The Mantis doesn't overwhelm us with its performance in comparison to the other contenders. For a model costing $120, we expect more. Its stability and comfort are lower than the REI Camp Stowaway Low. The Mantis' seat is roomier than the seat of the Big Agnes Helinox One, but not everyone enjoyed its permanently reclined position. It is more stable and easier to set-up than the Therm-a-Rest Treo, though. Take caution in the wind with this chair as its light weight and sail-like construction will make it fly! Lastly, this chair has the second lowest seat height of any of the models we tested, which makes it more difficult to get out of, so don't bring it along for Grandpa because he might not be able to get out of it.
Since we last reviewed the Mantis, Alite released a newer version of this camping chair, pictured above. The update is minor, with new colors and a stuff sack the manufacturer claims is more durable. More details follow below.