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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:  $50 List | $39.48 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 Laura Lingeman ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 5, 2019
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  • Durability - 20% 5
  • Ease of Setup - 15% 9

Our Verdict

Though still a great choice for folks who love a supportive seat, the Kijaro Dual Lock is no longer our Best Buy award winner. This demotion is in part due to a price increase and some stiff competition, some new durability issues and concerns, as well as having a mixed comfort appeal among testers. Despite this lowered status, the Kijaro is still a good chair for a good price and is our Top Pick for a Supportive Seat. With its "sag-free seating," as boasted on their website, some 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 locks into position and 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 useHead/neck support, lightweight and stable, won’t sink in sand, stuff sack converts to pillowComfortable, portable, well-ventilated, stable, great storage, easy to use, inexpensiveSeats two people, comfortable padded design, stable and durable, easy to set up and take down, handy cup holder plus
Cons Fabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be largerFairly large and heavy, holds water, not breathableExpensive, low to the groundLow back height, slightly lower seat height, cup holder not ideal for thin beveragesPoor ventilation, heavy, bulky
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.A surprisingly comfortable and durable, though heavy, option for you and a friend (furry or otherwise)!
Rating Categories Dual Lock Folding Chair ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Helinox Beach Chair REI Co-op Camp X Kelty Low Loveseat
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Specs Dual Lock Folding... ALPS... Helinox Beach Chair REI Co-op Camp X Kelty Low Loveseat
Weight (pounds) 9.8 lb 14.1 lb 3.3 lb 8.0 lb 15.5 lb
Weight Capacity (pounds) 300 lb 800 lb 320 lb 300 lb 500 lb
Folded Dimensions (inches) 45 x 7 x 7 in 39 x 8 x 8 in 18 x 6 x 5 in 33 x 7 x 7 in 34 x 12 x 7 in
Unfolded Dimensions (inches) 25 x 35 x 37 in 24 x 37 x 38 in 28 x 23 x 32 in 21 x 31 x 31 in 23.5 x 44 x 31.5 in
Seat Height (inches) 15.0 in 15.0 in 5.0 in 11.5 in 7.0 in
Features 2 cup holders, side pocket, carrying strap 2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest, adjustable armrests Mesh sides, storage sack converts to a pillow 1 uniquely shaped cup holder, "stowable" armrest pouch, adjustable armrests Seats two, 2 insulated adjustable drink holders, adjustable armrests

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.

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 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, some 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, giving mostly flat, horizontal armrests.

A tall chair with great support.
A tall chair with great support.

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. At 45in long, all packed up, it's a very odd shape to be conveniently packable in certain cars and sometimes hits on objects as you walk around. Overall though, it's not a terrible chair to cart around.

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

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 more and more loose with an uncomfortable amount of wiggle room in between them. And if it is of concern to you, the yellow material does have an affinity for picking up stains rather easily.

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.
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.

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. Not bad! 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 Kijaro.
This button must be pressed in order to set-up and take down the Kijaro.

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 coffee mugs, but they do fit 12 oz cans, and the larger one can hold a wide smartphone (like an iPhone 8+). 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 isn't particularly large but it's still handy.
One cup holder is large enough for a 1L Nalgene! The storage pocket isn't particularly large but it's still handy.

Value


Despite its recent price increase, this chair is 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 uses.
Perhaps not an ideal beach chair, the Kijaro has many other great uses.

Conclusion


The Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair is well-loved among folks who appreciate a supportive seat with solid clearance. It's our choice for Top Pick 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 choice 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!


Laura Lingeman