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Only good if you're not skinny, don't sit a whole lot, and don't move.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 15, 2022
So long as you weigh more than 120 lbs,
So long as you don't use this chair more than 4 hours a day,
So long as you don't move while you are sitting,
This chair is probably pretty good.
I buy for longevity and comfort. This was my first time buying and using a "gaming chair", and I though that it would be good for me. My previous chair was a middle of the road office chair that lasted me about 4 years very comfortably before the seat cushion needed to be replaced. I would have done that, but decided instead to try out this chair since my roommate had the same one(but blue.)
As I look back, however, I've come to realize that the issues started piling on rapidly. When I'd started using it, the lumbar support cushion felt like it was pushing my back too far forward and making my back ache when I sat until I put it at the very *very* base, until finally the cushion was pressed and worn down enough for it to fit my back somewhat comfortably. However, by that time the Pleather started developing cracks quickly, particularly on the headrest cushion. They very quickly began to crack along every major point of contact.
That was only the start, however. One day as I was leaning the chair back, a very clear and painful rod started to jut out, right where my shoulder blade is. every time I try to lean back, that starts to press into my shoulder and spikes almost like a pin and is now jutting through the pleather. The padding was all gone within a year.
The padding on the seat very quickly started to wear away with my bony derrière, but then the leather on the seat started to very literally crack along the seams. I'd thought I'd had this chair for two-three years by this point, but when I came to look at this page and it showed my my purchase, I realize it had been less than a year when all of this started to happen.
Those cracks on the seat and headrest in particular are significantly abrasive. My neck will regularly get chaffed if I game in my usual relaxed position and use it for ergonomics. The seat, however, has worn very literal *holes* in my pants, and turned them into pilled messes.
Everything you see here as an issue started to happen within the first 18 months of owning this chair, and the past year has only made them slightly worse. These images are largely accurate representations of the results of 18-24 months of use.
I will say, this may not be entirely manufacture error. I use this chair nearly 18 hours a day; I work from home, game, and use my computer for video game development personally as well. I'm nothing but bones, and so that might accelerate the wear at certain points. I also adjust myself and my seating often, and when I lean back, I prefer to keep my posture the same, and move the seat itself with me, not just the back.
Comments for the developers:
Look into the issues regarding the quick wear of the pleather and padding
Offer a seat adjustment lock, not unlike the back, where instead of "Locked" and "Unlocked" are the only two options, try adding either a hydraulic or pneumatic system(or even just multiple settings) for the seat inclination like most middle+ tier office chairs so that people can still maintain some good posture while reducing wear on the chairs at other angles.
Also, that roommate I mentioned had his chair arm break, though he's a much heavier guy than I am, but perhaps look into some more bracing for that rather than just the plywood bottom?