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04-22-2006, 09:40 AM
Alright folks:

Thought I'd pick your brains for a bit, but can anyone recommend a really good office chair? Since most of us spend a good time at the office pushing paper and then put a decent amount of miles on the saddle, what chairs can you recommend to mitigate the effects such as tight hip flexors and such? I was staring at some of the Herman Miller stuff, but I thought I'd get the 411 from you folks before I put down that kind of cash.


04-22-2006, 10:00 AM
We have them in our office. Really nice with so many adjustments and very ergo. Yes they are expensive, but I believe they are worth the money in regard to comfort and support. We purchased four of them a little over two years ago and they really are fantastic and are well built.

04-22-2006, 10:04 AM
I would try the Herman Millers for a while before buying them. Like a lot of saddles, they seem to either work for you or not. Despite the adjustability, I always seem to end up in uncomforable right angles with these chairs. I know that right angles are ergonomically sound, but unfortunately my posture is generally not, and the result is a lot of inconscious compensating and shifting to try to maintain my normal slouch. We have them in my office, and I'm convinced they're a big part of the reason my shoulder has been a mess for a while. (N.B. This was not the case when I had the run-of-the-mill, low-backed office chairs, which I used for years with no apparent shouder issues.)

04-22-2006, 10:28 AM
i've had an herman miller for years. aeron?. it has a zillion adjustments. if you can't make this fit, nothing will. pricey but 2 thumbs up.

04-22-2006, 10:32 AM
I recommend the HAG Capisco chair. It's comfortable for sitting for long periods and it excels at putting the body in a healthy position.

Keith A
04-22-2006, 10:57 AM
My Herman Miller Aeron has been a wonderful chair and IMHO it was worth the extra $$'s. As others have said, tons of adjustability and the fabric is nice and cool with its breathability.

And what other chair would you sit in if your rode an Arione saddle? :banana:

04-22-2006, 10:58 AM
I have the older model of the HM Aeron. In my opinion this chair has been the best thing I've done for myself.

I had a cheap office chair that I got at the Office Depot. I felt tight and tired almost all the time. But once I started to use the HM it has been great!

Sometimes I am sore from riding but after sitting on this chair for some time I feel much better!

How is this for free advertising? ;)

04-22-2006, 10:59 AM

William :rolleyes:

04-22-2006, 11:00 AM
And what other chair would you sit in if your rode an Arione saddle?

Well, how 'bout an Aeron saddle? :p

Keith A
04-22-2006, 11:10 AM
Mr R, you are always on top of things aren't you??? Seems that Saddleco took the idea behind the Aeron chair and created a saddle with the same (or similar) material...check out the Flow (http://www.saddleco.com/flowmain.html)


Grant McLean
04-22-2006, 11:18 AM
You didn't say what you do, or what your office looks like.

If you are in a creative field, you could go old school HermanMiller,
like Eames aluminum group, with the matching boardroom chairs too...


If your office is casual, put your feet up, you deserve it after a tough ride!


04-22-2006, 11:26 AM
Another thumbs up for the Aeron. If you spend 8 hours a day sitting on one the price is nothing compared to the comfort.

04-22-2006, 11:57 AM
i switched from sitting on a chair at work to sitting on a swiss ball. most comfy "chair" ever. plus it's a core workout and constantly reminds me not to slouch.

04-22-2006, 01:04 PM
OK. I will tell you, but first realize that I had a wholesale meat business with a little office that was simple, dirty, and very old. Probably about 50 plus years old. However, I had the most comfortable chair of all times- A cheap wooden University chair, with my college logo on it. They are normally black in color.

I am sitting now on one of those chairs- A Tufts University (undergraduate) chair. I also have one from Penn State (graduate school). They are very comfortable and cheap but not so beautiful for a fancy dancy office.

:banana: Meat Man Mirman :banana:

04-22-2006, 01:23 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/PLYCRAFT-Bent-Back-Chair-and-Ottoman-VINTAGE-Original_W0QQitemZ6273056028QQcategoryZ12515QQssPa geNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

These are so cool...I need one... :banana: :banana:

04-22-2006, 01:31 PM
Seems that Saddleco took the idea behind the Aeron chair and created a saddle with the same (or similar) material.
KeithA, IIRC, you're exactly correct. I'm pretty sure the creator of the "Flow" said it was office chair inspired. I have a Flow, and it is very comfy, but on longer rides the resinous material that holds the mesh starts to rub on me. If it weren't for that, it would be almost a perfect saddle. Good airflow across the bottom of your butt.


04-22-2006, 01:55 PM
I work as an enginerd running simulations all day...So think dull & lifeless. So since this is for home, there are no restrictions (ok the gf might have final say)

Keith A
04-22-2006, 02:49 PM
Home or office, if you spend much of that time sitting, you will be happy with the Aeron. They even come in three different sizes to fit most bodies out there.

04-22-2006, 02:55 PM
aeron chair and a big exercise ball. make a living and engage the abs.

04-22-2006, 07:57 PM
You might look at Steelcase, also. I chose one of their "Leap Chairs" over an Aeron.


In my job at Enormous State University, I was able to go to an ergonomics lab and test out different chairs. We also have ergonomics types who will come out to look at your office and set you up. Here's some of their advice: http://www.dehs.umn.edu/ergo/office/ergosymptoms/

I also have a Fit Ball in my office for stretching. I keep both my bike and the ball in my office, since it's a university, and you could be pretty eccentric before anybody cares.

04-22-2006, 11:18 PM
A few years ago, I finally set up my home office....a nice Stickley oak library table and the HM Aeron chair. The adaptability of the Aeron chair is hords better than the hunk of junk I spend 10+ hours a day in at work. Worth every penny to me...make certain you get the right size and spend the extra $ for the fully adjustable model.

Looks? I went with the basic black mesh. It doesn't exactly blend with nice oak but it doesn't fight a conservative look either.

Find a good office supply store, try there, buy there just like you would your LBS.

Peter P.
04-22-2006, 11:30 PM
Yet another vote for the Herman Miller Aeron. I work at a lot of police departments and many of their dispatch centers have the Aeron for their dispatchers. I've had the chance to sit in them and they definitely fit nice right off the bat, as well as have numerous adjustments.

I've used, and I'm sitting in right now, a Steelcase Sensor chair.


I bought it about 15 years ago. Like the Aeron, it comes in sizes and various arm configurations. It doesn't have as many adjustments but it's definitely supportive to the butt and back. Unlike the Aeron, it's a padded seat and back, and it comes in a wide variety of colors for the fabric and the base/arms/back.

04-23-2006, 12:55 AM
I think the Aeron is definitely on the short list. I plan to go check one out tomorrow; definitely gotten nothing but fabulous reviews all the way around (except the friggin price). Thanks for all the help folks!

04-23-2006, 10:10 AM
Steelcase and Herman Miller have been mentioned and you seriously can't go wrong with products from either company. You may also want to check out Haworth (http://www.haworth.com/) and check out their designs. They are another west Michigan office furniture company that has some VERY cool designs. I think they do Eames style design better than Herman Miller!