ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous Review
Cons: Very low to ground, no head/neck support
Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
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|Pros||Supportive, very durable, low profile, easy to use||Fits just about anyone, comfortably padded seat, super robust, plenty of storage, simple to use||Comfortable, well-ventilated, stable, great storage, easy to use, good price||Carrying strap is built-in and easy to use, set-up is casual, exceptional support for your back, lightweight||Easy to set up, tall angled back, supportive, high seat height, less expensive|
|Cons||Very low to ground, no head/neck support||Fairly large and heavy, holds water, not breathable||Low back height, slightly lower seat height, cup holder not ideal for thin beverages||Fabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be larger||Very tall seat, limited pockets, no locking mechanism, long when packed|
|Bottom Line||This is a stable supportive chair with an exceptionally low profile for those times when you want to sit but still be discreet||Our favorite among all contenders, this robust chair makes camp lounging a simple and comfortable affair||It's tough to complain about this versatile and portable chair, especially considering the price||Taking the slouch out of camping chairs, this highly supportive model is easy to get in and out of||A tall chair with a simple set up that's easy to use and less expensive to buy|
|Rating Categories||ALPS Mountaineering...||ALPS Mountaineering...||REI Co-op Camp X||Kijaro Dual Lock Fo...||GCI Outdoor Comfort...|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Specs||ALPS Mountaineering...||ALPS Mountaineering...||REI Co-op Camp X||Kijaro Dual Lock Fo...||GCI Outdoor Comfort...|
|Weight||7.1 lbs||14.1 lbs||8.0 lbs||9.8 lbs||8.3 lbs|
|Weight Capacity||300 lbs||800 lbs||300 lbs||300 lbs||300 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions (length x width x height)||29" x 8" x 8"||39" x 8" x 8"||33" x 7" x 7"||45" x 7" x 7"||45" x 7" x 5"|
|Unfolded Dimensions (depth x width x height)||21" x 23" x 24"||24" x 37" x 38"||21" x 31" x 31"||25" x 35" x 37"||25" x 35" x 37"|
|Seat Height (middle)||3"||15"||11.5"||15"||15"|
|Features||Mesh back and seat sides, foam-wrapped armrests||2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest, adjustable armrests||1 uniquely shaped cup holder, "stowable" armrest pouch, adjustable armrests||2 cup holders, side pocket, carrying strap||Beverage holder, small sleeve pocket|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Rendezvous is a low-profile chair that sits just off the ground. This chair is feature-free aside from a mesh back, foam-wrapped arms, and carry case.
The Rendezvous is an incredibly supportive chair. Unlike some chairs that are all slouch and become uncomfortable after 20 minutes, this one continues to provide structure and is quite breathable with a mesh back and seat to keep that airflow coming. The armrests are foam-coated to add comfort and the wide base provides stability. That said, the incredibly low profile might create a lack of upper back support for taller folks. Additionally, at a measly three inches from the ground, some may have a hard time getting in and out of this chair. At the end of the day, we found this chair to be pretty comfortable — as long as you're not trying to nap in it.
The Rendezvous weighs 7.1 pounds and comes with a convenient carry case with a wide, adjustable shoulder strap.
Constructed of thick, canvas-feeling 600D polyester and a "sturdy powder-coated steel frame," we feel secure sitting in the Rendezvous. All the seams are double-stitched and reinforced at pressure points, and even the storage bag is made of the same durable polyester construction.
The only thing that gives us a moment's hesitation is extra movement in the frame when pushing down on the armrests to stand up. Looking at the frame, you can see where the sides of the seat poles are meant to sit. Since they don't snap into place, it is then theoretically possible for you to sit down and cause those poles to put pressure on the plastic supports, which may fail over time. However, we had no such issues during testing.
Ease of Use
The Rendezvous is a simple fold/unfold camping chair, though the back tends to slide up and off the poles when you fold it up. This model is also weirdly hard to fold together. Unlike most other folding models, you can't choose any two opposing points on the frame to squeeze together to put this chair away. We found (through some trial and error) that the Rendezvous folds up only when you flip it over and push from the two front legs. Once we discovered that little trick, we had no issue fitting this chair back into its carry bag to be ready for the next adventure.
Aside from the foam-coated armrests, this chair has no other features, not even a cup holder. However, we found that sitting so close to the ground, we had no issues just setting our beverage down next to the chair.
This chair is a little pricey, though it provides very good support and utility; we think you'll find plenty of uses for this versatile little chair if you chose to pay up.
With universal comfort, a low profile, and a relatively low weight, the ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous is a durable, sturdy, and supportive solution to potentially all your seating dilemmas.
— Maggie Brandenburg
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