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Best backpacking chairs

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There is plenty of room to sit on the ground, but it's not always comfortable, dry, or clean. Instead of willfully subjecting yourself to back pain and your clothes to unwanted dirt while adventuring, bring a backpacking chair with you. Your back will thank you for thinking ahead when you aren't spending time getting up off the grassy, muddy, or sandy floor of the wilderness. Not sure which backpacking chair is right for you? We’ve gathered a collection of our favorite options. 

Staff pick

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Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair

Three height settings

Set up this seat in seconds thanks to the frame using a shock cord system, so it practically pops open. The chair weighs 2.6 lbs and supports up to 300 lbs. Choose between two color options: black with bright orange trim and vibrant green with black trim. There are also three height settings, so don’t need to buy different chairs for kids or adults. 

A sturdy pair

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Sportneer Backpacking Chair

These two support the most weight

Instead of one chair, get two, with this offering from Sportneer. Their chairs are designed to hold more weight than any other option in our collection, supporting up to 350 lbs. Each chair weighs only 2lbs., so you won't feel too much burden by including one with your backpacking gear.  

Keep it simple

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TravelChair Slacker Chair

A small and stable seat

Some backpacking chairs can be quite low to the ground, making them difficult to vacate if you have any back issues. The Slacker chair is a comfortable 17.5-inches high, weighs 2.2 lbs., and folds down to 3 by 3 by 24 inches for travel. Another awesome feature of this chair is the duck-billed feet, which add stability on uneven land.  

Five color options

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MOON LENCE Outdoor Ultralight Chair

Mesh pockets for drinks and phones

Relax and feel the breeze in this MOON LENCE option. Need a place to put your drink? There are mesh pockets on both sides of the chair, which can also be used for your phone. This two-pound chair can hold up to 242 lbs. thanks to the 600D Oxford cloth and aluminum alloy frame. It’s also available in red, dark blue, light blue, orange, and black. 

Take a seat

Backpacking chairs offer you a comfortable spot to sit and are the perfect item to bring to the trail, a sporting event, or a festival. For most people, we think the Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair is the best option from our collection. The adjustable height settings make it more comfortable for people short and tall, and even accommodates kids. It sets up quickly, letting you spend more time relaxing. While it isn’t the lightest option we selected, it still weighs less than three pounds.

For anyone who prefers almost no setup, consider the TravelChair Slacker Chair. It weighs only 2.2 lbs. and folds open and closed, removing the need to attach any fabric to a frame to use it. Sitting on uneven ground is also less of an issue with this option because of the duck-billed feet.