WildHorn Outfitters TerraLite Chair
Reviewers Paid: $54.99
Incredible durability and innovative foot design set this apart from all other camp chairs. Priced less than all competitors!
- Includes sink-proof feet for mud or sand
- Rated for over 350 lbs.
- Weighs just under 2 lbs.
- Reinforced pole sockets
- Same packing size as competitors.
- Rust proof design (safe for the beach)
- Heavier than some backpacking chairs
This chair was up against several others that I had tried in the past, including the Helinox. While not as lightweight as the Helinox, this is far more durable, and so I find myself using this more than I otherwise would if it were just a "hiking accessory."
I consider a chair a hiking luxury, as most would, but a cigar sure is nice in the mountains when you have a dry seat that doesn't sink in the mud!
Ease of Use: This is fairly easy to put together, although anyone who's used these kinds of chairs will understand you have to muscle the poles into the sockets. The larger feet are a bit of a tight fit, but you wouldn't want them falling off if you really are sitting down on softer ground. Pulling them off can be a challenge, but this diminishes with use.
Features: Two sets of feet, one oversized for their anti-sinking feature, and normal caps will allow you to use this chair anywhere, even in the sand at the beach. Heavy aircraft grade (7075 rust proof aluminum) is more durable than competitors, and slightly heavier @1.9lbs. without the larger feet.
The seat material is TOUGH and can handle over 350 lbs I'm just over 200 and it still feels stable even if I try to rock in it. Reinforced pole sockets really are overbuilt so I can imaging I won't see this thing fail there! The carrying bag is looped with Velcro on both ends so you can easily attach this outside of your hiking pack or "cart" if you are at the beach.
The frame folds down and has a Velcro strap sewn to the main pole so it wont get lost. (I like not having small parts to lose, because I would lose them!)
Construction & Durability: This thing is a TANK, trust me, there is no question of quality here. I normally wouldn't bring anything I care about to a salt soaked beach, chairs especially since they rust within MINUTES. This thing is not only rust proof, but heavy enough to bounce around without worry. The heavy plastic pole (mounts are strong enough that even a heavy guy can "bounce" or "rock" and they won't snap.
The seat is heavy nylon with reinforced pole sockets in each corner that is double sewn. All of that and you can still pick this chair up pinching it between your pinky and thumb! I can see this chair lasting for years and years even with HEAVY use.
Conditions: On the shores of south Padre Island in south Texas, fishing docks at the lake, and in the soft lawn after a heavy rain where every other chair sank.
Uses: Hiking chair, backpacking chair, beach chair, tailgating chair, lawn chair, river chair
About Me: I am a jack of everything, from computer programming, to hiking, gardening, electronics, wood working.... I could go on and on.. My real persona is a tinkerer and professional researcher. I spend hours and hours searching, reading and experiencing as many things as I can. That said, I am known to be a very picky and whiny person when it comes to making a purchase. Everything I recommend comes with all of that extreme meticulousness in order to obtain my stamp of approval.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $54.99