The Great Island Backpack Chair by the Brewster-based Cape Cod Beach Chair Co. has padded straps that allow you to carry it. Don't like even this lightweight on your back? The chair has a webbed strap across the top, so you can carry it like a briefcase. A large pocket on the back is roomy enough for books, newspapers, and magazines, and the wooden armrests can hold a drink. The chair's Sunbrella fabric stands up to weather, mildew, and chlorine. The frame is made of red oak treated with marine teak oil for withstanding water and ultra-violet rays (though storing the chair indoors when it's not in use is recommended). The chairs cost $110 each and can be purchased at Casual Designs of Cape Cod in their Mashpee (508-539-9957) and Harwich stores (508-432-9045). You can also order them at www.cape codbeachchair.com or by phone at 800-809-1750.

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