XT Rac­ing Evo

Custom PC - - CONTENTS - ANTONY LEATHER

SUP­PLIER www.over­cx­trac­ing.co.uk / MODEL NUM­BER 8001-0117-PUL-RED

There are a few PC-re­lated items that are easy to over­look. The power sup­ply is never an area where you should skimp, and it’s ab­so­lutely worth fork­ing out for a de­cent mon­i­tor too – af­ter all, you use it ev­ery time you use your PC. The same can be said for your PC chair – you not only want your seat to be com­fort­able, but you also don’t want it to line you up for back prob­lems either. The XT Rac­ing Evo looks to of­fer max­i­mum ad­just­ment and pre­mium build qual­ity, but at a slightly more wal­let-friendly price than some of the pre­mium mod­els we’ve seen, such as no­blechairs’ Epic Se­ries.

The lat­ter can be had for £300 if you dip to the faux leather ver­sion, but the Evo re­tails for £240 inc VAT, which is a tidy sav­ing. The chairs ap­pear very sim­i­lar too. In fact, even the ad­just­ment but­tons and some as­pects of the con­struc­tion are eerily sim­i­lar, but there are sub­tle dif­fer­ences. The pad­ding on the Epic Se­ries is firmer, but more shaped, with the Evo sport­ing a flat-look­ing seat cush­ion that’s a lit­tle softer and more read­ily moulds to your bot­tom.

The sin­gle-piece back rest is an inch or two higher on the Epic Se­ries, mak­ing it bet­ter suited to peo­ple over 6ft tall. How­ever, much of the rest of the spec­i­fi­ca­tions are the same. Both chairs fea­ture 4D arm rests that can move in and out from the side, for­wards and back­wards, as well as up and down, although the Epic Se­ries has a lit­tle more ad­just­ment in the ver­ti­cal space, as well as slightly softer arm rests. The Evo still sports pad­ding here, though, so it’s softer than your av­er­age £50 of­fice chair with hor­rid rigid arm rests, but it’s still no­tice­ably firmer than the Epic pad­ding.

One fea­ture we re­ally like about both chairs is that they of­fer a tilt­ing back rest that can get to a ver­ti­cal po­si­tion, which is im­por­tant for good pos­ture. Again, the Epic Se­ries has slightly more ad­just­ment here, be­ing able to go a lit­tle be­yond a straight ver­ti­cal an­gle, but it’s a mi­nor point. Both chairs also of­fer side pad­ding on the base and back, which act like a car bucket seat and make you feel a lit­tle like you’re be­ing hugged. In ad­di­tion, they both come with re­mov­able head­rest and seat cush­ions for extra pad­ding, with the lat­ter boost­ing the all-im­por­tant lum­bar sup­port.

We’ve been us­ing the Epic Se­ries chair since we re­viewed it and the cush­ion does be­come a lit­tle less firm af­ter a few weeks, but it has stood up well to six months of use. How­ever, the Evo proved to be very com­fort­able from the out­set, de­spite its lack of shap­ing, and the soft cush­ion held up well for the few days we used it. There are some more plush features on the Epic Se­ries chair, though, such as notched run­ners for many of the ad­just­ments and cov­ered levers in­stead of bare metal.

The XT Rac­ing Evo proved to be very com­fort­able from the out­set

Con­clu­sion

For a £60 sav­ing, the XT Rac­ing Evo is right on the money. You lose out in one or two ar­eas, such as the firmer arm rests and notched run­ners when ad­just­ing the arm rests on the no­blechairs Epic Se­ries, but th­ese omis­sions don’t im­pact too much on per­for­mance or com­fort over­all. They’re also po­ten­tially worth sac­ri­fic­ing if you’re on a tighter bud­get. If we had the money, we would edge to­wards the slightly softer arm rests of the Epic Se­ries, given that a chair is a long-term in­vest­ment, but that’s the only mi­nor is­sue, and the Evo is still an ex­cel­lent PC chair, es­pe­cially at this price.

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