Crazy Creek Original Chair: Definitive Review (2020)

The Crazy Creek Original Blends Comfort and Durability In This Tiny Package

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This is the ultimate TopNotch Crazy Creek Original Chair Review 2020….

Elevate your comfort level at your next sporting events and camping trips with this classic, simple chair.

We brought the Original chair with us on our Montana testing trip, along with the 10 other chairs featured in our 10 Best Backpacking Chairs Review. We carefully reviewed the details, benefits, and shortcomings of the Original and will be sharing them here.

In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:

  • The main benefits of this camping stool such as comfort, weight, and durability
  • Side by side comparisons with 9 other best camping chairs on the market
  • Some downfalls of the Original stool
  • Lots more…

So if you want to find an affordable, comfortable, lightweight folding chair, you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started…

Value For Money
6
Comfort
6
Pack Size
6
Durability
8
Versatility
5
Overall Score
62
  • Manufacturer: Crazy Creek
  • Main Material: Foam and Nylon
  • Weight (oz): 26

Bottom Line : The Original Chair from Crazy Creek is a time-tested favorite that we think is a solid choice but with room to improve.

Pros


  • Durable
  • Compact

Cons


  • Less lightweight than the PowerLounger
  • Not breathable
  • Too stiff to roll up

Our Verdict: Crazy Creek Original Chair

As one of my first “backpacking chairs,” before I even knew that term, I can say that the Original is a tried and true folding chair.

It was my first backpacking trip in Colorado and I remember thinking how innovative it was.

First of all, the set up is incredibly simple. You just unbuckle the straps and unroll the seat.

It’s also versatile for any climate: when I used it there were snow patches on the ground but the 0.5 inches of closed-cell foam keeps you snug.

Your body weight will feel supported, no matter your size, by the carbon fiber stays which line the sides of the camp stool.

Creek products are known for the versatility and lightweight features they offer. Another favorite of our team is the Power Lounger which we used as a sleeping pad on our Montana test trip.

All in all, we like the simple Crazy Creek chair but do acknowledge its shortfalls.

Let’s dive into it.

Related: 10 Best Backpacking Chairs 

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Our Analysis Comparisons and Test Results

While our team didn’t give it any special awards we still included it in our Top Ten Chairs.

Want to know why?

Well, because it’s a classic model that holds up through the years and various outdoor occasions.

We appreciate the easy-to-adjust side straps as well as the dense EVA foam which gave us some cushioning.

Plus, it’s affordable and comes in a wide variety of colors. Whichever way you look at it it’s going to be a nice introductory camp stool or one to add to your collection!

Value For Money

If you want a portable stool that will last years, we’d strongly recommend this one.

However, if you want more bang for your buck, we say try out our Best Value ALPS Mountaineering Weekender, a comfortable and economical chair.

While we enjoy the simple, sturdy design of the Original, its price tag doesn’t compensate for the lack of comfort.

Crazy Creek Original Chair

Value For Money Rating

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

The carbon stays aren’t too comfortable if you press onto them, and the stool is quite small for heavier users.

If weight is a concern, there are similarly priced stools with higher capacities like the Travel Joey.

That being said, this little stool is quite durable. Rocky or uneven surfaces won’t damage its dense foam interior and ripstop nylon exterior.

Comfort

On our Montana testing trip, some of our team members complained that the stool hit them in a weird place on their back.

They prefer a higher stool, such as the Travechair Joey which gives more space and comfort to the back and shoulders.

Crazy Creek Original Chair

Comfort Rating

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

On the other hand, the adjustable side straps do offer easy fine-tuning to fit your size.

Also, you’ll have no problems leaning back comfortably as the weight capacity on the chair is 250 pounds.

Packed Size

One of the main advantages of the Original is its very low weight.

Weighing just 26 ounces, it’s a very small and portable chair.

Here’s the deal though:

When we were packing up the campsite in Montana, I had a hard time getting the Original to fold up nicely.

Crazy Creek Original Chair

Packed Size Rating

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

The main issue is the valves end up on the inside of the folded chair. You have to carefully position your fingers to get it to roll up properly – it can be frustrating…

We prefer the Helinox Chair Zero which fits nicely in its packing bag. This stool is just a bit too big for its bag.

You may just end up just using a strap -like we did.

Durability

People have been using the Crazy Creek Chair since the 1990s. It’s one of the oldest and most popular brands of camping gear – because their equipment lasts.

The original chair is no exception.

The durable ripstop nylon is not only easy to clean but also water-resistant. Even in mud, wind, and rain, we feel confident this chair will last season after season.

Crazy Creek Original Chair

Durability Rating

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

Though it doesn’t have reinforced 210 denier ripstop nylon on the outer surface like the Crazy Creek 2.0, it’s still a long time favorite for many of our team members.

Versatility

One of the main features of the stool is that it can double as a sleeping mat. While some people sing the praises of this versatility, others aren’t too impressed.

This is mainly because the chair is too small and short to offer a sleeping pad with any degree  of comfort.

Crazy Creek Original Chair

Versatility Rating

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

For a more realistic chair that doubles as a sleeping mat, check out the Crazy Creek PowerLounger.

On the bright side:

You can bring this chair to the beach, inside your boat fishing, or even on the bleachers at a sporting event. Any dirt or debris cleans easily off of the foam and nylon material.

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Conclusion: Crazy Creek Original Chair

By now…

…you’ll know all about the features, benefits, shortfalls of this classic backpacking stool.

If weight is a factor on your trip, you won’t be burdened with the tiny 26-ounce weight of this stool.

If you want a chair that will last through years of sporting events, camping trips, and backpacking adventures, this one is a great choice.

Keep in mind: when reviewing the top 10 chairs on the market for 2020, our team members found other chairs like the Trekology chair more comfortable, so we awarded it our TopNotch ‘Editor’s Choice’.

We also awarded the ALPS Mountaineering ‘Best Value’, and the Crazy Creek PowerLounger was our ‘Top Pick’.

We hope our guide helps you make a more informed decision on your camping stool purchase.

Please click the links to view the latest prices and offers of the backpacking stools mentioned in this review.

 

Other Versions: Crazy Creek Chair

While our team used this Crazy Creek chair, there is also the Crazy Creek Chair (Hex 2.0) PowerLounger and the Longback.

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 original features the smallest Packed Size. However, the Power Lounger is a better choice for those who want a bigger sleeping mat. 

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Trekology Chair
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ALPS Mountaineering Weekender
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Crazy Creek 2.0