Camp chairs small and compact

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  1. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    Also got a Trail-sling, never thought it was very comfortable, doubt I could last an hour in it, but for $20, what the hell. Have a PICO, and that is very comfortable with super quick set-up/take-down, but a bit heavy and large for the bike.

    These air mattress chairs have always proven to be comfy for me, for like a pound of weight and almost no volume, everyone's got them. Only problem is you're sitting on the dirt or need a ground cloth.

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    Gotta try a Kermit one day.
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  2. Lone Rider

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    Beautiful pic, Dale. :thumb
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  3. * SHAG *

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    You forgot comfortable:wink:

    They cost more than a rear tire, but last a lot longer :1drink
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  4. torags

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    +1 for Kermit comfort, but the set up is a pain. But that Pico is interesting engineering. It beats the Kermit setup hands down, I haven't tried the comfort side, I only need one camp chair.

    A tip for other Kermit owners: I rubbed the dowl ends with paraffin to lubricate.

    Rags
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  5. ownst1100

    ownst1100 BLUES TRAVELER 04'GSA

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    I've owned a Kermit, a Pico, and several $5-$10 chairs. The one I favor and use the most is my infateable Crazy Creek airchair. The one I have isn't the longback as shown below, don't believe they make it anymore. The longback http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___41256 can only be much better.

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    Iv'e had mine for over two years now and bought it on hunch thinking it would work out GREAT if it fit in one of my side bags. Deflated, rolled up, and in it sack it fits nice in the lid of one Jesse bag. Green bag is the chair.

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    Would not be a problem getting 2 of them in the lid. When camping there is alway some sort of picnic table and its nice to have something that not only insulates from the cold but is comfortable in the heat too. Put it down on top of one of those $5 chairs and you've got one comfortable insulated place for the evening.

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    I thought of getting one of those things that converts my Big Agus air mattress to a chair but would rather not risk a hole and giving up a good nights sleep.:D
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  6. War Hammer

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    Kermit chair:
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    Packs to 22" x 4" x 6"
    Cost: $130

    Game Winner Jr. chair from Academy:
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    Packs to 22" x 4" x 4"
    Cost: $10

    Yes, I'm cheap, but it's actually a pretty comfortable chair. It packs nice and small, sets up in seconds and I could buy 13 of them for the price of one Kermit chair.
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  7. larrylarry75

    larrylarry75 Aye Chihuahua

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    You'd weigh a helluvalot more if you had a head...:rofl :rofl

    (I like the sling chair, may sell my used-only-once Kermit and get one.)

    LL75
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  8. dlh62c

    dlh62c Long timer

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  9. ownst1100

    ownst1100 BLUES TRAVELER 04'GSA

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    Lots of plastic parts. While trying one out at REI I had one self distruct while getting up out of it and ended up flat on my back :eek1 . Got up, took a quick look around, then ran away :D .

    Right then and there I decided this was'nt the chair for me.
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  10. OscarZ

    OscarZ one of Gods prototypes

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    I have to vote for the Kermit. I took a trail sling coast to coast in '07 and it worked ok, I found that after a while the top and bottom bars became uncomfortable even with the extra padding. One of the other comments had a link to a backpackers review saying the trail sling wouldn't hold 75#, I can assure that is false, I am 6'1 + 250# and the sling had no problem with me.
    The Kermit is not as small and not nearly as light but it gives you a real chair with arms and a cup/bottle holder, I'll never leave home without it again. Another + the Kermit is made in Tennessee not China or Mexico.
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  11. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Ever spent any time in a Kermit chair v. a Game Winner Jr.?
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  12. Oldrice

    Oldrice oldrice.com

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    Here's mine. Nice chairs. Had 'em for a few years now and I like them because they're cheap, fairly light, pack reasonably small. And if they were to fall off the back I wouldn't be heart broken.

    Walmart- $3.77 ea.

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    Can you tell I ride a KLR?

    Oldrice-
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  13. niceviewbehindbars

    niceviewbehindbars out enjoying the vu

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    Campmor - $12.97 - Dimensions (closed): 23" x 16" x 3"

    Fits perfect on the rack of my KLR. Very comfortable as well.

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  14. AllenTC2

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    Seems to me the kind of money you want to spend on a camp chair is gonna depend a lot on what kind of use you plan for it. If you just need something to set up to pull your boots off, or maybe for a few hours around a fire each evening, the cheapo Walmart chairs make sense. If you're planning on spending all day swilling beer and swapping stories in your chair (or use it at home as deck furniture) the Kermit might be more appealing.

    I LOVE the looks of the Kermit. I have no doubt it's comfy.....but it ain't $130 comfy. I doubt I'd spend THAT much time lounging, so the cost of Walmart Special, and perhaps the time/$$$ to have the stitching reinforced, is more to my liking.
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  15. Xeraux

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    That's just it, it is that much more comfy and it's going to last a lot longer than any of those Wally World chairs. I take mine everywhere. On the bike, outdoor concerts, parties, etc...

    Yes, the Kermit's a premium, but others will go through all 13 of those Wally World chairs before your Kermit starts looking worn and you'll be a lot more comfortable.
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  16. markjenn

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    I've tried most of them, but use three for various trips:

    1. Kermit - Very well made, supremely comfortable, and they have great campsite patina. But on the downside, they're a PITA to setup/teardown, a bit bulky with hard parts protruding that will wear paint wherever they touch your bike, not really very light (lots of wood and steel rather than aluminum), and really not that small either (they won't fit in most panniers). A Kermit is really only marginally smaller than the cheap/durable alum/canvas folding chairs that are readily available and very durable. I like my Kermit, but it's not really a solution to the problem of a very small/light, easily-packed comfortable chair. And it's expensive. It appeals to the guy who'd rather have a cedar-strip canoe than a plastic one, despite the advantages of the plastic one.

    2. Slings for air mattresses - They work surprisingly well and nothing is as light. Having some insulation under your bum is nice. An excellent choice but you do have to manage turning your chair back into a bed at the stroke of midnight and this is often a time when I would fail a campsite sobriety test for bed making. And you are DOWN on the ground which makes you feel a little like a gopher and more subject to the inevitable campfire smoke shifts.

    3. Trilite - This is the smallest/lightest camp stool I've found that really works.

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    But it is a stool, not a chair, so those who require back support need not apply.

    Just my $0.02, lots of other options too.

    - Mark
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  17. KneeKicker

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    I've sat in the Kermit and I like it,it is a very nice chair. Would I take one over the $10 chair I have from Walmart, of course I would.

    But will I shell out $130 for a camping chair.......no

    Usually when I'm camping I'm busy keeping the fire going,cooking some food or drinking a beer,and I can drank beer sitting on about anything.
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  18. torags

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    It seems to me a camp chair arguement is as much a class arguement as a chair arguement.

    Those that have the $ and want the best quality for their sorry butts buy a Kermit or Pico.

    Those that don't have the $ make do (stools, sit on rocks, etc)

    Its not better or worse, just IMHO
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  19. Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Gypsy Rider

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    I'm kinda in the same boat. Yes, Kermit's are great...I've had the pleasure of sitting in many of them that belonged to my buddies. I'm still on the fence with the price, and the same chair pictured above (in red) has held up quite nicely. I guess I don't need to pull the trigger on a Kermit yet. Plus, if someone decides to borrow mine for a bit and return it in pieces due to weight, I'm not heartbroken.

    Just my .02 worth.


    Cheers!! :freaky
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  20. War Hammer

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    Spoken like a true BMW rider (who can't spell argument). It actually has nothing to do with class warfare or with how much money one has to spend. It is about how much one is willing to spend. We all assign different values to different things, and some just don't find the value the Kermit chair commensurate with its cost.

    It could also have to do with the shape the rider is in and how badly he needs an extra cushy chair at the end of the day.
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