REI Flex Lite Chair

4 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   3
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Specs

Weight 1 lb 12 oz
Capacity 250 lb

Reviews

1

This chair is great! It's light and compact. Perfect…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $69.50

Summary

This chair is great! It's light and compact. Perfect for backpacking.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Easy setup
  • Comfortable


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This chair is great! It's light and compact. I ended up just strapping it to the outside of my pack during a Memorial Day backpacking trip. It's easy to set up. I'm 6'-4" and I was able to stretch my feet out and lounge. The back goes almost to my shoulders when lounging.
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0

Perfect for the backcountry or the neighborhood cookout!

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60

Summary

Perfect for the backcountry or the neighborhood cookout! This simple little chair goes a long way when you can't find a log to park your rear on. Awesome for early morning stretches to put on boots!

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Too comfortable :)

Finally got to use my Flex Lite in the backcountry of the Sangres near Crestone, Colorado! I'd been using downed trees as seats every trip since I could remember, and sometimes just the ground... well this added a sense of home luxury to the trip!

After a long hike we brought the lightweight, easy to set up chairs into a field and basked in the glory of the surrounding mountains. Almost fell asleep as the sun warmed up.

I like the fact that for a few ounces I can now sit comfortably anywhere! And talk about easy set p, but I am a little worried about the shock cord going slack at some point... but probably won't happen for years to come. This is a keeper!

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Welcome to Trailspace, Mark. Let us know if the shock cord doesn't last for years!


19 days ago
0

I am swiftly falling in love with this chair. Value…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $69.50

Summary

I am swiftly falling in love with this chair. Value for money is unmatched.

Pros

  • Comfort
  • Price

Cons

  • None — yet

I bought this chair to replace one of REI's Camp Stools, as my regular backpacking partner frequently experiences back pains requiring a chair with a back, as opposed to a stool. We have now used it on four trips and a car-camping trip, and we love it. It may not be as light as some chairs and stools out there, but the ability to lean back after a long day of hiking is luscious.

Putting the poles into their slots in the chair fabric is a little challenging the first few times — even with the instructions printed handily onto the carrying bag. But after a few tries, the whole thing slips together with ease.

Similar chairs save weight with more expensive materials, or by having only two legs.  After testing in the store, I decided that having four legs and not having to hold myself steady was well worth the extra weight, as was the money saved on basic aluminum over titanium or other strange alloys.

My only worry about this chair is the construction. The aluminum poles slip into chunky plastic hubs which will in all likelihood last a good long time — for us little folk.  And the same caveat holds for the fabric portions of the chair. Even after a few weary plops onto it, everything seems to be holding up just fine. But it just doesn't feel monstrously durable. Of course, this is mere projection, extrapolation, and unsupported prediction. But I can't quite shake it.

0

The Flex Lite chair is excellent for bike touring,…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70

Summary

The Flex Lite chair is excellent for bike touring, backpacking, anything where you want a comfortable chair, but not a lot of weight. It is durable, and easy to pack into a small package. I would definitely recommend this camp chair.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact when folded up
  • Comfortable
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Small feet

The REI Flex Lite chair is a great addition to a bike touring setup. It consists of a frame made of sturdy shock-corded tent poles, and a sling type seat that attaches to the frame at four points with reinforced pockets. It sits somewhat low to the ground (handy if you want to sit in a chair in your tent—like when it's pouring down rain outside), and is very comfortable. The seat is quick drying if it gets wet. It easily folds up and stores in its own bag.

The only complaint I have is that the rubber feet on the ends of the legs are a little small. They are fine if the ground or surface the chair is sitting on is hard. However, if the ground is soft, the legs sink into it and can cause the chair to tip over.

Overall, I love this chair, and will take it with me on every tour. And, finally, the price is very reasonable.

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