Alite Mayfly Chair
-=STAND BY FOR FIELD TESTING PLEASE=- I really want…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79.89
-=STAND BY FOR FIELD TESTING PLEASE=-
I really want to love these chairs, but they will fail on you very early on.
** UPDATE 2/28/14: New frame arrived as promised. In the new photo below you can see the dimples used to prevent the inserts from sliding back up into the main frame pole. I'll be testing it in Big Bend in two weeks and will do a final update following that trip.
** UPDATE 2/26/14: Took two days but Alite got back to me. They've acknowledged the issue with older frames that has been resolved and are sending a replacement frame that should arrive in 2 days. I will road-test it at Big Bend National Park over Spring Break and report back after the trip. **
- Folds up very compactly
- Support - they stand behind their product.
- Fails early on rendering it useless and dead weight
- Somewhat of a chore to set up and take down so only for an hour or longer at a stop
** UPDATE 2/28/14: New frame arrived as promised. You can see the dimples used to prevent the inserts from sliding back up into the main frame pole. I'll be testing it in Big Bend in two weeks and will do a final update following that trip.
** UPDATE 2/26/14: Took 2 days but Alite got back to me. They've acknowledged the issue with older frames that has been resolved and are sending a replacement frame that should arrive in 2 days. I will road-test it at Big Bend National Park over Spring Break and report back after the trip. **
My first Alite Mayfly Chair failed on its first day of use and so has its replacement.
Chair #2 failed same as the one it replaced. Thankfully for me, purchased at REI. As other 1 star reviews on Amazon.com state, the part of the backrest rods that go into the foot/ball joints gets pushed up and then the chair is done.
It's my understanding these 'inner connectors' are held in place by glue and this is the weak link. I'm well under the advertised weight rating, and in both cases these chairs failed very early on after only the lightest of duty. What's the point if it is just going to fail on you in the field?
You've been warned.
Thank you for contacting us directly about this issue. Sorry to hear about the frame breaking on you and yes you are correct we do cover out items with a life time warranty. You are covered but need to know a few more things.Do you need to have 2 mayfly chair frames replaced or just 1? I am not clear about that.Also just as an FYI do not try to attempt to fix these chairs yourself. This may cause more problems and we cover out items so we either can fix it or send you a new chair frame. We have corrected the issue and I can only assume these are the older frame chairs that you purchased from REI.
Can you please send me an address to send you the replacement chair frame(s) to?thanks
Weighing in at 1.4lbs, the Alite Mayfly 4 Leg Stable…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $69 + Shipping
Weighing in at 1.4lbs, the Alite Mayfly 4 Leg Stable Folding Camp chair is a well-made and strong chair that collapses into an 11.5" long, 4.3" bag/package.
- All metal frame
- Small pack size
- Lightweight (for a chair)
- Slightly confusing assembly
- Low to the ground
Unlike competing products, the Alite Mayfly chair's frame is all metal construction. The only plastic bits were on the bottom of the rear/central feet. This chair can be set up without the front legs so that it functions in the same way as Alite's Monarch chair as a rocker. Adding the front legs lends stability and keeps you from 'falling to the front' if you need to lean forward (say, when cooking).
The chair is rated to 250lbs and it seems to live up to that rating. I wouldn't trust BSA's Ultra-light camp chair or REI's Flex-Light chair in the same fashion thanks to their plastic joints. Unlike BSA and REI's offerings (or Alite's Mantis for that matter), the Mayfly is much closer to the ground. The lack of the extra set of legs lowers it's overall height. You do gain the option to leave the front legs home and use the Mayfly as a rocker though.
Saying the chair is collapsible is an understatement. Unlike usual camp chairs that hinge in on themselves, the frame of the Mayfly has more in common with tent poles. Each piece is joined to the next with shock cord helping to reduce confusion as you put it together for the first time. This is a good thing since the directions are sparse.
Overall I'm very impressed with the chair. Initial test show that it is comfortable without creaking or strain that the others show when tested with a ~200 lbs weight. You don't need to feel this chair will break if you sneeze while sitting in it!
If you are an ultra-light backpacker, you will be leaving this home. If you are looking for a little bit of comfort and don't mind a little bit of weight, this is one of the best options out there! Far better than most of the folding camp chairs I've used (though nowhere near as comfortable as a good zero-gravity lounger!).
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Alite Designs Mayfly chairs are perfect for the campground. Item Specifications Color Orange
- Mountains Plus
The Alite Mayfly chair is perfect for hanging around bonfires on the beach, music festivals, or simply spending an afternoon in the outdoors. Patent pending design offers two innovative ways to lounge: as a 3-legged stable chair or 2-legged rocker Frame is made from lightweight yet durable 7000 series aluminum Easy assembly; color coded for simplicity Large back sling offers comfortable lounging Extremely comfortable sling is made from Ripstop Nylon with breathable mesh panels Frame packs down like tent poles to fit inside your bag, tote, or trunk Weighs only 1.4lbs, holds up to 250 lbs, how's that for small and mighty? Superior durable design is up for the challenge of everyday use and is backed by Alite's Lifetime Guarantee Includes stuff sack and assembly instructions