Best Ultralight Backpacking Chairs (All Below 1 kg)


In this text, you have the best ultralight backpacking chairs available on the market, all fully collapsible and with a weight below 1 kg.


What is included in the list

  • All the chairs in the list are collapsible by the design, this is natural if you plan to carry them on the trail. This makes them different from folding chairs which you normally have for ordinary camping. This also implies that the chairs need assembly, but this is usually done in seconds. In all types here you have shock-corded poles that make the frame so you cannot lose any part of them and you can also make them ready even in the darkness.
  • All the chairs here are also designed for off the ground sitting. But some are really low.
  • Regarding the weight, I put the upper limit at 1 kg.
  • Most of them are described in detail in my separate reviews.
  • These are quite expensive items, constructed from ultra-lightweight yet durable materials, only the most reliable models from renown brands are presented here.

My list of the best backpacking chairs

The chairs below are ordered by weight from heavier to lighter.

  1. DESERT WALKER Camping Quad Chair – 1030 g.
  2. Big Agnes Mica Basin Camp Chair – 992 g
  3. LEKI Sub 1 Chair – 940 g
  4. ALPHA CAMP Lightweight Portable Camping Chair – 907 g
  5. Moon Lence Backpacking Chair – 907 g
  6. Moon Lence Compact Chair – 907 g
  7. Sportneer Portable Lightweight Folding Camping Chair – 907 g
  8. Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair – 907 g
  9. WildHorn Outfitters Terralite Portable Camp Chair – 907 g
  10. MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair – 898 g
  11. Big Agnes Helinox Chair One – 850 g
  12. NEMO Moonlite Reclining Chair – 850 g
  13. Alite Designs Mantis Chair – 816 g
  14. Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair – 765 g
  15. Alite Designs Mayfly Chair – 635 g
  16. Big Agnes Helinox Ground Chair– 615 g
  17. Alite Designs Monarch Chair – 590 g
  18. Big Agnes Skyline UL Stool – 510 g
  19. Helinox Chair Zero – 510 g
  20. Helinox Speed Stool – 470 g
  21. REI Co-op Flexlite Air Chair – 454 g

 


1. DESERT WALKER Camping Quad Chair

DESERT WALKER Camping Quad Chair.
DESERT WALKER Camping Quad Chair.

With the weight of 2.27 lb (1.03 kg), this DESERT WALKER Camping Quad Chair is slightly above the limit I set for this list. But this is an innovative design with removable legs and two heights. So you can use it with or without the legs. When used without the legs, it is lighter than many of the chairs below in the list.

The chair is also ultra-compact and this all makes it backpack-portable so you can use it for any outdoor activity. A carry bag is included, and you will want to know that it is very affordable.

Read my DESERT WALKER Camping Quad Chair review.


2. Big Agnes Mica Basin Camp Chair

Big Agnes Mica Basin Camp Chair.
Big Agnes Mica Basin Camp Chair.

With a weight of 992 grams, this Mica Chair is just under the limit of 1 kg which I set for this list of chairs for the trail. So it is not the lightest option but this is a unique design with an all-metal frame, there are no plastic hubs here.

The dimensions are good for such a type (H x W x D) 29 x 22 x 19.5 inches (74 x 56 x 50 cm) and the packed size (L x D) 17.5 x 3.5 inches (44 x 9 cm) is such that you can easily attach it to the backpack. It comes with a nicely designed carry bag, and you also have 5 different color combinations.

Read my Mica Basin Chair review.


3. LEKI Sub 1 Chair

LEKI Sub 1 Chair.
LEKI Sub 1 Chair.

The LEKI Sub 1 is aluminum construction with bonuses. Those include a removable cup holder and an elegant carry bag that doubles as a storage pouch because you can attach it to the frame as shown in the picture.

The most important numbers are as follows. The weight is 2.07 lb (940 g) and the capacity is 320 lb (145 kg). The seat is 11.8 inches (30 cm) above the ground. The packed size is great, 13 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches (33 x 14 x 14 cm). Please see more in my full review.

Read my review.


4. ALPHA CAMP Lightweight Portable Camping Chair

ALPHA CAMP Lightweight Portable Camping Chair.
ALPHA CAMP Lightweight Portable Camping Chair.

This ALPHA CAMP chair is one of several chairs here in the list with the same weight, so it appears that the competition in this weight range is big and many of the brands are trying to get below 1 kg of weight.

So it weighs 2 lb (907 g) and it really packs nicely to only 14.2 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches (36 x 12 x 12 cm). The seat height is 16 inches (41 cm). The capacity is also great, it supports users of up to 350 lb (159 kg), so plenty of reasons to have it in the list. But see also its price, it is only around $35 and you will not find many items of this type that can match this price. Please follow the link for more. 

Read my review.


5. MOON LENCE Backpacking Chair

MOON LENCE Backpacking Chair
MOON LENCE Backpacking Chair.

This MOON LENCE Backpacking Chair weighs only 2 lb (907 g) and it packs small to (L x D) 13.4 x 4.7 inches (34 x 12 cm). So the word ‘backpacking’ in the name is justified, this is an ultra-compact and ultra-light chair.

The chair is a collapsible type with a simple and easy assembly that can be done in seconds. You have integrated storage pouches, a carry bag is included, and it comes with an incredible price tag.

Read my MOON LENCE Backpacking Chair review.


6. Moon Lence Compact Chair

Moon Lence Compact Ultralight Portable Folding Camping Backpacking Chair.
Moon Lence Compact Ultralight Portable Folding Camping Backpacking Chair.

This chair comes with a price tag that is without a match as of the moment of writing this text. So if you are on a budget this is the chair to consider. They sell it on Amazon under the name Moon Lence Compact Ultralight Portable Folding Camping Backpacking Chairs and this is because they have two chairs which they sell at the same place.

This low-back chair is with a weight of 2 lb (907 g) and its capacity is 242 lb (110 kg). Yet another feature where it shines is its incredible packed size, it is only 14 x 5 x 3.5 inches (36 x 13 x 9 cm). So the chair is backpack portable and very versatile. Please read more in my full review.

Read my review.


7. Sportneer Portable Lightweight Folding Camping Chair

Sportneer Portable Lightweight Folding Camping Chair.
Sportneer Portable Lightweight Folding Camping Chair.

This Sportneer chair has been on the market for several years already and it is very popular, with hundreds of customers’ reports on Amazon. It is here because of its weight which is remarkable 2 lb (907 g). The capacity is also great at 350 lb (159 kg).

The packed size is such that you can attach it to the backpack or carry on a bicycle, the carry bag is only 14 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches (36 x 14 x 14 cm). But what set it apart is its price which, at the moment of writing this text, is below $30. If you buy two of them they are below $50. Please follow the link for updates.

Read my review.


8. Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair with adjustable height

Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair with adjustable height.
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair with adjustable height.

This YIZI Go chair gives a lot of information already by its name. So you realize that you have something unique here – the adjustable height. This is achieved by a mechanism in all 4 legs. You can extend them and have 3 different heights.

This chair is here in the list because of its weight, so you have 2 lb (907 g) when it is in its carry bag. Hence, this is indeed a portable chair as its name suggests. In fact, it is light enough to be carried on the trail.

This is a very reliable and popular chair with around 400 customers’ reports on Amazon alone, and it is very highly rated by the users. But this is also an incredibly affordable item, with a price which is hard to match. Please follow the link for more.

Read my review.


9. WildHorn Outfitters Terralite Portable Camp Chair

WildHorn Outfitters Terralite Portable Camp Chair.
WildHorn Outfitters Terralite Portable Camp Chair.

The Terralite chair is the same weight as several other chairs here in the list. So this tells you that the competition is very strong here. What sets this chair apart is the fact that it comes with a spare set of Terragrip feet, you can see them in the picture. You will use them when you plan to use the chair on a soft surface. They will give you good stability even on sand.

There is a difference in the weight with standard and Terragrip feet. So with the standard feet, it weighs 2 lb (907 g).  This qualifies it to be in this group of backpacking and hiking chairs.

The capacity is very good, 350 lb (159 kg), and the packed size is also excellent, it packs to (L x D) 17 x 4.7 inches (43 x 12 cm). Note also that this is a very affordable chair. Please follow the link for more.

Read my review.


10. MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair

MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair
MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair.

With the weight of only 1.98 lb (898 g), this MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair deserves to be here in the list. It is built from the Cordura fabric yet it is incredibly affordable.

The chair is also ultra-compact, suitable for backpackers and hikers. Its capacity is 250 lb (113 kg). They build it in 6 colors.

Read my MARCHWAY Ultralight Folding Camping Chair review.


11. Big Agnes Helinox Chair One

Big Agnes Helinox chair one.
Big Agnes Helinox chair one.

This chair is available in no less than 12 different color combinations. The weight is 1.9 lb (0.85 kg) and it supports the weight of up to 320 lb (145 kg). Its packed size is also great, it reduces to 13.8 x 3.9 x 4.7 inches (35 x 10 x 12 cm).

The seat is quite high above the ground, its lowest point is at 13.5 inches (34.3 cm) of height. Like the other chairs here, this is an aluminum collapsible structure. Please read more in my review.

Read my review.


12. NEMO Moonlite Reclining Chair

NEMO Moonlite Reclining Chair
NEMO Moonlite Reclining Chair.

The NEMO Moonlite Reclining Chair is ultralight in view of its 1 lb 14 oz (850 g) weight, and it is also ultra-compact. The packed size is 14 x 4 x 4 inches (35 x 10 x 10 cm)

This is a chair with truly advanced technology and features. You have a patent-pending unique reclining design. This is why it is also in my list of best reclining camping chairs.

The capacity is 300 lb (136 kg) and overall dimensions are 20 x 20 x 26 inches (52 x 51 x 65 cm).

Read my NEMO Moonlite Reclining Chair review.


13. Alite Designs Mantis Chair

Alite Designs Mantis Chair.
Alite Designs Mantis Chair.

The packed size of this chair is (L x D) 10 x 5.5 inches (25 x 14 cm) and the weight is 1.8 lb (816 g). Yet it supports up to 250 pounds (113 kg). It is built in many different colors. This is a tool suitable for a variety of activities like sitting on the beach, at summer festivals, or simply enjoying in the backyard. But it is lightweight enough to be carried on the trail as well.

The frame is a durable 7000 series aluminum and the fabric is 210D ripstop nylon. As you see from the picture, the chair is with 4 points on the ground and you have plastic caps. Such a structure is great for a hard surface but not so great on very soft terrain.

Its measures are (W x D x H) 22 x 21.5 x 29 inches (56 x 55 x 74 cm). It comes in a nice stuff sack with instructions printed on it.

Take a closer look.

Here is a video review so have a look:


14. Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair

Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair.
Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair.

This Skyline UL Chair is from a new series launched by this brand for the 2019 season. In fact, you can see several of the chairs from this series here in the list. Their common feature is the absence of plastic hubs at the places where the segments of the poles connect to each other.

Other than that, the chair is similar to what you have here in the list, all tubes are shock-corded and they make one single piece. The other part is the sling which you attach to the frame. It comes with a nicely designed carry bag.

The numbers are important if you plan to carry this chair on the trail. So it weighs 1 lb 11 oz (765 g), the capacity is 275 lb (125 kg), and the packed size is (L x D) 17 x 3.5 inches (43 x 9 cm).

Read my Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair review.


15. Alite Designs Mayfly Chair

Alite Designs Mayfly Chair.
Alite Designs Mayfly Chair.

Perhaps it is best to start with the legs of this chair because it has some unique features. As you realize you have the front bar plus the two points on the back connected with yet another bar. So such a structure will hardly ever sink and it is suitable for practically any ground.

But there is more to this design. The front bar is removable and you can use it as a swinging chair, quite the same as you have in the Monarch chair below from the same brand.

This is a very lightweight and compact design. The weight is only 1.4 pounds (635 g) and its packed size is (L x D) 11.5 x 4.3 inches (29 x 11 cm). But this chair has a capacity of 250 lb (113 kg). So this is a tool suitable for backpackers and hikers and also for camping, outdoor concerts, and beaches.

The frame is a sturdy and lightweight 7000 series aluminum, all is shock-corded, but the front bar is a separate piece. The fabric is a very breathable 210D ripstop nylon. Note that it is rather low, just 2 inches (5 cm) above the ground. So if you prefer something higher check other models in the list.

Take a closer look.

See how to make it ready and how to dismantle it:


16. Big Agnes Helinox Ground Chair

Helinox Ground Chair.
Helinox Ground Chair.

With 1.35 lb (615 g) of weight, this is a true ultralight chair, and it supports up to 265 lb (120 kg). The packed size is 12.2 x 5.9  x 5.9 inches (31 x 15 x 15 cm).

The frame is all one single shock-corded piece so the setup is easy. Observe that this chair has bars instead of legs, and it has them many. This makes it suitable even for soft ground. It will not sink regardless of where you use it. More in my full review.

Read my review.


17. Alite Designs Monarch Chair

Alite Designs Monarch Chair.
Alite Designs Monarch Chair.

This Monarch chair is something totally unique, a chair with two legs only. It has been on the market for a decade already. In view of its two legs, it is surprisingly comfortable.

You have a strong aluminum frame that is able to support up to 250 lb (113 kg). But it is here in the list because of its weight, so you have only 1.3 lb (590 g). The packed size is 12 x 4.5 inches (30.5 x 11.4 cm). Please read more in my full review.

Read my review.


18. Big Agnes Skyline UL Stool

Big Agnes Skyline UL Stool.
Big Agnes Skyline UL Stool.

So what you have here is a stool, no backrest, just a seat that is 15 inches (38 cm) above the ground. The stool is ultralightweight with its 1 lb 2 oz (510 g), and its capacity is 250 lb (113 kg). The packed size is also exceptional only (L x D) 12 x 3.5 inches (30 x 9 cm).

This is a design without plastic joints, so you have a unique design they introduced for the season 2019. All the metal pieces are shock-corded so you have effectively only two parts, the frame, and the fabric seat.

Read my Big Agnes Skyline UL Stool review.


19. Helinox Chair Zero

Helinox Chair Zero.
Helinox Chair Zero.

The Chair Zero is an exceptional design, it has such a high back section, but it weighs only 18 oz (510 g). If you leave the stuff sack at home, you have only 17.3 oz (490 g). So imagine that such a chair can support up to 265 lb (120 kg), this is quite remarkable.

You have quality DAC poles used for the frame, all segments are shock-corded, and setting it up is in seconds. The packed size is 13.8 x 3.9 inches (35 x 10 cm).

Read my review.


20. Helinox Speed Stool

Helinox Speed Stool.
Helinox Speed Stool.

This stool is ultralight and ultra-compact, the weight is 1 lb (470 g) and the packed size is 16.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches (42 x 9 x 9 cm).

It is very easy to use, there is no assembly, all the elements are shock-corded to each other. You have a carry bag included, and the warranty is incredible for 5 years. The capacity is 220 lb (100 kg).

Read my Helinox Speed Stool review.


21. REI Co-op Flexlite Air Chair

REI Co-op Flexlite Air Chair.
REI Co-op Flexlite Air Chair.

I would start with the weight of this chair to understand why it is in such a position in the list. It is truly ultralight with its 1 pound (454 g) weight, and it is also nicely packable.

The capacity of this chair is typical 250 pounds (113 kg), it is easy to use, and also very affordable. A carry bag is included.

Read my REI Co-op Flexlite Air Chair review.


How to choose

Regarding the weight: Obviously, these are all ultralight chairs, but there are big differences in the weight, and this matters. But there are other criteria to bear in mind as well, so keep reading.

Packed size: This is almost at the same level by importance as the weight. You have seen all the numbers above, so choose what suits you best.

Legs design: This is one important feature which you should bear in mind when you decide about the top features mentioned above.

These are tools for the trail and it is important that you can use them on any terrain. So if this is about a soft surface or sand, you will have to go for the design where you have bars on the ground. You have seen several nice options in the list.

An alternative to this feature is the chairs that have large feet.

Ease of use: The last thing you need when you get tired in the camp is to deal with a complicated chair. So you need a design as simple as possible.

The price: The price difference can be huge. But there are top brands here and this has a price, you will see that some offer a lifetime warranty for their chair.


Final thoughts & Editor’s Choice chair

So this was my list with the best ultralight backpacking chairs. Note that this list will be updated regularly, so bookmark this post and visit it from time to time.

If you need something more suitable for ordinary camping please check in the category Camping Chairs here in the site and check my list with the best collapsible chairs for camping. See also my list of the best folding camping chairs.

Editor’s Choice

So this is one of the chairs from the list above:

Helinox Chair Zero

Product Name: Helinox Chair Zero

Product Description: This Helinox Chair Zero Review is about an award-winning ultra lightweight and very packable collapsing backpacking and hiking chair with a very easy setup.

Brand: Helinox

  • Weight - 9.9/10
    9.9/10
  • Dimensions - 7/10
    7/10
  • Packed size - 9.8/10
    9.8/10
  • Capacity - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Comfort - 9.2/10
    9.2/10
  • Craftsmanship - 9.4/10
    9.4/10
  • Price - 7.8/10
    7.8/10
8.7/10

Overall rating

Excellent:

Pros

  • Great weight & packed size.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great quality.
  • Comfortable.

Cons

  • Expensive.
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6 thoughts on “Best Ultralight Backpacking Chairs (All Below 1 kg)”

  1. Matilda Giampietro says:

    What is the highest seat light weight folding portable chair?

    1. Hi Matilda, these are all chairs with low seats. You can follow the links and see my full texts, the seat height is given for some of them.

  2. You should add the Air Chair from Sierra Madre to the list. I think their chair comes in at 616g.

    1. Thank you, I shall keep an eye on it, as I understand it is not available now. If it is not available at big online sellers, then there is no point in adding it here.

  3. Stargaze camp chair is really a great chair for on the go to camp. It is comfortable and easy to pack and take-away.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Sabina. But there is no such a chair here in the list.

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