Yes, I’ve found a chair. At first I liked it, but now I’m not so sure. It’s been a couple months and the air coil whatever the fuck springs seem to have permanently compressed under my weight when I sit on it, putting my butt on the hard bottom aside from a little cushion, otherwise.
I also really wish the arm rests were adjustable and I didn’t budge on that, as when I get/build a new desk they’re sure to be higher than the typing surface as well as bump into the desk side, itself. Furthermore, the height adjustment on the pnematic only adjusts about 2 inches, and to make matters worse, it’s generally a low chair already, and is made even lower by the strut itself gradually sinking more into the base over time. Add this to the collapsing “spring” cushion or whatever and I’m not at my preferred height, anymore.
Also, since there’s no adjustable seat pan depth, when I tilt back in the chair and scoot my rear all the way back in it, the backs of my knees pinch the front lip of the cushion and it causes a pressure in that area that I don’t like to sit with for a long time.
There are a couple of upsides, though. The chair is robust other than the aforementioned issues with the “spring” seat and pnematic sliding down. I can lean on either arm rest with no fear of breaking them whatsoever and chill with basically whatever weird altered posture I can think of and I don’t feel like I’m sitting in the seat “wrong”.
What gets me about all of these ergo chairs is that it looks like if you’re not sitting in them exactly as designed, you’ll be uncomfortable because some structural part will dig into your body. This is part of the reason why I was adamant about an executive style chair. But none of them seem to have the adjustments I now find that I’m wanting. I also think I’d like a ratio’d tilting action more than the simple rock back tilt this has.
Once again, though, on the plus side, the headrest is awesome. I don’t think I can do without one, now, and I was definitely right about wanting that in my OP. But, back to the negatives, I don’t like how my skin (particularly legs) stick to the bonded leather, and I’ll always be worrying about the day that it starts flaking. I don’t think I’d want mesh, though, as I’d be worried about that tearing like a slashed sail, but I digress.
TL;DR: I learned an expensive lesson about what I really want in a chair. And that is, high back, wide seat, adjustable height headrest, seat pan depth adjustment, adjustable armrests, probably adjustable lumbar support, multi-position tilt lock, NO bonded leather and prefer minimal/no mesh, very sturdy for my occasional gangsta lean and current weight, more adjustability in the strut, high height strut, and I THINK that’s about it.
I’d hope to have it cost less than $600 (Or, damn, even less than half that given this failure), but if it’s guaranteed not to turn out like this chair, I’m willing to save up for something truly high quality.