User Review: Alite Monarch Chair
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50
It's super light for what it provides. And what it provides is a comfortable place to sit down, off the ground, that collapses into a size not much bigger than a Nalgene.
- Light weight
- Packs small
- Only two points of contact gets to be a challenge at times (new version has three legs)
- A bit pricey
I had seen the Alite chairs in use on a trip to Nicaragua and been jealous of my friends' ability to whip them out of a backpack pocket and have a place to sit that didn't require becoming muddy. After picking one up I still have only good things to say about them.
The chair is durable (hasn't shown any wear over my two years of use). The small pack size for a comfortable chair that gets you off the ground is amazing. The name of the company definitely applies to their product..it's quite light (IMO) for what you get. The mesh on the seat provides nice breathability and the color scheme is definitely unique.
The only thing that I would change (and they have by adding a new model) is having only two points of contact. Having to keep your feet out in front of you or leaning up against something is usually not a big deal but sometimes circumstances make it such that a third leg on the chair would be nice.
On the other hand only having two points allows you to use/balance the chair in many spots where you couldn't get three points to rest on the ground and have the chair be level.
All in all a great chair and one worth investing in (or asking for as a gift:).