Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Pursuit Ergonomic Chair by UPLIFT Desk Review

One day late last year I got a promotional email from a company that I had done business with in the past, The Human Solution, and it featured the Pursuit Ergonomic Chair by UPLIFT Desk. The chair looked extremely comfortable and supportive while not being off-the-charts expensive. Human Solution was kind enough to send one over for review.

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Pursuit Ergonomic Chair Specifications

I stand 6 feet tall and weigh about 250lbs (yep, put on some poundage over the holidays) so I am at the limit of the Pursuit's weight specification. It has never felt to be straining under the load or felt loose when moving around it, actually quite the opposite. The chair has remained incredibly tight and solid over the past three months.

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Pursuit Ergonomic Chair Aesthetics and Build Quality

With all the "gamer chair" craze going on around us at all times, it is nice to see a chair that is not equipped with gamer styling. The Pursuit has a sort of futuristic styling look without going over the top. I think you might call it sleek in a somewhat business fashion. The back of the chair is mesh and the seat is done in a fabric covering. This chair also comes in a white model as well. Worth mentioning is that the headrest is in its upmost position in the photos as that is where I like it.

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One thing that most people on the HardForum comment on first is the build composition of the base that the casters mount into. This one is cast aluminum and finished very nicely. It gives the Pursuit a rock-solid feel as the legs on the base do not flex at all and holds the hydraulic cylinder steadily in place as well. The build of the Pursuit is extremely rigid and you can even try to shake the chair side to side and not feel any wobble. It is likely the best chair we have used in the last year in regards to the overall build feel when you sit in it.

The casters are 65mm which is fairly large for a traditional style caster. These are without a doubt, the best set of casters I have ever had on a piece of office furniture in my entire life. These casters are so smooth, that I figured out that my floor was not "perfectly" level in my office. I had to very much watch myself if I got up from the chair and then went to quickly sit back down, as many times the chair would be "gone." Standing up, I would bump the front of the chair seat with the backs of my knees and it would take off...silently, and not be there to sit down in again. This is also where I noticed the tiny slope in my office because when I would do this, the chair would follow the slope that I never even realized existed till now.

I have mentioned repeatedly in these chair reviews, that I continually roll across my office from one side to the other as my workstation is on the opposite wall as where we do our hardware testing. This chair has made that trip incredible easy and smooth. The first time I pushed off in this chair, just using my imparted muscle memory, I damn near slammed myself into the test bench. Hands down, the Pursuit has been the best chair in terms of movement that I have ever owned.

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The seat base mechanicals are just a meaty as the base and casters. When you lean back the seat tilts at a slower rate than the back as you can see in the first video on page 1. All the controls work well and again do not feel cheap or "floppy" the way those do on some other chair. Even the crank to set the tension for the lean-back is smooth and does not make you feel like you are trying to crank start a Model T. The mechanism does not make any noise leaning forward and back even if you try to make it creak.

The seat padding is rather thick, but very compressible, and has scoop-out for your butt cheeks. The seat has a "waterfall" front in that the padding is located across the front of the seat so that it does not cut into the backs of your thighs when leaning back. I will talk more about comfort on the next page.

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The arms on the Pursuit swivel both in and out horizontally. The also have a ratcheted type of mechanism that allows you to easily adjust the height of the arms and to a fairly large extent. The armrest tops are made from a very firm plastic and would seem to be very durable. These have shown no wear in 3 months of usage.

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One fairly unique feature of the Pursuit is that the entire mesh back can be easily adjusted up and down. (Again, check the marketing video on page 1, and we show it working in the end of the build video as well.) In the first two pictures below you can see it adjusted to its two extremes. The headrest in those pictures has NOT been moved. You can surely place it where it gives you best support that is right for you. Keep in mind that the back has a lumbar support in it as well, so the adjustment range works out very well.

The headrest is shown adjusted at its two extremes as well. Again, there is enough variation to probably work for just about anyone that does not have a giraffe neck or stand over 6'4" tall.

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The location of the lumbar support is fixed, but as mentioned above, the entire back of the chair is adjustable, so you should be able to put it where you most need it. You can move the lumbar support in or out with a screw-type of adjustment. It is a bit harder to get to and operate than most every other control on the chair, but once you literally get it dialed in, you will most likely not need to adjust it much after that.

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