For me, I look for chairs that are comfortable and built to last, and even considering those two simple qualities, it’s not too difficult to weed out the weak from the bunch. In my early travel days, cost was everything, so naturally, I suffered a bit when it came to comfort and longevity of use. Now-a-days, I can pick apart a camp chair in seconds and know if it’s the right fit for me or not. I tend to gravitate toward chairs with thick metal bars and comfortable, yet thick fabrics. I like the chairs that lie flat as opposed to the kind that collapse and fit into bags.
One of my favorite makes is the Firepit Rocker by GCI Outdoor. It is a strong, well-built chair, made for comfort and longevity. The Firepit Rocker is unique in its features, as it doubles as a gentle rocking chair as the back legs provide a rocking motion with steady ease. Thick metal bars frame the chair, suspending a comfortable fabric, complete with an airy opening to allow air to flow against your back – which is a fantastic feature for hot, summer days spent in nature. As far as additional features, the armrests are padded and there’s a padded cup holder hangs from the front right bar. Lastly, another feature I like, which lends itself to the overall style of the chair, is the way the chair breaks down… It folds up flat by pulling upwards on the seat bars. This style of chair is not ideal for backpackers, who value space and weight, but if you are traveling a bit more luxuriously (especially if your campsite is never too far from your vehicle), then the GCI Firepit Rocker might be the perfect chair for you, as well.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen