Kelty Essential Camping Chair

Kelty Essential Camping Chair.

The Kelty Essential Camping Chair is a folding easy to use steel construction with adjustable armrests and with padded seat and backrest.  

Key features & benefits

  • Folding chair.
  • Padded.
  • Adjustable armrests.
  • Bottle holder.
  • Padded roll-tote storage.
  • Great price.


This Kelty Essential Camping Chair is a folding type, and this means it comes ready to use and there is no assembly of any kind. You open or close this chair in seconds.

It has been on the market for several years already so there are many reports about it at various online sellers’ sites, and the chair is highly rated by users.

For transportation you have their unique roll-tote storage shown in the picture below. As you see, it has three straps with buckles and a nice shoulder strap.

Roll-tote carry system.
Roll-tote carry system.

This is the same system they use in many of their chairs. It comes even in their double-wide or triple-wide chairs. See this Kelty Lowdown Couch as an example.

Note that this roll-tote carry item is padded and this is on purpose. You can use it as a camping mat to sit on the ground, or you can use it as a mat for your dog.

The chair itself is lightly padded as well all over the seat and the backrest. It comes with soft and padded armrests and on one side you have a large bottle holder. 

Soft and adjustable armrests with an integrated bottle holder.
Soft and adjustable armrests with an integrated bottle holder.

The armrests are adjustable. They have straps on the back for this purpose so you can adjust the angle, but they are fixed on the front where you have a bar for support.

Observe that the bottle holder has a divider, so you can use it in the case that you have a small size bottle, see how this works:

Divider for smaller bottles.
Divider for smaller bottles.

The frame is a powder-coated steel construction, and on all four sides you have those X-crossed support bar. This makes the chair very stable and sturdy. Note that the feet are wide so the chair will not easily sink if you use it on a soft ground.

The fabric is a durable 600D polyester, and from pictures you see that they have two different colors. The same is with the mentioned roll-tote carry tool. 

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Who is it for

Regarding the capacity, the chair is quite typical with its 300 lb (136 kg) official capacity. So this should be good enough for most of users. But if you need more please check my list of camping chairs for heavy people.

Regarding the dimensions, they are (L x W x H) ‎21 x 21.5 x 37 inches (53 x 55 x 94 cm) so this is again a decent size. Note that the seat is a bit low, the height is 16.5 inches (42 cm).

Regarding the weight, it cannot be described as particularly light, but the weight is typical for such camping chairs, it weighs 7 lb (3.18 kg).

You have seen how it looks when rolled up. So the packed size is 36.5 x 7.6 x 6.8 in (93 x 19 x 17 cm), a bit bulky but this is normal to expect here.

Regarding the price, I think it is fair for a chair with such features and from such a globally know brand. Kelty as a brand has been around for more than half a century already. 


  • Weight: 7 lb (3.18 kg).
  • Capacity: 300 lb (136 kg).
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): ‎21 x 21.5 x 37 in (53 x 55 x 94 cm).
  • Folded dimensions: ‎36.5 x 7.6 x 6.8 in (93 x 19 x 17 cm).
  • Seat height: 16.5 in (42 cm).
  • Frame: steel.

Rating, pros & cons

Below you can see how this chair stands against my standard rating criteria so that you can compare it with some other products of this type. The rating is consistently applied to all the chairs here in the site.

Easy to use padded folding steel chair
Kelty Essential Camping Chair.

Product Name: Kelty Essential Camping Chair

Product Description: The Kelty Essential Camping Chair Is a Folding and Easy to Use Steel Construction with Adjustable Armrests and with Padded Seat and Backrest.

Brand: Kelty


MPN: 61511719CYB

  • Weight - 7.5/10
  • Dimensions - 7.6/10
  • Packed size - 5.5/10
  • Capacity - 7.5/10
  • Comfort - 9.2/10
  • Craftsmanship - 9.6/10


This chair scores well in almost all rating criteria.


  • Easy to use.
  • Reliable.
  • Great carry system.
  • Fair price.


  • Bulky.
User Review
8/10 (1 vote)

Final thoughts

So this Kelty Essential Camping Chair is very typical for Kelty. They have a collection built in the same style. This includes single, double, and triple chairs, you will find them here in the site. It is hard to believe, but they even have a 12-seat chair, the Kelty Cheeky Dozen.

All in all this is a very reliable, easy to use, and affordable outdoor chair. I particularly like its roll-tote carry system, you can use it in various ways. Fully recommended.

Best places to buy:



Camping World UK


For more options from this brand, please check in my separate text Kelty camp chair. Search also under the category Camping Chairs, you will find them many here in the site, and in all sizes and shapes.

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