Pros: Setup in less than 1 minute, includes carrying case, more comfortable than smaller chairs
Cons: Not for prolonged exposure to heat or rain, should be stored inside after each use
CRITICAL REVIEW UPDATE! ON 10/9/2011, I DOWNGRADED MY RATING OF THIS COLEMAN QUAD CHAIR PRODUCT LINE TO 2 STARS!
Football tailgating season has arrived again! After looking at my supplies, I decided to purchase some more folding chairs and discovered a true winner, the Coleman Broadband Quad Chair! The reason for my excitement is simple, we all want to be comfortable while sitting outdoors. The Coleman Oversized Quad Chair can be thought of as the Super Sized upgrade to the regular folding chairs that you have used for the past five years while camping.
In this review I will answer the following questions about this Coleman chair:
How much bigger is the Coleman Quad Chair than a regular folding canvas chair?
What purchasing options are available for this chair?
Read On To Find Out!
The chair comes in a long carrying bag. The bag has a draw string mechanism on top which you open to pull the chair out. Once removed from the bag, you will also see that the camping chair features a reclosable latch on the back to make stowing in the carrying case easier. To setup the chair, you simply pull it open by grasping the metal rods which have been folded up. You have nothing else to do at this point, except sit and enjoy your favorite beverage.
A Regular Expandable Chair vs. The Coleman Quad Chair
While cruising Amazon.com and Wal-Mart, one question kept coming to mind about this product, "How much bigger is the Coleman Broadband Chair?". Here is your answer:
Regular folding armchair with same metal rod structure: 21" seat width, 35" back of chair height, 21" long arms
Coleman Broadband Chair XXXXL metal rod structure in: 24" seat width, 41" back of chair height, 24" long arms
As you can see the numbers clearly show that this chair is bigger. The extra width also plays a part an immense part in the perceived comfort of this model compared to any other expandable camping chair on the market today.
Coleman Broadband Quad Chair Comfort And Ease Of Use
For the past few days, I have been working hard outside getting my RV ready for the coming MSU tailgating season. A regular sized camping chair and this Quad Chair were in my driveway waiting to offer a little relaxation from the work at hand. Each time I sat in the Coleman Quad Chair, I was amazed at how the wider base and deeper seat added to the level of total comfort for me. I can only compare this larger chair to the feeling you get when you sit on your Lazy Boy recliner. Of course it is not cushioned like a recliner but it sure feels better than a hard metal or plastic formed chair!
Lumbar Support Option
Wal-Mart is selling these chairs with a little lumbar seat cushion. I like the cushion option more than the other features because it gives my lower back a noticeable amount of support while relaxing.
Cup Holder Options
You can get this Coleman Oversized chair with one or two cup holders. Two cup holders give me the ability to store a drink and my MSU football tickets on either side of my arm rests.
Ice Cooler Feature
Online, some retailers also offer an ice cooler option. The cooler is really just a water tight bag that you put ice in. A plastic bag is more of a convenience more than anything else since in Louisiana heat the ice will melt rapidly.
My Four Star Rating
As a consumer seeking comfort, I am looking for more padding in this type of chair and a foot rest model which would then deserve a solid five stars. Just want to kick my feet up before cheering on the MSU Cowboys!
The Coleman Oversized Quad Chair will be the one everyone fights for at the McNeese State University Football tailgate party this year. The large seat area combined with a wider stance than other foldable chairs add an extra level of comfort that everyone will enjoy. Unfortunately, there will only be two of these chairs to pick from at my tailgate spot. The good news is that I only weigh 180lbs and the chair has a 350lb capacity. Rest assured, there will be plenty of room for anyone who wants to sit in my lap.
Of course Coleman and other online retailers had to make several different product names for this chair. You can find it under the names: Broadband Quad Chair, Oversized Quad Chair and even XXXXL Chair. Online you can find this product for as little as $19 right now. Wal-Mart is selling it for $29 with the lower lumbar support which oddly, I could not find online. Go ahead and order two while you are at, you will not regret the decision!
--- UPDATE 10/8/2011
After using this chair for three tailgate parties at McNeese University Football games, only one chair remains in usable condition! The rivets holding the cross bars on one chair broke and gave way on 10/8/2011. The left side front seat black plastic broke free of the hinged rivets and broke apart. The rear black plastic support on another of these chairs broke free of its rivet from the metal bar causing the chair to be unrepairable. No one sitting in these chairs was more than 350lbs so I feel poor workmanship is to blame.