By David Crane
defrev at gmail.com
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January 4, 2009
While we like to stay pretty busy here at DefenseReview, all work and no play can make you a dull boy. Every once in a while, we like to kick back, relax, and take a look around–like during this holiday season, for instance. After all, it’s not all shooting and typing, over here. While we’re in relaxin’ mode, we might lay out by the pool, have a beer in the back yard, hit the beach, or take a trip somewhere. And, when we do any of that, we like to take one or two TravelChair portable folding lounge chairs with us. The model we’ve currently got in-house is the Bubba 789VBK, which has black and "cool gray" coloration and a modern look.
We first discovered TravelChair products at SHOT Show 2008, and just liked the way they looked. We were kinda’ tired from walking around the exhibition hall and the chairs looked pretty comfortable, so we sat down in one. That pretty much sold us, right there. The chair was just as comfortable as it looked, particularly after the distance we’d walked by then.
The TravelChair Bubba 789V portable folding lounge chair is…
part of the company’s Titan line. It looks good and is very comfortable. It has a high back, deep seat, and comes with the aforementioned adjustable pillow, which is a separate piece. The chair incorporates a handy-dandy built-in, breathable-mesh drink holder for cups, cans, bottles, etc. It goes without saying that when your out there, relaxin’, ya’ gotta’ have a drink of some kind (preferably ice cold) at the ready, at all times.
Anyway, wherever you decide to go with it, the TravelChair is easy to transport, due to its light weight (9.56 lbs) and collapsible design. The chair and included adjustable padded headrest/pillow can be transported inside the nylon carry/travel bag that comes with it. In fact, the TravelChair arrives at your house inside the travel bag when you order it.
In addition to being comfortable, TravelChairs are also durable, due to their strong, flex-resistant frame tubes with oversized rivets, high-quality nylon connectors, and synthetic materials like Ballistic Nylon Mesh, 450D Ripstop Polyester, Nailhead 420D Polyester, 600D Polyester Duck, and Textilene, which are quick-drying and sun, stain, mildew and water resistant. The TravelChair Bubba 789 model chair utilizes 450D ripstop polyester and nailhead 420D polyester, respectively. It’s also strong enough to be able to handle up to 300 lbs sitting in it.
The TravelChair Model 789V is really perfect for DefenseReview’s use, and has held up to months of travel and usage without a problem. Its lighweight and collapsible aspects make it a dream to travel with by car (just toss it in the trunk or the back seat area) and use in a mobile environment. The only real modification that we can think of (a "druther", if you will) to make the chair even more comfortable than it already is would be to make the seat basket area a tad wider for our legs. That’s about it.
For our next travel chair, we’re looking at the Big Bubba 789FRV, which incorporates a built-in foot rest for when we’re feelin’ particularly lazy.
If you’re currently looking for a folding travel lounge chair, yourself, we highly recommend you give TravelChair products a serious look. TravelChair folding lounge chairs get a DefRev "definite recommend" from us, so check ‘em out. We think you’ll like ‘em.
Author’s Note: You may be wondering why the photos show the TravelChair deployed indoors, rather than outdoors. Well, the weather in our region has been less than optimal, lately, so there ya’ go. Notice that the photos also feature the Legion-I Tactical Vest / body armor carrier system made by Personal Protective Systems a.k.a. P2 Systems, as well as the Blackhawk! Medium ALERT Bag tactical load out/travel bag.
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