Best Heavy Duty Camping Chair: Top-Rated 2021 Chairs For Big & Tall Campers

The best camping gear is not the same for everyone, it often depends on a person’s preferred camping style and particular physique, body shape and size. We’re discussing our top picks for the best heavy duty camping chair for larger individuals based on ergonomics, body type and camping style from backpacking to car camping and RVing.

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Questions To Consider When Buying A Heavy-Duty Camping Chair

You can’t find the perfect chair without knowing exactly what features and functions you want it to provide. Before you start shopping, ask yourself these questions:

Weight Restrictions & Size

  • Does your chair need to fit a certain body type? Short & Heavy, Tall & Heavy, Tall & Average Weight
  • Does your chair need to sit high off the ground for people with long legs?
  • Do you need a deep and wide seat that is low to the ground to fit people who are heavy and short?
  • Do you want a chair that fully collapses or folds compactly for storage and transportation?
  • Does your chair need to be lightweight for backpacking or light car camping?

Functionality & Features

  • Do you need lumbar support?
  • Do you want your chair to easily setup?
  • Do you want oversized drink holders?
  • Do you want pockets for phones, books, magazines?
  • Do you want an attached table on your camping chair?
  • Do you want a chair with a cooler?
  • Do you want a rocker?
  • Do you want a carry bag with your chair?
  • Do you have any “must have” or “must not have” personal preferences for you to consider a particular model to be a great camping chair?

Features Of Strong Camp Chairs For Big Guys & Heavy People

Standard portable camping chairs are designed to handle specific body weights which are usually in the range of 200-250 pounds. The best camping chairs for a heavy person have a much higher weight capacity because they are manufactured with sturdy materials like durable fabrics and heavy-duty steel frames.

You’ll also find that a well-constructed heavy-duty chair has solid armrests and an oversized seat. The strong thread used to sew the fabric is usually double-stitched and the frame is reinforced in all the right places to withstand the increased demands of bigger, heavier people who want their camping gear to last a long time.

Popular choices are comfortable chairs but the extra features are what make some of them absolutely great chairs for outdoor activities and enjoyable camping trips.


Top Heavy Duty Chairs For Campers

Because each person has different needs, we’ve organized these chairs according to weight limitations first then unique features and the campers who they are designed for.


Best Camping Chair For Heavy People

Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair

  • Weight Limit: 800 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Powder-coated steel
  • Seat Material: 600D Polyester
  • Transportation: Folds Up
  • Unique Features: 24.5 inch wide cushioned seat, 1 back and 2 side storage pockets
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Our family owns several of the King Kong Chairs and we love them!

With a maximum weight capacity of 800 pounds, this oversized chair has a roomy seat that measures 20 inches deep and 24.5 inches wide. It is made with padded durable 600D polyester fabric that provides strength and comfort even if you are sitting in it for long hours.

There are 2 cup holders, one for each of the adjustable armrests which is great when you want to place a drink in one and your phone or sunglasses in the other. This is also awesome for right and left-handed campers.

There are 3 storage compartments on this chair too! One side pocket hangs under each arm rest and there is a third pocket on the back of the chair. These are great things when you want to have books and magazines within reach.

This chair folds up and slips into the included shoulder carry bag making it easy to transport to your campsite and store it when it is not in use.

The chair itself weighs approximately 13 pounds.

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Best Durable Camping Director Chair

Coastrail Outdoor Oversized Director Chair With Table

  • Weight Limit: 600 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Alloy Steel, powder-coated steel tube
  • Seat Material: 600D Polyester
  • Transportation: Folds Flat
  • Unique Features: Side table with cup holder
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Why are directors chairs so popular? This particular model has a wider seat measuring 28 inches and is super comfortable because of the padding.

The side table is really convenient because it just folds down for storage. I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate having a chair with a table attached for holding my magazines and drinks! The opposite side of this chair has a hanging pocket organizer to hold small items.

The Coastrail chair has an impressive weight capacity of 600 pounds. This chair does not fold up … it folds flat so it is a bit more cumbersome to transport but it does have two hand straps making it easy to carry.

The chair itself weighs approximately 16 pounds.

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Best Solid Curved Armrests Chair For Car Camping

Alps Mountaineering Camp Chair

  • Weight Limit: 425 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Seat Material: 600D Polyester
  • Transportation: Folds Flat
  • Unique Features: Solid and padded curved armrests
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The solid armrests on the Alps Mountaineering Camp Chair make you feel like you are sitting in a regular heavyweight lawn chair … you don’t get that feature in many portable chairs. This design provides lots of extra comfort.

When you look at this chair it does not look like it would be easy to transport … but it is, because it has a detachable back frame that allows the chair to fold flat for transportation. The back of the chair has a padded back panel that is extra tall providing comfortable support.

This chair has an extraordinary weight limit of 425 pounds in spite of the fact that it is one of the lightest models weighing approximately 11 pounds.

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Best Heavy-Duty Back-Friendly Camp Chair

Timber Ridge Camping Chair

  • Weight Limit: 400 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Powder-coated steel
  • Seat Material: Padded foam & high-quality polyester
  • Transportation: Folds Up
  • Unique Features: High back with ergonomic back-curve design
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The Timber Ridge folding camping chair has a 22 inch high back that is designed to fit the curve of your back. The seat is padded and so are the detachable arm rests. When this chair is at our campsite, it is one of the first to be used because it is really comfortable … especially for campers with bad backs.

This chair conveniently folds up and is easily transported in its carry bag. It has an impressive weight limit of 400 pounds and weighs approximately 14 pounds.

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Top Portable Chair For Tall Campers

XXL Kijaro Dual Lock Portable Camping And Sports Chair

  • Weight Limit: 400 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Steel
  • Seat Material: 600 x 300D Ripstop Polyester & mesh airflow
  • Transportation: Folds Up
  • Unique Features: Seat height is 20 inches from the ground & two drink holders, one that holds a 32-ounce drink
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With a name that begins with XXL, you might think that the Kijaro camp chair would have one of the highest weight limits … but it doesn’t. Still, a 400 pound maximum weight is beyond what most campers need for their gear.

The really impressive design feature of the XXL Kijaro is the higher seat height … it is 20 inches from the ground! That is about 4 inches taller than the average kitchen chair which is great for campers with long legs.

The other thing that makes this a great choice is the mesh cup holders … one holds a 32 oz. drink (I use those for my extra-large hiking water bottles) and the second is a standard sized drink holder which is great for holding regular water, beer and soda cans and bottles.

The zippered mesh pocket makes a perfect cell phone holder.

If I am going to sit in a chair that does not have a padded seat, I prefer a breathable mesh seat back like this model has (personally, solid unpadded fabric is my last choice in seat design).

This chair folds up and is simply carted by the carry straps on the frame and it weighs approximately 12 pounds.

NOTE: There is a standard version of this Kijaro chair called the Kijaro Dual Lock Portable Camping And Sports Chair. It has similar features but can only accommodate 300 pounds, has 2 standard sized mesh pockets for drink holders and only sits 18 inches off the ground.

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Top Portable Chair With Lumbar Support

KingCamp Camping Chair With Lumbar Back Support & Cooler

  • Weight Limit: 350 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Steel
  • Seat Material: 600 x 300D oxford fabrics
  • Transportation: Folds Up
  • Unique Features: Adjustable lumbar back support & cooler in armrest
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The KingCamp Camping Chair is getting near the more weight-restricted end of the spectrum of heavy-duty chairs for campers with bad backs. It has a weight limit of 350 pounds but if that is enough for your needs, it is a fantastic option. Why? Because somebody decided to include the best thing for keeping your drink cold on a hot summer camp day … the insulated cooler bag in the arm rest! It can hold 3 cans of your favorite beverage! The other arm has a standard sized drink holder.

The lumbar support system has an adjustable strap so you can place the support in the perfect place to fit your body.

The side storage bag is great for holding phones, keys and magazines.

This chair comes with its own carry bag that neatly tucks into the zippered head storage bag which can also be stuffed with a pillow for neck support.

This chair folds up for easy transportation and weighs approximately 11 pounds.

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Best Heavy Duty Backpacking Chair

Helinox Chair Savanna High-Back Collapsible Camp Chair

  • Weight Limit: 320 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Seat Material: Machine washable Polyester
  • Transportation: Collapses and folds up
  • Unique Features: Single internal bungee cord that assembles poles to set up chair
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If backpackers had to rely on black powder coated steel construction to get a sturdy chair, they would be sacrificing a lot in the weight department.

This Helinox chair is the perfect choice for campers who want a comfortable seat with a sturdy frame without a hefty weight.

This may be the first chair you’ve seen that can handle a weight of 320 pounds but only weighs about 4 pounds itself! The secret is the lightweight aluminum alloy material that provides maximum strength with very little weight.

This chair fully collapses and easily stores in a pack. When you’re ready to use it, you just let the single internal bungee cord do the work for you … just hold the center of the frame, shake left and right and the frame is easily assembled with the Shock Cord function. Then you just place the seat (which happens to be a machine washable fabric) on the frame and you’re in business!

It is a good idea to also get the Helinox Chair Ground Sheet accessory with this chair … it prevents the chair from sinking into soft ground.

And, if you like rocking, you can get the Helinox Camp Chair Rocking Accessory Runners that turn your stationary chair into a relaxing rocker.

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Best Folding Chairs For Reclining & Rocking

Recliners and rockers are unique types of chairs for camping so we grouped these styles together, first by weight limit, then by unique features and the campers who they are designed for.


Best Heavyweight Camping Recliner

Timber Ridge Oversized Zero Gravity Folding Recliner

  • Weight Limit: 350 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Steel
  • Seat Material: Durable Polyester
  • Transportation: Folds Flat
  • Unique Features: Adjustable, fully reclining & folding sliding side table with drink and phone holders
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Who doesn’t love reclining on a relaxing camp day? This Timber Ridge recliner has a sturdy steel frame that can hold up to 350 pounds. You can sit in a fully upright position or recline to a fully laid back position and use the locking mechanism to keep you where you want to be … hence the name … zero gravity chair.

This comfortable camping chair is fully padded and the pillow is removable so you can use it to support your head, neck or back.

The folding sliding side table is great for holding magazines and drinks while you recline.
The strong steel frame, extra support and luxurious features of this chair come at a cost, this is the heaviest chair on our list, weighing in at about 23 pounds. As heavy as it is, you can still haul it relatively easily because it does fold flat for transportation and storage.

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Best Rocking Chair For Backpacking

Helinox Chair Savanna High-Back Collapsible Camp Chair

We talked about this exact chair earlier but wanted to mention it here again because it is designed to be a stationary chair but is convertible with the Helinox Camp Chair Rocking Accessory Runners to be used as a rocker … which is perfect for backpackers.

The chair weighs approximately 4 pounds and folds up for lightweight packing and transportation.

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Best Locking Camping Rocking Chair

ALPS Mountaineering Rocking Chair

  • Weight Limit: 300 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Powder-coated steel
  • Seat Material: 600D Polyester
  • Transportation: Folds Flat
  • Unique Features: Securely locks into place when folded for storage or open for relaxing
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The ALPS Mountaineering line of chairs is super popular but many campers don’t know they have rockers too. This one has a weight capacity of 300 pounds and folds flat for transportation and storage. As far as camping rockers go, this one has a mid-range weight itself of about 18 pounds. Locks hold this rocker in place when it is in use as well as for storage.

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Best Smoothly Rocking Camping Chair

GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Rocking Chair

  • Weight Limit: 250 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Powder-coated steel
  • Seat Material: Mesh backrest
  • Transportation: Folds Flat
  • Unique Features: Patented Spring-Action Rocking Technology, smooth rocking motion on outdoor surfaces
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The unique spring-action allows you to use the GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker on almost any surface. This portable rocking chair has padded arm rests, a built-in beverage holder, a mesh backrest and a handy carry handle.

It has one of the most restrictive weight limits of 250 pounds while weighing approximately 12 pounds itself. It folds flat for transportation and storage and is available in different colors too.

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Most Compact Rocker For Car Camping

GCI Outdoor RoadTrip Rocker Outdoor Rocking Chair

  • Weight Limit: 250 Pounds
  • Frame Material: Lightweight steel/aluminum hybrid
  • Seat Material: Mesh paneling backrest
  • Transportation: Folds Up
  • Unique Features: Folds Up, hard arm armrests & Patented Spring-Action Rocking Technology, smooth rocking motion on outdoor surfaces
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With the exception of fully collapsible backpacking-style rocking chairs, this GCI Outdoor RoadTrip Rocker is the lightest and most convenient camping rocker to transport. It only weighs about 13 pounds thanks to its steel/aluminum hybrid frame but it can accommodate a person who is 250 pounds.

The seat height of this full-size chair is a comfortable 19.7 inches.

It completely folds up to fit inside its carry bag that is easy to tote around with the shoulder strap.

As with other GCI rockers, this model has unique spring-action technology that allows you to use this chair on almost any type of surface.

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Fun Activities While Relaxing In Camp Chairs

You may just enjoy the tweeting birds and beautiful scenery while sitting in your camp chair but you may want to liven things up a bit. Here are a few fun ideas:

Play the one or more of the best board games for camping … they are a blast … rain or shine!

Enjoy these 10 fun activities and campfire games with the entire family.

Got a big crowd that needs to be entertained? Try these awesome campfire games for large groups!

Make a new version of the old classic campfire dessert. Try these 10 Mouth-Watering Smore Variations and let me know if you try my favorite: “Tropical Therapy”.

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