Travel light, sit tight

Alite Mantis Chair

Sports and Outdoors : Camping By Photo by Rona Lee

That Costco folding-chair special might have seemed like a good deal at the time, but summer’s in full swing so it’s time for an upgrade. The Alite Mantis Chair ($120) is made from breathable 210D ripstop nylon and 7075 aluminum — the stuff used in rock climbing equipment and hang glider frames — weighs only two pounds, and can support up to 250 pounds. And because it packs down into an 18x5x5 inch package, it’s also an ideal packing chair for your next hiking trip. There’s no shortage of these travel chairs on the market, but as with everything else, you get what you pay for. If you’re planning to spend some time in the great outdoors this season, don’t scrimp on your instrument-of-seating. After all, a proper seat is almost as important as a proper beer. Almost.

Buy Now: $120