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Ergonomic Chair Review: The Steelcase Leap

by Mike M on August 9, 2012

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steelcase leap chair reviewWe offer several comfortable ergonomic chairs from top furniture makers here at The Human Solution. And one of the best things about working here is getting to try out all the great ergo chairs that are available on our web site and in our showroom in Austin, TX. It’s hard to pick a favorite office chair, but if pressed to do so, I’d say the Steelcase Leap Chair is my favorite.

Simply put, the Leap Chair is one of the most comfortable office chairs I’ve ever used. The Leap offers instant comfort and support the second you sit down. It’s clear that a lot of thought, patience and creativity went into designing this chair, as it’s remarkably simple to use but also technically advanced.

The Leap offers all the great features you need to stay comfy and healthy while sitting for several hours each day – adjustable lumbar support, contoured seat and back, thick padding, recline and seat depth adjustment – and it’s easy to use and fit to your body.

Let’s run through the Leap Chair’s ergonomic benefits, and feel free to leave any questions you have about the chair in the comments at the end of this post. I’ll answer ‘em. Promise!

  • steelcase leap chair reviewLiveBack Technology, or Flexing Back
    Much like its little sister, The Steelcase Amia Chair, the Leap Chair features a height-adjustable lumbar support pad, which ensures you’ll be able to get the lower back support you’ll need while sitting in the chair. The Leap also features LiveBack technology, which means the chair’s back will actually move and flex with your body movements, offering custom support while you work and move around. This helps promote a healthy posture no matter your position, reducing the chance of back pain and spinal issues caused by hunched postures. Leap’s LiveBack is designed to keep your back comfortable, supported and healthy.
  • Adjustable Lower Back Firmness
    Here’s another great feature you won’t find in many other ergonomic chairs – the Leap features a dial on the right side of the chair that allows you to increase or decrease the chair’s lower back firmness. This is another great way to customize the very important lower back/lumbar support to promote good posture and keep you feeling healthy and comfortable in your chair.
  • Adjustable Upper Back Force
    I like to lean back a lot, and the Leap offers a great feature that allows me to go from a straight upright position to a relaxed reclined position with ease. The Leap’s adjustable back force lets you set the amount of resistance you feel as you recline, so you can have a fast recline or a slow recline. You can also lock the chair’s back in a few different positions if you don’t want the back to move.
  • Natural Glide System
    Another plus for those who like to recline at times, the Leap Chair’s Natural Glide system automatically adjusts the seat’s depth as you recline, providing the best possible recline position for your body to feel comfortable and supported.
  • Seat Depth Adjustment
    Many office chairs feature a seat that’s just to deep for most people. The backs of your knees tend to rub up against the front of the seat, which is not comfortable, and you rarely lean your back on the chair’s back, which can lead to bad posture and back pain. The Leap addresses those issues with its adjustable seat depth. This intuitive adjustment allows you to change the depth of the seat for a truly custom comfortable fit.
  • Awesome Armrests
    Not only does the Leap feature comfortable, ergonomically-shaped armrests, but these armrests will move almost any way you want them to. They adjust up and down, back and forth, in and out and they pivot. This is important for those who do several different tasks throughout the day, which is pretty much everyone.
  • Thermal Comfort
    And here’s one final feature you won’t find in your average office chair – breathability. Without sacrificing the support of a padded chair back, the Leap offers a cool breathable back solution with a specially designed foam and slat system. This ensures your chair will never feel too hot or heavy.

For more about the Leap chair’s many ergonomic features and specifications, check out our Steelcase Leap Chair section page, email us, call us at 800-531-3746 or join us in live chat.

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Written by Mike M

Mike M

Mike is a content writer and sales associate at THS. He specializes in ergonomic chairs, monitor arms and ergonomics for Apple products. When he’s not writing or tweeting about ergonomic desks, chairs and monitor arms, you can usually find Mike chillin’ out maxin’ and relaxin’ all cool and shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school.

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  • Nancy Summers

    Have you tried the leap lounge chair and ottoman?

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