The Kermit Chair was designed in 1989 by a motorcycle rider. There was not a comfortable chair on the market at the time that was compact enough to carry and pack tight, so he designed and built the Kermit Chair. The Kermit Chair evolved over the years and has become a cult favorite among BMW motorcycle campers, but it is equally suitable for use by all. Approximately 10,000 Kermit Chairs have been sold, and the chair has been primarily sold by word of mouth.
The Kermit Chair is a lightweight portable chair that delivers comfort and elegance not to be found in other camp chairs. Unlike modern camp chairs that are constructed with nylon and cheap tubing that is riveted together, the Kermit Chair is constructed of honest, traditional materials.
The Kermit Chair's frame is constructed from oak, aluminum, and stainless steel, giving the Kermit Chair a 350 lb. weight rating.
All oak pieces are double-dipped in a marine-grade polyurethane, which is thicker than a sprayed-on finish and protects the chair for a lifetime of use.
The cloth pieces are constructed of 1000 denier nylon that is cut with heat to prevent unraveling.
Our Kermit Chairs are available in four different colors: Black, Red, Forest Green, and Navy.
Seat height is 11.5" and the chair weighs 5.3 lbs. The low seat height is a design feature to make the chair as small as practicable for packing and also to relieve the weight on the user's thighs while seated. Most modern camp chairs have the user seated in an comfortable position, with the cloth seat digging into the user's thighs. The Kermit Chair permits the user to sit comfortably.
This photo illustrates the height of the Kermit Chair next to some kiddie camp chairs. Unlike the kiddie camp chairs, nothing digs into the user's legs. And unlike the kiddie chairs, the Kermit Chair features armrests.
The armrests are solid and actually provide support for the arms, unlike modern camp chairs with their cloth armrests that sag.
Every Kermit Chair has a five-year limited warranty against defects in workmanship and materials which impact the function of the Kermit Chair. This warranty excludes damage caused by accidents or abuse. The Kermit Chair Company also provides a full-service repair facility for broken or tattered Kermit Chairs. A Kermit Chair can provide many decades of service and is a lifetime investment.
Every Kermit Chair comes standard with a black 1000 dernier nylon carry bag that is only 22" x 4" x 6" in loaded dimensions.
A folded Kermit Chair and carry bag are small enough to fit inside a Pelican 1510NF Protector Case. The Kermit Chair is even compact enough for carry-on airline luggage. Transporting a Kermit Chair in a Pelican 1610NF or 1650NF presents no problems at all.
Assembling a Kermit Chair is very simple and takes less than a minute, although first-timers may be baffled if they try to assemble a Kermit Chair in the field without having read the instructions.
First, pull the disassembled Kermit Chair from the nylon carry bag.
Unroll the Kermit Chair and point the legs toward yourself.
There are receptacles cut into the legs.
Insert the two leg braces into the receptacles.
Make sure the leg braces are fully seated.
The metal diagonal braces point toward one another for compact storage.
Hinge open the metal diagonal braces and place them over the locating studs on the legs.
The Kermit Chair comes with two curved braces.
The curved braces are fitted with pins on both ends.
Insert the pin into the non-slotted end of the oak frame.
The other end of the curved brace is held stationary with a hinged locking mechanism.
Slide the pin into the slotted end of the oak with the lock held open.
When the pin is fully seated, hinge the lock closed.
The hinge lock is held closed by the tension on the fabric. With the lock closed, the curved braces cannot be removed.
There are two curved braces, one for the seat and the other for the backrest. Install both.
Unfold the Kermit Chair fully, until the rear legs seat fully against the stops as shown in the pictures above.
Your Kermit Chair is now ready for you to enjoy.
For use around camp, the Kermit Chair may be left assembled but folded.
Packing the Kermit Chair is very easy. Remove the braces and roll up the Kermit Chair.
Place the pieces into the nylon carry bag and you're ready to roll to your next adventure. The Kermit Chair Cupholder will fit into the same nylon carry bag.
Increase the versatility of your Kermit Chair with the Kermit Chair Cupholder.
The Kermit Chair Cupholder attaches and detaches from the Kermit Chair quickly and easily.
Once attached to the Kermit Chair, the Kermit Chair Cupholder locks in place with the existing hardware on the Kermit Chair and will not come loose.
When transporting your Kermit Chair around camp, it is common to fold it and carry it briefcase style.
The Kermit Chair Cupholder was designed with this in mind, and will remain oriented vertically when the Kermit Chair is transported in this fashion.
The Kermit Chair Cupholder takes up very little room when not in use.
The Kermit Chair Cupholder will fit into the same nylon carry bag with your Kermit Chair.
Kermit Chairs are made of wood. Why wood? Why not plastic or aluminum? Because wood has a natural beauty and elegance that plastic or aluminum cannot provide. Not everything in life is about sheer performance. The wood-framed Kermit Chair performs admirably with more than sufficient strength for its task, and it does so with a charm and elegance that a plastic chair cannot match. Wood is warm to the touch and very beautiful. It is much more enjoyable to use than plastic or aluminum. And it only gets better with age. The same cannot be said for plastic or aluminum. Hence the wood.
The same holds true for the stocking of nice firearms. This Krieghoff K-80 double and Benelli M1 Super 90 self-loading repeater are contrasts in style. The double's operating principles go back centuries while the Super 90's inertia-locking method of operation is only a few decades old. However, both weapons are stocked with walnut. While synthetic stocks are undeniably more weather-resistant, not subject to ambient moisture and thermal deformation, and cheaper to produce, they look cheap and detract from the appeal of these fine weapons. Thus, both weapon types, both old and new, are stocked in walnut to enhance their beauty and appeal to their owner. Synthetic stocks on these weapons would rob them of their personality, individuality (no two pieces of wood are identical), and charm.
We sell many products that perform extremely well, but do not abandon aesthetics for the sake of sheer performance. One example of this philosophy is the Barbour Waterproof Clothing we prefer over Gore-Tex and other modern clothing. The Barbour Beaufort shown above is a medium-weight shooting jacket for year-round use, and features a sage-colored, 100% waxed-cotton shell with a 100% cotton tartan lining. The Beaufort is made from honest materials, namely cotton, brass, and natural waterproof dressing. Like most high-quality items, the Beaufort just gets better and more appealing with age and use, and it will provide a lifetime of use and enjoyment to its owner. The same cannot be said for Gore-Tex clothing.
Our Galco Sporting Collection is composed of items that are handmade in the United States, and feature Latigo Leather, white linen stitching, and solid-brass construction throughout. All edges are hand-polished to a fine luster, and all hardware is solid brass cast in Galco's own foundry. The Galco Sporting Collection stands in stark contrast to our Pelican Protector Cases (which also have their place). Might a nylon bag work just as well or even better than a Galco Sporting Bag? Sure. However, the owner would not derive the same level of enjoyment from using it as he would a Galco Sporting Collection bag. And the Galco Sporting Bag performs its task admirably.
This OMEGA Speedmaster Professional is yet another example of a product we sell that is not based on pure performance. That is not to say that the Speedmaster Professional does not perform well. However, we must admit that the Speedmaster Professional's excellent performance has been eclipsed by more modern quartz and digital watches, which keep better time, have fewer moving parts, are more shock-resistant, and so on. The modern watches are better in every way except one: they look cheap. The Speedmaster Professional performs admirably and is more than accurate enough for the task. More importantly, it performs its task with an elegance and appeal that more modern wristwatches cannot and never will.
While many of our products are in the luxury genre, most of our products are based on pure performance and are constructed of the latest high-tech materials. We are all about high-tech when the performance advantages are such that these products cannot be disregarded in favor of more traditional designs. Take the PRIMUS OmniFuel Titanium Stove, for example. The OmniFuel Titanium is a refinement of both the PRIMUS OmniFuel and MultiFuel stoves, uses advanced materials and engineering to offer light weight and advanced functionality in all conditions and with all fuels. OmniFuel Titanium works with liquid fuels such as LP gas, gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, and even aviation fuel.
OmniFuel Titanium also works with gas canisters like the PRIMUS PowerGas, Snow Peak GigaPower, Brunton Bruntane and other gas canister systems with standard Lindal Valve threading, giving the OmniFuel Titanium unmatched flexibility and earning it a coveted Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice Award for excellence. This flexibility is unmatched by traditional stove designs. The OmniFuel Titanium is also lighter than traditional stoves. It's performance is such that going with a traditional stove would be a mistake.
For eating in the field, our favorite cutlery is from Snow Peak. Pictured left to right are the Snow Peak Titanium Spork, Snow Peak Carry-On Chopsticks, and the Snow Peak Three-Piece Titanium Silverware Set. Titanium is substantially lighter than stainless steel. More important than weight is titanium's eminent suitability for utensil construction. Titanium is the perfect material for field cutlery as it has no metallic smell or taste (unlike aluminum or stainless steel), will not corrode or stain when left wet or exposed to acidic foods (unlike aluminum and stainless steel), and is very strong and will not melt (unlike plastic). Titanium is also easily serviced in the field, as a simple rinse with water and a wipe-down with a rag are all that is necessary. Going with wooden or steel cutlery over titanium cutlery in the name of tradition is another mistake.
The benefits of titanium technology also applies to mugs. The Snow Peak Titanium Double Wall Cup 450 is an ultra-lightweight mug that provides superior heat and cold insulation due to its double-wall construction.
Hot liquids stay hotter and cold drinks stay colder inside the Titanium Double Wall Cup 450. Furthermore, titanium has very low thermal conductivity. Therefore, the heat from hot drinks will never reach the lip of the cup, but your drinks will remain piping hot longer. Titanium also has no metallic smell or taste to contaminate its contents or the taste therefrom.
Make your next day in the field more pleasant with titanium,
and a Kermit Chair.
If you are looking for an excellent multitool, we highly recommend the Victorinox SwissTool Spirit. The SwissTools are to multitools what Snow Peak utensils are to field cutlery. Both represent the best of their type and are without peer.
Two items we highly recommend for outdoor activity are a Black Diamond Headlamp and one or more Pelican Products VB3 LED Utility Lights. Both are essential items for every field kit. The Black Diamond Headlamp may be strapped to a head, hat, or helmet. The VB3 may be clipped to a shirt or jacket pocket, as well as to the brim of a hat. Both utility lights offer hands-free illumination of work areas, and both are powered by lithium batteries, which have a 10-year shelf life and do not self-discharge or leak like standard alkaline batteries. Even after prolonged storage without use, they will work when you need them. The LED's employed instead of traditional filament bulbs will not burn out. Traditional flashlights pale in comparison to these high-tech utility lights.
Both the Engel and ARB units are identical, except the ARB unit features an integral digital thermometer that displays the temperature of the contents stored within. No ice traditional ice chests for us, thank you. They don't perform nearly as well as the Engel and ARB Fridge Freezers.
With the Engel or ARB Freezer Fridges, there is no melting ice. Sandwich ingredients stay cold and fresh and dry. Meats and cheeses do not go bad. Bread does not get soggy. Fruits and vegetables stay nice and fresh. When cut, the cuts are clean and not smeared because the fruits and vegetables remain so crispy fresh within the Engel or ARB units.
Enjoy some sushi on your next trip.