Last Updated on May 15, 2023
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Aldi sold this chair again in May of 2023 for a lower price of $14.99.
My wife keeps a detailed packing list whenever we go camping. We’ve done it enough times over the years to know how irritating — or even trip-threatening — it can be if something important gets left behind. Yes, you can often find a store that has what you need, but that’s not always true. Even if it is, the time it takes to get there, to say nothing of the expense, can be a problem.
For us, bringing chairs on our camping trips is a given, even if we’re staying at a campsite with picnic tables. We’ll toss them into our trunk, which we can use for a number of purposes: to eat in, and to sit around the campfire in. Our favored chairs are foldable camping chairs that collapse down into large cylinders, because they they are relatively compact, are easy to set up and take down, and dry off quickly if they get wet.
There is another class of chairs that’s even smaller than a foldable camping chair, and that’s the foldable lightweight camping chair. This kind of chair trades off some of the perks of the larger camping chair, like a cupholder and perhaps a higher weight capacity, for a chair that is far more compact. If space is at a premium — maybe your car is small, or you’re backpacking somewhere and need to bring a chair with you — this little thing might be worth looking at.
You can find these chairs at many stores, including sporting goods stores. Aldi also sells them at times during the late spring or early summer.
The Adventuridge Lightweight Portable Chair is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Once it’s sold out, you won’t be able to find it in stores until it comes back, which likely will be the next year. Aldi doesn’t ship products online, so if you can’t find it in stores, you’re out of luck.
At the time of this post, the chair costs $17.99. That’s a At the time of this post, the chair costs $17.99. That’s $3 more than it was a couple of years ago, but it’s still much lower than any other compact chair like this I can find online.
The chair comes with the following:
- The main powder-coated iron frame, wrapped with a Velcro strap
- The chair seat
- The carry bag
The chair comes with a 2-year warranty, serviced by Westfield Outdoors, which makes a variety of outdoor equipment.
The instructions walk through how to assemble the chair. You unstrap the cord from the main frame, then put the poles into their respective holes. Then you set the frame on the ground and use the corner loops to pull the chair seat fabric corners over the frame poles. The trickiest part is pulling the last two corners over the poles, as the chair can be taut, but it’s not too difficult.
The chair’s dimensions when open are 20.5″ x 20.5″ x 26.6″. The weight limit is 250 pounds.
We found this chair to be comfortable. It’s not the same as a normal camping chair, but it has decent support. I miss having a cupholder a little, but the tradeoff of it being a lot smaller is a nice bonus. Time will tell how it holds up with repeated use.
Teardown isn’t hard. I found it easiest to disassemble the frame and put it back in the back first, then fold up the chair seat and add it in. Once I pushed the air out of the chair seat, I was able to zip up the case without too much difficulty.
The Adventuridge Lightweight Portable Chair is an inexpensive option for a compact chair, especially if you need something small that you could backpack with. We don’t yet know how durability will fare, but the 2-year warranty is a nice plus.
Did anyone find these chairs at their store? I tried one store on Wednesday and another store on Friday and didn’t find them. I will be going to one of the stores again today and will check again. They sound like something I would use. I’d rather pay a little less at Aldi than pay more at another store.
I saw 3
Our local Aldi, Hornell NY, had 6 of them. I was going to get 2, but decided not to, they’re on the heavy side for their size. OK for home use or from the car to close camp, but not for backpacking any distance.
We purchased this chair years ago. While the chair is durable, it is uncomfortable. The males in my family are tall and the chair’s angles on your back are wrong. We ended up giving the chair to my daughter and purchasing a chair from REI.
I bought one and it wasn’t great. It kind of hugs you uncomfortably, forcing you to kind of squeeze your shoulders in. It also didn’t feel totally stable. Finally, and most importantly, it broke on the first night of use with one of the poles going right through the fabric that was holding it. Oh, and the zipper on the enclosure bag broke immediately. DO NOT BUY THIS CHAIR.
I tried two of them. The plastic cracks easily and they are on the heavy side. Definitely not for backpack camping. The one that crack is unusable. I don’t recommend these at all. Spend a bit more money with a name brand that is lighter and comes with a warranty.
Don’t take it to the beach! Took one to the beach, it sank all the way into the sand (I mean, duh), but sand got into the posts and I could not get them out to disassemble. It isn’t portable anymore because I’ve got 3 legs sticking out in different directions that will not come apart. I guess it’s my own fault, but I’ve taken other portable items to the beach and sand wasn’t an issue. Live and learn.