Our top pick if you’re after an integrated table, the Coleman Deck Chair is also easy to store, quick to put up and can be transported without taking up too much room in your vehicle.
Low-slung design doesn’t support upper back ant neck
Looks dirty fast
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We’ll start with the obvious attribute: the Coleman Deck Chair with folding table comes, as it's name suggests, complete with a side table, which means you don’t need to bring a separate folding camp table with you on your camping holidays, which is extremely handy and frees up useful space in your vehicle.
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It weighs in at just under 3.5kg/8lb, and we gave the Coleman Deck Chair top marks on test for easy transportation – the chair unfolds and folds up in seconds, fits in the bottom of a car boot/trunk without taking up much room at all, and two integrated straps mean you can carry the Deck chair without needing to stick it in a separate easy-to-misplace carry bag.
•RRP: $ (US) / £70 (UK)
•Weight: 3.46kg /7lb 10oz
•Size (WxDxH): 62 x 55 x 78cm / 24.5 x 21.6 x 30.7in
•Pack size: 13x55x78cm / 5x22x30in
•Capacity: 113kg / 249lb
•Colours: Grey / black
•Compatibility: Perfect for picnics and car camping trips of all durations
In the field
Unlike other chairs with built-in tables that we have tested over the years, the surface on the Coleman Deck Chair is actually big enough to hold plenty of drinks and snacks, and it locks securely into place so it doesn’t wobble if you get up or move the chair around. We like the curved arms and wide supportive back panel of this chair too. The aluminium legs are connected at the bottom, so you won’t sink into soft ground – making it ideal for taking to the beach. If you like a chair to support your upper back and neck you might not get on with this low-slung design, however. The Coleman Deck Chair isn’t really comfy enough to lounge in for hours at a time, and is better suited to evening drinks rather than all-day relaxing. The chair’s coated polyester material is easy to wipe clean but we’d still have preferred a darker color to this light khaki, which does look dirty quickly.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.