Kelty Lowdown Camp Chair – Comfortable & Reliable


Kelty Lowdown Camp Chair is a nicely constructed folding camping chair, a very durable steel construction, stable and reliable, and with a great price tag.

Kelty Lowdown Chair.
Kelty Lowdown Chair.

Key features & benefits

  • Padded seat and the back.
  • Adjustable armrests.
  • Very durable materials.
  • Insulated & adjustable cupholders.
  • Multi-function Roll-Tote storage bag.

Take a closer look.

What type chair is this

The Kelty Lowdown is a folding construction so there is no assembly here, it is ready in seconds. The construction is very similar to the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong which you will see in the comparison table below.

You have 4 points on the ground where all support bars and legs converge. The structure is very stable and with wide plastic feet which perform well on a hard surface.

As mentioned above, the seat is padded and the same is on the back. The armrests are adjustable, there are straps on the back for this purpose, they are visible in the picture below.

Everything used in the construction is durable, the frame is steel and the fabric is 600D poly.

Side view. Observe the adjustment strap for the armrest.
Side view. Observe the adjustment strap for the armrest.

The chair is built in three colors and you also have a bonus insulated single cupholder with an adjustable structure to fit various sizes of caps and various objects. You can see it above, observe how wide it is.

Who is it for

The capacity of this chair is quite impressive, it can easily support up to 350 lb (158 kg). The seat depth is the same as in the King Kong but note that it is considerably lower, the seat is  12 inches (30 cm) above the ground.

With the weight of 7 lb 6 oz (3.4 kg), this is a portable chair but this is not a tool to carry long distances. If you need something to carry in the backpack, check this Helinox Chair One or the even lighter Helinox  Chair Zero which is only 1.12 lb (0.51 kg) weight.

The carry bag

Th carry bag is a great feature of this system, you will see it in the video below. This is a really multi-functional piece which is padded and you can use it as a mat in the camp.

The roll-Tote storage system is very easy to use and multifunctional.
The roll-Tote storage system is very easy to use and multifunctional.

The Lowdown Chair is a part of a larger collection which includes several chairs and all of them are presented in this short video so please have a look:

Good and less good features

Here is my short summary:

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  • Very comfortable.
  • Great quality.
  • Great armrest design.
  • Very easy to use.

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  • A bit heavy.

The price & rating

As of the moment of writing this text the price on Amazon for this chair is only $49. This changes all the time so please check for updates in the links given in the text.

The rating by Amazon customers is also very good, the average is at 4.3/5. See how I rate it:

My rating breakdown of the Kelty Lowdown chair
  • 7.5/10
    Weight - 7.5/10
  • 7.3/10
    Dimensions - 7.3/10
  • 5.5/10
    Packed size - 5.5/10
  • 8/10
    Capacity - 8/10
  • 9.4/10
    Comfort - 9.4/10
  • 9.7/10
    Craftsmanship - 9.7/10
  • 9.2/10
    Price - 9.2/10


  • Weight: 7 lb 6 oz (3.4 kg) – this number is directly from Kelty.
  • Capacity: 350 lb (159 kg).
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 21.5 x 20 x 29 in (55 x 51 x 74 cm).
  • Seat height: 12 in (30 cm).
  • Packed size: 32.5 x 8 x 8 in (83 x 20 x 20 cm).
  • Frame: steel.
  • Fabric: 600D polyester.

Kelty Lowdown Camp Chair vs Competitors

Here I give the Lowdown chair side by side with the King Kong and the Helinox chair, so these are all renown brands and the chairs are very popular. As you realize it is in between the other two with respect to the weight and the packed size. But it is the most affordable, please follow the links to see more.

lb (kg)

(W x D x H), in (cm)

Packed size,
in (cm)

lb (kg)


Kelty Lowdown


21.5 x 20 x 29
(55 x 51 x 74)

32.5 x 8 x 8
(83 x 20 x 20)

350 (159)


Helinox Chair 2 Rocker


21.7 x 25.6 x 34.3 (55 x 65 x 87)

24.4 x 6.5 x 6.5
(62 x 17 x 17)

320 (145)


ALPS Mountaineering King Kong


38 x 20 x 38
(96 x 51 x 96)

41 x 7 x 7
(104 x 18 x 18)

800 (363)


Final thoughts

So the Kelty Lowdown Camp Chair is a very comfortable item, and also very reliable as one can expect from Kelty. This is a nice design with a great balance between the comfort and portability. But if you are very tall, it may be a bit low for you; in such a case check the King Kong chair given in the comparison table above.

Note also that they have a double-wide chair in this series, the Kelty Loveseat camping chair.

If you still feel that you need something different, please check in the category Camping Chairs here in the site. Check the KingCamp Folding Quad Chair with lumbar support. But see also this Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler and the price without a match. If you need a lower and smaller chair, check this KingCamp Low Sling chair.

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Thank you for reading. Please use the comment box below in the case of questions and comments. Have a nice day. 


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