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Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair Review

Taking the slouch out of camping chairs, this highly supportive model is easy to get in and out of
Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair
Photo: Kijaro
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Price:  $50 List | $40.49 at Amazon
Pros:  Carrying strap is built-in and easy to use, set-up is casual, exceptional support for your back, lightweight
Cons:  Fabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be larger
Manufacturer:   Kijaro
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 11, 2020
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  • Comfort - 40% 7
  • Portability - 25% 7
  • Durability - 20% 5
  • Ease of Setup - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The Kijaro Dual Lock is a tall, supportive chair that "locks" open and closed. It's easier to get in and out of than most the other, slouchier models we tested. It offers "sag-free seating," as boasted on their website, and several of our testers prefer the comfort of this chair above all others. We also love that it has a carry strap right on the chair, eliminating the need for the superfluous carry bag. It measures up to have one of the tallest seat heights among its peers, making it easy to get out of. If you hate the slouch of most camping chairs but still dig the portability, the Kijaro is an excellent choice to keep you supported no matter where you roam.

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Pros Carrying strap is built-in and easy to use, set-up is casual, exceptional support for your back, lightweightFits just about anyone, comfortably padded seat, super robust, plenty of storage, simple to useComfortable, portable, well-ventilated, stable, great storage, easy to use, inexpensiveEasy to set up, tall angled back, supportive, high seat height, less expensiveSimple and easy to use, reasonably portable, good features, inexpensive
Cons Fabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be largerFairly large and heavy, holds water, not breathableLow back height, slightly lower seat height, cup holder not ideal for thin beveragesVery tall seat, limited pockets, no locking mechanism, less supportive, long when packedSlouchy, narrow seat, durability concerns
Bottom Line Taking the slouch out of camping chairs, this highly supportive model is easy to get in and out ofOur favorite among all contenders, this robust chair makes camp lounging a simple and comfortable affairIt's tough to complain about this versatile and portable chair, especially considering the priceA tall chair with a simple set up that's easy to use and less expensive to buyAn inexpensive chair that's easy to use and like, with an attached cooler to keep refreshments cold and at hand
Rating Categories Kijaro Dual Lock Fo... ALPS Mountaineering... REI Co-op Camp X GCI Outdoor Comfort... AmazonBasics Portable
Comfort (40%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Portability (25%)
7.0
5.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Durability (20%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
2.0
Ease Of Setup (15%)
7.0
9.0
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7.0
Specs Kijaro Dual Lock Fo... ALPS Mountaineering... REI Co-op Camp X GCI Outdoor Comfort... AmazonBasics Portable
Weight (pounds) 9.8 lb 14.1 lb 8.0 lb 8.3 lb 6.3 lb
Weight Capacity (pounds) 300 lb 800 lb 300 lb 300 lbs 225 lb
Folded Dimensions (inches) 45" x 7" x 7" 39" x 8" x 8" 33" x 7" x 7" 45" x 7" x 5" 35" x 8" x 8"
Unfolded Dimensions (inches) 25" x 35" x 37" 24" x 37" x 38" 21" x 31" x 31" 25" x 35" x 37" 34" x 20" x 36"
Seat Height (in middle, in inches) 15.0" 15.0" 11.5" 15" 11.5"
Features 2 cup holders, side pocket, carrying strap 2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest, adjustable armrests 1 uniquely shaped cup holder, "stowable" armrest pouch, adjustable armrests Beverage holder, small sleeve pocket Built in 4-can cooler pouch, mesh up holder, side mesh pocket

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Kijaro Dual Lock chair is a tall and supportive chair with a built-in slight recline. It has a locking mechanism that keeps it pulled open and carefully closed, depending on your needs. It comes with a carry bag but also features a shoulder strap on the back of the chair itself. It also has two different-sized cup holders and a small side pocket for your phone and keys.

Performance Comparison


Eat, drink, and be merry in this supportive seat.
Eat, drink, and be merry in this supportive seat.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

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 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 don't really like the less-forgiving feel of this chair, others really appreciate the extra support this chair provides. The taller seat height, spacious width, and supportive fabric armrests provide comfortable seating all day.


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, which helps prevent your shirt from getting sweaty. 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.

A tall chair with great support.
A tall chair with great support.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Portability


One of our favorite features of the Kijaro's portability 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 your chair into its carry bag, this also comes with an adjustable strap to make it easier for anyone to carry more comfortably. Our biggest gripe about the portability of this chair is how incredibly long it is. Measuring 45 inches long all packed up, it's one of the longest packed chairs we tested. It's much longer than an average camping chair because of a unique pole set-up. 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.

Though long (nearly four feet folded!), this chair remains quite...
Though long (nearly four feet folded!), this chair remains quite thin and isn't terrible to bring with you.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

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. Having tested several iterations of this chair, we feel like the quality and durability of them 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 together before they reach the actual feet, which are narrow and plastic-coated. We didn't have any problems with this odd set-up, 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, making this piece very unstable indeed. 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.

An odd way to attach the frame together to avoid the typical wide...
An odd way to attach the frame together to avoid the typical wide plastic joiners. The carry strap is also riveted in place above the foot.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Ease of Setup


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 and barely longer than a non-locking chair. 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.

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

Features


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 oz 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.

One cup holder is large enough for a 1L Nalgene! The storage pocket...
One cup holder is large enough for a 1L Nalgene! The storage pocket isn't particularly large but it's still handy.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


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.

Perhaps not an ideal beach chair, the Kijaro has many other great...
Perhaps not an ideal beach chair, the Kijaro has many other great uses.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Conclusion


The Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair is well-loved among folks who appreciate a supportive seat with solid clearance. It's our first choice for a supportive seat and is also easy to carry and works well for a wide variety of activities. Overall, the Kijaro is a pretty solid choice and sure to be a number one option for anyone sick of slouch.

Testers loved the feel (and the price) of the Kijaro!
Testers loved the feel (and the price) of the Kijaro!
Photo: Laura Lingeman

Maggie Brandenburg