What is an Air Lounger? It is a cross between a hammock and a bean bag – sort of. Filled with air and a unique, patented design, Wekapo aims to introduce adventurers to a new kind of outdoor relaxation.
If you do a Google search for the word “Wekapo”, it will return results of a handful of videos and links to an Amazon store. One thing that alludes the consumer is a proper phonetic spelling of the term. What does it mean? How do you pronounce it? Even after this review, I am still not 100% sure.
Read on for my full review…
Wekapo Air Lounger
Available in black, green, orange, pink, purple and blue.
There are additional colors in the photo album on the Wekapo website but it is unclear if those are available at this time (green camo and black & white word cloud designs)
⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5) Packability
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) Ease of Use
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) Comfort
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) Durability
Overall Rating: 3.8
Overall, the manufacturer has done a good job with the design. They have invented a product that challenges traditional thinking on how we lounge around in the outdoors. I personally didn’t find this product to be much of an enhancement to my outdoor experience, but others may feel otherwise. Although it is a nice product and an interesting idea, I most likely would not add the extra weight to a backpack when going on my next big adventure. However, taking it car camping, to the pool, local park or to the reservoir might be good options.
Read on to determine if this new outdoor product would be right for you.
The Wekapo comes packaged in a flat, zip lock bag that contains the air lounger, stuff sack, instruction booklet, ground stake and a bottle opener.
From a packability perspective, it packs down to a size of 3.94″ x 7.87″ x 11.81″ and weighs 2.65 pounds. It’s a bit on the heavy and bulky side for a long backpacking trip, but just perfect for a quick day trip or car camping outing.
Filling the dual chambers with air is simpler than having to tote around an air pump. Simply open up a chamber, shake the lounger up and down to catch air inside, and then quickly close the chamber. Once air is in both chambers, the end can be rolled up and the strap clipped together. This pushes all of the air down to the end and creates the air lounger platform.
As far a comfort is concerned, the Wekapo feels a little unstable at first. Once you get used to laying on the air chambers, it becomes more and more comfortable. There is a nice head rest on the back and legs can be placed in the center or around both sides for more stability.
The first time I tried sitting on the air lounger, I bottomed out and touched the ground. It was at that moment that I realized I didn’t have enough air inside the chambers. After a quick intake of additional air, I no longer had that issue.
The Wekapo air lounger is made of 210T rip stop polyester and sealed with German Bayer PC for durability. It should definitely not be placed on top of sharp objects, but for the most part, the material seems durable enough for short-term, quick outdoor excursions.
To fill the dual chambers with air faster, spin your body in a 360 degree motion while capturing the air.
Here’s a quick list of specs:
- Weight | 2.65 pounds
- Material | 210T Rip Stop Polyester
- Capacity | 550-650 pounds
- Inflated size | 82″ x 27″ x 35″
- Packed size | 3.94″ x 7.87″ x 11.81″
Pros & Cons:
- Comfortable and relaxing
- Innovative design
- Unknown pronunciation. How do I influence others if I can’t even say the name?
- I felt a little silly spinning around in the outdoors while trying to fill the chambers with air.
Wekapo Air Lounger. An interesting design that challenges the way we think about outdoor comfort.
➳ Wekapo provided the equipment and associated materials for this review. Unless otherwise noted in captions, all photos are a courtesy of LaGuardia Adventure Photography (that’s me).