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.
- 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 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
- Featherweight, compact camping and backpacking chair weighs just 1.1 pounds and packs smaller than a bottle of water (measures 4 x 4 x 14 inches packed)
- Chair frame is constructed from advanced proprietary aluminum alloy to provide maximum strength at a minimum weight; holds up to 260 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 20.5W x 19D x 25.5H inches, seat height is 11 inches
- Ideal for camping, backpacking, hiking, trekking, travel, and other outdoor events; manufacturer’s five-year warranty
- BEST OFFER IN1.20-1.26! ! 24-HOUR AFTER-SALE SERVICE TEAM! WHY NOT CHOOSE IT FOR CAMPING SEASON? - We only have a limited quantity at this price so take advantage while they last.
- BREATHABLE 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.
- AIRCRAFT-GRADE ALUMINUM FRAME/2 USEFUL POCKETS: Our camping chair using an aircraft-grade aluminum frame that’s similar to the frame on a high quality lightweight tent. There are 2 useful side pockets for your phone, water bottles and other camping gears.
- PACKAGE INCLUDES 2 PCS FOLDING CHAIR/BASIC TECHNICAL SPECS: Package includes 2 pcs compact folding chair in same color. Unfolded dimensions 22x19.6x27.5inch, folding size: 15.7x4.3x4.7 inch. Weight: 2.09 Lbs. Weight Capacity : 250 lbs.(110kgs)
- 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! 🙂
- 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.
- ULTRALIGHT & PORTABLE: Light as a wing, the folding camp chair only 2.3lbs, open size 24x22x26/13.6in, package size 14.6x5.1x5.1in. You can easily take it to anywhere with carry bag, and our carry bag with a wide strap, carrying more comfort, more portable, especially suitable for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, backpacking, picnic, fishing, beach, sporting events, as well as indoor use
- NEW UPGRADE: High quality detachable anti-slip big foot to increase foot area so it will not sink in sand or soft ground., super stable and safe to use, and will not damage the bottom of the tent
- MORE BREATHABLE & COOLER: Unique oversized mesh panels, more breathable, more cooler! The ergonomic three-dimensional cutting, the cloth cover has a good support, and it is still comfortable to sit for a long time. Side pockets on both sides, you can put mobile phones and water cups, free hands at any time, enjoy nature!
- STURDY & DURABLE: This portable camping chair is built with an aerospace-grade aluminum alloy 7075, lightweight but load capacity up to 265 lbs, waterproof, no rust, corrosion resistant, engineering grade 420D oxford seat fabric with double reinforced V stitch is durable, flexible and machine washable for ease of care, enough for all your outdoor needs
- INSTALL IN SECONDS: Lightweight aluminum pole system with hand guide connection. The folding chair'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 are ready to go! Rope ring design makes the assembly process more easy and labor-saving
- 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.
- HIGH DURABILITY & MAX LOAD 265 LBS: Seat made of 900D Oxford cloth with high-strength 7075 aluminum ensures stability and durability of this camping chair,which can support up to 265 lbs/220kg.Perfectly suitable for women,kids,youth.
- Lightweight & Folding:These portable chairs can be folded into a small piece of 16.5 " × 6.3" ×5.5 " (L×W×H) including the carry-on bag and still weighs 2.86 lbs, compact enough to put into your backpack or your carry-on luggage.It is extremely easy to carry during outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and backpacking,ect.
- EASY SET-UP: Aluminum shock-cord pole structure makes this camping chair for quick intuitive setup and fold down.
- Headrest Pillow & Side Pocket: Built-in pillow can have a nice head rest to sink into, which is suitable for longer time rest in outdoor activities. Side pocket can hold your drink, phone, wallet or other items you wanna access quickly.
- 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.
- 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.
- 【High Quality Materials, Durable, Comfortable and Breathable】: The ultralight folding backpack chair is designed with a curved, and the 600D 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 20.1x25.9x19.7 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, kids, and backpackers.
- 【Load Bearing 250 Pounds, Non-slip Big Feet Cover】: The collapsible camping chair is made of 600d anti-tensile oxford and lite corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy frame with a load capacity of up to 250 pounds. 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, Guarantee 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. In addition, we are promising that the 12-MONTH money-back guarantee, please contact us if you find a product received has failed your expectations. We will be online 24 hours provide you after-sales service.
- COMFORTABLE DESIGN & ROOM SAVING: The breathable and cooling mesh net design makes sitting for long comfortable for you. Arm release cushion brings more soft and comfortable experience. Pan shape foot lower the pressure and prevent from sink into sand. The small folding size (24.5 × 7 × 4.5 inches) saves your room while not on duty.
- INDUSTRIAL GRADE MATERIAL & MULTIPLE USAGE: This chair is made from the heavy-duty steel frame and industrial grade Oxford 1000D polyester mesh seat, this folding chair is bound to last you for a lifetime. You can use this seat for all outdoor activities like beach, camping, BBQ, hiking, travel, picnic, festival, garden or any outdoor activity.
- WEIGHT SUSTAINABILITY: This foldable beach chair can sustain weight up to 300 lbs. or 137kg. The back heights 23 inches and the front heights 7 inches. The low seat and extra wide leg cap build up stable structure. Be worry free as you can now take your chair anywhere with you.
- EASY SETUP and CLEAN: Setup only requires to pull the frame to 2 different directions while the uninstall just needs fold the chair back. It is super easy to clean: just sweep off or clean by soap water.
- PREMIUM QUALITY: Your satisfaction is our utmost priority and that is why we make sure that every product you receive from us made from high quality raw materials and is defect free. We are promising that the 3-MONTH money back guarantee, please contact us once you find a product received has failed your expectation, our customer service will try our best to respond to your satisfaction.
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