In a Nutshell:

The Ozark Trail XXL Director Chair is a reasonably comfortable, versatile camp chair, offered by a reliable company. Recommended for anyone up to 500 pounds who is looking for a basic camp chair.

Value for the Money
Brand Reliability*
Aesthetic Flexibility**

Overall Rating

* Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect. ** While aesthetics is a matter of taste, Aesthetic Flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.


  • Modest price
  • Wide seat
  • Generous weight support


  • No built-in storage
  • Only offered in two colors
  • Heavy
Ozark Trail XXL Director Chair Red

Recommended For: Anyone up to 500 pounds who is looking for a basic camp chair.

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Would you describe yourself as a bigger, taller, or heavier person? Do you love spending time in the great outdoors?

If you answered yes to both of those questions, you’ve undoubtedly run into a problem that’s all too common where bigger folk are concerned.

Simply put, it can be notoriously difficult to find big and robust furniture to support you properly. That’s as true for camp chairs as it is for recliners and the like. Where camp chairs are concerned, most of them top out at around 300 pounds of supported weight. That works for the majority of the market, but if you happen to be heavier than that, you’ll find that pickings can be slim.

The good news is that there are options available, and the Ozark Trail XXL Director Chair is a great option. We’ll be quick to point out that it’s not perfect, but it definitely belongs on your shortlist of options to consider.

In the sections that follow, we’ll tell you everything this well-priced chair has to offer and be quick to point out its shortcomings. That way, you’ll have all the information you need to decide for yourself if this is the high-weight capacity camping chair you’ve been looking for. If that sounds good, let’s jump right in and take a closer look.

Red Color, Ozark Trail XXL Director Chair, Front
Blue Color, Ozark Trail XXL Director Chair, Front

Key Features of XXL Director Chair By Ozark Trail

Owing to its extra-wide seat, the first thing you’ll notice about this oversized director’s chair is that it looks rugged and robust. The Ozark Trail XXL Director chair’s metal frame also has an all-business look about it too, which clearly sends the message that this is a go-anywhere chair.

It would be overselling it to call this a handsome chair. That term rarely applies to camp chairs anyway, but it’s actually not bad-looking. If you want something in camo, though, this isn’t your chair. Your only color options are red or blue, both with black trim.

Chair Specifications

In terms of basic stats, here’s what you’re looking at:

Red Color, Ozark Trail XXL Director Chair, Left View
  • Chair Dimensions: 42.9″L x 25.60″W x 37.40″H
  • Seat Height: 18”
  • Seat Width: 28”
  • Seat Depth: 18”
  • Chair Weight: 23 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 500 pounds

As you can see from the numbers, this is a big chair. It’s also somewhat heavier than many other camp chair options on the market, so you’ll need a strong back to pack it in with you, especially if you’ve got a long hike to get to the other side before you set camp for the evening.

Aside from the impressive amount of weight the chair can support, the thing we like best about the numbers above is the width of the seat. At a whopping 28”, this chair can accommodate just about anyone.

Normally, we’d caution against buying a chair with a seat that’s significantly wider than you need. In the case of a recliner or lounge chair, it matters because if the seat is too wide, you won’t be able to make effective use of more than one of the armrests. But where camp chairs are concerned, it’s not the end of the world. These are occasional seating options, and you won’t typically be spending such extended periods sitting in one that it starts to be an issue.

Not Adjustable

The XXL Director chair by Ozark Trail is not adjustable. However, it is marginally above average in terms of comfort compared to other camp chairs.

Padded Armrests

The seatback has some slightly padded sections that do at least a little something to enhance comfort, and the armrests are nominally padded, too. But this isn’t the kind of chair you’re going to want to spend most of the day in.

Suppose you think you may be in a position where you’ll be spending several hours in this chair. In that case, it’s probably worth investing in a throw pillow or a bit of block foam (have the width cut to taste) and have it upholstered, so you wind up with a custom-fitted seat pad for a bit of added comfort.

Includes Fold-out Side Table

In terms of extras, the Ozark Trail XXL Director camping chair comes with a fold-out side table attached to one of the chair arms. The table is big enough to hold a small plate, which makes camp dining convenient, and is big enough to hold a few miscellaneous supplies if and as needed.

Folding Position, Ozark Trail XXL Director Chair, Red Color

In addition, the tray has a handy cup holder, which virtually eliminates the risk of spilling your drink. The one thing this chair doesn’t have, however, is storage. Fortunately, this is also easy to remedy via a bit of DIY engineering. Simply buy a mesh bag for storage, attach a D-Ring to it, and clamp it onto one of the chair’s support struts.

Storage, Ozark Trail XXL Director Chair, Red Color

If you want something easier to access, you could always drill a small hole in one corner of the tray table and affix the D-Ring there, but many people will balk at the idea of defacing their chair. Either way, adding a bit of storage is easy if you want or need it.

No Assembly Required

While most of the furniture you can buy online today comes unassembled, that’s rarely the case for things like camp chairs. If you order one of these, it will arrive ready to go right out of the box. Just unpack it, unfold it, and sit down—that’s all there is to it.

Pros and Cons of Ozark Trail XXL Director Chair

We like almost everything about this sturdy little chair. Its best features are, in our view, the width of the seat, the generous amount of supported weight, and its surprisingly modest price.

On the other hand, the Ozark Trail 500 lb. Capacity XXL Director chair is a bit on the heavy side; it lacks any built-in storage, and it’s only offered in two (bright) colors. If you’re looking for something a bit more subdued, that might be a little off-putting to you. We don’t regard any of these as outright deal-breakers, and at least where the storage issue is concerned, there’s an easy DIY fix.

Ozark Trail XXL Director Chair Review Conclusion

The Ozark Trail XXL Director chair is a good, if somewhat basic, director’s style camp chair offered by a company with a solid reputation in the market. While it does have a few shortcomings, these are generally easy to fix and easy to overlook. We recommend it.

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