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    Forum Member haraya's Avatar
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    Best/lightest folding chair?

    Wondering if Bihnions have a rec for me! I would like a small, light, folding or camp chair, the kind you sit on to watch kids' soccer games at a field, or maybe around a campfire. I keep one in the car - it was $8 at Modell's a few years ago, but it's a bit bulky to carry in, say, a Shop Bag.

    I was at REI yesterday. They had a little REI-brand kids' camp chair, which was the perfect height off the ground but a touch heavy for its size. They had other REI chairs which were meant for adults, not much higher off the ground, with mesh backs, but the legs were all in the center of the chair so it wasn't as comfy and felt unstable. There was an Alite chair which was a lot lower to the ground - I didn't try sitting in that one.

    I haven't done an exhaustive search, just thought this community might have ideas to jump-start my quest. Any chairs you love and can rec? Smilie

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    Camp Time (www.camptime.com)

    I have an earlier version of their Roll-A-Chair. It is very light and is comfortable for sitting. Not well suited for lounging or dozing.

    Its the most portable chair with back support I know of.
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    Two questions to ask are how much are you willing to spend, and do you want to have to assemble it when you get to where you are going? The lighter you go, the more expensive it may be, and the more chance you may have to assemble it when you get to your destination. I have an Alite chair and an older REI flex lite type chair, and I find them both light and comfortable, but I have to spend a couple minutes erecting them when I get to my destination, versus a heavier one I can just unfold. I don't mind doing that, since they are convenient to fit in a backpack since they pack small, but if packed size is less of an issue, you may be able to get a sturdier chair that is easier to set up. My one recommendation is if you can, get a chair that collapses into a tube type shape as it is easier to fit in the car and carry if it comes in a sling type bag. I don't see it on the REI website now, but I had even purchased a 2 person "sofa style" chair that collapses that way, and it is really handy for larger gatherings.
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    My dad has a Helinox chair, and loves it. He got it for Xmas, so I had a chance to try it out, and it seemed pretty comfy to me.
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    I have a helinox one chair and the Alite mayfly, which sits lower and is a bit smaller and lighter, and a little more comfortable. But I typically reach for the helinox since it is faster to set up, and sitting up higher is occasionally more convenient.


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    Busy weekend over here, just getting back to this thread! Thank you all for your suggestions. I will look up Helinox and the Camp Time chairs. NWHikerGirl, good questions! The answer is that I'm open-minded at this point. I have the heavy-but-quick to set up type in my car, and would be willing to get a reasonably-priced upgrade to that - say, one with a mesh back for hot days. But I would also love to find something lighter, for situations where there's a long walk, say. I'd be willing to do a little assembling as a tradeoff.

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    If price is not an issue, I concur with Kathryn and Amy: consider Helinox. If I didn't already have too many chairs, this would be on my wishlist since it is ridiculously light and compact https://www.rei.com/product/109587/helinox-chair-zero
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    I love this chair. Not the lightest but has an awesome sun visor and super fast to set up and easy to carry but it is just under 10#
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    Such great options, up and down the spectrum!! Clearly I need to have a chair budget alongside my TB budget, lol. Will put a couple of these on my wishlist and watch for sales. Thank you all for the suggestions!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by haraya View Post
    Such great options, up and down the spectrum!! Clearly I need to have a chair budget alongside my TB budget, lol. Will put a couple of these on my wishlist and watch for sales. Thank you all for the suggestions!!
    We use the REI Flex lite ones and put them in the bottom compartment of the A45 PCBP.
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    Great visual, thanks!!

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