“The Helikon Camping Chair is an exceptionally well-made, lightweight, tough and super comfortable chair that’ll last your RTW motorcycle ride.”
- Price: £99.00
- Mileage tested: n/a
- Time tested: 4 months
- Function: 5/5
- Durability: 5/5
- Ease of use: 5/5
- Value for money: 5/5
- Where to buy: military1st.co.uk
Why use a camping chair on a motorcycle trip?
We set off on our round-the-world ride on 1st January 2018. We left during Storm Eleanor and darted to Slovakia where our bike broke and we got snowed in for three weeks waiting for parts. So, we didn’t camp much during that time. But we knew we’d be in a tent for the majority of our trip and had packed accordingly. That meant we had two lightweight camping chairs with us. We lugged those chairs all the way to Turkey before their first use as that’s when we properly started camping because we could finally feel our toes again.
Mine broke the first time I used it. Alissa’s lasted two days before one of the legs went into soft sand, bent and then broke. They were cheap £20 chairs of Amazon, so they went in the bin and we carried on, thinking we’d be fine with just a camping mat. But we weren’t. Camping on a daily basis can take its toll if you’re constantly squatting, kneeling and sitting on the floor. Preparing food and cooking, eating, relaxing all on the floor every day aches the wrists, back, butt and legs. We eventually started making our own chairs out of the duffel bag and top box.
But that gets tiresome and uncomfortable pretty quickly too. We carried on like this all the way to Japan. By that time, literally at the top of our ‘things we urgently need’ list was two camp chairs. It didn’t matter how bulky or heavy they’d be. We needed them. And, we weren’t going to set off for the next leg of our trip with cheap ones again and get caught out for another three years abroad without them, so we looked for the best…
Helikon-Tex is a Polish firm who have been making tactical military gear since the early 1980s. They pride themselves on their tough and durable kit and so we thought their chairs would be a good bet!
The Helikon-Tex Range chair is made out of Cordura 500D with two large mesh panels either side for breathability. The poles are aluminium and the chair has two pockets either side and comes in a tough carry case with a extendable buckle strap for carrying.
- Weight: 1320g
- Dimensions: 35x11x13cm
- Supports weight up to: 150kg
Ease of use
Of course, it is a premium price tag at £99. But we’re looking at an exceptionally well-made, lightweight, tough and super comfortable chair that’ll last your RTW motorcycle ride. The Helikon-Tex Range chair is worth the money if you camp regularly and want to be comfortable while doing so.
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