A simple but very comfortable and competitively priced deckchair-style chair, suitable for longer camping holidays, plus picnics and trips to the beach, so long as you don’t need to carry it too far from the car.
Great high back
Sits low to the ground
No arm rests
No head rest
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The Mountain Warehouse Soft Padded Folding Armchair is a simple, soft, padded, deckchair-style outdoor pew – clue in the name – and there are no hidden bells and whistles. But, for the very reasonable price, what more do you really need? The larger size and middling weight of Mountain Warehouse’s offering makes it best suited for longer car-camping holidays, or for popping in larger camper vans.
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The surprisingly tough steel frame feels like it will take years of use, so this chair could potentially accompany you on many al fresco outings for years to come, and of course, it can be used at home in the garden too, and on picnics and trips to the beach.
RRP: £50 (UK)
Weight: 4.6kg /10lb 2oz
Size (HxW): 112 x 62cm / 44 x 24in
Pack size: 118 x 61 x 10cm / 46.5 x 24 x 4in
Capacity: 110kg / 242lb
Colours: Dark green / Orange
Compatibility: Ideal for relaxed camping holidays or summer days in the garden
In the field
Whether you’re heading off for a week’s camping holiday, or simply getting out for a bit of fresh air, once you arrive at your destination, the Mountain Warehouse Soft Padded Folding Armchair unfolds in seconds, so you can instantly pour a drink or grab a book and get comfortable – no messing about. Like most deckchair-style camping chairs, this design sits quite low to the ground, so anyone with dodgy knees might want to pick something with a higher seat. A head rest would have made a good addition, but we liked that the longer back rest gives great support to the tall and the short alike, and the Armchair is so comfy you can easily nap in it, which isn’t true of many of the other camping chairs we reviewed. We enjoyed using the Mountain Warehouse Soft Padded Folding Armchair on test, and our only real issue is that if the chair material, which is padded with thick sponge, gets wet it takes a lot longer to dry than more premium models, and could smell mouldy if it isn’t aired and stored properly. It’s also a pity there are no armrests. It is, however, great for sunbathing in the garden as well as at camp, and the smart khaki and orange colourways are easier on the eye than most garish camping chairs – we recommend picking the khaki, which doesn’t show up dirt.
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.
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