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  • Relax in a QwikBack™ UL Chair
  • The QwikBack™ seat and poles roll up into an integrated pouch for storage
  • Insert the poles in the reinforced pockets on the QwikBack™ UL Chair
  • Relax in a QwikBack™ UL Chair
  • QwikBack™ UL Chair

QwikBack™ UL Chair

2 week lead time
    • Ultralight - just 2.65 oz (75 g)
    • Durable ripstop nylon seat
    • Strong yet light carbon fiber poles
    • Integrated pole storage
    • Folds into a compact, self-contained package


    After several days of hiking, one thing we miss in the backcountry is a chair. But most are too heavy and bulky to even consider carrying as a luxury item. The QwikBack™ UL Chair changed our thinking and made backpacking more relaxing. At just 2.65 oz (75 g), it's hard to leave at home. "What's wrong with a log?", you say. Well, nothing, but after a long day of hiking or even at a lunch stop, something comfortable to lean back on just makes life more enjoyable.

    The QwikBack UL Chair is made of durable materials - ripstop nylon seat and twill carbon fiber poles - for years of backcountry enjoyment. Heck, you could even take it with you to the park or outdoor concert.

    The design is super simple but it takes a little getting used to because unlike most chairs, this one doesn't stand on its own. First you insert the poles in the reinforced pockets on the chair back, crossing them in an X pattern. Next you sit on the wide end of the seat on the ground with the poles under the fabric. Then prop up the poles behind you and lean back on the chair. Large diameter rubber feet keep the poles from sinking into the ground. To make adjustments, just reach back and grab the poles, lean forward a little, and move them to a better position. Now lean back and relax.


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    When its time to pack up, the chair folds into a compact, self-contained package. Simply remove the poles from the seat and fold them in half. The poles are shockcorded and connected in an assembly so they're easy to pack without loosing any pieces. Starting at the top with the dirty side in, roll the poles inside the seat. When you reach the bottom, tuck the roll into the integrated pouch. No extra bag to keep track of.


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    For a little more cushion and insulation from the ground, add our Folding Sit Pad. The pad can be placed either under the chair seat or on top and adds just 0.98 oz (27.8 g). When used under the seat, the pad slips into the integrated pouch. If you find the chair seat material slippery, try a pad on top.








    Litesmith QwikBack UL Chair Review by Mark B



    Seat: 1.9 oz ripstop nylon, PU coated, black

    Poles: Roll-wrapped twill carbon fiber

    Dimensions Packed (LxWxD): 13.25 x 2.75 x 1.5 in. (33.7 x 7 x 3.8 cm)

    Weight: 2.65 oz (75 g)

    Load Capacity: 250 lb (113 kg) person



    2 week lead time



    • DO NOT use in situations where personal safety or valuable property could be endangered.
    • DO NOT use the chair around any objects that could cause injury if you fell over on them.
    • Inspect all chair components before each use. DO NOT use if signs of damage are apparent to the fabric, stitching, poles, or hardware. When exposed to direct sunlight and outdoor elements, deterioration can occur.
    • DO NOT exceed the maximum load capacity.
    • Misuse can result in serious injury or death.

    In no event shall Litesmith, LLC be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, or special consequential damages, to property or life, whatsoever arising out of or connected with the use or misuse of its products.

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    1. awesome chair  star rating

      Posted by Rodney Nooe on 14th Jul 2019

      I can't say enough good things about this chair. Bout it as a means to both downsize pack weight and have comfort on my day hikes. It by far exceeded my expectations. Takes a little getting use to but, its very comfortable once you figure it out. I added a small sit pad to it as a ground barrier however; it makes for a nice addition with the padding. You can't go wrong with it. Worth every penny.

    2. Does the trick  star rating

      Posted by Unknown on 11th Jul 2019

      Good lightweight chair, (nothing lighter) ' you definitely need to bring a butt pad along to use this for extended periods of time. Would be five stars except the price seems a bit excessive... But for the super light nerds it's a no brainer.

    3. This is what I'd been looking for  star rating

      Posted by Lester on 15th Jun 2019

      This QwikBack chair checks all the boxes for me: Very lightweight; I could never justify the backpacking chairs that weigh a full pound or more. A simple setup; not fiddly or time-consuming to set up. Comfortable and supportive; I use it with the sit-pad that I carry all the time anyway. Not bulky to carry; it's nice the way it rolls up into itself.

      I've tried a number of chairs and methods for making chairs when backpacking because I really like to have back support when I sit in camp at night. This chair is the best design I've seen for this purpose.

    4. Ultralighter's dream come true  star rating

      Posted by Ronald Kerley on 22nd May 2019

      Haven't tried this in the field yet, but I can tell it will be great.I attached a Gossamer Gear Nightlight pad with Velcro discs and it actually stays up
      when I get up! Love it!

    5. Backcountry Luxury  star rating

      Posted by Art H. on 20th Sep 2018

      Amazing design and superior customer service! Plus being the envy of your friends on the trail who didn't bring one.

    6. Finally a real Ultralight chair  star rating

      Posted by Rick A. on 4th Jul 2017

      This is a real ultralight chair.
      Nothing fancy but it works. Add a small sit pad and it is very comfortable.
      Add A small piece of Tyvek under it if gtround is wet

    7. The absolute lightest chair there is!  star rating

      Posted by Kathy on 30th Jun 2017

      I ordered this some time ago, and have used it on 2 trips. What a luxury! No one has a chair lighter than this. I actually saw an article on the top items for 2017, and they were talking about how great another chair was that used your trekking poles. It was much heavier, and for most of us, the trekking poles are used for our tent. I left a comment about this chair, which is much better constructed, lighter, and doesn't require any trekking poles. It is unbelievably light, but surprisingly well constructed, and I used it constantly!

    8. Good back rest  star rating

      Posted by Marty Elliott on 23rd Jun 2017

      This "chair" is exactly as described. Light, small and did I say light?!? I have a multitude of back issues/injuries which require back support at end of day.

      Took it out for overnight shake down; sets up fast and easy and the legs are very sturdy. Like any chair of this type, getting into it takes some maneuvering. It provides very good back support and is comfortable while stationary. Legs straight or crossed, no problem.

      Why I gave it four instead of five. Once in the chair, if you want to adjust your sitting position by moving your butt around, the chair will collapse on you. I would imagine this happens with any chair of this type. The other issue I had is the width of the seat is thin and you will get very dirty. I don't carry one but I would recommend other users place a ground sheet (3' x 3' tyvek should do it) under the seat to provide some barrier from dirt. Also, you will need to carry a foam sit pad for your butt.

      Understand, this seat is exactly as advertised and is probably the leader in this technology. It's my personal back issues that cause me to adjust my sitting position so often, not the discomfort of the chair. Get a wider barrier for the dirt and you will be good to go.

      Great technology and well worth the purchase.

    9. Luxury comes to backpacking!  star rating

      Posted by Robert Walker on 14th May 2017

      What a fabulous idea this was! This chair gives me the ability to experience comfort on the backpacking trail I never thought possible. This product will become common place in the backcountry, and I hope the company founders sail around the world in the Mega Yacht this little chair will afford them!

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