Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair Review
Cons: Fabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be larger
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|Pros||Carrying strap is built-in and easy to use, set-up is casual, exceptional support for your back, lightweight||Comfortable, well-ventilated, stable, great storage, easy to use, good price||Fully padded, backpack straps, easy to set up, stable||Easy to set up, tall angled back, supportive, high seat height, less expensive||Simple to use, attached cooler storage, inexpensive|
|Cons||Fabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be larger||Low back height, slightly lower seat height, cup holder not ideal for thin beverages||Very low to ground, narrow frame, no pockets||Very tall seat, limited pockets, no locking mechanism, long when packed||Not vary durable, difficult to fit in bag, poles feel rickety, "headrest" difficult to use|
|Bottom Line||Taking the slouch out of camping chairs, this highly supportive model is easy to get in and out of||It's tough to complain about this versatile and portable chair, especially considering the price||This low, fully-padded take on a classic lawn chair is great for taking to campfires and outdoor concerts with its backpack straps||A tall chair with a simple set up that's easy to use and less expensive to buy||This chair is cheap and offers a tiny attached cooler, but it's slouchy and rickety|
|Rating Categories||Kijaro Dual Lock Fo...||REI Co-op Camp X||REI Co-op Outward L...||GCI Outdoor Comfort...||Coleman Cooler Quad|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Specs||Kijaro Dual Lock Fo...||REI Co-op Camp X||REI Co-op Outward L...||GCI Outdoor Comfort...||Coleman Cooler Quad|
|Weight||9.8 lbs||8.0 lbs||7.3 lbs||8.3 lbs||8.2 lbs|
|Weight Capacity||300 lbs||300 lbs||250 lbs||300 lbs||325 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions (length x width x height)||45" x 7" x 7"||33" x 7" x 7"||27" x 23" x 6"||45" x 7" x 5"||38" x 8" x 8"|
|Unfolded Dimensions (depth x width x height)||25" x 35" x 37"||21" x 31" x 31"||23" x 23" x 27"||25" x 35" x 37"||39" x 37" x 23"|
|Seat Height (middle)||15"||11.5"||7.5"||15"||14.0"|
|Features||2 cup holders, side pocket, carrying strap||1 uniquely shaped cup holder, "stowable" armrest pouch, adjustable armrests||Backpack straps, DWR finish||Beverage holder, small sleeve pocket||Built in 4-can cooler, side pocket, mesh cup holder, adjustable armrests|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Kijaro Dual Lock chair is a tall and supportive chair with a slight recline built-in. It has a locking mechanism that keeps it pulled open or carefully closed. It comes with a carry bag but also features a shoulder strap on the back of the chair itself. It has two different-sized cup holders and a small side pocket for your phone and keys.
Comfort is subjective, and what you're looking for out of a chair might be different from the next person. Our testers are divided about the comfort of the slouchy traditional models vs. the more firm, supportive models — this chair is definitely the latter. The Kijaro is positioned in a mostly upright but reasonably relaxed position that works well for closing your eyes and napping or relaxing and reading a book. While some of our testers didn't really like the less-forgiving feel of this chair, others appreciated the extra support. Overall, the taller seat height, spacious width, and supportive fabric armrests provide comfortable seating.
In addition to excellent support, the Kijaro also has a ventilated back mesh panel. This feature makes long lounge sessions in the sun much more comfortable and breezy. However, there's no mesh panel to dry your bum, which is kind of a bummer (pun intended). And though you can physically force the armrests up or down, the slant of the back poles prevents them from resting at any spot other than all the way down to the joint, providing mostly flat, horizontal armrests.
One of our favorite features of the Kijaro is its shoulder strap attached to the back poles of the chair. This adjustable strap, unique to this chair among models we tested, makes it easy to grab the Kijaro and go without the added annoying step of stuffing it into a narrow carry bag. It works because of the dual locking mechanism that holds the chair closed while you walk. It's also about an average weight among models we tested, making it less burdensome to carry.
If you do decide to stuff this chair into its carry bag, this also comes with an adjustable strap. Our biggest gripe about the portability of this chair is how incredibly long it is. Measuring 45 inches when packed up, it's one of the longest chairs we tested. It's much longer than an average camping chair because of its unique pole setup. The pole that reaches the top of the back of the chair also extends all the way down to be the front leg. Folded up, this chair is a very odd shape that's not conveniently packable in many car trunks and sometimes bumps on your surroundings as you carry it. Once you get used to it, though, it's not a terrible chair to cart around.
The seat of the Kijaro is constructed with 600 x 300D ripstop polyester and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. This is reassuring because the taut construction of the seat made some of us question if the fabric was getting overly stressed. Having tested several iterations of this chair, we feel like the quality and durability just aren't quite as impressive as they used to be. Rather than the large plastic joiner used to fasten most sports chair legs together, Kijaro has several L-shaped brackets to connect them before reaching the actual feet, which are narrow and plastic-coated. We didn't have any problems with this odd setup, though we found several online users describing various issues with these joints.
We actually had to return one of the latest versions of this chair because the locking mechanism immediately stopped working, causing instability. During the testing of our replacement chair, the poles continued to get looser and looser with an uncomfortable amount of wiggle room in between them. And, if it is of concern to you, the yellow material we tested does have an affinity for picking up stains rather easily.
Ease of Use
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, the setup 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 and barely longer than a non-locking chair. Each armrest has one mesh cup holder (one is slightly larger than the other), and there is one small side storage pouch for keeping a few essentials accessible. Unfortunately, the cup holders are a little small for many coffee mugs, but they do fit 12-ounce cans, and the larger one can hold a 20-ounce tumbler or a wide smartphone. The storage pouch is pretty slim and has room for a cell phone, keys, and a couple of snack bars.
When collapsing the Kijaro, the lock button must again be engaged to allow the chair to fold up. Stuffing this long chair with unevenly folded feet back into its carry bag can also feel a bit like threading a giant awkward needle. And though the narrow feet don't collect sand like many of its conglomerate-footed brethren, they also don't hold the user on top of said sand very well. We found ourselves sinking a significant amount into any soft surface we tried to sit on and struggled more than usual to get a solid, level seat on the loose sediment.
Despite the price increase this chair has seen over time, it's still a pretty good value. If you're sick of the camping chair slouch and on the hunt for a supportive chair that still gives, the Kijaro holds a pretty good value for its level of supportive comfort.
The Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair is well-loved among folks who appreciate a supportive seat with solid clearance. It's also easy to carry and works well for various activities. Overall, this is a pretty solid choice and sure to be a number one option for anyone sick of slouch.
— Maggie Nichols
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