GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker ($75)


38.6 x 28.7 x 23.2 in.

Seat height:

19.7 in.


11 lbs. 13 oz.

What we like:

Just like Grandpa’s rocking chair.

What we don’t:


A handful of chairs in our selection permit you to swing back and forth however none of them are closer to the traditional rocking chair as GCI’s GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker. GCI does this by using an action spring “tube” in the back of the chair which allows the frame to rotate upwards and downwards as you move away from the ground. When you’re ready to move on the chair folds in a smooth movement with its carrying handle attached. No need to pack it in an empty bag on your way out.

While this Freestyle Rocker includes a handle to transport it, it’s one of the largest alternatives on our list. It’s also quite bulky to transport. Additionally, some users have complained it’s rocking system turns noisy and squeaky after just one or two times. Also, the spring-action mechanism feels less durable than other parts of the chairs. However, while it’s true that the Freestyle Rocker might lack the overall quality and design of some of the alternatives above, it’s still an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon in camp. If you’re a fan of the rocking feature but prefer something different, GCI also makes a lighter Kickback Rocker as well as a distinctive Pod Rocker and a the summer-ready Sunshade Rocker as well as other.


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