Okay. We know what you’re thinking. This chair looks like a melon-busting death trap.
In reality, the Gravity Balans from Variér Furniture is far less nefarious and cranium cracking. Though it’s not the newest piece of furniture to hit the block, we’d heard a great deal about its ergonomic benefits and decided to give it a spin in our quest to find the perfect marathon gaming/lounging chair. The verdict? Gravity lounging > Gravity gaming.
Cracking open the box revealed one of our worst fears: two allen wrenches, a bunch of boards and screws, and a page of crudely drawn instructions. The two-man assembly (one to interpret the images, the other to clumsily execute) was complete in a little over 20 minutes, having us parked in front of the TV in no time.
To be fair, the Gravity isn’t really a rocking chair; instead of remaining in one position and rocking back and forth, it’s designed to rest in one of three positions. The upright position resembled that of a stiff office chair, forcing us into school-marmishly proper posture. This position proved useful for activities like movie watching and gaming, though we felt the need for a little slouchy leeway after about an hour. The next position was a very basic 3/4 position reminiscent of a traditional recliner. As a whole this middle position ended up being the sweet spot for comfort and utility. The final position (which is what lends the chair it’s namesake) rests all the way back on the rear of the slats, creating an oddly floaty, fully-reclined sitting position. Once we got over the initial fear of death (roughly 10 minutes), we fell … in love with this chair. It essentially provides the spongy weightless feeling of a hammock with the back and leg support of a proper chair. Even subtle movements like sneezing or even a heavy sigh makes the entire thing gently bounce in response. It’s a completely alien, yet surprisingly comfortable experience (as far as sitting goes).
Still, we have to be realistic. Even with all this zero-G sweetness, we had to wince at the price. We love sitting around and sleeping on the job as much as the next slacker, but the low-four-digit price makes our beds, which we crash on nightly for eight hours, seem like a much better investment. If you’ve got the funds lying around and fancy yourself a napmaster, it’s worth a look. Otherwise, we’d suggest avoiding the Gravity and choosing a chair that’s much more down to earth.