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Crazy Creek Original Review

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Crazy Creek Original Camp Chair
Best Buy Award
Price:   Varies from $28 - $49 online  —  Compare at 2 sellers
Pros:  Durable, time-tested, easy to set up and collapse, good value, grab handles.
Cons:  Not as compact or light as Hex 2.0.
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Manufacturer:   Crazy Creek


The original Crazy Creek chair is still one of our favorites and wins our Best Buy award. It is comfortable, extremely durable, easy to set up, and offers a good value. That said, if you have the cash, we would upgrade to our Editors' Choice, the Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger. The PowerLounger is the same weight and as compact but is much larger, more comfortable, and versatile.

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
Chris McNamara
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Last Updated:
October 21, 2011


The Original Crazy Creek remains a great camp chair among more fierce competition. It is a little more comfortable than the Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 chair. It is very durable. Its the only chair we tested that has been around in a similar design for 10+ years. Many friends still have their Crazy Creek chairs from the 90's that are still going strong. It has convenient grab loops on the top and bottom that are great for securing the chair went boating or when it's really windy out. Two Velcro tabs on the side make it very fast to collapse. It is easy to clean and keep clean.


Unlike the Hex 2.0 chairs, the original does not roll up into a compact package. This makes the chair more of a pain to transport. It's hard to fit it in a backpack and usually has to be awkwardly clipped on the outside.

Other Versions

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger camp chair
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
  • Editors' Choice Award Winner!
  • Weighs as much as Crazy Creek Original and just as compressible
  • Extra width, extra tall back, and extra fold out for your legs
  • The most comfortable and deluxe floor seat
  • $73

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 camp chair
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0
  • 30% higher design than the Original
  • Rolls up and doesn't take much space
  • Best choice for taking backpacking
  • $51.50

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 LongBack
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 LongBack
  • Extra width and back height
  • More comfortable than the Original
  • Well built and durable
  • $62
Chris McNamara

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