Not too lengthy after reviewing the Anda Fnatic and Secretlab Omega gaming chairs, I started getting presents of overview samples for different chairs. Essentially the most curious of the bunch was the one we’re reviewing at present: the $599 All33 Backstrong C1.

The Backstrong C1 touts itself as chiropractor-designed—the chiropractor being Dennis Colonello. Colonello teamed up with industrial designer Jim Grove to construct a chair that helps and permits motion of “all33” of the vertebrae in a sitter’s backbone. Colonello, primarily based in Beverly Hills, has served as a form of chiropractor to the celebs for many years—which maybe helps clarify the brand new chair’s laundry listing of A-list movie star endorsements.

Design and look

The design itself is eye-catching and even perhaps just a little visually befuddling. The seat and decrease again are mounted on a pivoting horizontal axis, impartial of the higher again of the chair, with open house seen in an arc separating the 2. The general impact is paying homage to mod furnishings—the late sixties and early seventies’ imaginative and prescient of futuristic design.

Nothing within the literature I’ve seen for the Backstrong explains the precise operate of the independently pivoting decrease seat—and simply wanting on the footage, I did not have the foggiest concept, past it being completely different from something I would seen earlier than. Really sitting within the chair supplies the reply—it is all about lumbar help.

Mainly, you’ll be able to’t actually slouch within the Backstrong C1. You possibly can sit nevertheless you want—however the seat itself follows your butt as you do, and the burden of your personal legs positions the lumbar help firmly into the curve of your backbone. The Backstrong C1 is a one-trick pony—extra on that later—however that one trick is superb.

A six-year hitch within the Navy adopted by a profession in methods administration has left me with a much-abused decrease again that will not tolerate a scarcity of lumbar help for lengthy. There’s completely no probability of getting that lack of help on this chair. In case your butt is in it, your lumbar area is getting help, and in my expertise with this chair, that is all there’s to it.

To this point, so good. Sadly, there’s little or no in the best way of ergonomic adjustment doable with the C1. The seat top is adjustable through the standard gasoline carry, and the chair has about 30 levels of recline obtainable… and that is just about it.

Head, arms, and eating room

There is not any headrest for the chair—the again ends at roughly neck top. My spouse truly likes that, because it means she will put her hair in a bun with out feeling like there is a clenched fist being shoved into her cranium. However it’s double-plus-ungood for the everyday gamer posture, reclined to the max with a controller propped in your chest.

The armrests may be flipped up completely, getting them out of the best way for those who wish to roll your chair up extraordinarily near the desk—however they don’t seem to be in any other case adjustable in top, width, or angle. And the lean lock is extraordinarily restricted—the mechanism solely engages when the chair is totally upright, so you’ll be able to’t (for instance) lock the lean at 5 or 10 levels reclined.

With its mild weight and straightforward rolling, improbable consolation, and attention-grabbing seems to be, the Backstrong C1 would for my part make a terrific convention room chair. If it have been cheaper, I would need six of them at my eating room desk proper now. However its lack of ergonomic adjustability and help past the decrease again ought to in all probability exclude it from critical consideration for the form of “all the things chair” I believe most individuals are on the lookout for in a house workplace.

Unboxing and meeting

The Backstrong C1 is available in a considerably smaller and lighter field than both of the gaming chairs we reviewed final month—the specs on the field declare a internet weight of 47 kilos, which is about proper, and a gross of 61, which should have included a picket pallet that we did not obtain. Though the field says “staff carry,” most able-bodied readers could be a staff of 1 if they struggle onerous and consider in themselves.

On opening the field, I used to be greeted with an absolute mess—a heap of random cardboard sheets, a plastic sleeve that had come free from the adjustment arm it was supposedly defending, and a mysterious rolled-up hunk of cardboard I am nonetheless scratching my head about greeted me after I pried the glued-together prime flaps free. Fortunately, I do not truly care about unboxing, and not one of the elements themselves have been broken.

Higher but, there was a big sheet of light-weight foam folded into the field, which served as a wonderful place to set the seat again on my concrete carport ground whereas I labored—an unlimited enchancment over making an attempt to set it on the stays of a transparent plastic bag, which is what I wanted to do with each the Anda and Secretlab gaming chairs.

As unimpressed as I may need been with the “unboxing expertise”—scare quotes supposed—the precise meeting was improbable. That is in all probability the one piece of furnishings I’ve ever assembled that genuinely did not want its instruction handbook. That is the way you assemble the Backstrong C1:

  • press the casters into the starfish-shaped base
  • sit the gasoline carry within the gap within the heart of the bottom
  • bolt the seat plate onto base of the seat (utilizing supplied hex driver and 4 bolts)
  • carry seat, and information the central gap within the plate onto the gasoline carry
  • minimize zip ties, and unfold the seatback till it audibly locks into place

That is it. There are even extraordinarily apparent red-on-white labels on the seat plate and seat which show the orientation of the plate. There have been no gotchas, no “however this half was difficult,” and I’ve no complaints. There isn’t a simpler meeting outdoors a one-piece garden chair.

The handbook mentioned meeting of the chair would take about 11 minutes, however in line with the timestamps on my photographs, I solely wanted 9—and a minimum of 4 of these have been me taking photographs alongside the best way.


Left: Anda Fnatic gaming chair. Right: All33 Backstrong C1.
Enlarge / Left: Anda Fnatic gaming chair. Proper: All33 Backstrong C1.

Jim Salter

I actually just like the All33 Backstrong C1—its lumbar help is out of this world, and I’m desperately in want of as a lot lumbar help as I can get. Sadly, it will not let me love it the best way its $599 buy worth calls for. It is a improbable (if oddly styled) chair for the eating room desk—particularly for people who are inclined to get misplaced in a very good ebook and keep on the desk for longer than a solo breakfast (or lunch, or dinner) actually calls for. In that setting, the flip-up armrests additionally imply you’ll be able to scoot all the best way belly-up if you don’t need soup in your lap.

However within the workplace, I discover the C1 simply too restricted to be a critical contender. Nonadjustable armrest top and width means this chair will not help keyboard and mouse palms correctly for a lot of, if not most, individuals. The shortage of tilt lock in any place aside from totally upright is an actual downer, and the shortage of a headrest makes the complete 30-ish diploma recline really feel downright bizarre.

I actually hope to see a follow-on design from this firm with a full vary of ergonomic changes and options. Within the meantime, it is tough to wholeheartedly suggest the Backstrong C1 as a high-end, full-purpose workplace chair—as a result of regardless of the value, it actually is not one.

The Good

  • Completely out-of-this-world lumbar consolation and help
  • Slouchers OK—as an alternative of forcing your posture, the Backstrong follows your backbone wherever you set it
  • Light-weight and good-quality casters make this chair unusually cell
  • You possibly can flip up the armrests completely, if you wish to belly-up tightly to a desk or desk
  • Eye-catching, retro-futuristic attractiveness
  • No obnoxious branding (or any seen branding in any respect)
  • 275-pound user-weight restrict

The Dangerous

  • A number of uncovered plastic
  • Minimal padding, of average high quality
  • The “vegan leather-based” upholstery we examined is greatest described as “acceptable” (there’s additionally a cloth choice we didn’t obtain or check.)
  • Cannot alter armrest top
  • Cannot alter armrest width
  • Cannot alter armrest angle
  • Cannot lock tilt anyplace however totally upright
  • No headrest

The Ugly

  • Shenanigans with the asking worth—at the moment listed as “$1,199 / $799 / use code 2020 for an extra $200 off.”

Itemizing picture by All33


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