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Spectate in Style with Our Portable Chair Guide

Spectate in Style with Our Portable Chair Guide

  • These 10 multifunctional picks will elevate your pickleball-watching experience.

1. BOTTLE SIZE

At just a smidgen under 4 pounds, the Cliq chair (first page) easily folds up to the size of a water bottle (so small you can fit six into a messenger bag), freeing your hands to carry other essentials. And thanks to a patented design, the contoured nylon seat cradles your body so you can truly sit back and enjoy. $100; cliqproducts.com

2. CLASSIC LOOK 

The vintage-inspired Funboy retro lawn chairs (left) have a sunny aesthetic and hint of nostalgia, making them a laid-back way to enjoy a match without compromising your courtside style. As a bonus, the American-made aluminum frame and UV-protected webbing practically guarantee durability for years to come. $69; funboy.com

3. RUGGED MEETS LUXURY

The Chama Vaquero chair is one of the most statement-making outdoor chairs around. But the design doesn’t sacrifice function: The sturdy wood frame is weather resistant, and the tough-as-nails canvas is removable and washable. $195; chamachairs.com

4. EASY ON THE WALLET

Stock up on the Coleman cooler quad chair, a budget-friendly, easy-to-set-up option with a 24-inch seat, a cooler pouch to hold cold drinks, a mesh cup holder, and a large side pocket for odds and ends. $40; coleman.com

DO YOU LIKE THIS CLASSIC LAWN CHAIR LOOK OR SOMETHING MORE RUGGED? THESE STYLES ARE ALL TOP RATED.

5. COOLER COMBO

With its detachable cooler, the Parkit Voyager chair is a great choice if you want to sip and snack during a match. Located under the seat, the insulated cooler is designed to keep ice frozen for over eight hours, and a cup holder adjusts to fit cans, large bottles, and even coffee mugs. $225; parkitmovement.com

6. SAFE FROM THE SUN

For midday games, you’ll appreciate the adjustable canopy on the Tommy Bahama Highboy chair with shade (opposite page). It’s also loaded with extras like an adjustable ergonomic head pillow and a range of pouches for storing your cell phone, reading material, sunglasses, and drink. $125; tommybahama.com

THESE NEW CHAIRS HAVE EVERYTHING FROM SUN SHADES TO CUP HOLDERS TO COOLERS.

7. BUILT TO LAST

Thanks to its patented FlexGrid fabric, the Yeti Trailhead camp chair (below) conforms to your natural curves so your viewing experience is truly indulgent. It also has a cup holder that attaches to the side to free up armrest space
while you cheer on a game. $300; yeti.com

8. TURN, TURN, TURN

The Helinox swivel chair features a unique 360-degree swivel capability, so you can avoid straining your neck or missing a serve. Once packed into its 16-inch pouch, the chair weighs in at under three pounds. $150; rei.com

THANKS TO NEW TECHNOLOGIES CHAIRS CAN BE LIGHT BUT STILL HOLD LOTS OF WEIGHT 

9. SUPER ROOMY

Able to support a variety of body weights, the REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Boss chair (below) is 20 percent larger than the original Flexlite design. It has an aluminum frame and the ripstop polyester seat has a durable water-repellent finish that also wards off stains. $90; rei.com

10. SOLID AND COMFY

Holding up to 300 pounds, the REI Co-op Camp X chair is a versatile seat, thanks to X-shaped webbing that evenly distributes weight. A drop-down pocket on the left armrest holds cellphones and other valuables, cinching closed to keep smaller items safe. $50; rei.com

CHAIRS AT A GLANCE

Our at-a-glance guide to the seats that serve your needs 

(THEY’RE LISTED RANDOMLY, NOT RANKED—WE LOVE THEM ALL!)

1. CLIQ CHAIR, $100; cliqproducts.com

2. FUNBOY RETRO LAWN CHAIR, $69; funboy.com

3. HAMA VAQUERO CHAIR, $195; chamachairs.com

4. COLEMAN COOLER QUAD CHAIR, $40; coleman.com

5. PARKIT VOYAGER CHAIR, $225; parkitmovement.com

6. TOMMY BAHAMA HIGHBOY CHAIR WITH SHADE, $125; tommybahama.com

7. YETI TRAILHEAD CAMP CHAIR, $300; yeti.com

8. HELINOX SWIVEL CHAIR, $150; rei.com

9. REI CO-OP FLEXLITE CAMP BOSS CHAIR, $90; rei.com

10. REI CO-OP CAMP X CHAIR, $50; rei.com

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