These are just my first impressions of this product.
Basically it is a fancy, expensive, folding lawn chair. Close up inspection found most stitching not quite parallel, the mesh in the front and lower back support was crooked, and there were many places where the thread stuck out. I gently tugged at one of those bits of thread and it came loose. I'm betting I'll need to take needle and thread to this guy sometime in the future. I had hoped GCI was a company that wanted quality instead of quantity, but I can't really fault them much as the product is made in China.
The backpack feature is poorly designed. First it is difficult to put it on as pulling on one arm strap reduces the size of the other. When you do get it on there is a metal ring that fits painfully in the small of your back.
The cup holder is too small for a nalgene bottle and loosely attached. There might be issues with drinks falling out of it as it tilts, but I will have to field test it first. Plus side is that it is the right size for beer.
I still rated this high as these issues are really just aesthetics, albeit annoying and disappointing. I can't wait to test out its actual performance as at the end of the day that's what really matters.
A chair for Vertically Challenge
I am just a little vertically challenged at 5'0". All other folding chairs hit me wrong on the back of my legs and the blood gets restricted. This chair I sit correctly, it is easy to get up out of, even after a long day in the saddle, and we have just found another use for it in the pick-up topper for camping when fishing.
Overall, I have had it 2 years and you can't tell it is that old. We are not kind to our chairs in the horse trailer, so mine is very well constructed.
I don't wash it, but it doesn't look dirty.
It isn't light, but I don't haul it very far. the straps are a little flimsy for getting on your shoulders, but these straps adjust the back. So I don't understand the comment on sitting upright, or I can release the strap and recline.
Well, we are going to pick-up our second chair tonight. Hope this is helpful.
Very comfortable chair
These chairs are remarkably comfortable. We purchased one for each family member and have used them in many ways, including taking them to watch kids' outdoor sports, watching our Memorial Day parade, picnicking, relaxing in the backyard and sometimes even indoors. They fold flat so can easily be stored in small spaces. They have lumbar support which makes them even more comfortable. The only difficulty is the mechanism for adjusting the degree to which the chair reclines can be a little difficult to use. It requires adjusting a strap that is attached to both sides of the seat and goes around the back of the chair. It sometimes requires a number of attempts to adjust the degree of incline and requires a little persistence and patience, but once done, it is very comfortable. Perhaps the next model could change this somehow to make the adjustment a little easier. This is a relatively minor problem, and overall, this is a great product.
Best Beach Chair Ever!
My wife completely adopted this chair on our 2 week beach vacation. She would not let ANYONE else use it - it became HER chair after sitting in it once!
We spent 8 hours per day on the beach for 14 days and she said it was the most comfortable and durable beach chair she's ever used. It's not too low to the ground, and not too high, so it's easy to get in and out of. It is also very light for how strong it is. This chair just feels very solid. I can see us using this for many more years. We spend 2 weeks on the beach every summer and have gone thru many chairs over the years. We'll probably buy 2 more before the next trip - one for myself and my son!
Only con is the price... but in this case, you get what you pay for!
I needed a new low profile chair for this years blues festival circuit. At 6' 250lbs I need something sturdy, comfortable and built to last. My previous all time favorite is no longer made and after 5 seasons was ready for the scrap heap. The REI Wilderness Recliner was the best of the bunch, low to the ground, holds my weight, nice lumbar support and real wood arm rests to help propel me out of the chair when I stand up. A cup holder and accessory pouch are thoughtful additions. My only complaint is that the seat width is about 21 inches no where near the 27 claimed open width. If you measure the outsides of the armrests you get 25 inches. If you have junk in the trunk you will not be happy in this chair. Fits me just fine though.
GCI Outdoor Wilderness Recliner Chair
We use these chairs outdoors on the deck or grass.
The kids like to use them indoors for watching TV when things get too crowded on the couch in the hot weather.
This chair is very comfortable, provides excellent lumbar support, and reclines. The only thing I would change is the way in which the degree to which one reclines is adjusted. It is adjusted by tightening or loosening a strap that is attached to the seat on either side and runs through the back of the chair, and is a little difficult to adjust. The positive aspect of this is that the degree to which the chair reclines can be adjusted to any angle, rather than a few set angles as are many other chairs. Chairs fold relatively flat and thus are easy to store when not in use.
Great chair for Jeep excursions
I'm 6'2" and 240 pounds, so I quickly crush those cheap lawn chairs most discount stores sell. But I didn't want to spend $120 (or more) for a more durable camp chair. I settled on this chair at half that price and thought, "if it breaks I'll just take it back… !" Well I've used this chair several times now and wanted to wait to be sure it would hold up before writing a review; so far, so good! This chair is fairly lightweight, folds up easily, it's stable and sturdy. It's perfect for car camping and many other outdoor uses. I intend to buy a second and maybe a third chair. It does sit a lot lower to the ground than many other camp chairs so take that into consideration.
I've owned this chair for two years and it is by far the best portable chair I have ever owned! I take it to the beach and camping and it does the job just right. It's way more comfortable than a folding bag chair and has held up well through saltwater, sand, and being banged around in the back of my truck.
I only have one small issue and that's with the straps that adjust the back position. The buckles sometimes slip and I find myself reclining more than I want to be. But a couple of simple knots take care of that.
Overall, a great chair. Highly recommended.
Best camp chair. Period
Ok, so you have tried hard wood chair and burned through about a dozen cheap folding chairs. Join the club. I was lost til I found this chair. I wanted some real structure and an easy recline but not a traditional patio chair. I wanted to use it at the beach, campsite and in a pinch by a pool. No it is not a backcountry chair and it does not fold in to a small little ball. But it is worth every inch in durability, comfort and ease. Give it a try, trust me in five years you'll still love this chair. Solid.
Great chair, but not for backpacking
I tried all the camp chairs in the store and this one was by far the most comfortable without going to the expense and size of a larger recliner. Backpacking or other types of folding chairs are just not all that comfortable. I needed this for car camping and watching movies outside. Perfect for this, very comfortable. The carry straps are convenient for walking from the car to the campsite. This is the deluxe version of a regular beach chair, but with more functionality. Had 4 of them for a year and a half now and still going strong.