Camping Chairs and Carp Bedchairs
Only a few years ago the sight of a chair on the riverbank was a rare. The few chairs you did see were usually makeshift directors' chairs which are easy to carry but notoriously unstable on uneven ground and never weather appropriate. Fast forward to today and speciality fishing chairs and bedchairs are commonplace.
Most of the major tackle and kit manufacturers including Nash, Avid, Fox and Trakker have developed a range of bed and camping chairs to suit most disciplines of fishing. The choice of chairs now available is bewildering, including comfy folding armchairs such as the Nash Indulgence Moon Chair. At Total Tackle we know how much a relaxing, cosy chair can improve your bankside experience!
The rise of the bedchair is in part thanks to the increase in popularity of carp fishing. Carp fisherman are renowned for their perseverance and determination and can spend hours, even days, waiting patiently on the riverbank for that elusive bite. This led to the development of carp bedchairs which were lightweight and could be easily folded to fit into a kit bag for those overnight stays and midday naps. Bedchair seats, like the Nash bed buddy are another way to optimise your bankside comfort, as you can attach them to your bedchair for a more upright, sitting position whilst you fish.
Today the humble camping chair has evolved to become a vital piece of every fisherman's kit. There are now speciality fishing chairs to suit all disciplines, from carp fishing to line fishing and sports fishing. All these chairs have two things in common - they are lightweight and can be easily folded, allowing them to be carried around with the rest of your kit, so you don’t have to make too many trips back to the car.
With the number of options now available, it can be difficult to choose the right chair for your style of fishing. Do you need a chair for a whole week of carp fishing or will a casual chair for an afternoon trip suffice? Will you be using your chair for more than just fishing? Is weight more important than comfort? These are some of the basic questions you should be asking yourself (or us!) if you are to find a chair which is both comfortable and practical.
Carp Fishing Bedchairs
One of the first and most important things to determine is what type of fishing you will be doing. Carp fisherman have very different requirements to predator fishermen, for example. Answering this question first should help you narrow down the choice. But with the wide selection of chairs available, you will still be faced with a bewildering array of options. If you enjoy multiple disciplines, get in touch and we will be able to advise you on what might suit you best.
Another thing to think about is durability. Fishing chairs are often exposed to the elements, and it is not unusual to find them covered in mud, left out in the sun or getting rained on They are constantly being folded and unfolded and can be stored for weeks between use. We know that the quality of construction and the sturdiness of the frame are important things to look for. Investing in a chair cover is also a wise choice.
Ideally, the frame should be made from aluminium which is strong, corrosion resistant and lightweight. But you should also pay careful attention to the joints. These should be sturdy with high-quality fittings which will ensure your chair can withstand the daily rigours of fishing while still supporting your back.
The feet should also not be overlooked. Feet should be adjustable to ensure stability on uneven ground and they should have a wide footprint to prevent the chair from sinking into the mud. The Fox TT Camo Super Deluxe Recliner Chair is the best example of a specialised fishing chair with a strong, sturdy frame and large feet. It is exclusive to Total Fishing Tackle and not available anywhere else.
If you are looking for a bedchair, size is also an important consideration. Some lightweight carp bedchairs are smaller in size, which may compromise your sleep quality on the riverbank. You should, therefore, ensure that the bedchair is large enough to accommodate you first and then think about weight. Some anglers think that in order to save space in their bivvy, they have to opt for a small bed system. Trakker’s new oval bedchair designs still allow you maximise the space inside you bivvy and mean you won’t have to compromise on comfort. Some bedchairs are designed with an in-built sleeping bags, engineered from smart material to be just as durable as the bedchair, keep you warm in the winter and cool enough in the summer.
A general rule of thumb for bedchair stability is that more legs, equals improved stability. We have options for 4 and 6 leg systems, available across our full range, including our flat beds.
Carefully considering your options before choosing a fishing or camping chair will ensure you invest in a chair which is both comfortable and durable. Your chair is an important piece of kit so don’t just go for the cheapest option.