Gear Guy

Q:

What's the best car-camping chair?

I'm in the market for a new chair for car camping. I'm open to anything from a Crazy Creek to a folding frame, as long as it's comfortable and durable.

What's the best car-camping chair?
Crazy Creek Original Chair (Courtesy of Crazy Creek)
A:

Ah, nothing says car camping like a good camp chair! Add in a fire and a little Maker’s Mark, and all is right with the world.

For car camping, Crazy Creek has two lines of chairs that may appeal to you. The Crazy Legs Beach ($41), which is part of their family camping collection, has an aluminum frame that folds down compactly and weighs only 2 pounds 10 ounces. It sits low to the ground—the seat height is five inches high—which makes it comfortable for sitting around a fire but won't work as well if you bring a camp table.

By comparison, Crazy Creek’s Original Chair ($48) is essentially a chair with no legs. Set it on the ground, a log, or a picnic table, and you'll have a comfortable back and dry seat.

REI Camp Chair
REI Camp Chair (Courtesy of REI)

Also take a look at L.L. Bean's Camp Recliner ($129), which is so comfortable I'd be happy to set up at home. Features include an aluminum frame, headrest, a mesh seat that'll help you keep cool, bungee suspension, and adjustable legs. The problem, of course, is that you’ll sit down and never want to get up.

Another option is REI's austere-but-comfy Camp Chair ($35). It has a sturdy, powder-coated steel frame, a mesh and polyester seat, and even a cup holder.

Lafuma Clipper
Lafuma Clipper (Courtesy of Lafuma)

Finally, if you're accustomed to a ubiquitous Herman Miller Aeron in your office, then you’ll want a Lafuma Futura Clipper ($190). The Clipper is essentially an outdoor Aeron, and comes with a sleek aluminum frame, airy mesh seating material, a headrest, and reclining legs. It folds up easily for storage, and it's the widest chair of this bunch—meaning there's plenty of room for your Labrador Retriever.

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