Rated5out of5byBobBBKfromAs expectedSaw one on a kayaking trip in the Adirondacks. Rest of us were sitting on a wet log. Also good at the hawk watch - good angle for scanning the sky with binoculars.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated5out of5byhomerfroma must for my packi'm 62 years old and that's getting to old to sit on rocks and logs in the backcountry. I have been looking for a lightweight chair to take backpacking and this is GREAT! it was so comfortable I started to fall asleep and if the back was longer I would have, but my head kept nodding back. even my 2 sons and son in law loved it. great for the backcountry when you want to rest after a days hiking.
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated1out of5byseastevefromNice but not durableSame issue others have had, pole collapses, poor engineering design. If they can fix it then it will be great - until then get something else. I have returned two now for same issue and will not buy another.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated4out of5byRyan HelwegfromAlite Heard Your ComplaintsWell I will start out with what most other reviewers are saying: I just had the same product malfunction that so many others are having. The "pin" part of the pole that fits into the pole hub pushed up into the tube and thus wouldn't hold itself together. Im not sure how it happened, I was using it on my living room floor, not really moving and all of a sudden, the chair felt limp. I don't understand how it just slid up in the pole, I tried using plies to pull it back out and I couldn't get it to budge.
I have found this to be the best, most comfortable chair of its type, and I didn't want to have to switch to a different chair because of this issue. So I was thinking about exchanging the chair for the same model and having a friend weld a couple small little anchor spots where the pin is attached so that it wouldn't slip in the future. When I got my new chair home I was very very pleased. I seems that Alite has heard all the complaints about this issue and has started crimping the chair poles just above the "pin" to prevent it from sliding up into the pole. I think this speaks volumes for Alite that they would take the time to make such an adjustment on their existing product instead of just waiting for the new models to come out. I haven't rigorously tested their "fix" yet, but Im pretty confident it will work. Im including photos of the divot/crimp they added.
As to the review of the actual chair, I love it! I tried REI's backpacking chair first, and while it was a good product, I didn't like it that much. I think part of it was the style, the REI chair sits up higher than the Alite (which would be beneficial to some, I am sure). The issue that I had with this was due to my height. At 6'3" the chair wasn't tall enough and I felt that my knees were almost always in my chest, and the back of the seat barely came up past the bottom of my rib cage. The only way I could comfortably sit in the chair was to scoot my butt to the edge of the seat and lean back. This caused a couple problems: one, the chair wanted to pivot on the crossmember tubes and collapse; two, the seatback dug into my underarms horribly (it was way too narrow); and three, it was no relaxation for my legs as I was always balancing my seat with my legs. These are all issues (with the exception of the collapsing bit, Alite using a locking crossmember that wont rotate) that I believe I would experience with Alite's version of the same chair type, the Mantis.
It may be counterintuitive to think that the lower slung Alite Mayfly would be better for tall people than the taller types of chairs, but I assure you its true. Because the seat is only a few inches off the ground and the seatback is wide and tall, it is easy to lean back in the chair without it wanting to tip over or lose its balance. Also, because its so low to the ground I can stick my feet out in front of me, stretching and resting my legs, without any effort and without the seat of the chair digging into the back of my legs. Its design also allows you to sit up straight quite easily, you don't have to lean back to enjoy the chair.
The two issues that I could see arising due to its construction are that because its so low, sitting with your feet under your knees (knees bent, feet close to your butt) would not be comfortable for very long, you would basically be hugging your knees to your chest to do so. And secondly, if you were on very rough uneven ground, the low clearance of the seat (2-3") would likely have your butt in contact with some part of the ground.
In summary, Ive always felt that on backpacking trips, the thing that has me wanting to go home most as the days progress is not being able to comfortably lean back in a chair and rest my back and stop sitting on hard things like rocks and wet logs. This chair seems to be the most comfortable, lightweight solution to one of my biggest discomforts while on the trail. In addition to that I respect any company who is as reactive to the consumer market as Alite was in coming up with a fix for their products durability issues.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated4out of5byDave the sailorfromA great chairThis is a great product and very comfortable. I needed a chair that I could stick in my messenger bike and cycle to outside venues (eg. Americas Cup). Okay it is low to the ground, and a little tricky to get in and out of, but these are worthwhile compromises. Spend a couple of minutes working out how the front leg fits on before you take it anywhere. It is very comfortable.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated2out of5byMabufromeasy to brakeOnce I used on the slope, the joint was broken. It was not so steep, but this cannot support my weight. My weight is 67kg. Ummmm.
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated1out of5byQfromNeeds some reengineeringThe chair was great until I experienced the same problem with the leg tube collapsing mentioned by other reviewers. It only lasted one week. Fortunately, I tested it in my living room. I weigh 115 so it was not a weight capacity issue. I loved the weight, size, and comfort but I returned it to the store. If Alite can figure out how to solve the collapsing leg problem, I will buy another one.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated1out of5byalarmcalifromDisappointedI was so disappointed in this chair. It was hard to set up, it really needs to be on a flat surface to be comfortable and it broke after 3 days of back country camping. It was also hard to get out of. I took it back and didn't get a replacement.
Date published: 2013-08-29
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