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    Backpacking Chair Awards Announced by announced today the results of its 2012 Editors’ Choice awards for backpacking chairs. Six of the best chairs were compared in a rigorous testing regime that evaluated the following five categories: comfort, ease of setup, weight, versatility, and durability. The testing, which involved one year of lounging in campgrounds, picnic areas and backcountry locations across North America, identified the best all-purpose backpacking chair, the most innovative chair, and the best value light camping chair. Each underwent extensive side-by-side comparisons. View the complete Backpacking Chair Reviews

    The winners:

    Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger – winner of the Editors’ Choice award for 2012. According to Gear Editor Chris McNamara, “It weighs as much as the Original Crazy Creek and is just as compactable, but is way more comfortable and versatile. The wider and taller back makes a huge difference in comfort. And the extra length means this chair can double as a sleeping pad or it can be shared with more people. ”

    Crazy Creek Original – winner of the Best Buy award for 2012. This award is given to a product that balances a high score in our tests and a reasonable price. According to McNamara, “The original Crazy Creek chair is still one of our favorites and wins our Best Buy award. It is comfortable, extremely durable, easy to set up, and offers a good value.”

    Alite Monarch Butterfly Chair – winner of the Top Pick award for 2012. This award is given to a product that excels at a specific application. According to McNamara, “The Alite Monarch Butterfly is the most innovative camp chair we have seen and wins our Top Pick award. It was the lightest and most compact chair we tested and had the coolest design. It lets you sit off the ground and feel like you are floating on air.”

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