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A while ago I was looking for a camping chair which is lightweight and packs small to take it on my packrafting or photography trips.
On the packrafting meetup in Sweden I met one guy who had a Helinox camping chair with him and after some test sitting I became interested to get one for myself and here is a short review about the Helinox Chair Zero which I received from Helinox (through k-g-k.com) for free for testing. Helinox is a company from South Korea.
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The Helinox Chair Zero weights only 500 grams and has a carrying capacity of 120 kg. What I really like on this chair is that you sit close to the ground (23 cm) which makes it very comfortable to sit in it for example close to a campfire. It has the size of a plastic bottle when folded together and it can be set up quite fast. Moreover, it also gives you the flexibility to use it for example under a tarp compared to a higher chair.
The Helinox Chair Zero has also been the ISPO Gold Award Winner in 2017. Moreover, the chair does not feel cheap, so I think the higher price tag is justified as it also comes with 5 years warranty.
Where would I take the Helinox Chair Zero?
Some may question if a chair is really necessary on a backpacking trip. Well, it depends. For ultralight freaks 500 grams might be too much.
Personally, I don’t mind carrying more gear with me if I can get comfort in exchange. But the comfort / weight ratio must be reasonable.
I could see such a chair perfectly on my packrafting trips. The advantage of packrafting is that you don’t have to carry the gear. I have an Alpacka Raft Gnarwhal and I can easily throw in all kind of gear into the cargo fly.
Where would I not take the Helinox Chair Zero?
Would I take the Helinox Chair Zero on a trip in the mountains. Well, I am not sure but from my experience when crossing the Alps from Germany to Italy, I realised that I would not appreciate having a heavy backpack on my back when walking up the mountains. In this case the chair would probably stay at home.
The Helinox Chair Zero can also be equipped with accessories such as ball feet, ground sheet or a seat warmer. You can also get the Helinox Table One if you are looking for a foldable and light (690 grams) camping table.