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Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair Review

Versatile, supportive, and lightweight, this high value chair is ready for outdoor concerts, sporting events, and campsites.
The Dual Lock Folding Chair from Kijaro
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Price:  $45 List | $40.71 at Amazon
Pros:  Carrying strap is built-in and easy to use, set-up is casual, exceptional support for your back, light weight
Cons:  Fabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be larger
Manufacturer:   Kijaro
By Laura Lingeman ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 24, 2019
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Our Verdict

Our expert testers have loved the Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair for several years worth of testing. It claims our Best Buy Award for the third year in a row by scoring at the top of nearly every metric, yet costing less than most of the competition. No matter how you want to use this model, for BBQs, beach days, sporting events, or camping trips, it provides hours of comfortable seating. It's also convenient to carry for longer distances than the Editors' Choice winner, the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong. Overall, we think our Best Buy winner has 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. If you prefer a more relaxed posture, you might be happier with the looser and more lounge-conducive build of chairs like the King Kong and REI Camp X. If a supportive chair sounds good to you, and you want to kick it up a notch, you might consider the outdoor rocking chair, the GCI Freestyle Rocker.

Need more room?
If the Dual Lock Folding Chair feels too small for you, Kijaro has you covered. The XXL Dual Lock Chair is larger and supports 100 more pounds than the Dual Lock we reviewed. It weighs a few pounds more, too, and costs a bit more. The materials and build, though, are the same between the two chairs. For folks looking to maximize seating area and increase comfort, the XXL is an excellent choice.


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Pros Carrying strap is built-in and easy to use, set-up is casual, exceptional support for your back, light weightLarge, comfortably padded seat, robust design, adequate storageHead/neck support, lightweight and stable, won’t sink in sand, stuff sack converts to pillowComfortable, portable, well-ventilated, stable, great storageMore supportive, very durable, low profile, easy to use
Cons Fabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be largerSubstantial size and weight, soaks up waterExpensive, low to the groundLow back height, lower seat heightVery low to ground, no head/neck support
Bottom Line Versatile, supportive, and lightweight, this high value chair is ready for outdoor concerts, sporting events, and campsites.Our favorite among all contenders, this chair makes camp lounging a simple and comfy affair.Be the envy of all your friends next beach day with this comfortable, durable model from Helinox.It's tough to complain about this versatile and portable chair, especially considering the price.The Rendezvous is a stable supportive chair, with an exceptionally low profile and an affordable price tag!
Rating Categories Dual Lock Folding Chair ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Helinox Beach Chair REI Camp X ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous
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Specs Dual Lock Folding... ALPS... Helinox Beach Chair REI Camp X ALPS...
Weight (pounds) 9.5 lbs 13 lbs 3.3 lbs 7.2 lbs 7.1 lbs
Weight Capacity (pounds) 300 lbs 800 lbs 320 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs
Folded Dimensions (inches) 37 x 6 x 6 in 38 x 7 x 7 in 18 x 6 x 5 in 32 x 8 x 8 in 29 x 8 x 8 in
Unfolded Dimensions (inches) 26 x 36 x 37 in 24 x 37 x 38 in 28 x 23 x 31.5 in 20 x 31 x 32 in 21 x 22.5 x 23.5 in
Seat Height (inches) 19 in 19 in 5 in 15 in 3 in
Features 2 cup holders, side pocket, carrying strap 2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest Mesh sides, storage sack converts to a pillow 1 cup holder, side pouch Mesh back and seat sides, foam-wrapped armrests

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair is hands-down one of our favorite models that we tested. A steal at $35, it's also 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 ideal for camping, tailgating, hanging out on the beach, and more.

Performance Comparison


Easy to use and universally comfortable  the Kijaro swept up the Best Buy award and narrowly missed the Editors' Choice Award as well.
Easy to use and universally comfortable, the Kijaro swept up the Best Buy award and narrowly missed the Editors' Choice Award as well.

Comfort


Comfort is a bit subjective, and what you're looking for out of a chair might be different than the next person. Our testers were divided about the comfort of the slouchy traditional models like the ALPS King Kong and REI Camp X vs. the more firm, supportive models like the Kijaro and GCI Freestyle Rocker. 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. Testers really appreciated the extra support this chair provided. The taut fabric of the Kijaro, coupled with its spacious and supportive armrests 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.

The Kijaro's cup holders can fit a 12 oz soda can. Here a tester relaxes at camp after a day of rock climbing.
The Kijaro's cup holders can fit a 12 oz soda can. Here a tester relaxes at camp after a day of rock climbing.

Portability


The Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair is one of the most portable traditional style chairs that we tested. What makes it so easy to travel with is its lightweight design and built-in carrying strap. The carrying strap is unique to this model, and we love 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 makes them more user-friendly. With this strap, the Kijaro a very convenient chair and surprisingly comfortable to pack around.


Our Best Buy winner is out-performed in this metric by some of the lighter, more packable models, like the Helinox Beach Chair and ALPS Rendezvous. The Rendezvous costs $45 and also has an upright chair orientation and taut fabric in the back and seat. Additionally, this model only weighs seven pounds and is just under two feet long when collapsed. The biggest practical difference between the Rendezvous and the Kijaro is the seat height: the seat of the Kijaro is 19 inches from the ground, and the Rendezvous is three inches. If you like firm chairs and want one that is packable, consider the Rendezvous. If not, we prefer the seat height and overall comfort of the Kijaro.

The built-in carrying strap eliminated the need to use the chair's storage sack and made disassembly incredibly simple.
The built-in carrying strap eliminated the need to use the chair's storage sack and made disassembly incredibly simple.

Durability


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 makes some of our testers 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 does have an affinity for picking up stains.


Ease of Set-Up


Assembly is 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 push the button, set-up is 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 to allow the chair to fold up.

This button must be pressed in order to set-up and take down the Kijaro.
This button must be pressed in order to set-up and take down the Kijaro.

Features


Each armrest has one cup holder, and there is one side storage pouch for keeping a few essentials 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 Kong, ENO Lounger DL, and Kelty Low Loveseat. Prolonged lounging requires more than just a couple of snacks, and with these competing models, it was nice to have all necessary items accessible and off of the ground.

Best Applications


As already discussed, the Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair is incredibly versatile. As a result, we recommend it to those readers who want seating for multiple uses. It is comfortable for activities that involve sitting for a long period, 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.

Testers loved the feel (and the price) of the Kijaro!
Testers loved the feel (and the price) of the Kijaro!

Value


This chair is a great value, which is why we have awarded it our Best Buy award. We feel that this chair will last for many years and is good for a large variety of uses. These factors, coupled with its price, result in the Kijaro taking home top honors yet again.

Testers loved the back support and the mega useful carrying strap of our Best Buy winner - the Kijaro chair.
Testers loved the back support and the mega useful carrying strap of our Best Buy winner - the Kijaro chair.

Conclusion


The Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair performs nearly as well as our Editors' Choice winner, the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong, yet it cost less than half of the price. It is easy to carry and is recommended for a wide 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 King Kong or the Camp X. Overall, the Kijaro was received with great reviews and is an affordable, reliable, and versatile camping chair option.


Laura Lingeman