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The Harwick Evolve Heavy is an all-mesh heavy duty drafting chair aimed at the high-end market, bearing a price tag of over $300. Its manufacturer is especially focused on the chair’s design, proudly highlighting its gunmetal finish; to the manufacturer’s credit, it is a very nice-looking chair. Even so, it costs nearly three times as much as its cheaper competitors, and it sits in a price bracket that’s dangerously close to premium brands. Price aside, it’s one of the best drafting chairs, but you’re paying a lot of money for looks.

Why We Like It – Harwick Evolve Heavy

The Harwick Evolve Heavy is a high-end office chair with an appealing, ergonomic design and a high weight limit (325 lbs.), built to last for years. Though it doesn’t provide the best value on the market, it’s still a respectable option with very stunning looks.

Pros
  • Appealing design
  • High weight limit
  • Integrated footrest
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Quality isn’t much better than cheaper options

Support

With adjustable armrests, a curved mesh back, a curved seat, and an integrated footrest, the Harwick Evolve Heavy provides a slew of support features. It’s designed with full-body support in mind, making it a very solid choice for use as an office chair; the only thing it’s missing is an integrated neck cushion of some form, which isn’t a major issue. While it’s similar to its competitors, its support capabilities don’t fall short in any way, and it has small quality of life features like moveable armrests that give it versatility.

Comfort

Overall, the Harwick Evolve Heavy makes for a comfortable seat, but it’s not entirely perfect. The footrest easily comes loose, and the seat is a bit on the smaller side, making it potentially uncomfortable for larger people and people that intend to make heavy use of the footrest. Even so, it overall generally makes for a comfortable sitting experience even over longer periods of time. Its main issue, one you’ll find in nearly every facet of this product, is that its quality doesn’t match its price; the Modway Veer Drafting Chair has many of the same features and offers nearly as much comfort, but it sells for over $100 less than this chair does.

Adjustability

Nearly every aspect of the Harwick Evolve Heavy is built to be adjustable, from its armrests all the way down to its footrests. It has pneumatic seat height adjustment and strong tilt control that even allows you to lock the chair into a tilted position of your choice, it has tiltable armrests, and the integrated footrest is adjustable, meaning you can tailor the chair’s general positioning to your exact liking. This is one edge it has over its cheaper competitors; chairs such as the Boss Office Products Ergonomic Works Drafting Chair lack armrests and bear less comfortable designs overall.

Breathability

Thanks to its curved mesh design, this chair is very breathable. It employs a mesh back and a mesh seat cushion, making it a comfortable, breathable choice for nearly any room. It beats out most drafting stools in that regard, as it’s mesh and it has a curved seat. It also beats out non-mesh drafting chairs, as materials such as leather and pleather just simply do not breathe well and make for poor sitting experiences in hot rooms.

Value

Value is where the Harwick Evolve Heavy falls off hard. At $330, it’s a very, very tough sell; it offers a similar feature set to the much cheaper Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair while costing over $200 more. It doesn’t compete well with other high-end office chairs in terms of ergonomics or build quality, meaning it’s carried by its exceptional design and its slightly-better-than-average build quality.

Harwick Evolve Heavy Wrap-up

It’s difficult, but not impossible, to recommend the Harwick Evolve Heavy. It’s a product that delivers form over function, but it doesn’t sacrifice function to deliver exceptional form; it’s a solid overall product, but its price tag doesn’t entirely reflect its quality. If ergonomics or value aren’t your absolute number one priority, or you just want one of the prettiest chairs on the market, it’s a great buy, but if you value, well, value, you can get similar products for far less coin.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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