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The search for the perfect fishing chair is one that fishermen should take more seriously. When it comes to choosing the perfect chair to fit your needs (and your body), there are several highly personalized factors to consider. Below we will review these factors, and we will also review four of the top brands available for sale.
What to Look For
Generally, comfort is the number one concern when it comes to choosing a chair for fishing. After all, no one wants to pack up all of their gear, find the perfect location to set-up for the day, then unpack it all, only to shift and shimmy in an uncomfortable chair all day long. And for the seasoned fisherman who has been at it for many years, comfort may not be just a desirable luxury, but rather a necessity for personal health reasons due to physical or age-related ailments. Regardless of whether comfort is an added bonus or an absolute must-have, we can all agree that no one wants to be uncomfortable.
Another factor to consider is the ease of transporting and traveling with your chair. If you spend ample time hiking to reach your fishing destinations, then you will likely want a chair that is lightweight and compact. However, if you arrive via boat or car to reach your fishing locations, then perhaps a fixed fishing chair is a better option for you. Either way, you want to make sure that your chair is durable and comfortable, so pay attention to padding and material in addition to chair mobility.
Yet another consideration when selecting a brand is the added bells and whistles. Most would agree that having a drink holder to keep a cold beverage close by on those hot days is a highly desired addition to any good fishing chair. But what about a rod holder? Or a zippered pouch for storage? These are added luxuries that you might appreciate, though keep in mind that sometimes they can also add significant weight and bulkiness to a chair, not to mention adding to the price tag.
With all of the factors to consider when picking a perfect fishing chair, it can get a bit overwhelming. But fear not. We have compiled a list of the best chairs that address a variety of needs and wants. So, as you review the products below, keep in mind the factors that are most important to you… comfort? Durability? Mobility? Storage and accessories? Price? We all are looking for specific features, it’s just a matter of figuring out which chair meets the majority of our needs.
1. Earth Products
Our top recommendation is the Earth Products adjustable fishing chair. This chair is specifically designed for fishing. It features a built-in compartment where you can store ice, cans, tackle, or whatever you want. The backrest makes this chair quite comfortable— you can sit for hours on end without any discomfort.
Portability is one of this chair’s top features and you can easily fold it up and take it anywhere. It’s lightweight yet strong and durable with its steel frame. This chair can support up to 300 lbs.
It’s not the cheapest brand on the market but the price is still affordable.
If you are looking for simplicity and durability, then the Kijaro dual lock chair is for you. Although it’s not specifically made for fishing, meaning it does not offer a rod holder or any other fishing related features, this chair offers stability and easy transport.
The selling point for the Kijaro is the locking feature that allows it to lock when in the folded position, assuring that it will not pop open during transport. The lock feature also works when the chair is open, providing maximum stability and support.
Made from rip-stop polyester, this product is durable and long-lasting. Added features include two mesh cup holders, a zip pocket, and a carry strap. It’s priced at about half of what you will pay for some of the more fishing-specific chairs, so if cost is a concern of yours, then this might be the perfect choice for you.
The VINGLI fishing chair is a comfortable brand that supports up to 350 lbs. This chair puts comfort over performance and it features a padded seat in addition to a foot-rest. The legs are adjustable and foldable. With this brand you essentially get a fishing chair that is nearly as comfortable as at at-home lounge chair. If you’re just looking to relax near the water then this is definitely the brand for you.
This is by far the most expensive brand on our list, but its unique features make it a decent value.