5 Reasons Why You Won’t Regret Buying a Good Camp Chair

Old versus new.
Old versus new.

Despite camping once or twice a month, I never felt like it was worth investing in a quality camp chair. I had bought a pair of $5 brand-less chairs and had been using the one that hadn’t fully broken down after the first use. That was until I decided to take the plunge and buy one of the Kelty Mesh Folding Chairs.

I had been a bit scared of the price tag but was tired of my old cheap chair which continued to fall apart little by little. Well, all I can say is I don’t regret the purchase one bit and don’t think you will either. Here’s five reasons why:

The Kelty Mesh Folding Chair
The Kelty Mesh Folding Chair
  1. No more broken arm rests. Arm rests are the first thing to go on a poorly made chair because they have such little support.
  2. Hold cups, cans & bottles with confidence. Good quality camp chairs have good quality cup holders so you won’t have to worry about your drinking falling out or even breaking through the bottom.
  3. Features! A good quality camp chair will have some bells and whistles that you’ll never find in your $5 one. The Kelty Mesh Folding chair comes with adjustable arm rests, ventilated mesh & an attached bottle opener!
  4. Quality chairs are backed by quality manufacturers. If I had an issue with my Kelty chair I could call up their customer service team and ask for help. Not the case for my older one.
  5. Look like you know what you’re doing. You just don’t look camp ready when you pull out a folding chair that has trouble standing on it’s own four feet. Quality chairs show you’ve come prepared.

So there you have it, five reasons why I don’t think you’ll regret spending a little extra on your next camp chair. In addition to the Kelty Mesh Folding Chair, we also offer a number of other camp furniture options including the Wenzel Folding Banquet ChairEureka Directors Chair as well as many more.  We guarantee that any of them will beat that old $5 chair you bought.

The ACK Guide To: Tailgating Like a Professional

It’s football season, which means one thing for the weekends… well, aside from football and paddling. That’s right, you guessed it — tailgating! Everyone’s favorite pre-game ritual is back and that means you won’t look so lonely smoking brisket in the parking lot near the stadium now that football season is in full swing. Being a company based in Texas, not only do we have a pedigree in paddlesports but we also know a thing or two about how to tailgate and we offer plenty of products that would help make you parking lot royalty.

First things first: you gotta stay protected from the sun. If you’re a die-hard fan (of either the sport itself or the act of tailgating) you’re probably outside the stadium in your spot hours before kickoff. You don’t want to get zapped by the sun before the first touchdown so here are a few things to help:

Your main line of defense against the sun should be sunscreen. Hands down, no questions asked! We’d recommend the Aloe Gator All Natural SPF 30 sunscreen. It’ll help your skin stay protected from the sun’s rays, it is water resistant and all natural. You can’t really go wrong there. The next essential item is a sunshade and Kelty’s Hula Shadehouse couldn’t be better for the job. Not only is the design eye-catching and stylish but it is very deliberate in its protection from the sun, angling down in the back to give you that added protection, helping you keep your team cool and securing your place on the tailgating throne.

Aside from protection from the sun, you also need be comfortable when you’re lounging around before the game. Whether you’ve got an ENO Doublenest Hammock (made for two!), the Eureka Director’s Chair (with its own side table for your chow or drinks), or a Crazy Creek Camp Chair which could be used inside the stadium as well, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be a comfortable creature in the asphalt wilderness.

What’s a tailgate without the food and drinks? Well, not a tailgate I’d attend. We offer several products that can help you feel a little bit closer to your own kitchen like the Primus 2-Burner Stove-Grill Combo which folds up into its own nice little case and can help you cook up the meanest links in the lot. The stove-grill combo makes this a versatile, portable option for your outdoor kitchen setup and doesn’t have a large footprint. If you’re a charcoal guy or gal, Sandbar makes a great charcoal chimney called the FlatFire which folds up nicely for storage, is made of sturdy stainless steel and will get you cooking in no time. Now you can’t forget about the drinks and for them we offer a wide array of coolers like the Yeti Tundra 45 if you’re bringing cold ones for everyone or the NRS Dura Soft Cooler which has just enough room to hold a six-pack and has an extra-wide strap so you can sling it over your shoulder to tote it around.

Entertainment is also a must at a tailgate and you can quickly turn the parking lot into your own playground with some toys like the OgoDisk. These soft, bouncy “hand trampolines” come with a ball and can be used for a variety of fun activities like volleyball, baseball, and tennis-type games and can be tossed on their own like a Frisbee, adding to the fun. They can launch the ball up to 150 feet (!) and they’ll even float if you should happen to land them in some water. The Zing Z-Curve Bow could also make for some interesting parking lot games. It comes with three super-soft arrows (safety first, y’all!), two for the long-range shooting (up to 125 feet) and one with a suction cup end and the bow is easy to use for both right and left-handed folks. Everyone appreciates some tunes, whether its background music for conversation or jams to get you pumped for the game, Grace Digital’s Eco Terra Waterproof Audio System is just what you need. This boombox-style music player will fit your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or any MP3 player so you know you’re covered on that front. It holds your device behind a 100% waterproof, clear shell so if and when spills happen, you’re in the clear and it even floats!

Hopefully this has sparked some ideas for your adventures in tailgating. Remember, many camping supplies are great for your pre-game asphalt excursions so browse our online inventory and let your imagination go wild. Pretty soon they’ll have to build a tailgating hall-of-fame just to enshrine your pre-game ingenuity for generations to come.

Trent @ ACK