Most ergonomic chairs feature an assortment of settings to help customize the fit of the chair to your liking, and the Leap is no exception. Setting it up for the first time can take some tinkering, but adjustments can be easily made while sitting in the chair. Instead of producing several sizes, Steelcase only offers one model. However, this model is highly versatile and will easy accommodate a wide range of weights and heights.
But what really sets the Leap apart from its competition is its flexible reclining mechanism. The backrest operates independently from the seat base, which slides back while staying at the same angle. This frees you from being locked in one position and allows you to sit in the position that is most comfortable for you. There’s no lock for the reclining mechanism, but the tension can be adjusted to fit your needs.
The “LiveBack” backrest of the Leap conforms to your spine and provides excellent comfort. The included lumbar adjustment is easy to use and effectively supports the lower back. The armrests and seat base are on the firm side (maybe too firm for some), but are comfortable enough for extended use.
The Leap is constructed from powder-coated steel glass reinforced nylon, and made from 30% recycled materials. The build is solid and durable enough to last for a long period of time.
It may not be as attractive as some of the other ergonomic chairs on the market, but what it lacks in the aesthetics department is made up for by its extreme versatility and flexibility.
The foam of the cushions work together with slats in the rear of the chair to allow the Leap to breathe. The fabric is nice and slick, but also has a sufficient amount of grip.