Lightweight camp chair is now even lighter
August 14, 2008
In a pinch, you can do without many items of camping gear. Case in point: When my husband, our son and I headed to Chapman Reservoir a few weekends ago, I actually forgot to bring my sleeping bag. No problem, though; the night was relatively warm, and we just unzipped my husband’s bag and spread it over the three of us.
But a portable chair? Now that’s essential. How else can you loll comfortably around the campfire, beer in one hand, s’more stick in the other? And when you’re backpacking, nothing beats hoisting off that heavy load at day’s end, setting up your chair and lounging.
For the past 20 years, Crazy Creek chairs have been the go-to product for campers and backpackers who want a lightweight, packable seat. Derived from an old canoe chair design, the low-slung seat consists of a nylon-coated foam pad that folds into an L shape and adjustable webbing straps on the sides that, along with carbon-fiber stays, support your weight as you lean back. When not in use, the chair folds flat.
Now the original Crazy Creek chair has gone on a diet. The new, svelte Hexalite chair ($39 at crazycreek.com) weighs in at less than a pound, a little more than half the heft of the original. To shave off those ounces, the chair’s half-inch closed-cell foam padding has been cut into numerous hollow-cored hexagons. Other weight-saving measures include a sturdy mesh covering on one side (the other is still nylon) and fiberglass stays. The chair supports up to 250 pounds.
Rather than folding flat, the Hexalite rolls up into a compact little tube that you cinch with the carrying strap.
When I hike to Crested Butte this weekend, the Hexalite will come along; it’ll make my lunch stop amid the wildflowers much more comfortable.
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And even if you’re not heading into the backcountry anytime soon, the Hexalite makes a perfect perch for the last concert of the summer on Fanny Hill this week.