A Camping Chair Breakdown + Giveaways

While I love “going natural” and just sitting on logs/rocks/heaps of dirt while out camping or adventuring, having a good chair along sometimes really does make a difference.  And, because not all camp chairs are created equal, we thought we would spend a little time breaking them down (and showing off their perks and downsides.)

We’ve seen a lot of camp chairs over the years (and happen to own a pair that are 40+ years old that we still use daily in our backyard.)  These stand out as just a little bit different than your average camp chair.  And because we are continuing to celebrate dads, please read all the way to the end for a chance to win!

**Please excuse the fact that my photos for these chairs are fairly limited.  I don’t know how I managed to NOT get many photos on our many adventures using them, but it happened.  Guess we were too busy having fun! **

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Kelsyus Beach Canopy Chair $65.95 – Best chair for shade

Quite honestly, I thought this one looked pretty silly, but it does an awesome job of blocking out the sun’s rays.  We practically fought over it when were were camping at the Sand Flats in Moab this spring where no shade was available.  While it is certainly bulkier and heavier, it is super easy to set up, provides effective shade and is easy to tote around.

  • 16 pounds
  • 250 pound capacity


Strongback Zen $49.95 – Most comfortable “camp chair” 

This one looks like any other standard camp chair out there, but is unique because of the lumbar support it provides.  My group of testers (which happened to be extended family in Moab) all agreed that it was more comfortable than any of the other chairs.  It’s fairly light too, which is always a plus!

  • 7.7 pounds
  • 225 pound capacity


Alite Mayfly $100 (available at REI in 4 different colors) – best chair for backpacking and going light

This is the smallest, most comfortable chair I have found for camping and backpacking.  Previously, we used our Eagle Creek chairs a bunch when we worried about space or weight.  While this takes a bit more set-up, it is pretty awesome and will replace the use of the Eagle Creeks for us in most situations.  This quick review is more in-depth because the chair requires more explanation!

  • 1.4 pounds
  • 250 pound capacity
It does occasionally tip over (and he thought it was really fun)
It does occasionally tip over (and he thought it was really fun)
Mayfly taken apart ("poles" collapse and fold up too)
Mayfly taken apart (“poles” collapse and fold up too)









  • Small and Lightweight (1.4 pounds)
  • Holds up to 250 pounds
  • Has an optional front leg that lets you sit solidly.  Take it off for rocking (which seems like it would be awesome for nursing at the campsite!)
  • You can replace the sling part of the chair for just $30 (in case of campfire damage or if you just want a new color)


  • It is not the easiest thing to get in and out of.
  • It can definitely tip back if you want it to (or think it is fun…), but you aren’t falling far, so no big deal
  • It takes a few minutes of set-up
  • $100 is a lot of money!

RIGHT now, like TODAY and you don’t have much time, the “sister seat” to the Mayfly, the Monarch, is on sale at The Clymb for $40 (usually $70.)  While I haven’t personally tested out the Monarch, they are similar and this is a smokin’ deal.  Not a member of The Clymb yet?  Click here for your invite!


Kelsyus Go with Me Chair $79.95 – Best Chair for Kids

gowithmechairbabyI really can’t say enough good about this chair (except that it does cost nearly $80).  We reviewed it previously on the blog last fall and then have continued to use it throughout the winter (inside) spring and now into summer.  It is the chair you buy your child as soon as they can sit up and the one they will continue to try to sit in until they are much too big.  And yes, if you will use it (indoors and out), it is definitely worth that extra cost.  It is a favorite around here and one of our top gear picks.

  • For kids aged ~3 months – 6 years

Find our full review here.

***Psssttt…if you aren’t picky about colors, the pink and blue dot Kelsyus Go With Me Chair are on sale right now at Amazon for $55 (that link is an affiliate, which I always greatly appreciate you clicking through…see the end of this post for more affiliate link details).***


Kelsyus Mesh Backpack Chair $34.95 – Affordable lightweight chair 

This one is actually my least favorite in the bunch.  While it is light 8.25 pounds, it is nothing compared to the compactability of the Mayfly.  However, at $34.95, it is also more affordable and much easier to carry around than other heavier chairs.  It’s also fairly comfortable and breathes well through the mesh.

  • 8.25 pounds
  • 250 pound capacity


Win some seating for your next backyard or camping adventure!  There are three giveaways and three winners for today:

  • Dad and Me Chairs from Kelsyus: One Canopy Chair and one Go With Me Chair
  • Strongback Zen Chair
  • Alite Mayfly Chair

As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widgets below to enter to win. The winners will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help!  Sorry, these giveaways are open to the U.S. only (and the Kelsyus chairs only open to the Continental U.S…..soooo sorry about that!)

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Kelsyus, Alite and Strongback generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review.  However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.  Additionally, a few of these  links are affiliates.  Thank you so much for clicking through them to make your purchases – it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (VERY VERY) small way!  You can find my full disclosure here.  

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2 thoughts on “A Camping Chair Breakdown + Giveaways”

  1. You can also find the Kelsyus chair at campingkiddos.com for $89.99 but you can get 30% off just for signing up for our camping newsletter!

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