Gear of the Week: GCI Backpack Event Chair

Car camp in luxury with this portable lounger.
By BACKPACKER Editors & Contributors ,

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Our take: At 8.2 pounds, you'll never carry the GCI Backpack Event Chair into the backcountry. But when it came to car camping, this lounger got high marks for comfort, while built-in backpack straps made it relatively totable. Ding: It's tough to set up. 

The details: With four positions, finding your optimal lounging setup is easy, whether you're reclining for naptime or sitting up for fireside dinner. To switch between positions, just lift the arms and settle the notch on the underside onto the frame, like an old-school pool lounge chair. A large pocket on the chair's back side has space for sundries, while an attached beverage holder kept our beer close at hand. A cushioned headrest provided comfortable support. 

Trail cred: “My kids loved these chairs on a two-week car camping road trip,” says our tester. “And when we got home, I loved being able to take it to their soccer games.

$50; 8.2 lbs.; Buy GCI Backpack Event Chair Now

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