By Jason Boyle
GCI Outdoor was founded in 1996 by Dan Grace who wondered “Why isn’t there a chair for this?” The first product was the Everywhere Chair, and the company has grown from there. They have six patents and ten more pending. They have numerous chairs for every type of situation. Their website is easy to use and clutter free.
The FirePit Rocker is a low ride rocking chair that features GCI Outdoor’s patent-pending Spring-Action Rocking Technology. The chair has a fabric seat and a partial mesh and fabric backrest and padded arm rests. There is a single fabric drink holder that hangs off of the right leg of the chair. The chair folds up with GCI Outdoor’s patent-pending EAZY-FOLD technology and has a handle to make carrying the chair easier. GCI Outdoor claims that the chair will support users up to 250 pounds. The chair weighs 12 pounds and sits approximately 14 inches off of the ground. It retails for $60.
This is an awesome chair. I first saw it at the Winter Outdoor Retailer show and sat in after walking all day around the convention center, and I was hooked and wanted to see how it worked in the outdoors. A couple of things stand out to me even before getting to play with it in the woods. First, the chair does sit pretty low to the ground which I like. I can stretch my legs out more easily with a low chair and it makes it easy to rock. The second thing that stands out is that the seat is extra wide. I don’t feel squished when I sit in it. It is easy to fold and carry – just pull up on the side and the chair folds up flat. So far I have found the chair to be comfortable even though I have mostly used it in the house.
I will evaluate the FirePit Rocker on three main characteristics – comfort, durability and usefulness. I want to know if the FirePit rocker is comfortable to sit in while camping. I want to know if I can just toss it in the back of the truck with my other gear, or do I have to baby it? Does the chair work on multiple surface types? Does the fabric cup holder actually work or is it for show? These are just a few of the questions I will seek to answer as I review the chair.
Special thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and GCI Outdoor for providing the FirePit Rocker for this review.