GCI Outdoors Wilderness Recliner

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GCI Outdoors Wilderness Recliner
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The GCI Outdoor Wilderness Recliner™ is great for parents that have their hands full! This unit features patented back comfort technology, with a padded headrest, backrest and seat. Lightweight, yet brawny aluminum frame easily adjusts from upright to reclined positions, then folds flat to wear as a backpack, leaving your hands free to hold small children or other supplies! Helpful back storage pouch for storing small items. Includes pivoting insulated beverage holder and phone/eyeglass caddy. Water-resistant fabric supports an amazing 300 lbs.


  • PVC-Backed, Water-Resistant Fabric
  • 600D polyester fabric.


  • Padded seat and lumbar support let you recline in absolute comfort


  • Powder coated aluminum frame.

Weather and Wind:

  • Side beverage holder keeps a cold drink within reach at all times


  • Single buckle adjustment allows unlimited lounging positions, making it easy to find your comfort zone


  • Dual option carry strap.


  • Storage pouch by foot of recliner can stow your sunglasses, cell phone and wallet
  • Folds and transports easily with the patented Auto-Fold system that lets you sling it over your shoulder or carry it backpack-style
The GCI Outdoor Wilderness Recliner is ideal for camping, tailgating, watching sports and more.



Arm yourself with comfort by including the GCI Wilderness Reclinerâ„¢ chair in your camping arsenal.


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Activity:Family & car camping
Backstraps:100% Adjustable Nylon
Carry size:5" x 7" x 46".
Folded dimensions:28 x 27 x 6 inches
Frame construction:Aluminum
Seat height:12 inches
Seat material(s):Polyester
Unfolded dimensions:32 x 27 x 26 (H x W x D) inches
Weight:9 pounds
Weight Capacity:300 lbs. static (sitting)
Weight capacity (lbs):300 pounds
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GCI Outdoors Wilderness Recliner Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

First Impressions

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.
Bernau at REI on 04/04/2010

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.
Martha 4 quiet sports at REI on 06/06/2011

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.
REI18 at REI on 07/07/2011

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!
Jeffm0123 at REI on 07/07/2013

Festive Chair

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.
bubbac at REI on 04/04/2012

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.
REI18 at REI on 07/07/2010

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.
Jeffrey.Clayton at REI on 06/06/2011

Awesome chair

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.
Mudskipper098 at REI on 01/01/2009

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.
Fire Bush in the Ocean at REI on 06/06/2013

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.
JDub.Hockey at REI on 06/06/2010

Negative Reviews:

Hurts when you carry it

The "carry like a backpack" feature is the worst design....possibly ever. The center metal that holds the straps jabs your spine with every step. Unless there is something I don't understand about "carrying it like a backpack", it's amazing that something like this was not vetted out by REI's buyers.

Plus it's too tall for lawn concerts. While it's only a few inches too tall, it doesn't meet the requirement for zootunes (seattle) or "Shakespeare in the Park".

Other than that it's nice to sit on.
Sitting by a river drinking coffee at REI on 08/08/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Good, but ....

Good chair, but ...
Comfortable and lite. The shoulder straps make it great to carry while keeping your hands free. The chair seat does angle back, which makes it harder to sit up (say to tend a fire).

The problem is the design. There is a cloth that loops around the tubing both in the front by your feet and under the seat (under your legs right behind the knees). Both of these "strips" move. The one by your feet isn't as big a deal. It just gets dirty and blocks your feet from going under the chair. The one under your legs moves around the front of the tubes and "bunches" making it uncomfortable as well as less supportive.

No sure I would recommend this chair. It was very expensive as chairs go and should have been designed to prevent these two flaws.
thedcrman at REI on 04/04/2010

Stable chair but not portable

This chair is very comfortable and well made for the sitting use. However, I was disappointed because it has a thick metal ring (where the backpack straps loop through) that sticks out about one inch that digs into my upper back when carrying it with the backpack straps. I bought the chair so that I could use it to bike ride over to the lake and sit on the beach. I cannot use it in this manner because it is not portable via bike. So, maybe GCI could add some padding to that ring or make the ring smaller so that it doesn't hurt as much. But it's still a great chair that is well made and comfortable and is best used for music festivals and sitting on the beach when I drive there.
Susan The Urban Camper at REI on 02/02/2012

Good chair,poor carry

Chair is comfortable. Carry straps are not. Difficult to use backpack straps.
Metal ring on back of chair digs into spine.
yosemite i am at REI on 10/10/2013