I'm having to replace another relatively cheap chair that I bought several years ago. Padding at lower back is worn out and the fake leather is flaking off. What's your preference for a comfortable chair that can hold up over the years?
I'm in the market for a new chair too. I was going to get a Clutch Crank series chair but I just missed out on the sale and so decided not to get it (it was like $100 or so off from the normal $350 price). But I saw on Amazon there's a ton of very similar gaming chairs to those Clutch chairs, at way less of a price. For me, I'm not sure I'd notice or appreciate any differences in the Clutch chairs to them so I was leaning towards the E-WIN gaming chair as of now. But I just haven't gone through with ordering it yet.
What's important to me is that it reclines nicely and has a headrest, and has non-useless lumbar support. A bonus would be if you could fold the arms out of the way but I've only seen that once before on some chair. Leather vs mesh... meh, I guess it doesn't matter. I might actually prefer mesh because leather seems to wear out quicker (although my current chair is synthetic leather, and it's chipping/peeling).
I'd probably spend up to around $400 if I saw something real nice. Just looked at the Steelcase Gesture chair; that looks decent, but $1,000? LOL. No thanks.
Dude... I just don't think those Steelcase chairs are worth that much. Sure, they're trendy/contemporary looking, but that Leap is just like a normal office chair you see everywhere. Even if that wasn't true, and it was a little better, I can't believe it's worth $1,000. I'd like to sit on one vs a regular $200 or so chair that looks exactly like it. I could be totally wrong but I don't think I'd feel much different after sitting in one. Thing better have a fellate feature on it for a thousand dollars.
You get what you pay for when it comes to chairs. When choosing you also want to be able to sit in it at a desk. Places like Grand And Toy will have the good stuff, office grade stuff, meant to sit on for long duration. (referred to as a 24 hour chair). Downside is you can't really try it as those places tend to be order only.
So other best bet is Staples, and go try a bunch. Look for the more expensive ones as anything under $100 is not going to last.
I ended up buying a gaming chair, it's ok, but my only complaint is the arm rests are too far apart. When I'm typing I can't rest my arms on them, but if I'm gaming then I sort of can because my hand is on the mouse. I guess, that's why it's a gaming chair... lol. Probably like that by design.