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Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by euromotorcycles, Feb 1, 2009.
Just received it and it is AWESOME!
I have one of those too.....great and compact...slips nicely down the inside of the pannier....very handy .....
I got one of these for Christmas and agree it is great
How long does this take to assemble? Looks like something from Ikea.
The frame is completely linked together internaly with elastic cord like modern tent poles are. It takes roughly 7-10 seconds to assemble and about the same amount of time to install the seat surface.
I still have my doubts about it's ability to hold 300Lb (I think that's what it's rated to right ?) but as it's REI it may be worth a punt as they have a fantastic return policy...
Give the unassembled frame a shake, and it's 75% assembled. No prob. I find it harder to stretch the fabric to get the frame ends seated in their pockets, but still less than 30 seconds.
I weigh 210, and find myself unworried about sitting/twisting/etc in this chair. Biggest issue is the legs digging into the dirt.
Size/fit wise, it is just a bit small. I am XL torso, 5'9". I find that the back frame ends and my shoulders interfere a bit - just noticeable, not too bad. I'm interested in an Alite Mantis since it has a larger seating area - but more $$ and lower seat ht by 5".
I went with the Mantis for the higher back. A little harder in and out but no shoulder issue.
I have that REI chair from a few posts back. It's awesome, and very comfy. I could see it being weak if you're a really big guy (over 250 lbs), but for anybody smaller, it should be about perfect.
The REI Flexlite is rated at 250 lbs. I weigh 170. If you are a heavy guy with a extra wide build I can see where it might be a little tight
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 .
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.
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?
I weigh 240.
Used 6061 5/8" OD 0.509" ID tubing - it was $37 for 6 feet at McMaster, not sure about locally.
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.
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.
At 6-2 and 200lbs, I love my Helinox chair! I sold my Kermits.
REI, $70, light small, comfortable.
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............
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.