A great chair but not quite Epicpar MGP
I'd had my eye on this for some time, and Black Friday created an opportunity too good to ignore. The usual swift delivery process followed although you feel somewhat sorry for the courier lugging an overlarge, nearly 30kg box up narrow office stairs. Well packaged it was quite easy to assemble, even for one person (two would be easier, if only to move the whole box. Most parts are easily identifiable. Just take your time to match photos especially with orientation of the main seat mount. They really mean it when they say don't touch the seat back level until you have attached the seat back. It's vicious! Oddly the instructions says the seat is rated at only 100kg, but OcUK assure us that is wrong and it should be 180kg. Once assembled you can lean relax in relative comfort enjoying that new leather smell. Height, tilt, back recline. All offer good range. The armrests move in all sorts of up, down, side to side frontways directions. Nice. Stitching of the leather is fine. I’m about 6’ tall but the medics would suggest I’m in the obese range, and the general fit of the chair to my frame is good. Unlike many gaming chairs, the seat sides do not have especially pronounced bolsters which is great if you have chubby thighs. The seat cushion is very very firm. But I do have some issues, hence why I cannot give it the full 10 star treatment. The armrest outer release button, allowing vertical movement, is on a thin metal plate that has simply been cut square. The bottom corners are sharp, and a more rounded feel would have been preferred. The shoulder cut outs on the chair are obviously plastic. Not sure what other material might have been used, but this does clash cheaply with the real leather. Armrests are OK, but quite square. A DX racer chair I had felt more rounded and smoother. The back rest and seat once assembled are offset by about 10mm. Perhaps it’s not much, but for a chair usually sold with a standard price approaching £500, good alignment is to be expected. The seat back behind your main spine is almost straight. Most will need some form of lumbar support, but, the cushion supplied is too thick. Indeed I’m surprised that none of these gaming chairs build in a lumbar adjustment in the way that most car seats do. Any finally, the velvet lumbar and headrest cushions look great out of the box, but being un-cleanable how will it be in a few months?