In a Nutshell:
The ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair is a reasonably attractive, reasonably comfy outdoor chair with plenty of extras. Well-priced and offered in a few basic colors. Recommended for anyone weighing up 800 pounds who’s looking for a great, sturdy chair to take with them to the beach.
Value for the Money
Do you love the idea of spending the day at the beach? Do you weigh more than 300-pounds?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you’ve probably been frustrated on your quest to find a chair suitable for beach use that’s also big and sturdy enough to properly support you.
If that’s the situation you’re in, then what you read in this review is going to make you smile. The ALPS Mountaineering King Kong chair is a fantastic design. In the sections that follow, we’ll tell you everything it can do for you and why it deserves to be on the shortlist for your consideration as your next beach chair.
ALPS is a great company, and as you’ll see, this is a superb, versatile chair. Let’s take a closer look.
An Overview of the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Camping Chair
The first thing you’ll notice when you see the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong chair for the first time is the fact that it sports a standard Director’s Chair design, but with a few extras included. Most noticeable among these is the fact that most chairs of this type have but a single cup holder. This one has two, one on each arm. We’ll have more to say about that a bit later in this review, but for now, it’s enough to simply mention that there are some fun extras present.
Before we get to that, let’s take a quick look at the King Kong’s core stats. Here they are:
In the office chair world, big and tall chairs typically start at 18” and run to 22” or more. The seat height offered here then paints this chair as being optimized for big and tall people, and the other numbers support that notion.
The amount of user weight the chair can support is beyond impressive, but there is one catch to consider. While the seat width is certainly generous, if you weigh anywhere close to the upper limit that this chair can support, you’re almost certain to need a wider seat.
We’d recommend taking careful measurements of yourself before committing to a purchase to confirm that this chair will be wide enough for you to sit in comfortably.
Adjustability, Comfort & Extras
Nothing about the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong camping chair is adjustable. You unfold it and have a seat. That’s it. As outdoor chairs go, it’s not the most comfortable in the world, but it’s certainly not bad.
The polyester fabric and open design of the chair help to ensure that the ocean breezes will keep you relatively cool, which will add to your comfort.
The seatback is quilted and offers a modest amount of padding. Honestly, there’s so little of it that it only makes a nominal difference, but it’s (slightly) better to have it than not, so we wanted to give it a mention.
The main things to talk about in this section, though, are the extras. We already mentioned the cup holders built into each arm of the chair.
In addition to those, you’ll find a handy storage bag sewn into each arm that can be used for housing trail snacks, sunscreen, books, small personal items, or just about anything else you’d like to bring with you for a day at the beach.
If that’s not enough storage for you, you’ll find another pocket, this one mesh, sewn into the back of the seatback, which is wide and long enough to hold a rolled-up beach towel.
Best of all, if you decide you’ve got to have an ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Folding chair, you can order yours in one of three colors, Salsa, Khaki, or Blue!
No Assembly Required
As is the case with most beach or camp furniture, if you order one of these, it will arrive at your door in a box collapsed but fully assembled and ready to use. Just take it out of the box, unfold it, and have a seat.
Pros and Cons of ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair
This is a great outdoor chair that can be used in a variety of settings from the beach, to a campsite, or your own backyard if you need some reasonably comfortable, versatile occasional seating. It’s offered in a modest selection of colors, has plenty of built-in storage, and supports a lot of user weight.
The only potential negative is its styling. Some people would rather have a lounger for beach use than a director’s chair, so if that’s what you’re looking for, then naturally, this one would be a poor fit. If you’re not picky about that, then this is an amazing option.
ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair Review Conclusion
We love the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair, and we think you will too. A good beach chair should be reasonably comfortable and offer plenty of places to keep your stuff. A good high weight capacity beach chair should do that while also supporting a lot of user weight. This chair delivers on all of those fronts. We highly recommend it.
References & Resources:
- ALPS Brands, Official Brand Website.
- Give Your Body A Break — Bring A Camping Chair, Medium.
- Camping Gear: The Importance of Reliable Camping Equipment, Inspired Camping.