Camping in Comfort with the Big Agnes Helinox Swivel Chair

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Introducing the Big Agnes Helinox Swivel Chair

Nothing against rocks. I love rocks. In fact, on the John Muir Trail, the presence of a good rock was often the deciding factor in whether a spot made for a good campsite or not. Having something to prop up your back while chowing down on that Mountain House Meal was of utmost importance.

Sometimes though, those rocks just don’t cut it. Car camping, river trips, short overnighters, fireside sessions. Times when you just want a little extra dose of comfort.

I was excited when I recently got my hands on the new Big Agnes Helinox Swivel Chair and decided to take it for a spin on my recent backpacking trip to Havasupai Indian Reservation. I have to say, these guys know how to make a good lightweight chair. Using the same aluminum alloy materials that Big Agnes uses for their tent poles, they have packed a durable, 360-degree swivel chair in a 2.9 pound package that’s really no bigger than the Sunday paper.

One of the best parts about the Big Agnes Helinox Swivel Chair is how quick and easy it is to put together. With a little practice, you could be kicking back in less than a minute flat. Watch my quick video below to see what I’m talking about.

See…it’s a total cinch. 

As for the comfort level, the convex shape of the chair provided proper back support and a pleasant place to rest my tush. It also breathes well in warm weather thanks to the mesh fabric that runs along the sides of the chair. The only thing I found myself wishing was that it had an arm rest. But hey…I think I’m probably starting to sound just a little bit spoiled 🙂

There are dozens of scenarios when the swivel comes in handy. For instance, when you need to reach over to grab a cold beer from the cooler. Or the when campfire smoke starts blowing in your eyes. Oh, you like to fish? Think about when you are sitting by the river with your fishing pole and want to put a little oomph in your cast. I didn’t realize how clutch a swiveling chair really was until I used one.

Big Agnes Helinox Swivel Chair

My Final Take

At 2.9 pounds, is it light enough to carry on a 20 mile backpacking trip? Maybe not. But for car camping, beach getaways, star gazing, or even backyard BBQs, the Big Agnes Helinox Swivel Chair is now my go-to.

To pick one up, head to the Big Agnes website or Amazon.  Also, if you are planning on using your chair in the sand or on soft ground, check out the accessory Ball Feet which will help prevent the chair from sinking.

What comfy piece of gear do you bring camping?

Disclosure: Big Agnes sent me this chair at no cost, but as always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase, I receive a tiny bit of compensation at no added cost to you. I only recommend products that I truly love, and any purchases you make help keep this blog going. Thanks for all of your support, and if you ever have any questions about any of the products featured on my site, please email me. Thanks! Kristen

Written by Kristen Bor

Hey there! My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. I discovered the power of the outdoors in my 20s, at the time I needed it most. Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside.

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