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  • Convert a traditionally sedentary seating posture into an energizing, strength-building activity.
  • Promotes active sitting which strengthens core muscles and improves posture.
  • Improves circulation to the lower extremities and provides nourishment to the intervertebral discs.
  • Unique seating platform that permits lateral movement and bounce.
  • Introduces a range of natural, fluid motion including tilting, swaying and bouncing.


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Technical Details
Brand NameVia Inc.
Item Weight29 pounds
Product Dimensions23 x 12 x 22 inches
Item model numberA 801
ColorRed, Grey, Blue, Orange, Black
  
Additional Information
ASINB00079EH3U
Best Sellers Rank #94,425 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight28.5 pounds
Date First AvailableDecember 28, 2004
  
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Black (Alcantra) Swopper Chair

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I even thought about returning it.
Matt
I love love love this chair and recommend it for anyone that suffers from back pain.
AGonza12
This is the perfect chair for someone like me who has difficulty sitting still.
Aunt Kitten

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By patmeth on February 28, 2010
I purchased the swopper after doing a lot of online research. I could return it for a full refund if I didn't like it to the store I purchased it from. The stool/chair has been fantastic and like many other reviews say, really does work and cure lower back issues. Not only that, it promotes the right posture, movement and active sitting. Unlike other similarly priced so called ergonomic chairs that have a back support, the lack of one on the swopper actually strengthens the lower back muscles. Plush ergonomic chairs with back support just weaken the back. I was skeptical about the results of sitting on the swopper before purchase, but I am totally convinced and thrilled that it works. You will never go back to sitting on a regular chair (however expensive) again. Only, get used to sitting on it in stages as the instructions suggest and eventually make it your full-time chair. I liked the chair so much that I now have two, one for work and the other for home use. In fact, I'm sitting on one as I write this review :). Nothing is worth more than the health of your back.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jason Hodges on December 10, 2010
I'm giving this product 5 stars but only because I was going to do 4 stars and trying to figure which way it leans towards the 5th or 4th star and I think its toward the 5th star.

The Good: It is well designed and appears that it will last a lifetime. It looks very cool. It seems to have improved my lower back pain. I am at the computer sometimes 10 or more hours a day!

The Bad: I ordered the Leather cover (black with silver stand I think it was called the executive swopper or something) and that has been a huge hassle to get it to stay centered. I have had the chair more than 2 years now and since about 3 months old the leather cover will not stay centered. The padding under the leather is circular as you can see in the picture, and it gets narrower as you go down the chair. This is where the problem sets in. The leather as you sit in it slides. It is difficult to explain but the fabric is pulled so tight that you cannot realign it easily. I'm thinking someday I'll have to get it recovered or something. It does take a small learning curve to get used to balancing on it. My mother came over and promptly fell off the chair!

And by the way, I thought maybe I just got a defective swopper so I "swapped" it out for another one, and the 2nd one did/ does the exact same thing. The vendor said its better to get these with the fabric cover.

Overall, a very good purchase.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Kitten on April 25, 2011
I've had my chair/stool for three years - it's "born" date is easy to remember 8/8/08! It has been great for me and still looks and feels brand new. I purchased mine from Via in black cloth (the only vendor I could find in the US who carried it at the time). This is the perfect chair for someone like me who has difficulty sitting still.

A reviewer mentioned they have leather and it "slides" a bit. Well, the fabric does the same, maybe it moves less. I just rotate the seat around so the fabric will work itself the other way. It think it has to do with the seat leaning forward as you sit.

With all the news lately about sitting being so bad for you, I think this chair allows just the right amount of movement to offset any stillness in the pelvis.

I have sat on it for eight hours straight working on a project and had no problem. This is after years of use though.
Would I purchase it again? Absolutely. There are times I miss a back to lean against. If that happens I just get up and walk around a bit.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JohnO on March 1, 2012
I, too, have owned a Swopper chair for five years. I tell anyone who will listen that this is the best thing you can do for your back. Like another reviewer, I can sit in this chair for 10 hours if need be. At this point I would never go back to a conventional chair for work or any other activity that required long hours of focused, seated activity.

Case in point, before owning this chair I had begun to have chronic lower back problems and weakness, resulting in several episodes of pulling or straining my back and being laid up for hours or days at a time. I am convinced (though I can't prove it) that this chair has been instrumental in strengthening my back and preventing further issues; I've been "pain free" since owning my Swopper.

I have the microsuede seat cover and have never had any fabric slippage problems.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matt on June 26, 2012
I'm a programmer so most days I'm sat at my desk for 8 hours or more. I began suffering with back pain a couple of years ago and looked into buying a Swopper - I didn't buy it at first because of the price, but after having 3 days off work in one month due to back problems I decided I needed to spend some money on a good chair. I'm glad I did.

The first month of using the Swopper was not comfortable at all. I even thought about returning it. My back actually hurt more, but it was a different kind of pain - the kind you get the day after working out at the gym. I guess I was using muscles that I hadn't used in a long time. Now, it's a different story - my muscles have strengthened and after 18 months of using this chair I haven't had a single problem with my back! It's brilliant!

There are a couple of side effects that come with this chair though. The first is that if you're expecting to get any work done when people are around, forget it - they'll want to play with the Swopper... The second thing is that when you've become accustomed to sitting on the Swopper, sitting on other `normal' chairs will be a very literal `pain in the ass'. I'm now baffled as to how I sat on a regular chair for so long and maintained the ability to walk afterwards.

TL;DR: Fantastic chair, couldn't recommend it enough. Although the first month can be a bit of a workout if you've been using a regular chair for a long time.
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