Must-Have Outdoor Gear: The Heated Chair

The rechargeable lithium USB battery has allowed for the development of new technology designed to be used outdoors. Access to a power source means cooling tech for hot environments and warming tech for cold climates. I thought I’d reached the apex of camping comfort when I got a heated vest. But now there’s something even more novel – the heated chair. 

If you’re skeptical about whether you need this level of luxury, allow me to paint a picture:

You wake up on a cool morning in late November. Your sleeping bag and belongings are slightly damp and cold from the dew. You brave the temps and crawl out of your tent to start a fire. The wet wood takes longer than usual to catch, but you get it going with a starter log and some twigs. It takes time for the fire to start to produce heat, so you start some coffee on the French press and turn on your heated chair. Then, you settle into the rapidly warming canvas and mentally prepare for the day.

If that story doesn’t flip a switch, here’s another:

It’s Saturday morning, and you’ve arrived at the field for your daughter’s soccer game. You have no idea why they scheduled it in the middle of college football kickoff. You unload your truck, grab the bag of post-game snacks you volunteered to bring, and tuck a couple of chairs under your arms. The cold, wet grass soaks through the mesh on your tennis shoes, and you can’t wait to warm your behind in your new heated chair. You settle in and pull up ESPN on your phone. Your only care in the world now is fending off your wife, who scoffed at your chair purchase, as she tries to convince you to switch chairs.   

There are loads of ways to enjoy the heated chair, and so many options exist. Read on to find out which one is best for you.

Warmest: Kuma Outdoor Gear Lazy Bear Heated Chair

If maximum warmth is your priority, the Kuma Outdoor Gear Lazy Bear Heated Chair is a great choice. Its highest heat setting is like other heated chairs (maxing out at about 130 degrees Fahrenheit), but the padded seat material helps hold that heat close to your body. Stock the attached insulated cooler, add a blanket, and you’ll be snug as a bug.

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Best Features: Coleman OneSource Rechargeable Heated Camping Seat

When it comes to technology, we usually want the latest and greatest. The Coleman OneSource line of outdoor gear is an innovative system that allows you to use one power source to power all your gear. The Coleman OneSource Rechargeable Heated Camping Seats also have a pulse option that intermittently provides low and high heat to keep you warm without overheating. Also, the warming pad can be removed and placed on either the back of the seat or the bottom. And, like other models, you can also charge your phone simultaneously.

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Cheapest: The Hot Seat

The Hot Seat Heated High Back Ultralight Chair with Headrest is an excellent choice for a low cost. For $80, you can enjoy a warm behind, supportive chair back, and a 6.6 lb. lightweight frame. Note that the battery is not included in your purchase, but the chair can be charged using any portable USB charger. Many of us have these power banks at home, so you can save even more without purchasing another battery. 

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Excellent Alternative: Chaheati MAXX Heated Add-on Seat

I bet some of you can’t imagine giving up your favorite camp chair. Okay, it’s me. I’m the one that can’t. 

The good news: this heated pad is specially designed to attach to your favorite camp chair using loop and hook closures. It operates on the same technology – a rechargeable USB battery and has three heat settings. At $100, it does seem a bit expensive for an add-on, but it is the most versatile since you can apply it to any chair. You can also use it to warm up your sleeping bag at night. 

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Give in to a life of luxury and get yourself a heated chair. Whether you’re a camper, an RV-er, a hunter, or a soccer parent, you won’t regret it. 

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