Questionable: The $500 'Optimal Posture' Office Chair

February 27, 2013


If there's anything I learned growing up a southern belle in Alabama, it's posture is important. If you don't have good posture you'll get zero gentlemen callers and just wait by the phone at night praying for a suitor to ring while your parents sit by the phonograph whispering about 'the spinster in the house'. Enter the $500 Optimal Posture Office Chair from Hammacher Schlemmer. I have a hunchback and have never been kissed.

This is the office chair that provides chest or back support to help maintain optimal posture. Developed with doctors from the Wooridul Spine Hospital, the chair has a chest rest that provides support as you lean in toward a keyboard or desk, preventing back strain caused by hunching over. The rest swivels 180° for use as a backrest that shifts the shoulders back and chest outward, encouraging the curved, proper posture that reduces back strain. The seat's pelvis support has a gentle forward slope that shifts the pelvis forward and raises the buttocks above the knees, resulting in semi-standing posture that discourages slouching--a major cause of back discomfort. The sides of the seat are also sloped, spreading the knees apart (hip abduction) and keeping the pelvis upright to reduce stress on the back, shoulders, and neck.

So yeah, you can forget about leaning back when you're typing. Still, I just drafted a petition requesting the ad agency I work for (and secretly write Geekologie on their dime) replace all our office chairs with these ones. Just check out the dude in the picture -- unavoidable t-rex arms. This office is about to get f***ing SEXY.

Thanks to Cindy, who wrote me like a paragraph complaining about her office chair and it made me cry, it really did. You deserve better.

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  • cant fap sitting like that.

  • "Optimal posture" with no back or neck support? Yeah no.

  • Xaghce

    obviously anyone with boobs, as in half the population of the world, could not use this chair.

  • Adamant

    $500, because there are 3000 people out there stupid enough to buy it and make the creator rich.

  • AutumnRoses

    Reminds me of the Izzy HAG Capisco chair. This one runs around $900 though.

  • Don

    Lol... pretty funny, you spend all on a 500$ chair, and all you can buy is a 10 year old apple keyboard, and no mouse..

  • Brant_Alan

    I have never seen hands rest so awkwardly on a keyboard before. Thanks Optimal Posture Office Chair!

  • Kevin

    Nice. Check out the 10 year old Apple keyboard.

  • Anodos

    That looks cool, actually. I dont lean back when typing or playing games, only if watching video perhaps.

    What, just me?

  • Closet Nerd

    Does it come with a helmet for when you try to lean back and spill onto the floor?
    ...... just sayin

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