The ultimate in ergonomic office chair technology has led us to chairs that can adjust themselves to your posture, and the Steelcase Leap is one of these “smart chairs”. If ever there was a gamer chair that I’d choose to spend 10 years of my life in, it would be the Steelcase Leap or it’s fancier cousin, the Steelcase Gesture (with all the additional bells and whistles, of course. One must live a little). Fueled to compete with the likes of the best, such as Herman Miller’s Aeron, Steelcase designed the Leap to be an end-all solution to finding the right chair for your seating needs.
The basic Steelcase Leap prices in at $770, but with additional options, that value can go all the way up to $1,888. A lot of gamers I know would rather spend $2k on a great rig and sit on the floor instead, but for some, the extreme quality delivered makes the Leap worth the price tag. The features that work towards that price tag are plentiful and rather impressive; from shifting itself to your posture to a revolutionary recline system, the leap possesses fine qualities that back it up. One of the many reasons that professionals lean towards the Leap is the way it improves your posture for a healthier spine and does so without intruding upon your hard-set habits.
Steelcase Leap Pros:
- +Adjustability: The Leap offers the usual adjustment options and more, the most interesting of which is the moveable lumbar support. The recline hinge operates between 96 and 120 degrees, which, by itself, isn’t very useful for lounging; but do keep in mind that the bottom of the seat moves forward as well, providing for a comfortable and sturdy lounge mode. The armrests are 4D operational. A gas piston controls elevation and is triggered by the usual lever.
- +Comfort: The Leap has built itself a formidable reputation as being one of the most comfortable office chairs in existence, surpassing many of the classical options in terms of sales and critical acclaim. This chair fits itself to your body, and a little fine tuning from your end can create the perfect example of what comfort is. The Steelcase Leap was designed to allow a user to easily withstand days of work without experiencing the discomfort and fatigue that is usually associated with it.
- +Build: The Leap is the frame of itself; nothing is hidden. You can observe the beauty in the mechanisms shifting around when you adjust them, and the skeletal design is intriguing at the least and commands attention rather easily. The frame is built out of a lightweight and strong blend of aluminum and plastic, with a base that comes in either plastic or aluminum. The base is rated to withstand up to 400lbs of force and still operate efficiently, and all parts carry a 12 year warranty from Steelcase.
- +Features: Featuring the patented “Live Back” system, the Leap is designed to flex and mimic the movement and support of a human spine, which changes its support profile to match your posture while you move. The Leap also features the “Natural Glide” system, which allows you to comfortably recline while keeping your head fixed towards your screen; it does this by simultaneously moving both the backrest and the seat at the same time. This also gives you the ability to control the tension or resistance in the backrest.
- +Accessories: The Leap comes with a plethora of available accessories; you can choose from leather, fabric or mesh upholstery in a variety of different colors and finishes. You can choose to add a bar-stool to the chair and even an optional headrest, if you go for the fabric upholstery. There is also a small choice between armrests and wheels and you can also choose the material and finish of the frame.
Steelcase Leap Cons:
- The only con here is that the price tag might not appeal to most gamers as a lot of us stick to a rather tight budget; but if I were operating on a budget, the Steelcase Leap would be the easiest decision to make.