Ace Technica is rolling once more: we’re reviewing the All33 Backstrong C1 chair

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Shortly after reviewing the Anda Fnatic and Secretlab Omega gaming chairs, I acquired affords for evaluate samples for different chairs. The strangest of all of them was what we’re reviewing right now: the All99 Backstrong C1 for $ 599.

The Backstrong C1 advertises as a chiropractor – the chiropractor is Dennis Colonello. Colonello, in collaboration with industrial designer Jim Grove, constructed a chair that helps and allows the motion of “all33” of the vertebrae in an actor’s backbone. Beverly Hills-based Colonello has served as form of a chiropractor for the celebs for many years – which can assist clarify the brand new chair’s laundry checklist of celebrities on the A-list.

Design and look

The design itself is eye-catching and possibly even a bit visually complicated. The seat and decrease again are mounted independently of the chair’s higher again on a pivoting horizontal axis, with the open house seen in an arch separating the 2. The general impact is paying homage to mod furnishings – the imaginative and prescient of the late sixties and early seventies of futuristic design.

Nothing within the literature I’ve seen for the Backstrong explains the precise perform of the independently swiveling decrease seat – and simply trying on the footage I had completely no thought aside from that it is totally different from something I’ve seen earlier than would have. Sitting within the chair supplies the reply – it is all about lumbar help.

Mainly, you may’t actually lie down within the Backstrong C1. You may sit nevertheless you need – however the seat itself follows your bum as you do, and the load of your personal legs positions the lumbar help firmly within 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 yr downside with the Navy adopted by a profession in techniques administration has left me with a a lot abused decrease again that will not lengthy tolerate an absence of lumbar help. There may be completely no probability of getting this lack of help on this chair. When your bum is in it offers your lumbar help, and in my expertise with this chair, that is all it takes.

To this point, so good. Sadly, little or no ergonomic adjustment is feasible with the C1. The seat top will be adjusted with the same old gasoline raise, and the chair has a tilt of about 30 levels … and that is it.

Head, arms and eating room

There isn’t a headrest for the chair – the backrest ends roughly at neck stage. My spouse actually likes this because it means she will put her hair in a bun with out feeling like a clenched fist is shoved into her cranium. However it’s twice nearly as good for the everyday gaming posture that’s maximally leaned again with a controller in your chest.

The armrests will be totally flipped as much as get them out of the best way whenever you wish to roll up your chair extraordinarily near the desk. In any other case they can’t be adjusted in top, width or angle. And the lean lock is extraordinarily restricted – the mechanism solely engages when the chair is totally upright, so you may’t lock the lean again, for instance, 5 or ten levels.

With its mild weight and simple rolling, improbable consolation and attention-grabbing seems to be, the Backstrong C1 would make an incredible convention room chair for my part. If it had been cheaper, I’d need six of them at my eating desk now. However the lack of ergonomic adjustability and help past the decrease again ought to in all probability preclude critical consideration of the kind of “all-in-one chair” most individuals search for in a house workplace.

Unpack and assemble

The Backstrong C1 is available in a a lot smaller and lighter field than any of the gaming chairs examined final month. The knowledge on the field says a web weight of 47 kilos which is roughly right and a gross weight of 61 kilos which have to be a wood pallet that we didn’t obtain. Though the field says “Group Raise”, most high-performing readers is usually a group of 1 if they fight laborious and imagine in themselves.

After I opened the field, I used to be greeted with an absolute mess – a pile of random sheets of cardboard, a plastic sleeve that had peeled off the supposedly protecting adjustment arm, and a mysterious rolled-up piece of cardboard that I used to be nonetheless scratching my head greeted me once I loosened the highest flaps that had been glued collectively. Happily, I truly do not upkeep past unpacking, and not one of the parts themselves have been broken.

Higher nonetheless, there was a big sheet of light-weight foam folded into the field that served as a superb place to reset the seat on my carport concrete flooring whereas I used to be working – an enormous enchancment over attempting to clear it over the stays of a transparent one to place plastic bag, which I needed to do with each the Anda gaming chairs and Secretlab.

As unimpressed as I could have been by the “unboxing expertise” – terrifying quotes supposed – the precise meeting was improbable. That is in all probability the one piece of furnishings I’ve ever actually put collectively Not want his handbook. The right way to assemble the Backstrong C1:

  • Press the rollers into the starfish base
  • Put the gasoline raise within the gap in the midst of the bottom
  • Screw the seat plate onto the bottom of the seat (utilizing the offered hexagonal drive and 4 screws).
  • Raise the seat and information the central gap within the plate onto the gasoline raise
  • Reduce off the cable ties and fold open the backrest till it clicks into place

That is it. There are even extraordinarily apparent pink and white labels on the seat plate and seat that display the orientation of the plate. There have been no pitfalls, no “however that half was troublesome” and I’ve no complaints. There isn’t a simpler meeting exterior of a one-piece backyard chair.

The handbook stated it will take about 11 minutes to assemble the chair, however in accordance with the timestamps on my photographs, it solely took 9 – and I did not less than 4 of these on the go.


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 urgently want as a lot lumbar help as potential. Sadly it will not let me love it’s what the $ 599 buy value requires. It is a improbable (if oddly styled) chair for the eating desk – particularly for individuals who get misplaced in ebook and keep on the desk longer than a solo breakfast (or lunch or dinner) actually calls for. On this setting, the flip-up armrests additionally imply you may slide as much as your abdomen if you don’t need soup in your lap.

However within the workplace I discover the C1 just too restricted to be a critical competitor. The non-adjustable top and width of the armrest means this chair is not going to correctly help keyboard and mouse palms for a lot of, if not most, folks. The dearth of a tilt lock in any place aside from totally upright is an actual downer, and the shortage of a headrest makes reclining fully 30 levels downright bizarre.

I actually hope to see a follow-up design from this firm with an entire vary of ergonomic changes and features. Within the meantime, it’s troublesome to wholeheartedly advocate the Backstrong C1 as a high-quality workplace chair – as a result of regardless of the worth, it actually is not one.

The great

  • Completely distinctive consolation and help for the lumbar backbone
  • Slouchers OK – as an alternative of forcing your posture, the backstrong will observe your backbone wherever you place it
  • Mild and high-quality castors make this chair unusually cellular
  • You may fold the armrests all the best way up if you wish to lay firmly in opposition to a desk or desk
  • Flashy, retro-futuristic look
  • No obnoxious branding (or no seen branding in any respect)
  • 275 pound consumer weight restrict

The unhealthy

  • A lot of uncovered plastic
  • Minimal upholstery of reasonable high quality
  • The “vegan leather-based” upholstery we examined is finest described as “acceptable” (there may be additionally a material choice that we didn’t obtain or examined).
  • Armrest top can’t be adjusted
  • Armrest width can’t be adjusted
  • Armrest angle can’t be adjusted
  • Can not lock the slope wherever aside from totally upright
  • No headrest

The ugly one

  • Shenanigans with the asking value – at the moment as “$ 1,199 / $ 799 / Use Code 2020 for an extra $ 200 off. “

Itemizing picture by All33


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