You wake up bright and early on a Saturday, have breakfast with your family, and hop in your car. After a quick commute, you get to spend the day watching the big game with your buddies. Your team is playing well. You’ve got a cold drink in your hand. Sounds like a day well spent, right?
When you wake up the next day, you’ve only got one regret. You got too much sun. Nothing can ruin an otherwise-perfect day faster than a bad case of sunburn. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hanging out at the baseball diamond or kicking back on the beach, sunburn is always a very real risk.
What can you do? You can slap on some sunscreen – if you remember. You can squeeze under the beach umbrella – if there’s space. No solution is perfect, but covered sports chairs are pretty darn close. With shade built right into your seat, you’ve got your own personal way to keep your skin out of the suns rays. We’ll be taking a look at the four best shaded outdoor event chairs on the market. We’ll help you decide which one is best for you.
Best Folding Canopy Chairs for Sporting Events
As one of the largest manufacturers of portable sun shelters, Sport-Brella is a brand known around the world. Out of all the different products they offer, very few can come close to the comfort offered by the Sport-Brella Recliner Chair. The umbrella itself is made from high quality material that blocks 99.5% of UVA and UVB rays. It’s attached to the back of the chair by a long swivel arm, which tilts across two joints. With one smooth motion you can position it exactly where you’d like, keeping your eyes out of the sun whenever necessary.
But the umbrella is only one feature of this luxurious chair. What we love about it is how adjustable it is. There are three different seating positions: upright, relaxed, and lounging. It’s great for tailgating at sporting events No matter what the mood calls for, this is one of the most comfortable ways to enjoy the summer heat without the burn.
Quick Shade with Adjustable Shade Top
The Quick Shade is easily adjustable and is perfect for when the sun moves across the sky, You can raise, lower and tilt it to any position.
The chair itself is made from strong 600D polyester and lightweight steel frame which supports up to 225 lbs. We loved the sturdiness of the canopy, even when there was a light wind. (This can be a problem with some of the cheaper chairs.) It’s important to bear in mind that the shade doesn’t act as a rain cover though.
Though the designers could have focussed a little more on comfort, it’s great for a few hours at the beach or at a kids sports game.
It fits neatly into a carry bag and does exactly what it is supposed to do… protect you from the harsh UV rays on a sunny day while you relax and enjoy the sporting event.
When you want the ultimate in coverage, you need something a little beefier than an umbrella. Kelsyus has outfitted their Kelsyus Canopy Chair with a massive sun shade that can keep every part of your body protected. Although it tilts from front to back, this canopy is so large that very little adjustment is necessary. It’s rated for SPF50 protection from the sun, blocking virtually all of the harmful rays.
Typically, chairs this large are not very portable. But in this case, Kelsyus came up with a pretty unique design. The shade top folds down to become the bag for the chair. With the chair folded up, it slips right in. This makes transport easy, making this one of the most portable options available.
Kelsyus Kid’s Canopy Chair
As adults, a little sunburn is rarely anything more than an inconvenience. But for young children, recurring sunburns can be a serious medical issue. Nobody wants to keep their children cooped up on a sunny day, so making sure that they’re protected from UV rays is essential. Kelsyus designed the kid’s version of their popular chair to offer much more protection than the adult version. It’s made from a thick, durable mesh material that blocks all UV rays, and provides protection from all angles.
Like the adult version, the sun shade folds up to become the carrying bag. To make it easier to carry, they added two backpack style straps that allow the chair to be carried on your back. It’s very lightweight, clocking in at 4.75 pounds. However, the high quality construction allows it to support children up to 75 Lbs, making this a chair that your kids can use for many years to come.
Already have a sport chair that you love? Just because you’re looking for a little shade, doesn’t mean that you should have to replace it. The adjustable umbrella found on covered sport-brella chairs is one of the most highly reviewed, and it’s now available as an add-on.
The design is simple. A high quality plastic clamp allows it to be attached to any piece of structural tubing. The metal bars on any sport chair will work, but you’re not limited exclusively to chairs. You can clip it onto the handle of your cooler, your golf cart, or even just hold it in your hand. With two separate pivot points, you’ll be able to position this umbrella any way you like. For the price, you can’t find a better deal.
How to Choose the Shaded Sporting Event Chair for You
Not sure where to begin? With so many option on the market, knowing which one will best suit your needs can be a challenge. Fortunately, the decision can be made by asking yourself a few simple questions.
How Much Coverage do I Need?
For some, it’s important to keep your entire body protected from UV rays. For others, all you need is to keep the sun out of your eyes. If you need complete coverage, your best option is the Kelsyus Premium Chair. No other chair has as large of a shaded area, making this a safe choice.
How Important is Comfort?
If you’re happy to sit in one position for a while, you might not be interested in a high end chair. But if you want something that adjust to suit your sitting style, you might want to consider the Sport-Brella Recliner Chair. With three seating modes to choose from, you’ll be surprised at how luxurious a simple sport chair can be.
Will My Kids Be Using It?
Children and adults have very different needs. When it comes to covered sun protection, the Kelsyus Kid’s Chair is the best solution for children 3 and up. With improved durability and a simplified carrying system, purchasing a second chair for your kids is an investment that you can’t afford to skip.
Do I Even Need to Buy a New Chair?
We’ve reviewed a ton of high quality sports chairs, many of which are designed for a specific purpose. If you’ve already found the chair of your dreams, why replace it? The Sport-Brella Versa-Brella can be added on to any existing camp chair, adding a layer of UV protection with one simple clamp. You’ll save money in the long run, making this choice a financially intelligent decision.
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