Small collapsible, folding camping stools have grown in popularity over the years and are usually called camping stools. While camping stools do not normally have the features of a camping chair, they do serve many functions. They are lighter, more compact and can also double as footrests or small tables.
Hikers and backpackers strap them to their packs, giving a weary traveler a comfortable place to sit at a moments notice in any environment. Fisherman use them to relax, then quickly pack up and move from one ‘hot’ spot to another. The versatility of these stools is unequaled as they can even be used while canoeing, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.
The materials used in the construction of folding stools are often similar to those used in the construction of folding chairs. Both consist of an aluminum or steel frame combined with a fabric, canvas or mesh seat. In order to compile this list and make your camping stool decision as painless as possible, we took the top 5 selling collapsible camping stools from Amazon.com and listed them below along with a few of their features.
So what are the Best Folding Camping Stools for Camping, Fishing, Hunting or Anything in the Great Outdoors?
1. Coleman Rambler II Camping Stool
The Coleman Rambler II shown below collapses flat and weighs only one and half pounds yet will support up to 225 lbs. It uses a weather-resistant polyester fabric and a rust-proof aluminum frame.
2. Texsport Folding Tripod Camping Stool
The Texsport Folding Tripod Stool has sturdy steel legs that also support 225 lbs. It uses a nylon seat, comes complete with a shoulder strap for easy transport and weighs in at 2 lbs.
3. Trademark Home Collection Cushioned Folding Stool
The Trademark Home Collection Cushioned Folding Stool comes in 2 different sizes; 18” or 24” and folds flat. It provides a higher seat for even the tallest individuals and also works great indoors as a bar stool or even in the office!
4. Allen Company Camo Folding Camping Stool
The Allen Company makes a great folding stool for hunters. Their model folds flat yet comes complete with a storage compartment underneath. It features a strong steel frame and comes complete with a shoulder strap.
5. Earthlite Folding Massage Camping Stool
I’ll have to admit that I’ve saved the Earthlite Folding Massage Stool for last for a reason. This little miracle of engineering and comfort is constructed of maple hardwood and includes a 3” thick padded seat. It is rated for 350lbs and comes complete with a one year warranty.
I am an avid kayaker and started using my first folding stool about 2 years ago. I usually keep one in the back of my truck for kayaking, hunting and hiking in a nearby state park. Regardless of which model you decide to buy, I am confident that you will find it money well spent.
Even the cheapest and most poorly constructed camping stool is more comfortable than a rock or fallen log and I hope that I’ve helped steer you in the right direction with your decision.