REI Co-op Outward Low Padded Lawn Chair

The REI Co-op Outward Low Padded Lawn Chair is a folding easy to use aluminum construction with wooden armrests, generous padding, and a fair price.

REI Co-op Outward Low Padded Lawn Chair.
REI Co-op Outward Low Padded Lawn Chair.

Key features & benefits

  • Folding chair.
  • Padding.
  • Backpack-style carry straps.
  • Aluminum frame.
  • Woden armrests.
  • Good price.

What this is about

So here you have a very typical folding chair that needs no assembly, you can open it or close in seconds. This is one of those that fold so that it remains large in two dimensions but it becomes quite thin. The packed size is 23 x 24 x 5 inches (58 x 61 x 13 cm).

It comes with a convenient strap system on the back, see the picture below. So you can carry it backpack-style from your car or transport it when riding a bike. You might want to compare this with a similar design in this GCI Outdoor Wilderness Reclining Portable Backpack Chair.

Backpack-style carry system.
Backpack-style carry system.

You can see in the pictures that it comes with pleasant wooden armrests. Note also that it is substantially padded throughout the seat and the backrest. This is why I have included it in my list of best padded folding camping chairs.

The materials

The frame looks very strong and this is powder-coated aluminum. Formally, you have four feet here but they are connected with transverse bars that are very close to the ground. So if you use the chair on a soft surface it will never sink deep no matter what you have under the chair.

The fabric is a durable ripstop polyester with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish. It is not clear what is used inside for padding, but all in all, this is a bluesign-approved product. Note that the padding is not removable.

Who is it for

Weight-wise, the chair is moderately heavy with its 7 lb 7 oz (3.37 kg). You have already seen its packed size, so you will need a car for transportation.

Capacity-wise, the chair is quite modest with its 250 lb (113 kg) weight capacity. So if you need more please check in my list of camping chairs for heavy people.

Size-wise, you have seen from the name that this is a low chair so elderly users should bear this in mind. But you have the mentioned wooden armrests to help you get in and out. The chair is not particularly big but it is large enough for most of the potential users. 

The seat is very low, 11 inches (28 cm) above ground, and I have added it to my list of low camping chairs.


  • Weight: 7 lb 7 oz (3.37 kg).
  • Capacity: 250 lb (113 kg).
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 23 x 24 x 26.5 in (58 x 61 x 67 cm).
  • Folded size: 23 x 24 x 5 in (58 x 61 x 13 cm).
  • Seat: polyester.
  • Frame: aluminum.

Rating, pros & cons

The chair does not score great in all of my rating criteria but see those that matter to you. 

Nicely padded & wooden armrests
  • Weight - 7.5/10
  • Dimensions - 7.4/10
  • Packed size - 4/10
  • Capacity - 7/10
  • Comfort - 9.5/10
  • Craftsmanship - 9.5/10


The chair is bulky and a bit heavy but this is a reliable and comfortable chair.


  • Great padding.
  • Very good price.
  • Backpack-style straps.
  • Wooden armrests.


  • Bulky when folded.
User Review
8.26/10 (9 votes)

Final thoughts

So I would point out the two most important features of this REI Outward Low Padded Lawn Chair, and those are the wooden armrests and the padding.

Apart from that, it is very easy to use, you have a great brand behind this product, and the price is more than fair. Fully recommended.

Buy from REI

For more options please check under the category Camping Chairs here in the site. You will find them in all possible sizes and types. If you need help or have a question, there is a comment box below. Thank you for reading and have a nice day.

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