There are a lot of different things you have to consider when you are getting yourself a camping chair. It is nowhere near as complicated as buying a car or a new TV, but it is still important that you get one that you are comfortable with. Really, it is a pain to buy something that will never see anything else than the rest of your junk in the garage. So approach this as you would approach anything else. To make it easier for you I have compiled a check list that you can use as a guide.
The first thing you have to consider is where you are going to camp. This is the single most important factor. How is the ground there? Is it hard? Is it a long walk to get there? I know that a lot of people will say “we are not going to use it the same place all the time”. That is certainly true in most cases. My advice is to think about the place that you go the most and take it from there. If you are routinely going on long trips on foot, you should choose something light like a camping stool, or if you are not walking much at all you can choose a very comfortable model.
The second thing you should consider is your own needs. Do you have any injuries that require that you sit comfortable? Then you should consider buying a comfortable model. Are you mainly going to use the chair for sunbathing? Then you should also think about the more advanced models. If you think about using the camping chair when eating at a table, then a chair in the right height is important.
The price of the chair is a subject that we cannot get away from. Camping chairs can be both very expensive and very cheap. It all depends on what you are looking for and how much you are willing to pay, that decides what you should buy. Most of the chairs on the marked today are actually pretty good. However, there is a connection between the price and the chair. To say it another way: you usually get what you are paying for.
The materials that the camping chairs are made of are also essential. In most chairs some kind of metal is used for poles. If your main concern is to have a comfy chair, then you should probably go for some kind of metal that is solid, but heavy, like steel. If weight is important, go for something made from aluminum or similar. There are also big differences in the quality and durability of the materials used in the chairs. Often the first place you will see this is in the cloth parts. Once again: you usually get what you pay for.
Do you have any things you would like to use the camping chairs for? I know a lot of people used them as extra chairs for their home in addition to using them when camping. This is also fine, but you should then consider going for a comfortable model, as you wouldn’t like to be the host who brings out the chairs from hell when people are visiting.
I know that this is pretty basic stuff, but I hope that you at least got some extra tips that you can use when choosing a camping chair.