What’s the best car-camping chair?

What’s the best car-camping chair?.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 3

Q: What’s the best car-camping chair?

I’m in the market for a new chair for car camping. I’m open to anything from a Crazy Creek to a folding frame, as long as it’s comfortable and durable.

By: Question from: The Editors, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Crazy Creek Original Chair

Crazy Creek Original Chair Photo: Courtesy of Crazy Creek
A:Ah, nothing says car camping like a good camp chair! Add in a fire and a little Maker’s Mark, and all is right with the world.For car camping, Crazy Creek has two lines of chairs that may appeal to you. The Crazy Legs Beach ($41), which is part of their family camping collection, has an aluminum frame that folds down compactly and weighs only 2 pounds 10 ounces. It sits low to the ground—the seat height is five inches high—which makes it comfortable for sitting around a fire but won’t work as well if you bring a camp table.

By comparison, Crazy Creek’s Original Chair ($48) is essentially a chair with no legs. Set it on the ground, a log, or a picnic table, and you’ll have a comfortable back and dry seat.

How to pick the right chair.

Crazy Creek Chair

HEX 2.0 LongBack Chair

You must ask yourself that simple question. How am I going to be using the chair most often?

I can think of several instances that I would not be without my chair. My favorite place to use a chair is in the backcountry on an extended camping trip deep in the mountains. Is that realistic? If I am lucky, I do manage to get a couple of good length backcountry trips in during the summer, but the way I most use my chair must be my daughter’s sporting events, concerts and school programs. I find that the chair resides in the trunk of my car, ready at a moments notice for that unexpected event when I will be the envy of the other people who forgot to bring their chair. I love my HEX 2.0 LongBack chair. I can roll it up and keep it in the trunk, it provides the back support I desire on those awful bleachers and it is ideal when I do manage to find myself hiking into that backcountry lake for a luxurious break from the rigors of day-to-day life.

When you decide it is time for a new chair, ask yourself that simple question.

I know that Crazy Creek has the right chair for you.