Helinox Beach Chair, very lightweight relax chair.
weight: 1.6 kg, packsize: 47 x 12 x 14 cm; height: 83 cm; sitting height: 27 cm; able to hold 145 kg;
It is possible to set it up and pack it away in just one minute. The only downside is its considerable prize. At about 150€ it is not the cheapest chair, but it is the most comfortable, easiest to set up, most lightweight chair available on the market now. The fact that you can relax completely without strain on your back, which suffers enough in the boat, makes it a great chair to take with you. There are a lot of cheaper options that either makes you pack more weight or take up a lot more space in your boat. I have considered them all and went with the most comfortable. However if you are looking for another option, here are a few that didn't make the cut.
Defcon 5 Bivy tent, a lightweight, ultra compact shelter, resistant to extreme weather conditions. The waterproof, breathable and durable coating ensures a dry night. Easy to set up and very small packsize (35 x 15 x 13 cm)
Size: 230 x 80 x 50 cm
Frame: 8.5mm aluminium
Material: 3-layer 100% polyamide waterproof, breathable coating, waterproof rating of 5000mm
Weight: 1,70 kg
Well, we didn't expected it, but there is a bit of a difference between the boasted specifications and reality. We thought we had the perfect solution for a summer kayak trip with this bivy tent. With a name like Defcon 5 and boasting to be a supplier of the Dutch armed forces, you would expect a shelter that is a bit more water resistant then 5000mm. The shelter is not waterproof, but will keep you dry in most circumstances. After a few hours of heavy wind and rains, there is a lot of moisture inside, but you can stay warm and that is important. The biggest drawback is the flap that is supposed to keep the zipper on top dry. There is no way to fasten it. Every time the wind gets under there, a bit of water will drip on your face.
So, in short, if the weather isn't that good, pack a tent!