Rated 4 out of 5
by getmeoutside Compact carry then Sit down low & Stand up easy
Chose this small foldable chair because I am an expedition kayaker and needed a small, lightweight camp chair that could be carried compactly on the rear deck of my kayak (under bungees) or inside an open sit-in kayak with no bulkheads. I recently used it on the Colorado River for several days and it served all the purposes.
Pros: So far, it fits & holds me with stability, (I'm only 120 lbs.), all hinges, soft sewn materials & hardware and the nicely powder-coated structural support frame seem sturdy & operate as designed. Good idea, this chair was designed to be compact & light so the arms are minimal, nicely padded and serve as part of the structural design only. And, since they are made of steel, serve well to grab on to and push yourself up easily from the low sitting position, a real-life plus if not holding a beverage. The quick-dry, sand shedding mesh inner material is tough and is well stitched to the outer heavier cordura type materials, all the sewn-in connecting sleeves to the frame are sturdy.
Cons: However, there are two small 1/8th in. bungee cords attached to the upper back of the chair cloth that are used to attach, and stretch, the top of the chair's back panel over each side frame pole that puts the back in place before unfolding the chair. The back panel is then stretched up, using the small bungees, to remove it off the poles before folding down into the bag. I feel these flimsy bungees will either break, detach or loose their elasticity over use and time & I'll need to replace them sewing in or somehow attaching new cord.
Also, I noted that the large, sturdy swivel feet were attached to the chair frame with smaller steel pop-rivets which cannot be replaced in the field (or home) if they break. The other frame-folding areas are hinged with heavier threaded Allen-wrench bolts & nuts which could be more easily replaced. Time & wear will tell how well the hinged areas hold up. (see photos)
The sling strap carrying bag is made of a thin type nylon material that has already shown some wear on the sides & bottom where the feet & metal bolts come in contact with the thin material. Heavier cordura would have been better for longevity especially when out in the field. A heavier bag would also be better for more protection to the deck of my kayak. The large webbing shoulder sling seems sewed on well so far.
Four stars because the carrying bag and chair have both been optimized for weight as shown by construction materials, etc. These type folding chairs have been known to give way after extensive field use (not in your home), so a more realistic review of this chair will be given next year.
January 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by David37 Good
Usual superior quality typical of LLB. Surprisingly solid/sturdy for such light weight and low cost. Wish it were a bit higher off the ground, I'm 6' 2", but that's not so tall.
January 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by TriedandTrue22 Exactly what I was looking for
If you are in need of a small camp chair that packs easily into a carry bag for concerts, picnics, etc. this is the chair for you. It's comfortable and easy to get in and out of. No crawling on your hands and knees to get up because the side arms are perfect for lifting yourself out. And they are padded nicely too. Very happy with this purchase.
November 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by WestCoastCamper Great Chair
We bought these camp chairs for going to the beach and the park. They are lightweight and portable. We like the carry case and the chairs are comfortable. My only complaints are that they are a little difficult to collapse and the mesh seating is slippery if you are sitting on an incline.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Risingsmoke Great item
Bought two of these as most of the good weather we are on the motorcycle and they fit perfectly on the rack on top the tour pack.
Also real comfortable to relax in.
September 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoeRule65 Hands down the best lawn chair I've ever used
After going through countless other lawn chairs of somewhat similar design I found this on the llbean.com site and decided to give it a try. I've used it at the beach, at the park and for car camping and it hasn't let me down yet. Most other chairs I've tried have seemed to always collapse onto itself that results in sitting over/on one of the support bars. Not this design. It's rugged, easy to deploy and put away in the included over the shoulder bag. Another quality purchase from Beans.
August 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NoDumbBlonde402 Perfect Solution for Shakespeare on the Green!
Our group likes to sit close to the stage -- but only blanket seating and/or camp chairs are allowed. Well, we'd tried buying those cheap chairs at stores, but they didn't last long.
Why didn't we remember L.L.Bean?!? These chairs are serious chairs! Love them!!! Super sturdy and sharp!
July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nnan love this chair!
We've been looking for the perfect beach chair for a while after needing to replace two. We finally scored! This chair is fabulous - feels solid, sturdy and very comfortable; but lightweight for carrying and small enough to easily carry with beach bags, coolers, etc. It opens/closes and goes into the storage bag so quickly and easily - much better than our old ones. My daughter commented on how quickly we were packed up and ready to leave the beach at the end of the day!
This is chair has a slightly lower back height than our old chairs; I'm 5'6" and can only rest my head on the back if I slouch waaaaay down and lean a bit to the side. But a higher back chair is a longer bag to carry - and the compact size of this one is great for lugging to the beach. I spent a good part of 5 hours at the beach in this chair - so clearly no complaints! :)
July 14, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Searching1 Not So Great....
This chair is disappointingly TERRIBLE - the cross-bar in the back of the chair hits you right in the spine & is extremely uncomfortable! I was so disappointed! :-(
July 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alnan Comfortable. very stable
This chair fits very nicely into the sun shelter tent from LL Bean.
July 5, 2014