Lightweight but ultra-comfy, the Helinox Chair One is our go-to for relaxing at a campsite, park, outdoor concert, or around town. And it packs up small and easily, making it one ultra-portable camp chair.
We love the versatility of the Helinox Chair One. It’s a perfect way to chill out just about anywhere, from campsite lounging to backyard BBQs, and remote mountain summits to outdoor concerts in the park. This lightweight, durable chair snaps together easily and packs down surprisingly small, making it perfect for stashing in our camp duffel or a backpack, or tossing in tote bag along with picnic essentials.
It’s light. It’s simple. It’s rugged. And despite its small size, it’s (surprisingly) really, really comfortable.
Helinox Chair One: our campsite-tested review
The chair’s construction is simple but innovative. The chair’s fabric seat is made from rugged polyester and perforated mesh, allowing for great ventilation on warm-weather nights and a comfortable, bucket-seat-like seating surface. The seat is supported by an anodized DAC aluminum frame, constructed from the same aluminum used in DAC trekking and tent poles. Assembled, the chair is rated to hold up to 320 pounds, and thanks to its clever design ergonomics, offers a surprisingly stable and comfortable place to chill.
The Chair One is super easy to assemble. In fact, the frame almost puts itself together with a few shakes, thanks to the shock-corded poles. Remove the chair from the included zippered carrying case and guide the metal rods into the plastic connection points. Attach the polyester fabric seat using the pole pockets in each corner. And then lounge away in comfort.
The chair is very comfortable, even after long nights around the campfire or enjoying a band at our favorite outdoor venue. It feels stable and sturdy on durable surfaces like grass, packed dirt, or gravel, making it perfect for just about anything other than mushy grass or soft sand.
The Chair One is lightweight and compact, and neatly packs away in an included zippered carrying case. The chair weighs just over two pounds when it’s packed in its case (and just under two pounds, if you opt to leave the case at home.) Compared to our REI Flexlite camp chairs, the Chair One is a bit wider, offering more seating room and a bit more comfort, and the Helinox supports more weight. We like the feel of the Helinox fabric better, too – there’s something about the Chair One that feels just a bit nicer and more finished than the other chairs in our gear closets.
Packed, the chair measures just under 14″ x 4″ x 5″, the perfect size for carrying in a backpack or stuffing into our usually-packed SUV when we’re off chasing adventure.
Helinox Chair One: review wrap-up
This is one great, lightweight seating option for camping and backpacking adventures, hanging out in the backyard, or events around town. We love the comfort and versatility of the Chair One – and its compact size lets us take it just about everywhere. It’s sure to be with us on many adventures, local to distant, in the future.
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