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
Brand Reliability*
Aesthetic Flexibility**

Overall Rating

* Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect. ** While aesthetics is a matter of taste, Aesthetic Flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.


  • Versatile use
  • Comfortable
  • Built-in storage
  • High weight capacity
  • Modest color selection


  • Styling may not appeal to everyone
  • Limited color choices

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, you’ve probably been frustrated in your quest to find a chair suitable for beach use that’s big and sturdy enough to support you properly.

If that’s your situation, then what you read in this review will make you smile. The ALPS Mountaineering King Kong chair is a fantastic design. In the following sections, 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; as you’ll see, this is a superb, versatile chair. Let’s take a closer look.

Key Features to Consider

The first thing you’ll notice when you see the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong chair for the first time is that it sports a standard Director’s Chair design but includes a few extras. Most noticeable among these is that most chairs of this type have a single cup holder. This one has two, one on each arm. We’ll have more to say about that later in this review, but for now, it’s enough to simply mention that some fun extras are present.

Salsa Color, ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair, Left View

Chair Dimensions

Before we get to that, let’s quickly look at King Kong’s core stats. Here they are:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 38” x 20” x 38”
  • Seat Height: 18”
  • Seat Width: 24”
  • Chair Weight: 12.5 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 800 pounds

In the office chair world, big and tall chairs typically start at 18” and run to 22” or more. The seat height offered here suggests that this chair is 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 recommend taking careful measurements of yourself before committing to a purchase to confirm that this chair is wide enough for you to sit comfortably.

Adjustability, Comfort and Storage, ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair, Salsa Color


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.

Upholstery Material and Design

The polyester fabric and open chair design help keep you relatively cool in the ocean breezes, adding 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 mention it.

Additional Features

The main topic in this section, though, is the extras. We already mentioned the cup holders built into each arm of the chair.

In addition, 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.

Available Colors

Best of all, if you decide 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 with most beach or camp furniture, if you order one, 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

If you need reasonably comfortable, versatile occasional seating, this great outdoor chair can be used in various settings, from the beach to a campsite or your own backyard. It’s offered in a modest selection of colors, has plenty of built-in storage, and supports many user weights.

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, this one would naturally be a poor fit. If you’re not picky about that, this is an amazing option.

Conclusion: ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair Review

We love the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair and 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 supporting much user weight. This chair delivers on all of those fronts. We highly recommend it.

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