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Camp Furniture Buyer’s Guide

September 15, 2006
Filed under Camp Furniture, Camping Gear

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TRAVEL CHAIR LOUNGE LIZARDI’ve parked my buns on a variety of “camp furniture” throughout the years: stumps, logs, rocks, my pack, the front bumper of my ’74 Super Beetle, upside down buckets, and even firewood (until it was needed). If you are looking to upgrade your camp furniture from a stump, decide what best fits your family and your budget. Here are some camp furniture ideas to get you off the ground this season. We are highlighting just a few of our favorites; the companies included offer a wide variety of products, but you should visit their websites to see the full spectrum of camp furniture available today.

Blue Ridge Chair Works

All of the Blue Ridge Chair Works furniture is constructed with solid ash hardwood, all stainless steel hardware, and heavy polyester slings beautifully finished with exterior Danish oil finish. The Outer Banks Chair ($130) freatures a moderately low (12-inch seat height), four position recline, wide arm rests and built-in cup holders made from heavy nylon mesh that can hold anything you need at your fingertips. Available in navy blue and forest green. Weight: 11 lbs. Capacity: 300 lbs. Blue Ridge Chair: 877/218-1731; blueridgechair.com.

Byer of Maine

One reason many give for not having a good camping experience is an uncomfortable night due to sleeping on the ground, despite having a foam mattress pad. Byer of Maine can help provide that good night’s rest with its Allagash AL Cot ($39.99). The cot cradles you off the ground in a sheet of 600D polyester cloth with double-needle stitched seams. An aluminum frame with spring steel legs offers weight savings and strength. The whole things folds up so it can be easily carried to and from camp. Weight: 7.5 lbs. Capacity: 250 lbs. Byer of Maine: 800/338-0580; byerofmaine.com.

Coleman

The Weekender Hammock by Coleman ($100) features a one-piece frame, which can be opened or closed in one smooth motion. The sling can be attached to the frame by hand — no nuts, bolts or tools needed. The sling itself measures more than 3 feet wide and 61/2 feet long. The bright tangelo-colored polyester fabric is coated for durability and easy care with a spot cleaner if needed. In its folded position, the 45-pound hammock is compact enough to store in the vehicle for camping trips or in the garage during the off-season. The Weekender Hammock comes with its own carry bag. Coleman: 800/835-3278; coleman.com.

Crazy Creek

Crazy Creek’s Leisure Swivel chair ($90) features an adjustable table that raises and swivels around the attached framed chair to rest either in front of or beside the chair. The table can be adjusted to several angles, and has a raised edge that serves as a book rest. The table can support 10 pounds. The chair features a powder-coated aluminum frame, 600D polyester fabric, and can accommodate up to 300 pounds. Fabrics come in royal blue and forest green, or in Blue Hibiscus, Tropical Fish, and Giraffe prints. Prints cost $2 more. Crazy Creek: 800/331-0304; crazycreek.com.

GCI Outdoors

The Wilderness Recliner by GCI Outdoors ($55) features a padded headrest, backrest and seat. The lightweight (6 lbs.) and sturdy aluminum frame has a holding capacity of 300 pounds. It easily adjusts from upright to reclined positions, then folds flat to wear as a backpack, leaving your hands free. Additional features include a back storage pouch with an insulated beverage holder and a phone/eyeglass caddy, water-resistant 600D polyester, and a powder-coat finish. GCI Outdoors: 800/956-SEAT; gcioutdoor.com.

Lafuma

Designed for taller people, the RSX XL lounge chair ($160) has a lace suspended seat, armrests that remain stationary when reclining, a lever-lock system to lock the chair into desired position, ergonomically contoured wood or padded arm rests, and a steel tube frame. Fabrics can be removed for washing or replacement. The headrest is padded, adjustable and removable. All parts are replaceable. Weighing 21 pounds with a weight capacity of 21 pounds, the chair folds compactly for storage or travel. Lafuma: 800/514-4807; lafumausa.com.

Slumberjack

The company’s Aluminum Stowaway Camp Table ($110) features oversized anodized aluminum construction, which makes it sturdy and stable, as well as keeps it from retaining heat. It has a large surface area (46.6×27.6 inches), but carries small (48x7x5 inches) in its included tote bag with shoulder strap. Its weight capacity is 100 pounds. Slumberjack: 800/233-6283; slumberjack.com.

Therm-a-Rest

The Trekker Chair by Therm-a-Rest ($30) is a light and compact sleeve that can slide over your Therm-a-Rest self-inflating camp mattress to create a comfortable backcountry seat in any location. It’s available in 20-inch or 25-inch-wide versions, and is made from a durable, water-resistant material that resists abrasion and tearing. Therm-a-Rest: 800-531-9531; thermarest.com.

Travel Chair

It’s not the sleazy bar-fly type with the really bad piano tunes, but the cute kind that scampers about the campsite after the sun begins to set. The Lounge Lizard ($179.95) from Travel Chair is an extraordinarily suave and comfortable lounge chair for your ultimate campsite. You’ll relax after a long day on the trails in fully padded and durable seating material mounted on a sturdy metal folding frame. When open, the lounge chair is 64 inches long and 21 inches wide. It weighs 21 pounds, and comes in green, black, and salt-and-pepper. Travel Chair: 253/851-7519; travelchair.com.

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