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Pros: Light, stable, versatile, rolls up quickly and compactly, can improvise a sleeping pad.
Cons: Cramped for bigger folks, not as cushy as many chairs.
Best Uses: Camping, day hiking, picnics, concerts, backpacking.
This is our favorite camp chair and wins our Editors' Choice award. It weighs as much as the Original Crazy Creek and is just as compactable, but is way more comfortable and versatile. The wider and taller back makes a huge difference in comfort. And the extra length means this can double as a sleeping pad or it can be shared with more people. If you are looking for a lighter and more compact version of this chair, check out the Crazy Creek Hex 2.0. If you are on a budget, the Crazy Creek Original is still a great choice, great value, and winner of our Best Buy award.
Another chair to compare it to is the Therm-a-Rest Trekker Lounge. The Trekker Lounge is a little more comfortable due to the cushiness of the sleeping pad. Both weigh about the same (it all depends which sleeping pad you use with the Trekker Lounge). However, the PowerLounger is much faster to set up and take down and is more stable. The Trekker Lounge takes time to inflate, assemble and adjust to get just right. For this reason, we prefer the PowerLounge for most applications because we put a priority on ease of setup. The Trekker Lounge is pretty expensive considering you also need to buy a sleeping pad to go with it.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This chair stands out for just how versatile it is. It can be used car camping, for concerts, picnics, and even doubles as a sleeping pad in a pinch. When all your friends forget their chairs, you can open this up flat and three people can share it.
While not quite as cozy as the Therm-a-rest Trekker chair, it is very comfortable. It is noticeably more comfortable than the Original Crazy Creek and the Hex Light 2.0. This is because it is a little wider, has a higher back, and has extra padding on the seat when you double it over.
Incredibly, it is the same weight and compactness of the original Crazy Creek even though it is so much larger and more comfortable. Unless you are backpacking, this is plenty compact and lightweight. And if you are lightweight backpacking, then this can replace or enhance your sleeping pad (but it is no where near as comfortable as a top sleeping pad like the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm).
There are no major dislikes. The only minor dislikes come when you are comparing it to the competition. It is 30 percent heavier than the Regular Hex Lite and does not compress as small. It is not quite as comfortable as the Trekker Chair or the Alite Monarch Butterfly.
If you want a lighter version of this chair, get the Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 LongBack. It does not have the full extension seat and is a little less expensive. Or go even lighter and get the Hex 2.0. We found the Hex 2.0, however was not as comfortable as the PowerLounger and LongBack. Do you want the weight savings of the standard 2.0 or the comfort of the PowerLounger and LongBack?
— Chris McNamara
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Most recent review: March 24, 2012
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