Raina and I were visiting friends in Florida. They had a Lexus IS250. I drove one for six years, and the bucket seats were even more comfortable than I remembered. It occurred to me that a desk chair with the same design would be awesome! Well, the $349 RapidX Ferrino Desk Chair is just that — a bucket seat-inspired chair!
The fact that the chair has a look and feel similar bucket seat is no accident. As RapidX makes clear,
Inspired by professional harness bucket seats, the RapidX Ferrino black office chair features an attractive, customized exterior that conceals its orthopedically and ergonomically designed core.
This is not the chair for someone who wants something understated in their office. Sure, my black on black review sample is the most subtle of the line. It doesn’t scream for attention, but it doesn’t fade into the background either. The other color combinations, however, are a bit bolder. They include Green on Black, Blue on Black, Brown on Black, Pink on Black, Red on Black, White on Black.
You won’t notice it on my review sample, but there is a single 2.5” strip of material that wraps around the perimeter of the chair. This is where the contrasting color is found on the other chairs. Its placement there, as well as the use of a single strip of material, is intended to not only make a visual statement but apparently helps increase the chair’s durability.
The chair ships in a few pieces. There is a section for the seat, the back of the chair, the base and casters, arm pieces and pillows for neck and lumbar support. It took just a few minutes to go from this to this…
The back of the chair uses diamond-pattern stitching and looks nice in my sample. On the other chairs, however, this sticking is done in the contrasting color and makes a bold statement. As the company notes, “the contrast creates a sharp, sporty aesthetic that few computer chairs can keep pace with.” I like it. Raina’s not exactly sold.
Aesthetics matters when you are looking for a new chair for your office, but what matters the most when it comes to chairs is the comfort. On this front, the RapidX Ferrino Desk Chair has you covered. I’ll let RapidX explain why. As they note,
Most gaming desk chairs on the market are full of fluff—literally. This soft yet unsupportive material has contributed to back pain, shoulder tendinitis, and other injuries in an entire generation of office workers and gamers. And as the average time spent sitting increases, so does the risk of spinal injury. Few things interrupt attention more than nagging back and neck pain caused by chairs that don’t honor ergonomics. This comfortable office chair, on the other hand, is never stuffed, but constructed with a dense polyurethane foam core to offer the same support as formula racing car seats. Orthopedically designed to support your spine, it features removable lumbar and neck support pillows that can be adjusted based on your body type.
In a word, this chair is designed for people who spend a good deal of time sitting and are looking for something that will not leave them needing to finish the work day and immediately run to the chiropractor. I have to admit; it is pretty darn comfortable.
And there is more. In addition to back pain, those sitting in office chairs for hours can suffer from elbow injuries such as epicondylitis. This is also known as tennis elbow but, in this instance, we might better refer to it as “office-worker elbow.” If we want to get technical, “Epicondylitis is a type of musculoskeletal disorder that refers to an inflammation of an epicondyle.” I’ve never dealt with it, but it sounds painful. To help address this issue, the Ferrino office chair has highly adjustable armrests.
They can be raised or lowered by three inches. They can slide forward and slide sideways.
They can even be positioned at three different angles so you can find the position that is most comfortable. Best of all, these adjustments can be made in seconds, and you can constantly readjust the armrest throughout the day as your activities and comfort level changes. In short, just as the material used for the chair was chosen for comfort, so too were the armrests designed to keep you comfortable throughout the day and into the night.
The RapidX Ferrino Desk Chair has one more trick up its sleeve. The company refers to this as a “powernap-friendly backrest.”
The chair has a lever on the side that is similar to the recliner adjustment on manual bucket seats. With this adjustment, you can go from sitting upright in the chair one minute.
Then recline the chair up to 155 degrees and take a power nap.
As the company explains:
When you need to rest, put on your eyeshades or your virtual reality headset and have a revitalizing rest in the most convenient location imaginable: your current one. Simply slip off the lumbar support pillow, use the car seat style lever to recline to your desired angle, and recharge.
It’s a cool feature and one that I happen to love!
- Diamond-patterned backrest with color stitching
- Locking tilt mechanism inspired by car seat recliners
- Five-point base on 2-inch rim-styled casters
- Bucket seat harness inspired by professional racing seats
- Adjustable and removable neck and lumbar support pillows with color stitching
- Orthopedically and ergonomically designed
- Lift cylinder adjusts seat height from 14 to 16.6 inches
- Armrests adjust from 11.8 to 14.5 inches in height
- 3D-adjustable PVC armrests with three directional settings
- 85-155 degree angle recline adjuster
- Durable and stylized PVC leather
- Detachable neck and lumbar support pillows included
- High-quality molded polyurethane foam core
- 20.8-inch Black aluminum star base
- 20.5-inch seat width
- 10.5-inch long armrests
- Supports up to 265lbs (100-150kgs)
- Weight: 48lbs (25kgs)
At $349, the RapidX Ferrino Desk Chair isn’t the least expensive office chair on the market. It’s not made of leather or breathable mesh. The armrests are made from PVC that looks and feels like what it is. In other words, on paper, this chair may not look like a high-end, office or gaming chair. But that’s on paper. In actual usage this chair is impressive. It looks like a bucket seat from a sports car and is as comfortable. The support it offers is excellent, the adjustable seat and armrests add to the comfort, and the powernap-friendly feature is great. Add to this the inclusion of both neck support and lumbar support pillows, and you have a gaming and office chair your body will appreciate. It comes in a range of color combination but I, for one, am pleased with the more subtle black on black version I got for review. Check it out and order yours here.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample.
What I Like: Easy to put together; Ergonomic design supports your back and seat; Available in a variety of color combinations; Armrests highly adjustable; Reclines so you can take a power nap
What Needs Improvement: Looks like a sports car bucket seat which won’t appeal to everyone; Made from synthetic materials