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I ordered two chairs for my deck - now I have four, none of which is sturdy or complete enough to use, even in my attic...all customer service reps were very nice & told me to throw out the first two, that I did not do - then they sent me two more which are as bad or worse than the first shipment. No quality control over what is shipped - missing pieces, poor paint, broken arms, too much glue showing all over the chair, - I could go on & on - the base of one chair was cracked so no one could sit on it -,I'm sorry to report that that the four Folding Adirondack Chairs that we received in April 2012 are already chipping, cracking, and generally falling apart. At $189 a pop and with the great review from the WSJ, we thought we were purchasing a quality product that would last more than a few months. Please note these chairs are being used for standard wear and tear. I'm not sure what's changed in production since we purchased these. I can provide photos, if necessary.,Ordered two chairs. One was perfect. The other I had to drill the hole so the peg would fit and also had to glue a screw insert so it would hold the screw that attaches the arm. No big deal, but for the price I didn't think I should have to do that. Spice,My brother-in-law purchased two of these chairs for a cottage in northern Michigan. The chairs looked great, but the first time they were used, they broke. My brother-in-law weighs about 185 pounds. He sat in his chair for about ten minutes, when all of a sudden, we heard a loud crack. One of the slats that make up the seat had broken, for no apparent reason. We laughed it off. About that time, the chair my wife was sitting in broke the same way. My wife weighs about 135 pounds. They were both sitting peacefully when the breaks occurred. At this price, and with the Orvis name, I would expect better quality. When contacted, Orvis was good about offering replacements, but this should never happen. I'm currently making replacement slats in preparation for future breaks. We never had to do this sort of thing in the 1950s and 1960s when this sort of chair was so popular.,The chairs are finished well, and are comfortable, but the hinges are not strong enough to hold the chair together during daily use. It only took about 45 minutes of my sitting in the chair before it broke. The failure occured when the plastic carriage bolt sleeve in the forward part of the left armrest popped out. As a result my weight was thrown against the back of the chair, cracking it. The sleeve is now loose in the wood when I re-insert it. I might be able to fix it if I can find a longer carriage bolt and then place a washer and nut at the end to hold it in place. But then again, maybe not. Also not sure if sitting in the chair might not cause other carriage bolts to slip out elsewhere.
Most adirondack chairs do not fold. If these chairs were all of one piece, they would probably be strong enough. But if you want a folding chair then they need to have much sturdier hardware and attachment at the hinges.
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