GCI Outdoors Xpress Lounger

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GCI Outdoor Xpress Lounger Features.

GCI Outdoor Xpress Lounger.
Intelligent design allows the GCI Outdoor Xpress Loungerto fold flat for easy transportation to and from the campground, kids' soccer game, or backyard barbecue. This chair quickly and easily expands into a full-size camp chair for your lounging comfort and when folded, the built-in webbing handles let you easily tote the chair around. It includes a side storage pocket, a media pocket, and a side beverage holder. It is lightweight yet sturdy powder-coated steel supports up to 250 lb (113.4 kg). Perfect for tailgating, camping, or any outdoor event, the GCI Outdoor Xpress Lounger folds into a compact unit that is easy to transport and store.

Key Features.


  • Nylon mesh seat won't hold water should it get left out in a rain shower
  • Steel construction is strong and sturdy, with a maximum capacity of 250 lbs.
  • Breathable nylon mesh and polyester fabric
  • Scratch-free nylon-coated feet

Support and Cushioning:

  • Supports 250 lb (113.4 kg)


  • Folds down to size of a laptop with patented Xpress Telescoping TechnologyT


  • Powder-coated steel frame


  • Chair quickly and easily expands into a full-size camp chair for your lounging comfort; when folded, the built-in webbing handle lets you easily tote the chair around

Weather and Wind:

  • Pockets on each arm hold a cell phone, a cold beverage and other small essentials


  • Side storage pocket.


  • Folds in 3 easy steps.
  • Easy to open, close, carry and store
  • Convenient carry handle.
The GCI Outdoor Xpress Lounger is ideal for camping, fishing, tailgating, RVing, watching sports and more.


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Activity:Family & car camping
Back height:17".
Folded dimensions:17.5 x 16.5 x 2.5 inches
Folded size:17 x 17 x 2.5 in (43.2 x 43.2 x 6.4 cm)
Frame construction:Steel
Open size:17 x 22 x 33 in (43.2 x 55.9 x 83.8 cm)
Seat dimensions:19.25" x 14 ".
Seat height:17 in (43.2 cm)
Seat material(s):Polyester/nylon mesh
Unfolded dimensions:33 x 23.3 x 17.5 (H x W x D) inches
Unit weight:10 lbs. (4.5 kg.)
Weight:9 pounds
Weight Capacity:250 lbs.
Weight capacity (lbs):250 pounds
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GCI Outdoors Xpress Lounger Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Best for my needs!

I just bought this after trying everything at REI. It was 1/3 off sale, and that helped. This folds down to a slab that will be easy to pack on my motorcycle, rests on bars not pokey feet so won't sink in and lose the feet like other chairs, is strong steel that won't bend, warp, collapse. It sits high enough I an get up without undue strain and is overall more comfortable than the others they had on display. I'm 5'10" and would like to see the back rest raised up a couple inches for best comfort, so I'll probably add an extension if it will fold up right, but I can live with it as it is too.

There are thoughtful amenities that help make this even more convenient, like backpack straps on the bag as well as a top handle. The chair itself has a web handle to help extract it from the carry bag, or carry it without the bag. The mesh fabric lets you keep cool and dry, and the velcro'd pockets on the arms are handy for holding your stuff. The cup holder might be a bit shallow for tall bottles, but if you drop it and bend to get it, this chair isn't going to sink, bend, or collapse on you!

-1 star for not having picto directions sewn to chair for guidance.
SteveJJ at REI on 09/09/2012

Get it Nowwwwww!

I was a tad askance at the price as I stood at the REI counter...an outdoor chair for half a C note?! kept running through my head.

Hands down favourite of ALL at our campsite this season. I didn't feel like I was sinking into the ground in this chair as is often the case in those much less expensive no name sack chairs. Walked approximately 1 mile to and from the beach with it and and didn't feel it was too heavy. You have to "think" a bit to fold it up (I'm keeping the instructions in the utility pocket) and open it but this is a minor deterrent. In fact, it would be a great idea if the manufacturer sewed the "how to" into a seam much like several tent makers.
I'll be buying the man one of his own for Christmas to end all discussions of who owns this chair;).
NYCgrrl at REI on 07/07/2011

I love this chair!

I'm in the military and have a very small room which I share with a roommate. This chair is very comfortable and feels like a normal sized chair without taking up much room. I'm very pleased with the quality. I did have a problem when I opened up the chair for the first time that one side did not want to slide out to extend with out pulling quite hard, but it eventually gave way. It just needs a little lubricating. I love this chair so much that when I'm done at my current duty station I am going to send it home. It folds up very nicely for shipping and doesn't take up much room. I'm so glad I did alot of searching for chairs before stumbling onto the Campor site. I made the right choice.
Patty at Campmor on 09/09/2010

Stable and Comfortable

If you need a stable and sturdy chair this is the one. With a broken leg and non-weight bearing, I thought all my outdoor time was over for the summer. But the stable configuration and sturdy metal arms make this chair safe and easy to get in and out of and it's comfortable for hours of sitting and with a broken leg, sitting is about all I'm doing these days. With the convenient handle, I can carry it from house to patio, but I went out and bought another one so I don't have to! And I love the mesh seat for shedding rain; the seat was dry as soon as the sun came out again. This is a great chair for anyone but particularly for those who might have trouble using other chair styles.
Idaho Wanderer at REI on 08/08/2009

Perfect chair

This chair is a lifesaver. My wife had cancer surgury on her leg near the knee to remove a tumor. Needless to say the area on her leg is a problem with most chairs. This chair does not touch her leg the way every other chair out there seems to.

Aside from that it is compact and extremely durable. The cup holder and small stowaway pocket work great.

The weight isn't an issue for me since I'm always the packmule for hikes and backcountry trips. Some people may think it is a bit heavy.

All in all this is an awesome chair. The only folding chair I own now. Well actually I own 4 so the kids dont bug mom for her chair.
burbhiker at REI on 03/03/2012

excellent, well designed product

This is a heavy duty (9lb) chair that is a nice contrast to the cheap, mass merchandiser variety. It is very nicely constructed, easy to set-up (after a try or two), and the canvas covering is top notch. My one complaint is the depth of the seat. It promotes poor posture/slouching. A larger person would probably appreciate it, but I'm an average 5'10" male, and not overweight. I am probably going to sew or find a commercial pillow to attach to the back to try to decrease the depth a little. Other than that, it's a very nice chair that takes up little room. A carrying case would be nice for protection, but it's easily transported with the included handle. Recommended! GSI has great cookware too.
Troy at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Not Disappointed

This is as well built as a folding chair gets. It's STURDY and will LAST far longer than others in this category. This chair is HEAVY compared to most its size because it is made of a heavy gauge STEEL, not aluminum. This is NOT a backpacking chair. Who backpacks with a chair anyway?
The best attribute is that it folds down to a SMALL SIZE for transport or storage.
And did I say it's COMFORTABLE ? It's a good sitting height, not like the shorter ones that are hard to get up out of. The pockets are cool for things like drinks and cell phones. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for.
Spey Guy at REI on 01/01/2013

Best Chair Ever!

I bought a couple during the Fall Sale and used them this weekend on a car camping trip. I love these chairs! They are more ideal for car camping due to their weight (heavy), however, the weight lends to their sturdiness and they fold up into very compact, very storable configuration. Most amazingly is the ease which they fold up, literally seconds! They are very comfortable, I love the pockets on both sides of the chair. The only Con is they do not lock in as a chair, there is no risk of them collapsing but you have to move them around carefully. I will be buying a couple of more.
tmathis at REI on 09/09/2010

Comfortable and packs down small

Two things make this chair worth considering: folded size and comfort/stability. Provides good support and great ventilation. Dries quickly due to the mesh fabric. It folds down smaller than almost any other chair. It is too heavy for backpacking or taking in a long ways from the car, but that is the only "con" in an otherwise well designed product. Tried one out on a weekend party, and now we are going back to buy a second one so we don't have to fight over who gets the comfortable chair. Forget those sling chairs, unless you like seeing your chiropractor more often. This one will keep you comfortable all day long.
Range Rover at REI on 07/07/2009

Love this chair

Well made. Comfortable. I can sit up straight, which I prefer. The back support is quite adequate. Somewhat low to the ground, but not too low. The bag that contains it is easy to use with the backpack straps. It is 9 pounds. I would not want to carry it for a long distance, but even with back problems and arthritis, I do not find it hard to carry on my back. I needed something to bring to sites for plein air sketching and this is the best I have found. Would give it five stars except for the weight.
hcp at REI on 10/10/2013

Negative Reviews:

Complete, total junk x2

I tried this chair x2. I didn't order it through REI, but as I was browsing for a chair just now I saw that REI sells it and people need to be warned about this chair.

Upon my first trial with it, the connection points for the chair arm broke - the chair can't be used without this since it all integrates. OK, I figured maybe I set it up wrong or the like so I contacted the retailer and got a replacement. I made sure I referenced a Youtube video before trying it again.

Upon the second trial the same exact piece broke and I was very, very careful to make sure I had secured everything in place correctly since there are a series of folds that are necessary to have the chair fully functional. The same exact connection point broke. I fall well, well, well within the weight limit of this chair, didn't plop into it or abuse it in any way.

I've tried other GCI products - absolute junk each and every time. If someone gave me a GCI product I would have to find a way to politely tell them that they might just as well have thrown their money out of a window.

If you do feel the need to try this chair out be sure that you don't have an elderly or rather frail person sit in this because there's a good chance that it will fail and have the potential for injury. There are many good chairs on the market that are less expensive and wholly reliable.

Junk, junk, junk...
CNY Camper at REI on 05/05/2012

So NOT Worth it

I wanted a chair that was going to last. They last forever if you don't use them (which will be the case with this chair). We camp and raft about 4 months total (every day) per Year and got tired of throwing away drug store bag chairs every few months. This thing is heavy!!! Sand and grit make the telescoping parts stick. The back sits at too far of an angle back and the seat is too bucket shaped. Very uncomfortable!! If you lean back you feel like you are about to go over backwards. The cup holder will only work with a half full beverage without spilling because it sits at an angle too. Because of the wrap-around legs, you don't get as stable setting on uneven ground as you do with a four-leg chair. For the price, I am VERY disappointed!! I own a lot of GSI gear and it has always been top-notch. This chair is just plain poorly designed. My girlfriend opted to get the GSI Wilderness Recliner and it is real nice and very comfy but takes up too much room on the raft, would definitely recommend it for car camping though.
Rather Stand at Campmor on 03/03/2012

Redesigned version is not comfortable

I had bought one of these chairs a couple years ago and found it to be the most comfortable camping chair I have ever sat on. Eventually the snaps that were riveted to the frame came off and it didn't carry as well but it still worked. We bought another one in April and this one is a cheaper version of the same design. The bottom fabric is no longer mesh, the snaps are now velcro and it is already pealing off. The worst part though is the back fabric is not as tight as the previous chair so you lean back until your shoulders hit the side bars. Maybe they cut the fabric too long on our chair, but it is not nearly as comfortable as out first one.
Marcus in Portland at REI on 06/06/2013

Ripped shortly after purchase

I had bad luck with another GCI chair, but decided to give them a try with this nifty fold up chair. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it setup is a breeze. I wouldn't really call it comfortable, but it wasn't bad.

It had the same problem as the other GCI chair I had purchased. It was cheeply put together. Single stichings, shoddy workmanship, and started ripping before I had used it more than 10 times. Sad as I was hoping this one would work. I'll not buy GCI chairs ever again.
Bernau at REI on 08/08/2012

Need a big butt to be comfortable

This chair was pretty uncomfortable. Your butt has to hand off the back of the seat to be able to actually lean against the back rest. I'm 6'4" and my wife is 5'9" (both lean by American standards) but neither of us could get comfortable in these. They are going back to the store. We had the Pico chairs, which seemed better, but those started flaking paint within a few months of use and were returned. So far, we're not impressed with GCI.
Kneebuster at REI on 06/06/2009

Don't Waste Your Money!!!!

Very, very heavy, (about 4 times heavier than most chairs this size) a pain to fold, Bulky for it's size!!! The back leans so far back that you'll fall over backwards if you lean back on it. The cup holder only works if your drink is half empty. This company makes great chairs but unfortunately this ain't one of 'em. Overall I'd say this expensive chair is worse than your average drugstore chair. Don't waste your money on this one.
Harry1 at REI on 08/08/2011

Not as good as expected

We bought 3 for watching our children's soccer games. After about 10-15 trips to the soccer fields, the carry handle that attaches to the chair is ripping on one and the seat back material at the top of one posts has started to rip on another. For the price, I expected better. Would not buy again.
Soccer Dad at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Total Junk

I bought this because I was fed up with the cheap disposable camping chairs. I figured for $50+ it should hold together. Wrong again! Second time out the plastic fittings broke when I was sitting on it turning it it to a high priced stool. Campmor haven't answered my complaint either
RayP at Campmor on 08/08/2012

Easily broken

Broke within the first six hours of use. The plastic parts that hold the arms and back to the frame broke, then, within another hour, the frame itself broke (and I'm well within the rated weight range (190 lbs)). Maybe I just got a lemon, but I doubt it...
CamperVanDave at REI on 05/05/2012

Not very comfy.

Chairs seem to be well built and easy to setup. Nice to sit on but if you plan to lean back at all, then look for another chair. Uncomfortable back rest which is a design flaw that could be fixed. I will be returning.
RT at REI on 09/09/2009

Neutral Reviews:

Great chair, but tears...

We have now returned two sets of these chairs. We got them as a wedding gift and were thrilled about them and have used them in various settings. The reason for returns were 1. they ripped where the chair folded down and then the 2nd set the velcro latch which holds the chair folded down began ripping. We were bummed, however after 2 sets we have decided to go with a different chair all together.
DrJ at REI on 03/03/2011