We test two lightweight chairs that fold down really small: a great way to make space in your car when travelling to the campsite.
Our Score: 8.4/10
We've given the Robens Pilgrim and Navigator Chairs the Thumbs Up award.
- Both the Robens Pilgrim and Robens Navigator chairs are small and lightweight - they're comfortable too.
The not so good
- You pay more for decent chairs that are lightweight and easy to transport.
This was a hands-on product review. The product was supplied to us to test and conduct the review.
Robens Pilgrim and Navigator Chairs Videos
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Camping furniture can be bulky and difficult to fit in your car.
I had seen the Robens Pilgrim chair and asked Robens if I could review it when a reader asked to see a review on the Robens Navigator chair. Fortunately, Robens was kind enough to send both over for a review. :-)
Robens Pilgrim Chair
The frame is made from lightweight aluminium for both the Pilgrim and Navigator Chairs, and the frame slots together similarly to tent poles.
It's important to note that Robens has used high-grade aluminium, so despite being lightweight, it's strong - the chairs can take up to 120 kg. The aluminium is made with corrosion-resistant alloys, which is exactly what you need for outdoor gear (and something you need to check for on cheaper imitations).
A nice little feature with both the chairs is that their bags have hoops to slide onto the chair frame. This makes a useful little storage bag for sunglasses, suncream, or anything else you want to hand when sitting in your chair.
The chair seat has slots on the underside that slide over the ends of the chair frame.
Once assembled, the Robens Pilgrim Chair has a bucket-style seat, which we all found comfortable.
Robens Navigator Chair
The Robens Navigator chair assembles similarly to the Robens Pilgrim, with aluminium poles slotting together to make the chair frame.
Unlike the Pilgrim, the Robens Navigator's chair frame is slightly more complicated as the chair has a larger back and extra arm support.
Once assembled, the Robens Navigator chair is slightly different to the Pilgrim as it reclines you more.
It also has a handy drink holder on one of the arms of the chair.
Robens Pilgrim vs Robens Navigator Chair
Both chairs are lightweight and comfortable, and both retail for similar money.
However, despite my interest in the Pilgrim initially, we all felt the Robens Navigator chair was slightly more comfortable: it's the one we all try and sit in first.
I found the Navigator a little fiddly to assemble, though, since it has more poles than the Pilgrim chair.
Interestingly, despite the Robens Navigator being a larger chair, it is the lightest of the two chairs tested.
The only downside I see with these chairs is the price. You pay for those lightweight materials and the design that makes a chair fold down small yet remain comfortable.
Fitting out an entire family with such chairs would be expensive. However, if you are struggling to fit everything into your car, then one or two chairs like this might be a good investment.
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