… of sitting in the Leap Chair was a far greater test than day one – a solid nine hours and change of “chair time” was in the works. Now that time is closer to two hours remaining and I have to say that Leap has performed very well. I picked up on a couple of subtleties that I missed yesterday, and they do make a difference when spending an entire day in the chair.
The first is the cushioning effect you feel when you sit down in the chair with all your weight. The cylinder (the part that attaches the chair to the base) has some shock-absorbing mechanism so you never really feel the impact of your backside hitting the seat. It reminds me of when you’re driving your car and you stop at a red light. When you see the light turn red you can do one of two things – you can really hit the brakes until your car comes to a complete stop, which causes your torso to lean forward for a second before your back jarringly returns to the car seat, or you can gently hit the brakes and lightly release them the moment before your car stops, which accomplishes the goal of the complete stop without any jarring movement of your person.
The former technique is favored by most seventeen-year olds, taxi-drivers, and many, many Europeans. The latter technique is favored by, well, sensible people who enjoy a comfortable halt to their automobile. I know sitting down in a chair is a different movement than leaning forward in your automobile, but the sensation is similar. So if you fall into the latter category of sensible drivers you might like the Steelcase Leap Chair. It really does reduce the amount of force your back and butt experience when you sit down. No lie – if it didn’t I wouldn’t have gone through the trouble of the red light analogy. It looks like I’ve written sufficiently about this one benefit of Leap for today. The dead horse has been beaten. Until tomorrow …