The Great Camp Chair Debate

ExpoScout

Explorer
Sitting in an REI Flexlite "field testing" it as I type. Really got it for backpacking. As much as I try to go ultralight, I have found that some sort of chair is pretty essential to an enjoyable trip (back issues) and at 1 lbs. 12 ounces, the REI is feasible. I'm 6' and 200 lbs. I don't think you'd want to be a whole lot bigger in it -- just not wide enough. It's sturdy, but not rock solid. For that we use the director type chairs with side tables we picked up from Sam's club. If you're carrying it, on a motorcycle or really pressed for space, the Flexlite seems to be the ticket especially at $50.
After a weekend camping with the flex lite, it have to say that I like it....for it's intended purpose.

For travel on a motorcycle or when space is limited, it's great. On soft ground, the small feet dig in though. And with the other, larger chairs around this weekend, I found myself gravitating towards them. It beats the ground, a hard bench, or no seat by a mile. But it has it's faults.
 

Honu

lost on the mainland
for the small foot problem of digging in to the ground which I had happen I drilled out some golf balls :) works great while they are on a tarp here on the ground they don't dig in anymore and of course still fit in the bag just fine
1/2 inch drill bit tight enough they are not coming off take a bit to pull them off and they come off with a nice POP ;)
I leave them on all the time though




one cool mod I did have to get some more pix but the setup works amazing for a head rest and again all packs in the bag no problems

near the base of the rear legs I use a piece of bilge hose or large hose that has the braided stuff inside sure it has other names uses
drill again 1/2 inch hole close to edge first I put the tube in a clamp and drilled the holes so when its on won't slip up or down took a few things to try from wood to PVC pipe other plastics etc.. this turned out the easiest and best so far from items I had and might say a thick piece of rubber might also work
then up near the top of the chair I just use velcro tape to hold the poles but do them to the outside of the pole then just use the bag stretched between the poles adjust to your head height !
pointing the bottom part or tip in to the inside of the poles your head is a bit more upright good for chatting with others around the fire
turn them to the outside and a bit more laid back don't have it in this pick but I used a piece of para cord to hold them in place since my golf ball mod they don't need the para cord

I am going to get some aluminum shaft material though so its a bit lighter they tend to fall back sometimes why its leaning forward but try it if you have one of these chairs !!!! truly you can fall asleep in them with this mod
will be doing a more detailed video of some close ups soon but sure ya get the idea
also plan on sewing some shade cloth mesh head rest setup for mine and not always use the bag as it can slip a bit when readjusting but to only have a piece of material on the legs trek poles and the bag no extra stuff it works :)
 

Gear

Explorer, Overland Certified OC0020
Honu - Chair Mods, you are definitely taking it to the next level.:coffeedrink: You need to work on the cup holder.
 

Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
I tried the Tripolina chairs but did not like the low backrest. I just have to have a place to rest my neck or lay back to look at the stars. Still think the OZtent chairs may be the best I have ever tried. Checked the website and only found one listed but at OEX they were displaying four (?) different models. Really wish I hadn't run out of patience and gotten one. They were that good even at $90.


2008 FJ Cruiser expedition ready and off-road trailer with RTT.
 

Honu

lost on the mainland
agree about the head :) I know I asked a couple times for them to make a high back tripolina :) also why I did the mod on my light helinox :) that way you can fall asleep if ya want and also just nice to have the head supported

for sure have to sit in chairs to know what one likes ! I loved the high back SP chair my wife hated it ?
 

peneumbra

Explorer
Got my OZ King Kokoda chairs via FedEx yesterday. As good a seating device as I've ever occupied. Had to force myself to stand up and go to bed last night...
 

Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Got my OZ King Kokoda chairs via FedEx yesterday. As good a seating device as I've ever occupied. Had to force myself to stand up and go to bed last night...
Can you post a photo of those you got? Their website shows only the Jet Tent Dlx. I remember one had wide soft armrests while the others were skinny and hard.


2008 FJ Cruiser expedition ready and off-road trailer with RTT.
 

Corey

OverCamping Specialist
I keep one of those in my FJ all the time.
They are very comfortable, and setup is a cinch.
 
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