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Chair for a Bagger

Anybody got a recommendation on a lightweight camp chair for a backcountry tour?  The two I found that that look interesting were the Alite Monarch Butterfly Chair carried by REI and something called a Sling-Light.

The Alite only weighs 18 oz and looks like it would fit on a water bottle holder.  The weird thing about it is that you are essentially balancing on 2 legs.  The pictures look a bit odd but it got some good reviews.

The Sling-Light weighs 18 to 20 oz depending on the review and folds to 26 x 16 x 1.5, which may be a little big for the bottom of a bob trailer.

Anybody use either one of these or something similar? 
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Chirpy, December 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I have a couple of small tri-pod chairs that I carry on a motorcycle for touring trips.  They are very light and maybe 15″ in length and maybe 3″ in diameter folded up.  These are very sturdy aluminum framed with a nylon seat.  You can find them at farm supply and some sporting goods stores.

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rockman68, December 31, 2011 at 9:06 am

I’ve looked at the Butterfly at REI.
I’ve tested it in the store.
I’m tempted, but I can’t convince myself that it would really work.

1. It sits very low, so you’re likely to fall (or do something similar to falling) on your way in or out of this chair. I’d be really impressed if you could get in/out of it while holding a plate of food and a drink.

2. Needs fairly level and firm ground.

3. You legs don’t really get to rest. You have to keep a little load on your legs to keep the chair balanced.

It’s fun to play with in the store, and it’s definitely compact and lightweight, but I don’t think I would want to spend hours in it after riding 100 miles/day.

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Michrider !!!, December 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

Chair for a bagger?  Does it have a second use?

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tjdale, December 31, 2011 at 12:20 pm

The monarch is not bad for its size and wt.  I have 2.  They are odd but not difficult to master.  They are however a bit larger than a water bottle and a bit expensive.  

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giantron, January 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

If you have one of those Thermarest pads you can buy the chair adapter which turns your Thermarest into a stadium type chair. Those ones with no legs so you’d be sitting on the ground but have back support. And they’re basically fabric so the weigh almost nothing. It seems everything with bagging it is a trade off, as I’m finding out.

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SSC1, January 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm

madison5302 said: This thing sounds kind of stupid but I have one and I use it.http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=pocket+chair&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=14646863504124948900&sa=X&ei=f0MXT6mrIYumsAKIk-2MAg&ved=0CF0Q8wIwAg#

That looks pretty useful…….do you like it?

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Lowrydr, January 22, 2012 at 9:19 am

I ride with people that have both styles and they swear by them. So it’s a matter of preferance/space available I suppose. I use a four legged chair that I got years ago at Dunhams Sporting Goods. It hangs across the back of my panniers & hooks to the loops on each side.I haven’t been able to find them the last few years when looking to replace the one that had the canvas give out. Going to just have a seamstress make a new seat & drill out the rivets to replace it. Good thing I bought 3 of them at the time.

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madison5302, January 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I do like the pocket chair but it is no Lazy Boy recliner.  I travel via the truck and only get one bag…so it is better than sitting on the ground.  I have a chair in a bag (child size) that I take on tours that allow two bags.  It can be a little awkward when others want to sit in my kid chair for a chat and I have to ask them not to use it because it has a weight limit.

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GTIowa, January 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

I bring along two chairs. I have a GCI Outdoor collapsible tripod
http://www.amazon.com/GCI-Outdoors-17010-Outdoor-PackSeat/dp/B0042WZ5PC
that I strap to the outside of my panniers to use during a ride and the Therm-A-Rest chair kit
http://www.amazon.com/Therm-A-Rest-Thermarest-Trekker-Chair-25/dp/B000PRKOGI
to use at camp. The Therm-A-Rest is very comfortable but takes some time to set-up.

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Michrider !!!, January 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I guess a chuck of Kurb would be too heavy & bulky to carry on my bike?????

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knees36, January 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Yep, but they’re so heavy that you’d need two chunks…one each side of your bike or you’d just go around in circles!!!

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Michrider !!!, February 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I use a wool blanket that I throw on the ground!!!

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Sandaltan ., February 5, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Stick to curbs and kurbs and you can’t go wrong. Where did that wool blanket come from??? Maybe the horse barn just south of Rabbit Hash?

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