With the purchase of our new Winnebago Micro Minnie FLX, Larry and I set out to find some comfortable, folding camping chairs to keep in the back of the Tahoe. Larry had his ideas of what she wanted, while I had something different in mind. I determined that the Bass Pro Shops Eclipse Mesh Back Canopy Chair is what I wanted.
There are so many choices on the market for folding camping chairs that it can be exhausting if you don’t already know what you are looking for/need. For mine, I didn’t need one that was intended for backpacking nor one that is ultra compact like the Big Six Camp Chair Larry purchased.
I looked online and at Cabela’s one evening. While there, I sat in multiple different types of chairs, and while I did like a folding rocking chair, it is not the one that I chose. I decided upon this chair because of the versatility that the folding top provides; I can chose to either have a canopy over my head or not. And for me, this is a huge bonus because I don’t always want to roast in the sun if there isn’t any shade available.
COMFORT: Finding a comfortable chair is sometimes very challenging for me because I am so short. This chair is comfortable enough, but does not fit me perfectly – that is okay! I really like the adjustable canopy, and the cup holder is large enough to fit drinks placed in a can koozie.
PORTABILITY: Because I didn’t need a really lightweight chair, this opened up a lot of options for me. With that said, however, I also didn’t want a really large, heavy chair that would be too cumbersome to manage. Before I found this chair, I had ordered an Eddie Bauer rocking camp chair, not realizing that it weighed about 50 pounds! Well, that was just too large and heavy to stow in the back of Tahoe with all of our other gear.
This chair weighs about 10 pounds, which would be too heavy to carry a long distance. But that is fine because I didn’t purchase it for that type of use. The accompanying carry bag does have a shoulder strap, but I have not used it. When packed up, the length is about half my height, which could make it a bit awkward for me to carry in that fashion. Dimensions: 49″H x 22″W x 18.5″D. Seat height: 18”. Packed size: 37″L x 8″W x 8″H
CONSTRUCTION: I am not a heavy person so I cannot attest to the overall durability and construction of this chair with regards to withstanding a great deal of weight (it has a max weight of 225 pounds). The chair is made with a steel frame, which feels durable. The rest of the chair is made with thick, water-resistant polyester fabric. And a portion of the back rest has a nylon mesh panel for breathability. I have used this chair many times and every component has held up very well.
ASSEMBLY: Unlike Larry’s complicated tent-like chair, this chair opens just like any other regular folding camping chair. Pull it open from the top or bottom and plop down in it. To raise the canopy, lift it up above the chair and lock it into place on the bar on each side of the chair. To put the canopy down, unlock the two clips and push it down behind the chair (it can be a little difficult to push the rods out of the clips, as they hold very tightly). And, despite the slightly larger size of this chair (due to the canopy section), it goes into the accompanying carry bag with ease. There is also a Velcro strap to the secure around the circumference of the chair when folded.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I am very pleased with the Bass Pro Shops Eclipse Mesh Back Canopy Chair, especially because of the adjoining canopy. It is super easy to use, lightweight enough for our purposes and comfortable to spend time in reading a book, fishing and sitting around a campfire. If you are interested in a durable folding camping chair that has a canopy for shade, then I suggest checking this one out.
Overall All: Excellent Purchase
Price Paid: $44.99 plus tax
Place Purchased: Cabela’s
Link to Cabela’s Website: Cabela’s
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