Top 10 Best Lightweight Fishing Chairs 2017

One of the most popular pastimes in the world, fishing – or angling – takes many forms, and is practiced both professionally and for fun. Many people take to the banks of a river, lake or pond and relax while trying to catch a decent fish, while others like to take a boat out and try sea fishing, a more challenging but equally enjoyable pursuit. Whatever your preferred style, the joy of fishing remains, and it is an addictive and also rewarding sport that anyone – young or old – can take part in.

It is interesting to think that prehistoric man was catching fish to eat many thousands of years ago, but how did he first find out that fish were good to eat? Like most such discoveries, it would likely be pure chance. By the 16th century sea fishing was common, and the die was cast. For this review, it is mainly on-land fishing we’re talking about, which is said to be the most popular participation sport in the world; more people go fishing than take part in any other sport! The attractions are clear: a beautiful day by a river, with no distractions and no rush – it’s a rural idyll that appeals across the board.

Whether you are fishing for sport or for food you need the right equipment, and apart from your rods and reels, you need to be comfortable. Also, you don’t want to be carrying massive amounts of equipment around, so you need that equipment to be light enough to carry without noticing, and compact enough to fit in your kit. That’s why we’re going to have a look at the top ten best lightweight fishing chairs – essential for comfort when you set up your station – but before we do, let’s talk a little more about what they are, and why you need one.

The Top 10

1: NGT Coarse and Carp Fishing Chair

The first choice on our list is this chair from NGT, a manufacturer of fishing goods with an excellent reputation for quality products. It’s fair to say that this one sets the standard for the nine to follow, as it has all the attributes you want to see in a lightweight fishing chair. It has padded seating for extra comfort, is well-made and sturdy, and folds down to be able to be carried and take up little space.

It is lightweight at under 4kg – not a bad weight to be lugging around – and it is claimed as a medium sized chair so it will be very versatile. It’s perfect for the riverbank fisherman, and is a great piece to add to your overall kit. The legs are fully adjustable with large wide feet for ease of use and steady footing, so it is useful in all places. At a little more than £35 it is not a bad price, either, so we recommend you take a closer look at it.

Pros
  • Light
  • Padded
  • Adjustable legs
  • Wide feet
  • Affordable
Cons
  • None that we can see

2: XLT Carp Fishing Chair

This is another clever design, and one that folds down equally neatly for carriage and storage. The basic requirements for a fishing chair are all here, and it does the job it is meant to do very well indeed. It is another padded version, and is comfortable and large enough to accommodate bigger people, and it is finished in the usual khaki green that gives it that country aura and appeal.

This one is very light at under 3.5kg – perfect for carrying around with the rest of your kit – and also features the very large ‘mud’ feet so can be used perfectly on riverbanks with excellent comfort. It is nicely made and does the job, and would not look out of place with the rest of your gear. In fact, we like it a lot as at under £30 it is very good value – so certainly one for the shortlist.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Folds away
  • Light
  • Portable
Cons
  • None that we can see, it’s a good choice

3: TF Gear Banshee Chair

There is a pattern emerging here, one which we fully expected in an item that is set for a certain purpose. This model, from fishing gear maker TF Gear, is another with a padded seat and back for extra comfort, and is one that is supremely comfortable and very neat in terms of design. It’s light at around 3.5kg, is easy to fold and set up, and is compact when folded for carrying to your desired location.

As with most of these, this one is fully adjustable for even seating on the most adverse of slopes – even, the maker says, on the banks of the waterways of the Fens – and is simple to adjust, and has the required mud feet that are also suitable for use on a groundsheet. It has a strong, sturdy frame – despite its lightness – so will support even the heaviest of anglers, and at around £30 is also good value.

Pros
  • Light
  • Well-made
  • Fully adjustable
  • Mud feet
Cons
  • We can’t see any, it does the job

4: Cyprinus Memory Foam Lo-Chair

A little more sophisticated than some of these, this one is a very neat design that offers excellent levels of comfort and portability. The comfort level is enhanced by the memory foam chair and back; this will take on the contours of your body for added ease of use. It’s a neat idea, as you may find you are sitting in one position for considerable lengths of time, especially if the fish are not playing the game on a particular day! It is also made from very high-grade materials, and is rated to take up to 200kg.

The frame is very rigid and sturdy, and it folds down to a compact size for carrying so you won’t take up too much space. It has fully adjustable legs that make it suitable for use on adverse ground, and it is easy to adjust and lock into place with the required mud feet. However, despite this being a very impressive and well-built chair, it is one of the heavier ones, and we would hesitate to call it lightweight in this company at 5.4kg. Nevertheless, it is a quality item, and you can have one for a little less than £50.

Pros
  • High quality
  • Memory foam
  • Strong frame
  • Easy to set up
  • Fully adjustable
Cons
  • Not as light as some

5: Outsunny Aluminium Folding Chair

This is a somewhat bigger chair than some of the others, and has an extended back; as a result, it is very comfortable, with an excellent padded seat and back that will support you for long periods of time. It has an aluminium frame that is sturdy and will take plenty of weight, and it is easy to fold down – and very compact with its own carry bag – and set up. It also has fully adjustable legs, and the usual mud feet. It will sit nicely on unsteady surfaces, but we’re not sure it’s as stable as some of the others.

Make no mistake, this is a nice chair that has many fine attributes – including quality covering that is designed to prevent sagging – but we do have a couple of concerns about it. We set out looking for lightweight chairs specifically as you will be carrying one around with you, but this one weighs in at 7kg; that’s twice the weight of some of the others. If you want a combined camping and fishing chair, one that you can recline and lay back in the sun, this may be the one, but otherwise there are perhaps more worthy contenders at a price nearing £40.

Pros
  • Nice design
  • Reclines
  • Fully adjustable
  • Aluminium frame
Cons
  • Not light at 7kg

6: Coleman Sling Chair

When you think of a typical fishing chair, it’s a design like this that usually comes to mind, the Coleman Sling Chair. This is a simple, sturdy and traditional design – the type you see leagues of anglers using at the riverside – with a strong aluminium frame and a durable canvas seating cover, and it folds flat and compact when not in use. It has a high back for added comfort and is easy to set up and take down, so you can carry it around easily.

The covering is designed to be abrasion-resistant so you get added comfort, and it weighs around 3kg so is very easy to carry about with the rest of your gear. It’s a good chair with plenty to recommend, but there are downsides: it is a one position chair and does not have the mud feet and adjustable legs, so consider that carefully when looking for your ideal fishing chair. At around £45 it is not the cheapest, either, but it still a good fishing chair.

Pros
  • Well made
  • Easy to fold
  • Very light
  • Quality material
Cons
  • Non-adjustable legs
  • No mud feet

7: Diem Carp Fishing Chair

This is another of the adjustable leg designs, and it is a rather neat one, too. It has a laid-back stance to it, is easy to fold flat – and surprisingly compact when folded into its carrying position – and is well-made and features a padded seat and back for added comfort. There’s nothing special about it, but that’s not a bad thing as we are looking for practicality here – but it is very nicely made and easy to use.

This one is suitably light and has fully adjustable legs for use on unsteady ground, plus the required and welcome mud feet for riverbank use, and is very comfortable when in use. All in all, it’s a good chair with plenty of attractive features, and is a quality item. At under £40 it is not bad value, but we wonder if there are others here that do the same thing at a similar price.

Pros
  • Adjustable
  • Light
  • Compact
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • None, but it’s not the cheapest of its kind

8: NGT Nomadic Fishing Chair

This is our second chair from NGT, a manufacturer of fishing goods with an excellent reputation for quality products. It is very similar to the first, which is at number one of the list, and highly impressive. It has padded seating for extra comfort, is well-made and sturdy, and folds down to be able to be carried and take up little space. It also comes with its own very handy fitted carry bag, so is easy to get from place to place.

It is lightweight at under 4kg – not a bad weight to be lugging around – and it is claimed as a medium sized chair so it will be very versatile. It’s perfect for the riverbank fisherman, and is a great piece to add to your overall kit. The legs are fully adjustable with large wide feet for ease of use and steady footing, so it is useful in all places. At a little more than £40 it is not a bad price, although not the cheapest, but the bag may be a selling point for some people.

Pros
  • Light
  • Quality
  • Handy bag
  • Easy to adjust
Cons
  • Is it worth the extra money for the bag?

9: TF Gear Flat Out Recliner

Of all the chairs we have reviewed here, there is no doubt that this one is among the very best. However, at just under £70, it needs to be! It comes from the highly regarded TF Gear brand, who make all manner of fishing gear, and is very impressive for its range of features. First, it is highly padded for ultimate comfort, and it comes with fully adjustable legs and the usual mud feet. It reclines into many different positions with a unique and simple to use system, so everyone will find a position they are happy with.

It comes with a pillow for head support, which is removeable if not needed, plus a handy accessory tray that attaches to the side of the chair, and it folds down to a compact size when not in use. Also, it can take 20 stone or more, so is suitable for the bigger angler. There really are no downsides to what is a high-quality and very impressive chair – apart from the price, which is considerably more than those above.

Pros
  • Top quality
  • Plenty of features
  • Fully adjustable
  • Impressive all-round
Cons
  • Perhaps the price, but if you want the best, this is probably it

10: Hardwear Carp Fishing Chair

This is another clever design, and one that folds down equally neatly for carriage and storage. The basic requirements for a fishing chair are all here, and it does the job it is meant to do very well indeed. It is another padded version, and is comfortable and large enough to accommodate bigger people, and it is finished in the usual khaki green that gives it that country aura and appeal.

This one is very light at under 3.5kg – perfect for carrying around with the rest of your kit – and also features the very large ‘mud’ feet so can be used perfectly on riverbanks with excellent comfort. It is nicely made and does the job, and would not look out of place with the rest of your gear. In fact, we like it a lot as at under £30 it is very good value – so certainly one for the shortlist.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Folds away
  • Light
  • Portable
Cons
  • Perhaps the price, but if you want the best, this is probably it

That’s 10 of the best lightweight fishing chairs available on the market today, some lighter and better than others, so you can make a choice and find one that will certainly suit you. Before we sum things up, let’s check out the features you need to look for.

Important Features to Consider

What you want from a fishing chair is the following: comfort, portability and practicality. You need to be able to set it down safely wherever you are, and adjust it to your liking, too. Most of the above reviewed chairs are fully adjustable, so they fit the bill, so let’s have a recap of the important things to consider when choosing your ideal chair.

Weight – you may be carrying your chair for some distance, so you want one that is light and won’t be a burden. The weight of the above ranges from around 3kg to 7kg, so for the best in portability, you should select one of the lighter ones.

Size – when folded flat you want your chair to take up as little space as possible; some of these come with their own carry bag, so if that appeals it could be a sensible choice.

Adjustability – you will be using your chair in a variety of different places, so make sure you select one that is fully adjustable – especially the legs – for rough or sloping pitches.

Comfort – you will be sitting in position for a long period of time, so you need a chair in which you can feel comfortable and relaxed. Check out the padded models as they are best for comfort.

Cost – what you spend depends on your budget, but there is quite a wide range of prices among the chairs we have reviewed, so make sure you know how much you can afford.

Those are the main features and considerations that we can come up with – there may be several more – so all that remains now is to wrap things up.

How It Works

How does a chair work? Well, you sit in it, and you’re comfortable! But there’s more to it than that with lightweight fishing chairs. These are chairs that are collapsible, light, easy to carry around and built for the purpose: after all, you’re going to be doing a lot of sitting around when you’re waiting for those fish to bite! The beauty of a lightweight fishing chair is that it gives you a chance to relax, so you can enjoy your fishing even more.

The sheer choice of places to fish in the UK is amazing; there are dedicated fishing lakes throughout the country, and you can also fish on the coast, which offers an entirely new approach to the sport. The challenge of catching a wide variety of fish in different situations is one that makes the sport of fishing so attractive, and it is great to get the youngsters involved at an early age, too.

The chairs we reviewed are a good selection of what is available in the field, so you will certainly find something here that suits you. They are all reasonably priced, well-made and suitable for carrying, and they all fold flat for carriage so you get the added benefit of true portability. So, without any further ado, let’s have a look at the top 10 lightweight fishing chairs you can buy right now, so you can enjoy your fishing to the full.

Let’s Wrap It Up!

Fishing is a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing and rewarding pastime, and is made even more so if you have the right gear. A good, comfortable and light chair is a great part of your kit, and we have reviewed 10 of the best for you above.

Which would we recommend? If you want to spend the money, the TF Gear recliner – number 9 on the list – is undoubtedly the best one here, as it has everything you could need from a quality fishing chair. If you want to spend less, we like the other TF Gear chair, at around £30, or the quality NGT Nomadic, either with or without the carry bag.

The choice is yours, so get yourself a good comfortable chair, and enjoy your fishing to the full!