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Top Fishing Chairs 2018 – Couple of My Favorites

When you are out on a lengthy fishing trip, you probably want to be comfortable, right? I mean, fishing is all about patience, and to some it’s about relaxing for a while.

No matter if you are fishing for sport, or for the relaxation and escape from the usual hustle and bustle that it provides, you need to have the right gear to make your all your fishing trips successful. We aren’t saying a fishing chair will make you a better fisherman, but we also aren’t ruling anything out.

But not just any old fishing chair you bought at a garage sale is going to cut it, however. You need a well-built, ergonomic chair to help you get the most out of your fishing trip.

And that’s where we come in.

Today, we are going to be looking at out top picks for the best fishing chairs on the market currently.

1. Earth Ultimate 4 Position Outdoor Chair

Topping our list of best fishing chairs, is the Earth Ultimate 4 Position Outdoor Chair.

Many times, on fishing trips you will probably find yourself sitting on a slope on the banks of a river. Now, as any fisherman can tell you, this is everyone’s least favorite position to be stuck in while fishing. It can be really hard to find a comfortable resting position when you are having to deal with an incline.

If you have the Earth Ultimate Outdoor Chair with you though, you are in luck. Thanks to the adjustable front legs of this chair, you can easily account for any incline or angle you may be sitting on. And if it’s a slow day, you can simply recline the chair (yes, even on a slope), rest your head on the sewed in pillow, and kick back for a quick nap.

There are 2 cup holders for your drinks, and a storage bag attached for a few other accessories like your keys, wallet or other small items.

To top it all off, this fishing chair is rated to hold up to 325 pounds, so it should fit just about any size angler.

When you are done with the chair, simply fold it up and toss it in the back of your truck and you are good to go.

Pros:
  • Comfortable, padded seat
  • Sturdy design
  • Bottle holders
  • Ability to angle the extendable legs to account for slopes

Cons:
  • The extendable legs have been known to get jammed

Earth Ultimate 4 Position Outdoor Chair

There are 2 cup holders for your drinks, and a storage bag attached for a few other accessories like your keys, wallet or other small items.

2. Soonyean Fishing Chair

Tired of toting around a chair, a cooler, and a backpack down to the shore? Why not buy a fishing chair that has a cooler attached to it?

The Soonyean Fishing Chair features this very thing. Designed with the minimalist, or micro-managing fisherman in mind, this fishing chair has a fishing bag for holding some of your items that need to remain cooled, and pouches attached right to the bottom of the seat. Simply unfold the chair, load in all your gear, and you are ready for a nice calm day of fishing.

Not only can it hold everything from your drinks and snacks to your cell phone and keys, but it does it while being able to hold up to 400 pounds. This is all thanks to being constructed from a sturdy, double-layer Oxford fabric that is both durable, and lightweight. This is also the same material that the cooler bag is made from.

If a minimal, yet load baring design is what you have been looking for in a fishing chair, look no further than the Soonyean Fishing Chair.

Pros:
  • Perfect for portable needs
  • Sturdy
  • Comfortable back rest is a huge plus

Cons:
  • Chair material fades quickly in the sunlight
  • May not hold a full 400 pounds as it has been advertised

Soonyean Fishing Chair

This fishing chair has a fishing bag for holding some of your items that need to remain cooled, and pouches attached right to the bottom of the seat.

3. Stansport Deluxe Utility Chair

The Stansport Deluxe Utility Chair is a small fishing chair that packs a few really big features.

For starters, this thing may not look very lightweight but looks can be deceiving. This chair is extremely lightweight, and to help you tote it around with ease it also has some comfortable shoulder straps attached to it. Fold it up and sling it over your shoulder, simple as that.

Looking at the features this chair has, you will find a fishing rod holder, and a small cooler side bag. The cooler bag is just big enough to hold about 5 bottles, and it does a decent job keeping them cool all day long. To hold the rest of your smaller items or gear, there is also a zippered storage pocket that’s big enough to hold your keys, wallet, filet knife, or even some extra fishing tackles.

This may not be one of the most comfortable or ergonomic chairs on this list, but it sure does get the job done when you just want to sit down and take a load off while you wait on a bite. And with all of your stuff at an arm’s reach, you probably won’t be too worried about the lack of pillow or backrest.

Pros:
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Great value for the price

Cons:
  • Aluminum build is a bit fragile

Stansport Deluxe Utility Chair

This chair is extremely lightweight, and to help you tote it around with ease it also has some comfortable shoulder straps attached to it.

4.) GCI Outdoor Freestyle

Technically, the GCI Outdoor Freestyle isn’t really a fishing chair… it is so much more than that.

Believe it or not, this is actually a rocking chair. Yes, you read that correctly, this is a rocking chair. Maybe not your typical rocking chair, but just as comfortable and relaxing.

Thanks to its patented spring-action rocking system that’s built right into the frame of the chair, you can rock back and forth gently as you wait to snag up the first bass of the day. The rocking mechanism will work whether you are sitting on grass, dirt, or pavement.

When you are rocking back and forth on a chair, no matter how stable it looks, you want to be sure that it will support your weight even as you are shifting around. The GCI Outdoor Freestyle is constructed from a sturdy powder-coated steel frame that is perfectly capable of holding up to 250 pounds.

Speaking of weight, this is also a lightweight chair, weighing in at only 12 pounds. Its weight makes it really simple to fold up and toss in the car for easy transportation. The sturdy carry handle makes it just a little easier as well.

Pros:
  • Sturdy powder-coated steel frame
  • Wide seat
  • Rocking chair technology built-in

Cons:
  • After a fair amount of use, the rocking chair pistons become squeaky
  • Not a good choice for heavier anglers

GCI Outdoor Freestyle

The GCI Outdoor Freestyle is constructed from a sturdy powder-coated steel frame that is perfectly capable of holding up to 250 pounds.

5. Compaclite Swivel Chair

Common fishing chairs aren’t for everyone. For those people, there is the swivel chair from Compaclite.

This fishing chair is modeled after a classic bucket chair design, and may remind you of a tripod, except for the fact that it actually has 4 legs. These can be extended out to 15 inches long and 5.5 inches high.

Where the legs of the chair meet with one another, you will find a swivel base. You may find that you wish you could just spin around to water behind you to cast out your second line. That’s where this feature shines as it gives you the flexibility to spin a full 360 degrees.

The fabric this chair is constructed from is waterproof and features a camo design. Hanging from the front of the seat there is a cup holder and storage pocket for all your additional items. It is a large enough pocket to hold some extra fishing tackles, keys, a few crossword puzzle books and your fishing gloves.

Folding up this fishing chair and storing it away when you aren’t sitting in it is simple. Remember that storage bag that hangs from the front of the chair? Well, this is also the storage bag for the entire chair. Simply shorten the legs and fold the sturdy aluminum frame inward, and then pop it in the bag. It doesn’t get much simpler.

Pros:
  • Oversized bucket seat
  • Swivel system is smooth
  • Easy to transport

Cons:
  • The feet sink into moist ground. It’s really meant for harder surfaces
  • The aluminum frame is not the most heavy-duty

Compaclite Swivel Chair

This fishing chair is modeled after a classic bucket chair design, and may remind you of a tripod, except for the fact that it actually has 4 legs.

6. G4Free Lightweight Portable Chair

The G4Free Lightweight Portable Chair is at the top of the list of most portable fishing chairs. This thing can be folded down to the size of your iPad Mini, and it weighs less than 2 pounds.

Setting it up and breaking it down is a simple, quick, and painless task. Sliding the shock cord poles into each other to get it all folded up, takes all of 2 minutes at most.

The almost elastic like bucket seat on this fishing chair is roomy and comfortable. Made of 600 Denier Oxford cloth, the seat is waterproof, and breathable. The fabric is also one of the main reasons this thing is so light.

This fishing chair, like most, comes with a detachable bag that can be used to hold all of your smaller items.

Pros:
  • Easy to set up and break down
  • Compact
  • Constructed from high-quality materials

Cons:
  • Not the most stable chair available
  • The seat can take a while to get used to

G4Free Lightweight Portable Chair

The almost elastic like bucket seat on this fishing chair is roomy and comfortable. Made of 600 Denier Oxford cloth, the seat is waterproof, and breathable.

7. Eskimo Folding Ice Chair

Simple times call for simple fishing gear. And, well, you just can’t get much simpler than the Eskimo Folding Ice Chair. It was made specifically for ice fishing, but it also a prime choice for any kind of fishing, camping, or hunting trips.

This fishing chair features the classic tripod design which helps keep your profile slim. You will be praising yourself when you find that perfect fishing spot but don’t have much room to move around… because you have the Eskimo Folding Ice Chair.

The seat makes up for its lack of layers of material with its scooped out half-bucket design. It may not look like the most comfortable chair on the block, but don’t let that fool you, it’s actually a fairly comfortable fit.

The frame is made from a stainless-steel tubing that is guaranteed to never rust. It all can be easily folded up and tucked away in its own carrying bag.

Pros:
  • Sturdy stainless-steel construction
  • Easy to store due to its minimalistic design
  • Great for ice fishing

Cons:
  • Seat can be uncomfortable for those who prefer a full seat design

Eskimo Folding Ice Chair

It was made specifically for ice fishing, but it also a prime choice for any kind of fishing, camping, or hunting trips.

8. SmarTech Fishouflage Pro

The SmarTech Fishouflage Pro is what is considered a deck chair, which just means that it is meant to be used on the deck of a boat. But hey, you can use it just as well on the ground.

Having said that, however, beware that this chair needs to be placed on a flat surface to be used as intended.

It has a total of 8 legs that all have non-slip tips to prevent you from sliding around across the deck. This also helps protect your boat deck from scratches or other damage the feet might otherwise inflict.

The frame is made from lightweight, but strong aluminum. We love aluminum frames on our fishing chairs because this means we never have to worry about them rusting or rotting.

The seat is somewhat ergonomic and has padded cushions on not only the bottom of the seat, but also on the back and arm rests. These are high-density foam cushions so they can be a bit stiff until you wear them in after a few fishing trips.

Tying it all together is a nice camo design that helps you blend into your surroundings.

Pros:
  • Spacious seat
  • Sturdy construction
  • Great value for the price

Cons:
  • Padding on the arm rests can wear out quickly

SmarTech Fishouflage Pro

The SmarTech Fishouflage Pro is what is considered a deck chair, which just means that it is meant to be used on the deck of a boat.


What To Look For In A Fishing Chair

Storage

You only have so much room in your vehicle. And with all that gear you will surely be toting along with you, you are limited on space.

If you want to bring along a chair with you on your trip, it needs to take up minimal space. You will want to choose a chair that can be compact enough that space won’t be an issue, but large enough when unfolded to be comfortable enough for an all-day fishing trip.

The point is that if you don’t have room to fit it in on your trip, it is useless to even own.

Material

Your fishing chair is more than likely going to be used in all kinds of weather. You want to pick a chair that you know for sure is up to the challenge. There are all kinds of materials used in the construction of high-quality fishing chairs. Whatever material you choose just needs to be rust and rot proof… waterproof materials don’t hurt either.

Furthermore, the material your chair is made of needs to be easy to clean. If it’s a folding chair, it needs to be built with only the highest quality hinges available, as poor-quality hinges will get loose over time, start getting noisy to open them, or become clogged with dirt if not cleaned constantly.

Comfort

Most fishing trips are not just quick excursions. They usually consist of several hours sitting on the banks of the river. With all that time, it is probably needless to say, but you will be sitting… a lot.

There’s no point in making yourself uncomfortable for hours on end as you wait to catch that elusive catfish. Pick a chair that is comfortable to sit in, preferably with padded cushion and even some arm rests.

If you want the full ergonomic experience, spend a little extra money and get yourself a chair with a padded backrest for extra lumbar support.

Weight

Most fishing chairs you come across are probably going to be constructed of an aluminum frame. Aluminum is lightweight, easy to carry around, and is rust and rot proof.

With tons of gear to carry down to the river bank, you can cut your load weight down significantly by simply picking a fishing chair that doesn’t weigh an extra 10 pounds.

If durability is what you are looking for, you could always go with a steel frame fishing chair. They are going to be a good deal heavier, but that is the trade-off, after all.

Stability

The last thing you want is your fishing chair falling apart just because you needed to turn to the side to cast into a new fishing spot.

You need a fishing chair that not only can support your full weight, but one that won’t slide around across your boat deck or other surface.

If it has adjustable legs, make sure they lock securely in place. There is nothing worse than extending the legs of your chair only to find out that you are battling with an uneven surface or slope. This can spell disaster if your chair is not up to par.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much weight can a fishing chair hold?

A: This answer varies wildly from one chair to the next. Usually, when you buy a fishing chair, there are certain specifications you can find for it. One of these is a weight rating, and most chairs will have this information listed somewhere on the box, in the user manual, or can easily be found with a quick Google search.

Q: Can I use the same fishing chair on both a boat and shoreline?

A: Typically, this should be no problem for most fishing chairs. The one major factor behind this is going to be what type of feet the chair uses.

If you are going to be using the chair on the deck of a boat or other surface that you would like to spare from scratches or other damages, you need a chair with slip-resistant feet.

Q: Can I sit on my fishing chair while in the water

A: Chairs that are made specifically for fishing will almost always be able to be used in water. They are usually made from a metal such as aluminum that will not rust or another material that has a layer of anti-rust coating.

Fishing chairs with extendable legs are the most susceptible to rust and other blockages that may come from being place in the water.


Final Thoughts

In this review we have looked at what we believe to be the top 8 fishing chairs on the market at the moment. We hope that we’ve given you enough information to make an informed decision before you invest in this crucial piece of fishing gear.

If you own a fishing chair that you absolutely love, and it is one we haven’t included in this list, please let us know about it. We love checking out new fishing gear every day, so feel free to leave us a comment and share the goodness with us.

Happy fishing!