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Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair Review
Cons: Yellow fabric gets filthy, small cup holders, potentially less durable
The Kijaro Dual Lock folding chair received rave reviews from our testers and takes home our Best Buy Award! It earned one of the highest scores in our review, yet was one of the least expensive. It is incredibly versatile and can easily be used for camping, tailgating, or going to the beach. It's also convenient to carry to the concert or park. Overall, we think our Best Buy winner had one of the best combinations of comfort, support, and ease of transport.
The Kijaro website boasts that this chair has, "Sag free seating," which is what results in its extra back support and firm feeling. A few testers preferred the looser and more lounge-conducive build of chairs like the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong, which won our Editors' Choice Award, but if a supportive chair sounds good to you, then the Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair is not only the Best Buy, it's also the best pick for you. This chair comes in eight fun colors. Read on to learn more!
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair is hands-down one of the most favorite models that we tested. Not only is it a steal at $35, but it's lightweight, comfortable, attractive, has good ventilation, AND is super stable! Whew, no wonder it was a favorite! Another great feature about this chair is its versatility. It is great for camping, tailgating, hanging out on the beach, and more.
The only chairs that received a higher comfort score than the Kijaro were the Eureka Curvy High-Back and the Alps Mountaineering King Kong. This being said, our testers were divided about these candidates. Those who preferred more support thought that the Kijaro was more comfortable. Those who wanted "slouchier," more cushioned models preferred the other chairs. The Kijaro is positioned in an upright, but relaxed position that is perfect for closing your eyes and napping or relaxing and reading a book. We closely compared the Coleman Oversize Quad with Cooler ($35) to the Kijaro ($40) because of their similar price points. Testers overwhelmingly preferred to spend an extra $5 on the Kijaro because of its superior support. The Coleman was too slouchy and it was hard to tell where the back of the chair ended and the seat of the chair began. The taut fabric of the Kijaro, coupled with its spacious and supportive armrests, is well worth a few extra bucks and will provide comfortable seating all day.
In addition to excellent support, the Kijaro also has a ventilated back mesh panel. This feature made long lounge sessions in the sun comfortable and breezy, which helps prevent your shirt from getting soaked with sweat. However, compared to the luxurious seat of the Eureka, the Kijaro's mesh panel is very simple. The Eureka's seat has multiple layers of mesh, which increases the fabric's durability, and the mesh makes up both the back and the seat of the chair.
The Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair was the most portable traditional style chair that we tested. What makes it so easy to travel with is its lightweight design and built-in carrying strap. The carrying strap was unique to only this model, and we loved it! This design eliminates the step of having to pack the chair in its storage bag for travel. Since these chairs are designed for use in a temporary location, increased portability really makes them more user-friendly. With this strap, the Kijaro was solidified as the most convenient traditional chair and the most comfortable model to pack around.
Our Best Buy winner was only out-performed in this metric by some of the portable models, like the REI Camp Stowaway Low. The Stowaway costs $45 and also has an upright chair orientation and taut fabric in the back and seat. Additionally, this model only weighs five pounds and is two feet long when collapsed. The biggest practical difference between the Stowaway and the Kijaro is the seat height: the seat of the Kijaro is just over three feet tall and that of the Stowaway is not even three inches. If you like firm chairs and want one that is packable, consider the Stowaway. If not, we preferred the seat height and overall comfort of the Kijaro.
The seat of the Kijaro is constructed with 600 x 300D ripstop polyester and has a weight capacity of 300 lbs. This is reassuring, because the taut construction of the seat made some folks question if the fabric was more stressed than in some of the slouchier models. Regardless, there was no noted wear or tear to the materials at the end of the testing process. If it is of concern to you, the yellow material did have an affinity for picking up stains.
Ease of Set-Up
Assembly was no problem with the Kijaro. The only challenge was finding the "lock/unlock" button that must be pressed before setting up the chair. Once you remember to press the button, set-up is essentially over. The chair just needs to be pulled apart in the same way that the other traditional models do. The overall assembly takes less than 5 seconds. Not bad! When collapsing the Kijaro, the lock button must again be engaged in order to allow the chair to fold up.
Each armrest has one cup holder and there is one side storage pouch for keeping a few essentials readily accessible. Unfortunately, the cup holders are a little small for coffee mugs, but they do fit 12 oz cans. The storage pouch is pretty slim and has room for a cell phone, keys, and a couple of snack bars. This is better than no storage, but testers became accustomed to the luxurious additional features of models like the King King and Coleman Oversize Quad. Prolonged lounging requires more than just a couple of snacks, and with these competing models, it was nice to have all necessary items easily accessible and off of the ground.
As already discussed, the Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair is incredibly versatile. As a result, we would highly recommend it to those readers who want seating for multiple uses. It is comfortable for activities that involve sitting for a long period of time, such as a summer concert or hanging out at a fire ring. But it is also portable enough to carry on a 10-15 min walk, such as for a day of fishing or down a boardwalk to the beach.
For $40, this chair isn't just a good value, it is the best value, which is why we awarded it our Best Buy Award. Testers felt that this chair would last for many years and was good for a large variety of uses. These factors, coupled with its price, resulted in the Kijaro taking home top honors. Several other chairs were within $5 of the Kijaro, but none rivaled its performance. The Coleman Quad, at $35, offers little support and is not as comfortable. The REI Camp X costs the same, but its low back only provides partial back support. The Stowaway, for $45, is a portable model with good support, but its seat is so low that it's difficult to get in and out of.
The Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair performed nearly as well as our Editors' Choice winner, the Alps Mountaineering King Kong, yet it cost less than half of the price. It was easy to carry and is recommended for the widest variety of activities. Thanks to its taut seat, this chair has a very supportive feeling. Almost all our testers thought it was comfortable, but some did prefer the more slack and cushioned feeling of the Alps or the Eureka. Overall, the Kijaro was received with great reviews and is an affordable, reliable, and versatile camping chair option.
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