In my nearly 20 years of guiding sea kayak and canoe trips in the Great Lakes, I've seen plenty of camp furniture. From army cots to hammocks, foam butt pads to lawn chairs, my guests have brought it all. It wasn't until about five years ago that I started looking at these creature comforts covetously. Perhaps I was just getting older, but about that time camp chairs became more compact and lightweight. Helinox is a camp chair leader. The new Helinox Chair Zero weighs only 1.1 pounds and packs a little larger than a 32-ounce water bottle. Suspended from an aluminum frame, the seat keeps you 11 inches off the ground.

As far as I can tell, there's no reason to travel without it. ($119.95, )

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