The Treo Chair: Another way to take less when going camping

Review Summary
Another great solution for saving space on all that family camping gear.
The Good Stuff
The Therm-a-rest Treo is a good sized chair that won't take up a lot of space in the boot of your car.
The Not So Great
Nothing particularly, though might be a bit less stable than four chair legs.

Overall Rating


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Last Updated: February 23, 2017

It’s always nice to find camping gear that doesn’t take up lots of space, especially something like a chair. If you try and take enough camping chairs for a family you can soon fill up your car boot on those alone!

Fortunately, there’s a wave of new lightweight chairs that are better than the previous small seating solution: the dreaded three-legged camping stool. We’ve reported

We’ve reported before on one of the new breed of small camping chairs, and now there’s a new design available, and it’s from Therm-a-Rest. It’s called the Treo.

A Chair in a Capsule

On first impressions, it doesn’t look like a chair.

When folded up, it’s neatly enclosed in a toughened plastic capsule. This should help it take a lot of abuse when crammed into a car boot full of camping gear 😉

Setting Up the Chair

This was a design I had not encountered before and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work it out.

The plastic capsule unfolds to create a base.

Inside the capsule are the supports and the chair fabric.

Simply slot the supports into the base, and side on the chair fabric to the supports. Job done!

Using the Treo Chair

The chair is a good size and can easily seat most adults (and kids, of course).

It’s also a good height so you don’t feel low down.

We found it plenty comfortable when sitting around the campfire.

The only downside I found is that the base could have been a little wider to make it more stable. This was only an issue I found…when I fell out of it. And no, I hadn’t had much to drink! 😉

However, no one else had this problem, and it only happened to me once, so I suspect I hadn’t placed it on level ground.

Packing up the Treo

As you can imagine, packing the Treo away is very simple, just as it was to put up in the first place.

Simply take the chair fabric off, out the supports, fold everything up, and close it inside the base that turns back into the capsule.


This is a great solution for saving space on all that family camping gear.

It might be a little pricey compared to basic camping chairs, but if you are running out of space to take everything to the campsite, this might be something you want to consider.

Many thanks to Therm-a-rest for supplying their new Treo chair for us to test out.

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Gav Grayston
Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.
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