2012 Camp Furniture
April 3, 2012
Filed under Camp Furniture
Camp furnishings are trending toward more comfort, as witnessed by an increased use of padded back and head rests in camp chairs. Mesh panels that enhance air circulation and provide a cooler sitting or resting platforms are also included in many of this year’s chairs. Fabrics are more colorful, too. Several companies have introduced cots, chairs and hammocks with bright, attractive patterns that depart from traditional blacks, maroons, blues and greens. Portability is the word in camp tables, with many models now folding or collapsing to surprisingly portable packages. No matter the product, there seems to be no end to the ingenuity of the folks who engineer camp furniture.
Looking for just the basics on a budget? The Coleman Multiple Use Stool offers a backrest and a 225-pound capacity, yet it weighs just 3 pounds and folds for easy carrying and storage. The seat and backrest are made of heavy-duty, polyester fabric, providing years of trouble-free use, and the aluminum frame won’t rust. $19.99, 800-835-3278, www.coleman.com.
The L.L.Bean Camp Recliner is a portable camp chair featuring a three-position reclining backrest that lets you customize your seating position for maximum comfort. A beverage holder and storage pocket keep your drink and a magazine handy. The 600D polyester mesh is durable and won’t pool rainwater. The chair boasts a 250 lbs. capacity, but folds down and packs into its own storage bag with a weight of 9 pounds. $69.95, 800-441-5713, www.llbean.com.
The folding stool from Camping Maxx is just right for sitting beside the campfire at night or the side of the river when fishing. It’s lightweight and compact, taking up almost no room in your car, truck, SUV, or the storage compartment of the camper. Supports up to 200 pounds. Available in three colors: green, blue and black. Best of all, the Camping Maxx 4-Legged Folding Stool retails for just $10! 800-600-3500, www.campingmaxx.org.
Strongback Chairs are offered in two models, the Elite (pictured) and Zen, the Elite being the larger, more expensive and plusher of the pair. What they do share in common and hold unique from all other outdoor chairs is the positive-curved lumbar support built into the chair back. The ever-so-comfortable Elite’s all-steel frame holds up to 300 pounds, and the seat is made from 600D polyester fabric for durability, but the folding portable chair weighs just 11 pounds and comes with its own carry bag and tote strap. $79.95. 415-787-3033, www.strongbackchair.com.
The frame of the Eureka! Owego Camping Table is made of powdercoated steel for long lasting durability and sets up quickly by just unfolding the legs. The tabletop is lightweight, space saving tensioned Textilene and 600D polyester fabrics, yet supports 75 pounds. Sized to accommodate four people comfortably, the tabletop features four built-in beverage holders to help prevent spills. A zippered pocket, pouch, and mesh beverage holder at each end of the table provide convenient storage. The top measures 42×27.5 inches with a 27.5-inch height. The Oswego comes with a carry bag and weighs 10 pounds. $79.99, 800-572-8822, www.eurekatent.com.
Coleman’s Pack-Away Outdoor Picnic Set for 4 integrated table and bench set features a lightweight, sturdy aluminum frame and a moisture-resistant tabletop. The tabletop is easy to clean up, but is not recommend for use with stoves or extremely hot items. Table and benches lock together for self-contained, compact storage and transportation. The tabletop measures 35×24 inches, and the entire unit folds to 35x24x3 inches with a carrying weight of 16 pounds. $104.99, 800-835-3278, www.coleman.com.
GSI Outdoors’ Macro Table makes a collapsible, lightweight technical platform perfect for use as a cooking platform. It features flame and heat-resistant anodized aluminum construction and provides a load capacity of 20 pounds. The top measures 24×18 inches with 8.5- or 15-inch dual-height legs. Collapsed into the nylon tote bag, this nifty table measures a mere 25x5x2.5 inches. $45. 800-704-4474, www.gsioutdoors.com.
The New Maine Heritage Cot from Byer is a combination of traditional wooden folding cot aesthetics paired with modern construction techniques and design. The all-wood folding frame is made from 1.25-inch hardwood and the 600D polyester cover offers a durable and comfortable sleeping surface. Sufficiently roomy for large adults, the cot measures 30x84x18 inches with a weight capacity of 375 pounds. Carry weight is 25 pounds. $99.50. 800-338-0580, www.byerofmaine.com.
Steel construction and a 350-pound capacity highlight the Slumberjack Tough Cot, a traditional a folding cot with x-style legs that assembles easily and provides a comfortable resting place for long naps or overnighting at camp. Measuring 32x82x19 inches, the cot is roomy on top with enough height to stash lots of gear underneath. $89.95. 800-233-6283, www.slumberjack.com.
L.L.Bean’s Swedish Folding Cot’s no-sag design provides excellent support so you can sleep better thanks to its cushy 2-inch thick foam mattress. The strong steel frame with baked enamel finish supports up to 250 pounds. The cot measures 76×31.5×15 inches and weighs pounds, and includes a cotton mattress cover. $109. 800-441-5713, www.llbean.com.
The Aruba from Byer of Maine is a hybrid polyester/cotton blend hammock. It is made of EllTex which offers superior protection from both UV and weather damage. The Aruba comes in an assortment of three fun summer-time colors, Cayenne, Juniper, and Vanilla. It also features a handy carrying case for taking your hammock along with you to the beach, the boat or camping. The Aruba measures 47×83 inches with a weight limit of 250 pounds. $54.95. 800-338-0580, www.byerofmaine.com.
The Bass Pro Shops Hammock Chair is designed for comfort with its roomy width and high back. Made of durable polyester construction, this hammock also features metal eyelets and a built-in 39-inch hardwood crossbar for increased strength. The Hammock Chair sports a 44×24-inch seat with a weight capacity of 250 pounds. $39.99. 800-227-7776, www.basspro.com.
The Outdoorsman camp kitchen is designed for campers looking for durability and longevity in their camp kitchen. The Outdoorsman camp kitchen can be adjusted to a specific height (30, 33 or 36 inches) and can be used free standing to save table space, or if space isn’t a concern, the removable legs allow the Outdoorsman to be set directly on the table. The countertop-working surface is about 18-by-28 inches without the optional extenders. To accommodate the savvy chef, the Outdoorsman features a 28-by-13-by-18-inch cabinet and offers two slide-out shelves with a magnetic knife rack, two drawers for spices, utensils or silverware, and three storage compartments with a removable divider. The Outdoorsman can be ordered as a kit for self-assembly, or pre-assembled and either finished or unfinished. The MSRP for the kit is $350, and $445 (unfinished) and $575 (finished). 303-972-4721, www.mycampkitchen.com.