|Item Weight||48 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||24.8 x 27 x 43.5 inches|
|Item model number||46216179FBL|
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Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair, Black,46216179FBL
- Steelcase's no.1 selling ergonomic chair. livelumbar technology flexes with movements for ergonomic comfort.
- Liveback - mimics the natural spine shape throughout the workday. the leap chair's back changes its shape to conform to yours so you can work comfortably and stay comfortable longer.
- Natural glide system. recline and the seat glides forward enabiling you to recline and still stay visually oriented and reach your work. this encourages more varied postures, which means less static load on the spine.
- Cradle to Cradle Certification - Silver. Leap is up 98-percent recyclable by weight, depending on the options selected, and made of up to 30-percent recycled content.
- Scs indoor advantage certified. helps identify low-emitting products
- Steelcase's no1 selling ergonomic chair
- LiveBack - changes shape to mimic and support the movement of the spine
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Leap is a highly ergonomic chair that adjusts to fit your body, so you don’t have to adjust your body to fit the chair. Thanks to its LiveBack technology, the Leap chair back changes shape to mimic and support the movement of your spine. And with its simple and intuitive adjustments, it’s easy to adjust your Leap chair to fit you comfortably for the entire day. Steelcase Leap chair complete features are pneumatic seat-height adjustment, variable back stop, height-width-pivot-depth adjustable arms, black plastic frame, shell, base, arms, adjustable lumbar support, hard casters, fabric, open box refurb.
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The streamlined, stylish contour of the Steelcase Leap chair is just the beginning. The Leap is the first chair that actually changes shape to support your movements! With its Live Back technology, it moves dynamically as your back moves, mimicking the movement of your spine; the arms of the chair move in and out, forward and back; the seat glides forward so you can recline without leaving your vision and reach zone, and stay oriented to your work. Even when leaning forward, the seat edge flexes to relieve pressure on the back of the legs. In short, the Leap chair's ergonomic advances allow you to work comfortably, and more productively, in a proven healthy manner for extended periods of time.
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First, let me preface this by saying that the three stars review isn't because this is a bad chair. In fact, it's a wonderful chair. It's because I honestly believe that this chair is over priced. The base model at its current price point isn't that much more expensive than the Embody. And if you add the aluminum frame to this chair, it will cost more than the Embody which already comes with an aluminum base. Please read on for more details on why I think the Leap is over priced.
When I brought this chair home, I could immediately tell that the build quality was definitely not on par with the Embody. The Embody feels and looks the part of an expensive chair. The Leap feels flimsy in comparison. The tilt back adjustment isn't as smooth as the Embody, which feels like butter. The armrests wobbles and rattles (on mine the left one rattles quite a bit which I find annoying). The adjustable lumbar is a joke. It feels cheap, and for reasons unknown to me, the left and right side aren't connected to each other. Not to mention that it doesn't really seem to do much for me. And little things like the knobs just feel cheaper than the Embody.
What the Leap does have going for it is the comfortable and the adjustable seat. The seat is on rails that can be slid in and out to change the seat depth. On the Embody you pull on two handles in the front of the seat that allows you to adjust the length (by basically unrolling / rolling the fabric). The seat on the Leap is also softer due to it being foam. However, the Embody's seat is made of 4 layers providing suspension and support while allowing good air flow, shifting and moving with your bottom. It is definitely more high tech than the foam in the Leap, but I found the Leap's simple foam more comfortable. Though the Leap's seat lacked the nuance of the Embody's seat and thus, again, feels cheaper.
Where the Leap shines and greatly outperforms the Embody is the adjustable armrest. The Embody's armrest kept bumping into my desk because it can only go up / down and in / out. The Leap's in/out, up/down, pivot, backward/forward movements proved much more useful in keeping me comfortable during marathon sessions in front of my desk. For example, I sometimes like to pull my chair up close to my desk. With the Leap I could slide the armrests back and scoot right up to my desk. And I keep coming back to this -- but it feels cheap. As mentioned before, the padding feels cheap and it rattles (audibly) when I rest my elbows on it.
Now, the back support. The Herman Miller Embody wins in this department hands down. The Embody's back felt so comfortable, even when fully leaning back on it. The Leap isn't terrible, but I won't be using it as a leaning chair. Another cool thing about the Embody is that I could rock back and forth in it due to its unique pixellated design. If the Embody fixes the few issues (armrest, hard seat, seat depth), it would be the chair for me. As it stands though, the Leap wins because although the Embody is a comfortable chair, the Leap works better for me as a working chair during marathon sitting sessions.
The Bottom Line:
If you can find this chair for $600 or less (and it's possible), than it warrants a 5 star review. But at a similar price point as the Embody, I hesitate to recommend this chair to someone. Ultimately though, it is a chair that I decided to keep and not the Embody. This is a 5 star chair for me because I got it as such a great deal from a company that was offloading these (new) chairs for $350 a pop because they were going out of business. But at $1024 (the model I customized before I found the deal), I can only give it 3 stars ("It's okay").
I've had this chair for almost half a year now. It has started making this horrible screeching sound whenever I lean back. I also suffer from upper back and neck pain, and I keep wishing for better upper back / neck support. The Herman Miller Embody would be my go to chair if they could address a few points. My review of the Embody is here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RIBSNYECAOOKR/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B003M6JYEW
This remains an average chair (3 stars) for me after almost half a year, even with the awesome deal I got on it.
I just thought this would be helpful. I mentioned the horrible screeching sound whenever I leaned back. I sprayed some WD-40 wherever I saw moving parts / contact points / joints and the screeching has disappeared.
The quality of the chair is good, and does wonders on my back... but the seat is too hard/thin! I bottom it out, and my tailbone hurts!
I have to sit on a pillow for the chair to be comfortable. I'm not sure if I should return the chair, and buy something else, or just buy a gel seat cover or something... I'm pretty thin, and super bony.
Other people who have sat on my chair seem to think its comfortable... but it hurts me
It seems really heavy duty and well made. The packaging seems to have been damaged in storage, but the chair inside was still clean and functional, so no need to return it.
Assembly only required inserting the pneumatic cylinder into the bottom of chair and into the legs on the bottom. Definitely less of a effort, than your usual big retail store type chairs.
The foam in the seat bottom is not super thick and plush, so if you prefer that, you should look elsewhere. I weigh about 210 lbs, but am not compressing the foam down to the frame anywhere. Its firm and comfortable, hopefully will still be comfortable for many years.
I have the hard floor roller casters, they roll very smoothly. Much better than any chair I've had before. I also opted for cloth seats, they give a bit of traction and I don't slide around like I would on the fake leather materials. Cloth is less chilly in the winter and less sweaty in the summer as well. But I have never sat in real leather, so I do wonder.
There are adjustable arms, seat height, seat depth, seat tilt & lean, and lumbar back support. The front edge of the chair seat tips a little bit when you lean forward, so the chair doesn't dig into the bottom of your legs, cutting off circulation. There aren't any adjustments missing. The chair legs seem to have smaller footprint than my old chair. I am not bumping into the office table legs like I used to. There is no play or rocking motion from the legs to the seat. So the sitting is rock solid and I feel very safe and secure, even when tilted all the way back.
There are no odd chemical smells from the seat foam.
If you are a really, really large person or if you like to sit cross legged, the width of the seat might be lacking, but that's the only downside I can imagine.
Considering how many hours of the day I sit in front of my computer screen, I should have gotten one of these chairs YEARS AGO.
Do yourself a favor, save up your Amazon points and get it sooner rather than later!