Is the Pocket Chair Ideal for Backpacking?

The reason most people don’t carry a camping chair for backpacking is because of its size and weight. There aren’t many camping chairs that you can easily carry on a backpacking trip so when I saw the ad for the Pocket Chair I thought this must be it; I have finally found a portable chair I’d consider for backpacking.

According to the ad, Pocket Chair is a “convenient and compact chair that folds up and fits right in your pocket”. It turns out that it’ll be a tight fit if it fits at all.

The idea though is that it’s really small. It’s certainly smaller than most camping chairs I’ve seen so far but how much does it weigh? On the TV ad and the website, you can see that the chair supports up to 250 lbs but the weight itself is nowhere to be found.

A quick search on google reveals that it weighs at least 3 lbs.

Time to reconsider. The Pocket Chair may be small but 3 lbs is heavy for a backpacking chair. After more research I found out that it’s a poor quality product (very likely to break) and doesn’t fit in most pockets. I was offered some time ago to test what seems like a very good alternative. It’s called the Stikstool, which doubles as a hiking stick and weighs a mere 5 ounces. With the hiking stick in your hand, the rest of the chair can fit nicely in your pocket.

If you’re looking for a backpacking stool I recommend the Stikstool instead. It packs to almost nothing, can be converted into a hiking stick and weighs 5 ounces. If want a backpacking chair (i.e. one with a backrest), I highly recommend the Alite Monarch backpacking chair.

Verdict: Skip it.




  1. Would this be a good stool for children though? Even if it is 3 pounds, it looks smaller than the other ones I’ve seen on the market.

  2. I suppose it could be a good stool for children.

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December 19, 2011