Travel Chair’s Easy Rider is one of the most basic and simple folding chairs on the market. This simplicity makes it easy to set up and stow but this chair lacks the desirable features found on many of the other chairs in this test, with little cost savings.
Ease of Use Travel Chair has been at it since 1984 and claims to be the original camp chair maker on the market. The Easy Rider is one of their most basic models which makes it extremely easy to set up and take down. Unlike other chairs in this test, Travel Chair has hit it right with the size of their carry bag making it very easy to get the chair out of the bag as well as saving the headache caused by other chairs in this test when trying to get the chair back in the bag. Every aspect about this chair is easy, as its name implies. The only bummer is the adjustable strap on the travel bag is not quite long enough to fit over the back of the chair for securing the bag after set up. Though, it does slip nicely between the rear vertical tubes of the frame and the seat fabric of the lower back. If high winds were a concern, the draw string could be tied on for extra security.
Comfort The Easy Rider has very little recline to the back and is a standard one-piece sling that cups the user and promotes slouching. This chair was praised above others by our shorter testers—the shallow seat base keeps the leading edge of the seat fabric from pressing up in the back of their knees (a problem with most of the other chairs in this test). The adjustable armrests are also accommodating to our shorter testers—they could relax their shoulders while using the armrest, instead of having to hunch their shoulders up so their elbows will fit on the top of the armrest when sitting all the way back/upright in the chair.
Craftsmanship Travel Chair made the Easy Rider out of 600 denier polyester fabric that is ready to resist harsh and abrasive contacts. The aluminum frame has a standard and stable geometry to it and most of the stitching is double reinforced with only one or two low-impact seams held by a single stitch line. Each of the fabric contact points with the frame are reinforced with rubber grommets.
Features As mentioned earlier, the Easy Rider is pretty basic. It has a single standard can/bottle size mesh cup holder built into the right armrest. The cup holder is just big enough around to hold a can/bottle with a coozy and it will still slide in and out easily without maxing out the mesh. The other key features are the wide foot base to float on softer ground surfaces, soft padded feet to prevent slipping on rocky (or indoor, hardwood floor) use, and the adjustable height armrests.
Versatility The simplicity along with a few key features make the Easy Rider a very versatile chair. The soft sneaker like rubber on the soles of the feet make the chair safe to use indoors (for scratch avoidance as well as non-slip) as well as outdoors on hard or even slanted surfaces. They even stamped “Travel Chair” in mirror writing on the soles, so when you leave your location, the brand may be impressed upon the ground for some free marketing. The wide feet keep the chair from sinking into soft sandy surfaces and the lack of padding helps the chair dry quickly after being left out in the rain (it’s also easy to know if the seat is wet or not).