Patio season is one of the greatest times of year. It’s a time to bask in the simple joy of doing not a whole helluva a lot. Sit, stare, eat maybe, crack a beer definitely. Just be.
But what happens if you don’t have an actual patio and its requisite patio furniture? Are you to forgo the sheer majesty that comes with sitting outside? Hells no. All you need is a chair and an absence of walls to transform the world around you—from the sidewalk to a mountain vista—into a patio.
We’ve got you covered on the chair part. These five camp chairs all fold into tiny packages to make storing them in the fall and winter easy. They also come in handy at music festivals. As for finding the venue, that’s up to you.
BURTON CAMP CHAIR
As Burton wisely notes, the problem with tailgating is the capacity for tails on the gate. With this chair, you’ll never be assed out because your ass will always have a home. It weighs less than two pounds and has an awesome safari print that would make Ted Nugent (the “Cat Scratch Fever” version, not the Fox News commentator version) proud.
KAUFMANN MERCANTILE CAMP STOOL
Just because a seat is designed for outdoor use, doesn’t mean it can’t have an elegant design. This stool is made by hand in Portland, Oregon from English bridle leather and Ash hardwood. It folds up to a slim profile and has a carrying strap to make transporting it a cinch. The stool looks so good that you won’t mind busting it out when you have guests over and run out of room on the couch.
CRAZY CREEK ORIGINAL
The original Crazy Creek chair has been around for more than 25 years and is still one of the most comfortable ways to sit on the ground. The high density foam wraps around you when you sit in it so you feel completely supported even though the whole thing only weighs 745 grams. The chair folds flat, making it easy to pack. If you’re going to be at any of the 50th anniversary Grateful Dead shows, we suggest going with the tie-dye version while you enjoy your kind veggie burrito.
SNOW PEAK TAKE! LONG BACK BAMBOO CHAIR
Go ahead rest your head. The extended back on this minimalist chair lets you really lounge. Don’t be surprised if you fall asleep in it. The frame is a mix of bamboo and aluminum and the seat is a washable canvas. At 7.7 pounds, it’s heavier than most of the other chairs, but once you get it settled in it you won’t want to move it anywhere anyway.
A rocking chair doesn’t have to be some big wooden contraption. Alite’s Monarch chair has only two legs so you can rock back and forth. The frame also helps keep you stable on uneven terrain. The chair’s aluminum tent pole frame assembles in seconds. It’s incredibly light and fits easily into an included stuff sack.