Packable Camp Chairs You Should Be Stocking

The best of today’s options are light and compact without sacrificing comfort

Packable Camp Chairs You Should Be Stocking

Camping is a broad product category serving a diverse range of people with different camping styles. There are tent campers who partake in a weekend getaway once a summer, RV campers who spend half the year in various state parks, backcountry campers whose destination is only reached by a vigorous hike or paddling adventure, and everything in between. 

It is important to consider them all even when stocking standard equipment, like chairs. There are numerous generic bag-style folding chairs available for outdoor use, but don’t forget the customers who are looking for something more specific. The following is a look at a handful of compact camping chairs for backcountry campers looking to shave weight and save pack space while staying comfortable. 

Helinox Chair Zero

The Chair Zero’s frame is constructed of DAC aluminum alloy poles for strong support and lightweight design for the serious backpacker. Connecting hubs are manufactured from high-strength nylon resin, which keeps poles secure without packing on weight. Its ripstop polyester fabric is designed for packability and strength and also resistant to sun damage. The Chair Zero is available in three color options and backed by a five-year warranty. 


  • Dimensions Assembled – 25 x 18.5 x 20 inches
  • Dimensions Packed – 13.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches
  • Weight Packed – 1 lb. 1 oz.
  • Capacity – 265 lb.  

MSRP: $119.95 

TravelChair Joey C-Series

The Joey C-Series is a sturdy chair designed for comfort. It can pack down to travel-size while offering 16-inch seat height for taller customers. It’s built with an aluminum frame to keep the overall weight low, making it a great choice for backpack campers. TravelChair offers this model is three color options. 


  • Dimensions Assembled – 21 x 21 x 28 inches
  • Dimensions Packed – 14 x 4 x 4 inches
  • Weight Packed – 2 lb.
  • Capacity – 275 lb. 

MSRP: $69.95 

Sportneer Folding Camping Chair 

This chair provides a convenient on-the-go chair for backpackers on a budget. Weighing only slightly more than the above mentioned, the Sportneer Folding Camping Chair offers a strong, comfortable chair at an affordable price. The aluminum alloy frame features adjustable legs so it can be set to a desired height or adjusted for unlevel terrain. The nylon seat material adjusts and conforms to the shape of the body to provide comfort for all body types. 


  • Dimensions Assembled – 27.5 x 22 x 18.5 inches
  • Dimensions Packed – 14 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Weight Packed – 2 lb. 
  • Capacity – 350 lb. 

 MSRP: $33.99  

GCI Outdoor PackSeat Stool

The PackSeat from GCI Outdoors is a portable stool designed for quick rests with set-up taking only seconds. The smaller design of this chair and ease of use make it a good choice for customers who want to take a quick rest during a hike or relax around the fire. The shock-cord-style legs are made from powder-coated aluminum for strength a durability. The PackSeat’s carrying bag comes with a buckle and carabiner for easy attachment on backpacking adventures. GCI Outdoors offers a limited lifetime warranty with this product. 


  • Dimensions Assembled – 15 x 14.2 x 20.5 inches
  • Dimensions Packed – 3.9 x 4.3 x 15.7 inches
  • Weight Packed – 1 lb. 5 oz.
  • Capacity – 250 lb. 

MSRP: $20.00 


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