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Alite Designs Monarch Chair (Sun Orange)

4.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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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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If effortless portability made a baby with serious comfort, the result would be our Monarch Chair. Weighing in at a feather light 21 ounces, it's perfect for backyard hangouts, picnics, camping, or any occasion that calls for your rear end in a seated position

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  • ASIN: B0085SD2XQ
  • Item model number: ALITE-P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,362 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
The Alite Monarch is a product aimed at a niche market. It can't stand on its own, is more expensive than most other camp chair, and can't be used by people with bad knees, are over weight, or have a bad sense of balance. If none of that describes you, than you stand a chance to like this very well designed chair.

Pro:
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.

Con:
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.
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It is the perfect size to take motorcycle camping. In the bag it's 12.5" long. The bigger end is 5" across, and the smaller end is 2.5" across.

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.
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Color: Par Blue Verified Purchase
Here I was trying to find the perfect gift for my wife. Yes, it was an anniversary present. We are outdoors people, but my wife doesn't like Hawaiian centipedes. SO for our outings, day hikes, shore dive trips, and campings, I wanted to get her something that was comfortable, durable, lightweight, compact storage, and fun.

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.
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I was looking for a well-made, light chair that I could take with me on backpacking trips. This chair fits both requirements, however I failed to realize how much "comfort" means to me! The downside to this chair is you have to balance yourself - it only has two legs. Some might consider this an ingenious feature to make it so light (and that it has the ability to act as a rocking chair) but I find having to constantly balance yourself a chore. If I could do it again, I'd go with one of the four leg designs.
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Color: Pes Red
I've seen the Alite Monarch Butterfly Chair online, getting high recommendations from Backpacker magazine, great reviews on YouTube and saw it in person at a local REI. It looked like a great, lightweight, chair that's good for backpacking. I sat in one, thought it was kind of comfy enough... if I HAD to use one... But it was a bit out of my price range at $70 plus when I first saw it and I already had a few camp chairs. It wouldn't replace any of them at the campsite. It was too small. Too low to the ground. Didn't have a drink holder.

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.
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