Reviewed by up the river from Ohio on Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Ok--so I read all the reviews of this chair, and I did some thinking, and looking around at all the fold up chairs I could find. The main gripe seems to be that this is a heavy chair. But, it does hold 300 pounds... so, wouldn't you want it to be 'heavy'? I'm a pretty small woman, 5' and around 1...
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Reviewed by HikeBikeSkiMom from Glenwood Springs, CO on Saturday, December 6, 2014
This is a great chair that feels like it will be there for you! My husband and I are normal-sized people in our 60s so this chair doesn't need to support 300 pounds--although it feels like it could. It feels trustworthy and substantial, the arms are stable enough to use for support when sitting down or standing. It folds nicely and carries easily. It is everything we wanted in a camp chair.
Reviewed by HikeBikeSkiMom from Glenwood Springs, CO on Sunday, November 23, 2014
This chairs feels trustworthy and stable. Its higher seat height makes it much easier to get into and out of than the standard lower height. This feels like the kind of chair that will provide many comfortable evenings by the campfire.
This is a very substantial camp chair.It is well designed and solidly built. One sits securely largely because the frame is heavy and rigid. There is definitely some give to the way the fabric is cut - my partner and I both feel we supported and there is 100 pounds difference.
I am sure you could easily tuck in a pillow or dry bag or stuff sack to provide some additional support.
Since you seem to be all about rafting, I will say that I am not sure that I would want to carry this on a raft.
Answered on 1/2/2015 1:35:19 PM by ckwrites2 from Taps, NM
I have arthritis in my lower spine and this chair seems to be supportive, but not as much as a pillow might provide. Its roomy size and solid construction are what appealed most to me and the fabric is not stretchy so that what you sit in now will be what you sit in next year as well. I bought a second because of its construction and comfort.
Answered on 1/2/2015 2:24:41 PM by OCULUS from Rensselaer, NY
Well, I've had two back surgeries (got hit by a backhoe in the late eighties, and had two separate disc removal surgeries in the L4-L5 region of the spine), & so far I have been happy with the chair (bought a second one after purchasing & trying the first). The way the chair is designed is the seat has a bar on each side from the front to sticking maybe 1/2" out of the rear material to make the back more of a straight up-and-down tightness on the back material rather than the slope you would expect on a beach chair sort of arrangement. So, it tends to give more of a rigidity than you normally encounter. I have been through a few chairs (bought a Kermit some years ago and the jury is still out on it as I bought it for when I use my motorcycle, although I do take it camping), and so far this is the one I like to take. It's not a light chair, I think it's well constructed. I will attach a photo to give you some appreciation of the chair construction. It doesn't have any bars going across the back, but like I mentioned earlier - the seat construction kind of makes it superfluous to add anything else. You're not going to have perfect posture in the chair, but I think you will be comfortable as the material stays tight in a supportive manner from the seat up.
Happy New Year!
Answered on 1/2/2015 2:27:49 PM by yetijoe from Nebraska
You might still want a small pillow for total comfort but I find this chair to have the best back support of any I've used. This is my all-time favorite camp chair!
Answered on 1/2/2015 3:50:42 PM by HikeBikeSkiMom from Colorado
This is by far the best camp chair in terms of offering back support without the traditional sag found in most. Due to the solid construction, I would warn that this is not a chair that you will want to pack-in to a remote site as it is heavy. I think you will be very pleased with this chair.
Answered on 1/3/2015 10:04:12 AM by Hartley Lake Adventurer from Ohio
The frame doesn't touch the seat of the chair. The seat is more like a sling supported at
The edges, not in the middle. It's the most comfortable of this type of chair we've used.
Answered on 12/7/2014 8:09:09 PM by HikeBikeSkiMom from Glenwood Springs, CO
Facing the setup chair, there is a vertical X facing you under the seat,
connecting the arms and the legs, with a corresponding X in the rear
of the chair. There are no supports that come in contact with any of
the seat, or back. It's kind of a sloop design, that when the chair is set up
you sitting in it provides the tautness of the material. I have a bad back (two
surgeries lower back), and was satisfied with mine. It doesn't give you
perfect posture as you naturally slump a little. But, I sit in mine to relax.
Hope this is helpful for you. I ordered a second one, after the first for
my late teen son (no complaints).
Answered on 12/7/2014 9:29:52 PM by yetijoe from Nebraska
I forgot to add that it does have bars on the very
sides of the seat, but these do not come in contact
with my body - they just tighten up the material for
When you sit down in it.
Answered on 12/7/2014 9:34:30 PM by yetijoe from Nebraska
It does not cross over, but the fabric is taught/does not sag. These are extremely comfortable.
Answered on 12/7/2014 9:55:10 PM by bobcatpilot from Ohio
Mine is packed away, but to my recollection, the frame members are along the edges of the seating fabric, not under it. Or put another way, at 215# I don't "bottom out" against any crossing frame.
I liked the first one so much, I ordered a second.
Answered on 12/8/2014 6:33:56 AM by OCULUS from Rensselaer, NY
The seat height for the Front/Back is: 20â€/16â€. The weight capacity of this chair is 300 lbs.
Answered on 11/15/2010 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
You should like this chair. My husband is over 6' & is comfortable for him. The chair seat is higher than the "other" folding, bag chairs. It is okay for me (5'5"), thought closer would be better--so for you, probably just right. Easy to get in and out of. Don't "sink" in it, but fit comfortably. Has a life-time warranty, according to the paper that comes with it...
Answered on 3/14/2011 12:00:00 AM by six string vibes from Texas
I would say this chair is either the same height as others or just a bit taller. The advantage would be it's certainly easy to get in and out of
Answered on 4/17/2011 12:00:00 AM by Henry from Long Island, NY
I am 6'3 and 250lbs and I find that the chairs are taller than other chairs. The chair is sturdy enough that if you need to stand up that you can use the arm rests to do it. You are still lower to the ground versus standard residential furniture.
Answered on 7/29/2011 12:00:00 AM by Bermanator from Lacey, WA