ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Low Chair Review (Ultralight & Packable)

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ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Low Chair is a collapsible type, light enough and nicely packable to be carried on the trail.

ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Low Chair front view.
ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Low Chair front view.


Key features

  • Collapsible chair.
  • Very light & compact when packed.
  • Reasonable price.

Where to buy

This chair is available on Amazon, and I have seen it on several of their regional stores. They have a global shipping service so check the link from your side.


What type of chair is this

So here you have a collapsible chair, which therefore needs assembly when you want to use it. You will see in the video below how to do this, it is easy, without tools, in seconds.

The frame includes 4 separate poles 7000 series aluminum, and a hub element which you see in the picture above. The seat is a combination of a 420D polyester honeycomb ripstop fabric and a nylon mesh.

They describe it as stable but the footprint is rather narrow, this in particular on the front where it is defined by the hub element which is the first area of contact with the ground. The two back poles create legs so you have another two areas on the ground.

This is a good design where the weight is spread over those three contact areas, so the chair will not sink easily regardless of the type of the groud. This is surely much better than any design with classic 4 legs and 4 feet.

Please see how to set this Ready Lite Low Chair up:


Who is it for

Weight-wise, with its 2 lb 6 oz (1.08 kg) this is an ultralight chair. Though I did not include it in my list of best backpacking chairs where the upper limit is 1 kg. But it is in the list of best collapsible chairs.

In any case, it is light enough to be carried attached to the backpack; whether or not you would use it as a backpacking chair is the matter of personal choice.

Capacity-wise, the chair’s declared weight capacity is modest 250 lb (113 kg). This is still more than strong enough for me but not for very heavy people.

Size-wise, for such a light item, the dimensions are appropriate (W x D x H) 22 x 26 x 12 inches (56 x 66 x 30 cm). Note that it is very low so most likely not the best option for elderly users, see the picture.

The Ready Lite Low Chair in the camp.
The Ready Lite Low Chair in the camp.

Good and less good features

Here is my short summary:

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  • Great weight.
  • Good packed size.
  • Great price.
  • Carry bag.
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  • A bit small size.

The price & rating

This chair is on the US market with the price tag around $58 so this is a really good price for such an ultralight camping chair. But note that on the EU market this is an expensive item with the price over 120 Euro.

Please see how I rate it against the standard set of parameters used here in the site:

My rating breakdown of the ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Low Chair:
  • 9/10
    Weight - 9/10
  • 6.8/10
    Dimensions - 6.8/10
  • 8.6/10
    Packed size - 8.6/10
  • 7/10
    Capacity - 7/10
  • 8.8/10
    Comfort - 8.8/10
  • 9.6/10
    Craftsmanship - 9.6/10
  • 9.2/10
    Price - 9.2/10
8.4/10

Specifications

  • Weight: 2 lb 6 oz (1.08 kg).
  • Capacity: 250 lb (113 kg).
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 22 x 26 x 12 in (56 x 66 x 30 cm)
  • Packed size: 15 x 7 x 4 in (38 x 18 x 10 cm).
  • Warranty: limited lifetime warranty.

ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Low Chair vs Competitors

To understand the features of such a chair it is useful to see how it compares with similar chairs on the market. So I have decided to show you two of them from the same weight range, the Travelchair Joy and Big Agnes Mica Basin. Those are both new items on the market and from renown brands.

This Ready Lite Low chair is much lower as you would expect from its name, and with a smaller capacity. But note that it has a better feet design which does not sink in the ground. Please follow the links for more.


Weight, lb (kg)

Dimensions

(W x D x H), in (cm)

Packed size, in (cm)

Capacity, lb (kg)

Carry bag

Price

alps mount.
ready lite low chair

2.38 (1.08)

22 x 26 x 12
(56 x 66 x 30)

15 x 7 x 4
(38 x 18 x 10)

250 (113)

yes

$

travelchair
joy chair

2.36 (1.07)

21 x 21 x 28
(53 x 53 x 71)

14 x 4 x 4
(36 x 10 x 10)

300 (136)

yes

$

big agnes
mica basin 

2.19 (0.99)

22 x 19.5 x 29
(56 x 50 x 74)

17.5 x 3.5 x 3.5
(44 x 9 x 9)

300 (136)

yes

$$

 


Final thoughts

ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Low Chair is nicely built, with great weight, packed size, and price. This is a new item on the market but I am convinced it is there to stay and it will be a popular item among hikers and campers. You can transport it in various ways, in the pack, on a bicycle, on a motorbike, etc,

The ALPS Mountaineering is one from the ALPS Brands family that included also ALPS OutdoorZ, Delta Waterfowl Gear, Browning Camping, and Cedar Ridge.

Check ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Low Chair current price.

If you need more options to choose from, please check in the category Camping Chairs here in the site, you will find them in hundreds.

Note that this is not a sponsored text, and I have no business relationship with this brand. Please let us know if you have any experience with this chair, share your thoughts, there is a comment box below.


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