Sure, camp chairs make camp life nice and comfortable, but they’re not only for the campground. Festival goers tote them around, hikers sometimes bring them along even on a day hike, beach bonfires are better with them, and they’re even great in your own backyard.
But if you’re going to carry one around between all those places, you probably want an ultralight camp chair—unless your housemate or spouse is a chiropractor or massage therapist.
At 1.1 pounds, the Helinox Chair Zero is the lightest four-legged camp chair. It packs down to the size of a large water bottle, and is easy to stash in a pack or carry along in its stuff sack.
When assembled, the seat is 11 inches from the ground, and the chair measures 20.5 inches wide by 18.9 inches deep by 25.2 inches high. It’s also extremely comfortable for a camp chair, so you’re not trading comfort for packability and weight.
The DAC aluminum frame is all shock-corded together, which makes for an easy setup, and you won’t lose pole pieces. Once you have the frame together, insert the poles into the pole sleeves on the ripstop polyester seat. All done.
The Chair Zero has a 265-pound weight capacity, and it’s quite sturdy and durable. If you’re planning to tote it along to the beach, or are concerned about using it on the muddy ground, there’s an additional groundsheet from Helinox (purchased separately) that you can use to keep the legs from sinking.
I’ve used this chair while camping, hanging out on the beach, and also at local parades. The fact that it barely adds weight to my bag makes me pick it first every time.
The Helinox Chair Zero lists for $119 at REI, and will also be available on the Big Agnes site beginning January 2017.