The lumbar height adjusts to 5 inches so it can offer you increased lower-back comfort. There was quite a lot of dust on all of the plastic pieces but this wasn't a problem as I planned on wiping the entire chair down anyways. The S-shape of the backrest provides comfort and support because its curved shape is anatomically correct. Still, I would suggest you should only worry about this problem if you like to sit close to your keyboard/mouse and (1) or (2) applies: I also have an Amia, which doesn’t have curved edges, and whenever I go back to the Leap after sitting on the Amia for a few days, I feel a bit restrained for a while. Instead, the foam padding fits snugly to support your back, so if it's warm in your office, you may find that your back can get a little sweaty. What you are describing is normal for that part. Thirdly, the Aeron boasts an optional forward tilt so you can incline over the keyboard while still enjoying the reliable back and seat support. Although these adjustments are intuitive, Steelcase wants to make sure all its customers know how to make them even after they throw away the instructions. There's also no escaping the fact that the Steelcase Leap V2 is an expensive office chair. It is not enough for the backrest to recline – for the angle to increase, the seatpan also has to stay more or less level. The lumbar support is also adjustable in 2 ways. Customers love that they are made with high-grade materials that are durable and hold a lot of weight. Another thing I appreciate is the way the armrests can pivot to face the same way as you. The Leap is the noisiest chair I’ve tested. Instead, the Leap V2 uses generic parts, which might not combine as seamlessly as custom-built ones. For this review, we’ll be comparing the Standard Leap Chair (the base model) with the other two, so Aeron vs Leap vs Embody, using the base model. My order confirmation is below and you can see that I paid basically $500 even for a customized chair, which I thought was fantastic. I feel like giving up, but then I get the chance to sit on a Leap that a friend of mine recently bought. Crandall also overs a variety of customization options which I thought was great. The materials aren’t coated with VOC but with powder-coated paints and safe water-based adhesives. I say weird becuase it's like the chair is meant to have a headrest. The unique design feature is that instead of expanding the seating area, the Leap slides forward/backward, which allows it to adjust to the length of the legs. Tomasz P. Szynalski Even so, the chair doesn’t feel uncomfortable even after prolonged sitting thanks to its ergonomic, “move-when-you-move” design. (This is called flexing your lumbar spine and is associated with back injuries that I’m guessing you don’t want to experience.) The material of which the armrest caps are made is a masterpiece. After two weeks, the noises are back like some kind of curse. Even so, the Aeron’s arms are 3D so that you can adjust their height, depth, and pivot, not their width. Angling the armrests separately from the seat gives you much more versatile support. Your abs are attached to your ribs (which are attached to your spine) and to the bottom of your pelvis. The Leap V2 just doesn't have that, I feel like the back of the chair isn't tall enough. Part of me just wants to say "fuck it", and order the Titan. The ones you don’t have to worry about is the front of the seat and the top of the backrest. The Leap is a low-emitting product, attested by the SCS IAQ Gold indoor air certification so that it won’t pollute the air in your office. Working throughout the day, whether I'm writing, reading, making video calls, or having a contemplative moment, the Steelcase Leap V2 just works. I got a Leap V2 from a second hand office liquidator for only 125 dollars. The replacement chair I got under warranty is also fine. I was looking to buy an Herman miller embody from craigslist but I saw reviews on this and gave it a try. More posts from the AskBattlestations community. But you can see that this is a quality chair just by analyzing the fit and finish, which don’t look cheap. Although it’s a quality, flexible, breathable, and resistant mesh called 8Z Pellicle Suspension, some people might prefer the Leap’s soft upholstery with a few inches of padding, especially for the seat. This model has standard fabric upholstery, carpet casters, and no armrests. The pack weighs 66 pounds, though, and the chair approximately 40 pounds, so you will still need medium strength to get the Leap out of the packaging. I have tried adjusting the chait but I have had no luck. As I wrote in the “thermal performance” section, the fabrics are thermally equivalent. Whereas on the Please, the backrest moves up and down and you can adjust it to your spine, the Leap is “one-height-fits-all”. You use a tenkeyless keyboard (like me). They pick up the chair, and after about a month, deliver the chair back to me with a replaced mechanism. The Leap has certainly stood the test of time, having been in production since 1999 (albeit with some changes). Make no mistake, there are a lot of worthy office chairs to consider on the market. That’s why Steelcase designed this feature-packed office chair to decrease the risk of back pain. This is also the most comfortable office chair I've ever used for leaning back and putting your feet up; it never feels in danger of tipping. Thanks to a well-designed flexible backrest with adjustable firmness, the Leap adapts to your back while supporting proper posture – and does so better than almost any other chair I’ve tested (only Steelcase Please is an equal contender). Exactly how I feel! I "like" my work chair and was hoping to find a chair I "love", but the leap isn't it. I was a bit intimidated at first because there's a lot going on here. Overall, I'd say the chair's condition was just about what I expected: not brand new but also not a garbage dump. You’re not really doing sit-ups – more like “partial sit-ups”, since you are not starting from a supine position (where the required effort is highest) and are not finishing fully upright. Although the arm pads are great because they can be adjusted in so many different ways, they move out of place waaaaaay too easily. At last I’ll be able to enjoy my new Leap chair in peace, right? It would make a highly annoying clanking sound whenever I would move the backrest after keeping it still for more than 15 seconds. You can either choose a platinum or polished aluminum frame. Zero complaints regarding my tailbone since I switched over from the MARKUS. I fully assembled the chair and when I sat down the seat sank on its own. The main differences are that the V2 is lighter and more maneuverable, the armrests are better, and the lumbar support is adjustable. The seat can be adjusted for height and goes from 16.6’’ to 21.5’’ off the ground. You can’t see it in the video, but the muscle force bringing my torso and legs together is almost enough to lift my legs off the floor. It is never easy to decide which chair will suit your needs in the best way. Don’t get me wrong – thanks to the flexibility of the backrest, the overall gap is still smaller than in chairs with rigid backs (smaller than in the Amia or Think, a bit larger than on the Gesture, Please or Embody), as long as you are seated properly, i.e. Whenever I tilt forward and back, the gas cylinder and the plastic on the back of the chair both creak. Some parts, like the arms and lumbar support, can be manually adjusted. Here’s a demonstration from an official Steelcase video: There are ergonomists who advise against resting your forearms while typing, and I used to think so, too – but that was before I had the chance to try the armrests on chairs like the Leap, Amia or Think. What happened next is kind of a long story. The Ergonomics Health Association helps you implement safe workplace habits.