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Who does not like camping? Is there anything better than pitching a tent in nature, cooking your supper over an open fire, and falling asleep under the stars? There is something about being out in nature which makes life worthwhile. Sometimes, you just need to get out there and get away from the lights and noise.
Now, being out in nature is about leaving the comforts of home behind, but if you are anything like we are, you appreciate a good spot to sit. Sitting on the ground is fine, but there is nothing better than pulling up a camping chair to the fire to warm yourself and find outdoor comfort.
For big and rugged guys, finding the perfect camping chair is not always easy. You need a durable and a heavy-duty chair which is strong and long-lasting, and that is exactly what we have found. The chairs on our list are as tough as you are.
Before we get into them, let’s take a look at what influenced our choice.
Type Of Chair
There are many different camping chairs out there, so it is good to know what you are getting into before purchasing one. The differences between the chairs can determine the weight they can carry and the features which can be included. Let’s take a closer look.
Traditional camping chairs are the most common and are the chair which you will see around most campfires and in most campgrounds. They have a sturdy build and are raised from the ground (usually at a similar height to regular chairs). They are comfortable, flexible, and can be folded for easy storage.
Portable camping chairs are similar to traditional chairs but more commonly sit closer to the ground. They are perfect for hunting and fishing, and anything else where you have to keep a low-profile. Being low to the ground, these chairs are sometimes hard to get out of, especially if you are a bigger guy.
Hybrid camping chairs are still collapsible camping chairs, but they often feature a lot of luxury features which make the chair more comfortable. This can make them bulkier and more expensive, so you will have to weigh up cost versus functionality.
Director’s Chairs look like the chairs that directors use on movie sets. They have a full seat, good sturdy back, and solid arms. The arms are usually rigid yet padded, so they can be comfortable, but offer more durability over time than comfort. The back keeps you in an upright position, protecting your back and posture, and the chair will fold flat for transport.
Construction And Materials
Regular camping chairs are strong and tough, but we are looking for extra-strong and extra-tough. We need chairs which are going to hold up under extreme conditions. You want the best chair out there. This often means a frame which is well put together and crafted from iron, steel, or aluminum.
For the best mix of weight and strength, we recommend powder-coated aluminum. This material is strong and light while being perfect for a folding chair.
Then we come to the part you sit in. You want to combine a strong frame with a supportive and comfortable seat material. Heavy-duty materials like polyester and nylon will cradle you while holding up to the elements too. You want a material which is waterproof and UV-resistant. Mesh fabrics will give breathability. Look for the stitching on the material; this is where the weak points are. Double-stitching is preferred. If you want more comfort than just the fabric, then you can look for extra padding too.
Comfort And Capacity
Most chairs are rated for capacity. Heavy-duty camping chairs are usually rated for 300 to 800 pounds. This capacity is usually below what the chair can actually hold, but we still do not recommend toeing the line. Choose a chair which can comfortably hold all of your weight to prevent the frame from becoming damaged over time. The more the chair can hold, the better it will be in the long run.
Choose a chair based on comfort, too. The chair should have the basic function of holding you, but that does not mean that it should not be as comfortable as possible. Back support is essential. You can also look for a chair which has a footrest so that you can put your feet up by the fire.
When you are relaxing, you want somewhere to store your belongings, such as phone, wallet, and keys. Look for a chair with pockets to store all of these items. A table is also handy and can be used to lay a book to read, a notepad to write, and snacks to eat. A cup holder is never an unwelcome addition for those hot or cold drinks by the fire.
Seat Height And Width
How often have you thought about the height of a seat?
Probably not very often. In fact, when we are buying chairs, we don’t often think about it, choosing by accessories and comfort instead, but seat height and width are all about your comfort. If you have ever sat in a chair for a long time, your comfort can suffer, especially if it is the wrong height or width.
If the seat is too high, your legs can hang down, and the backs of your thighs can press into the material. It can quickly become uncomfortable. This adds pressure to the backs of your knees and can cause damage over time.
A chair with a seat that is too low can also be uncomfortable. You may need to extend your legs instead of allowing them to sit in a natural position. This is especially true for larger people.
The width also adds to your comfort. Even an inch too narrow can cause the seat to pinch at you when you are sitting. If you are in doubt, always go for a chair that is too wide rather than a little too narrow.
If you are going on a long camping trip, then a chair which has a lot of portability is a welcome thing.
Does the chair fold up? How small and compact does it fold up? We find that the best chairs come with a bag which the chair can go into once it is folded. Camping chairs are generally not the smallest items in the world so a case with a handle or shoulder strap can set a chair apart from another.
If you are looking for a heavy-duty camping chair, then nothing says durability more than an extended warranty. If a product is built to last, then it will usually come with a warranty, some insurance that the company believes in their product.
A camping chair should not be something which you spend a whole lot of money on, but you always get what you pay for. The chairs on our list are not the cheapest chairs out there, but they are the most affordable. They are the chairs which will last you for a long time, saving you from repairs and replacements (and, let’s face it, you will likely be replacing a chair instead of repairing it).
If you choose extras for your chair, be prepared to pay slightly more.
Our Top Picks
If you have been looking for a camping chair, then you know that there are thousands out there. It can be hard to sift through the multitude of options and settle on the very best heavy-duty camping chair. Here are some of the best.
ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair
Capacity: 800 lbs; Foldable: Yes; Portable: Yes (13 lbs)
It’s called the King Kong chair for a reason, and you will feel like a king sitting in it, even if you are only the king of the gorillas. The chair is built to last, with a reinforced frame, durable material, and lots of comfort.
There are four colors to choose from, so you can color-coordinate with your other camping gear if you wish, blend in with nature, or stand out and make a statement. The steel frame is powder-coated, and the 600D polyester fabric is as sturdy as they come. Lots of stability and comfort.
The armrests have a lot of flexibility, cradling your arms and supporting them, and they each come with a cup holder and side pocket. Both armrests are adjustable too.
The chair is rated for up to 800 pounds, and folds down for easy and convenient transport and storage. The durable chair comes with a shoulder carry bag for you to get it to and from your perfect relaxing spot.
Weighing in at only 13 pounds, this is an easy-to-transport chair that will hold a lot of weight.
Coleman Big-N-Tall Oversized Quad Camping Chair
Capacity: 600 lbs; Foldable: Yes; Portable: Yes (9.9 lbs)
Coleman has an excellent reputation when it comes to outdoor accessories. This folding chair is comfortable, durable, and stylish too.
You have a choice of two colors, one blending in and the other standing out a little more. You will also be impressed with the affordability of the chair, lots to love here, and a low-price too.
The oversized seat accommodates the largest person, and the feet are extra-large, too, providing lots of stability. You will not be cramped in when you are sitting, allowing you to sit comfortably for longer.
This chair is all about comfort. The size and height allow you to sit comfortably, but it is the extras that you will appreciate. The CellPort is designed to hold your cell phone and will keep it dry too. The Seat Drain system also allows the moisture and water to filter from the seat pad, keeping you dry when you do sit down again. There is a side pocket for any digital or print media, a cushioned back and seat, a strong steel frame, and adjustable arms.
The seat is rated for up to 600 pounds while remaining light. The durable camping chair comes with a carry bag, allowing for easy transport and storage. An excellent chair for the largest people out there.
Guide Gear Oversized Club Camp Chair
Capacity: 500 lbs; Foldable: Yes; Portable: Yes (13.2 lbs)
You only have to look at this chair to know that it is comfortable. It is rated for up to 500 pounds, and comes with more cushioning than most others on the market. There is a choice of two colors, a natural brown or a classic red plaid.
This is an oversized chair that is accessible by anyone and will be comfortable for all. It is almost as if an armchair and a camping chair have been combined. The padding allows you to sit for a long time, and you can curl up in the chair by the fire on those late, cold nights.
But, don’t let the size and comfort of the chair fool you. The product still collapses easily and is handy for transporting and storage. Inside of the comfortable cushioning, you have a solid-steel frame that is rigid and tough.
There are some nice extras too. The mesh storage pocket allows you to stash your belongings, and there is a convenient cup holder too. This could be one of the most comfortable camping chairs out there and is undoubtedly one of the most unique looking.
Mossy Oak Heavy Duty Folding Camping Chair
Capacity: 400 lbs; Foldable: Yes; Portable: Yes (8.5 lbs)
Back to basics with this elegant camping chair. There are three colors to choose from, each representing a shade of nature, and the design brings comfort, stability, and ease-of-use.
Steel tubing has been used for the frame, and that steel is black powder coated for extra durability, and to also give a clean finish. The 600D polyester material is rated for up to 400 pounds, and will wick away moisture, drying quickly (something that is important when you are in the great outdoors). The fabric is double-layered in key areas, and there is a foam pad stitched into the back for extra comfort.
The seat is extra-wide, so you will not be pinched when you do sit. It folds and unfolds extremely quickly, perfect for camping, the beach, or your lawn at home. It only weighs in at 8.5 pounds and comes with a black carry bag that will protect it while in storage and make it easy to take everywhere with you.
There is a built-in 4-can insulated cooler in the arm, zippered for easy access. On the opposite arm, there is a solid fabric cup holder, large enough for almost all drinks, and featuring a metal eyelet draining hole. A great chair to relax in comfort.
Kijaro XXL Camping Chair
Capacity: 400 lbs; Foldable: Yes; Portable: Yes (11.8 lbs)
You will love the look of this chair, with elegant style, and sleek lines, giving it a functional look that is tough and durable. Before we get into the real details of the chair, know that it is one of the most affordable on the market, and comes in a multitude of colors, both bright and muted.
The dual-lock chair brings lots of comfort and sturdiness. The seating has been designed not to sag, bringing you more comfort over time. The durable diamond ripstop fabric is resistant to rips and tears and will allow moisture to be wicked away too. It is perfect for any outdoor event.
The chair will support up to 400 pounds, but remains ultra-light thanks to the solid yet sleek steel tubing. The chair locks open for extra support, and locks closed for easier transport. It folds up nicely for storage and is easy to carry.
You always want a cup holder, and this camping chair comes with two, one mesh holder on each arm. There is also an organizer with zip, extra mesh pockets, and a carry strap and bag. A sleek chair that will go with you anywhere.
KingCamp Heavy-Duty Oversized Camping Chair
Capacity: 350 lbs; Foldable: Yes; Portable: Yes (11.3 lbs)
This is a chair that looks comfortable, and you will be delighted to know that it is comfortable too. There is a large seat (you will experience no pinching), soft Oxford fabric, and a lumbar support system that will support your back. Everything comes together to help you relax in style. It is so comfortable that we have even heard stories of people using the chairs in their homes.
The frame is crafted from high-strength steel tubes, and the metal on metal contact points add durability where lesser materials cannot. Add in the durable fabric, and you have a chair that can hold up to 350 pounds. You will be surprised, then, when you lift the chair to find that it is extremely light, only 11.3 pounds, to be exact.
The chair folds and unfolds easily, helping you to pack up when you need to, and there is a carry bag included for easy transport and safe storage. A durable mesh cup holder in the arm lets you safely stow your open drink, and any spills or condensation can drip away as you relax. There is also an insulated cooler bag (big enough for three cans), and a side/back stash pocket.
The chair is comfortable enough to sit for long periods of time, and you have everything you need to relax at your fingertips.
KingCamp Heavy-Duty Ergonomic Camping Chair
Capacity: 300 pounds; Foldable: Yes; Portable: Yes (11.2 lbs)
This camping chair comes with a heavy-duty steel frame which can hold a lot of weight. The supports on the frame are angled to give optimum support and weight capacity while giving you a lot of stability, no matter what ground you find yourself on. The durable polyester is also resistant to tears and abrasions and is securely fastened to the frame. The material is also a mix of padded and mesh supports. When you sit in this chair, you will find that it is one of the most comfortable out there and one of the most breathable too.
The armrests are padded to give you as much comfort as possible, and there is even a mesh storage pocket on one of the arms, great for storing your smaller items while you relax. A cup holder is attached to the seat, and this holder can be adjusted and moved so you never accidentally knock it and spill your drink.
When you are done camping, the chair folds up early and fits into the included storage bag. A carry handle on the side makes it easy to transport back and forth.
This is a great camping chair for large men. It has a capacity far above the average chair (and other durable camping chairs, too). It is comfortable and comes with some nice perks.
When you are in the great outdoors, comfort is key.
After a long hike, swim in the lake, or even just after setting up your tent after a workweek in the office, you deserve a place that you can relax. These chairs are comfortable and durable, where other camping chairs just cannot cut it.
Find the right chair for you and get the relaxation that you have earned.