All three of these carp chairs from Chub have a clever extending back system and ligthweight frames.
RRPs: £54.99, £79.99 and £89.99 | www.chubfishing.co.uk
- We like: Lightness, dual locking legs and well-executed extending back system
- We dislike: Not the cheapest
New for 2018, this trio of carp chairs from Chub offers a neat twist on your standard bankside furniture.
From the diminutive Bedchair Mate up to the Comfy armchair, these seats all have an extending backrest.
It’s a brilliantly simple system which sees the two frame uprights extending from clasps (just like extending banksticks), while the extra fabric simply folds over the top and is secured with Velcro, as our video shows.
It might seem like a gimmick, but we’ve tested all three of these chairs on the bank and can vouch for the extra comfort it provides. We even fell asleep on the Bedchair Mate when we should’ve been watching the water!
The extending backrest is not the only pleasing feature on these chairs.
The fact that both the front and back sets of legs lock in place with a sprung bolt is also very handy if you’ve ever suffered the ignominy of sitting down and feeling your chair’s rear end give way.
This also wipes out the very real pain of trapping your fingers in rear folding legs.
Continuing on the theme of good design touches, each chair has a pair of Velcro flaps on each side of the seat to keep the units from opening up in transport.
That said, we can’t help but wonder if these straps could have been extended a little further to wrap around the legs to keep the chairs truly flat on the move, though that’s a very minor gripe.
Speaking of transporting the Outkast EZ-Backs, they all fold down very neatly and will surprise you with their lightness. The aluminium frames mean the Bedchair Mate is just 3.4kg, while the range-topping Comfy is only 4.6kg.
All of the chairs are strengthened with steel in key stress areas and the fabric and padding is very comfortable. The Bedchair Mate is designed to sit atop your bedchair to provide back support during the day, but we also used it quite happily on its own out on the bank.
It obviously sits low to the ground, which might not be the warmest option in winter, but it doesn’t ‘bottom out’.
Overall, we are very impressed with these chairs. They are not the cheapest around, but there are certainly more expensive models on the market that don’t have nearly as many features.