GCI Outdoors PackSeat

photo:   GCI Outdoors PackSeat camp chair

Specs

open folded
Price MSRP: $25.00
Reviewers Paid: $19.99
Weight 1.3 lb / 0.59 kg
Supports 250 lb / 113.4 kg
Height 20 in / 51 cm
Size 12.5 x 13.75 x 20 in 16 x 3.25 x 2.25 in

Reviews

1 review
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GCI Outdoor's Packseat Portable Stool is a fairly lightweight seat that spares a camper from sitting on the ground, pointy rock, or wobbly log. The Packseat is best used for base-camping, trip canoeing, or hiking (when you don't care how much weight you carry). This reviewer finds the Packseat to be the best $20 he's ever spent on camp “furniture.”

Pros

  • 21" stool
  • Compact size for carrying
  • Clips onto belt or pack
  • 19 oz.

Cons

  • No back support when sitting

I had seen the Packseat at my local Dick's Sporting Goods a few months ago. As my canoe trip to the Boundary Waters approached, I began to think how nice it would be to have something like this to sit on. At only $20, I figured it was worth trying, and I'm glad I did.


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The Packseat is a 13” x 13” three-legged stool, standing 21” tall. Weighing 19 oz, the Packseat is not going to wind up in the pack of anyone who proudly calls themselves a “Gram Weenie.” However, for my trip, where base-camping was the norm and portages were few, I found the Packseat to be a welcome addition to my gear.


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The light weight of the stool is matched by its folded size. After all, it is the PACKseat. When folded up, the stool is a mere 16”x3.5”x2.5”. No matter how full, I always managed to find space for it in my pack. If space in the pack is still an issue, the Packseat comes with a convenient carrying case and mini carabiner that allows you to clip it onto a hiker's belt or anywhere outside your pack.


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Setup and breakdown takes only a second, as shock cords run through the aluminum legs. Were these cords to break, the stool would still be usable (However, the legs would fall off when lifting.).


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The product description that comes with the Packseat highlights its patented “Anti-Splay Reinforcement Panel.” In addition to adding “strength and stability” to the stool, this panel keeps the legs of the stool from sinking into sand or other loose soil. I found it to work, while putting my full 190 lbs on the stool in wet sand.


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The Packseat is rated to 250 lbs. At my own weight, I was never concerned about it holding me. The frame never flexed (or if it did, I didn't notice it).

For those who feel they must have a back on their stool, CGI Outdoors does make a version of the Packseat, called a Quick-E-Seat. However, weight increases to more than 4lbs, and that version is not going to fit into your pack (At that point, you might as well carry a full camp chair).

All-in-all, I'm pretty pleased with this purchase. No, I won't be carrying it when I'm strictly backpacking, but it will definitely be an item I return to on other outdoor ventures.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $19.99

Ashleigh RETAILER

Nice review, Goose. I am a big fan of reasonably lightweight camp chairs as long as you don't have to carry them long distance.


6 years ago
Joseph Renow

Great review Goose...I have a great old seat by GSI that I got about 10 years ago (Trail-Sling Ultralight)...it is about the same weight and size but more like a terrible version of the Alite Monarch...it is surprising how much use a light and compact chair will get. I use mine anytime I plan to do a lot of sitting...which happens frequently on canoe-trips...but I've taken it on short backpacking trips when I expected to spend a lot of time under a tarp due to rain.


6 years ago
KiwiKlimber

Nice review. I still have a tri-pod style camp chair from when I was a cub scout. These things seem to hold up well, unlike their four-legged camp chair cousin, whose arm rest fabric inevitable rips or grommets pull out.


6 years ago
KiwiKlimber

Also, I'm a little surprised to see you, a hammock hanger, to bring along a chair. Many hangers consider their hammock their chair as well, but I guess in this case, you're not worried about weight, so why not bring it along.


6 years ago
Waldy

Goose -- You are definitely right about the anti-splay material. I was using mine while fishing one time, and didn't realize we were on a bog. The material held the stool from sinking - something where other tripods would have sunk and dumped me. The weight limit on the one I have is 300 lbs, and it has no problems handling my 230 lbs.


6 years ago
g00se

Kiwi, I took that into consideration. When I'm backpacking, I'll sit in my hammock and even eat breakfast in bed. But on this trip I (correctly) assumed my hammock would be some distance from the campfire and food area, and the chair would allow me to sit around with the other guys.


6 years ago
Bentbrook

How does it feel after a few mugs of coffee--not the quick perch sort of use, but the long, protracted "Really? A 500 pound bear? What did you do next?" sort of longer-term, more sedentary perch?


6 years ago
g00se

It's not my sofa at home, but it beat crouching around the fire or balancing on a log.


6 years ago
bheiser1

I'd consider carrying one of these if it weighed 4 ounces :-D


6 years ago
Barbara Matthews

Thanks for posting up this review, I was just looking at these online yesterday. I have a Helinox Chair One that is great but sits too low for my irritated knees, this just might be a better solution.


6 years ago
g00se

@Bill, yeah, this isn't going backpacking with me. It's for trips like the Boundary Water, where weight isn't so much a factor.


6 years ago
Gary Leatham

Nice! Thx for the review.


5 years ago

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