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A decent chair
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2013
I use chairs every day for quite a few hours. At home, at work, in my car. I bought this chair for my home to replace one that refused to stay up. I can safely say that this one will never fail me in that fashion, because the lowest height setting is perfect for me at six feet tall.
The chair definitely feels like it is built of quality material, from the leather to the impressive base.
There are a few things that are left desired though. One big thing is the fact that for anyone vertically blessed (tall-ish), this chair will offer no support above the shoulders. The title says it is a high back chair, but it really is not. That title needs to be changed. Additionally, the seat feels a little short in terms of supporting a proper sitting position; the part of the seat that should extend to almost under your knees cuts off a little earlier than most comparable chairs. I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, so only time will tell for me. The seat is wider than most, so I guess they are covering the "big" part of their claim that this is a "big and tall" chair.
The arm rests are useless as my arms do not rest on them. But the question is, are they supposed to? I would assume that the arm rests are intended to support elbows and that sort of thing, to prevent resting wrists on your desk or holding your shoulders tense. This has never been a problem for me, but all of my previous chairs had high enough arm rests so that I could comfortably place my elbows there.
The chair's padding is pretty stiff for now. It feels like it will be broken in and become comfortable. But basically when I first sat in it, I felt like I was being pushed away rather than sitting in the chair. If it breaks in, it should be fine.
The chair has an all metal construction except for the wheels, which are made of extremely strong plastic. One person stated the wheels were plastic and thus not very strong, so I took mine to the cement and smashed at them with a hammer and saw only abrasions and no actual deformation or cracking. I placed them on the chair and they are working just fine.
Essentially this chair is good for anyone who wants a bit wider of a seat and a chair that is seemingly built to last. I am comfortable sacrificing my shoulder and neck support for longevity, as I was going through one chair per year in the past. When this one kicks the bucket, I will amend this review and make it known how long this chair stood up to the massive assault of rolling and swiveling a computer programmer can throw at a chair.
Get one, try it yourself, and if you hate it just return it under the premise that it's not a high back chair! You have nothing but your 25 minutes of assembly time to lose.