This ALPS Mountaineering Grand Rapids Chair/Stool is a folding steel three-leg outdoor chair, lightweight, with a great capacity, and very affordable.
Key features & benefits
- Easy to use.
- Great capacity.
- Two storage pouches.
- Carry bag included.
- Very good price.
This Grand Rapids Chair Stool is a folding construction that you expand in seconds, and equally easy you can store it in its carry bag. Below you can see how it looks when folded and stored in its included carry bag.
The dimensions when so packed are (L x D) 31 x 6 inches (79 x 15 cm). So indeed it is thin, but it is quite long when packed.
The seat is triangular and it continues into an angled backrest. The picture below shows how the chair looks from the back side. Observe the two different colors, so you can order any of the two options.
The frame is a powder-coated steel. So you have three legs, but note the X-shaped support bars on all three sides. This adds a lot of strength to the structure and stabilizes it against lateral movement.
In the picture below you can see one of its zippered mesh pockets, there are two of them. Note also the reinforced corners, and the angled top backrest part. The height of the backrest from the chair is around 13.5 inches (34 cm).
As you see, the fabric is in fact a very strong mesh, so if it gets wet it will dry in no time. Such material is great if you use the chair in a warm environment.
I particularly like the feet design, they are very wide so they will not easily sink in the ground. With a bit of care, you can surely use the chair in a floored family camping tent.
Who is it for
Regarding the capacity, there are two different numbers around, even on the manufacturer’s site they write 300 and 375 pounds (136 and 170 kg). In any case, this should be good enough for most users. But if you need something for a really heavy person, please check these camping chairs for heavy people.
Regarding the dimensions, note that they describe it as providing ‘comfort of a chair with the ease and portability of a stool’. They also write about ‘extra-wide seating area’.
The reality is that this is a small chair in every sense, you will see below how I rate it. But this is a hybrid construction, so you cannot expect more from such a design.
Regarding the weight, the chair weighs 5 lb 6 oz (2.44 kg), this is official from the manufacturer’s site. I am stressing this because you will see the number 5 lb mentioned at many places. So the chair is lightweight, but see also this Pacific Pass Easy Carried Tripod Chair that is much lighter.
I already gave its packed size above, it is a bit long to be transported on a motorbike.
Regarding the price, this is a really great value/money combination.
- Weight: 5 lb 6 oz (2.44 kg).
- Capacity: 375 lb (170 kg).
- Dimensions (H x W x L): 31 x 19 x 19 in (79 x 48 x 48 cm).
- Seat height: 17.5 in (44 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 31 x 6 in (79 x 15 cm).
- Frame: steel.
Rating, pros, and cons
I use my set of criteria and apply them consistently to all the chairs presented here in the site. This allows you to compare different chairs easily. As you see, this chair stands great.
Reliable & strong folding chair
Product Name: ALPS Mountaineering Grand Rapids Chair/Stool
Product Description: This ALPS Mountaineering Grand Rapids Chair/Stool is a Folding Steel Three-Leg Outdoor Chair, Lightweight, Reliable, and Very Affordable.
Brand: ALPS Mountaineering
Weight - 8.2/10
Dimensions - 7.1/10
Packed size - 7/10
Capacity - 8.5/10
Comfort - 9.4/10
Craftsmanship - 9.7/10
This chair is not very large but this is normal for such a type. Its overall rating is very good.
- Very easy to use.
- Strong construction.
- Carry bag.
- Great price.
- Great brand.
- A bit long when packed.
User Review( votes)
To summarize my ALPS Mountaineering Grand Rapids Chair Stool review, this is a chair that has been around for so many years already, tried and tested by many, so you know what you are buying.
It is very easy to use, reliable, and affordable. Fully recommended. I have added it to my list of best folding camping chairs.
For more options please check under the category Camping Chairs here in the site. Compare this tripod with yet another built in the same style, the GCI Outdoor Quick-E-Seat Folding Tripod Field Chair with Backrest.
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