The search for comfort has never meant very much to me, I’ve always thought of myself as a cat who could just curl up and be happy anywhere. Not comfortable, but happy. Even now, as an adult, if you give me the choice between sitting on a chair or the floor, I’ll probably take the floor. I’ve just never been someone who factored comfort over necessity, especially when it comes to gaming… Case and point?
Up until a few months ago, I was using a lawn chair to game on.
Was the lawn chair something I would recommend to friends? No.
Did I think it was aesthetically pleasing? No.
Was it something I loved sitting on? Also no.
But it got the job done and I never gave it another thought.
And then, my life got turned upside down.
I recently got the opportunity to create some videos for Evetech’s YouTube channel, and this on its own was something of a dream come true for me. There is just something about getting the chance to work with a company or a brand that you’ve always admired that really gives you that sense of validation, and unlike comfort, validation is something that I have actively sought out in life. Cue Dr. Phil now.
Because I was creating videos for Evetech I got the chance to be one of the first people in South Africa to review the Vertagear SL2000 gaming chair, and from the moment its wheels touched my floor and my bum touched its seat, I just couldn’t imagine going back. The Vertagear isn’t just a chair, the lawn chair was just a chair, this is a high-tech instrument of comfort and happiness sent down from the gods!
If you watch the video that I made for Evetech about the Vertagear here:
You’ll see I talk about how easy it was to assemble, but that really wasn’t an exaggeration, it took me longer to get the box upstairs and find a knife to get into the box than it did to assemble the whole chair. Everything you need to get from the separate parts to the completed unit is included in the box, which made the process so easy and pleasant.
When you assemble the Vertagear you get two optional support cushions, one for your neck and one for your back. At first I had both pillows set up, but after a few weeks, I removed the lumber support cushion. The reason for me removing it is completely based on personal preference than an actual ‘complaint’ but personally, I found that the pillow, even though fully adjustable, never stayed exactly where I wanted it, and it made the seat of the Vertagear feel a lot smaller.
I love the adjustability on the Vertagear. It comes with the basic adjustments, like chair height, which is great because I could set it to fit with my table perfectly.
But then, the adjustable arm rests!
I fell and cracked my elbow a few years back, and while the crack has healed (something my family will not stop reminding me of) the elbow is still prone to get very painful and swollen after prolonged pressure, like when it presses on a desk for a couple of hours or when it doesn’t have anything to rest on at all. But the Vertagear armrests are made from a sort of cushioned / contoured plastic that fits the shape of my arm perfectly and it lets me adjust the height of each armrest independently. It has relieved so much pain from my elbow and made prolonged gaming such a pleasure you wouldn’t even believe.
The other adjustment that can be just a little bit harrowing if you don’t expect it is the back. You’re able to adjust back support so that it doesn’t move any more or leave it so that you can stretch out while you game. Just be warned, it goes back up to 170 degrees, which makes it just short of being bed flat. At some point you’ll stretch back and 2 seconds later find yourself lying down and recovering from your life flashing before your eyes thinking you were going to die.
Aesthetically the chair is gorgeous, it looks like a professional gaming chair (which it is) and it comes with a wide variety of colors you can choose from. Mine is in the same pink that I use for my YouTube channel art and it just helps bring my entire setup together.
All the chairs are made using a steel frame and an aluminum base meaning it’s strong while still being lightweight. The material is a high-quality PVC leather with breathing holes meaning heat doesn’t really get trapped inside, this is most noticeable in summer if you’re sitting in shorts and want to stand up, you can do so without having the risk of your skin staying behind, definitely one of the things that me and my leg flesh have come to appreciate most.
I know it must sound like I’m a complete crazy person going on like this about a chair but it really has changed my life, because of being an Acrobat for pretty much my entire life I’m prone to back ache, shoulder pain, neck pain, elbow pain, and heartaches. I’m broken goods, you name a pain and I have it, and for the first time I can actually stay up all night playing games and the only negative repercussion the next morning will be tiredness.
I honestly love my Vertagear gaming chair and I’m legitimately looking at getting another one for my partner who suffers from back pain as well, also so that he will stop snaking my chair when I’m not looking. Now if you’ll excuse me, my Vertagear and Assassin’s Creed Origins are both calling out my name.
Here’s to being tired tomorrow morning but oh so comfortable and happy now.