Anyone sitting in a chair for 8 hours a day can tell you how vital the comfort of that chair is. Nitpicking about the details of a seat back, how far it reclines, how stiff or not it is, whether or not the armrests are adjustable, etc. might seem absurd to someone that teaches for a living or manages a restaurant, but to us computer staring folk, the chair is the end-all be-all. It must empower us, energize us, encourage impeccable posture, and all while providing the up-most comfort. I know that is a lot to ask of a piece of furniture, and there is an uncomfortable amount of overlap with the role our mothers play in our lives. … I know.
I should first establish my firm belief that mesh beats all. Mesh office chairs don’t learn the shape of your backside and cradle you into the worst sciatic pain of your life. No, mesh gives you just the amount of curvature your body weight earns, while still resisting and providing the support your lower back needs. Mesh also maintains a cool temperature, while traditional chair materials create pockets of heat that promote back pain.
Most would argue that Herman Miller makes a mean mesh swivel chair. The Aeron is a top rated fan favorite, and happens to be the first chair to have lost its foam. Kudos to Aeron and its innovative designers, but it isn’t my top choice these days.
The Metrex Mesh office chair has learned from its trail blazing predecessor. All the same features as the Aeron (mesh, posture friendly design, adjustable height, adjustable armrests, adjustable recline) with a few added bonuses. In the Metrex design the legs the wheels roll in have rubber grips on the tops of them (as seen in photo… if squinting eyes and looking closely). These grips are wonderful if you prefer to tuck your feet underneath you, instead of outstretching them underneath your desk. There is also more space between the armrests and the actual seat, so if you happen to like the occasional cross-legged position there is plenty of room to fold your legs under. Finally, the reclining feature. Like most office chairs, the Metrex offers an adjustable recline. Unlike most though, the recline resists just the right amount so that the chair gives you the break you’re asking for (go ahead… stretch on back), but reminds you to straighten up soon.
Metrex is available on Amazon, but I bought mine at Costco (for less than half the price).