The REI Camp X is a very good all-around camping chair option. Though it may not stand out in any particular category, it ranked well in our testing. This chair is an easy and affordable chair for just about anyone. It is also a bit smaller and several pounds lighter than the other traditional chairs we tested, so it was easier to carry around. Testers loved its unique cup holder which was able to hold a wide variety of bottles and even coffee mugs! We also think this is another good buy and super versatile chair that is worthy of occasional or regular campers and outdoor enthusiasts.
REI Camp X Review
Cons: Low back height, lower seat height
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The REI Camp X is one of the most versatile chairs we tested. It scored well on all of our metrics and its slightly smaller size made it easier to carry around and use for more activities. Testers thought it was a great value and it is one of our most highly recommended traditional chairs in this price point. The Camp X comes in three colors.
This model proved to be a favorite among many testers. The chair's seat is made with mesh and reinforced x-shaped webbing (known as REI's X Web technology) which helps distribute weight more efficiently in the seat. This made the chair feel very supportive and durable. The mesh also allows for good ventilation on hot days and a quick dry time on wet ones. The back of the chair is low and hits at or below the shoulders, which means that the taller you are, the less back support you will have. We found this feature to be favorable in situations where portability counts, but it negatively affected the chair's overall comfort. The Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair, another portable traditional chair that also costs $40, was more comfortable than this one, although the Camp X did have better storage.
The Camp X is made of polyester and nylon mesh fabric and a steel frame. It feels very sturdy to sit in and has a weight limit of 300 lbs. Many of the high-stress features of the chair, like the cup holder and the corners of the fabric that are sewn around the steel frame, are reinforced with plastic trim.
Part of the reason the Camp X was so versatile was due to its lower back, which significantly boosted its portability. This chair was extremely simple to pack up and carry in its storage sack. It is portable enough that carrying it without the sack is no problem for short distances. For longer distances, the Big Agnes Helinox Chair One is a much smaller and more portable option that has similar durability and comfort perks but weighs less than 2 lbs.
Ease of Set-Up
Like the rest of the traditional models, this chair was easy to set-up in just a matter of seconds.
There is one cup holder and one "drop down" pocket for storage in the Camp X. We felt this chair had one of the best-designed cup holders because it could hold so many different beverage sizes. Its tapered shape can fit mugs, one liter water bottles, or a soda can. The only other chair that had similarly adaptable cup holders was the Kelty Low-Love Seat, which could fit a large drink and a small snack alongside. The drop down pocket either velcros to the underside of the armrest so it is oriented horizontally, or unvelcros to hang vertically. Either way, the pocket is easy to access and has a cinch tie to prevent your valuables from falling out.
We recommend this chair for anyone who needs a chair that can wear many hats but doesn't need to travel too far from the car. You name it, this chair can handle it…car camping, beach going, summer concerts, soccer games, BBQs. It is comfortable to sit in all day, travels well, and has good storage. Not many models had all of these features!
This chair is an excellent value. For $40, it will meet any kind of temporary seating demand you might possibly have, and it will hold up to regular use.
The REI Camp X is a reliable and versatile seating option. It wasn't a top performer in any particular category, but it performed near the top in all of our metrics. Testers appreciated how simple and affordable it is and recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to spend a ton of money but wants to have a reliable and versatile outdoor chair.
— Laura Lingeman