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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lite and Sturdy Absolutely great backpacking chair. I'm over 200 pounds and not exactly young anymore, but love to backpack and primitive camp. I needed a chair that wouldn't add too much weight to my backpack and sturdy enough to hold me--this fits the bill. I suppose I could just sit on the ground, a rock, or a log, but I will gladly trade the extra 2 pounds in my pack for a little comfort. It is very comfortable and easy to get in and out of, but it will tip you over if you just plop down (trust me I know). My only complaint is the feet on the chair are narrow so the chair will dig in if the ground is soft. A broader foot pad on each leg would definitely help.
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Chair This chair is great for a wide variety of purposes. It's lightweight and the mesh allows for great airflow. It's easy to assemble although sometimes take a bit of wrestling to get the slots seated on the poles. I've carried this on overnight backpacking trips only when the trip is not very long. Although it is lightweight it would still be too heavy for long backpacking trips. I just recently bought a second chair for my husband. We've used these at golf tournaments, concerts, sporting events, etc. It easily fits in my REI Flash 18 with room too spare. It's a little pricey but not when compared to the alternatives for this type of chair.
Date published: 2016-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Check the Model It appears they made a design change, but the reviews here apply to both designs. It's easy to check. If your chair looks like the picture above and the main frame bar goes back to front, this is the newer style. This is also the very poor one. The chair is not stable in any form unless you remain motionless after getting into it. I tested it on hardwood floor and carpet and still had trouble. The front bars that hold up the seat fabric move a lot and the center bar isn't stable. The older model had the main frame bar go from left to right. All video reviews online seem to use this style. This one seems stable. Don't buy this product unless you get the left/right bar.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suprisingly Awesome Chair! Knew I needed a small chair to take along on paddling trips. This chair is way more than you'd expect. Its super strong and comfortable. supported me and the lady on my lap at one point as well and held up on a muddy gravel surface. My buddy's all poked fun for bringing a chair along when they saw me pull this thing out, until they all took it for a spin. Pretty sure I got REI a few more sales. Super light, and compact. low enough to the ground that you don't need a cup holder. Also if you're a campfire guitar player, this chair is ideal, no armrests to get in the way. Can even lean back for a quick nap. I've done all the above and I'd definitely recommend this chair. Taro leaf (Green) Justin Clary
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Im a fan but there are drawbacks First off. I am 6ft 3in tall and weigh 220 pounds. I bough two of these chairs for a camping / bike trip, where I towed a 60+ pound trailer behind my bike for about 50 miles. Pros: very light, packs down and assembles very well, super comfortable (even for me), looks cool, seems durable. Cons: the only con I came across, which should be a no brainer to anyone thinking of buying this is that it does not work well at all in the sand. If you are using this on a regular grass yard, fire pit, packed gravel, sidewalk or sidewalk you will be just fine. Just don't bring it to the beach.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for kayak camping We're of an age when sitting on the ground and then getting up again takes up more time than assembling and dissembling this chair. We toss it into our kayak hatches -- compact and light -- when we do day trips or multi-day trips. Unlike other similar low-chairs, one can stand up without help. (Those with aging limbs and muscles, should check this before purchase at store.) If in sand or mud (both likely when kayaking), find bark or flat rocks to put under the legs. Test it for balance before plumping down on the chair in those conditions. It is light and easy to carry for other outdoor events.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tested & Approved Two 16 day Grand raft trips, several hikes, and various camping trips. I am 6' 220 lbs. This chair has been holding up well. Someone (larger than I)plopped down in the seat, in soft sand, and the chair fell over with them in it. Just a bent pole that was straightened by hand. Some of the stitching in the upper corner pole pockets is coming loose but looks very repairable. I hike in the hot summer desert from shade spot to shade spot- sitting off of the ground helps to cool down during those rests. Very packable, holding up well for the weight of the chair and what it has been subjected to.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Backpacking Chair! I got this a few years ago and have used it to backpack at Philmont Scout Ranch, as well as other backpack trips. I have been so happy to not have to sit on the ground or on a rock or log! I tried a friend's Alite Monarch during a backpacking trip while trying to decide which chair to get but didn't like the fact that my two legs had to be two of the four legs of the chair at the end of a long, tiring hike. I also like that the Flex Lite sits higher than the Alite Monarch--this was better on my knees. This chair is 5.2 oz heavier than the Alite Monarch but to me the slightly extra weight has been worth carrying. I strap this to the outside of my backpack during hikes.
Date published: 2015-12-20
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Questions & Answers

I was wondering if REI has better feet pads for these chairs? I've read a few concerns that the legs sink into the ground. It would be great upgrade if had feet similar to the lunar lander! Please advise, thanks.

Asked by: bob29r
The feet on the older Flex Lite chair would sometimes come off when the chair sank into the mud or soft grass. We have since addressed the issue on the this newer model.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-11

would this chair be good for beach use as well?

Asked by: sugar123
BAD FOR THE BEACH! Keep this chair away from any loose soil.
Answered by: Larzonia
Date published: 2016-07-25

How can you purchase just a seat panel? We have a chair that has ember holes all over it now from an exploding fire. Would like to just replace the panel if possible. Thanks.

Asked by: PinkNadia
Unfortunately, we do not sell replacement seat panels.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-10

Are the frame pieces shock-corded together (similar to a tent) or are they individual, loose pieces?

Asked by: Darryl1968
There are 3 separate pieces: the frame (all one piece shockcorded together), the material seat, and the carrying case.  Pop the frame pieces into place and set up upright, slip the material over the frame in 4 corners, and voila!  Greatest lightweight chair ever.  We like to tuck the case into the frame pieces so it doesn't blow away but is still out of the way.  :o)
Answered by: iheartoregon
Date published: 2017-11-26

Does REI sell a replacement bag for the chair?

Asked by: wevans842
​REI does not sell a replacement bag for the Flex Lite Chair.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-15

Recently took this chair 2 the beach.  Unfortunately, sand got n2 the bottom of the two back support bars.  I can NOT remove the bars (break the chair down) @ this point.  I don't want to use pliers and crush the bars or scratch the finish. Suggestions?

Asked by: bpod610
You may consider flushing this area out with water to loosen up the sand. If you are to do this, make sure all areas are completely dry before storage.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-26

I have the original version of this chair and the newer version has a looser bag which makes it easier to put the chair into.  The original bag is a tight fit.  Can I get the newer bag for my older chair?  I just need the bag--the chair is still great!

Asked by: MDichoso
Unfortunately, REI does not sell a replacement bag for the Flex Lite Chair.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-14

Tragically I managed to get a sizable burn in the mesh of my chair. I was wondering if there would be any way to get a replacement canvas seat portion due to the fact my frame is a-okay

Asked by: red arremer
REI does not carry replacement mesh. Rainy Pass Repairs may be able to fix your item. We recommend contacting them for an estimate on repair services. Their phone number is 888-RIP-STOP (747-7867). Additional information about the repair process is available here:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27
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