Camp Chairs

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We have the Outdoors brand and they're great.

Unfortunately, I trashed one last week carrying it on the rack and striking a low branch.

I'm happy to buy another but am interested in whether others have a 'pet' chair. We're reasonably lightweight people (60 and 70 kilos) so it doesn't have to be supper strong; just comfortable and robust. We're also happy to pay good money for a good product.

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Reply By: Muntoo - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 01:29

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 01:29
Hi John,

I've had a few chairs over the years, and all have been great in different areas. However i just purchased a new one the other day, for the first time i actually tried all the chairs first before buying. As soon as i sat in it i knew it was the one i wanted.

I find it very comfy, and it was only $70 compared to the rest that where around the $120 mark. It has everything i need and allows great cooling of the back for hot days, perfect for up here in the Kimberleys were everyday is a hot day.

Coleman chair

All my previous chairsd had plastic brackets and fittings, but this has steel which was exactly what i wanted. I couldnt believe i found the exact chair i wanted really.
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 10:52

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 10:52
X 2 for all the same reasons.......and Coleman threw in a free gas light :-)

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 18:41

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 18:41
The boss is convinced. Now to buy one. Can't find one in Canberra.

Anyone help me out here?

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Follow Up By: Muddie - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 18:57

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 18:57
Its hard to find Coleman products in the big stores in Victoria, Rays and Anaconda sell some Coleman products, but only their own brand knock off copies of Colemans more popular items. The tips are all going to be full of c#@p from China.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 21:53

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 21:53
Thats the problem here also.Well you really can't blame them. They need to sell their own stock, albeit rubbish.

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Reply By: Roughasguts - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 02:10

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 02:10
You know we have had it with out door camping chairs I have had several and still got several that havent broken yet, but now there in the roof above the garage.

Now the wife and I, plus 3 kids use 5 white plastic stackable chairs from Bunnings. They match the bi -fold table are rugged weigh nothing always dry and clean, cool to sit on and If there ever broken which hasn't happened yet they were only 8 bucks each so no issue there either. Just throw them away to be recycled and get one more.

So much lighter and quicker to stack away as well.

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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 06:31

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 06:31
Hi John,

Coleman have a series of chairs a varying price and quality. I favour the Big Foot range. Although I'm a 'little bit' bigger than you quality and good construction are paramount to me given the amount of annually use my chair gets.

A little while back I did a review of this chair - here's an extract;

Every now and then you come across a product that solves a problem that has dogged you seemingly for ever.
I’m no budgie when it comes to height and weight and for years I have struggled with those cheap fold up camp chairs that after a few days of camping have your bum almost on the ground and the inside of your knees polishing your ears ... you get the drift.
... Coleman Big Foot Chair. It’s a deluxe, king size, tough as nails, super strong chair with an extra large very comfortable seat area that has heaps of padding and a 150 kg weight rating. The frame is made from 22mm steel and it has machined aluminium feet. No fibreglass/plastic legs and feet here.
It also has a padded lumbar support, it’s got an integrated can holder in one arm rest and a lined cooler section in the other.
... the chair has a pocket that will hold your mobile phone and any other gadgets, should you feel naked without them.

... it comes with a deluxe zip up wheeled bag for easy storage and move ability.

Don’t think because it’s big and strong it’s going to be really heavy. Surprising it isn’t; it weighs not much more than your regular fold up camp chair.
Whilst these chairs aren’t cheap to buy, the quality of the materials used, the way it’s put together and the gratitude you’ll get from your back will give you many of years of enjoyable and comfortable seating.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 07:36

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 07:36
Hi John

We have had for years some 'King chairs' by Kookaburra and they have been everywhere and very stable and comfortable. Like all things, there comes a time when they start to wear out and the last thing that we want is a chair to brake while sitting around a camp fire in the middle of the outback.

When I was getting the car ready for our latest trip, we were waiting in the ARB customer lounge and were using their very similar type chair. We now have 2 but have not used them on a trip yet, but by all accounts should be just as good or better. Time will tell. Here is a link about the ARBSports Camping Chair.



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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 09:23

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 09:23
Almost anything without soft arms.
The solid armed chair from BCF is quite comfortable.
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 09:32

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 09:32
G'day John, like many others here, we spend a few hours sitting around a campfire.
With that in mind, it's pretty important to get a chair that fits you.

It's really a lounge chair for the outback.
Try lots of them before you buy.
I think you will narrow the choice down fairly quickly in the comfort stakes.
Then tick the boxes for the quality.

I think ours are really good for our particular shape and size, but not so good for sitting having a meal, so we have a couple of fold up stools for sitting near the table.
It works for us.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 09:47

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 09:47
Hi John,

For years we have used the el cheapo flat folding chairs that you can get from Big W or hardware stores. We have a space in Troopys storage area that houses them and a folding table, so we were limited by that. However, although cheap, they have served us well. We are using only our second pair since getting our first ones about a decade ago.

But for our last trip when we towed a gear trailer for the first time we splashed out and bought a couple of the Coleman Jumbo folding chairs. They are very comfortable but take up a lot of space and are not so quick to fold out. They are good for cold nights but we find that for a quick stop we just pull out the original chairs as we still carry them.


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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 11:30

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 11:30
After trying those damn things that fold up & go in a bag, & finding them not
comfortable & diabolical to fold...we went for the Coleman Directors chair..
fold out or in instantly, very comfortable & the arms will fit under the table when dining. The little folding sidetable holds a drinkie & cheese & biccie etc. About $80
ea , very strong frame too....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Outbackogre - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 19:17

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 19:17
Anaconda has their own brand of Directors chairs (called Dune) that are very similar to what Oldbaz describes. They'll be on sale for $39.99 from Thursday. Kmart have some of the fold up type (that Baz doesn't like) at $17 that I think work well. They can lock in the closed or open position and have a good angle on the backrest for people with a tummy (like me :-). They also have a shoulder strap independent of the travel bag. Cheers.
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 12:23

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 12:23
Thanks all - great suggestions.

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Reply By: rumpig - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 18:17

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 18:17
we have these , i love them because when you sit in them, the chair doesn't dig into the back of your upper legs like alot of other camping chairs do.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 18:18

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 18:18
link didn't work properly, you'll have to C & P that including the unhighlighted bit.
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2011 at 09:55

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2011 at 09:55
we've got cheap Kmart jobbies ($8 I think) because they are the only ones that are short enough when folded to fit lengthways (Nth/Sth) in the back of our wagon (in custom homemade storage unit). This lets me get them out whenever I want without moving anything else. We find them fine to sit in and although we haven't used them a lot, they haven't fallen apart yet, unlike our previous ones which cost a lot more!
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