A clas­sic chair im­proved

Gear Edi­tor ME­LANIE VAN ZYL finds a chair that won’t take up the whole boot of a hatch­back and is rugged enough for camp­site loung­ing

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Re­mem­ber those old-school can­vas di­rec­tor chairs? They were the only ones we took on the road as a family. It’s a ro­bust, die-hard clas­sic (the one over­land­ing com­pa­nies still tend to use) but it def­i­nitely pri­ori­tises func­tion over com­fort. The Howl­ing Moon Com­pact Ranger Chair is a modern di­rec­tor’s chair with good rugged bones and a neat pack­ing size, but much more com­fort­able. This camp­fire throne still feels ro­bust, with thick steel bars (capped with plas­tic for bet­ter dura­bil­ity) and a stretched, gen­er­ous seat of tough wo­ven fab­ric that can hold up to 160kg. The clever fold-up de­sign means you get a whole lot more chair for the rel­a­tively com­pact pack­ing frame of 52 x 50cm2. The chair is a lit­tle heavy, at 6kg, but it has an easy carry han­dle and if you’re just trans­fer­ring the chair from car to camp­site, it’s not a fac­tor. It also has a few nifty fea­tures with­out go­ing gim­micky: a fold-out side table, rea­son­able cupholder (it could be a lit­tle deeper to safely fit bot­tles of beer, but it’s good for cans) and a zipped arm­rest pocket, which is very handy against ma­raud­ing mon­keys. I found it just the right height to sit and eat at your av­er­age camp table. Oth­ers who tried it out found the back sup­port had a lit­tle too much ‘give’, but I just found it re­lax­ing. R795, cam­p­world.co.za

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