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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.
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. 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. A cup holder is never an unwelcome addition for those hot or cold drinks by the fire.
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.
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.
OmniCore Designs XXL Heavy-Duty Camping Chair
Capacity: 300 pounds
This really is a heavy-duty chair. The seat is crafted from a rugged 600-denier PVC polyester fabric. The material is puncture-resistant (always handy to have) and insulated. The fabric is tethered to a steel frame which is double-walled and powder-coated. The result is a chair which is going to last for many, many camping trips.
The frame and fabric combine to bring you a seat which is over 20% wider than regular seats. You also have a lot more capacity than a regular camp chair. If you are a large man, then this is going to bring you a lot of comfort. Everyone will find a lot of benefit from the larger seat.
We like that you get both padding and ventilation with this camping chair. The seats are doubled-layered and quilted to bring comfort to your rump, long into the night. The mesh back keeps the air moving and circulating to keep you cool when it is warm out and warm when it gets cooler. You can even control this with a back pocket, so if it gets too windy and cold, you can cover the mesh to keep the heat in.
Any good camping chair is portable. This one folds up neatly and compactly and has a bag in which you can carry it. The carry bags are intentionally oversized, so you do not have to force the chair into the container. While this does mean that the bag is a little bulkier than others, it also means that you are never in danger of ripping or tearing the bag.
The finishing touch is a pair of drop cup holders. Throw a bottle of beer or a mug of hot chocolate in there are sit back with your arms on the ergonomic armrests. There is even a hidden bottle opener.
KingCamp Heavy-Duty Camping Chair
Capacity: 300 pounds
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.
ALPS OutdoorZ King Kong Chair
Capacity: 800 pounds
This is one of the strongest chairs out there. It does not matter how big or tall you are; this chair is going to be able to support you. That is mainly due to the high-quality materials and simple design and construction. The powder-coated steel frame is extremely stable, and the simplicity of it means that there is not much which can go wrong. The 600D polyester fabric is not going to rip or tear, no matter how many times you use the chair.
This chair is perfect for camping, and can also be used for hunting and fishing too. The Realtree/Mossy Oak design lets it blend into its surroundings (as long as you blend in too). If you are hunting, then you will find a lot of benefit in how comfortable this chair is. Both armrests also contain cup holders and mesh pockets so you can store all of your drinks and snacks for a long day waiting for the deer or fish.
At the end of the day, the chair folds down in seconds and has a carry bag to be stored in and carried.
KingCamp Heavy-Duty Camping Director Chair
Capacity: 330 pounds
You only need to look at this chair to see how solid and luxurious it is. The frame is thick and rugged, crafted from heavy-duty steel and held together with metal fasteners. The fabric is tough and can hold a lot of weight, being padded and moisture-wicking too for added comfort. The armrests are also solid, giving you a place to rest your arms while supporting them.
Where this chair sets itself apart from other is in the extras. On one side, you have a cooler bag which will keep drinks cold and food fresh. The bag measures in at 14” x 10” x 5.5”, giving you enough room for a lot of drinks and snacks. On the other side, there is a handy side table which folds up and down. Take your drinks and snacks from one side and place them safely on the other.
When you are done your day, this chair folds down easily to save space. If you are looking for the ultimate in comfort, this chair will bring it. It is one of the most comfortable chairs on the market and has some features with which other chairs cannot compete.
Zenree Heavy-Duty Camping Director’s Chair
Capacity: 225 pounds
A camping chair in the director chair style. The seat has been designed to be ergonomic and as comfortable as possible. The powder-coated steel frame is durable and has limited motion, making it one of the sturdiest chairs out there. The 600D fabric will comfort you and hold you without the threat of ripping or tearing. The seat is also extra-wide for comfort and is crafted from breathable mesh.
We like the addition of a multifunctional side basket. You can store almost anything in the basket while keeping it away from the seat, preventing spillages and other accidents.
We like how small and light this chair is. In profile, the metal frame is slight and the fabric minimal. This means that is is one of the lightest chairs to carry and store. It folds up in seconds and can be strapped in place, standing on the spot if needed.
This chair cannot hold as much as others on the list so check the capacity rating before buying, but that does mean you have a lighter and smaller chair to deal with.