The REI Co-op Outward Padded Bench is folding and very easy to use, with plenty of space for two adults.
Key features & benefits
- Place for 2 adults.
- Padded seat.
- Folding design.
This REI Co-op Outward Padded Bench is a folding design, and this means that all the elements are pre-attached to each other so there is no assembly. It comes ready to use and you open it and close it in seconds.
When folded it looks like a thin suitcase as the picture below shows. As you see there is a nice carry handle on the top. The size in this state is 24.5 x 18 x 8 inches (62 x 46 x 20 cm).
How it is built & materials
The frame is a coated aluminum with steel bracing for reinforcement. The legs are close to what can be described as U-shaped bars that fold together with the frame. But they are still with distinct feet and there are horizontal bars very close to the ground.
With such a profile they will not easily sink in the ground, no matter how soft it can be. Note that the legs at two ends are angled outwards and this makes the structure stable. One extra bar is added for lateral stability between the two legs in the middle.
I mentioned the feet, they are narrow and I would not use the bench without extra protection in a floored tent.
The seat fabric is a very strong ripstop polyester with a durable water repellent (DWR). There is a foam padding inside for comfort and warmth, this is a feature that sets this bench apart from its competitors.
The padding and the fabric looks similar to their REI Co-op Outward Low Padded Lawn Chair, and I think they can be nicely combined as an outdoor set.
They claim that the fabric has not been treated with fire retardant chemicals. Note also that these materials are bluesign-approved, and this means built by conserving resources and protecting the environment and workers.
Who is it for
Regarding the dimensions, the seat is (L x W) 52.3 x 18 inches (133 x 46 cm). So this is lots of space for two adults.
I think it is important to bear in mind the height as well, it is 16.3 inches (41 cm). So this is the range low to moderate, still a bit higher than the Snow Peak Folding Bench.
Regarding the capacity, the chair is officially for the weight of up to 500 lb (227 kg). This may look a lot, but this is for two people, and I would describe it as moderate.
Regarding the weight, with its 8 lb 13 oz (4 kg) this is a lightweight bench. Though it is twice heavier that the mentioned Snow Peak bench, but it is larger and it has the padding, so they cannot be really compared.
As for the packed size, you have already seen it, so the bench is bulky but quite thin and elegant when packed.
Regarding the price, I think this is very fair for what you have here, this is a quality product. You will see the price in the link below.
- Weight: 8 lb 13 oz (4 kg).
- Capacity: 500 lb (227 kg).
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 52.3 x 18 x 16.3 in (133 x 46 x 41 cm).
- Folded dimensions: 24.5 x 18 x 8 in (62 x 46 x 20 cm).
- Seat height: 16.3 in (41 cm).
- Frame: aluminum.
Rating, pros & cons
The table below summarizes my rating and some pros and cons. Note that you can rate it from your side, there is a rating bar for this purpose.
Comfortable, padded and easy to use outdoor bench
Product Name: REI Co-op Outward Padded Bench
Product Description: The REI Co-op Outward Padded Bench Is Folding, Affordable, and Very Easy to Use, with Plenty of Space for Two Adults
Weight - 8.3/10
Dimensions - 6.9/10
Packed size - 6/10
Capacity - 7/10
Comfort - 8.8/10
Craftsmanship - 9.7/10
The bench is a bit bulky when folded, but the overall rating is Good.
- Easy to use.
- Bulky when folded.
User Review( votes)
So the REI Co-op Outward Padded Bench is a high-quality product with a nicely padded seat. It is easy to use and versatile, you can take it with you to some sports events, for camping, and also use in the garden at home.
It is backed by a reliable brand and it is also highly rated by REI customers, so you know what you are buying. Fully recommended.
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