Camp chairs small and compact

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by euromotorcycles, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. euromotorcycles

    euromotorcycles Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Oddometer:
    168
    I would like to get a sturdy small light compact pack camp/rally chair that could be stuffed in my panniers or top case . The shorter and smaller pack size the better.What do you guy's use?
    #1
  2. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

    Joined:
    May 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4,094
    Location:
    Way out West
  3. lukex

    lukex Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2005
    Oddometer:
    88
    Location:
    BC
    What type of camping matress do you use? Therma-rest sell a chair kit to turn your matress into a camp chair. I use these for bike camping trips. It's light and rolls up inside the air matress so takes no more space than the matress on its own. The double bonus is that unlike a normal canvass chair it keeps your back and your butt warm while your sipping a bud by the fire of an evening.

    Trekker Lounge
    Our most comfortable convertible chair sleeve covers your entire mattress and never has to be removed. It sets up in a snap, converts instantly to a bed, and features adjustable side straps and a built-in fleece pillow sleeve.
    #3
  4. 007ADVenture

    007ADVenture Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    235
    Location:
    SoCal
    I use the Kermit. Best made chair out there for the pack size and sturdiness.
    #4
  5. tag346

    tag346 Roaming Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2003
    Oddometer:
    507
    Location:
    Hillsboro OR
    no contest...get a Kermit you'll love it.
    #5
  6. Rick West

    Rick West Function not Farkles

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,222
    Location:
    Out West For Awhile

    Rally chair?
    #6
  7. euromotorcycles

    euromotorcycles Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Oddometer:
    168
    Yes I know about the Kermit chair and it's a very good pick. There are also the chairs from GCI the PICO and the Trail sling that are sturdy , compact and quick to setup.Any of you have experience with the GCI chairs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTu_6-eZaCo

    [​IMG]

    <!-- icon and title --> Trail Sling Ultralight Chair
    <hr style="color: rgb(87, 87, 87);" size="1"> <!-- / icon and title --> <!-- message --> I went ahead and bought the Trail Sling Ultralight chair from Campmor for $19.97. The reason I bought it was the size and weight. At only 16.5 inches long and weighs only 2lb 3 oz the chair fits nicely into my stock KTM 950 paniers.

    The chair comes in a nice package
    [​IMG]


    The storage bag has two compartments one for the chair frame and the other for the back Seat support. Here is a pic of the chair out of the storage bag
    [​IMG]


    Here is the frame setup. The Frame is 22 inches long

    [​IMG]

    Here is a pic of the side view of the frame. Stands at 22 inches
    [​IMG]

    And the finish product
    [​IMG]

    Here is a pic with me in it. The chair is very comfortable to sit in. I had no problems getting in or out of it. You can see the frame does not hit the back. I weigh in at 175lbs.
    [​IMG]
    #7
  8. JTT

    JTT Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,531
    Location:
    Halifax, NS
    I too have a slingback. It's ok. Packs small and light, but as far as comfort and ease of use it ain't a Kermit...but I could buy 5 of them and still have change for coffee :D
    #8
  9. MCP

    MCP Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2003
    Oddometer:
    581
    Location:
    The Caribbean & Nanaimo, B.C.
    So how is it for comfort?
    #9
  10. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2002
    Oddometer:
    25,130
    Location:
    out and about
    IIRC, the popular, regular style GCI chair has been available at Costo, and not requiring a first-born to own.
    #10
  11. dusty308

    dusty308 wanderer

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2008
    Oddometer:
    444
    Location:
    CT, USA
    +1 trail sling, i love mine
    cheers :beer
    josh
    #11
  12. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2003
    Oddometer:
    10,653
    Location:
    Durango, Colorado, USA
    +1 Kermit :thumb

    [​IMG]
    #12
  13. verboten1

    verboten1 nein

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2007
    Oddometer:
    189
    Location:
    Monroe MI
    trailsling for me too....

    I bought 2 1 for me, one for the kid
    #13
  14. bush pilot

    bush pilot Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,526
    Location:
    Thailand
    walmart folding chairs are pretty cheap. If your careful with them they last a couple of seasons. They are very cheaply made!

    That kermit looks fine!
    #14
  15. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Oddometer:
    30,893
    Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
    +1 on the Kermit


    Great, comfortable, small-packing chairs.
    #15
  16. Monty

    Monty Calm Like a Bomb

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    199
    Location:
    Texas
    [​IMG]

    Been using mine for a couple of years now. Small and light enough that I always take it when camping.
    #16
  17. GS Addict

    GS Addict Pepperfool

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,236
    Location:
    Sunshine Coast B.C.
    #17
  18. dstock

    dstock Adventurer n00b

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    271
    Location:
    Hermosa Beach, CA
    That was my experience as well, not at all comfy, I sent mine back.

    Instead I bought this...

    http://www.rei.com/product/767164

    Expensive, I think Costco has them cheaper, but I used it for 80% of the weekends last year at my daughter's softball games and it has held up well. Takes about 2 secs to setup and is quite comfy. I strap it right on my Givi Trunk without any issues.
    #18
  19. Irish Red

    Irish Red Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    115
    Location:
    Renton, WA
    + 1 Kermit. Packs small, easy to set up.
    #19
  20. 007ADVenture

    007ADVenture Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    235
    Location:
    SoCal
    I tried a friends Trail Sling before I got my Kermit and thought it was uncomfortable on the back in that "slumped" sitting position, plus I had no place to put my arms except let them drag on the ground or keep them crossed in my lap.
    #20