Alite Designs Monarch Chair (Sun Orange)
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- Perfectly portable at just 21 oz or 1.3 lbs.
- Durable + lightweight ripstop nylon cradles your body for hours of comfort.
- Ultra-compact when disassembled. Stuff sack included.
- Super-strong two-legged design holds up to 250 lbs. Perfect for rocking back and forth.
- Packed size: 13"x4.5"x4.5"
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|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
Top Customer Reviews
It's light and pretty comfortable.
It's very fancy looking and people WILL be wowed by it if they haven't seen it before
It packs small, you can carry it everywhere.
When you get used to it, it's more like a lounger than a chair.
Its sturdy, you can treat it like a 2 legged rocking chair if you want.
It's more of a hike chair than a camp chair. Your legs makes up for the missing 2 chair legs, so you can never totally kick back and relax. This is great for a breather during a tough hike, but not so good when you want to sit by the camp fire and make s'mores.
Price. For 50 bucks you can probably buy 2 camp chair, though those chairs won't be nearly as light as the Monarch.
Overall, the Monarch is a niche market product. If space and weight doesn't matter (car camping), its too minimalist and unsteady compare to real camp loungers. However, when space and weight does matter (backpack camping), at 1lb and the size of a folded tent, its now too heavy and bulky for what it does. I'd rather just sit on a tarp.
What is it good for then? Well, glamping (glam camping), waiting in a long line outside of your local Bestbuy, out door concerts / movies, and short distance hiking trips are all legit uses for this. The Monarch is well designed, its just not very useful.
When assembling it, the 'x' goes on the bottom.
In another write-up I saw somewhere, they suggested you could also put a pack under it for more support.
Comfortable? WAY more comfy than standard bag camp chairs. For a short duration it's no problem using the chair by itself. I know other reviews had stated that the whole two leg system is a crock, and it's not for everyone. But it is for us. If you've ever used a Trekker Chair, this is WAY more comfortable, and you don't have to commit a therm-a-rest pad. It's also nice that this chair you can "recline" in and the seat just cradles you. If you're going to be sitting for an extended period of time, just lean against a little something. Anything fixed will do, and it doesn't take much. Just a little support on the back side, and you can sit for HOURS. SOOO comfortable... check.
Durable? Aluminium poles, hard rubber feet, double stitched seams... what's NOT durable about this. I've even put my big butt in the thing and it still held me. Plus, you can't really go wrong with Alite products. They really do stand behind what they sell. SOOO Durable... check.
Lightweight? Put this chair packed in its bag on the kitchen scale... 21.3oz. Talk about LIGHT. You can slip this into a day pack with no problems. If you attend events with outdoor groups in a camping type environment, this is PERFECT. You can literately take this thing anywhere. Although if you're an ounce hound for extreme backpacking, the weight can't be justified.Read more ›
But as my son entered the Boy Scouts and we had a hike coming up, I started to revisit my options. I needed to lighten my load for an 8 mile hike over fairly rough terrain. I knew I wasn't taking a car much beyond the trailhead so everything I needed was going to be packed in or strapped to my backpack. The thought of getting to the campsite after half a day of hiking without having a place to sit and put my feet up wasn't very appealing. I noticed that the Alite Monarch Butterfly chairs were on sale at REI (for about $49 for some colors). At just over a pound and very compact they appeared to be a good "throw in" luxury item so I grabbed one.
On the trail, I hiked in with about 25 scouts of varying ages and ranks (my boy being one of the younger scouts) and adults. By the time we got to the campsite, set up our tents and had a moment to relax before heading out to the stream for water and another short excursion. I stayed behind and instantly my Butterfly chair became a hit with the few scouts and adult leaders that also stayed behind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this chair so much I bought it for all my relatives. I have yet to find a comfortable chair that can fold up this small and fit in a backpack. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jerry Garcia
I absolutely love this thing!
Bought it in 2012 to use for hiking/backpacking, and downtime as infantry. Read more
I live two miles from the beach and have no car. This packs up as small as an umbrella, but gives my back support when i sit on the beach. Read morePublished 19 months ago by cat
Great chair! its easy to set up and pack away. it weighs very little and does not take up like any room in my pack at all.Published 20 months ago by alschnelle
great chair, sinks in softer ground, isnt easiest to get up from while sitting in it but very very comfortable during usePublished on January 27, 2014 by Michael Conley
Putting it together is fairly straightforward, but once I got it assembled, I was a little puzzled. I didn't realize it when I bought it, this chair does not stand on its own. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Lenny
i don't always carry a chair when back packing, only during either short trips or alot of people coming along trips. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Lilysmom07