Rating: 3 / 5
I purchased 2 of these initially for a 2 week hike. In the store, it seemed like a pretty good idea during a quick checkout. It's less than 2 lbs, so one of the lighter camp chairs available. It does appear to be reasonably well built, and with relatively few other seats that fit in the same weight class, it's certainly worth a look. Also, it's very easy to setup the basic chair, just pull the bottom out, and viola, it's a chair. But, you don't have the headrest on yet.....
While it is better than sitting on the ground, particularly when wet or otherwise inhospitable, there were quite a few things I didn't like.
First, you do end up sitting back a fairly steep angle. That's not a bad thing, but as a constant diet, it gets a little old after a while, and can take some skill to eat while sitting in the chair, particularly soupy entrees.
Also, at 6'1", I slumped down to the bottom thereby using the entire chair to keep my head on the headrest.
There was basically only one position I could sit in and have my head on the very end of the head rest. I expect that if you're 5'10" or less this should be less of an issue. This also made sitting up straight a little more difficult.
One other annoying aspect was the constant squeaking of one of the chairs. If the hinge assembly get dirt or mud in it, it starts to tell you about it.
The headrest worked great in the store, but after several days on the trail, it didn't fit quite as crisp, and kept slipping down to hit me in the neck or lower back of the head.
Again, shorter hikers won't have this problem. Also, after snapping this on and off many times, it didn't seem to hold at all. I have to believe there is a better way to attach this to the chair, making the slipping of the headrest a moot point.
I would rate this higher if the buildup wasn't so great for this chair, and the headrest had a better connection schema.
Yes, it's better than a rock, but after a couple of weeks of use, I think I'd pass on the extra pound and a half and make do with whatever is available at the campsite.