Tommy Bahama Backpack Beach Chair
We can’t speak for everyone, and we know there are a few out there who would not agree, but those looking at this chair likely do! When either going to the beach (ack! Sand is hot!) or going camping (hard on the spine) most of us don’t want to sit directly on the ground. We would prefer to have a chair that is easily portable and allows us to keep things close enough not to tip ourselves when reaching. This chair is high enough up to not feel like you will sink into the ground, but low enough to relax and interact with your current surroundings.
With pouches for your goodies on the arms, you won’t have to tip over and meet the ground face first for your drinks or other items either. You can relax in the sun to the breeze from the ocean or enjoy the campfire and be comfortable at the same time, but is it worth the money to buy it? Let’s find out together!
- Great color selection
- Sturdy frame design
- Easy carry design
- Flexible positioning
- Pouches for items on arms
- Material issues
What are the extras? How about the pouches for your drinks, sunscreen, your phone, and even your towel? That’s right, this chair actually offers a spot for all those things you would need for a beach so that you don’t even have to carry those extras elsewhere! You can pack them up and only need hands for an umbrella (if you use one) and your cooler. If you’re a parent, this also means you can have a free hand for your kiddo which is a blessing for any who have gone out on such a venture.
It has a polyester fiber that makes up the fabric end, and while it can be used in water, doing so repeatedly with this kind of material will weaken it. Between that, the sand and weight (just falling into the chair or having kids who roughly make use of it) the polyester will begin to break down. The fact that this is a beach chair does make the wear of this kind of material an odd choice.
Still, with the rest of the frame holding up so nicely, it can prove to be a durable enough it was worth it for camping. Not to mention the extra features boost its value immensely.
Typically, aluminum frames designed for cheap beach and camp chairs just do not have the tenacity to hold up. So, if you are wanting to assure you have a chair that can hold up, you will have to put that extra dollar in regardless. With this model, you will get extra features that simply make it even more worth it.
The downside is that the material used is resistant to a point, but polyester is not entirely waterproof. It does take wear from being consistently drenched and will weaken. Combined with threading for most of these chairs, you can end up causing unnecessary breakdown over time by constantly placing yourself and the seat into the water. This is most likely where the rips and durability issues will come from- alongside the natural erosive qualities sand has on any material.
The added level comes into play when you realize that comfort can go beyond just a simple place to sit or lay down. In truth, much of the strain from these types of chairs come from carrying them back and forth to the desired destination or from needing to reach things. This one makes sure the comfort doesn’t start and end at the destination. Easily folded up and used as a small backpack, this chair doesn’t give you the awkward juggling as most would.
Add onto the ease of carrying the chair itself, that it has pockets and places for all of those beach necessities to make it even more comfortable for you while you set up for your day on the beach, or your night of camping. This chair takes the word ‘comfort’ and tries to redefine what it means to have such in a portable seat.
We have covered in other places just how awesome this chair is in the fact it is a backpack, has places for your things and can support several different preferences in use. It also has a durable framework, and if cared for properly, has decent materials for the fabric endurance with its use. However, it also comes with such a wide array in color and patterns, that you are also likely to find one to fit your aesthetic tastes as well. It is an extremely rounded product in every way- especially style.
If not consistently put to the water, the fabric too is resistant to water and will last for quite some time. There are some warnings of stress on the materials, however, causing them to rip and tear. This can seem to be from normal use, but when considering beach elements, even the hardiest materials can be worn down by sand and water over time.
That isn’t to say that with proper after beach care that this chair won’t last quite a deal longer than their cheaper counterparts- only to assure that you decide what you want from it- and if this is what you desire from it.
If all you use it for is beach time sunbathing and occasional campfires/bonfires, chances are you won’t see the same wear and tear as those who overstress the chair or place it in water continuously.
Cold weather, and especially snow or ice, can actually cause wear and tear on aluminum and polyester materials. Changes in temp cause materials to expand and contract, especially metals like aluminum. With polyester cold can make the material brittle and prone to cracking and tears. With this in mind, make sure you take care of your chair properly both on the beach and off.
While a water-resistant piece of furniture can seem like it should hold up to snow or ice, the cold can actually cause the materials to become weak and brittle. Snow and ice can also build up to either weigh more than expected or simply having the weight density pressure to snap the objects it is on. In other words, think of how much your arm actually weighs, and how much weight pressure you can make on an object. This is the same with snow and ice as it condenses.
This is why when you are thinking about how resistant your awesome beach chair is, you should not let it fool you into thinking you can just leave it outside in all seasons. It’s water-resistant, not weatherproof. Not to mention, many a great chair has been lost to heavy winded rain storms- especially if they are lightweight enough to not be a bother to carry like this one is!
-A place for necessities