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Wait a second... Are they recommending fit of this chair based on BMI? As in, Body Mass Index? I guess it might be the only use left for such a dated system of measurement, but I can think of more than one reason it could prove useless here too.
It’s another data point to help people find the right fit. Weight and height just can’t tell the whole story. Someone who is 6’ 4” and 270 lbs might be comfortable in a partocular chair but someone who is 5’ 9” and the same weight may not be. As always it’s imprecise and a lot of subjectivity is involved with comfort. But we felt this could be helpful for some.
Ah! so the 6"4" 270 lbs (BMI approx 34) should fit this chair but the 5"9" 270 (BMI approx 40) is just outside the recommended level of obese for this chair to feel comfortable. Unless 5"7" is a bodybuilder or really athletic and that 270 is all muscle in which case we are right back where we started wondering if this chair is better for tall or better for wide?
No, sorry, I was speaking in generalities not specifically about this chair. Compared to the model below it in our Office Series (Obsidian) we recommend that Onyx is more comfortable for larger body types (about 5 points more BMI) because it has a larger frame and seat.
I would expect that the rare 5’7” all muscle person you mention (I say rare because we’ve done plenty of shows like PAX and don’t see that often, if at all) would understand he or she is outside average parameters, although in thinking of it, they might have a lot of muscle mass and also might not fit well in a smaller chair :) . Anyway, as I said, it's just another data point to help people decide and we've found most people appreciate it.