Camping is an activity that’s widely loved across the globe with many people doing it for leisure and some as part of a wider sport. Whether you are backpacking, trekking, camping with the family, or on an overnight fishing trip, there are a few camping essentials that can make your time outdoors more comfortable and relaxing – one mainly being a reclining camping chair with a footrest.
In a study carried out by the Camping and caravanning club, 93% of campers said that getting outdoors and camping makes you happier and modern equipment has advanced only to make camping a more fun and comfortable experience.
Who said that you have to give up the comfort of your living-room recliner to spend a night gazing at the stars? Whilst sitting down around a campfire, on a set of big logs is a nice experience, it’s not always available and those who have done this will vouch for how uncomfy a big slab of wood can be…
In this post, we will go over the best reclining camping chairs that will only serve to enhance your experience in the outdoors and make for a more memorable adventure.
Our Top 5 Reclining Camping Chairs
Ease of Use
The first reclining camping chair on our list is perfect for taking the load off whilst on your next camping trip.
The Sport-Brella is a great all in one solution with a footrest, removable umbrella and built-in insulated drinks pockets. The drink pockets and umbrella make it a great choice for relaxing on hot and sunny days.
The lightweight steel construction is strong enough to hold 250lbs and light enough to carry the chair in the bag whilst backpacking or just to your favourite camping spot.
- 3 different reclining positions.
- 4 insulated drink holders.
- Removable umbrella
- Extendable footrest.
- Lightweight construction.
- 250lb load capacity.
Ease of Use
The next reclining camping chair to make our list is the CGI Outdoor directors chair. The chair and ottoman pack away flat (the footrest slots inside of the side pocket) which allows for easy transportation to and from the campsite using the built in carry handle.
You can recline comfortably using the 3 different reclining positions and keep your beverages and snacks on hand using the convenient folding side table. The seat material is produced from strong, breathable mesh nylon and polyester fabric and the powder-coated steel frame is lightweight and strong enough to support 250lbs.
Whether you are on a family camping trip, fishing or heading out for a picnic, this reclining camp chair from CGI could be a perfect choice for you.
- Three-position adjustable backrest.
- Included ottoman.
- Carry handle.
- Powder-coated steel frame.
- 250lbs load capacity.
Ease of Use
One of the first aspects of this reclining camping chair that make it stand out is the ability to swivel the footrest to the side allowing it to be used as an extra stool or a side table – very handy in many situations.
The frame is sturdy and has been hammer powder coated for additional rust protection whilst being used in the outdoors (you can’t always be too sure about the weather!). XGEAR is so sure that this camping chair is durable and long-lasting, so they have included a generous 1-year warranty which includes a full refund if the chair has any quality issues.
Unlike many other reclining chairs on the market, this one comes with additional comfort features which include adjustable armrests (great if you are taller or smaller than average) and a built-in cushion for your head – you might just doze off next to the campfire.
- Adjustable arm rest clips.
- 2-in-1 footrest & side table/stool.
- Cup holder.
- Powder coated, lightweight frame.
- Side storage bag.
- Anti-slip feet.
Ease of Use
The RedCamp reclining camping chair is excellent for both sitting upright and for sleeping in. This is due to the removable footrest which can be repurposed as an additional chair for someone else or as a handy side table.
The chair and bag weight only 13lbs making this chair super easy to transport and carry to your desired location, whether it’s the beach, your favourite camping spot or even just into your back garden.
Whilst the chair is lightweight, the frame can still support an impressive 300lbs and is coated to prevent any rust after getting wet. Overall this is on of the best camping chairs for a heavy or tall person.
There is two options to choose from, a breathable mesh fabric backing or a single piece of canvas. Both are a great choice but depending on your climate and time-of-use, one may suit your needs over the other.
- Drink holder.
- Removable head cushion.
- Removable footrest.
- 300lbs weight capacity.
- Lightweight frame.
- Side storage pocket.
Ease of Use
The next camping chair with footrest on our list is form Kamp-Rite. It’s a great choice for anyone who is after a budget-friendly camping chair without sacrificing on overall quality. Whilst it is slightly cheaper than the other options on our list it still has a removable footrest (albeit, you can’t use it as a stool or table) and features such as drink holders and a side pocket.
You can’t ‘recline’ with this chair in the traditional moving frame sense, but once the footrest is attached, the material is soft enough to allow you to lay back in a comfortable position.
Once packed away this chair weighs only 11lbs, which makes it an excellent option if you are backpacking or walking long distances.
- Removable footrest.
- 2 drink holders.
- 300lb weight capacity.
- Weighs only 11lbs.
How to choose the best reclining camping chair
One of the main considerations that are at the forefront of most people’s minds whilst buying any product is – how long will it last me? Nobody wants to buy a reclining camping chair to only find it lasts a few trips and then breaks.
Making sure that you purchase a chair that is produced from durable, high quality, and lightweight (weight is important, we’ll touch on that later) materials will ensure that it stands the test of time and all of the stresses that are placed upon it from day-to-day use.
The most common materials used to produce the frame of the camping chair is lightweight Steel or Aluminium. This is because both are lightweight, strong, and are likely to withstand high loads placed upon them. They can also withstand the odd knock the chair is likely to take whilst backpacking or transporting in a car.
Aluminium is inherently corrosion resistant and won’t need any additional coating to protect it from the elements. Whereas steel on the other hand will need to be coated to prevent it from rusting.
All of the steel reclining camp chairs on our list have some form of a coating that is designed to protect it from wet weather. The most common form of coating is powder-coating. Keep an eye out for a mention of this in the product specs as it’s only going to enhance the quality and longevity of the camping chair.
Another key consideration related to the construction of the camping chair is the fabric which makes up the section of the chair you sit/lie on. Camping chairs are used outside so the most common material is a form of UV & tear resistant nylon or polyester fabric.
Whilst it’s not always a good idea to use a fully waterproof chair (these can get hot and cause you to sweat in hot weather), nylon and polyester will dry fast. Some reclining camping chairs will also utilize mesh materials which not only allow more ‘give’ or stretch in the chair but also creates a breathable fabric to keep you much cooler in the hotter months.
Overall, it’s important to pay attention to the material choices that the chair manufacturer has used as it will help you make a better-infomred decision and ensure that you are purchasing a camping chair that is designed to last a long time. But if it all sounds too technical at times, don’t worry. All of the chairs we have selected on our list are all well-made and utilize the highest quality materials. It was a key deciding factor whilst we carried out the research!
Weight (and why it matters)
For some outdoor adventurers who enjoy backpacking and trekking. The weight of their ‘pack’ is the first thing they consider before heading out on the trail. And for good reason. Simply put, the lighter the load on your back, the better your stamina and endurance will be throughout your hike.
Even if you aren’t into climbing mountains with a chair and an instant tent on your back, weight is still an important thing to consider when purchasing a camp chair. Choosing a chair with lightweight features makes packing/un-packing, transporting it to and from your camp, and even just lugging it around your campfire much easier. After all, mobility is pretty much why camping chairs exist.
To ensure that your chair is lightweight, check the specifications. Most will range from 10-20lbs usually with most of the chairs on our list coming in at the lighter end. Reclining camp chairs with a footrest attachment are usually a little heavier than your standard upright chair, but this shouldn’t be the reason why you don’t take one. Modern designs and materials allow you to pack light and recline in comfort!
Directly correlated to the chairs material construction, strength and design is the weight capacity. In most cases the higher the better, even if you are nowhere near over-loading the chair. But if you are one of the many people who favour a lightweight chair then you might want to choose carefully as a higher load capacity usually means thicker and higher strength material choices which are often heavier.
This isn’t always the case, especially if you were to choose a high-end chair made of a material like carbon-fibre. It’s just a general rule of thumb.
It’s rare that any camping enthusiast would say no to any additional storage. Many of us get over-excited about the new places we can keep our drinks cold or slot our cooking equipment whilst prepping food next to the campfire. Most of the reclining camping chairs on our list have additional storage which is present to make life in the outdoors a little easier.
The most common form of storage is a place to store that warm mug of hot chocolate or that icy cold beer. It’s pretty rare to see a camp chair without a drinks holder cut into the arm of the chair. And even it’s just there to hold your camping multi-tool – it’s useful! Some chairs with a slightly higher price point will also have insulated drink holders which can both keep your beverage warm or cold.
The next form of storage you can see on most of the chairs we have selected is a side pocket or pouch which can be used for pretty much anything that you can fit in them (and need close on hand). Our favorite is using it to hold a phone and power bank whilst charging or to keep your favourite camping books in.
If you are planning on solely using your camping chair in the forest or on the beach where the ground is soft, this isn’t usually a big issue as the legs can ‘bite’ into the ground and give you a solid base. But if you might be using the chair on solid ground or wet grass, then some anti-sip feet could be what saves you from a camping disaster or a back full of mud! We know all to well how hard it is to remain clean whilst camping.
2-For-1 Reclining Camp Chair/Footrest
You ay have noticed that a couple of the chairs on our list have removable footrests which can then be repurposed during your camp. Whilst it does feel amazing to slope back and gazes a the stars, there are some moments where a reclining camping chair can seem impractical, like when you want to sit upright and cook around the campfire or rig your fishing gear.
Getting a reclining camp chair with a removeable footrest will give you the best of both worlds, and you can use the footrest section as an extra stool around camp or as a side table to place your belongings on. In our eyes it’s a win-win.
If you are looking at a reclining camping chair to solely take your comfort to the next level next time you are around the campfire then you may also want to look into getting a camping chair which includes a head rest (it saves you using your own pillow, or jumper!).
Most camp chair headrests are detachable which allows them to be washed and used elsewhere if needed. It’s not always a necessary feature and won’t likely be the deciding factor. But if you have one, you’ll be happy it’s there!
Camping Chair With Footrest Conclusion
As avid camping enthusiasts ourselves, we know all too well how difficult it can be to search the web and find new camping equipment that will work for us. There is just too many options out there which all promise to do the same thing. How do you choose?
That’s exactly why we created this site, to bring our readers the latest and most accurate information on outdoor gear from people who use it regularly themselves. We truly hope that this post has narrowed your choices and made it much easier to come to a decision on which reclining camping chair with footrest is right for you.
Camping isn’t a competition of who has the most or least gear with them, it’s about having fun and making the most of your time in nature. No-one said we can’t be comfortable whilst doing it, right?