FlexiSpot FC211 Sit2Go exercise chair test: While home office jobs were still an exception before Corona, having your own home as a workplace has proven to be a sensible concept even after the pandemic. However, many home offices are not particularly well equipped in terms of a healthy working posture, which is an issue not to be underestimated as sitting is considered the new smoking habit.
Some time ago we presented and recommended the EG8 height-adjustable table at FlexiSpot to show you the possibilities of ergonomic work. With the matching FC211 Sit2Go fitness chair, we are now upgrading and transforming the office into the most practical training room imaginable.
Of course, back-friendly work is also possible in standard ergonomic office chairs, but with the FC211 Sit2Go fitness chair you are tackling another problem that comes with sitting for a long time: lack of exercise.
The chair acts as a cardio machine thanks to its pedals and adjustable resistance.
Of course, with a view to its function as an office chair and especially in this price range, you should not expect a proven fitness device like the one used in properly equipped studios. Aimed more at making a virtue out of necessity, the FC211 allows the user to work at their desk and pedal at the same time to do something for their health.
If you order the exercise chair, you will receive a surprisingly compact package whose comparatively high weight is immediately noticeable. This may sound counterintuitive, but our experience has shown that “easy” rarely means “good” as well.
The package contains the chair, which has been disassembled into four individual parts – five if know-it-alls want to count the two pedals individually – along with the necessary hardware in the form of screws, washers, Allen keys and spanners.
The instructions, which are of course also included, guide you through the assembly in a detailed and easy to understand manner, although we note that the designations of the required parts do not always match those in the bill of materials provided at the beginning. .
Ultimately, though, it’s all pretty self-explanatory, so this misstep probably shouldn’t pose a serious hurdle for anyone. It may be different with the precision of the drilled holes as we had to struggle a bit with a screw in the backing.
Otherwise, the FC211 can be easily assembled by one person in a few minutes.
Two things become clear the first time you try it: first, the exercise chair is incredibly comfortable, and second, it’s not right for every desk. The protruding legs of the rear wheels, which ensure a secure base for the chair, are less of a problem than the height, which even in the lowest configuration, in which the seat is 57 cm high, should not fit under most common desks. Especially not when your legs lift up when you pedal.
However, in combination with a height-adjustable desk, it makes for a nice duo, which is also suitable for taller people. The height of the seat can be raised up to a proud 80cm using a lever under the cushion, and another lever on the seat horn allows the seat to be pushed back and forth over a range of 9cm.
According to the manufacturer, the weight capacity of the FC211 is also 99.8 kg.
The adjustment of the seat, whether in height or fore and aft, is extremely smooth and testifies to the high quality of workmanship. The plastic shell, on the other hand, does not necessarily convey the impression of value at first, but a compromise certainly had to be made here in order not to increase the weight of the chair too much and to justify a fair price, which is why here there is no point deduction. We also liked the stable wheels and generally solid stand.