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You're already hauling a sleeping pad in your backpack, so why shouldn't that sleeping pad double as a chair? Crazy Creek created the AirChair Plus Camp Chair as the answer to this question and the solution to your stump-squating, rock-sitting seating issues at camp. Crazy Creek just took the full-length sleeping pad, added side clips, and used highly durable material to create the shell. Just unroll the the pad, inflate it, clip the head of the pad to the foot and you've got a chair; when it's time to sleep just unclip the sides and the pad lies flat. The whole kit weighs less than three pounds, and rolls up nice and tight so you can stash it in the back of the car or strap it to the outside of your backpack.
- Dual-use chair and sleeping pad combination
- Sides unclip and chair converts to a full-length sleeping pad
- Pad inflates with air to 2.5-inches thick
- Rolls up to a compact size for easy carrying
- Item #CRZ0029
- Q & A
Klymit pad + Crazy Creek frame
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a dual-use product that does both of the things it claims and does them well. However, I don't consider it to be small, compact, or lightweight. I recommend it for car camping and backpackers who value the little luxury of a chair more than a lighter pack.
If you've used Crazy Creek chairs before you'll know what to expect in terms of adjustment, getting your bum a bit squeezed by the side straps, etc. But this one is much much more comfortable since it's padded with 2.5" of air. Since the back is padded too, you can lean it up against a rock, log, etc. too. The chair has aluminum stays/bars that prevent it from being packed up too small. So the packed size is a tube about 22" long with a 4-5" diameter---not small. The chair part is 210D coated ripstop nylon that does a good job of protecting the inside, but I'd still be careful about where you sit down.
The sleeping pad insert is made by Klymit and is of nice quality. It's high frequency welded 70D nylon and 20" x 70" so a pretty standard size. The attached photo is a stock photo from the company. You can see that the main chair part has horizontal chambers and the end part that flips out is vertical. I've been putting my feet on the vertical side---the small transition zone is less obtrusive than you'd think. The pad suffers from the usual shortcomings of this style (slippery, Goldilocks zone of inflation, narrow, uninsulated, etc.) but it's a good inflatable pad in its own right.
The valves are easy to adjust for the right firmness when using it in either mode. Inflation isn't too exhausting, not much different than any other inflatable pad like this. Includes patch kit.
You can take the system apart very easily and use them independently. This makes the sleeping pad much more packable for backpacking.
Overall it's a versatile system and a decent value.