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REI Camp X Review

It's tough to complain about this versatile and portable chair, especially considering the price.
The Camp X Chair from REI
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Price:  $40 List | $39.50 at REI
Pros:  Comfortable, portable, well-ventilated, stable, great storage
Cons:  Low back height, lower seat height
Manufacturer:   REI
By Maggie Brandenburg and Laura Lingeman  ⋅  May 24, 2019
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  • Comfort - 40% 7
  • Portability - 25% 7
  • Durability - 20% 6
  • Ease of Set-Up - 15% 10

Our Verdict

The REI Camp X is a very good all-around camping chair option. Though it may not stand out in any particular category, it ranks 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 many of the other traditional chairs we tested, so it is easier to carry around. We love its unique cup holder which is 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.

For a similar chair that's more comfortable and durable, you might check out the ALPS King Kong, our Editor's Choice award winner.


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Pros Comfortable, portable, well-ventilated, stable, great storageLarge, comfortably padded seat, robust design, adequate storageCarrying strap is built-in and easy to use, set-up is casual, exceptional support for your back, light weightHead/neck support, lightweight and stable, won’t sink in sand, stuff sack converts to pillowMore supportive, very durable, low profile, easy to use
Cons Low back height, lower seat heightSubstantial size and weight, soaks up waterFabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be largerExpensive, low to the groundVery low to ground, no head/neck support
Bottom Line It's tough to complain about this versatile and portable chair, especially considering the price.Our favorite among all contenders, this chair makes camp lounging a simple and comfy affair.Versatile, supportive, and lightweight, this high value chair is ready for outdoor concerts, sporting events, and campsites.Be the envy of all your friends next beach day with this comfortable, durable model from Helinox.The Rendezvous is a stable supportive chair, with an exceptionally low profile and an affordable price tag!
Rating Categories REI Camp X ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Dual Lock Folding Chair Big Agnes Helinox Beach Chair ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous
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Specs REI Camp X ALPS... Dual Lock Folding... Big Agnes Helinox... ALPS...
Weight (pounds) 7.2 lbs 13 lbs 9.5 lbs 3.3 lbs 7.1 lbs
Weight Capacity (pounds) 300 lbs 800 lbs 300 lbs 320 lbs 300 lbs
Folded Dimensions (inches) 32 x 8 x 8 in 38 x 7 x 7 in 37 x 6 x 6 in 18 x 6 x 5 in 29 x 8 x 8 in
Unfolded Dimensions (inches) 20 x 31 x 32 in 24 x 37 x 38 in 26 x 36 x 37 in 28 x 23 x 31.5 in 21 x 22.5 x 23.5 in
Seat Height (inches) 15 in 19 in 19 in 5 in 3 in
Features 1 cup holder, side pouch 2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest 2 cup holders, side pocket, carrying strap Mesh sides, storage sack converts to a pillow Mesh back and seat sides, foam-wrapped armrests

Our Analysis and Test Results

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.

Performance Comparison


One tester contemplating what exactly makes a great camp chair.
One tester contemplating what exactly makes a great camp chair.

Comfort


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 mesh material on the Camp X allowed for excellent ventilation on hot days and good drainage on rainy ones.

Durability


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.

Portability


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.
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.

Features


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.
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.

Best Applications


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.
The Camp X's mesh material made it perfect for use around water activities.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.


Maggie Brandenburg and Laura Lingeman