Originally Posted by Donna D.
In the end, it's NOT about the chair(s) that work best for US, it's your back, your budget and what exactly you NEED to have an outdoor comfortable chair...
: ) What Donna said.
And for Cari and I, since room in the van is at a premium we went with small comfortable chairs from a company called Alite out of San Francisco CA.
Even when we had the Parkliner
we still had the Alite chairs inside the van as we would use them everyday out on mini adventures such as an afternoon drive/picknic. When we had the Parkliner
we purchased a couple of the Strongback chairs and for us they were ok, but not near the comfort and portability of the Alites. We included the two SB chairs in the closet of the Parkliner
when it headed out the driveway with the new owners.
We have four Alite chairs.
One Monarch for me, and if I could only have one chair for the rest of my life it would be this one! This style has a two pad on ground design, You use your two feet as the other two "pads". This allows all sorts of comfy positions.
I take it in my day pack and sit and go zen on the views every trip out.
One Mantis for Cari, a four-pad stable design. She uses it down by the river but prefers the regular height of the "Bison" seen in the camp shot with van in this post.
And then we have two Alite "Bison" chairs as mentioned. We prefer these when eating as they are regular height camp/patio chairs yet still fold up to a bundle that is about 4" x 12" in a stuff sack.
Overall, IF the Alite designs fit your body and budget they are great products backed by a company that has the best customer service I've encountered. We had one of the aluminum tubes break on Cari's Mantis while she accidentally got out of the chair wrong on a slope/hillside. I called Alite and explained the event in detail. After a "Is she ok?" comment from the phone-rep, he stated they would sent out the replacement at no cost ASAP. It arrived that week! And the chair was over three years old! THAT is great customer service.
You can find Alite chairs at any good outdoor store or online, even amazon.