If you’re a long time camper, you probably know how important a camping chair is, but if you’re new to camping and hiking, I assure you, the most essential ingredient of a great outdoor experience is a comfortable chair.
Helinox is the first brand that pops into mind when talking about camping chairs, and the reason is, they provide the perfect balance between compactness, durability, and comfort. In this article, I compiled everything you need to know about two of the finest high-back chairs in its line, Helinox Chair Two vs Sunset Chair.
In summary, the big difference between the two chairs is their size. Helinox Sunset Chair has a longer back, its seat is higher from the ground and it provides a bigger sitting area. In contrast, Helinox Chair Two is lighter and packs down smaller.
Specs: Helinox Chair Two vs Sunset
|Helinox Chair Two||Helinox Sunset Chair|
|Height||33" / 84 cm||38.5" / 98 cm|
|Width||21.5" / 55 cm||23" / 59 cm|
|Depth||25.5" / 65 cm||28.5" / 73 cm|
|Chair Weight||2 lbs. 6 oz. / 1.05 kg||2 lb 15 oz / 1.35 kg|
|Packed Dimension ||18" x 5" x 4.5" / 46cm x 13cm x 12cm||18.5" x 5.5" x 4.5" / 47cm x 14cm x 12cm|
|Packed Weight||2 lbs. 10 oz. / 1.18 kg||3 lbs. 4 oz. / 1.47 kg|
|Capacity||320 lb / 145 kg||320 lb / 145 kg|
|Check Prices||Helinox Chair Two||Helinox Sunset Chair|
Detailed Overview: Helinox Chair Two vs Sunset
The most important difference between the two chairs is actually their height, while Helinox Chair Two offers 33″ of seated height, the seated height of Helinox Sunset Chair is 38″.
So, if you’re taller than 5’7″ (1.70 m), the top corners of Helinox Chair Two would probably cut into your shoulder blades and cause discomfort. Therefore, if you’re taller than 5’7″ Helinox Chair Sunset would be a better option for you. Likewise, if you’re shorter than 5’7″ the back of the Helinox Sunset Chair would be higher than your neck, and it wouldn’t be comfortable, in that case, Helinox Chair Two would be a better option for you.
Helinox Sunset Chair is 14″ off the ground, on the other hand chair two is 10″ off the ground. Another reason why Helinox Sunset Chair is the better option for taller fellows and Helinox Chair Two is the better option for shorter campers out there.
Helinox Sunset Chair also offers a wider and deeper sitting area therefore, it’s also the better option for heavier people.
Weight & Packpability
Packed weights of Helinox Chair Two and Sunset Chair are respectfully 2 lbs 10 oz and 3 lbs 4 oz. Helinox Chair Two and Sunset Chair respectfully pack down to 18″ x 5″ x 4.5″ and 18.5″ x 5.5″ x 4.5″.
If you’re a “numbers guy” Helinox Chair Two weighs %24 less and packs down %13 smaller than Helinox Sunset Chair.
So for thru-hikers or ultralight backpackers, Helinox Chair Two would be a better option. If you’re willing to sacrifice on the “high-back” for lower weight Helinox Chair Zero (1lb 2 oz) might be a better option for you.
After assembling the chair, storage bag has several options of use, you can connect the storage bag underneath the frame and use it as a pocket, or you can stuff the bag with a t-shirt and attach it to the top of the chair using the velcros panels and use the storage bag as a pillow.
Both Helinox Chair Two and Sunset Chair features this velcro panels to use your storage bag as a headrest.
Both chairs are made of high denier polyester and they both feature mesh at sides and back. Although the difference is not very big, Helinox Sunset Chair has a higher mesh ratio, therefore, it’s slightly more breathable.
How to Wash Helinox Chair Two and Sunset Chair
Helinox Chair Two and Sunset Chair are made of the same materials, therefore everything I will be talking about works the same for both chairs.
Firstly, they’re not machine washable! So, Never machine wash, dry clean or tumble dry.
Just prepare warm water and mild soap/detergent, and clean it gently, also wait until it’s fully dry before packing it.
Since they abrade the fabrics, dirt and soil are the main enemies of all textile types. So don’t wait until your chair gets dirty enough to be unusable to clean it. Wash it from time to time to increase its longevity.
For the comparison of Helinox Chair Two vs Sunset Chair, there is absolutely no difference in the durability department.
Both of the chairs feature:
- 600-denier polyester weave fabric
- DAC Aluminum Alloy Frame
- Glass-filled Nylon Hubs
- Reinforced Nylon Sockets
Also, both chairs can carry up to 320 lb (145 kg), so if you’re below 320 lb you’re good to go, and if you’re above 320 lb then a heavy-duty chair such as ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair would be more suitable for you.
Accessories & Compatibility
Rocking Feet for Helinox Chair Two and Sunset Chair
For those who are into reading a world war two book while chilling on a rocking chair, keeping it old school, Helinox Rocking Feet can be purchased separately for Helinox Sunset Chair and it’s very easy to attach.
For Helinox Chair Two, there are two different models, you can either go for a Helinox Chair Two Rocker which basically comes with removable rocker feet and has a slightly bigger storage bag (so you can store rocker feet in it too), or you can just go for the basic model Helinox Chair Two (without the rocker feet).
Ground Sheets for Helinox Chair Two and Sunset Chair
Ground Sheets are great lifesavers especially if you go to campsites that have soft grounds. They basically act as a footprint and prevent sinking in the ground. They also increase the stability in rugged grounds as well.
They’re very easy to attach and lightweight. Depending on the size they weigh around 5 oz and can be attached to the chair in less than 20 seconds.
For the comparison of Helinox Chair Two vs Sunset, both are compatible with ground sheets, you just need to purchase the suitable size.
Cup Holder for Helinox Chair Two and Sunset Chair
For coffee and tea maniacs out there, Helinox also features a Cup Holder Accessory, and it’s compatible with both Helinox Chair Two and Sunset Chair and it only weighs 4 oz.
Difference Between Helinox Chair Two and Sunset
The main difference between Helinox Chair Two and Sunset Chair is their size. Both are high-back chairs, but compared to Helinox Chair Two, Helinox Sunset Chair’s back is taller and it’s 4″ higher from the ground.
So, although they have some minor differences, if you couldn’t decide between Helinox Chair Two vs Sunset Chair, I can briefly say that; If you’re taller than 5’7″ (1.70cm) go with Helinox Sunset Chair, and if you’re shorter than 5’7″ Helinox Chair Two should be a better option for you.