Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0): Definitive Review (2020)

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Our TopNotch Top-Pick Award Winner the Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0) Power Lounger is a perfect blend of versatility, durability, and value.

If you’re looking for a packable, comfortable hiking chair for camping, sporting events, or backpacking, then your search is over.

This is the Ultimate Review of the  Crazy Creek (Hex 2.0) Power Lounger.

We’ve done our usual thorough research and carefully compared it against other backpacking chairs, so you can be sure you’re in the right place.

In this comprehensive review of the Hex 2.0 we’ll cover:

  • Features including versatility, comfort, durability
  • Exactly why we’ve awarded it the TopNotch Top Pick Award
  • Back to back comparisons with the best selling camping chairs in the market 2020
  • Lots more…

If you need a lightweight, sturdy backpacking chair that’ll last you through your trips and beyond, you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started….

Value For Money
8
Comfort
7
Pack Size
8
Speed
8
Durability
9
Versatility
9
Overall Score
82
  • Manufacturer: Crazy Creek
  • Main Material: 8mm EVA Foam and Coated Ripstop Nylon
  • Weight (oz): 32 oz
  • Dimensions: 53 inches x 17.5 inches

Bottom Line : The PowerLounger is a comfortable, lightweight, versatile backpacking chair

Pros


  • Versatile
  • Comfortable
  • Ultra-lightweight camping chair

Cons


  • Thin when fully extended
  • High end for pricing

Our Verdict: Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0) Power Lounger

We rated the Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0) Power Lounger as our TopNotch Top Pick for its durability, versatility, and ultra-comfortability.

We love that it’s a super lightweight backpacking chair- at only 22 ounces, you can bring this Crazy Creek on even the longest of treks.

Even on steep uphill terrain and rocky surfaces, it won’t weigh you down.

It’s also highly-packable, rolling up to just 5.5 inches in diameter.

It’ll fit snugly in your backpack, even though, for your comfort, it’s a wee bit taller than other folding hiking chairs.

It gets better…

Not only is the Crazy Creek super practical for packing, but it’s also highly versatile.

You can use it as a sleeping pad, saving even more space in your bag.

Yes, you read that right.

The inside layer, made of 8mm high-density cored EVA closed-cell foam, provides ultra comfort when sleeping or sitting.

The outer shell is made of water-resistant 210D coated ripstop nylon. This gives the backpack chair an extra layer of protection from rain, dirt, mud, and more.

The inner lining, made of 70D coated ripstop nylon, also adds to the comfort level with more cushioning.

It also keeps it sealed from sand and dirt.

The Crazy Creek is perfect for people of all sizes, holding up to 250 lbs.

Bringing together durability and practicality, this super comfortable backpack chair is at the top of the class.

Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results

Here’s the deal:

Whether you’re going camping, backpacking, or cheering your team at a sporting event, the Crazy Creek Chair Hex 2.0 is the perfect ride for the journey.

It’s super convenient with three functions: a folding backpacking chair, a lounge chair, and even a sleeping pad.

This makes it unique amongst other light camp chairs that don’t double as a sleeping mat.

Even compared to the regular Crazy Creek, its extra length makes it an excellent choice for your sleeping pad.

As if that’s not enough…

The Power Lounger’s improved size also makes it superior in comfort.

The long backs of these hiking chairs are about 5 inches taller than the regular Crazy Creek Chair.

Even with its extra room, it’s still lightweight at a meagre 22 ounces and fully adjustable. Just loosen the straps or tighten them for a larger or smaller seat.

Value For Money

You might be wondering…

Is the PowerLounger worth all the hype?

Compared to other backpacker chairs, it’s more expensive than most.

But in the realm of camping gear, it’s still relatively affordable.

Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0)

Value For Money Rating

Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair
9
TravelChair Joey
9
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
8
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
8
Helinox Chair Zero
8
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
8
Helinox Swivel Camp Chair
7
Crazy Creek Original Chair
6
Big Agnes Big Six
6
Kelty Camp Chair
5

Also, we say it’s better to have one great quality hiking chair than have to replace it every few years.

When you factor in that it doubles as three products: a folding hiking chair, lounge chair and a sleeping pad, the price is more than justifiable.

This versatility was one of the reasons it won our Top Pick Award, serving as an ultra light camp chair, a hiking seat, and a sleeping mat.

All things considered, it’s great value and well worth the investment.

This multifaceted product is great for short hikes, longer treks, or even casual sporting events.

Comfort

What makes the PowerLounger unique is its design: you can fold its base out to leg length or fold it over to provide more cushion.

While the padding it provides as a sleeping mat may be a bit thin, it’s still long enough to be suitable as a sleep pad

Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0)

Comfort Rating

TravelChair Joey
10
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair
9
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
9
Big Agnes Big Six
9
Helinox Swivel Camp Chair
8
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
8
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
7
Helinox Chair Zero
7
Crazy Creek Original Chair
6
Kelty Camp Chair
5

The extra length also protects your legs from dirt, bugs, and any other scratchy surfaces outside.

Now:

One of the best parts about the Crazy Creek Chair is its adjustable straps. You can easily loosen or tighten them with your hand.

The straps are easy to access and provide much more fine-tuning than other, more traditional hiking stools would allow.

Another advantage is the extra height. While the regular Crazy Creek Chair might cut into your shoulders, the Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 eliminates this problem.

You can rest for hours in ultimate comfort, wherever you are outside.

Packed Size

If you’re planning on going on a long backpacking trip, the PowerLounger is ideal. It’s very lightweight – a full 8 ounces lighter than the Helinox Camp chair.

It’s also super easy to assemble and pack up, secured with a simple clip after you fold it up. When rolled up, it’s only 5.5 inches in diameter, fitting easily into your backpack.

Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0)

Packed Size Rating

Helinox Chair Zero
10
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair
9
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
8
Co-op Flexlite Chair
8
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
6
Crazy Creek Original Chair
6
TravelChair Joey
5
Helinox Swivel Camp Chair
5
Kelty Camp Chair
4
Big Agnes Big Six
3

However…

You can also carry it outside of your backpack as it comes with a built-in carrying strap and buckle.

It’s 2 inches taller and 5 inches wider than other backpacking chairs in our review, the difference in size means more comfort.

This light camp chair is also ideal for people of all sizes who may be shy of buying smaller hiking chairs.

Durability

Although it might be more expensive than other portable chairs, the price reflects its high quality.

The carbon fiber poles that support the chair are virtually unbreakable.

The highly durable EVA foam that makes up the inner material provides an extra layer of comfort and toughness. This foam is thin but mighty, supporting your back as you recline in the chair.

Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0)

Durability Rating

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
9
TravelChair Joey
9
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
9
Crazy Creek Original Chair
8
Helinox Chair Zero
8
Big Agnes Big Six
8
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
7
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair
7
Helinox Swivel Camp Chair
7
Kelty Camp Chair
5

Want to know the best part?

The PowerLounger comes with a Lifetime Warranty. You can rest easy knowing that your investment will last for years to come.

Versatility

We find that the PowerLounger’s extra versatility will mean it becomes your ‘go-to backpacking chair’.

As I mentioned, the extra length of the Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 longback chair means it will easily double as a sleeping pad.

This saves space and weight for longer backpacking trips when every ounce matters.

Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0)

Versatility Rating

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
9
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
9
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair
9
Helinox Swivel Camp Chair
8
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
8
TravelChair Joey
7
Helinox Chair Zero
6
Crazy Creek Original Chair
5
Kelty Camp Chair
5
Agnes Big Six
4

Another perk?

If you’re looking for a chair to use inside your tent, I think it’s the best legless option.

Cheaper versions for backpacking with metal poles like the REI Flexlite chair might damage the bottom of your tent.

So, for times when you want to work on your laptop or play a game of cards in your tent, the PowerLounger will come in really handy.

Conclusion: Crazy Creek (Hex 2.0) Power Lounger 

By now…

…you’ll have a clear idea of the main features of the Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0) PowerLounger.

Earning one of our esteemed awards, the Top Pick Award, we loved using the Crazy Creek for our testing, and I personally like to keep a couple in my car so I can just pull them out when I fancy a roadside picnic or for the game.

Sweet.

Compared to other hiking chairs, the Hex 2.0 is our Top Pick for versatility, value, and durability.

What’s the bottom line?

This chair is unique in that it has three functions: a folding chair, a lounger, and a sleeping pad.

Also, the material is solid and it’s guaranteed to last you through years of adventures.

It may be pricey, but that’s understandable.

The high-quality materials and versatility are hard to match.

It outranks other portable chairs by a landslide in versatility, doubling as a sleeping mat and a folding chair. Killing two birds with one stone, it’s not only super practical but also cuts down on weight.

The chair itself is super lightweight and made of durable, high-quality material that’s sure to last a long time. For these reasons, we say its higher price tag is more than justifiable.

If you’re looking for the be all and end all of backpacking chairs, you just found it.

Other Versions

While our crew used the Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0) PowerLounger, there is also the Longback and the Original Crazy Creek Chair. The main difference between the three sizes are as follows:


Longback

  • Dimensions: 37.5 inches x 17.5 inches
  • Weight: 24.8 oz.
  • Chair Height: 21 inches

Power Lounger

  • Dimensions: 53.5 inches x 17.5 inches
  • Weight: 32 oz.
  • Chair Height: 21 inches

Original

  • Dimensions: 33 inches x 15.5 inches
  • Weight: 21.9 oz.
  • Chair Height: 16.5 inches

As you can see from these dimensions, the Power Lounger is a better choice for those who want more legroom and a longer sleeping mat.

But, the original offers a smaller compact size.

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