G4Free Folding Camping Chair
25.5 x 20 x 20 in
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This chair is a great value alternative to the Helinox Chair One with an almost identical design. The chair height is just high enough to allow you to stand up easily. I prefer this chair over my Alite Mantis Chair!
- Seat height
- Adjustable legs
- Weight limit
- Slightly heavier than comparable chairs
When I received this chair I was currently rocking an Alite Designs Mantis chair on the trail. I have to admit that I was a little underwhelmed with the basic design and didn't have very high expectations for it.
This chair goes up quickly thanks to the bungee pole system that most modern backpacking chairs use now. It's slightly more work to put it back into the bread loaf sized bag it comes with. For two months I brought this chair (and the Mantis) with me to every outdoor event I could: backpacking, car camping, parks, beaches, and whatnot. It didn't take very long for me to realize this chair's biggest feature was the seat height.
In the Mantis I was always struggling to get out of it. Usually I was using both hands to push myself out of the chair. With this chair I could stand up easily with things in my hands! That simple difference is the reason why I prefer this chair over my Mantis chair now.
A little further testing revealed there was only one issue with its functionally and that was the adjustable legs. It uses a similar design to a kayak paddle that breaks down with the button you push down and three different holes to slide the button into. In a beach setting with sand, these mechanisms get jammed up as soon as sand gets in them and rendered that feature useless. Thankfully that feature isn't really necessary as I always had the chair set to its highest height. In fact, I would recommend you pick up the chair with the standard legs and save a little unnecessary weight.
Speaking of weight I should mention that this chair has a 220-lb weight limit which seems to be below average for a chair that weighs just under 2.5 lbs. I weigh 180 lbs and had no issues with bent poles or seams ripping.
Overall I see this chair as a great option to people looking for a comfortable chair that presents a good value when compared to the Helinox Chair One.
Disclosure: The reviewer received a sample of this product from the brand or its representatives in exchange for a review.
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