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Product Review #1 – Kelty Lowback Loveseat

 The Kelty Low Loveseat Camp Chair is Amazing! 

Long before we got our teardrop trailer we had scoped out options for low-back seating for two for the many summer outdoor events in our hometown. Matthew has a couple of single lowback folding camping chairs he loves (actually more comfortable than many “full size” folding camping chairs), but they make snuggling impossible.

Taking a trip to the local REI, we tried out a Kelty loveseat, and thought it was perfect for us. Comfy, really comfy, sturdy (Matthew has what you might call a “dad bod”), it was a great solution for when we wanted to go to a ball game, or an outdoor concert, or movie in the park, and wanted to sit together.  It was also around $100, and so it was put on our “nice to have”, not “need to have” list. After all, we own two low back chairs and a bunch of cheap folding camp chairs you can buy anywhere. 

Apparently the Kelty Low Loveseat is a popular item, because we never saw it on sale anywhere, and we looked. Local sporting goods stores, REI, Amazon, the price was fixed at around a hundred bucks.

Until now.

We have no idea how long the sale will last, but when Megan saw the Kelty Low Loveseat Camp Chair on sale for 1/3 off! on Amazon, she swooped.

Truly, it’s worth paying full price for this chair, but at 30% off, it’s a real bargain and an absolute must-buy!

It’s weird to talk about a chair(!?!) being special and awesome, but the Kelty Low Loveseat Camp Chair really is that great.

What makes it so special? The little things.

The roll-tote sleeve keeps things compact and easy to carry

#1- the carrying “sleeve” 

For starters, it comes with its own washable “sleeve” for easy transport. The sleeve has three adjustable straps to keep the entire package compact, as well as a shoulder strap for easy carry. It’s slightly quilted/padded, making it really comfortable to sling over your shoulder. The best part is that the sleeve has a “pocket” at the bottom for putting the feet of the chair in when it’s folded. Not only does this help keep the chair compactly folded when transporting it, it also keeps you from getting dirty when taking the chair back to the car! It’s a really nice touch that makes packing up the chair and carrying it around super simple.

The sleeve also has carry handles, so you can use it to shlep other chairs, firewood, etc…. and it lays flat as an extra place to set gear on the ground if you want to keep it clean. 

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#2 – this camp chair is stable and sturdy!

The frame is powder-coated steel, and while only 16# lbs, it feels really solid. Kelty says it’s rated for 500# lbs, and with Matthew’s girlish figure, we’re pushing the envelope with no worries. It unfolds and folds back up very smoothly, and when fully open, is as solid as our couch at home. The fabric is 600D polyester, it’s designed for the outdoors, and ready to tackle your adventures. 

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We are big fans of the adjustable armrests

#3- adjustable armrests

Another little touch is that the armrests are individually adjustable without altering the structural integrity of the overall chair. Unlike almost every other camp chair we’ve owned, instead of just sliding the armrests up and down, there’s an actual adjustable strap attached at the back, so that the armrest-stays-where-you-put-it! 

#4 – smart cupholders

So the two big tests of the cupholders was the Chalise, and the dog. Matthew was really nervous about using the cupholders, because, let’s face it, most of them aren’t good for anything more than maybe a soda or beer can. It was a dark and stormy night at the Oregon coast, and so he needed to put the Chalise, a top-heavy 32 oz. stainless steel mug, in the cupholder. It was filled with hot tea, and was designed to fit in a normal cupholder in a vehicle, not a poly/cloth cupholder in a camp chair. Adding insult to injury, the dog was leashed to the loveseat, and we figured one wag of the tail and that would be it.

Kelty calls it a dual-insulated cupholder, all we know is that it can, by design, hold cans of soda or beer, sure, but also things as big around as a thermos, hydro flask, or large water bottle. When filled with something small, it also acts as a two compartment holder, so you can keep a drink and some snacks in it, no problem. 

How did the Chalise fare? Didn’t even budge. Solidly held in place, probably more secure and safe from the “mutthead” than if it was placed on a table. 

#5 – designed for comfort (and snuggling)

Why buy a loveseat for camping? Because you want to sit next to someone! The Kelty Low Loveseat Camp Chair is designed not so much for sitting, as it is for snuggling. The low-back design is purpose designed to give a low profile at outdoor events, sure, but with a slightly angled seat back, and no barrier or “ridge” in the middle of the chair, it really holds two people in close-but-not-claustrophobic cuddly comfort. You put your legs out in front of you, and you’re in a slightly reclined position; we found it more comfortable than a fully upright camp chair and actually a bit more comfy than our couch at home. 

As a side note: most low-back single chairs require a bit of practice and/or yoga to get in and out of, mainly because of the seating angle and that half the time when getting leverage to get up out of the chair you’re often moving the chair around. Not so with the Kelty Low Loveseat! The extra width gives you a stable platform for leverage, making it much easier to get in and out of than a traditional single low-backed chair. 

Here’s a link for it on Amazon: Kelty Low Loveseat Camp Chair


and Kelty’s marketing department’s take on the chair. 


Transparency and all that: We are set up as Amazon Affiliates, so if you click the link above and decide to buy off of Amazon, we get a little something to help pay for the blog. We only review stuff we’ve actually used ourselves and have received nothing at all from the manufacturers.

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