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Deviant
Sep 26, 2003

I wanted orange.

It gave me lemon-lime.




Nap Ghost

the embody is a good chair

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NoDamage
Dec 2, 2000


Are the seat cushions on the Steelcase Leap replaceable? After five years mine has worn out.

Thanks Ants
May 21, 2004

I am quite pissed at my fat man avatar.
I am too politically correct to say this out loud though.
I yearn for a reason to exist.
Help.


Fun Shoe

Yes but I think you'll have to phone a dealer

Pottsdam
Sep 11, 2000

MY MEAT!
MY MEAAAATTTTT!


Trying to decide between Embody and Steelcase Gesture. I went to some showrooms and tried both out but obviously I can't know how they'll feel sitting in them for hours.

Thanks Ants
May 21, 2004

I am quite pissed at my fat man avatar.
I am too politically correct to say this out loud though.
I yearn for a reason to exist.
Help.


Fun Shoe

The Embody is peak chair

Deviant
Sep 26, 2003

I wanted orange.

It gave me lemon-lime.




Nap Ghost

Thanks Ants posted:

The Embody is peak chair

can confirm

NoDamage
Dec 2, 2000


Thanks Ants posted:

Yes but I think you'll have to phone a dealer
I emailed Steelcase and they directed me to a dealer in my area. Quoted $180 for the replacement cushion and $50 for the delivery/installation. I guess that's better than buying a brand new chair.

~Coxy
Dec 9, 2003

R.I.P. Inter-OS Sass - b.2000AD d.2003AD

Five years isn't very good for something that's meant to be rated for 12 years of 8 hours per day use.
Is it worth asking them for a replacement under warranty?

nem
Jan 4, 2003

Managed + self-hosted hosting platforms since 2002.


NoDamage posted:

I emailed Steelcase and they directed me to a dealer in my area. Quoted $180 for the replacement cushion and $50 for the delivery/installation. I guess that's better than buying a brand new chair.

To Coxy's point, the back on my Mirra broke after 5 years and Herman Miller sent someone out to replace the back at no charge.

NoDamage
Dec 2, 2000


~Coxy posted:

Five years isn't very good for something that's meant to be rated for 12 years of 8 hours per day use.
Is it worth asking them for a replacement under warranty?
I assumed it would fall under normal wear and tear and therefore didn't bother asking, but I suppose it couldn't hurt to check with Steelcase.

I probably would not have noticed except we bought two chairs at the same time and one gets much less use than the other. So when I switch back and forth between the two I can tell there's a difference in the amount of cushioning in the seat.

Gromit
Aug 15, 2000

I am an oppressed White Male, Asian women wont serve me! Save me Campbell Newman!!!!!!!


Facebook Aunt posted:

I used spray on stain guard, and later got a wool sheepskin cover for the seat part. A bit of extra comfort, and it protects the seat cushion from spills and just damage from rubbing the fabric constantly.

Thanks. Did you just get a chair pad that sits on the cushion, or something that attaches in some way?

Zarin
Nov 11, 2008


Pottsdam posted:

Trying to decide between Embody and Steelcase Gesture. I went to some showrooms and tried both out but obviously I can't know how they'll feel sitting in them for hours.

We just got Gestures at work, and I feel like the seat pan is angled slightly away from the backrest; after awhile, it feels like the chair is trying to dump me out of it, and my knees are tired of preventing sliding.

Which is stupid, because the video for the thing definitely shows the seat pan tilting back towards the back when it leans back, but that is NOT how it feels to sit in it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UffocPgvqhA#t=221s

Maybe there will be a way for me to figure out how to not hate the thing yet, but my impression after the first week of use is not positive.

Facebook Aunt
Oct 4, 2008



Ham Wrangler

Gromit posted:

Thanks. Did you just get a chair pad that sits on the cushion, or something that attaches in some way?

It has a non-slip backing and two dinky elastic straps. I had no faith in the straps, but in combination with the backing they keep it from moving around. Nothing fancy at all, but it works and doesn't look stupid.

ILikeVoltron
May 17, 2003
I <3 spyderbyte!

Zarin posted:

We just got Gestures at work, and I feel like the seat pan is angled slightly away from the backrest; after awhile, it feels like the chair is trying to dump me out of it, and my knees are tired of preventing sliding.

Which is stupid, because the video for the thing definitely shows the seat pan tilting back towards the back when it leans back, but that is NOT how it feels to sit in it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UffocPgvqhA#t=221s

Maybe there will be a way for me to figure out how to not hate the thing yet, but my impression after the first week of use is not positive.

I used a gesture for a while and went back to a cheap weird purple chair our office had prior to the gestures. I really dislike that chair

Deviant
Sep 26, 2003

I wanted orange.

It gave me lemon-lime.




Nap Ghost

Would a hard floor caster have more rolling resistance? I got a chair mat to protect my rug, but now the chair slides a bit too easily.

Thanks Ants
May 21, 2004

I am quite pissed at my fat man avatar.
I am too politically correct to say this out loud though.
I yearn for a reason to exist.
Help.


Fun Shoe

Hard floor wheels have slightly soft rims so they grab the floor rather than slide over it. Rolling resistance isn't really changed in my experience.

Spyde
Mar 3, 2004

It's not personal, it's strictly business.

Deviant posted:

Would a hard floor caster have more rolling resistance? I got a chair mat to protect my rug, but now the chair slides a bit too easily.
This doesn't really help, but I love the roll-resistant casters on IKEA chairs. Thought I would hate them at first but after using them for a while I wouldn't go back even if I could (IKEA uses an unusual stem diameter). Used to always have to pull my chair in like 6 inches every time I sat down, now it always stays close to my desk after I get up. Don't know if anyone else makes casters like this but they should because they are a lot better for chair mat users IMO.

NoDamage
Dec 2, 2000


NoDamage posted:

I assumed it would fall under normal wear and tear and therefore didn't bother asking, but I suppose it couldn't hurt to check with Steelcase.

I probably would not have noticed except we bought two chairs at the same time and one gets much less use than the other. So when I switch back and forth between the two I can tell there's a difference in the amount of cushioning in the seat.
Turns out the seat cushion is indeed covered under warranty and they're sending me a replacement for free.

Arcon
Jul 24, 2013


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With the quiet discontinuation of the Volmar I opted to take halokiller's advice and picked up a used Steelcase Leap v2 for $275. Overall I like it; the seat cushion isnt as comfortable as I thought it would be but its not so bad, and the back is amazing. this one had most of the upgrades (doesnt have the headrest), so the fully adjustable armrests are pretty nice too.

IAmKale
Jun 6, 2007

やらないか


Fun Shoe

I've started down the chair rabbit hole. After some research and in-person testing I've decided on a Steelcase Leap v2 as my next chair.

That said, is $590 a good price for a 3-4 year-old one with the polished aluminum frame? All of the regular v2's in the area are currently ~$375, so an extra $200 for a metal frame seems reasonable.

Then again I can be impatient when it comes to this stuff so I figured I'd get a sanity-check before I shell out x 59

AVeryLargeRadish
Aug 19, 2011

WolfDad is Best Dad.


IAmKale posted:

I've started down the chair rabbit hole. After some research and in-person testing I've decided on a Steelcase Leap v2 as my next chair.

That said, is $590 a good price for a 3-4 year-old one with the polished aluminum frame? All of the regular v2's in the area are currently ~$375, so an extra $200 for a metal frame seems reasonable.

Then again I can be impatient when it comes to this stuff so I figured I'd get a sanity-check before I shell out x 59

$590 is quite high, I got my Leap V2 brand new for ~$780 during one of Steelcase's bi-annual 20% off sales and that comes with a warranty. Also, the black frame is mostly metal and plenty durable, likely just as strong as the aluminium one, the polished aluminium is mostly for looks and does not really add any extra durability.

IAmKale
Jun 6, 2007

やらないか


Fun Shoe

AVeryLargeRadish posted:

$590 is quite high, I got my Leap V2 brand new for ~$780 during one of Steelcase's bi-annual 20% off sales and that comes with a warranty. Also, the black frame is mostly metal and plenty durable, likely just as strong as the aluminium one, the polished aluminium is mostly for looks and does not really add any extra durability.
Well drat, you've just saved me some bucks then. I'm more interested in durability over looks, so if the regular black frame will be just as sturdy as the aluminum one then there's no point in paying the premium for it.

What's this bi-annual sale you mentioned? I can't seem to find much of anything about it; Steelcase seems to want to engender an image of their stuff never going on-sale.

AVeryLargeRadish
Aug 19, 2011

WolfDad is Best Dad.


IAmKale posted:

Well drat, you've just saved me some bucks then. I'm more interested in durability over looks, so if the regular black frame will be just as sturdy as the aluminum one then there's no point in paying the premium for it.

What's this bi-annual sale you mentioned? I can't seem to find much of anything about it; Steelcase seems to want to engender an image of their stuff never going on-sale.

Hmmm, back when I bought mine in 2015 they had a sale in spring and fall every year but I can't find any info on it anymore, maybe they stopped doing that? Sorry about that, I thought they still had sales pretty frequently.

Anyway, the plastic they use is really heavy duty, remember they sell these things to places like call centers where they expect 24/7 use for 12 years without needing to replace many parts. Also, aluminium is not necessarily stronger than plastic, there are a number of plastics stronger than aluminium, aluminium does tend to hold up to heat better but for an office chair this is a non-issue.

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IAmKale
Jun 6, 2007

やらないか


Fun Shoe

Huh, I just got a quote from a local vendor, a hair under $750 after tax for a brand new Leap! I wasn't expecting such a significant difference over MSRP, I was expecting to have to pay $1000+. In light of this new info I'll probably just buy new so my farts won't have to mingle with commoner butt funk.

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