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ENO Lounger DL & SL Chairs Review

It's a chair, it's a hammock, it's a chair-hammock!

By: Jason Hatfield + Save to a List

I'll admit, I've had my eyes on the ENO Lounger DL for some time. It's a comfortable hammock disguised as a chair perfect for relaxing around camp while solving my love for hammocks but nowhere to set one up. Unfortunately, I'm slow to buy gear.  I constantly second guess and compare so every time I was in REI over the past year I'd search out the Lounger DL to try. I always decided it was the most comfortable by far but I really knew it was the one after I briefly fell asleep in the middle of an REI.  Still, I already had basic big-box "camp" chairs that got the job done despite being cheap, bulky, and heavy. Though when the time came to get rid of stuff during the transition from a house to full-time travel trailer living they didn't survive the cut.

Fast forward after a couple months of being chair-less and the Lounger DL and Lounger SL arrived while staying near Jackson, Wyoming. Considering we had the perfect campsite with a stunning view of the Tetons the timing couldn't have been better! We spent the next week lounging in the chairs between exploring new places in Grand Teton NP and catching up on work. The DL's taller back and integrated pillow was especially nice for watching the night sky and a few meteors streak over the peaks. After using them for even longer I regret not replacing my old camp chairs sooner!

Assembly is easy and we quickly set-up the chair frames similar to the way you would connect tent pole sections. Once connected you insert the ends into the fabric chair-hammock's reinforced corner pockets. Packing the chairs can be a little more difficult as it takes practice to condense the chair frame and wrap it tightly with the fabric body. The SL is smaller, lighter, quicker to setup/teardown, and just as comfortable, but its height isn't adjustable so you might be sitting lower than some of your friends around the campfire. The DL has extra folding lengths that raise its height to 10" which is better for sitting, but the 3" configuration is better for sleeping! Both have side stretch pockets for a book, kindle, phone, etc. The DL has a cup holder that works well enough for most drinks but could be more securely attached and deeper.  The SL's mesh back and seat is nicer for warm weather, the DL's solid material is better for the cooler mountain weather I prefer. Both chairs work well on a variety of surfaces and the wide leg feet are better in sand than most.

I like specs so I'm going to share them right below in case you do to!

Lounger DL:

  • Capacity: 250lbs / 113kg
  • Material: 210D Ripstop Nylon / 6061 Anodized Aluminum 
  • Packed Dimensions: 7" x 23"
  • Dimensions: 32” x 23”x 37”/3o”
  • Weight: 74 oz / 2.1kg

Lounger SL:

  • Capacity: 250lbs / 113kg
  • Material: NewWave™ Nylon and 6061 Anodized Aluminum 
  • Packed Dimensions: 20” x 5” / 51cm x 13cm
  • Dimensions: 30" x 22.5" x 27" / 76cm x 57cm x 69cm
  • Weight: 56oz / 1.6kg

PSA: Help the environment and fight climate change! Consider your requirements before every purchase and only buy what you need. Look at second-hand markets, repair what you have, and spend more if it means you'll be buying a product that lasts longer!

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