GCI Outdoor Pod Rocker Pro
Current Retail: $65.00
The Pod Rocker Pro takes lounging over the top for taller and larger campers.
- Higher weight limit (300 lb)
- Super comfortable
- Phone and beverage holder built in
- Might be uncomfortable for shorter people
My Pod Rocker Pro was one of two folding rockers that I ordered from GCI Outdoor. I really wanted a chair that I could kick back and relax in and anticipated that the Pod Rocker Pro would fit the ticket.
The lack of hard armrests and the chair’s scoop shape really appealed to me and I thought that the green fabric would show the least amount of dirt in the woods. I got the Pod Rocker Pro due to the higher weight limit and slightly larger size over the Pod Rocker; my hashtag isn’t #fatgirlhiking for nothing!
I set up the Pod Rocker Pro in my living room for the first time and was surprised that it was slightly more difficult than popping open a standard folding camp chair. I ended up looking at the hangtag attached to the chair because it didn’t seem to want to open at first. Since then, I’ve folded and unfolded it several times and it is a piece of cake.
The design of the legs when folded makes it so the chair isn’t perfectly straight when you attempt to fit it back into the bag, and I found it easier to lay the chair down on the ground, fit the legs in first, then slide the bag up over the rest of the chair. Carrying it isn’t an issue either, as the chair only weighs about 12 pounds.
But seating! Sitting in the Pod Rocker Pro is like being cupped into a hammock. The phone and drink holders were a welcome addition and accommodated the same sized containers that would roughly fit into a car’s cup holder. I tested a stainless steel thermal coffee cup (the sort without a mug handle), a can of soda, and a 16-ounce water bottle most successfully. The only drink holder that we tried that didn’t make the cut was a tall (11-inch) reusable water bottle that was too top-heavy.
The sides of the chair held me snugly and were very comfortable, but because I’m only 5’3” (160 cm) the edge of the seat put some upward pressure on the back of my thighs just above my knees. This made any rocking attempts awkward and slightly uncomfortable.
My partner is a 6-foot tall drink of water and promptly declared that the Pod Rocker Pro was now HIS chair. He did not have the same issue with the pressure on the backs of his thighs and happily rocked the evening away. We brought it camping and it didn’t take any more room than our old standard chairs. We find that in the woods, the wider base of the chair that is in contact with the ground didn’t sink into the mud on our last rainy adventure. The mud and dirt that did come into contact with the chair cleaned off and as suspected, wasn’t very noticeable.
Overall, I’d highly recommend this chair for someone that is on the taller side (above 5'6"). If I didn’t already have a second rocker to use, I’d definitely get a standard Pod Rocker for myself.
This is my first rocker, but definitely not my first camp chair.
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (Kept it)