Jan 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm #1254042
@dangLocale: Pacific Northwet
Just received one of these from Sierra Trading Post:
At $35 it seems like a bargain compaired to the sling light chair ($90). I'm curious if it's just a sling light that has been rebranded as crazy creek. I've looked at all the sling light stuff on the web and this chair seems identical.Jan 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm #1561850
Ken T.BPL Member
Sure looks like one. Where is Denis Hazelwood? He's the sling light expert.Jan 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm #1561860
Jim W.BPL Member
I believe the Crazy Creek is made with permission of the original inventor- but it's slightly heavier. 4 ounces more per a post on another forum (23 vs. 19 oz). Crazy Creek was selling them on their website for something like $25 but I don't see them listed now.Jan 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm #1561889
Denis HazlewoodBPL Member
@redleaderLocale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
The definition of an expert is as follows: An ex is a has-been and spurt is just a drip under pressure.
In '05 I stopped at the Crazy Creek HQ, in Red Lodge, Montana to pick up a fist full of catalogs for my summer workshop. I noticed that they offered a Crazy Creek version of the Sling-Light. It seems they probably got a license to build the chairs and sure enough REI had them on sale for about a year. REI hasn't had them in stock for some time now. I guess they didn't sell.
The Crazy Creek version of the Sling-Light uses heavier tubing than the original. Don't know what they weigh.
The Crazy Creek website doesn't show them any more but they're listed for sale at Target.com for $44.99.
I believe the chairs from Freeform R & D are made one at a time in southern California. I talked to the owner years ago and he said he sold about three or four hundred a year, year in and year out, with no advertising.
Manufactured since 1977 by
FREEFORM R & D
1539 Monrovia Ave. Unit 23
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Phone (949) 646-3217 Fax (949) 646-3218
Here is a photo of a group I was leading in 1995. Maybe the most Sling-Lights ever seen in one place outside the factory.Jan 12, 2010 at 7:19 am #1561948
From what I remember when I looked at these a bit ago, the Crazy Creek were much heavier than the SlingLights.Jan 12, 2010 at 7:30 am #1561949
@dangLocale: Pacific Northwet
Just weighed mine: 25 oz. Slinglight website indicates 22 oz for theirs (18 oz chair plus 4 oz head rest. So if the sling light chair weight is to spec the crazy creek one is 3 oz heavier.Jan 19, 2010 at 6:11 am #1564110
On sale at STP for $27.96Jan 19, 2010 at 6:19 am #1564115
These are also on special at crazycreek.com for $20 + shipping (about $10 for me)…Jan 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm #1564262
Sarah KirkconnellBPL Member
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
I have a SL and while it doesn't always come with me for certain trips it is a luxury that is divine. The quality is well done.
This is one area where buying the real thing is worth it. Support the man behind it, not some cheap import rip off!
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