Some of the guys and girls that are part of the Gadgets 4 Guys team have recently begun working remotely at home. If you’ve never worked remotely from home, you’ll quickly start to realize that you spend most of your day sitting at your desk. After a couple of weeks of this change of sitting at your desk, you’ll also realize the importance of a good office chair. You’ll likely make the mistake that spending $200+ on an office chair you find at Target or Walmart “should be good enough” is very incorrect. The padding on the butt wears out quick or the plethora of “adjustment” options does not actually equal an ergonomic chair.
Soma Ergonomics decided to show us why they’re a bit different from those other wannabe “ergonomic” chairs and sent us 2 demo chairs. One of those chairs was the Venture Rocker ErgoKinetic Chair which immediately stands out because of the split seat. We breakdown each benefit and feature of the chair so you can appreciate all of the thought that went into this truly ergonomic office chair.
So this is (visually) the aspect of the Venture chair that jumps right out at you. The idea behind the split seat and the independent springs for each side is to really keep you moving. The movements are called “micro-movements” that can be slight shifts you make due to the split seat. The idea is that these micro-movements help both align your spine and promote movement of spinal fluid so your disks stay better hydrated, aligned, and to prevent metabolic shutdown (therefore promoting weight loss efforts).
The nice thing we enjoyed about the split seat was how these “micro-movements” kept us somewhat active for sitting at a desk without doing it to a noticeable level. What we mean: these micro-movements that the Venture chair encourages doesn’t get annoying.
Now this is more of our take having used a generic “executive” chair from a chain store and then trying the Venture Rocker ErgoKinetic chair. What you quickly realize is that a lot of those chain exec chairs are all the same. Straight back with the same length and then hangs their hat on allowing the user to make a couple of adjustments (height and then locking the chair into position or allowing you to recline).
The person that designed this chair was a surgical technologist in a previous life as well as a Chiropractor with 35+ years of experience with patients and as an instructor. The backrest was designed with input from a variety of medical practitioners/human anatomy experts and you can tell that a great deal of thought was put into the back of this chair and adjustment options.
This was the second most impressive part of the Venture chair next to the split seat. The options for adjustments on this chair were amazing. The usual adjustments were there: adjusting the height of the chair and allowing the chair to lock in an upright position or laid back.
The adjustments you might not have known about that you absolutely want:
The adjustments on this seat are super impressive and really loved the adjustments with locking features for just about every part of the chair. It was also nice because it wasn’t super clunky with all of these options.
You can see our thoughts on the SomaFit SYNCHRO tomorrow to get a better comparison between the two types of chair and how each one offers different options. We loved the SomaFit Venture ErgoKinetic chair and how it made 6+ hours of sitting at a desk much more bearable.