So, I went into REI on my way to Desolation Wilderness for an overnighter - I needed a lightweight pullover for the evening as I forgot mine. I looked around and thought I'd get one of those chairs you make out of the sleeping pad. I then saw the Butterfly Chair. It was fairly lightweight and compact. I don't want to ruin my sleeping pad so I thought why not get an actual chair. One of the employees told me this chair basically just had two legs that I would balance on, which I didn't realize, and immediately put it back. As I was checking out the other chairs, I saw the butterfly fully opened as a demo. As I was examining it, another employee came by and told me how comfortable it was and the great reviews it gets. I tried it out thinking I'd fall backwards and that would be it. I was wrong. Granted, I can't kick my feet up, but this chair is effortless to sit in and is quite comfy, especially after walking 8 miles. Sets up very quick and fits into my side pocket in my pack. The only draw back is that because of the lightweight frame, it flexes a little if you move side to side. But, as a light, small, backpacking or camping chair, this chair is awesome. I'm 6'2", 200lbs and I love it. My dad who is about my size, liked it just as much and I am buying him one.
Small, Light, Comfortable - Great Chair!
I chose gear style: Comfort Driven, since typically I am, but in this particular case I really chose this chair from a minimalist point of view. I have a bad back and I was tired of not having a chair for camping destinations that require a hike in and therefore generally do not cater to heavy, bulky, camp chairs. This fit the bill perfectly as it is incredibly light weight, packs up small, and supports my back great. In addition it keeps you up off the ground if it is wet (I mention this because I have seen some camp chairs that do not), and seems quite durable.
There are some drawbacks, although I don't hold them against the chair since they are inherent to the design and basically necessary to accomplish some if not all of the positive aspects of the chair. Sitting in and standing up out of the chair will take some practice, the first time you put it together (and try to pack it up) it may be a little bit confusing, you have to find the "sweet spot" when sitting in the chair since you are essentially keeping the chair upright with your legs (not difficult but certainly more "needy" than your typical chair).
It is also a bit expensive, but what isn't that is this small/light? I have used it 2 or 3 times so far and would definitely buy it again.
Crazy looking thing actually works!
I was looking for a foldable chair to take backpacking and camping when I came across this two legged contraption. I decided to give it a shot and try them out at New Orleans Jazzfest this past weekend and couldn't have been more pleased with the chair's performance.
Jazzfest has a maximum size backpack you can bring on to the Fairgrounds so size was a major concern because I didn't want to be lugging a couple of large bag chairs around. These fit the bill to a T. Was able to carry two chairs in the backpack with more than enough room for everything else.
People would see my cousin and I kicked back in these chairs and come over and ask about them. Then I would show them the bag they're packed in and and almost to a person their mouths would be open not believing the chair we were sitting in actually broke down that small.
If you want to have a chair to sit in and be lighter than 2 lbs., this is the chair for you. It doesn't take that much coordination to sit in it.
REALLY cool take anywhere rocking chair
This chair seems kind of awkward at first, but I got used to it quickly, and it's merits definitely shine over other "backpacking" chairs. Really, this is the only chair that is both light and small enough to even consider putting in a pack full of necessary gear. It does cross the line of minimalist/comfort driven in the obvious direction, however, it is like I said, the only one to even consider putting in a backpack, or my actual favorite use for it, FLYING, and to have it in your carry-on luggage, once again, being light and small enough to even consider doing so. MANY times waiting for late flights have I been at the eye of envy of the entire flight for being able to both wait in line, AND have a comfortable chair to sit in the is only seconds to set up and tear down instead of standing with your luggage for an hour or maybe more. It is worth it if you are backpacking in terrain that is difficult to find a natural seat.
Great for any outdoor adventure
This is great. It is easy to use and light weight to boot. I saw someone using this chair on my hike up Mt. Whitney and I was thinking about it back at camp while I tried to find a comfy piece of soft granite to sit on (Hint:granite is not soft at ALL)
It weighs in at 16oz with the stuff sack and maybe all of 14"x2" when packed.
All of the pockets that accept the frame look and feel really durable but I am sure after a long day on the trail the tendancy to just "plop" down into the chair may lend itself to damage.
Everything looks strong thought so no worries as I put the store's floor model through some tests.
Definitely a comfort item, but well worth it in my book. I've been backpacking for years - in the past with 40-50 lb loadouts. Gear has gotten so light, that I'm happy to be under 30 lbs. in my book, as long as I'm in the 25-30 lb loadout range, comforts like this are well worth it. This chair is far more comfortable than the lighter alternatives and certainly far better than no chair at all after a long hike and/or around camp after the rain has soaked everything around you. This chair sits in my car when I'm not on the trail, so it also gets plenty of use around town (sans the beach - doesn't work great in the sand).
One of a kind
From a backpacking standpoint this chair would not be considered minimalist but for a day hike or short backpack trip it is perfect. Unlike what a previous reviewer stated, this is the ONLY chair that CAN be used on a slope. I sat in this chair on the side of a hill in Griffith Park all day while waiting for a view of Space Shuttle Endeavor. I have also slept in this chair. Think about it. As long as you don't pull your knees to chest and lean back, it is almost impossible to fall over backwards. This chair very comfortable as you can find the perfect back angle by simply leaning forward or backward. Highly recommended.
Requires good balance!
Being able to lean back and relax on a multi-day backpacking trip really appealed to me, even though it meant carrying an extra 16 oz. This chair has only two legs, and is a few oz lighter than the version with four legs. It also seats you a couple of inches higher than the four-leg chair, which I liked. I really wanted to love this chair, but I found it uncomfortable because I had to balance all the time. Could not just relax. Also, I could not comfortably eat a meal while sitting in it. I am sending it back and getting the four-leg version, even though it is a bit heavier and lower.
Very happy - better than I expected
I bought this chair for a 10 day backpacking trip, and overall it worked great. It was well worth the small investment.
I'm 6'3, 245 lbs, so I'm at the top of the size range for the chair, but I didn't have any issues with capacity or stability, and never felt like the chair was going to collapse on me.
If you are worried about the need to balance the chair, don't be. After a few uses the balance becomes completely 2nd nature. I didn't even think about having to balance, and this gave me a great chance to rest my back.
Good product, very happy overall.
i bought 2 of these chairs and love them. my only concern is durability. one of the pole holders "blew out" after a 200lb friend used it. REI replaced it no questions asked. next, the bungee broke. that was easy to fix by replacing the bungee.
i use it to travel with (flew to cabo with it twice). it's also a great beach chair; whether i'm taking a plane or my bicycle to the beach. i sat on the top of half dome drinking beer in it last summer! it's way lighter than carrying beer...but not as tasty!