Snow Peak Low Beach

Instead of closing like a magazine, the tubular aluminum-and-bamboo Low Beach folds accordion-style and fits in its own tall carrying case. You can then simply sling it over your back like a beach umbrella for easy hauling. The design works well and also saves weight (it's 8 pounds). We particularly like the wide canvas seat – almost 22 inches – that offers a more relaxed position than most beach chairs. [$150; snowpeak.com]