Camping Chair Reviews Released by OutdoorGearLab.com for 2013

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Top Camp Chair Awards announced by OutdoorGearLab.com for Editors’ Choice, Best Buy and Top Picks awards.

Seven of the best camping chairs were compared in extensive side-by-side testing. They were evaluated in the following categories: comfort, durability, ease of use/setup time, packing size and drink storage.

The most rapidly growing side-by-side outdoor gear review site, OutdoorGearLab, today reported the conclusions of its 2013 Top Camping Chair review. Many of the best selling and highest rated chairs were evaluated in extended head-to-head tests. They were judged in the areas: comfort, ease of set up, durability, weight and usable features.

The review process took place in a broad range of in regions including the Adirondaks, New Hampshire, the Eastern Sierra, Cody Wyoming, and Hylalite Canyon. Testing involved activities ranging from backpacking and hiking, to snow camping, and regular camping, over a period of several months.

The winners:

Coleman Oversize Quad Chair with Cooler
Winner of the highest honor: Editors' Choice award. According to Gear Tester Devon Chance, "This chair is the Storage King. It has the most storage out of all the chairs we tested and also one of the coolest features. It says it in the name, "…chair with cooler, this chair is equipped with a cooler built into the left arm." We were able to fit 4 to 5 beers in the cooler at once, but we recommend putting a bag of ice in the bottom and then just putting 2 or 3 beers or sodas on top of that. This chair also has a mesh pocket on the right side under the arm. This pocket is very convenient and can be used for magazines, your keys, snacks, or whatever you want.”

Eureka Curvy Chair
Winner for the most comfortable chair and Top Pick. This award goes to a product that is featured for its comfort. According to Gear Editor Chance, "Not only is this chair super comfortable, but it's really easy to use. Just remove it from the bag and unfold it on the desired location. However, we found that the storage bag on the side gets stuck in between the legs almost every time. This got to be annoying because we wouldn't notice it until we were sitting down and wanting to put something in the bag, only to realize it was stuck, so we had to get up and fix it."

Alite Mantis Chair
Winner of a Top Pick award for 2013. This award goes to a product that is featured for its uniqueness and versatility. According to Gear Editor Chance, "We gave this chair a Top Pick award for its unique frame and versatility. It is one of the smallest chairs we tested, but also one of the most comfortable. It is also light enough to take backpacking, and small enough to fit almost anywhere."

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