Best Folding Chair for Big Guys – 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.
If you have been looking for a camping chair, then you know that there are thousands out there. It can be hard to sift through the multitude of options and settle on the very best heavy-duty camping chair.
1.ALPS Mountaineering King Kong
It’s called the King Kong chair for a reason, and you will feel like a king sitting in it, even if you are only the king of the gorillas. The chair is built to last, with a reinforced frame, durable material, and lots of comfort.
There are four colors to choose from, so you can color-coordinate with your other camping gear if you wish, blend in with nature, or stand out and make a statement. The steel frame is powder-coated, and the 600D polyester fabric is as sturdy as they come. Lots of stability and comfort.
The armrests have a lot of flexibility, cradling your arms and supporting them, and they each come with a cup holder and side pocket. Both armrests are adjustable too.
The ALPS Mountaineering King Kong is rated for up to 800 pounds, and folds down for easy and convenient transport and storage. The durable chair comes with a shoulder carry bag for you to get it to and from your perfect relaxing spot.
Weighing in at only 13 pounds, this is an easy-to-transport chair that will hold a lot of weight.
- Powder-coated steel frame provides strength and stability with a compact foldable design
- Adjustable armrests with cup holder and side pocket for maximum storage
- Shoulder carry bag included provides you with an easy transport and storage experience
- Our King Kong Chair is on our best sellers list; give it a try and you'll know why
- Dimensions: 38" W x 20" D x 38" H, Weight: 13 lbs. , Weight Capacity: 800 lbs.
2.Mossy Oak XL
Back to basics with this elegant camping chair. There are three colors to choose from, each representing a shade of nature, and the design brings comfort, stability, and ease-of-use.
Steel tubing has been used for the frame, and that steel is black powder coated for extra durability, and to also give a clean finish. The 600D polyester material is rated for up to 400 pounds, and will wick away moisture, drying quickly (something that is important when you are in the great outdoors). The fabric is double-layered in key areas, and there is a foam pad stitched into the back for extra comfort.
The seat is extra-wide, so you will not be pinched when you do sit. It folds and unfolds extremely quickly, perfect for camping, the beach, or your lawn at home. The Mossy Oak Camping Chair only weighs in at 8.5 pounds and comes with a black carry bag that will protect it while in storage and make it easy to take everywhere with you.
There is a built-in 4-can insulated cooler in the arm, zippered for easy access. On the opposite arm, there is a solid fabric cup holder, large enough for almost all drinks, and featuring a metal eyelet draining hole. A great chair to relax in comfort.
- Sturdy powder-coated steel frame and 600D polyester fabric provides stability and comfort
- Each adjustable armrest comes with a cup holder and side pocket for maximum storage
- Includes convenient shoulder carry bag, allowing you to transport and store chair with ease
- The ALPS Mountaineering King Kong is on our best sellers list; you'll know why as soon as you take a seat
- Dimensions: 38" W x 20" D x 38" H, Weight: 13 lbs. ; Weight Capacity: 800 lbs.
3.Kijaro XXL Dual
You will love the look of this chair, with elegant style, and sleek lines, giving it a functional look that is tough and durable. Before we get into the real details of the chair, know that it is one of the most affordable on the market, and comes in a multitude of colors, both bright and muted.
The dual-lock chair brings lots of comfort and sturdiness. The seating has been designed not to sag, bringing you more comfort over time. The durable diamond ripstop fabric is resistant to rips and tears and will allow moisture to be wicked away too. It is perfect for any outdoor event.
The Kijaro XXL will support up to 400 pounds, but remains ultra-light thanks to the solid yet sleek steel tubing. The chair locks open for extra support, and locks closed for easier transport. It folds up nicely for storage and is easy to carry.
You always want a cup holder, and this camping chair comes with two, one mesh holder on each arm. There is also an organizer with zip, extra mesh pockets, and a carry strap and bag. A sleek chair that will go with you anywhere.
- ❤ 【Large Size】 Oversized Camping Folding Chair Size is 25.20" L x 36.61" W x 39.37"H, Weight is 13.2lbs, Large seat area with 600x 300D padded oxford fabric and padded armrest ensure comfort of this chair
- ❤【Maximum Loading Capacity】With hammer tone powder coating prevent corrosion and fading. four heavy duty steel frame were added to the bottom of the chair .sturdy steel frame construction make it can support up to 450 lbs and you're guaranteed a long lasting chair to enjoy outdoors all year
- ❤【Extra Storage Spaces】 Durable mesh cup holder and armrest at the perfect height allows you to relax in comfort.side storage pocket holds cell phone, notebook and maps,side cooler bag will keep you cool on a hot summer day!
- ❤ 【Portable And Easy Storage】Folding camping chair is easy to set up and fold in seconds. It collapses down to just 9.05″ x 38.58″ and Weights only 13.2 lbs that can be stored almost anywhere
- ❤【Supreme Comfort】 Whether you’re in your garden, at the beach, camping or hiking, this quad chair is super comfy. Even use it in the home!
This is a chair that looks comfortable, and you will be delighted to know that it is comfortable too. There is a large seat (you will experience no pinching), soft Oxford fabric, and a lumbar support system that will support your back. Everything comes together to help you relax in style. It is so comfortable that we have even heard stories of people using the chairs in their homes.
The frame is crafted from high-strength steel tubes, and the metal on metal contact points add durability where lesser materials cannot. Add in the durable fabric, and you have a chair that can hold up to 350 pounds. You will be surprised, then, when you lift the chair to find that it is extremely light, only 11.3 pounds, to be exact.
The KingCamp Oversized Camping Chair folds and unfolds easily, helping you to pack up when you need to, and there is a carry bag included for easy transport and safe storage. A durable mesh cup holder in the arm lets you safely stow your open drink, and any spills or condensation can drip away as you relax. There is also an insulated cooler bag (big enough for three cans), and a side/back stash pocket.
The chair is comfortable enough to sit for long periods of time, and you have everything you need to relax at your fingertips.
- ADJUSTABLE LUMBAR SUPPORT: The back of the outdoor camping chair has an alignment strap which can be adjusted as your need. Meet the ergonomically designed to support your lumbar so you can enjoy luxuries comfort
- COOLER BAG & CUP HOLDER Keep your beverages cool in this built-in cooler bag(3 cans of cokes capacity). A convenient cup holder is built in to the left arm. The fabric is made from a durable outdoor-quality 600D oxford polyester
- HEAD & SIDE POCKET: Hanging from the right arm is a convenient storage organizer for all of your gear. It has several pockets to keep things organized and separated. Extra head storage bag for more storage spaces, Stuff with a pillow for neck support
- PADDED DESIGN: The padded seat and back of this chair is designed to offer you more comfort and has a weight capacity of 400 lbs. The steel frame offers more strength and durability. The foam padding is a comfort feature that you can't live without!
- "SIZE: Open: 24"" x 19.6"" x 42.1"" , Folded: 40"" x 7"", Weight: 12 lbs. perfect to be used indoors or outdoor activities such as a picnic, camping, traveling, hiking, patio parties, fishing, and any other outdoor activities. Even use it in the home!"
5.CLIQ Camping Chair
This little chair holds the title of “the most funded folding chair in crowdfunding history”. Do you enjoy camping or barbeques? Days on the beach? Backpacking, or lively music festivals? Or maybe you best enjoy just sitting on your lawn, feeding the pigeons? For absolutely any or all of these activities, this is the perfect portable chair. Not only does it hold 300 lbs, but it weighs a minute 3.5 lbs itself, and folds down to the size of a large drinking bottle. The Cliq Camping Chair sets up in 5 seconds, with the push of a button, essentially, and is tip-proof, with 4 solid rubber feet tips, splayed out to ensure stability in sand, mud, or dirt.
This durable and versatile chair is not only the most compact portable chair on the market, but it is also built to last. With an aircraft-grade aluminum frame, which is rustproof and scratch-resistant, and a double stitched ripstop ballistic nylon seat, which is water and tearproof, this robust little lawn chair will last you a lifetime. Carry bags can be bought separately, allowing you to carry multiple chairs in one hand. So grab one or more of these lightweight and comfortable lawn chairs, and rest your tush in style and comfort, no matter where you want to be.
- Sit back, relax, and put your feet up in the Alps Mountaineering Kickback Chair when you're lounging at the campsite.
- The footrest and adjustable armrests keep you comfortable as you read or listen to the birds while a cup holder keeps you hydrated and refreshed as you relax.
- Its compact, foldable design makes it easy to bring along in its shoulder carry bag so you have no excuse to not relax out in nature.Comfortable reclining chair for relaxing in the great outdoorsDurable materials hold up through many of your camping trips
6.TIMBER RIDGE XXL
When I was shopping for a heavy-duty folding chair, camping was my express purpose. Because of that, this chair didn’t appeal to me much at the time. Times have changed, however. People want heavy-duty folding chairs for a variety of purposes and this one strikes the perfect chord for relaxing in your backyard or toting to your kid’s soccer game.
In fact, once I became fully aware of that truth, I realized that a comfortable high-capacity chair such as this one would be perfect for my breaks at work! I have a heavy-duty office chair at home but, at work, I’m still sitting in the same crappy fake leather chair as everyone else!
So if you, like me, have found a use for a heavy-duty folding camp chair in a place where you’re concerned about its appearance, this director’s-style version is perfect. It has a 600-pound capacity, comfortable seating with no front bar, and ergonomic armrests! And if you have a plus-sized bottom you’ll love the 28″ wide seat!
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).
5 Problems With “Non-Heavy-Duty” Camp Chairs
If you’re here looking for a camping chair for big guys, you’ve already realized that the average (puny) camp chairs that you see everywhere aren’t going to cut it for you. They have issues. But just so everyone is on the same page, let’s talk about the failure points and main problems that heavy guys (and gals) have with camp chairs.
1. They have too low of a weight capacity
This is the most obvious of problems and probably the one that led you to this article. For most big and heavy people, a 250-pound capacity chair just isn’t going to cut it. A 250-pound capacity camp chair might work for a 250-pound guy but, given that a 250-pound guy can generate 400lbs of force when sitting down, the chair probably won’t last long. So we need a camp chair fully capable of supporting a 500lb person, meaning that we’ll need a chair with a capacity of several hundred pounds over that!
2. They have narrow seats
The office I work at just bought a whole bunch of high capacity folding office chairs to keep us big guys happy. The only problem is, they are the same size as a normal folding chair! What is the purpose of them having a 1,000-pound capacity if I can only fit half of my butt on them?? A good camp chair will have ample space for a big and heavy person to sit.
3. They don’t use heavy-duty fabric
Often, it is the fabric (not the frame) that fails on camp chairs. A heavy-duty frame should be coupled with heavy-duty reinforced nylon covering if it’s going to last more than a season.
4. They are hard to get out of
Traditional camp chairs are difficult to get out of for two reasons: they are too low and they set you back too far. Any decent camp chair for heavy fellas will rectify this.
5. They have an uncomfortable leg bar
If you’re a heavy person that sinks into chairs, you’re probably familiar with the ever-present bar that hits you in the back of your leg right above your knee. If a camp chair is made of heavy-duty enough fabric this shouldn’t be a problem (because you won’t sag so far) but some of these chairs have figured out a way to bypass this issue altogether!
When I first started thinking about all the problems with traditional camp chairs I figured it would be a real endeavor to find one that solved every issue. Long story short, it wasn’t. There are some very smart outdoor gear manufacturers who understand the needs of fat people and have taken it upon themselves to make us chairs. So let’s look at my top recommendations and see which one I ultimately picked:
The most crucial factor to consider when buying a camping chair for heavy people is the weight limit. Almost all heavy-duty camp chairs are rated for weight load of about 300-800lbs depending on the frame and seat. Camping chairs for bulky or tall people are specially engineered and designed to sit a person weighing up to 150-200kg. The highest weight-rated chair supports 800lbs.
Select the chair that can comfortably hold a heavy person’s weight without any breakage or damage. Remember that the standard size of the classic fold-up chair is not suitable for an obese, heavy or wide person, it’s always better to go for the size XL if you like a bit more comfort and room in your camping chair. Besides, a low-chair style isn’t the right choice as they are lower to ground and make sitting and getting out of chair difficult for larger people.
The possible issue heavy people may have in terms of comfort with a camping chair is the seat width and height. Padded and an extra-wide seat make for a comfortable sitting. If you are tall, make sure the height of seatback is large enough to support your neck and head contentedly. A seat that’s too high or short puts pressure on knees and can cause discomfort. Moreover, an ergonomic seat design reduces strain on legs so you can sit longer in a chair on soft or hard terrains. A padded seat, backrest, and armrest are better and more comfortable than the flat seat.
A camping chair should extra-tough and sturdy to support heavyweight and withstand all weather conditions. A well-crafted chair frame with durable fabric is what you need. The camping chairs feature steel, aluminium, or iron frame. The metal tubing frame with strong large hinges, attachment points, and bolts is more durable and robust than narrow-gauge aluminium. Champing chairs from popular brands have supportive frames made of UV-resistant and waterproof materials to endure any weather elements. The most common material is powder-coated steel, that is not only weather-resistant but also very strong. Another material is the nylon fabric for seat and back. This may be not as supportive as other folding chairs for heavy people. Mesh fabric is very lightweight and breathable but doesn’t do well in supporting a heavy load. Most of the heavy-duty camp chairs in the market have seats made of ripstop polycotton canvas fabric or 600D polyester.
Best Folding 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.