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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even works INSIDE your Tent waiting out the Rain I have had two Mayfly's for years. (One new, one rescued from an REI Garage Sale (the old clearance kind.) The older design sometimes had the inner tubes slide up into the outer tubes (and the chair would fail), the new chairs have fixed that. You can remove the front legs and rock on these. With the front legs on, you can even use these inside most tents as well. (I would not recommend on sil-nylon ultra light tents). The chair is low enough that you can sit in most backpacking tents, and unique to the Mayfly's design, the two cross members front and back distribute load sufficiently that you do not tear your tent up. Other designs tend to poke through.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great light weight chair but has a defect. I bought this chair at a used gear shop for $60 thinking I got a score. very shortly I realized the defect and read all about it online, the inner sleeve tends to slide back into the pole making the chair collapse. I decided instead of call for warranty I would just repair it on my own. I just used super glue and a metal rod. I used the rod to push the inner sleeves way out then applied glue to the sleeve and pushed it back in then back out and back in. Once I felt the confident the glue was penetrating well I let it dry. Chair has worked great since. I love having a chair after a long backpacking trip, Its light enough that I can handle the weight anywhere I go. The manufacture may fave fixed this problem on new product.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alite's Website Has the Correct Weight Own two of these chairs and they've proven quite useful over the last months. Please note that Alite's office website lists the correct weight (1.6 lbs) for the Mayfly chair, it's REI's website that has the incorrect weight (1.4 lbs). For the backpackers out there, weighed the Mayfly using a reasonably accurate scale: specific weight of 1 lb 9 oz for the Mayfly plus bag, 1 lb 8 oz without bag. Four stars, would make it 5 stars if Alite shaves another few ounces off the weight by utilizing different fabrics, different grade of aluminum, and alter the tubing, et cetera. If Alite made a high-end version of this chair (Magnesium poles and cuben fiber! Yeah, right.) that weighed only 1 pound, can see it becoming a huge hit in the backpacking community.
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing comfy pop chair i bought this chair after sitting in it in an rei location because it looked silly because of how small and low it was. but when i sat in it it was incredibly comfortable and lightweight. it now comes on every hike with me to sit and have lunch orenjoy beautiful views outdorrs. i also bring it to school to sit outside in the grass on campus and not get a wet booty! since it is so compact and lightweight it fits in any pack either inside or strapped to the outside and barely adds any weight! it is also super easy to put together. the poles snap together with elastic and the chair part slides fairly easily onto the ends of the poles. i have a little bit of difficulty getting it stretched far enough but i have joint pain in my hands and it is really easy for pretty much anyone else.
Date published: 2014-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Chair I had problems with the 2013 version of this chair with the inner poles sliding in but it appears that alite has addressed this issue on the new chairs. You can see on the new version that the poles are slightly crimped so the inner poles cannot do any sliding around. I also own a monarch and a rei flexlite chair. This is probably my favorite out of the bunch but I would not recommend it if you don't like sitting low or have problems standing up.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does one really need a backpacking chair? Sure it costs a lot of money. Yes it adds some weight. But I am not comfortable sitting on a log or a rock or the ground for long periods of time. After a long day of exploring nothing is better than a perfect chair to relax in. When I'm sitting in it in the middle of Coyote Gulch and strangers pass by commenting on how nice it would be to have a nice chair it makes it all worth it! I can't keep my friends out of it at camp either!
Date published: 2014-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weight not really accurate I originally bought the REI chair and it weighed 1 lb 11 oz and I thought it was a little heavy so I purchased this chair. REI website said it was 1 lb 4 oz but when I received it and weighed the chair it weighed 1 lb 9 oz. This is not a huge difference but when every oz counts as a light weight backpacker 5 oz can be a big deal. On the bright side the chair is the most comfortable chair in its class and is built of very sturdy construction.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect fo car camping, picnicking,day @the beach First, I love the light weight & the design of this chair. That being said, I wish there was some way to engineer the poles on the Mayfly so that they were all one piece. This is the aspect I love about the Monarch- presto the frame is together, just add sling seat. The Mayfly's front legs are a separate bar that slides onto what is essentially the Monarch frame. I love the option to rock back or stay grounded (low seat height doesn't bother me), but it's one piece too many for me to deal with after backpacking all day & setting up a tent. Perfect for car camping, picnicking or a day at the beach.
Date published: 2015-08-10
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Questions & Answers

The description says the front leg can be removed so you can lean back and rock in it. Is there any reason you couldn't tip back in it with the front leg attached?

Asked by: kshbrower
By removing the front legs of the Mayfly you get a larger range of motion for rocking. You could rock with the front legs on, but you would be limited going forward. There is a good video on Alite's site to show you this.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-30

Would these chairs fit on bleacher style seating? Not the chair type of seating in stadiums but the long aluminum type with metal back rests. 

Asked by: BMoon
These chairs are designed to be used on the ground, and they will not work well with metal bleachers. We recommend that you use this product for bleachers instead:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-17

I bike a long way to the beach  - am looking for a back-packable chair. I don't see any reference to beach - any reason this chair would not work on the sand? And if ordered, will I receive a 2014 chair, as I understand the 2014 has an improved design?

Asked by: Eliadams
This chair will work fine on the beach. From Alite's website: "The Mayfly chair is perfect for hanging around bonfires on the beach, music festivals, or simply spending an afternoon in the outdoors." Yes, REI is shipping out the 2014 model.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-17

Can you verify the weight listed on REI's site for the Mayfly? it says 1lb 4oz(20oz) but Alite's site says 1.6lbs which is 25.6oz?

Asked by: Lqdshalashaska
​The weight of this chair is in fact 1.6 lbs. Thank you for bringing this information to our attention. We will update the product listing on as soon as possible.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-11

Is this chair low enough and narrow enough to be a good third canoe seat?

Asked by: Big Jim Sports Camper
This chair could be used a third seat in a canoe. The front of the chair sits 2 inches off of the ground. The height of the chair at the back is 15 inches. The width of the chair when open is 20 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-14

I see in hiker's journals and on "crazyguyonabike" that there was a slight problem with the front leg assembly. It seemed to come apart due to a smal part failure. Has this been addressed?

Asked by: Chooch
Alite is aware of a handful of situations (about 5 times) where there was some cracking on the bottom of the chair. Alite has assured us that there is no need for any sort of recall or change in design.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-10

Is this chair ever going to be available or is Alite no longer making this chair?

Asked by: Biketuesday
Please contact us directly at (800) 426-4840 for more information about backorders.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-08

Where can I find replacements for the rubber feet?

Asked by: WindHumper
Please contact Alite with inquiries regarding replacement parts for the Mayfly Chair.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-17
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