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Gear Guide 2012: Kelty Lowdown Camp Chair

A camp throne built for long-term schlepping and chilling.

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We’ve busted dozens of cheapo chairs over the years, but the Lowdown is built for long-term schlepping and chilling. The frame is steel (not aluminum, like some models), and the pack-strength nylon fabric is reinforced in key spots with climbing-style webbing. “The ample seat is nearly a foot off the ground—comfortably high—but you can still fiddle with a stove,” says our tester. The backrest is angled for serious lounging, armrests move up and down for a custom fit, and the right-handed beverage holder adjusts to accommodate anything from a wide-mouth bottle to a mug. Nice touch: A bottle opener is tethered to the cozy. $48; 8 lbs. 8 oz.; kelty.com