Best Camp Chair for Big Guys – Who does not like camping? Is there anything better than pitching a tent in nature, cooking your supper over an open fire, and falling asleep under the stars? There is something about being out in nature which makes life worthwhile. Sometimes, you just need to get out there and get away from the lights and noise.
Now, being out in nature is about leaving the comforts of home behind, but if you are anything like we are, you appreciate a good spot to sit. Sitting on the ground is fine, but there is nothing better than pulling up a camping chair to the fire to warm yourself and find outdoor comfort.
For big and rugged guys, finding the perfect camping chair is not always easy. You need a durable and a heavy-duty chair which is strong and long-lasting, and that is exactly what we have found. The chairs on our list are as tough as you are.
I guess they didn’t foresee the situation where my Walmart “Camp Chair For Big Guys” had two of the legs bend right in half and the seat tear, dumping me on the ground. While that day was a little bit painful and a whole heap embarrassing, I figure it could have been worse.
I could have slid sideways into the fire, I could have had the sharp end of the broken chair frame stab through my leg, or I could have just been chairless for the rest of the week-long trip. Luckily, none of those things happened.
My wife’s grandpa (of all people) happened to have brought several extra chairs so I chose the sturdiest of the bunch and spent most of the rest day on my phone, looking for a big man camping chair that would be waiting for me when I got home. Sharing my search for the best camp chair for big guys seemed to be the natural evolution and so I decided to write this article. Let’s get into it!
If you are looking for a larger and even more comfortable option, this chair from Alpha Camp is well worth checking out. It is one of the chairs in this review without that evil leg-hurting front bar and everyone that tries it loves it. The main gripe that most people have about this chair is that it’s so big! Remember, if you’re a big guy, don’t expect to carry your chair a couple of miles. It’s meant for relaxing!
This chair has a slightly lower capacity (a mere 450 pounds) but is known to be very sturdy and stable. And it goes without mentioning that it’s super wide! In fact, it’s the widest camp-style chair I was able to find when I was doing research for this article!
All things considered, this was my second choice for a heavy-duty camp chair and it only lost because of its lower weight limit. With that being said, it is probably the most popular chair in this review and has thousands of happy users. If you’re within the weight limit then this might be your winner!
Pros & Cons
- 【Focus on Details】Extra straps on the bottom enhance the tear strength of the fabric and improves the overall weight capacity of 350 LBS. Leg tube with diameter 0.9'', guarantee safety and quality.
- 【Easy to Carry】Weights 13.9 LBS. Folding size: 35.43" x 25.98" x 38.19". It comes with a carry bag for carriage and storage. This chair is good for the lawn, camping, sporting events, outdoor and indoor activities.
- 【High-Grade Material】With hammer tone powder coating prevent corrosion and fading. Use a durable heavy-duty steel stable frame, more stable construction.
- 【Extra Storage Spaces】Side pocket allows you to store your drinking cup and other personal items
- 【1 Year Guarantee】We try to make our moon chair as good as we can. If there is any part missing or damaged, free replacement or refund promised if there is any quality issue.
2.Coleman Camp Chair
I haven’t actually sat in this chair but, if you’re thinking about avoiding a big man camp chair simply because of cost, this might be exactly what you need!
Coleman is a brand that is well known to anyone who has ever gone camping and their experience shows with this chair. Every review I’ve read is simply glowing that they can provide such a strong chair at such a great price. It has a 500-pound capacity, an extremely roomy 24″ wide seat, and no bar at the front that will hurt your legs.
If you need a bunch of seats for group camping or simply want to save some money, this is the seat you need!
Pros & Cons
- Built-in cooler: Keeps up to 4 cans cold and easily accessible
- Hours of comfort: Thanks to fully cushioned seat and back
- Convenient features: Side pockets, mesh cup holder, adjustable arm heights
- Dimensions: 24 inches wide; 18.1 inches high
- Built to last: Strong steel frame supports up to 325 pounds
- Carry bag: Included
- Built in arm rest cooler holds up to four cans
- Mesh cup holder keeps a fifth drink at hand
- Storage pocket to keep magazines and personal items
- Adjustable arm rest heights
- Durable construction, heavy duty steel frame supports up to 300 lbs.
- Compact, folds up to fit inside most car trunks
- Carry bag for easy transport and storage
- 1 year limited warranty
Nemo has been on a roll lately in the camping chair market, and their Moonlight joins the Stargaze above as an exceptionally well-built and comfortable option. Notably, the Moonlight lacks the swinging functionality of the Stargaze, but the multiposition reclining system is very well-executed and allows you to sit forward or lean back with a simple tug at each side. Durability is another hallmark: The Moonlight’s sturdy aluminum frame and seamless mesh seat give the chair a high-quality, confidence-inspiring look and feel while keeping weight in check. And we found the 10.5-inch height to be just about perfect for enjoyably sitting around the campfire, although the deeper seat does make it a little harder to get out of.
Overall, we love the simplified design of the Moonlight and think it’s a great match for comfort-focused campers that aren’t willing to spend $200+ on the decidedly luxe Stargaze above. However, in addition to foregoing that chair’s swinging ability, the Moonlite also compromises on plushness with no padding and very little upper back support. For $100 less, the top-ranked REI Camp X above has a noticeably taller back and includes features like an integrated cup holder and pocket for valuables. To be clear, we think the Moonlight’s robust construction and well-designed reclining function outweigh the downsides, but the barebones feature set and higher price tag will be deal-breakers for some.
Pros & Cons
- Chair swings smoothly and gently, with a relaxing motion that is designed for comfort.
- A supportive headrest and deep reclining action allow you a full view of the night sky.
- A new geometry equates to a lower center of gravity for extended fit range. And unlike rocking chairs, you can swing on any surface, even rocky, sandy, or uneven ground.
- Use the auto-reclining feature to find the perfect sitting angle simply by leaning back and shifting your body weight.
- The aircraft grade aluminum suspension frame is sturdier than most camp chairs, yet still packs down quickly and compactly.
4.Helinox Chair Zero
In stark contrast to Helinox’s minimalist Chair Zero above, their Sunset Chair puts a premium on comfort and support with a high back and wide, cradle-like seat. Overall, it’s a high-quality and supremely comfortable camp chair that’s built to last with a hardwearing aluminum frame and thick polyester/mesh seat, and the shock-corded design makes set up quick and allows the chair to pack down reasonably small. At 3 pounds 4.8 ounces, it’s too heavy and bulky to bring on overnight backpacking trips, but this Sunset is well-made, easy to unpack and stow away, and offers great upper back and neck support for those that want it.
The biggest drawback to the Helinox Sunset’s design is that it doesn’t come with features like cup holder or pockets, which makes stowing beverages and electronics inconvenient. Helinox does sell a few fun add-ons including a groundsheet, sunshade, and cup holders, but the chair alone is already a pricey investment at $170. This is enough to push the Helinox down in our rankings, but it’s nevertheless a quality option that nicely balances comfort and weight, and many campers love the sling-style seat that makes it easy to sink into. For a similarly built option with a slightly taller (20 in.) ground-to-seat height and lower weight, check out Big Agnes’ Big Six.
Pros & Cons
- Ultralight, compact camping and backpacking chair weighs just 1.2 pounds and packs smaller than a bottle of water (measures 4 x 4 x 13.5 inches packed)
- Lightweight, folding chair frame is constructed from advanced DAC aluminum alloy to provide maximum strength at a minimum weight; holds up to 265 pounds
- Seat and carry sack are constructed from durable, lightweight ripstop polyester that resists harsh weather and UV rays; material is machine washable
- Setup is fast with a single internal bungee cord that assembles poles; assembled chair measures 20.5W x 19D x 25H inches, seat height is 8.5 inches
- Ideal for outdoor activities like camping, backpacking, hiking and biking where weight is critical; manufacturer's five-year warranty
Other camp chair models on this list are made for one person, but why stop there? Kelty’s Low Loveseat is a totally viable option for camping and even can double down as cheap outdoor furniture for your patio. Importantly, it’s a comfy option with a wide (double wide, to be exact) and supportive seat that’s slightly reclined, nice detailing like adjustable armrests and insulated drink holders, and a durable build made of steel and robust, 600-denier polyester. Keep in mind that the seat is rather low at just 13.5 inches off the ground (many camp chairs are closer to 18 in.), but the upside is that the Low Loveseat is stable and still pretty easy to get in and out of.
All that said, there are some notable downsides to choosing a double-wide model. The Kelty Low Loveseat is rather heavy at over 15 pounds, and even though it rolls down nicely and includes multiple grab handles, the chair is bulky for hauling. The other big issue is cost: You can find two similarly comfortable chairs and save some cash in the process. And some won’t love the low-slung design of the Kelty, although they do offer it in a standard version with a taller 19-inch seat height (tradeoffs include a heavier weight and noticeably larger packed size). But if you want a double chair and don’t mind the inherent compromises, the Low Loveseat is well-made and fun. And for another popular option in this category with a higher weight capacity, check out Mountain Summit Gear’s Loveseat.
Pros & Cons
- Camping friendly cuddle couch: low base 13.5 inches off the ground; relaxed, slightly reclining design with room for two (plus the family dog). 42 inches of seating space on Cushioned, insulated, nearly indestructible 600D weight polyester fabric.
- The beach chair standard: you don’t have to be at the beach to enjoy, but if you are, the low loveseat is the perfect way to chill in the surf without getting wet. Sturdy and durable steel frame makes this chair an outdoor chilling staple.
- Insulated beverage holders: Each adjustable armrest includes an insulated beverage holder, with enough space left over for munchies, Marshmallows, or the drink on deck.
- Made to last: quality materials and thoughtful Kelty craftsmanship will keep your buns and back warm on cool nights for years to come. Steel framed construction, puppy-proof fabric, and a weight capacity of 500 lbs.
- Padded roll tote storage: no need to labor over lugging this thing around, the low loveseat folds neatly into the included roll tote and can be tossed over the shoulder for simple Transport at 15 lbs Total weight.
The popular Coleman Oversized Quad checks all the boxes we look for in a camp chair. Its padded seat and backpanel are comfortable, it’s spacious enough to accommodate most campers, and it’s simple to fold up and carry. If you’ve been tempted by those ultra-cheap, $15-$20 camp chair models beckoning on the internet, trust us: The additional cash is worth it. The Coleman’s steel frame and burly fabric will outlast its flimsier competition by years, and it’s hard to argue with a built-in cooler in the armrest.
What complaints do we have about the Coleman Oversized Quad? At this price, it doesn’t feel quite as comfortable or confidence-inspiring as the Alps King Kong above, and the materials are good but not great (the frame will start to rust if you don’t take good care of it, for example). And for only around $15 more, the Kijaro Dual Lock below weighs a little less and boasts a higher-quality construction, although you forgo the built-in cooler. All told, we think the Coleman outperforms its price tag and offers more than enough camp chair for most people and uses.
Pros & Cons
- Camping chair combines a cOuncey design with a convenient built in cooler. Roomy 24 inches seat
- Built in 4 can cooler pouch keeps cold drinks within reach
- Fully cushioned seat and back provide support and comfort
- Mesh cup holder and side pocket for quick access to personal items
- Collapsible, folding design is easy to store and transport
- Roomy 24 inches seat. Comfortable 18.1 in sitting height
- Supports up to 325 lbs
What To Know Before Buying a Heavy-Duty Camping Chair
Type Of Chair
There are many different camping chairs out there, so it is good to know what you are getting into before purchasing one. The differences between the chairs can determine the weight they can carry and the features which can be included. Let’s take a closer look.
Traditional camping chairs are the most common and are the chair which you will see around most campfires and in most campgrounds. They have a sturdy build and are raised from the ground (usually at a similar height to regular chairs). They are comfortable, flexible, and can be folded for easy storage.
Portable camping chairs are similar to traditional chairs but more commonly sit closer to the ground. They are perfect for hunting and fishing, and anything else where you have to keep a low-profile. Being low to the ground, these chairs are sometimes hard to get out of, especially if you are a bigger guy.
Hybrid camping chairs are still collapsible camping chairs, but they often feature a lot of luxury features which make the chair more comfortable. This can make them bulkier and more expensive, so you will have to weigh up cost versus functionality.
Director’s Chairs look like the chairs that directors use on movie sets. They have a full seat, good sturdy back, and solid arms. The arms are usually rigid yet padded, so they can be comfortable, but offer more durability over time than comfort. The back keeps you in an upright position, protecting your back and posture, and the chair will fold flat for transport.
Construction And Materials
Regular camping chairs are strong and tough, but we are looking for extra-strong and extra-tough. We need chairs which are going to hold up under extreme conditions. You want the best chair out there. This often means a frame which is well put together and crafted from iron, steel, or aluminum.
For the best mix of weight and strength, we recommend powder-coated aluminum. This material is strong and light while being perfect for a folding chair.
Then we come to the part you sit in. You want to combine a strong frame with a supportive and comfortable seat material. Heavy-duty materials like polyester and nylon will cradle you while holding up to the elements too. You want a material which is waterproof and UV-resistant. Mesh fabrics will give breathability. Look for the stitching on the material; this is where the weak points are. Double-stitching is preferred. If you want more comfort than just the fabric, then you can look for extra padding too.
Comfort And Capacity
Most chairs are rated for capacity. Heavy-duty camping chairs are usually rated for 300 to 800 pounds. This capacity is usually below what the chair can actually hold, but we still do not recommend toeing the line. Choose a chair which can comfortably hold all of your weight to prevent the frame from becoming damaged over time. The more the chair can hold, the better it will be in the long run.
Choose a chair based on comfort, too. The chair should have the basic function of holding you, but that does not mean that it should not be as comfortable as possible. Back support is essential. You can also look for a chair which has a footrest so that you can put your feet up by the fire.
When you are relaxing, you want somewhere to store your belongings, such as phone, wallet, and keys. Look for a chair with pockets to store all of these items. A table is also handy and can be used to lay a book to read, a notepad to write, and snacks to eat. A cup holder is never an unwelcome addition for those hot or cold drinks by the fire.
Seat Height And Width
How often have you thought about the height of a seat?
Probably not very often. In fact, when we are buying chairs, we don’t often think about it, choosing by accessories and comfort instead, but seat height and width are all about your comfort. If you have ever sat in a chair for a long time, your comfort can suffer, especially if it is the wrong height or width.
If the seat is too high, your legs can hang down, and the backs of your thighs can press into the material. It can quickly become uncomfortable. This adds pressure to the backs of your knees and can cause damage over time.
A chair with a seat that is too low can also be uncomfortable. You may need to extend your legs instead of allowing them to sit in a natural position. This is especially true for larger people.
The width also adds to your comfort. Even an inch too narrow can cause the seat to pinch at you when you are sitting. If you are in doubt, always go for a chair that is too wide rather than a little too narrow.
If you are going on a long camping trip, then a chair which has a lot of portability is a welcome thing.
Does the chair fold up? How small and compact does it fold up? We find that the best chairs come with a bag which the chair can go into once it is folded. Camping chairs are generally not the smallest items in the world so a case with a handle or shoulder strap can set a chair apart from another.
If you are looking for a heavy-duty camping chair, then nothing says durability more than an extended warranty. If a product is built to last, then it will usually come with a warranty, some insurance that the company believes in their product.
A camping chair should not be something which you spend a whole lot of money on, but you always get what you pay for. The chairs on our list are not the cheapest chairs out there, but they are the most affordable. They are the chairs which will last you for a long time, saving you from repairs and replacements (and, let’s face it, you will likely be replacing a chair instead of repairing it).
This probably won’t come as a huge shock to you, but not all chairs are created equal.
There are cheap, plastic ones at sale at Walmart – but those are not suitable for anyone over 12 years old.
Then come the standard folding chairs, which are fine, but have a limited weight capacity (usually around 200 or 300 lbs.) That might be ok for some, but they are not suitable for heavier people.
And then we have the heavy duty camping chairs. These are larger, sturdier, and a lot more comfortable than the previous options. They are also a bit pricier, but the added support and comfort are well worth the price.
They do offer a lot of bells and whistles, so here are a few ways you can decide on choosing the best one for yourself.
Let’s face it – comfort is probably the most important deciding factor when it comes to purchasing a chair.
This is especially true for camping chairs since you’ll be spending a lot of time in them, and you want them to be as cushy and cozy as possible.
Several factors decide how comfortable a camping chair is. For one, the amount of padding it has – the more the better. Luckily, most of the high-quality heavy camping chairs come with a ton of padding already, so you’re covered there.
Additionally, armrests and back support play a critical role in deciding how you’ll feel after several hours sitting in that chair. Look for chairs that are designed with back and neck support in mind – they usually mention it in their product descriptions quite prominently.
In all honesty, this should probably be the first thing you look at.
After all, it doesn’t matter how comfortable the chair is if it can’t support your weight effortlessly.
Most heavy duty chairs have a minimum of 300 lbs. capacity – that’s for starters. Some overachievers (Like ALPS King Kong chair) boast an impressive 800 lbs. capacity, while most other chairs are somewhere in the middle.
If you’re in doubt, always choose a chair with a higher weight capacity since it can support you AND anything else you decide to have with you while sitting down.
Normal camping chairs are made out of cheap materials and you’ll be lucky if they last one summer.
Heavy duty chairs, on the other hand, are built to last for ages.
With a reinforced frame and durable fabric, most of these chairs can easily hold people weighing 300+ pounds without even creaking once.
Now, this sturdy design does come with a cost, which is the added weight. This leads perfectly into the next section.
As I said above, one downside of these types of chairs is that they are fairly heavy. After all, they have to be to support heavier individuals. When you add in all the other gear you have to carry – tents, camping tables, cooking utensils, and so on, it can add up.
Luckily, most people who are interested in this type of camping are usually car campers so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue – but it’s still worth pointing out.
Looking on the bright side, added weight means these chairs are also larger sizes. That means they can comfortably fit even the heaviest of individuals with ease.
And lastly, we come to any additional features these chairs might offer.
These include (but are not limited to):
- Cup holders
- Storage pockets & pouches
- Mini coolers
- Carry bags
- Adjustable armrests
- And many others
Now, inclusion or absence of these features shouldn’t be a dealbreaker. But, an added perk (like a cooler) can be the cherry on top that turns a good chair into a great chair.
Thoughts of camping chairs may conjure up images of $10 specials out front a big-box retailer, but let’s reorient ourselves to a slightly higher standard. We expect a proper car camping chair to not only fold up for easy transport, but to be comfortable, supportive, and made to last—even in rough and tumble weather. Below are our top picks for 2022, which run the gamut from budget-friendly models to comfort-first chairs and fun designs that rock and recline. For more information, check out our detailed comparison table and buying advice below the picks.
Whether you’re circling around a campfire in a campground or claiming your spot on the lawn for a concert, you need a reliable comfy seat to plop down in and relax.
We compared the most popular and top-rated chairs on the market and made this list to help you find the perfect one for your needs.
Best Camp Chair for Big Guys – Folding camping chairs currently on the market are typically with a weight capacity of around 300 lb (136 kg) or so. This may be good enough for most of the users but clearly, this cannot be strong enough for some heavy and large people. This is why I have decided to present this list with extra strong chairs with the capacity range mentioned above. They are strong because of their frames that are usually built from powder-coated steel, and because of their high-denier value fabric.
So why the upper limit of 1000 lb? This is simply because this is the upper limit available. I have not seen any chair on the market with a bigger capacity. Anyway, who would need it?
How about the lover 400 lb limit? Well, there is no particular reason except that I wanted to show a very exclusive group so this is well above the typical capacity mentioned above. If you need something with a lower capacity, please check my list with folding camping chairs.