Vertagear Triigger 350 Special Edition Gaming Chair Review

What happens when you rope yourself in to doing a gaming chair review? You take your time, do it right, and make sure your butt spends at least a few months in the chair before you write your review. My butt has been in the VertaGear Triigger 350 Gaming Chair for over 3 months, and here are my thoughts.

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Vertagear Triigger 350 Assembly

One thing you will notice from the time you take delivery is that this chair is heavy. The moment you go to move the box, you will not feel like you bought something cheap, and you didn't obviously. I did shoot a somewhat horrid video on the Triigger 350 build process. It is extremely simple in that you just have to mount the chair body onto the Class 4 gaslift support, and then snap the wheels into place. If you do get the headrest you will have to mount it with two allen bolts as well. (I left the headrest out of the video.)

Total assembly time with the headset included can easily be pulled off in less than 15 minutes, and all the tools you need for assembly are included as well.

Vertagear Triigger 350 Build Quality

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These are all pictures of the Triigger 350 after 3 months of usage in my office. For your reference, I am 6 feet tall and weigh 240lbs and have a 35 inch inseam. Stylistically, you will likely either love it or hate it. What you cannot call into question is the overall build quality of the Triigger 350. It is built like a tank, where you need it to be. The red portions you see are "calf leather" and are lightly embossed with Vertagear branding on either side and it "V" logo at the top. None of these are done to be "in your face." While having a somewhat aggressive look, the embossing was done with taste.

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In the pictures above you can see the beefy all aluminum alloy from that bolts into the dual spring hub mechanism which is built from steel and magnesium.

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The optional headrest is attached with two allen bolts. The kit that was sent to me had the wrong bolts included. The allen bolts that I got were approximately 3mm too long, so they would not fully secure the headrest. The headrest sort of wobbles a bit on mine, but not too much. In Vertagear's defense, this is the first time it has crossed my mind since I actually put the chair together. I still use the neck on the headrest as a handle all time. It is very well secured, but it is not as snug a fit as it was designed for. A shorter allen bolt and an email from me would have probably "fixed" this issue.

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As you have likely figured out by now, this is a mesh chair, meaning that you are seated on a mesh surface as well as the mesh supporting your back. Mesh chairs are surely a personal preference. I have used mesh chairs for years in the forms of Herman Miller and Ergo Human chairs, which by comparison are just as pricey as the Triigger 350 is.

One build issue I did find was that after a couple of months was with the mesh "creasing" at the front edge of the seat as you can see in the pictures above. This has in no way impacted the function of the chair, but it has impacted the way it looks and I know some folks would take issue with this. I did see one other Vertagear customer complaining about this online. I do have an email into Vertagear now asking about the issue and I will follow up with that response. The creasing or wrinkling of mesh is a bit more pronounced in person than what I could get the pictures to cover.

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I did have concerns about the leather used on the chair, especially on the areas at the front of the seat that are directly under my thighs when seated. After three months these areas have shown zero discoloration or staining of any kind. In fact, these areas still look brand new.

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Lumbar support is important to many of us older geeks with bad backs, and quite frankly you younger geeks with good backs should be making sure you have good support as well so your backs stay good.

The lumbar support on this chair is as beefy as the structure itself and that is because the lumbar support mechanism is directly molded into the rigid plastic frame of the chair back, which is course supported by the alloy frame.

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When it comes to office chairs...sorry, gaming chairs, we all know how important the wheels are. There is a reason there is a saying about the "wheels falling off" and that being a bad thing. I did honestly question the Triigger 350 choice of wheels when I got the chair as this configuration was new to me. These wheels are a "hubless caster" type, meaning that there is a hole in the middle. "Tron-esque" is probably the best way to describe these. They are cool looking, but I did question the ability for these to keep me gliding around. After three months I have had no issues at all with the casters. Locks are supplied with these casters, but are not pictured above. However if you are a racing sim guy, these do snap in easily and those do work well at locking the casters so your chair stays put.