We test two lightweight chairs that fold down really small: a great way to make space in your car when travelling to the campsite.
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. 🙂
- Seat height: 46 cm
- Size: 57 x 50 x 84 cm (WxDxH)
- Pack size: 47 x 12 x 11 cm
- Weight: 2190 g
- Max load: 120 kg
Robens Pilgrim Chair
For both the Pilgrim and Navigator Chairs, the frame is made from lightweight aluminium, and the frame slots together in a similar fashion to tent poles.
It’s important to note that Robens have used high-grade aluminium, so despite being lightweight, it’s strong – the chairs can take up to 120KG. 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 so that they can slide onto the chair frame. This makes a useful little storage bag for things like sunglasses, suncream, or anything else you want to hand when sitting in your chair.
The seat of the chair has slots on the underside that simply slide over the ends of the chair frame.
Once assembled, the Robens Pilgrim Chair has a bucket style of seat, which we all found comfortable.
Robens Navigator Chair
The Robens Navigator chair assembles in the same way as 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 supports for arms.
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 with 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 did find the Navigator a little more fiddly to assemble though since it does have more poles than the Pilgrim chair.
Interestingly, despite the Robens Navigator being a larger chair, it is actually the lightest of the two chairs tested.
The only downsides I can see with these chairs is the price. You pay for those lightweight materials and the design that makes a chair fold down small, yet still 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.
Specs for the Robens Navigator: http://www.robens.de/en/Products/furniture/furniture/navigator-golden-brown
Specs for the Robens Pilgrim: http://www.robens.de/en/Products/furniture/furniture/pilgrim-golden-brown
- Both the Robens Pilgrim and Robens Navigator chairs are small and lightweight - they're comfortable too.
- You pay more for decent chairs that are lightweight and easy to transport.
Where to Buy: Robens Pilgrim and Navigator Chairs
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