Backpacking chairs are a pretty incredible piece of hiking kit. They fold up incredibly small yet can accommodate any size of butt (almost). They are very lightweight, you won’t even feel the difference in your pack . . . and, they don’t have any legs.
I can’t make out whether the lady in the photo has got a back packing chair with her, but what a great place to sit and admire the view . .
‘Why Not Take a Seat When You Take a Hike’
Features of best backpacking chairs
These chairs need to be manufactured from good strong fabric, ripstop is best. I’ve already mentioned that they’re legless (that’s before you’ve had any wine) so the seat of the chair needs to be extra strong and rip resistant . . . it’s the only thing between your butt and the ground.
Backpacking chairs need to be sturdy yet lightweight, but they also need to be able to give you firm support (when you’re sitting in them).
These special purpose chairs (the really good ones) can adjust the angle of the back to the seat, in case you want to recline a little . . . make sure you don’t tip over backwards though . . . you could end up rolling around like a weeble (“weebles wobble but they don’t fall down” . . . do you remember those from your toddler days).
Hiking chairs should have good strong webbing loops so that you can fasten them to your back pack and transport your camp-fire chair easily.
Backpacking Chairs- Tips on How to Sit on
Back packing chairs offer a welcome place to sit in comfort at the end of a long days hiking . . . just imagine, sitting by the camp fire (if you’re allowed to have a camp fire, but a camp fire is a lovely place to sit, chat and drink coffee), anyway, because these backpacking chairs are legless (I know I keep saying it, but it’s important), and younger more flexible hikers and back packers won’t find that any type of problem at all, I’ve written a few instructions on how to safely negotiate your butt into the back packing chair.
More importantly and much more difficult . . . get your ass out of there again. There are several techniques which I have witnessed on countless backpacking expeditions.
Escaping from the Clutches of Your Backpacking Chair
Ask a mate to help you, or two mates, one on each arm and . . . . pull! If the chair comes with your ass then maybe you could save a little space in your back pack by taking less food with you! Walk more and eat less lard ass . . .
NB – These are not manufacturers instructions or guidelines, it’s nothing official . . . but it just might help you if your legs have seized up from your first day on the hiking trail.