Chair Buddies are clip-on chair feet compatible with popular backpacking chairs like the Helinox Chair Zero and the REI Flexlite Air Chair that prevent the chair feet from sinking into sand, gravel, and loose dirt. You can leave them on your chair between uses or remove them easily.
If you already own a lightweight backpacking chair, you know that sinking feeling when your chair’s feet begin to sink into the ground. It’s hard to believe that outdoor chair manufacturers didn’t have the foresight to include feet that don’t sink into the ground when the chairs are used outdoors.
Chair Buddies fixes that problem and rather cleverly. They’re plastic discs that clip onto your chair’s existing legs. Each Chair Buddy measures 70mm (2.75″) in diameter and fits camping/backpacking chairs with leg diameters up to 13mm (1/2″) and foot diameters up to 25mm (1″). The result is a chair foot surface area that is 6-8 times greater than camping/backpacking chair feet alone.
The raised profile of the disc on one side ensures that the chair foot does not slip out under pressure, while the S-shaped side connectors allow flexing due to uneven ground and sitter movement. To secure the leg, pull the connector upwards over the chair’s foot and snap it around the chair leg tube.
As you can see, I’m sitting on an REI Flexlite Air Chair outfitted with Chair Buddies in the top picture above, along a sandy riverbank without sinking.
Here’s a video demonstrating how to attach them to a chair.
Chair Buddies are compatible with:
- Helinox Chair One
- Helinox Chair Zero
- REI Flexlite Air Chair
- All chairs with leg diameters up to 13mm (1/2″) and foot diameters up to 25mm (1″)
Where Can You Buy Chair Buddies?
Chair Buddies are made in the UK by a London-based cottage manufacturer. They ship worldwide, including to the USA. They cost $31 USD per set of four. Visit ChairBuddies.com. They’re also looking for resellers if you want to resell a pretty unique product (that has legs).
Disclosure: The author received product samples from this manufacturer, but I’m not obligated to tell you about it and I’m not compensated by Chair Buddies in any way. I just think it’s a brilliant solution to a vexing problem and want to share it with my readers.SectionHiker is reader-supported. We independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our affiliate links. Help us continue to test and write unsponsored and independent gear reviews, beginner FAQs, and free hiking guides.