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Old 08-06-2012, 07:01 AM   #151
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New to forum but not to traveling by bike. At the Vermont Norton Rally this July I took along an Alite chair from MEC and all who sat in it to test was impressed of how comfy it is. Great for bikes with minimum storage space and makes your camp a pleasure. Its about 12" long for length when all folded up and stowed in bag.
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Did you use the two-leg or four-leg version?

(Mantis or Butterfly?)

http://www.rei.com/search?query=alite
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:30 AM   #152
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The Helinox Chair One is similar to the Alite Mantis, $89 with free postage through Helinox in Oz, and $89.95 through Big Agnes in the US. 940g (2 lbs) with pack. 860g without. Tiny pack size. Looks good.

Vid here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifc2Z...eature=related

I just got one of these, in my quest to prove that all those people who say Kermit chairs are the best are wrong. This would be a pretty trick chair if you are, say, a 5 ft 4 in. 140 lb person. If you're in the six ft, 200 lb area like me, you may want to think twice.

I guess I'm going to sell mine. PM if interested. Meanwhile, I ordered a Kermit. All those people may be right.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:40 AM   #153
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I have quite a few items that I would buy differently if I had it to do over again.
My camp chair is one exception, though.





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Old 08-06-2012, 11:41 AM   #154
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I just got one of these, in my quest to prove that all those people who say Kermit chairs are the best are wrong. This would be a pretty trick chair if you are, say, a 5 ft 4 in. 140 lb person. If you're in the six ft, 200 lb area like me, you may want to think twice.

I guess I'm going to sell mine. PM if interested. Meanwhile, I ordered a Kermit. All those people may be right.
Good choice. You'll love it.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:54 AM   #155
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Did you use the two-leg or four-leg version?

(Mantis or Butterfly?)

http://www.rei.com/search?query=alite
JR
I have the Butterfly or Monarch Chair
Its surprising how well it balances without your legs taking any strain, either feet kicked forward in crossed or in a squatting posture. I had some pretty heavy characters with many beers in them sitting on it with no ill effects. You do need to set it on a level surface at least parallel with the two feet as it has a tendency to roll you off if the angle is too inclined.
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:16 PM   #156
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I have the Butterfly or Monarch Chair
Its surprising how well it balances without your legs taking any strain, either feet kicked forward in crossed or in a squatting posture. I had some pretty heavy characters with many beers in them sitting on it with no ill effects. You do need to set it on a level surface at least parallel with the two feet as it has a tendency to roll you off if the angle is too inclined.
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I have one and dig it. Only complaint I have is width. I am a pretty broad guy in the shoulders and back, and the top of the uprights poke into me. If it were just a bit wider, I'd say the perfect chair. And for most, as the average guy will be narrower than me, it is probably perfect as is.

Nothing folds as small that is this comfy.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:50 PM   #157
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I have the butterfly as well ... and like it a lot...
My only problem really is that in soft soil (sand or mud or ....) the feet sink in ...
sometimes un-noticed until I try to get up ..........
so under those conditions I try to find a nice flat rock on which to set up (a bit of extra height is welcomed anyway ...)

I also use it for backpacking ... where the 18oz vs. 32oz weight of the 4-leg version is a BIG deal,
so likely will stay with it ... If I have a beer in-hand I sometimes set up in front of a tree for extra stability!
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:08 PM   #158
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The new 4 legged Mantis chair is way better than the Monarch chair...... I have both

The back supports on the small chair dug into my shoulder blades and was very uncomfortable. The new chair has a higher back and is perfect.

Aybody want the Monarch
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:28 PM   #159
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For those interested in the Helinox chair. Sign up to Campsaver flyer(can unsubscribe anytime) and get 20% off. I just ordered one,$71.96 shipped.

http://www.campsaver.com/helinox-chair
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:12 PM   #160
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For those interested in the Helinox chair. Sign up to Campsaver flyer(can unsubscribe anytime) and get 20% off. I just ordered one,$71.96 shipped.

http://www.campsaver.com/helinox-chair
Capacity 320 lb / 145 kg

I SO want to believe that...
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:22 PM   #161
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Honestly I'm not sure I'd put a lot or weight .... so to speak ... on the durability of the Helinox plastic hub connectors.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:31 PM   #162
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I ordered one of the Helinox and am going to take it on a week-long camping trip. And I'm not small (6-2, 225). I'll report back in a month or so. I have a Kermit too, so I'll try and make some direct comparisons.

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Old 08-17-2012, 02:34 PM   #163
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I'll do the same with the new Alite chair
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:54 PM   #164
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I'm a member of REI ... a "cautionary" purchase like this I would always make at REI because REI wants you happy for ... forever

http://www.rei.com/help/guarantee.html
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:34 PM   #165
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I ordered one of the Helinox and am going to take it on a week-long camping trip. And I'm not small (6-2, 225). I'll report back in a month or so. I have a Kermit too, so I'll try and make some direct comparisons.
Just got my Helinox and it is very small, very light, very trick and setup is a breeze. But.... as someone else said, it just doesn't look like it would hold up very well with a larger person and it has a flexy-feel while you're sitting in it that doesn't inspire confidence. Perhaps it is more durable than it looks/feels, but the 320-lb weight capacity spec seems wildly out of touch with reality to me.

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