Not sure how I've lived in the PNW for this long and do *not* own camping chairs, but the fact remains. I'm looking for chairs that are mid-size/mid-weight -- comfortable enough for my parents to sit in while watching kids' soccer games, but small enough not to take up the entire trunk of the car on a camping trip. Built-in coolers and canopies not required, but drink holders would be nice. Thoughts?
Not exactly camping chairs, but a few years ago my wife and I stayed at an airbnb in Hawaii that had Tommy Bahama beach chairs and we loved them enough to buy a pair and haven't looked back. They're a little low to the ground so may not be great for folks with bad knees or backs, but they're super comfy, light, and easy to carry. May be too bulky for what you're looking for.
We bought new chairs recently and I realized that camping chair technology has improved. The REI Flexlite folds up incredibly small, which matters when you need to seat more than a couple of people. There are a few chairs with that design and I think it's a big step up from the old-school camping chairs. Only downside - no cupholder!
The other thing to consider is low vs. high chairs. Low chairs have a lot less metal involved, so they end up being lighter and easier to pack. Not quite as comfortable or civilized as the high chairs, though. That's another reason the Flexlite has become so popular - it sits like a high chair but packs down real small.
Ohhhhh I have some thoughts on this :) I have gone through so many camp chairs over the years. Right now, for something like this, I would highly recommend GCI Outdoor Kickback Rocker Chair. We have several of these and the rocking element makes them so much more comfortable and the pockets in the arms are super handy.
A friend of mine has this camping chair, and after I sat in in, I had "camping chair envy" big time :D It's a loveseat, so made for two people! This one sits low to the ground, but I think there is a version that is normal height to get in and out of.
I second the REI Flexlite chair. They have a couple different designs: Flexlite Boss and Flexlite Dreamer. I have a garage full of chairs that I don't use as they are too large and heavy and take up room. I love my flexlite chair. I just leave it in my van because it packs to small.