XT Racing Evo
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
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.