Comfortable, cartable, and colorful, Alite’s chairs strike the right balance between ultralight and luxury.
Alite’s latest, the Stonefly, is currently up for preorder for $130. The Stonefly comes in at 2.75 pounds with a single-piece frame, ventilation, and cupholders. It’s small by camping chair standards, but not by Alite standards, and the armrests with additional pockets are generous while the smart frame design feels very sturdy. In spite of its size, the Stonefly can support 330 pounds, significantly more than Alite’s larger chairs.
The larger and higher 3.3 pound Calpine is wide enough that you (probably) won’t feel the poles of the frame while sitting, also looks the coolest of the bunch.
The last Alite I sat in was the 4-legged Mantis, which has an optional “Cozy” cover for extra warmth. The Mantis is a much lower and lighter chair, weighing in at only 1.8 pounds while staying surprisingly comfortable.
Alite remains at the top of this bottom weight class of camping chairs, and the storage armrests of the Stonefly are very welcome additions to the line.