Therm-a-rest Quadra Chair Review
By: Ryan Bowen
As a father of two, I spent my good share of evenings and weekends throwing one, two, or even three camp chairs over my shoulder on my way to the soccer sidelines. Those were great times, except when I had to carry the chairs back. The Quadra chair from Therm-a-Rest has solved that problem with a chair that collapses into its own container not much bigger than a 32oz water bottle!
While the chair is comfortable, lightweight, and can hold up to 300 lbs, it is the compact size that is the biggest benefit. On a recent trip to a track meet, it easily fit inside a small backpack I was carrying. The tag says it weighs 2lbs 14oz. To me, it weighs about the same as a full 32oz water bottle and is a little bigger. Since it is so small and lightweight, it would be great to take camping or backpacking.
The Quadra chair is really utilizing the same concepts of a tent with collapsible poles. The “sling”, or the seat of the chair, is made of reinforced 600 D Polyester while the poles are 7000 series aluminum. While it is comfortable to sit in, it does “give” a little when you first sit in it, which is really just the aluminum poles flexing a bit. However, this really translates into comfort since the chair will adjust with you while still fully supporting you.
It takes about a minute or two to set up and about the same to collapse it into its own “carrying case”. It has a mesh pocket on the side for a phone or a drink. Also, once collapsed, it has a convenient rubber loop that you can easily use to attach the chair to the outside of your pack.
I feel this is a great, small chair for casual use or for camping/backpacking as well.