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Robens Pilgrim and Navigator Chairs

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SKU: Pilgrim
Brand: Robens

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. 🙂

Robens
Pilgrim
A small and lightweight bag contains this bucket style chair.
  • 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
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Robens
Navigator
The small bag contains this larger chair, with arm rests.
  • Seat height: 39 cm
  • Size: 86 x 72 x 99 cm (WxDxH)
  • Pack size: 51 x 14 x 12 cm
  • Weight: 1740 g
  • Max load: 120 kg

Robens Pilgrim Chair

The chair frame simply slots together.

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 bag hangs underneath the chairs to add useful storage.

The seat of the chair has slots on the underside that simply slide over the ends of the chair frame.

The ends of the chair frame simply insert into the seat cover.

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.

The Navigator has a longer frame and additional poles for the arm supports.

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

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8.4Expert Score
We test two lightweight chairs that fold down really small: a great way to make space in your car when travelling to the campsite.
Value for Money
6
Quality
9
Practicality
10
Comfort
8.5
PROS
  • Both the Robens Pilgrim and Robens Navigator chairs are small and lightweight - they're comfortable too.
CONS
  • You pay more for decent chairs that are lightweight and easy to transport.

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  1. Matt Allen

    That’s brilliant information thanks for sharing!

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  2. Mark Hylton

    We’ve been using two of the Navigator chairs during our camping trips since March this year and agree they are a great lightweight bit of kit that packs down well. They are very comfortable, seem very robust so far and are good for stargazing. The only issue we’ve found is that they are very unstable when you are not sitting in them, so they are constantly falling over. On one occasion a gust of wind blew a chair over onto the campfire! Fortunately quick reactions on the part of my wife prevented any damage, so they do appear slightly fire resistant as well, which is a bonus. Yes, they are pricey but we got a National Trust discount at Cotswold Outdoor, which brought the cost down a bit. So yes, good chairs, but be prepared to be constantly picking them up off the floor!

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