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Humanscale Freedom Headrest Chair - Wave
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- Self-Adjusting Recline
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Innovative weight-sensitive, self-locking recline mechanism A true design icon, the Humanscale F211GW101 Freedom chair with headrest proves that ergonomics can be beautiful. Created by Niels Diffrient, Freedom automatically adjusts to every user. Designed to eliminate the need for manual controls, it features a sophisticated weight-sensitive, self-locking recline mechanism. The F211GW101 model Freedom chair comes with black color and wave textile. It is designed to fit 95% of the office population (5'0" - 6'4" height, 100 lbs to 300 lbs weight). The Freedom Headrest features a dynamic support that cradles the head and neck during recline, but remains neutral when in upright positions. And its unique form has a timeless aesthetic that complements any workspace
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Too many of the components have changed
1. The armrests are not as thick or as comfortable
2. Armrest no-longer move sideways
3. The foam on the seats are not as sturdy
4. Many of the base components are now plastic, not metal
5. The seat and head cushion cloth is of lower grade
They company now seems focused on trying to save a couple dollars on quality while still asking a premium price. Very disappointed in these guys.
I am 5' 9". weigh around 210 lbs. I never had a problem with the reclining feature of the Freedom chair, one of the reasons I bought it. It seemed to work well, the chair was used exclusively at a desk with a keyboard park, I was able to maintain a comfortable position while using the keyboard or mouse.
1. Starting with the worst aspect of this very expensive chair, the seat. I ordered the gel seat with fabric covering. The first thing I noticed was that the seat is very firm in a bad way. I've sat in chairs with a contoured solid wood seat, like in a library, used them for hours and they were perfectly comfortable. The Freedom chair has a thin (maybe 1") gel pad over a plastic pan, The gel pad seems to have no give at all, it doesn't actually cushion, it's more like it conforms somewhat to your body's curves, then just compacts solid. I found it uncomfortable after sitting for 15-20 minutes, it's completely unsuitable for working at a PC for hours at a time. There's no reason why the seat couldn't have been designed with more ergonometric padding, it's just plain harsh and uncomfortable. My butt goes numb from sitting in it, and circulation to my legs required constant shifting position or standing up, otherwise muscles stiffen too.
And the fabric covering is bonded to the gel pad, it starts out nice and smooth, but after a few months it creeps and wrinkles, and only gets worse with time. After a year, the fabric has major separation from the pad, especially in the middle, and looks terrible. One of the most important elements of a chair, the seat, is a total design fail in the Freedom chair.
2. Armrests. I ordered the "advanced" arm rests at extra cost. In addition to the height adjustment, a button in each armrest allows them limited in-and-out swiveling, towards or away from your body. The armrests were also gel padded and covered in fabric to match the seat and back. The Freedom chair's armrest are mostly plastic, a big disappointment on a chair this expensive. You would think they'd have a solid, precise feel, with a lot of machined metal parts for durability. You'd be wrong. The pan, mount points at the frame, and the ratchet mechanism used for the swivel motion are all molded plastic. The armrests are "floppy", and feel cheap and weak. As many have reported in other reviews, it's only a matter of time until one or both are broken from placing your weight on them when rising from the chair. Mine lasted quite a while, like four years, but did eventually crack. Second major design fail.
3. The chair elevation gas cylinder broke after about two years. You can raise the chair, but as soon as you sit in it, it collapses.
All-in-all, this is a very uncomfortable chair with a lot of plastic parts. It's got a cool look, but is neither ergonometric or durable. Don't buy it if you plan to sit in it for hours, it is not a good PC task chair. I don't feel it was worth anything like the price asked for it - I'm thinking it's overpriced by about 80% for what it is. Lesson learned, will never again buy a chair I haven't sat in first, no matter how many rave reviews it gets.
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