Tested and Reviewed: The 11 Best Camping Chairs of 2023

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Camp chair testing

TripSavvy / Tamara Staples

TripSavvy's Picks

For an all-around excellent camping chair, we like Kelty's Lowdown Chair; it performed well in all our tests and has a classic camp chair style. If you're looking for a more lightweight chair that could double as a backpacking chair, we recommend the REI Co-op Flexlite Chair.

Anyone who has ever sat in a saggy, unsupportive, and uncomfortable camping chair knows how important it is to choose your chairs wisely. But with so many on the market, finding a durable and comfy camping chair that meets your needs can feel like an overwhelming task, which is why we researched the top options and brands available and put 30 chairs to the test, evaluating each for comfort, portability, durability, and more.

You should first consider what you want most out of your camping chair. If portability is essential, look for a lightweight one, but if you’re most concerned about comfort, you may opt for a bulkier and more padded chair. Whether you’re looking for a compact, supportive chair, the perfect chair for stargazing, or a reasonably priced chair to buy in bulk for the family camping trip, we’ve got the perfect one for you. 

Read on to see the best camping chairs available.

Best Overall

Kelty Lowdown Chair

4.8
Kelty Lowdown Chair

Kelty

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Portability
    4/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Classic camp chair with some recline and large cupholder

  • Super comfortable and durable with steel frame and 600D polyester material

  • Comfy and effective carrying case

What We Don't Like
  • Lowness of seat could potentially be tough for taller campers

Kelty's Lowdown is the classic camping chair. It's got the look and the functionality, with a steel frame and 600D polyester material wrapped around it. A slight recline and cupholder amps the relaxing camp vibes. Plus, our testers loved it. In particular, they loved that it was low to the ground and "very loungy." One of our testers is about 6 feet tall and reported not having issues getting in and out of the chair.

Our testers also loved the carrying case, a wraparound buckle system with a pocket for the chair's feet. Those adjustable buckles can be tightened around the chair or loosened to carry extra gear. Bonus: The carrying case comes with a cross-body or shoulder strap for comfy carrying. Lastly, our testers were impressed with the chair's durability and heavy-duty materials. The Lowdown survived our drop and plop tests unscathed. However, at over 7 pounds, this definitely isn't your lightweight option. But if comfort and durability are paramount, Kelty's Lowdown is the way to go.

Price at time of publish: $75

Weight: 7 pounds, 6 ounces | Capacity: 350 pounds | Seat Height: 12 inches | Folded Dimensions: 32.5 x 8 x 8 inches | Materials: Steel frame, 600D polyester fabric | Planet Impact: Not listed

Kelty Lowdown Camping Chair

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Best Overall, Runner-Up

REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Chair

4.9
 REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Chair

REI

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Super lightweight and comfortable

  • Easy setup and takedown

  • Sustainable materials and DWR coating

What We Don't Like
  • Might be too minimalist for some campers

We mainly put Kelty's Lowdown as Best Overall and the REI Co-op Flexlite as Runner-Up because Kelty's Lowdown is more of a traditional camp chair. But if you don't mind a smaller, light minimalist chair—or if you prefer one—the Flexlite is a good option. Weighing in at less than two pounds, this could double as a backpacking chair or one you keep on hand when you need a seat in a pinch. The lightness is thanks to its size and aluminum frame (as opposed to the Lowdown's steel frame). The Flexlite also has some bonus features, like Bluesign-certified ripstop nylon and a DWR coating to help resist moisture and stains.

Our testers loved how easy it was to set up and take down this chair. "I sat in this chair for 45 minutes (during a half-hour meeting), and it was very comfortable," one tester noted. "The seat sort of cradles your butt in a comfortable way, and although it's low to the ground, I felt like I could sit it in for a long time and be perfectly happy. It also moves with you a little, and I like that it doesn't feel rigid."

Overall, our testers thought it was worth the investment—even if you're a rare camper. "I think it is worth the money for someone who is specifically looking for a really lightweight chair that is also comfortable and useful," one tester noted. "I am not a big camper, but I feel like this chair is even a great investment for people who want something really lightweight to carry to the beach."

Price at time of publish: $70

Weight: 1 pound, 11 ounces | Capacity: 250 pounds | Seat Height: 11 inches | Folded Dimensions: 4.5 x 15 inches | Materials: Aluminum frame, ripstop nylon fabric | Planet Impact: Bluesign-certified ripstop nylon

REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Chair

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Best Budget

Trekology Yizi Go Portable Camping Chair

4.4
Trekology Yizi Go Portable Camping Chair

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.5/5
  • Comfort
    4.5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Durability
    3/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Lightweight and portable

  • Very easy to set up and pack back up

  • Cupholders

What We Don't Like
  • Some durability concerns

  • Narrow at the shoulders

Trekology is what happens when a small group of outdoor-loving Ph.D. engineers decides to begin designing their own gear. The YIZI-GO Portable Camping Chair uses aero-grade aluminum for the frame and the typical 600D polyester material for the chair's body. At just over 2 pounds, it's not the lightest chair on this list, but it's undoubtedly one of the lightest.

Our testers enjoyed how easily this chair set up and packed back up. They also liked that the back was a bit higher on this chair compared to similar tested models, although the corners of the chair near the shoulders were a bit narrow. We liked the cupholders on this chair and how portable the chair is. "In addition to being very compact and small, the bag had a little strap that made it easy to carry," one tester pointed out.

We were a bit concerned during our plop test when there was a stretching or ripping sound, but there was no visible damage to the chair. "Not as light as the ultralightweight options, but I think for its compactable design and portability, and comfort, it's an insanely good value," concluded one tester.

Price at time of publish: $40

Weight: 2.1 pounds | Capacity: 300 pounds | Seat Height: Not listed | Folded Dimensions: 14 x 4.3 x 6 inches | Materials: 7075 aluminum alloys, 600D polyester | Planet Impact: Not listed

Trekology Yizi Go Camping Chair

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Best Value

REI Co-op Camp X Chair

4.8
REI Co-op Camp X Chair

REI

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Portability
    4/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
  • Super durable construction

  • Very comfortable

  • Extra pocket on the armrest is a nice touch

  • Not the lightest chair available

Where the Flexlite is REI Co-op's backpacking-focused chair, the Camp X Chair is its more traditional camp chair. REI uses its "X-Web" technology to evenly distribute your weight across the chair. As expected with a chair of this weight, it employs a heavy-duty steel frame construction and burly polyester for the material. We also like that it has a cupholder on one armrest and a pocket for items like a cell phone on the other.

"This chair is one of the more comfortable camp chairs I've ever sat in," one tester reported. "The back is fairly high (albeit I am only 5'1"), so the back feels supported. But given that I am short, I also feel that my feet rest comfortably on the ground, and the bar doesn't feel like it presses uncomfortably into my legs."

Our testers loved the extra pocket on the armrest and how easily the chair was set up, broken down, and packed up. Simply put: This chair punches well above its weight in quality compared to its cost.

Price at time of publish: $50

Weight: 7 pounds, 3 ounces | Capacity: 300 pounds | Seat Height: 10.5 inches | Folded Dimensions: 7 x 33 inches | Materials: Steel, polyester/nylon mesh | Planet Impact: Not listed

REI Co-op Camp X Chair

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Best Reclining

Nemo Moonlite Reclining Chair

4.7
Nemo Moonlite Reclining Chair

REI

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Durability
    4.5/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Super lightweight, packs down small, and easy to set up and take down

  • Very comfortable

  • Durable and well-engineered

What We Don't Like
  • A touch on the expensive side, but our testers thought it was still worth it

We admit this chair is on the pricier end. But our testers loved it. And we don't think you'd find a better or more lightweight reclining camp chair. Nemo's Moonlite has multiple reclining positions, custom-engineered mesh that forms around your body, a lightweight aluminum frame, and post-consumer recycled materials.

The setup and takedown were straightforward. Our testers liked thoughtful touches like reinforced corners where the poles go into the chair's fabric and wider-set mesh, which will help with comfort on warmer camping days. "This chair has great style and is definitely well-engineered," concluded one tester.

Price at time of publish: $150

Weight: 1 pound, 14 ounces | Capacity: 300 pounds | Seat Height: 10.5 inches | Folded Dimensions: 4 x 14 inches | Materials: Aluminum, polyester | Planet Impact: 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials

Nemo Moonlite Reclining Camp Chair

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Best Multi-Purpose

Kijaro Dual Lock Chair

4.7
Kijaro Dual Lock Portable Camping Chairs

Walmart

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Portability
    3.5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Very supportive armrests

  • Two cupholders, zip-up pocket, and mesh pocket

  • A good car camping option

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

This is your car camping chair that will double as your soccer game or picnic chair. Thanks to some rugged construction with a steel-based frame and durable ripstop polyester fabric, it's on the heavy side. Our testers liked the dual locking system and thought it was easy to fold and unfold. They saw this chair as supportive and sturdy, especially the armrests—some of the most supportive armrests tested among all chairs. The bag has a traditional shoulder strap, and the chair has two cupholders, a zip-up pocket, and a mesh pocket. "I'd recommend this to car campers, especially anyone who generally needs a reliable folding chair," one tester concluded.

Price at time of publish: $40

Weight: 9.5 pounds | Capacity: 300 pounds | Seat Height: Not listed | Folded Dimensions: Not listed | Materials: Steel, polyester | Planet Impact: Not listed

Kijaro Dual Locking Folding Camp Chair

TripSavvy / Tamara Staples

Best Lightweight

Helinox Chair Zero

4.3
Helinox Chair Zero

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Comfort
    3.5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    3/5
What We Like
  • Surprisingly comfy

  • Durable and should last a long time

  • Will boost your backcountry comfort

What We Don't Like
  • Could be uncomfortable for larger people

There was a time when I believed backcountry recreation should include a bit of discomfort. Then I turned 30 and decided discomfort in the wilderness wasn't necessary. So I invested in a Helinox Chair Zero, which literally changed my life. Do you know what's not fun after backpacking 10 or more miles? Sitting on the ground, a log, or a rock. Do you know what is fun? Sitting in an ultracomfy and ultralight backpacking chair.

While our lab testers weren't overly impressed with the Chair Zero, this is an incredible product if you're looking to boost your wilderness comfort gear. It weighs right at a pound, can be set up and taken down in seconds, packs down tiny, and is ultradurable. I loved it so much, there was a time when the only furniture in my room was a bed, a desk, and the Helinox Chair Zero.

Price at time of publish: $130

Weight: 1 pound | Capacity: 265 pounds | Seat Height: 8.5 inches | Folded Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches | Materials: Aluminum, ripstop polyester | Planet Impact: Not listed

Helinox Chair Zero

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Best Two-Person

Kelty Low Loveseat Camping Chair

5
Kelty Low Loveseat

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Super simple setup

  • Very comfortable—a "body-hugging vibe"

  • Adjustable shoulder strap for easier carrying

What We Don't Like
  • There are less expensive double chairs on the market, but our testers think this one is worth it

Our testers were "downright giddy" over Kelty's Low Loveseat. This chair has a lot to like, from the setup that couldn't be easier to how comfortable it is to the insulated cupholders. The steel-frame construction is super durable, and, unlike other outdoor gear that says it can fit two people but really fits one and a half people (we're looking at you, two-person backpacking tents), our testers felt like this tandem chair was big enough for two people and a pet.

"The straps that go around the cover are also adjustable, so you could potentially pack other things in it," a tester noted of the versatility of the chair. "There are cheaper doubles on the market, but this thing is super comfy and solid."

Price at time of publish: $140

Weight: 15 pounds, 6 ounces | Capacity: 400 pounds | Seat Height: 13.5 inches | Folded Dimensions: 34.5 x 11 x 11 inches | Materials: Steel, 600D polyester | Planet Impact: Not listed

Kelty Low Loveseat

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Best Lounger

Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger DL Camping Chair

4.4
ENO Lounger DL Chair

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.5/5
  • Comfort
    4.5/5
  • Portability
    4/5
  • Durability
    4.5/5
  • Value
    4.5/5
What We Like
  • Cushioned headrest and high-reclined back

  • Roomy cupholder and two slip pockets

  • One of the favorites for comfort

What We Don't Like
  • Tough to put back in the carrying case

The ENO Lounger DL Chair will take your camping relaxation to the next level. Of the more than two dozen chairs tested, this was one of our testers' favorites for overall comfort. The high back and recline help boost that comfort, and the padded headrests and armrests add a nice touch of additional relaxation. Our testers also really liked the large cupholder and two slip pockets on each side of the chair for storing phones, headlamps, car keys, or other smaller items.

Price at time of publish: $125

Weight: 4 pounds, 10 ounces | Capacity: 250 pounds | Seat Height: 37 or 32 inches | Folded Dimensions: 23 x 7 inches | Materials: Aluminum, 210D ripstop nylon | Planet Impact: Not listed

ENO Lounger DL Chair

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Best Backpacking

Big Agnes Skyline UL Ultralight Backpacking

4.4
Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Durability
    4/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Super comfortable seat, even being so light and compact

  • Extremely portable and light

  • Good price point for ultralight gear

What We Don't Like
  • Can be tough pulling seat over poles

Big Agnes' company motto has been the "mother of comfort," and our testers were pleasantly surprised with how comfortable this backpacking-focused camp chair was. Even with its ultralight and small profile, our testers were impressed. While the Helinox Chair Zero above is a tad lighter, we also like the Skyline for backpacking because of its packability, ease of use, and overall comfort. The Skyline also features a waterproof coating, which helps boost the fabric's durability and strength.

Price at time of publish: $150

Weight: 1 pound, 12 ounces | Capacity: 275 pounds | Seat Height: 15 inches | Folded Dimensions: 3.5 x 17 inches | Materials: Ultralight aircraft aluminum, 70D Robic nylon, ripstop nylon 66 | Planet Impact: Not listed

Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair

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Best Splurge

Yeti Trailhead Camp Chair

4.2
YETI Trailhead Camp Chair

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Portability
    4/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    2/5
What We Like
  • Super comfortable and supportive design and material

  • Backpack straps help with carrying

  • High quality and durability typical to the Yeti brand

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky and heavy

If you're going to spend hundreds on a camp chair, you might as well make it a Yeti. Be it tumblers, coolers, or camp chairs, Yeti is known for high-quality and durable products. It's also known for premium pricing. The sleek flex grid fabric is the first thing you notice about the Yeti Trailhead. Although it’s a collapsible camping chair with its carrying bag, its sophisticated look would fit right in with a high-end, well-manicured backyard. Supporting up to 500 pounds of weight, the Trailhead has lockdown comfort technology that curves with the back and arms so that you have enough energy to get back onto the trail after a good rest.

Our testers thought the setup and breakdown of this chair were reasonably straightforward. They liked the large carrying case and the highly supportive back and legs. The FlexGrid Fabric was extra supportive and comfortable. They also liked that the carrying case came with two straps, making it conducive for wearing as a backpack and slinging over the shoulder. We view this as a bit of an investment, but a good one where the chair can double as a patio, deck, or lawn chair when you're not camping.

Price at time of publish: $300

Weight: 13.3 pounds | Capacity: 500 pounds | Seat Height: Not listed | Folded Dimensions: 11.75 x 43 x 9 inches | Materials: Yeti proprietary fabric | Planet Impact: Not listed

Yeti Trailhead Camp Chair

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Other Camping Chairs We Tested

Here's a rundown of the other chairs we tested not listed above.

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair: This chair was a bit too heavy and had some durability issues that left our testers unsatisfied. It could be all right as a luxury recliner, but we think you can find better above.

TravelChair Original and Big Slacker Chair: If you're looking for a simple stool, this is a fine choice. But if you're looking for a stool to save weight, we suggest one of the ultralight chairs above as they're just as light but much comfier.

GCI Outdoor Zero Gravity Chair: This chair was fine and even good when reclined. But its heft and lack of straps for carrying sunk it to the point where we couldn't include it above.

GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Chair: The Freestyle Rocker is an excellent option if you're looking for a rocking chair. Our testers had some issues with its lack of portability. But that can be sacrificed for the rocking style if that's what you're going for.

Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair: Our testers liked the portability and durability of this chair but were less impressed by its setup and comfort.

Cliq Camping Chair: This chair was OK but not great. It tested well across our attributes, but our testers thought it was too heavy and expensive compared to other chairs tested.

Coleman Camp Chair with Side Table: If having a chair with a table on the side is essential to you, we have no reason not to recommend this chair. But, if a table doesn't matter, there are better and more comfortable chairs on this list.

ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair: Based on its name, you probably understand this is a large, oversized chair. If you're a bigger person, it could work. But even our 5-foot, 11-inch tester thought it was a bit too big. And much too heavy.

Coleman Camping Chair with Built-In Four Can Cooler: For its price, this is a decent enough chair and a good option—especially if you're looking for a chair that will double as a park or soccer game chair. It just didn't have anything that blew our testers away.

GCI Outdoor Everywhere Portable Hillside Chair: This chair was very average. Our testers had problems with the setup and breakdown because of its straps. And it didn't wow us in terms of comfort or portability.

Trademark Innovations Loveseat Camping Chair: If you're looking for a budget camping loveseat, this is it. Kelty's Low Loveseat tested a bit better but also cost quite a bit more.

Timber Ridge Zero Gravity Chair: Our testers loved this chair's comfort. But they got turned off and skittish with a warning label saying the chair shouldn't be exposed to sunlight or rain for extended amounts of time. If you're looking for a porch chair, this is an excellent one.

Marchway Ultralight Camping Chair: This is an excellent budget option camping chair. Our testers liked it quite a bit, and at $40, it's a great value.

Core Equipment Folding Chair: Core Equipment's Folding Chair is a decent enough chair, but because of its size and heft, our testers saw it more as a park or soccer game chair than a camping one.

Coastal Outdoor Padded Camping Chair: The zipper on the carrying case was broken when our testers received this chair. For a budget option, it's totally fine. But don't expect excellent durability.

GCI Outdoor Quick-E Seat: Again, this one is fine if you're looking for a stool or a budget option. But we still recommend purchasing one of the ultralight chairs if you're going for a minimalist feel.

Hillsound BTR Stool: Our testers were admittedly harsh toward stools. This one is great if you're looking for a stool option.

Helinox Chair Zero camping chair testing

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Product Selection

We relied on internet research and the expertise of Dotdash Meredith editors, writers, and the testing team to compile the products tested for this roundup. Internet research included looking at what camping chairs other prominent publications have featured and camping chairs with thousands of high reviews on online retailers like Amazon. We also relied on our expertise and knowledge of camping chairs and outdoor gear brands.

To narrow the list, we wanted to include products that would fit a range of people in terms of intended use and price points. For example, we wanted budget options, luxury options, and everything in between. We also wanted to include products that would be suitable for the experienced minimalist backpacker as well as the first-time camper.

How We Tested

Chairs were first tested in the Dotdash Meredith testing lab in New York City and then disbursed to testers for real-world testing. This document will be updated as more real-world testing insights are reported. Our lab testing team took the chairs out of their packages and assembled them. They then took turns sitting in the chair for different lengths of time. Chairs were also tested for durability by being dropped and sat in with force. We then packed the chairs and carried them around the lab a bit.

All chairs were rated on a five-point scale for the following attributes: ease of use, comfort, portability, durability, and overall value. Those scores were averaged for the overall scores given to the 11 chairs featured above.

Kelty Low Loveseat

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What To Look for in a Camping Chair

Support

Those with bad backs should consider chairs with extra seat and upper back padding. After a long day of hiking or setting up camp, you'll be happy that your chair is comfortable enough to spend a few hours by the campfire. Some chairs are also made with lumbar support built into the frame and with pillows attached for an extra layer of padding.

Material

Some camping chairs are made better than others. If you're planning on using it outside often, the material will help your chair last for multiple adventures. Look for durable legs made of rust-free aluminum, steel, or wood. The chair's fabric should also be strong enough to hold much body weight. Nylon and other mesh fabrics are practical options that can also be UV-resistant, which will help extend the chair's life.

Portability

A camping chair's overall weight is an essential factor to think about before making a purchasing decision. People who go for extended backpacking trips or use campsites that aren't close to their cars will need a lightweight chair. Chairs with a carrying bag will also be helpful as they will leave hands free to haul other items on trips.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How should I store my camping chairs?

    You can store your camping chairs in a garage, shed, attic, crawl space, or basement. You may want to put the chairs in oversized storage bins or cover them with a blanket or tarp to ensure they don't become damaged. Also, consider the environment where you'll be storing your chairs to prevent rusting or molding.

  • How should I clean my camping chair?

    Dirtying or staining your camp chairs is likely when you're enjoying the outdoors. You can start by brushing off the surface of the chair. A method to consider is spraying the chair with a mixture of 1/3 warm water and 2/3 vinegar. With a cloth or sponge, scrub the chair. Then, clean the legs of the chair with warm water and some mild soap. Rinse the chair entirely and allow it to air dry. However, before attempting to clean with any of your methods, look at the product's tags to see if there are any specific instructions on how to clean it.

  • Are camping chairs good for the beach?

    You can absolutely take your camping chairs to the beach, but it's essential to consider how portable they are and their sturdiness in the sand. You should also test for comfort, as some camping chairs might be too elevated, so you may not be able to stretch out your legs onto the warm sand. Another factor to take into account is weight. You won't want to lug a heavy camping chair across the beach with the sun beating down on your back.

Why Trust TripSavvy

Nathan Allen is TripSavvy's Outdoor Gear Editor. He's a lifelong camper and backpacker that now values comfort over weight. Still, his go-to camping chair for years is the Helinox Chair Zero. Nathan has used the Chair Zero for many applications, from backpacking and camping to remote working, tying on flies for fishing, and waiting for roadside assistance. The Chair Zero basically always stays in his 4Runner for use at any time.

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