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Five Best Camping Recliners and Loungers for Your Most Relaxing Camping or RV trip

Updated on December 7, 2010

If you are a newbie to camping, you've probably given some thought to what you should bring when you camp. A tent, backpack, portable stove and other basic camping gear are surely the things you've bought or have on your shopping list. However, some people like to have a few luxuries with them to better enjoy their camping trips so they bring along their camping cooler, camping chairs, and camping grill. Personally I think that if you're camping with people not used to "roughing it" in the great outdoors, these things can make a good trip even better.

Believe it or not, some people bring along their recliner. "What!?" you say? How on earth can you bring a recliner up in the mountains or into the woods? Today's camping recliners are lightweight, portable, durable and can be folded into a small size so that taking it along is not a burden. You probably know that resting on a recliner is bliss, especially after a hard days trekking and hiking, so does it really sound like such a bad idea?

Camping recliners will significantly improve your relaxation time in the outdoors and they are great for people who want to avoid the aching joints and muscles that come from sitting on the hard ground. Like camping cots, they provide a bit of respite for the camper prone to aches and pains. The best camping recliner will ideally provide you maximum comfort at an affordable cost. Some of them come with carry bags so you won’t find it hard carrying them around. And just imagine having a foldable recliner while out vacationing in your RV.

I have chosen the 5 best camping recliners which I think will really give you both comfort and the best value for your money. I chose, of course, the simplest, most portable and the best in quality.

Lafuma RSX La Napoule Padded Recliners
Lafuma RSX La Napoule Padded Recliners

Lafuma RSX La Napoule Padded Recliners

This blue Lafuma recliner has quite a few reclining positions, padded armrests and for maximum neck comfort, it has an adjustable pillow. Its Bungie suspension system makes it more stable than similar chairs. It weighs 22 pounds. The steel, powder-coated aluminum frame will give you years of wear and its fabric is made from cushioned polyester and cotton materials. This incredibly comfortable ergonomically designed multi-position recliner can adjust to different positions so you can easily sleep or just chill out on it. Lafuma is known for producing some of the world’s finest quality camping furniture so you can be sure you're getting quality, comfort and satisfaction with this recliner.

Faulkner XL Recliner Navy Padded with Padded Arms
Faulkner XL Recliner Navy Padded with Padded Arms

Faulkner XL Recliner Navy Padded with Padded Arms

People call this a “zero gravity” recliner because you get a feeling of weightlessness while resting your bones on this Faulkner recliner. It's great for relieving your tense muscles and getting rid of the muscles aches associated with stress. This one is an XL so it is 2 inches wider and 4 inches taller than an ordinary recliner, which means that even a man of more than 6 feet tall will have no problem using it. It is also very easy to fold and store, and you can easily transport it. It weighs around 15 pounds so it is still light to carry around. The sturdy and durable steel frame can hold up to 350 pounds and its has UV resistant poly/cotton fabric that will not get hot or degrade after hours in the sun. To make it even more comfortable, it also has an adjustable and removable headrest for lumbar and neck support. This recliner also has an ergonomically contoured back rest and you can easily lock its frame to many positions so you almost feel like you are floating on air when lying on it. Personally, I'd actually use it even at home or in the backyard, but it's equally excellent for camping and RVing. If you get it from Amazon, you get a 2 year warranty.

Lafuma Futura Clipper Mesh Recliner
Lafuma Futura Clipper Mesh Recliner

Lafuma Futura Clipper Mesh Recliner

This neutral, birch colored, Lafuma Clipper recliner is reportedly popular for people with back troubles because of its zero-gravity design and dual reclining action for easier use. It has an elastic-injected fabric that is breathable and provides astounding comfort and breathability, much like the comfort you get from a hammock. It also has a patented mesh system that can be removed easily for easy cleaning. It only weighs 18 pounds but because of its durability, it can support a 290 pound person. The XL version can support a 330 pound person. People love the design of this RSX zero gravity recliner because of its improved design and innovations made to help people with lumbar problems. Why wait for your next camping trip, when you can lie on it while sunning yourself on your backyard, patio or the porch?

WearEver LR-4 BackPack Lounger
WearEver LR-4 BackPack Lounger

WearEver LR-4 BackPack Lounger

If you seriously want some comfort while camping (or even while just enjoying a Saturday afternoon in the yard), you will be amazed at this lounger. It can adjust to four-positions and it has an innovative fold-out footrest which is very uncommon with other recliners. If you're taking it camping, you'll understand pretty quickly why it is called a backpack lounger. It's called that because of its portability - it's light, at just 13.5 pounds - and it has an ergonomic backpack-like frame so that the whole thing can convert so it is actually like a real backpack and a camping chair. There is even room for gear when it's converted to a backpack. As if that weren't enough, the frame is made from weather-resistant steel that can support a 250 pound person. The seating material is made from rugged 600 denier polyester fabric with PU coating for more durability. But wait! There's more! It also has an adjustable padded headrest and two hardwood arms and drink holder. Could there be a better recliner for outdoor camping, relaxing on the beach, hanging on your deck or porch or resting outside your RV?

Slumberjack Mesh Quad Lounger Chair
Slumberjack Mesh Quad Lounger Chair

Slumberjack Mesh Quad Lounger Chair

If you are a big person, this Slumberjack is the right size for you. It can hold 325 pounds and its total weight is around 20 pounds. It may be a bit heavy for backpacking and hiking but it's very ideal for RV camping, tailgating parties or camping on campgrounds where you can park your car somewhere nearby. It has a reclining back for an easy rest (nap anyone?) and its frame is made from powder-coated steel. The mesh fabric is made from 600D by 300D polyester that is UV resistant, so it should last for many outdoor days to come. It includes slide-action arm rests which makes it adjust easily for compact storage. Heavier and larger guys struggle to find good camping equipment, but this should tick all the boxes for a good chair. And comfort is not spared, as it's just like a hammock when it comes to taking it easy and chilling out. It also has little gear pockets where you can store your water bottle, cellphone, flashlights and other small items. You can even use it as your cot or portable bed so personally I think it's a great buy. And I almost forgot to mention that it also comes with a stuff sack for easy transport.


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