Helinox Chair One

Reviews

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This is one of my favorite campfire accessories. This…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99

Summary

This is one of my favorite campfire accessories. This chair is comfortable enough to fall asleep in and small enough to keep stashed in the car / boat at all times.

Pros

  • Packs down small
  • Weighs just over 2 lbs
  • Easy to asssemble
  • 320 lb capacity

Cons

  • Legs sink into soft ground
  • Too large for backpacking

I came across the Chair One while riding in the Tour de Cure New England Classic this past summer. I stopped in at a bike shop somewhere in Vermont to pick up spare parts. While waiting for a few other folks to finish up repairs, I sat down in a Helinox Chair One and promptly fell asleep. After a few minutes, I had to buy one!  

I love this little chair. It's great for hanging out around the campfire, the grill, or the telescope. It's too large to take on a backpacking trip, but works wonderfully for just about everything else.

COMFORT:  All in all, this is an amazingly comfortable chair. It is very slightly reclined and does a good job with regards to back support. The only downside is that the back isn't high enough to fall asleep in unless you have a wall / tree behind you. Helinox does make two high back version of this chair (both the Camp Chair and the Sunset Chair have higher backs than that Chair One), but I haven't picked one up yet.  

DESIGN:  The Chair One has a segmented aluminum frame connected by bungee cords, just like what you find in modern tent poles. Two 5-hole joints connect the various portions of the frame into a chair shape with 4 plastic feet and an elongated back. The seat itself is nylon and mesh and easily stretches over the frame.

The storage bag for this chair includes a nylon daisy chain for attaching it to other pieces of gear and also includes two large handle loops. These can be attached to the frame of the chair in order to avoid losing the storage bag when the chair is assembled.

EASE OF USE:  The Chair One is really easy to set up. As soon as you remove it from its bag, the frame begins to snap itself together. Once the frame is assembled, the seat stretches over the primary four poles of the frame—each of these poles fits into a color-coded pocket on the back of the seat.

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STABILITY:  The design of this chair allows the frame to pivot on either of its two plastic joints. This allows it to shift to fit various terrain, but can be a little unsettling at first. Despite how flimsy this chair looks and how lightweight it feels, it's a sturdy little chair! The advertised capacity is 320 lbs. At 180 lbs, I don't even come close, so I can't really speak to how accurate this number is. I can definitely vouch for this chair's ability to support a ~200 lb person with ease.

When setting up this chain, be certain to choose solid, dry ground. The feet on this chair are too narrow to support the 320 lb maximum load. When I say this, I don't mean that they are structurally unsound. Rather, the narrow feet mean that the load isn't properly dispersed on the ground. Even at 180 lbs, I have frequently found myself sinking into soft / wet soil.

PACKABILITY:  The Chair One packs down to about 14" x 4" and weighs in at 2 lbs 1.8 oz. It isn't compact or light enough that I would consider it for use while backpacking, but is great for car camping, canoe camping, etc. Given how small it is, I usually keep mine in the trunk of my car just in case.

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Reviewed several lightweight chairs before choosing…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $89.95

Summary

Reviewed several lightweight chairs before choosing this one. Glad I chose the Helinox. It's great for backpacking and for music festivals. This chair is perfect for that. It is very comfortable too. With four feet it stays off the ground unlike some other LW models.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Stable
  • Looks good

Cons

  • No cup holder
  • No head rest

This is a really great chair for the size and weight. The sitting height is ideal; it's tall enough that you can still stand up from it without having to push off with your arms while still sitting low for camp fires and music festivals.

The chair frame will "adjust" to fit uneven ground surface so it is very stable.

The cloth and stitching are top notch quality. I anticipate many years of service from this chair.

The bag is easy to use; you don't have to solve a puzzle to get the chair back in the pouch. It has loops so you can strap it to the outside of your pack.

We use this chair at the kids' sporting events too. Way easier to carry than one of those backyard lounge chairs. Worked great at the beach too. The feet sunk into the sand just enough to anchor it from blowing over when not being used.

All in all... Love this chair and will be getting another one soon.

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This chair is for the hiker who is ready for the most…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79.99

Summary

This chair is for the hiker who is ready for the most comfort for their carry! I've sat in a lot of styles of camp chairs but this one far succeeds its competition. Just over a pound it is so nice to be off the ground especially when the ground is wet!

Pros

  • Sturdy construction
  • Very compact
  • Hammock campers don't have to carry a sit pad

Cons

  • Heavier than a sit pad
  • Legs sink on soft ground
  • Does weigh over a pound

This chair has cords in the legs so when assembling or breaking down, all the parts stay together. It also has a very sturdy seat with the proper ventilation for your warmer adventures. Altogether it will make anyone's adventure more comfortable around the campsite.

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Lightweight, comfortable backpacking chair. Easy to…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $69

Summary

Lightweight, comfortable backpacking chair. Easy to set up and take down. Well made.

Pros

  • Light
  • Easy setup and take down
  • Sturdy
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Price

Just returned from a 200-mile backcountry cycle tour in Idaho. Brought the Helinox chair with me as a luxury item. The slight weight penalty (very light for what it does) was well worth the comfort that it provided.

This chair is easy to set up. It comes in a zippered carry bag with two loop straps that make storage of the bag easy. The shock corded aluminium chair structure pops together just like a tent pole structure. The chair material is heavy duty cordura with some appropriate mesh cut out for cooling. The corners are highly reinforced where the aluminium structure is inserted into the chair material. A very well made piece. Comfortable to boot.

Will be my go-to chair for bike touring, hunting, kayaking or even going to the beach. Great buy.

G00SE MODERATOR

How low to the ground does it sit?


7 months ago
David Nutini

About a foot off the ground. I am 6' 4" and I can get in and out easily.


7 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Thanks.


7 months ago
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Excellent chair for camping, backpacking, festivals,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70 (with discount coupon)

Summary

Excellent chair for camping, backpacking, festivals, etc. Easy to put together with the shock-corded poles. Two pounds with the included sturdy carry bag. Sturdy well made chair that can hold up to 320 lbs.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • 4 legs keep you up off the ground
  • Holds up to 320 lbs
  • Well sewn, sturdy fabric/mesh
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • The heavy duty carry bag is heavy
  • 4 leg design does sink into soft soils and sand

I use this comfortable chair often in any type of situation where a chair comes in handy. The poles are corded together so assembly is a snap. The fabric is durable and well sewn. This sturdy little chair can even hold up to 320 lbs. It comes with a very heavy duty carry bag that has a handy daisy chain on it to make attaching it to your pack easy. After six months of frequent use, it shows no signs of wear and tear.

I have used this most often on full day hikes. When it is time to take a break, in under a minute I can have my chair out and assembled. Others may laugh, but I get a relaxing and rejuvenating rest kicking back in my chair while they search for a dry bug free spot to sit on the ground. 

The four-leg design does make it prone to sinking into soft soil or sand. In those situations if I want to keep the seat up off the ground, I have placed the chair so it straddles a small log alternatively tennis balls on the end of the legs will help prevent sinking. 

While the heavy duty carry bag is great for storage, it is indeed heavy for carrying long distances so I usually leave it at home and just wrap the poles up in the chair fabric for long hikes. 

I highly recommend this chair. It may start out as a luxury item when hiking or backpacking, but you will quickly find you don't want to leave it at home.