The YETI Hondo Base Camp Chair,, March 2018

YETIfsThe company known for rugged, high-end coolers applies its "wildly stronger" mentality to camp chairs

You could say that Yeti was already in the furniture business, given people’s tendency to sit on coolers. But with the Hondo Base Camp Chair, which hits market this spring, the company officially declared its dedication to a comfy derrière.

Like the original Tundra cooler, Yeti’s new camp chair is infinitely more durable than the industry standard. (At $300, it’s also infinitely more expensive.) Most consumers, Yeti found, buy cheap camp chairs, break them within a year, and replace them with another short-term solution.

So, the Hondo features Yeti’s durability DNA. The frame is made of double-walled, 6061 aluminum that’s age-hardened for 25 hours in a blast furnace to make it 200 percent stronger. Its architectural-grade powder coating stands up to extended exposure, and super-strong welds (similar to the ones used on downhill mountain bikes) make this chair so sturdy that during the testing phase, the chair supported 3,000 pounds before collapsing. If a Toyota Corolla had a human-size rear end, it could sit in this chair.

To make the Hondo as comfortable as it is tough, Yeti recruited talent from Herman Miller (manufacturer of another expensive chair—the $1,300 Aeron) and replicated the Aeron’s famously bouncy, trampoline-style seat.

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