The Big Agnes Helinox Chair One earned our award for Best Portable Camping Chair. Though it is not the lightest or most compact camping chair we tested, we found it to be the most comfortable, the most stable and the most durable of all the compact models we tested in this review. If you are searching for a simple, light, and portable chair for backcountry use, we recommend reading our review of the best backpacking chairs. Nearly as light as some of the chairs in the backpacking review, the Chair One does an outstanding job of balancing comfort with "front country" use with ease of transportation. Additionally, this contender has a well-ventilated mesh backing, provides excellent lower back support, and has a medium-high seat height (especially for a portable model), making it easier to get in and out. If you're seeking a chair that's light enough to carry long distances but offers more comfort than the simple backpacking models, then read on!
If you are trying to find more compact and lightweight chairs, we recommend checking out our Backpacking Chair Review in addition to this review. However, if you're seeking a model that's light enough to carry long distances, but offers more comfort than the super light backpacking models, then our Top Pick for Portability is a great choice for you!