Camping Chairs

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We have been continually buying and breaking the usual folding chairs, we have tried several different brands and weigh ratings and all seem to break. They seem to break at the feet or the arm fabric tears.

At a Camping Show last year we found These folding Camping Chairs although they are expensive, we have used them a fair bit now and they seem to be holding up better than the others we have owned. They also pack up and still fit into the original carry bag.





Has anyone else had a good run out of camping chairs? and if so what brand and make?


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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:10

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:10
Gday Kev
Lil Wes and I have found that a "log" is best. Two types we have tried 1 red gum, very versatile and last for years.
2 pine , much the same as red gum, but lighter.
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Follow Up By: Hunter Gatherer - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:53

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Muzbry,

You are a hoot, great sense of humour.
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:29

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:29
Gday Hunter + Gatherer
I have camped a couple of times with Kev and was only trying to get him the best chair available.....my sense of humour does get me into trouble on a regular basis. Where you at Hunter?


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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:42

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:42
ROTFL Muzbry...... I was about to say we've got 'Wild Country' chairs and they have lasted us for nearly 9 years now and still look as good as new, the carry bags that they are in are looking much worse for wear but that comes under 'wear and tear' with travel in the outback.....
I think your seats would have to be the most sturdy that anyone could find though.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:50

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Hey Muzza,

The only trouble with Redgum is it results in Redbum. LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 20:03

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 20:03
Jesus Muz. No wonder the poor ol Nissan crapped itself. Lugging those bloody "never wear out" type of chairs. Not to mention your packing when you're packing up. lol. Bob.
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 20:04

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 20:04
edit:- "back when packing up"
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:27

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:27
Muz,

I much prefer to burn the said rudgum and pine heheheeh

Although I an sure your bum would get sore after awhile sitting on said seat as well ;)


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Follow Up By: Hunter Gatherer - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 23:05

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 23:05
Muzbry,

I live in Glebe NSW, am leaving soon for my annual Gulf Safari, barra fishing and pig shooting with a group of mates, we will be going twice this year as we have such a great time on a million acre property,barra , mud crabs and pigs galore.

Can I borrow one of your chairs ????
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 06:36

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Good morning Hunter+
It sounds like a great place to go, you enjoy yourself . If you want to borrow a chair, just call in on the way through , im in Melbourne's east.

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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:12

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Geez Kev

They look seriously bloody flash. What sort of $ ??
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Follow Up By: Member - There Yet - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:21

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:21
Hi Rosco,

just found them on True Blue Outdoors for $160.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:29

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:29
Rosco,

Yes they are flash, we didn't pay RRP and I bargained him done somewhat and got 4 for $140 each from memory, which IMHO is a bargain if they last more than 4 camping trips. At this stage they have lasted 3 outings without any issues so we are looking like they are a winner :)

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Reply By: rocco2010 - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:18

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:18
Gidday Kev

Thanks for the post, not cheap but fancy and the premium price may be worth it for the convenience of the packed size.
On the subject of size, being slightly broader in the beam I find many chairs a bit small for me so can you fill me in on the width of the seat base please. I know the dimensions are on the site you linked to but it doesnt say which is width.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:37

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:37
Roscco,


I just measured our and going by their measurements when open of 43.2 x 55.9 x 86.4 cm it 43.2cm deep, 55.9cm wide, and 86.4cm wide(to the top of the backrest). The seat section is 43cm thereabouts off the ground.

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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:49

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Thanks for taking the trouble Kev, er Sir Kev. They look like a good bit of gear.

I have a coulple of those multi leg jobs like the one shown by Gone Bush below and while comforable, sturdy and durable (so far) they dont pack up small and just about every time i unfold one i fear i am going to lose a finger!

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:52

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:52
Kev, we've got a collection of chairs that fall short in some areas too.

What are those Pico chairs like for lower back support?

We moved away from similar chairs, like this:



to these Coleman ones:



They offer excellent back support but are a real pita to walk around with if we need to move them anywhere (van to campfire etc).

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:40

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:40
GB,

As you knoiw I have major back issues and i have no worries sitting in these seats for several hours straight (last 2 nights at the Chinchilla Melon Festival to be exact) and have not had any issues with comfort especially with my back.

Having them pack up to a laptop sized bag ia aslo a bonus especially when you have to carry a child that is asleep as well as carry chairs back to the car several hundred metres.

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Follow Up By: Chris & Sue (Briz Vegas) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 23:44

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 23:44
Hi GB,

Like you, we've moved to the Coleman folding chairs and also had a problem with them being a pain to move. I ended up finding a bungy cord of an appropriate length that I wrap around it when the chair's folded and can then carry it like a suitcase. Makes life a bit easier.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:53

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:53
The link below shows the Coleman design that we have - but our version does not have the rubber 'bungy' support and has wooden arms and now seems to be superseded...the long back makes them very comfortable - I wouldn't be without them now, seeing comfort by the campfire after a long day is a priority for us. The main pro ? Good old fashioned comfort ! Any cons ? Just two (neither of which bother me at all).... 1. They fold up 'skinny' into a nice bag (supplied) but remain full length (need to have that long spot to stow them). 2. The junctions of the various legs/rods are pinned and the pins sometimes fail - I've replaced a few over 10 years with a split pin or a piece of wire - easy done.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:49

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:49
Darian,

We looked at this style of chair but the large packed up size turned us away.

Having to have 4 chairs to cart around seems to take up lots of space whereas with these ones it is about the same size as 2 of the traditional style of chair.
Time will tell of the longetivitiy of these chairs but at the moment they are appearing to last the distance.

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Reply By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:24

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:24
Hi Kev,
They do look interesting...how satisfactory is the open back section? I prefer a solid back so that the freezing wind doesn't blow straight onto my back when we are travelling in winter months (which we do every year) but if the bag is slipped over the arms, it appears as though it would block the wind??
Also, are they big enough for a man?? Hard to get an idea as to the size when set up?
Would hate to buy one at that price and then find they didn't suit.
Our current cheap ones are quite big even when packed up in their bags, and not light weight either so still looking for the perfect ones. I do have one of these which weighs around 1 kg

http://www.helinox.com.au/pages/helinox-chair-one.asp

but its not big enogh for anyone except a short person like me and when I sit on it I am much lower than anyone else in the group!
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:44

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Heather,

Your chairs seem to be larger than the ones I have.

In regards to the open back, if cold we use a light weight blanket to stop the breeze, having to youngish kids (6 & 9 yr old) they usually end up sleeping on us LOL

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:39

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The problem I find with a lot of chairs is that the legs sink into the sand, toppling the chair.
The advantage of Sir Kev's, and my own of different brand, is that the frame has a 'skid' base which works better on soft sandy terrain.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:51

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Allan,

Used on soft ground they seem to evenly sink into the ground rather than just 1 leg sinking. On Friday night I happened to sit in a soft part of the ground and although the seat sunk it was evenly distributed across the front and rear legs thanks to the skid base.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 23:39

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Yep, that's what I find with mine also Kev. The toilet seat is another matter!!
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:31

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:31
Ah so they out lasted the Melon Festival then? Should have bought some myself.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:54

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 21:54
Sharon,

I know you should of but I bought the last 4 when I got them so you had no chance of getting them for the price I paid LOL

Sorry I missed you on the weekend, did the kids do Melon Sking? I was an offical in the main arena for the Melon Sking for over 3 hours so may have seen the kids.

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Reply By: pt_nomad - Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 20:28

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 20:28
We have just gone to a simular chair from dolium. Rated to 115kgs, chair weighs 4kgs - rrp $99. We carry 5 and they don't take up much space - as far a 5 chairs goes.
http://www.dolium.com.au/Retail_Catalogue/FR25_item.html
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 21:25

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 21:25
Sir Kev & Darkie : I think your chair has got too many things to brake on you , those slides can give problems specially with salt air .

We have got oztent , kokda series with hard arm rests, pockets & drink holders each side. $ 85 ..but we do find the slides get sticky in the salt air and are trying dry glide !!!!
but so far they are the best around for the $$$$ IMO and are very comfortable .

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 21:30

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Nick,

I avoid the coast ;)

Much prefer to explore inland areas LOL

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Reply By: HGMonaro - Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 21:40

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I use $7 K-Mart specials because they fit in my Prado 'end on in' (north-south) where 'decent' ones are too long. Why is the way we put them in important, you ask? Well it means combined with the storage 'system' we use, we can drag them out at anytime without moving anything else.

We only use them about 10 times a year, mostly at kids sporting events, but the current ones are around 6 years old. Noticed on the weekend that one needs replacing as it's started to fall apart. They've been pretty good value for money!
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 09:19

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 09:19
When we built our troopy's storage system we designed it to fit the gear that we had at that time. That was over 10 years ago, and we then had a pair of those cheap lightweight chairs that had already seen a few trips. They do their job quite well and are reasonably comfortable. We are now on our third pair (although we have to hunt around a bit to find ones that fit the tight space). But now as we tow a trailer we have added a pair of those big grey Coleman chairs - very comfy but they do take up a huge amount of space and are a PITA to lug around. If you want to sit at the table to use the laptop (or eat!) the big chairs are useless, and the smaller ones only marginally satisfactory.

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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 06:43

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G'day, for us bigger blokes, this may be the answer, supports 300lb.....
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