Review: REI Flexlite Camp Dreamer Chair

More comfortable than a typical camp chair, the REI Flexlite Camp Dreamer offers flexibility with movement and a shape that cradles your body with hammock-like suspension.

REI Flexlite Camp Dreamer Chair

Specs

  • dimensions: 35 x 27.2 x 23.6 inches
  • dimensions, packed: 7 x 22 inches
  • seat height: 12.5 inches
  • weight capacity: 300 pounds
  • material: ripstop polyester (bluesign approved)
  • frame construction: aluminum
  • weight: 3 lbs. 7 oz.

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REI Flexlite Camp Dreamer Chair

What I like about this chair

I find that most camp chairs aren’t comfortable due to a rigid structure and a seat height that creates pressure on my legs at the front of the chair. I also prefer to not have arm rests since most sit too high for comfortable use, plus the arms tend to get in the way when using the chair at a table.

The ergonomics and lower overall height of the Camp Dreamer chair allow my feet to reach the ground without putting pressure on the backs of my legs, plus I find that the chair cradles my body while the frame allows for more ease in movement than chairs that are more rigid. I am a smaller person, at 5’1″, but in reviews of this chair on the REI website, it works well for people of varying heights and sizes.

REI Flexlite Camp Dreamer Chair

The high back with the attached pillow allows me to sit back and relax by providing support for my head. The pillow attaches via toggles at the top of the chair and is removable.

Additional features include an abrasion-resistant ripstop polyester fabric with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish to resist moisture and stains, and two mesh slot pockets on the sides for holding small items like phones or car keys.

REI Flexlite Camp Dreamer Chair

Assembly

This chair is slightly more work to assemble than a collapsible-style camp chair, with separate poles and fabric that need to be setup.

REI Flexlite Camp Dreamer Chair

Large loops at each corner assist with placement of the fabric on the pole structure, but the last section can be difficult to insert. I find that it’s easier to insert the seat bottom pockets first, then the top segments.

To insert the final section, I find that it’s easier to turn the chair onto its side and apply pressure on one of the poles while pulling on the loop. It does get easier with regular use, and I think that the tight fit adds to the stable structure of the chair.

REI Flexlite Camp Dreamer Chair

Overall, this is my preferred chair to take on camping trips due to the comfort that it provides.

 

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This chair was provided to me by REI for testing. However, I’m under no obligation to give it a favorable review. As an independent gear reviewer, my policy is to review only items that I have used on multiple outdoor trips and that I feel are quality products worthy of recommending. If I don’t like a product, I send it back and don’t review or recommend it.

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