In a Nutshell:

This backpacking chair from GCI Outdoor made our list for being a highly durable, extremely stable chair solution. The primary reason it doesn’t rank higher is the weight. This chair comes in at six pounds, which can be a lot to carry for long distances.


Overall Rating



  • High-quality materials
  • Durable design
  • Included beverage holder


  • Weight is higher than most other chairs
  • Some customers would prefer a fourth leg for comfort

Camping, hiking, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors is a pastime that many of us enjoy. Even the strongest of us will need a place to sit, however. You could always take your chances with benches or a tree stump, but bringing a portable backpacking chair is much easier.

Join us as we look at the GCI Outdoor Quik-E-Seat chair to see if this outdoor furniture could be useful on your next excursion into Mother Nature. 

GCI Outdoor Quik-E-Seat Overview

The GCI Outdoor brand was founded in 1996 based on a simple question: “Why isn’t there a chair for this?” This question was posed by founder Dan Grace, who wanted to build an answer. With an engineering background, Dan was able to design what he called the Everywhere Chair®.

This first chair was a hillside adjustable seat that could be taken with you when you were hiking or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. In 1998, Jeffrey Polke joined the company as a co-owner. He brought his sales, marketing, and retail expertise to the table.

From this point, GCI Outdoor exploded into a well-known brand. Both Dan and Jeff are still working to improve and enhance their products. One such product in their line is the Outdoor Quik-E-Seat, which we’re looking at today.

This tripod chair can be deployed or folded out at a moment’s notice. It also has an extra-wide backrest and a beverage holder, which are great features. The durable material and frame also ensure that it will be your companion on many journeys into the wild world.

A smaller image of GCI Outdoor Quik-E-Seat in black

Let’s look at all the features you can expect from this backpacking chair.

Quik-E-Seat Features List

Chairs like this one live or die on their features. They must be lightweight, portable, and, most importantly, durable. Let’s take a look at how this GCI Outdoor backpacking chair fills those roles:

High-Quality Materials

Standard materials won’t do when you’re bringing furniture outside. Thankfully, GCI Outdoor has included 600 denier Polyester in this chair and powder-coated steel for the frame. The polyester is Marine Grade Canvas designed to survive the most intense conditions.

Powder-coated steel gives the metal a resistance to wear, fading, or scuffing, keeping the chair looking good, even when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Simple Folding and Transport

Some portable backpacking chairs require you to take the frame apart and build it again, but that’s not the case here. This chair quickly folds up or deploys within seconds. The included sling strap will help you carry it from one place to the next.

High Weight Capacity

This heavy-duty chair supports up to 250 pounds, which is higher than other backpacking chairs on the market.

Extra Wide Backrest

The extra-wide backrest is 18 inches, which offers much more comfort and space to relax your back and shoulders.

Beverage Holder

Every chair should have a beverage holder; it just seems like good form. When relaxing on a fishing trip or calming down after a long hike, you need a place to set your water, and this chair offers one.

An image of folded GCI Outdoor Quik-E-Seat

Quik-E-Seat Folding Chair Specifications

  • Product Dimensions (Folded): 27 x 5 x 6 inches.
  • Product Dimensions (Unfolded): 27 x 18.2 x 14 inches.
  • Product Weight: 6 pounds.
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds.
  • Materials: 600 denier Polyester, powder-coated steel.
  • Colors: Black, Midnight.

Pros and Cons of GCI Outdoor Quik-E-Seats

This tripod chair from GCI Outdoor is a remarkable piece of furniture with many positive features. Let’s take a look at a full breakdown of the pros and cons:


  • High-quality materials
  • Durable design
  • Included beverage holder


  • Weight is higher than most other chairs
  • Some customers would prefer a fourth leg for comfort

We want to see a durable chair design that includes military-grade polyester and powder-coated steel. This chair will withstand various extreme conditions and weather for all your travel needs.

A closeup shot of GCI Outdoor Quik-E-Seat high-quality materials

The beverage holder is a small but welcome addition to the chair’s design. Too often, on camping trips or hiking excursions, placing your drink on the ground invites insects or dirt to get inside.

The chair starts to show some of its weaknesses when we consider its weight. At six pounds, it is one of the heavier backpacking chairs we’ve encountered. While this isn’t ideal, we did notice that the shoulder strap makes carrying it somewhat more manageable.

Even so, this weight was a downside with chairs that come in under 2 pounds. Looking through the customer feedback, some people have expressed a desire for a fourth leg instead of the tripod design. This would indeed add more comfort, but it would also increase the weight.

Overall, this is an excellent backpacking chair that, while somewhat heavy, will become a dependable piece of equipment for any outdoor adventure.

Our GCI Quik-E-Seat Review Verdict

If you love the outdoors, you need a dependable chair for your breaks and moments of quiet serenity. Not just any chair will do, though. You need something durable, reliable, and easy to transport.

Upon reflecting on our GCI Outdoor Quik-E-Seat review, it’s clear that this chair meets all those requirements. Its only major flaw is being heavier than we would like, especially when you look at other chairs that have made our top list of backpacking chairs.

Even so, this chair is a dependable option that will last through many adventures across the great outdoors.

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