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Old 02-16-2013, 08:06 PM   #271
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I have the Alite Monarch chair. Checked it out at REI Anchorage. Had a REI employee demonstrate it for me . Didn't want to embarrass myself by falling over or not being able to get up out of it. I was 79. :0) . Now 82 and have about 40 days using it and still very satisfied with the lightness and comfort of it . Great in the camp site and use it for reading in my 3 man "scratch that " 3 person tent . This new world has passed me up . Looking to a trip next summer with the chair . If it works for you that is what we are looking for .

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:55 AM   #272
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Finally got to try my Exped Chairkit (like the Thermarest kits; this converts a sleeping mat into a chair). Very comfortable and holds you higher off the ground than I had anticipated. Packs small and light enough that I'll actually carry it. Fits my Exped 9 DLX perfectly as you'd expect. I think my standard Thermarest will be too thin to work well with it, but I'm hoping it will also work with my NeoAir Trek (provided it's not fully inflated).

The only downside I have found so far is that the way it folds, part of what would normally be the 'top' of your rollmat is the part that touches the floor. This isn't a problem inside a tent with a groundsheet, but when sitting outside (or in my Tipi) it means you then have to sleep on the bit that has been on the ground. Not a big deal, but if the floor is very wet/muddy (as it often is hear), it means you need to carry a black bin bag/similar as a mini-groundsheet for the chair.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:04 PM   #273
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I liked the light weight, compact size, strength, comfort, and fast setup of the Helinox One chair. What my knees did not like was the 13" seat height.

With the addition of some aluminum tubing and 3D printed "Big Feet" I now have a chair that weighs 2.5 lbs, packs tightly, [probably] won't sink into soft surfaces, and has a 17" seat height!

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Old 04-03-2013, 12:11 PM   #274
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I liked the light weight, compact size, strength, comfort, and fast setup of the Helinox One chair. What my knees did not like was the 13" seat height.

With the addition of some aluminum tubing and 3D printed "Big Feet" I now have a chair that weighs 2.5 lbs, packs tightly, [probably] won't sink into soft surfaces, and has a 17" seat height!

Very Cool! So - what ID/OD tubing, and how much do you weigh?
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:45 PM   #275
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Used 6061 5/8" OD 0.509" ID tubing - it was $37 for 6 feet at McMaster, not sure about locally.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:24 PM   #276
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After doing the research I decided on the Kermit Chair. I didn't get to sit in any of them so no true comparison. I know the Kermit is expensive but I really look at it as a close to life time investment with proper care.

My opinion-
Packs nice.
Easy set up.
Very well made.
Sit comfortably (Most important)

I love this chair. My wife thought it was too much money to spend on a chair until.............she sat in it.

Set up in front of camp.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:19 PM   #277
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I liked the light weight, compact size, strength, comfort, and fast setup of the Helinox One chair. What my knees did not like was the 13" seat height.

With the addition of some aluminum tubing and 3D printed "Big Feet" I now have a chair that weighs 2.5 lbs, packs tightly, [probably] won't sink into soft surfaces, and has a 17" seat height!

At 6-2 and 200lbs, I love my Helinox chair! I sold my Kermits.

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Old 04-03-2013, 07:14 PM   #278
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REI, $70, light small, comfortable.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:36 PM   #279
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Got me one of the REI Flex chairs today. Last one in stock at the Long Island, NY store at Carle Place. Color is Olive Oil, I call it Light Pukey Green. Very comfortable, takes 2 mins to erect or take down. A tight fit stuffing it back in the travel bag. Nice small package and light. I love it. Bought for motorcycle adventure, might even take it on bicycle tour if load permits.

Price was $64.95 and I used my $20 dollar discount card to get total price with tax to $50.00 All in all a very satisfying experience. I wanted the Alite Mantis, but hard to find online and getting expensive....nice to get the REI guarantee though.

Kermit guys can bite me if they aren't too old to get out of their dinosaur chairs


Hey, I resemble that remark ! My wife bought me a Kermit as a Xmas present years ago...had my name embroidered on it along with the Moto Man. Great chair, especially with the leg extensions. I can never get rid of it under the " circumstances ". But nothing wrong with adding to the fleet ! I picked up the REI chair several months ago and can't wait to try it out. The Kermit with extensions weighs in at almost 10lbs while the REI is about a lb and a 1/2. And that difference is important.....I'm trying everything I can to keep the weight of the GS down as I get older... and it gets taller..... and I get shorter Now, about the " bite me " remark............
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:05 PM   #280
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So, rather than a Helinox - I got one of the REI copies, Flex Lite. I have sat in a Helinox, and the Flex Lite is very similar. But on both of these, the upper frame coincides with my shoulder blades. Not horrible, but notable.

So I recently found a good deal on an Alite Mantis.


Much bigger seating area, and no pressure points. Very comfy, but lower and more reclined:


The Flexlite has 9" of height (with my 220lbs in it), and I can easily get my weight over my feet and get up out of it.

The Mantis sits at 5", and requires a bit of struggle to escape.

Both of these chair frames are 1/2" OD tubing, but the Mantis is thicker walled, and in fact has the ends turned down where they go together.

The Flexlite "hubs" just slip onto the crossbar, but the Mantis is keyed. Makes no difference until you kick back on two legs.

The "highrise" legs on garandman's Helinox work well with the stock hub angles - but the Mantis is more splayed out and would also require new hubs as well as new legs - may as well make a whole new frame.

13' of 1/2x.083 6061 - about $60, plus hub material = the cost of the chair.

Just gonna enjoy them stock for a while.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:27 PM   #281
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At 6-2 and 200lbs, I love my Helinox chair! I sold my Kermits.
Whatever makes you comfortable. So far my Kermit has kept me in camping (and sometimes around the house) comfort for 15 years.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:53 PM   #282
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Whatever makes you comfortable. So far my Kermit has kept me in camping (and sometimes around the house) comfort for 15 years.
Agreed. At least the Kermit doesn't get your neck into the turtle-like forward bent like most of the UL chairs. That's where my main comfort issues are with pretty much all camping chairs.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:50 PM   #283
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I have a Kermit with leg extensions .
It is a great chair . Sturdy as can be . Had it for several years . It is one of the first ones manufactured after they started making them in the States again .
Now and again I go light and take the REI longer leg chair , which is comfortable .
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I have been at it long enough to have a good selection of gear to choose from .
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:23 PM   #284
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REI flex lite chair fix

Got a REI flex lite after reading all the reviews. Lite the forum said, the feet are small and bullet shaped so they sink in really bad in soft ground and make the chair tippy. Easy fix. Wally world had rubber chair tips, 3/4 inch fit perfectly, pack of 4 cost $1. They are heavy duty and fit snug and press on easily. These tips greatly increase each foot size and are more blunt and square so they don't sink so easily. Can leave them on and chair still fits back into carry sack. Have not sunk into this sand anymore.
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:25 PM   #285
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REI flex lite chair fix

Got a REI flex lite after reading all the reviews. Lite the forum said, the feet are small and bullet shaped so they sink in really bad in soft ground and make the chair tippy. Easy fix. Wally world had rubber chair tips, 3/4 inch fit perfectly, pack of 4 cost $1. They are heavy duty and fit snug and press on easily. These tips greatly increase each foot size and are more blunt and square so they don't sink so easily. Can leave them on and chair still fits back into carry sack. Have not sunk into this sand anymore.
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