Camping chairs range in many different styles, sizes, shapes, and designs. Today, we want to place a special focus on heavy-duty camping chairs. Not all camping chairs are designed to handle a lot of weight and a lot of stress, but some of them are.
Naturally, though, understand that when you buy a camping chair that’s known for its heavy-duty nature, the price is probably going to be a little higher. That’s just the way it goes and while it’s not as if cheaper chairs (in price) can’t be designed to last, the cheaper ones tend to be just that…cheaper.
So, for those looking for a camping chair that can handle a little abuse and/or weight, you’ve come to the right place today. Let’s take a look at five of the utter best, shall we?
1. Alpha Camp Oversized Camping Chair
One of the most popular choices, by far, when it comes to heavy-duty camping chairs, the Alpha Camp Camping Chair is built to last. The 600 x 300D padded Oxford fabric provides both a comfortable seat and also a durable build. The hammer tone powder-coated steel frame also helps to support up to 450 pounds.
It’s not just the build quality, however, as this chair also has a number of really handy features. From the padded armrests to the mesh cup holder to the storage pocket on the side, the features here are just fantastic.
As for the portability, this clocks in at over 13 pounds. So, it’s a bit of a beast, but that is to be expected with heavy-duty camping chairs. It does collapse down and even comes with a carrying bag. However, said carrying bag should’ve been a bit larger to make things easier.
Lastly, the comfort of this chair is good overall. The seat is a bit narrower than you’d probably expect, but this won’t be an issue for most users. It’s a camping chair, after all, so you’re probably not going to want to sit in it for hours on end.
- Heavy-duty and sturdy
- The high back is nice
- Comes with handy features
- Narrower than you’d expect
- Could be a little more comfortable
- The carrying bag needs to be bigger
2. Coastrail Outdoor Director Chair
Calling this thing a beast is kind of an understatement, honestly. It weighs over 16 pounds, and it actually takes a good deal of force just to open and close it. That just speaks to its sturdiness and overall build quality…which are both terrific.
The frame has been designed out of steel and for enhanced protection against the elements, the steel has been powder-coated. Adding to this is the high tensile strength of the polyester (600D). Believe it or not, this actually has a weight capacity of 600 pounds. Yeah, it’s a beast.
Outside of the build, there’s a really handy side table that also sports a cup holder designed onto this camping chair. The table can be folded down when you don’t want to use it, and that’s a really nice addition. There’s even a side pocket storage organizer on the other side that can hold your gear.
Lastly, the comfort is also pretty darn good thanks to the foam padding and ample space. However, after too long, the bars of the chair can start to dig into your thighs. Adding a cushion for longer uses can help to alleviate that issue.
- As sturdy as can be
- Folds quite flat for being so big
- Comes with carrying handles
- Can take some force to open and close
- Very heavy
- Can be uncomfortable for longer stints
3. Coleman Camping Chair
Right off of the bat, what you’ll notice about this chair is the rather affordable price tag. Being one of the best heavy-duty camping chairs and also one of the most affordable makes this even more appealing of an option than it already was when not even looking at the price tag.
Probably the standout feature (or at least the one that you’ll probably notice right away) is the built-in four-can cooler. Some may think it’s a bit unnecessary but if you don’t have a cooler handy, this can be really, really convenient. Other features include adjustable arm heights, side pockets, and also a mesh cup holder.
While this can’t handle what some of the best heavy-duty camping chairs can handle, it can still hold up to 325 pounds thanks to the strong steel frame and cushioned seat and back. Speaking of cushioning, this chair is quite comfortable overall thanks to that and also the lack of any edges digging into your legs.
If we had any issues with this chair, it would be the carrying bag (as it’s a hassle to get the chair inside) and the fact that the armrests are a bit limited. Other than that, this one’s really a no-brainer.
- Quite spacious and comfortable
- The built-in cooler is nice
- An incredible price
- Packing it in the carrying bag is a hassle
- Can be difficult to get out of
- Not the best armrests
4. ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair
Just a side note, at the time of this writing, this sucker’s over 60 percent off on Amazon! Not sure if this will be the same deal while you’re reading this, but this is somewhat of an expensive chair so getting it at over 60 percent off is utterly incredible.
Regardless, this is one of the best heavy-duty camping chairs for many reasons. Outside of the steel frame that has been powder-coated for protection and the 600D polyester fabric for both comfort and stability, there’s also a side pocket and a cup holder on each armrest (both are adjustable, as well).
Now, being a King Kong chair, it’s sort of designed for bigger (and taller) people. We point that out because your legs may or may not touch the ground, and this can be problematic depending on your height and preferences.
A nice added bonus, though, is that this comes in a wide variety of stylish color options. Oh, additionally, the carrying bag you get can be used as a shoulder bag, which is pretty awesome.
- Very durable and well-made
- Well-padded overall
- Comes with a large carrying bag
- Not comfortable for shorter people
- Weighs a lot to carry around
- Expensive when not on sale
5. Kijaro Camping and Sports Chair
We admit that this chair is probably borderline heavy-duty, but it’s well-made overall. It’s just that the style of the chair makes it so darn comfortable from the breathable mesh back to the diamond ripstop polyester fabric. You don’t have to worry about sagging in this chair that’s for sure.
As with some of the other best camping chairs out there, this comes with all the bells and whistles. From the two cup holders to the organizer with zippered and mesh pockets to the carrying strap that’s attached to the chair, the designers thought of a lot of details.
However, admittedly, some of the components of this chair could’ve been built beefier. A good example is the thin piece of L-shaped metal that connects the metal poles to the legs. Yes, overall, this is a sturdy and well-made chair. It just could be better in this area.
For those who like to look stylish in their camping chair too, the variety of great color options will more than likely be very much appreciated. Finally, a carrying bag does come with the chair.
- Many color options are available
- Very comfortable
- Designed with many features
- Might be too high for shorter people
- The hardware could be better
- Not the beefiest option
Frequently asked questions
Are camping chairs good for the beach?
In general, camping chairs can be great on the beach as they can give you a place to sit if you don’t want to lay on a towel in the sand. Here’s where the problem comes with heavy-duty camping chairs on the beach…their weight.
If a camping chair is built to be heavy-duty, it’s naturally going to weigh a lot more than a camping chair that’s designed to be lightweight in nature. Carrying a big chair to and from the beach may be too much. Some can get up to 16 pounds (and possibly more) and then when you factor in everything else, you’ll have to carry, you may wind up leaving the chair at the campsite.
Can camping chairs get wet?
The short answer to this question is yes, camping chairs can get wet. After all, most are made with fabrics that will regularly go into washing machines. Now, that doesn’t mean you should place your camping chair in a washer. That’s a really bad idea.
What it does mean is the fabric can get wet. And what’s really nice about some heavy-duty camping chairs is they will be designed with steel frames that have powder coatings. A powder coating will help protect the steel from inclement weather. But, if it’s downpouring outside, you might as well bring your camping chair under an awning or something to play it safe.
How do you clean camping chairs?
As you just learned, camping chairs can get wet. That sort of leads to the next question. How do you go about cleaning them? If you’re going for more of a deep cleaning, here’s a brief guide breaking down one of the best ways to do so.
1. Before you begin, brush away any dirt or dust with a brush.
2. With a spray bottle filled with 2/3 white vinegar and 1/3 warm water, spray the entire chair from top to bottom.
3. With either a soft sponge or cloth, begin scrubbing the mixture you just sprayed into the chair.
4. Now with the fabric done, use some mild dish soap and some warm water to scrub down the legs of the chair.
5. Ensure everything is thoroughly rinsed off with water.
6. Allow the chair to air dry.
How do you store camping chairs in a garage?
The garage is one of the best places to store your heavy-duty camping chairs. Even a storage shed of some kind will do just fine. But if you’re going to store your chair or chairs in your garage or shed, how do you go about doing it?
Quite frankly, there are many different ways of doing so, and here are just a few:
- Hang them on the wall
- Use large bins or totes to store them
- Leave them in their carrying bags and stow them in a corner
- Store them on shelves
It really comes down to how much room you have in your garage, as you can get as creative as you please.