event, etc. Pair with Sand Cover to increase foot area so it will not sink in sand or soft ground.
  • OUT of SIGHT - THERE WHEN YOU NEED IT - The durable 600D storage bag attaches to the seats mainframe with the included Pack Tight straps - Creating additional small item storage beneath the seat. Designed with “daisy chain style” multiple tie downs and end handles. The chairs versatile design allows you to not only attach the bag to the chair, but also your backpack, motorcycle, etc. When you’re done the Yizi Go stores back inside the included storage bag.
SaleBestseller No. 4
Hitorhike Camping Chair Breathable Mesh Construction 2 Side Pockets Aluminum Frame Camp Chair with Carry Bag Compact and Lightweight Folding Chair for Backpacking and Camping (Black Two Pcs)
  • ✅BREATHABLE NYLON MESH CONSTRUCTION: Using ripstop nylon, what will let you stay cool on summer days by the river or camped out on the festival lawn. A cooling mesh seat panel ventilates your back and your backside, drains and dries fast.
  • ✅ULTRALIGHT ALUMINUM FRAME/2 USEFUL POCKETS: Our camping chair using an aluminum frame that’s similar to the frame on a lightweight tent. There are 2 useful side pockets for your phone, water bottles and other camping gears.
  • ✅EASY TO SET UP AND CARRY: It sets up easily using an aluminum frame; 4-legged aluminum frame will design provides stability. Good gear means less time unpacking and more time relaxing. When you’re ready to hit the road again, it folds down easily for a quick departure.
  • ✅ITS USAGE SIZE:22"X19.6"X27.5"/ PACKAGE SIZE: 15.7"X4.3"X4.7"/ MAX WEIGHT CAPACITY: 330 LBS (150KGS) /PACKAGE INCLUDES: 2 X STENT, 2 X CLOTH, 2 X CARRY BAG, 2 X USER GUIDE.
  • ✅RISK-FREE PURCHASE: We offer a 120-day money back guarantee with one year warranty for item defects. Buy with confidence! We’ll make sure all customers will be happy with our camping chairs! 🙂
Bestseller No. 5
Helinox Chair Zero Ultralight Compact Camping Chair, Grey
404 Reviews
Helinox Chair Zero Ultralight Compact Camping Chair, Grey
  • Featherweight, compact camping and backpacking chair weighs just 1.2 pounds and packs smaller than a bottle of water (measures 4 x 4 x 13.5 inches packed)
  • Chair frame is constructed from advanced proprietary aluminum alloy to provide maximum strength at a minimum weight; holds up to 265 pounds
  • Seat and carry sack are constructed from durable, lightweight ripstop polyester that resists harsh weather and UV rays; material is machine washable
  • Setup is fast with a single internal bungee cord that assembles poles; assembled chair measures 20W x 19D x 25H inches, seat height is 7.5 inches
  • Ideal for camping, backpacking, hiking, trekking, travel, and other outdoor events; manufacturer’s five-year warranty
Bestseller No. 7
MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair, Portable Compact for Outdoor Camp, Travel, Beach, Picnic, Festival, Hiking, Lightweight Backpacking (Green)
1,279 Reviews
MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair, Portable Compact for Outdoor Camp, Travel, Beach, Picnic, Festival, Hiking, Lightweight Backpacking (Green)
  • Ultra Light and Compact: Weighs only 2 pounds that can be picked up with a finger, and folds down to a 14.20 x 5.20 inch stuff sack that can fit into a carry-on.
  • Simple Setup: Foldable aluminum pole with shock-cord structure enables quick set up and fold down. Within one minute you can finish the assembly process. Velcro strap can hold the frame together easily.
  • Super Comfort: Ergonomic seat design gives you optimal seat experience. Breathable seat net brings you comfort when in hot season.
  • Heavy Duty and Durable: Ripstop nylon seat + aircraft-grade corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy frame provides load capacity up to 250 pounds. 4 corners at the back of seat fabric are greatly reinforced to ensure reliability.
  • Versatility: Ideal for tailgating, mountaineering, motorcycling, hunting, music festival, concert party, park, BBQ, road trip, adventuring and anyone looking for light travel without the bulk. A decent Holiday Gift for families and friends.
SaleBestseller No. 8
Tinya Ultralight Backpacking Camping Chair: Adults Backpacker Heavy Duty 230lb Capacity Packable Collapsible Portable Lightweight Compact Folding Beach Outdoor Picnic Travel Hiking
385 Reviews
Tinya Ultralight Backpacking Camping Chair: Adults Backpacker Heavy Duty 230lb Capacity Packable Collapsible Portable Lightweight Compact Folding Beach Outdoor Picnic Travel Hiking
  • 【High Quality Materials, Durable, Comfortable and Breathable】: The ultralight folding backpack chair is designed with a curved, and the 900D high-density stretched Oxford fabric gives it a very good toughness. It feels very soft and comfortable when sitting. At the same time, the foldable camping chair is equipped with mesh breathable fabric, it can keep the air flowing, so you can feel refreshed and enjoy the outdoor fun in the hot season.
  • 【Compact and Portable Design 】: It is convenient to carry, because backpacking camp chairs is only 2 pounds in weight, unfolded size is 22.6" x 21.3" x 26.3" inches and it is the best size, not large, not tall, is also not low. After packable, it can be placed in a tote cloth pack of less than 1lb. The lightweight and compact design of the chair let you enjoy picnic, beach, motorcycle travel, and it is a favorite among adults, and backpackers.
  • 【Load Bearing 230 Pounds, Non-slip Big Feet Cover】: The collapsible camping chair is made of 900D anti-tensile oxford and lite corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy frame with a load capacity of up to 230 pounds. Max shock test is 198lbs. In addition, the hiking chair has a polygonal non-slip plastic big feet cover, not easy to fall into mud ground, and a durable plastic bracket fixed by a strong screw to enhance the stability and safety of the ultra-light hike chair.
  • 【Easy to Install and Clean】: Portable orange camping chair has a foldable aluminum pole with a micro shock-cord structure, and the elastic telescopic rope can hold Aluminum alloy legs connected together enables quick to finish the assembly process of the lightweight folding chair. In addition, the compact camping chairs are also very easy to clean, you just need to sweep or clean with soapy water.
  • 【Multipurpose, 6 Months Replace and Return Service】: The collapsible small camping chair ideal for motorbike, hunting trek, concert party, outdoor picnic, park, BBQ, road trip, adventuring and anyone looking for light travel without the bulk. We will inspect all camping chair before shipment. If you find any defects in our fishing chairs within 6 months, we provide 6 months of no reason replace and return service. If you have any questions, please contact us, we will response in 24 hours.
Bestseller No. 9
Camping Chair, Ultralight Portable Folding Sportneer Backpacking Chair, Compact and Heavy Duty Outdoors, BBQ, Beach, Travel, Picnic with 2 Storage Bags and Carry Bag, Height Adjustable
594 Reviews
Camping Chair, Ultralight Portable Folding Sportneer Backpacking Chair, Compact and Heavy Duty Outdoors, BBQ, Beach, Travel, Picnic with 2 Storage Bags and Carry Bag, Height Adjustable
  • ROBUST QUALITY, EACH CAMPING CHAIR BONUS 2 ATTACHED STORAGE BAGS: The frame made of heavy-duty aluminum ensures stability and durability of this camping chair. Also, each camping chair comes with 2 small attached storage bags to keep your small accessories organized.
  • HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE: Sportneer folding camping chair has 3 adjustable height level: 12.6", 13.6", 14.6",content you different heights need, give you better seat experience.
  • ULTRALIGHT & COMPACT: These portable chairs can be folded into a small piece of 14.25" x 5.25" including the carry-on bag and still weights 2 lbs. It is extremely easy to carry during outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and backpacking
  • EASY SET-UP: Aluminum shock-cord pole structure makes this camping chair for quick intuitive setup
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY: This robust chair is capable of taking weight up to 350 lbs. This heavy duty chair is a necessity for campers, hikers, backpackers, adventurers and anyone who loves outdoor activities
Bestseller No. 10
G4Free Lightweight Portable Chair Outdoor Folding Backpacking Camping Lounge Chairs for Sports Picnic Beach Hiking Fishing (Orange)
599 Reviews
G4Free Lightweight Portable Chair Outdoor Folding Backpacking Camping Lounge Chairs for Sports Picnic Beach Hiking Fishing (Orange)
  • ULTRALIGHT and COMPACT: Weighs only 2.8 lbs. It can fold down into 16*6*5 inch included carry bag that can fit into your carry-on or attach to your backpack
  • HEAVY DUTY and DURABLE MATERAILS: This camping chair is made of durable 900D oxford cloth with aircraft-grade high-strength 7075 aluminum alloy frame. It can hold up to 220 LBS
  • EASY SETUP and VERSATILITY: Foldable aluminum pole, fabric and shock-cord structure make it easy to set up and fold down. It is a ideal choice for all outdoor activities like camping, BBQ, hiking, beach, travel, picnic, festival, garden or any outdoor activity
  • COMFY BACK and ATTACHED PILLOW: This Orthopedic recommended and ergonomic designed folding chair has a 17.7” wide and soft sponge headrest to support your neck and give you fully relax. The breathable mesh net design makes sitting comfortable even if sitting for a long time. Also this portable chair has a side pocket for some personal items or your drinks
  • 1 YEAR WARRANTY: If you are not satisfied with our this lightweight chair, pls contact us by Email, we offer 1 year replacement or refund per your preference (even though it is PAST 30 days, we can help you too)
Bestseller No. 11
G4Free Upgraded Outdoor 2 Pack Camping Chair Portable Lightweight Folding Camp Chairs with Headrest & Pocket High Back High Legs for Outdoor Backpacking Hiking Travel Picnic Festival (Red)
  • [2-PACK] ULTRALIGHT and COMPACT: Weighs only 2.8 lbs/Per Piece, 5.6 lbs of 2-pack. It can fold down into 16*6*5 inch included carry bag that can fit into your carry-on or attach to your backpack
  • HEAVY DUTY and DURABLE MATERAILS: This camping chair is made of durable 900D oxford cloth with aircraft-grade high-strength 7075 aluminum alloy frame. It can hold up to 220 LBS
  • EASY SETUP and VERSATILITY: Foldable aluminum pole, fabric and shock-cord structure make it easy to set up and fold down. It is a ideal choice for all outdoor activities like camping, BBQ, hiking, beach, travel, picnic, festival, garden or any outdoor activities
  • COMFY BACK and ATTACHED PILLOW: This Orthopedic recommended and ergonomic designed folding chair has a 17.7” wide and soft sponge headrest to support your neck and give you fully relax. The breathable mesh net design makes sitting comfortable even if sitting for a long time. Also this portable chair has a side pocket for some personal items or your drinks
  • 1 YEAR WARRANTY and VERSATILITY: If you are not satisfied with our this lightweight chair, pls contact us by Email, we offer 1 year replacement or refund per your preference (even though it is PAST 30 days, we can help you too). Best gift for your family and friends
Bestseller No. 12
Sunyear Lightweight Compact Folding Camping Backpack Chairs, Portable, Breathablem Comfortable, Perfect for The Outdoors, Camping, Hiking, Picnic
  • Ultralight And Compact: Sunyear's collapsible camping chair weighs just 2.29lbs (even with its upgraded Big Feet), and packs down to 13. 8"(L)*4.3"(W) *5.1"(H) in the included stowaway bag. You can take it in your backpack or just leave it in your RV/car. It makes a great gift for everyone.
  • Unique Deep Design Seat. Our chair is much larger and more comfortable than other similar items on the market. This camping chair's ergonomic seat design provides optimum comfort. The soft mesh panels give you plenty of room to relax.
  • Easy To Set Up And Fold Down. Aluminum shock-cord pole structures make for quick intuitive setup. A strap to hold the frame together so it can be easily collapsed for storage and transport. NOTE: The seat is tight. It holds in place so it doesn't slip out when you pick up and move the chair. When assembling, apply additional pressure when putting the last leg into the pocket. Don't worry about breaking your chair. They are built strong!
  • Heavy Duty. Aircraft-grade 7075 Aviation aluminum alloy is one of the strongest aluminum alloys. Ultralight but heavy duty. Upgraded big rubber covers on the feet ensure a firm stand. Our folding chair has a load capacity of up to 250lbs.
  • Ideal for All Types of Outdoor Events. Best choice for Campers, Hikers, Backpackers, Tailgaters, Concertgoers, Adventurers, and anyone looking for comfort without the usual bulk. We provide 24-hour friendly customer service. Our compact foldable chairs are 100% Lifetime Guarantee. We are always here to assist you.
Bestseller No. 13
G4Free Portable Camping Chairs, Medium Size Ultralight Folding Compact Chair Heavy Duty 265lbs with Carry Bag for Outdoor Hiking Backpacking Picnic Beach (Black)
154 Reviews
G4Free Portable Camping Chairs, Medium Size Ultralight Folding Compact Chair Heavy Duty 265lbs with Carry Bag for Outdoor Hiking Backpacking Picnic Beach (Black)
  • Durable and Heavy Duty 265 lbs: 900D Oxford cloth seat fabric with high-strength aircraft 7075 aluminum ensures the stability and durability of this camping chair, which can sturdily support up to 265 lbs/120kg. It will be more comfortable for who is under 5’4”, best camping chair for youths, little men and women
  • Ultralight 2.86 lbs and Portable: These folding chairs can be folded into a small piece of 16.5 × 6.3 ×5.5 inch (L×W×H) including carry-on bag. You can easily take it to anywhere with no sweat.
  • 1 Minute Easy Set-Up: Aluminum shock-cord pole structure makes this camping chair for quick intuitive setup and fold down.
  • Back Support and Side Pocket: Built-in sponge back support offers a comfortable sitting experience. Handy side pocket can hold your drink, phone, wallet or other items for quick access
  • Deep Breathable Seating Area and Versatility: Special seating area design, when you sit on it. It's just like giving a comfortable hug for you. Ideal for tailgating, mountaineering, motorcycling, hunting, music festival, concert party, hiking, BBQ, road trip, adventuring and anyone looking for light travel without the bulk. Best gift for your family and friends

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