Below is our review of the 2011 Monarch and our comparisons to other chairs of that year. See our recent backpacking chair reviews.
The Alite Monarch Butterfly is the most innovative camp chair we have seen and wins our Top Pick award. It was the lightest and most compact chair we tested and had the coolest design. It lets you sit off the ground and feel like you are floating on air. We have not seen a camp chair that lets you sit off the ground that is nearly as light or compact. It did not win Editors' Choice because it is not that stable or versatile compared to the other camp chairs. Even on flat surfaces some testers had trouble getting used to it. On unstable surfaces like sand or gravel, it almost takes more work to stay balanced than is worth it. If you are looking for a really cool, light and compact chair, the Alite Monarch may be it. If you want a more versatile and stable chair, we would recommend the Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger. The PowerLounger is faster and easier to set up, very stable, can by unfolded to be shared and doubles as a sleeping pad. Or, if you just want the best value in a camp chair, we recommend the Crazy Creek Original.