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ALPS Mountaineering Big C.A.T. Camp Chair
ALPS MountaineeringBig C.A.T. Camp Chair

The alternative is a rock.

Grab a cold one and sit your romp in the sturdy and comfortable ALPS Mountaineering Big C.A.T. Camp Chair. This steel frame chair with durable polyester fabric won’t buckle or break if your gal or guy decides to sit on your lap thanks to the C.A.T.’s 500-pound capacity. This easy-to-carry chair fits snuggly into the shoulder carry bag (included), and it comes with two beverage holders in case you’re double fisting. The Big C.A.T. is perfect for your kid’s sporting events, football tailgating, or camping trips.

  • A sturdy chair ideal for camping or tailgating
  • Powder-coated steel frame resists rust
  • Durable fabric with 500-pound capacity
  • Cup holders on each armrest
  • Shoulder carry bag included
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

sturdy chairs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are some solid and durable chairs. As noted in other reviews, they are much heavier than standard cheap folding camp chairs, but if that's not a critical feature you need, the durability and quality construction are good trade-offs for the weight. A common complaint is also the narrow seat width. I can see what people are saying, but it hasn't been an issue for me. If you need a chair that will accommodate a significantly wider than average body size, this probably isn't your best choice. We've used these chairs for car camping, riverbank fishing, and backyard bonfires. For activities like those, I'd give the chair 5 stars. The bulk and weight make them harder to use for boating or for any activity that requires carrying them along with other gear very far, which is why I gave them 4 stars overall.

Great for car camping!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I recently purchased two of these chairs for camping and so far we love them! They are easy to get in and out of the carrying bag, they have two cup holders, they are sturdy and they are comfortable! I would definitely recommend these for car camping!

seat is narrow - big only for a child

    Seat is narrow - not big.


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    We were looking for a few chairs to use with our camping setup in the Taco. A bit heavy, but if you're not taking it far, then it is a solid choice. The adjustable arm rests are a plus, along with the dual cup holders.

    Very sturdy

      A little heavy but, extremely sturdy. Great for car camping etc.

      Slightly heavier, but more durable...

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      so it's worth the extra weight. Good for fireside fun or tailgating. Love the 2 cup holders, although I wish they were slightly bigger to hold some larger mugs.

      nice chair

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Durable, makes you sit up straight, I don't like those chairs that makes you feel like your saggin in on the chair. It's height is great so makes it easy to get up and running quickly

      Great Chair

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The back is plenty high to make for comfy campfire sitting.

      Big but not comfy

        It has a very sturdy frame which is good but makes the chair stiff and not comfortable for lounging in.

        Is the back on this chair high enough to...

        Is the back on this chair high enough to rest your head?

        I'm 5'9".

        Nope, it tops out around shoulder height unless you slouch a lot.

        How much does this chair weigh?

        How much does this chair weigh?

        Best Answer

        Their website lists it at 11 pounds. Not a backpacking chair by any means.

        ALPS Mountaineering Big C.A.T chair

          Past experience has led me to Alps Mountaineering for any and all purchases of camping chairs. I chose these as they are relatively compact when folded up and yet extremely heavy duty. Being 6'4" and 220 pounds, I want a chair that I know I can trust not to collapse during use. My main use for these is for trail lunches while out exploring off road in our Jeep, Tthey are plenty comfortable back in the campsite as well. I highly recommend these for any one that is looking for this type of chair.