REI Flex Lite Chair Review: Packable Four-Leg Seat

This super light and compact chair is perfect for the beach or camping.

REI Flex Lite Chair Review

Price and Where to Buy REI Flex Lite Chair: $79.95 on Rei’s website.


  • Fast and simple to set up and pack away
  • Panels on the chair are made with nylon mesh that dry quickly and let water drain through
  • Comfortable fabric seat
  • Easy to clean
  • Seriously small and lightweight
  • Holds up to 250lbs


  • Cost $79.95

How REI Flex Lite Chair Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. Bring this chair along for easy seating at the beach, a kid’s sports game, camping, or anywhere!
  • Value: 7/10. The REI Flex Lite Chair is definitely more expensive than other folding chairs, but the design and portability are worth the extra money.
  • Portability: 10/10. You won’t believe how small and light this chair is! It folds down to 4 x 14 inches and weighs 1.12 lbs. It unfolds to 4 x 14 inches with a seat height of 13 inches.
  • Cool Factor: 10/10. People will be jealous when they’re struggling to bring bulky and heavy chairs to the beach and you pull the Flex Lite out!

Final Verdict: If you need portable seating for camping or the beach, the Flex Lite is a great choice.

(Photo: REI)

Editor’s Note: Reviews are based on usefulness, portability, durability, value, and “cool factor.” Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product. If you have any questions or comments concerning our reviews, or would like to suggest a product for review, please email us at

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

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