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Steve Hammel 11-25-2012 04:03 AM

Outdoor Furniture
I've noticed a plethora of after Thanksgiving /pre Christmas sales fliers from numerous local and national camper supply/sports/outdoor stores. All of them offering several types of outdoor furniture in as many price ranges. Over the past two seasons I've went through 3 of those inexpensive collapsible chairs that come in a canvas bag from Walt-mart. Although they don't weigh much or take up much space they have left me wanting at inopportune times. I'm now thinking of purchasing some of those aluminum director style chairs (only short) with little tables built in. Is anyone on here using those? How do they hold up? How about storage options? What else are people using that I might want to look at?

Donna D. 11-25-2012 05:47 AM

When camping, there's nothing more important than having a comfortable place to sleep and a great chair for sitting outside!

I've had back surgery and 99% of chairs are very comfortable for the first five minutes. THEN it feels like a hot poker is jammed into my spine. DANG.

I love, love my Lafuma lounger, but for general sitting, I prefer the simple aluminum web chairs of years ago. Remember when you could buy one at the end of camping season for about $10? No more! Because of the price of aluminum, they're mint on eBay and hard to find at retail stores.

I like these types of chairs because they don't absorb moisture if left out on the patio (a papertowel to dry instead of waiting hours for the "canvas" to dry out), are very lightweight for packing from campsite to campsite at gatherings, if my chair gets dirty I can simply hose it off and more importantly.... no steel to rust! I typically put my chair(s) under the rear of the trailer at night and because it's aluminum.. no powder coating to scrap or chip off. These chairs last for years and the webbing is replaceable.

Good luck on your decision!

Ron F 11-25-2012 06:12 AM

I have to agree with Donna. I'd also like to find a good quality aluminum/web lounger. We have the canvas bag chairs w/foot rests and a pair of aluminum chairs with the side table. The bag chairs are comfy, but as Donna says, canvas collects dew overnight and takes forever to dry. The pair of aluminum chairs w/table are ok for 5 minutes, but soon become unbearable and the table is set too far back to be useful. A nice aluminum/web chair with a separate table would be more useful and comfortable. Just my opinion.

Steve Hammel 11-25-2012 06:35 AM

You're right, I totally forgot about the good old fashioned aluminum web chairs. It seems we get into all the latest "fashionable" camping gear we forget about all the stuff that has worked great for years.

mary and bob 11-25-2012 06:47 AM

We have two of the Coleman chairs with the side tables and like them. We keep them in our screen room at night. We also have a few of the old aluminum web chairs, one of them a rocker, and a couple chaise loungers. Some of them need new webbing. A good winter project if we hadn't decided to go south and sit on the beach all winter!!

honda03842 11-25-2012 07:10 AM

The key in chairs is aluminum, light and rust proof. We carry two web chairs and two tabled captain's chairs. Webs from Lawn Chair USA and webs on sale from CW, about $29 each.

All four chairs ride on a shelf in the back of the CRV. The shelf is situated above the rear deck where four plastic bins sit, golf clubs, tennis racket, compressor and bottle jack.

Steve Hammel 11-25-2012 07:36 AM

Norm you carry your golf clubs? I did that once and decided to buy another set and leave one in Spokane and another set at Ocean Shores. I mostly play a beautiful little public course in Spokane for $12. Don't even bother to try and play in Vegas it's in the $100's, ridicules!!!!!!!

honda03842 11-25-2012 08:03 AM


First time for golf clubs in 5 years. We plan to sped a couple of months in one place and a bunch of friends play. It'll be interesting to see if I can still hit the ball.

I like the tennis better. People gather at a local tennis court every morning and play round robin doubles

Lastly I carry a pickle ball racket, my favorite, more popular in the west.

Bobbie Mayer 11-25-2012 10:22 AM

I have the tabled chairs, and love them, way better for your back than sling chairs and the table is very useful. They store smaller than the old lawn chairs with the webbing and as I've had mine for six years, I'd say they last well.

Reid Larsen 11-25-2012 11:44 AM

another vote for the "director" style chairs w/ the side table. Pretty durable (ours are several years old and have camped alot) and are easier to get my older bones in and out of than some of the sling chairs which tend to cut off circulation on my legs if I sit in one too long. The side tables are handy to hold a plate, drink , or book. Ours also have carry handles which makes them handy to carry about when closed. Do wish they were more compact when closed. Just my humble opinion.

Francesca Knowles 11-25-2012 12:58 PM

I'm a webbed-aluminum chair present chairs are the low, beach-type. I like them because
a) I'm a foot-putter-upper, and when one's already low, that problem's solved!
b)They take up less room than full-sized chairs.
c)They keep me in "getting up from low places" shape, which I hope to stay in for the rest of my life.

That having been said:

My husband prefers the director-type chair, the ordinary version of which takes up a lot of this year for his birthday I bought him one of these "Pico" chairs (below). It's pretty expensive, but he says it's very comfortable. (He's 6' tall, 175 lbs.)

The fabric is a mesh-type through which most rain passes...

The Pico is super easy to set up, is really lightweight, and takes up less room than any other outside furniture we carry. It actually fits through the luggage doors I installed in the four corners of my Trillium :)


GCI Outdoor's PICO Chair - YouTube

Frederick L. Simson 11-25-2012 02:01 PM


Originally Posted by Francesca Knowles (Post 347091)
I'm a webbed-aluminum chair present chairs are the low, beach-type.

We have 2 of those, plus a 3rd in yellow canvas. Robert had them from before we met and we've been together for over 24 years... OMG I've got to remember the anniversary coming up!

theresa p 11-25-2012 04:13 PM

we have used our coleman maxx sling-style chairs for over 5 years. they are super-comfy, extremely durable and strong. these chairs have a strap attached, making carrying a snap. (we don't use the carry bags). being "maxx" not only means they support heavier folk, but they also are sturdier.
we've tried our friends' director-style chairs but found them way too rigid
for our liking. plus, for me, the back of coleman maxx is a little bit higher than those on a director chair and i find this supports my head/neck better.

Gilda 11-25-2012 09:33 PM

In addition to the folding director's chairs we carry 3-legged folding stools to use as footstools or extra seating. I also like to carry mine for seating for on-the-trail sketching. Allen Company Three Legged Folding Stool: Sports & Outdoors

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