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Yeti Trailhead Review

A favorite amongst our group of testers for its superior comfort, sturdy cross-over design, and lasting durability
Yeti Trailhead
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Price:  $300 List | $300.00 at REI
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Pros:  Durable and sturdy design, amazing comfort, quality fabric and materials
Cons:  Very expensive, heavy
Manufacturer:   Yeti
By Trish Matheny ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 16, 2022
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  • Comfort - 40% 9.0
  • Portability - 25% 5.0
  • Durability - 20% 9.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Yeti Trailhead is our top choice if you're looking for a luxury chair that will last for years. The Trailhead features UV-resistant fabric, a sturdy cross-over design, and a durable storage bag in the style of a backpack which allows you to spread the 13.3 pounds between both shoulders for a more ergonomic fit. You might even be able to share this chair with your sweetheart as the sturdy frame can support up to 500 pounds. The super-comfortable FlexGrid fabric conforms to your shape, while the armrests offer ample support. This chair is more expensive than other chairs that we tested, but we believe it is worth every penny if you can afford it.

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Pros Durable and sturdy design, amazing comfort, quality fabric and materialsFits just about anyone, comfortably padded seat, super robust, plenty of storage, simple to useComfortable, well-ventilated, stable, great storage, easy to use, good priceSeats two people, comfortable padded design, stable and durable, easy to set up and take down, handy cup holdersEasy to set up, tall angled back, supportive, high seat height, less expensive
Cons Very expensive, heavyFairly large and heavy, holds water, not breathableLow back height, slightly lower seat height, cup holder not ideal for thin beveragesPoor ventilation, heavy, bulkyVery tall seat, limited pockets, no locking mechanism, long when packed
Bottom Line A favorite amongst our group of testers for its superior comfort, sturdy cross-over design, and lasting durabilityOur favorite among all contenders, this robust chair makes camp lounging a simple and comfortable affairIt's tough to complain about this versatile and portable chair, especially considering the priceLike a portable love seat, this two-person chair is surprisingly comfortable and durable for you and a friendA tall chair with a simple set up that's easy to use and less expensive to buy
Rating Categories Yeti Trailhead ALPS Mountaineering... REI Co-op Camp X Kelty Low Loveseat GCI Outdoor Comfort...
Comfort (40%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Portability (25%)
5.0
5.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
Durability (20%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Ease of Use (15%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Yeti Trailhead ALPS Mountaineering... REI Co-op Camp X Kelty Low Loveseat GCI Outdoor Comfort...
Weight 13.3 lbs 14.1 lbs 8.0 lbs 15.5 lbs 8.3 lbs
Weight Capacity 500 lbs 800 lbs 300 lbs 500 lbs 300 lbs
Folded Dimensions (length x width x height) 43" x 9" x 12" 39" x 8" x 8" 33" x 7" x 7" 34" x 12" x 7" 45" x 7" x 5"
Unfolded Dimensions (depth x width x height) 30" x 25" x 36" 24" x 37" x 38" 21" x 31" x 31" 24" x 44" x 32" 25" x 35" x 37"
Seat Height (middle) 16.75" 15" 11.5" 7" 15"
Features Adjustable cup holder, carry bag 2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest, adjustable armrests 1 uniquely shaped cup holder, "stowable" armrest pouch, adjustable armrests Seats two, 2 insulated adjustable drink holders, adjustable armrests Beverage holder, small sleeve pocket

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Yeti Trailhead is among the best camp chairs we've tested. This chair is the epitome of luxury, featuring amazing comfort fabricated from quality materials, an intuitive setup that makes it easy for anyone to assemble, and finally, a sturdy, durable frame that supports up to 500 pounds.

Performance Comparison


Yeti Trailhead camping chair - rest days just got better with the yeti trailhead, our favorite...
Rest days just got better with the Yeti Trailhead, our favorite luxury camp chair.
Credit: Lindsey Fell

Comfort


The Trailhead boasts all-day comfort and excellent back support. We tested this chair in the Eastern Sierra as well as the sandstone desert outside of Zion National Park. After long days of multi-pitch rock climbing, this chair gave us the support and reprieve we sought while relaxing from the day's activities.


Our testers especially loved the breathable support of the Trailhead material, known as FlexGrid, which provides maximum comfort and is also designed to release moisture if the chair is left outside in the rain. This fabric conforms to the shape of your body and removes pressure points, allowing for more personal support and comfort. The armrests are ergonomic but, unfortunately, are not adjustable; however, several testers said this chair was more comfortable than their ultra-padded office chair! Unlike the typical camp chair, the backrest supports an upright spine rather than forcing a curvature that can promote poor posture and increase back pain. Ultimately, we found the Yeti Trailhead to really shine in this metric, providing ultimate comfort and support superior to most other camp chairs that we've tested.

Yeti Trailhead camping chair - the yeti trailhead features a flexgrid fabric that offers all day...
The Yeti Trailhead features a FlexGrid fabric that offers all day comfort by conforming to your body and alleviating pressure points.
Credit: Trish Matheny

Portability


Unfortunately, one of the caveats to the top-notch comfort of the Trailhead is that it weighs a whopping 13.3 pounds. This is amongst the heaviest camp chairs that we tested. However, the crossover style frame and lightweight geometry allow for easy transport, even without the convenient carry bag. If you're going farther than around basecamp, we recommend using the streamlined carry bag, which definitely allows for better portability. Two adjustable straps are included in the carry bag, making it more of an ergonomic backpack-style carry rather than shouldering all 13+ pounds on one side of your body. This chair also easily fits into the bag, so no need to force or waste time trying to make it fit.


In our opinion, the amazing comfort and sturdy design of the Trailhead is worth hauling from your truck to your favorite spot in camp. However, while Yeti advertises taking this chair from the beach to the trail, we suggest you consider the distance and your motivation before carrying this chair too far away from your rig. There are more packable options in in our review. It is worth mentioning, though, that the crossover style design and lightweight geometry of the frame do enhance portability.

Steve Mace demonstrates one option for packing the Yeti Trailhead.
Steve Mace demonstrates one option for packing the Yeti Trailhead.
Amanda and Nunatak Greenberg demonstrate the back-pack style carry...
Amanda and Nunatak Greenberg demonstrate the back-pack style carry option on our way to check out the view.

Durability


Everything about this chair suggests luxury and durability, from the rugged material and heavy-duty zipper of the backpack-style carry bag to the FlexGrid fabric to the bottom of the legs which have GroundGrip traction for keeping the chair in place. The same FlexGrid fabric that conforms specifically to the contours of your body is also UV-rated to resist fading after being exposed to the sun. We also noticed that Yeti didn't even skimp on the fabric of the cupholder, which is made out of the same durable fabric and reinforced stitching they used to create the durable carry bag.


After sustained 50-mile-per-hour winds during the spring, aka summer fighting with winter, outside of Springdale, Utah, our testers no longer had any doubts about the sturdiness of the design and overall durability of the Trailhead. When gusts would rip through the camp, blowing coolers and water jugs into the distance, the Trailhead stayed upright and showed no signs of rips, tears, or punctures once the dust settled. The legs are powder-coated steel, so there is no need to anticipate cosmetic defects such as chipped paint. Once unpacked and snapped into place, the distance between the four legs allows for the stability and sturdiness you'd expect from this heavy-duty luxury.

Yeti Trailhead camping chair - the yeti trailhead features a sturdy design and durable plastic...
The Yeti Trailhead features a sturdy design and durable plastic traction on the bottom of the feet which help to keep the chair in place.
Credit: Trish Matheny

Ease of Use


The easy-to-follow instructions make the setup and breakdown of the Trailhead a no-brainer. Somewhat obnoxiously lining the entire armrest on both sides of the chair are instructions labeled on giant stickers — you may want to remove these once you get the hang of the rather intuitive setup. They release easily and leave behind no sticky residue.


To assemble, remove the Trailhead from its carry bag, simultaneously push down each arm to snap the frame in place, then push down on the color-coded handle located on the back of the chair to kick back and bask in the luxury experience. The Trailhead also features a single cup holder with enough room for your koozie and spacious armrests that offer comfort and support while you enjoy your latest read. When it's time to break down camp and load up, simply reverse the setup by engaging the color-coded tensions below the snaps on each armrest before pulling up on the color-coded tensioner on the back of the chair and finally pull the opposing corners towards each other before sliding into the carry bag.

The instructions covering the spacious Yeti Trailhead armrests are...
The instructions covering the spacious Yeti Trailhead armrests are easily removed once you grasp the intuitive setup.
The Yeti Trailhead features a single cup holder constructed out of...
The Yeti Trailhead features a single cup holder constructed out of durable material.

Value


The Trailhead is the standard of luxury, more so than any other camp chair that we've tested. While quite an investment when compared to other affordable options in our lineup, our testers are confident that the sturdy design, durable fabric and frame, easy setup and breakdown, and amazing comfort. The FlexGrip fabric conforms to your body and alleviates any pressure points — an upgrade we think will be worth your hard-earned dollars. With a price tag that includes a five-year manufacturer warranty, you will reap the luxurious benefits of this investment for many years to come.

Conclusion


The Yeti Trailhead camp chair features incredible comfort due to the FlexGrid fabric, amazing durability, and a sturdy crossover frame that supports up to 500 pounds. The only drawback worth mentioning is the rather heavy weight, at 13.3 pounds, limiting the distance you'll want to haul this chair away from your car. However, Yeti created a durable and ergonomic carry bag with two adjustable straps in a backpack-style if you decide to venture out to that beautiful vista. All these incredible features make this chair an easy choice for top marks and our hearty recommendation.

Yeti Trailhead camping chair - superior comfort and a quality design make this camp chair worth...
Superior comfort and a quality design make this camp chair worth every penny.
Credit: Trish Matheny

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