The REI Camp X is one of the most versatile chairs we tested. It scored decently across and its comparatively smaller size makes it easier to carry around and use for more activities. We think it is a great value and it comes in three colors.
One tester contemplating what exactly makes a great camp chair.
This model'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 makes the chair feel more supportive. 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 also costs about $40, but is more comfortable than this one, although the Camp X does have better storage.
The mesh material on the Camp X allowed for excellent ventilation on hot days and good drainage on rainy ones.
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 is so versatile was due to its lower back, which significantly boosts its portability. This chair is 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.
The Camp X, a smaller traditional model, was a good all-around performer.
Ease of Set-Up
Like the majority of the traditional models, this chair is easy to set-up in just a matter of seconds with a simple unfolding motion.
There is one cup holder and one "drop down" pocket for storage in the Camp X. We feel this chair has excellently cup holders because it can hold many different beverage sizes. Its tapered shape can fit mugs, one liter water bottles, and soda cans. The only other chair that has similarly adaptable cup holders is the Kelty Low Loveseat, which can 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 un-velcros to hang vertically. Either way, the pocket is easy to access and has a cinch tie to prevent your valuables from falling out.
The cup holder (left) on the Camp X was cleverly designed to be able to fit drinks of many sizes. Its arm storage pouch (right) could be used for another drink or many other odds and ends.
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 have all of these features!
The Camp X's mesh material made it perfect for use around water activities.
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 is a top performer in ease of set-up and also performed fairly well in the rest of our metrics. We appreciate 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.