Rated5out of5byftrooper93fromFantastic portable seatingI've used this for the national scout jamboree, and it was fantastic. Great to set up, easy to use, very confortable. A bit low to the ground, but nonetheless exceptionally practical.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated1out of5byslrfromNice concept but flawed executionWe bought two of these for carrying on bicycling, backpacking, scootering trips. The chair is comfortable and lightweight. Takes a bit of time to set up. Not the best for outdoor events, as it is so much lower than standard outdoor chairs that it is difficult to see over everyone else, but otherwise a great chair if only it were durable. The aluminum tubing tends to suddenly split open during use, rendering the chair unusable. Very disappointing after having trekked it in to a remote campsite. This has happened twice. The first time, REI replaced it for us. The replacement chair failed on its first use - haven't yet tried to return it.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated5out of5byMark52fromWhat a great ideaI first bought the Monarch version, which requires you to balance, which is not that big a deal. Advantage of that chair is its super-light and compact. The Mantis is just a bit bigger, not much heavier, and you can just chill in the chair, and not be aware of your balance. I would use the Monarch for hiking, the Mantis for any other travel.
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated4out of5byThe Backpacking HunterfromComfortable and LightThis chair is the perfect backcountry chair, except for one thing. It doesn't work very well on a slope. I have this chair and the similar Alite Monarch Butterfly, and the Monarch Butterfly, with only two contact points with the ground, works much better on a hillside. The Mantis can be used on a hillside, but you have to keep the four legs disconnected so that you are only using two points of contact. Other than this minor issue, the chair is very nice!
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated5out of5bysmartymutt904fromLove this chair!!! Now to get out of it!I love this chair, the best ideas are the simplest ones! Perfect for hiking, light weight, packable, comfortable, a little low to ground but with practice, you can get out of it!! My first chair from another seller was bad, wobbly legs, frame was bent, not good for such and expensive little chair. Glad I decided to try REI, got a great chair, no damage and it's perfect for use in my tent or sun cabana, due to low height. This amazing chair packs up so small, and is surprisingly comfortable with the high back rest, which is a welcome relief after a few hours on the trail. Liked it so much saved and bought another one! On sale is a manageable price. I purchased the paradise blue, nice color, my first was the orange it was ok, but I like the blue much better. I wish they had other lighter colors for the super hot summer days, as the black and dark colors will cook you in 90+ temps. Hopefully next year, was not really into the wood grain color. This is a welcome break from blow up pads, so my bum thanks you Alite!!!
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated2out of5byRSHuggerfromNice chair but....Was very excited to find a chair/seat that would work great for those long trail hikes and not add weight or bulk to the pack. Worked great for our first outing and even influenced a few others to buy the chair. Second outing the back support broke at the Trunnion. REI did not consider this something for them to resolve under their warranty... and neither did the manufacturer Alite. Alite did offer to send me a replacement frame for $40 but I realize that won't fix the underlying issue of the frame not rated for the advertised weight... I am 20 pounds shy of the limit. The other Mantis chairs purchased are also showing stress at the trunnion connections and would not expect them to last too long either... and those folks are 50-70 pounds lighter than I. Great idea, it was a comfortable chair but if you are over 200 pounds then I would be cautious about purchasing this as it is really disappointing to carry a broken chair for the last 50 miles of your hike! Strengthen the tubing and you would have a winner.
Date published: 2013-03-23
Rated4out of5bysmartymutt904fromMost comfortable chair so far!!This is a very comfortable chair, nice coverage on your back, good support. Once you figure out the best way to sit in it. Sitting is easier than rising from the chair. It takes some getting use to. The chair boasts a 250 weight limit, I'm not even close to that, but concerned with the leg construction. When the legs are inserted into the ball part of the base, there is a loose almost sloppy kinda fit. Don't think it is for flexing. Think it is a flaw in the design, if you rock or tip in it I think it will fail at some point with a crack and your bum hitting the ground! Other than that, it is a really great chair easy set up, packs up pretty small for a chair with so much comfort. Think they should beef up the legs just a bit more and make it a better fit into the supports, it will only add minimal weight and will improve the longevity of the chair. Also they should think a little more on the lighter side in the color range for summer in the 90's + as dark is hot!! Really wanted the beach color but could not find anywhere. Got the orange, not too bad. should be 4 1/2 stars, but don't know how to get the 1/2 star. ha ha. This is to me the best chair going for light weight as well as comfort factor! Price is a little steep vs. durability. If you get it on sale, great!!
Date published: 2013-02-28
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