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The Robens Pioneer chair: You won’t believe how small this chair packs down to

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We look at the Robens Pioneer chair. A swivel chair for camping that folds down into an incredibly small and light package.

Taking things to the campsite can sometimes be a challenge. Things like tables and chairs can be particularly bulky.

Fortunately, there is a solution: the Robens Pioneer chair.

I was amazed at how small this chair folds down.

Using the Robens Pioneer Chair

The Pioneer Chair actually feels like a full-size chair. It’s not like those little stools you get, which can get a bit uncomfortable after a while.

Instead, the Pioneer supports your body with a slight recline.

It’s also a swivel chair.

I don’t know why Robens felt they needed to make the chair swivel but I’m glad they did. If you are sitting around the fire and reaching for things as you are cooking, that little bit of swivel makes things a little easier.

You could also combine it with the excellent Robens Wayfarer Table, and you’ve got an outside office!

Transporting and Setting Up the Chair

The big feature of the Robens Pioneer is of course how small it folds up.

The folded package is only just over 1kg and measures just 29cm x 11cm x 12 cm.

You could probably pack four of these chairs into the same space that one large camping chair would take up.

The only problem with such a small package is that we found it a little stiff to put together. The legs and supports go together easily enough, but attaching the seat to the frame can be a bit stiff. So far, I’m the only one in our family that can do it.

We don’t just use this chair for camping. It works well for picnics too.

Alternatives to the Robens Pioneer Lightweight Chair


I have seen a similar lightweight chair from OEX, called the Ultralite Camping Chair.

I’ve not had a chance to test the OEX chair, so can’t vouch for how good it is. The OEX chair is slightly cheaper and only a fraction heavier than the Robens Pioneer chair.  But the OEX chair is fixed and doesn’t swivel.

Helinox Chair One

Another alternative is the Helinox Chair One, which weighs even less than the Robens Pioneer at just 940 grams! However, when folded, it is slightly longer. It also doesn’t swivel and is more expensive.



GOWTK Thumbs Up AwardThe Robens Pioneer Chair is another innovative product from adventure camping brand Robens that could easily find a good home with family campers.

It gets the GOWTK Thumbs Up award.

Thanks, Credits, and Disclaimers: We would like to thank Robens for sending us a sample of their Robens Pioneer chair that I asked for in order to test and review. You can view more details about the chair on the Robens Website.  All photos and opinions are our own.


9Expert Score
This is a great chair that we've used countless times this year.
Value for Money
Family Friendly
  • The Robens Pioneer Chair folds down incredibly small, making it easy to transport to the campsite.
  • Can be a bit fiddly to put together.

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  1. Robens Colonist: Another lightweight chair ideal for picnics or camping

    […] We’ve reviewed the Robens Pioneer chair before, and the Colonist doesn’t fold up as small as that. However, it does fold down to a good size to fit in your car boot, camping trailer, or even a roof box. When folded it is 54 x 48 x 15 cm. […]

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    Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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