Helinox Chair One Original
Helinox Chair One Original
If you need to pack small and light but refuse to sacrifice comfort, this is the chair for you. The Chair One was the first mind-blowing piece of adventure furniture by Helinox, and it was immediately recognized by the industry as something special. The Helinox Chair One received a Red Dot Award for Design Excellence in 2013, was recognized at the Munich ISPO Awards as "the best outdoor adventure accessory" of 2013, and was displayed at the International Design Museum in Singapore. It also received enthusiastic recognition on various "best outdoor gear" lists. There are chairs that look similar to the Helinox Chair One, but in terms of quality and international acclaim, there's nothing like the Chair One.
Taking into consideration packed size, weight, load rating, looks, comfort, awards, industry recognition and price, the Chair One blows away the so-called "competition". With a frame of anodized DAC aluminum (actually, the highly acclaimed aluminum/titanium alloy TH72M), the chair weighs-in at just 2lbs yet supports a whopping 320lbs! Packed dimensions are 14" x 4" x 5" – smaller than a loaf of bread - yet assembled, the chair measures 26" high (top of backrest), 21" wide, and has a seat height of 13.5". Low, yes, but sometimes a low seat is exactly what you need - at outdoor concerts, for instance, or hunting or birding.
I presently have the Chair One Original in Swedish Blue (gray frame), Rhubarb Red (gray frame), Cloud Burst Gray (gold frame) and Black (blue frame).
Be sure to get a Ground Sheet to make your Helinox chair compatible with sand and soft ground - also to help save your tent floor.
By the way, from time to time at events, passersby will ask me, incredulously if not derisively, if these chairs are for adults. The question is often accompanied by the comment, "I'd never be able to get out of it," or, "That wouldn't hold my fat ass." I've sold over 2,000 Chair Ones, all to adults, with ages ranging from their early 20's to early 80's and weight ranging from just under 100lbs to well over 320lbs, and the chairs perform well for everyone and even the biggest guys get in and out of them with ease. Out of 2,000+ sold, I've had exactly three returned. One had four bent poles - likely due to intentional abuse or a special kind of stupid - and the other two, owned by guys who were 40lbs beyond the warrantied weight limit, had slightly bent back legs (both of the guys loved their chairs and just wanted new ones). Unless you're north of 320lbs, the chair will hold your fat ass - and if you can't get out of it, don't laugh at the chair.