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Front Runner Expander Camping Chair Review

Nearly three years ago, I bought my first Front Runner Expander camping chair. I wanted something small yet robust, something portable yet comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised that this chair delivered on all fronts!

In fact, I enjoyed the first Front Runner Expander camping chair so much that I ordered a second one. These are my go-to camping chairs for me and my son, and we couldn’t be happier with how these chairs have performed.

So, the cat’s out of the bag about this review – these chairs are everything I need and want, and I couldn’t recommend them more highly!

Of course, the question is, why are these chairs so good?

Read on, and I’ll give you all the specifics!

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Front Runner Expander Camping Chair Basic Specs

seedevil on tire table

The Front Runner Expander camping chair has a black powder-coated steel frame that offers the ultimate durability for outdoor adventures. The black 600D polyester fabric that makes up the seat and back is also extremely durable, not to mention easy to clean.

When unfolded, this chair has a seat height of 17 inches, which is ideal for sitting at a table (like my Tailgater Tire Table shown above), even for my young son. And at 20.5″ long, 17.5″ wide, and 31″ tall at the back, this chair is plenty big for adults, too. This chair will accommodate up to 253 pounds.

Better still, the chair is compact and lightweight, weighing just nine pounds!




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Front Runner Expander Camping Chair Setup and Portability

As you can see in the demonstration video above, the Front Runner Expander camping chair is extremely easy to set up and take down.

Simply extend the chair’s telescopic legs, unfold the arms and seat back, and you’re ready to go! In a matter of seconds, the chair transforms from 2.4″ wide by 17.5″ long by 16.4″ high to a perfectly-sized chair for your camping and overlanding needs.

front runner expander camping chair at table

Of course, the portability of this chair is worth mentioning, too. Since it folds down to 1/16th of its unfolded size, it’s easy to carry from the truck or trailer to your fireside spot. What’s more, the folding design is ideal for overlanding and camping because the Front Runner Expander camping chair hardly takes up any space.

How I Use the Front Runner Expander Camping Chair

front runner expander with tire table

Even though camping and overlanding are my escapes from reality, I can’t always leave work behind. As such, I need a comfortable place to get some work done while I’m on the road, and the Front Runner Expander camping chair is certainly part of that equation.

As I mentioned earlier, the 17″ seat height is ideal for sitting at my Tailgater Tire Table to get some work done. And since the Tire Table is just as easy to set up as the Front Runner Expander, I can get my “overlanding office” up and ready to go in no time.

front runner expander at camp

Fortunately, work isn’t the only thing I use this chair for. My son and I sit in these chairs at the Tailgater Tire Table to enjoy a great meal together. We also use these chairs to enjoy some time by the campfire before bed.

As I noted earlier, these chairs are extremely small, so it’s easy to bring two of them along, even though space is limited in my Jeep Gladiator and my Turtleback Expedition trailer. However, the ingenious design of these chairs means you can bring three, four, five, or more of them and give your family and friends a comfortable place to sit and relax around camp, too.

Other Uses for the Front Runner Expander Camping Chair

front runner expander camping chair inside tent

There are so many other uses for the Front Runner Expander camping chair…

When I have my RBM Outdoors Panda inflatable tent with me, I use the chair to sit back and watch movies on my laptop. It’s also handy for sitting down to put on socks and shoes, so I don’t have to roll around on my Exped Megamat to get dressed.

Of course, these chairs are ideally sized for other pursuits like tailgating before the big game, watching your kids’ sporting events, having a place to sit at parades and other celebrations, and so forth.

Again, the versatility of this chair is borne out of its clever design, small form factor when folded down, and extreme portability and durability. It truly is a one-size-fits-all chair that you can use in your backyard, at the big game, around the campfire, and much more.

Where to Buy a Front Runner Expander Camping Chair

front runner expander camping chair in the desert

The Front Runner Expander chair is a popular item you can purchase at many sporting goods and outdoor stores. Many online retailers also sell this chair, including BTR Outfitters, a family-run business based in Texas that specializes in getting you ready to roll for your next adventure.

At around $80, this chair is more expensive than other camping chairs on the market. However, this is a you-get-what-you-pay-for situation – if you buy a cheap, flimsy chair, you’ll likely spend more time fussing with it than you will actually sitting in it. But with the Expander, you can quickly set it up, have a seat, and enjoy a comfortable place to rest after a long day of exploring.

As I said earlier, it’s been nearly three years since I bought my first Expander camping chair, and boy, am I glad I did! Invest in one of these bad boys if you’re looking for the perfect chair for your camping setup!

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