I got a Gesture today. If you don’t know of it, it’s a very nice chair.

I’ve got a Leap v2 at work, and a Leap v1 at home that is quite old.

Is there a best? Well, not necessarily.

The Gesture is best because it’s newest, everything is.. well.. new. Clean, smooth, not creaky. The arms are clearly better than the Leap, but at the same time, aren’t better by much.

Let me just rank the three chairs (all favorites, above anything else, except maybe the Herman Miller Mirra, which is very nice).

Comfort: plushness

  1. Leap v1
  2. Leap v2
  3. Gesture

Comfort: back support

  1. Gesture (more on this later)
  2. Leap v2
  3. Leap v1

Usefulness: arms

  1. Gesture: wow, very smooth, no clicking, stronger than I suspected

  2. Leap v1: so strong, I can do dips

  3. Leap v2: almost as strong, but more slide-y, if you like that

They’re all comfortable, and quite similar.

Variety in comfort: seat

  1. Gesture: so big, though on the firm side, can kneel toes-back practically

  2. Leap v2: soft, flexible

  3. Leap v1: soft, plushest, but maybe mine’s worn out it just sinks to kind of a flat surface

The Leap v1 is quite rigid. The Gesture has a firm seat but is deep enough to throw an ankle into it.

Comfort, overall feeling

  1. Gesture: overall jack-of-all-trades best, it feels slightly firm when I first sit down, but it’s basically like a decent cloth car seat with amazing armrests. The lower back is much better than I’d suspected (reading other reviews), more later. Most comfortable amongst the 3 to sit ankle-under-thigh position.

  2. Leap v2: very soft and flexible, you can push into the back and it flexes nicely. Recline is very smooth.

  3. Leap v1: very plush, though stiff and heavy in recline. Upper back portion rolls away which helps when stretching. Crossing legs still comfortable.

To be fair, none are nearly as plush as a Roc-n-Soc drum throne, which I can’t feel the bottom of, so to speak. I think I’ve bottomed out the Leap v1 (no more puns, I mean it).

the lower back area

So when you recline, it feels like the lower back reclines less than the upper, to an even greater(?) degree than the Leap. But, on the other hand, if you’re not reclined at all, lower back support is a bit soft. I personally think you should recline the Gesture about 5-15 degrees just to engage that. That just seems to be how it’s designed. Why use it any other way?

You simply must recline a Gesture slightly. That’s my first impression, anyhow. I guess you could just sit slightly more upright. It literally feels more upright than a Leap, though I’m not going to try to measure it quantitatively. When I sit fully back into it, I have to recline slightly to match what feels normal on either Leap.

The backrest meets you earlier, so to speak, but doesn’t give much resistance.

I don’t mind reclining a bit, I keep the tension pretty low but not.. ya know.. off, like some people. I don’t want it to slam back easily, but as long as you warn me, I’m ok with that.

summary

They’re all very good chairs. It’s a toss-up between the Gesture and Leap v2, though I prefer the Gesture.

The Leap v1 is like the Super Duty version, quite literally frame-wise. Quite sure it’s like 10 pounds of steel frame under the soft parts.

I’m surprised there aren’t more reviews of these chairs online, given there are thousands if not millions of developers let alone all the other desk jobs that might could use a chair just like these.