You can have the greatest gaming PC in the world, but ya gotta be comfortable if you plan on using it like it's meant to be used. A comfortable chair may not be the centerpiece of your rig, but it might be one of the most critical components. Clutch understands this and created their Throttle series of chairs to give you the kind of premium sit your butt deserves. We're reviewing the Echo model here, the biggest of the big.
So, yeah, this is a comfy gaming chair, a rare Pokemon in the world of style-first chairs. But is it worth the top tier $470 retail price? We investigate.
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Design and Comfort
The Throttle is Clutch’s largest chair, with a 70 cm diameter base. The steel frame is designed to support up to 330lb individuals. So this is a big chair. In fact, Clutch Chairz (yes, with a Z), lists this as the biggest in their line for the biggest players.
The chair’s foam padding is super comfortable. Clutch claims it's the highest quality high-density foam available, and sitting in the Throttle, it’s hard to argue.
But, importantly, this isn't rock hard like other "big boy" gaming chairs that only become luxurious if you have 250lbs+ to level out the foam.
In fact, smaller folks around the office really liked the chair's extra padding. It's, ya know, comfortable, not rock hard.
I practically sank into the Throttle, and I could really feel the difference between the Throttle and other lower priced chairs.
Unlike some XXL gaming chairs, the sizing of the chair also works for shorter people. Meaning, the height adjustment lets your feet touch the ground if you're below 6 feet. I'd say this is comfortable for people down to roughly 5' 9". Any lower and your feet won't touch the ground.
Putting together the chair was easy enough. Most pieces simply snap into each other, and there’s only a few bolts you need to screw in. It’s a one person job that will take around half an hour. My one complaint with construction is that the side covers that go over the frame were difficult to put on, and the instructions for this step were confusing. I’ll admit that I am occasionally a bit thick-headed when it comes to instructions, but I can’t be the only one to have this problem. Without the side covers, the bolts on the frame are exposed, and your nice, expensive new chair looks kind of janky.
Features and Performance
Clutch offers 4D armrests. What makes them 4D? These armrests can move up and down, side to side, and forward and back.
Importantly, these armrests move in and out from your body, not just swivel about. This means, if you're over, say, 5'10", you can adjust them so your elbows land in the right spot for gaming.
While they can’t move through time and space and thus aren’t truly fourth dimensional, I did appreciate the armrests’ mobility when shifting to different tasks – like say, sitting more upright for PC games and leaning back for console games. While not a game-changing feature, they were nice enough, and I appreciate the fact that they didn’t move around to different positions while I was sitting. The Throttle has a class four gas lift that allows you to easily adjust the height, as well as tilt lock that lets you lock the chair at any angle between zero and twelve degrees.
The downside is the armrests aren't as comfortable as the rest of the chair. While there is a bit of squish, they're on the harder side of armrests out there. After 30 minutes of gaming, my elbows were smarting. Clutch could do with an update.
For that extra added comfort, Clutch has included both a neck and lumbar support cushion. While Clutch lists them as optional, I would argue they are essential to my enjoyment of the Throttle, and really stepped up the level of comfort. Without the neck pillow, my neck felt really rigid and hanging out to dry, to speak. The lumbar back cushion was incredible – not only was it super soft, but it conformed to my back shape and really added that extra feeling of luxury. I just wish the lumbar pillow was built into the chair, rather than a pillow that’s easy to misplace or lose.
The Throttle is a top of the line chair, and it feels like one. With a few upgrades to some of the plastic, the Throttle will stand out as one of the truly premium seats on the market.
SECOND OPINION: JOSH RAY
Unlike Matt, I'm 5' 11", 175lbs, and like my chairs more beanbag than speedracer. Gaming chairs are typically crafted after automotive chairs that are made to hug you during hard corning. And since I do zero racing at my desk, I don't want a facehugger for a chair.
The Clutch Throttle Echo is basically a comfy normal chair but with better armrests and loud, gamer styling. And my feet touch the floor, unlike some other mega chairs on the market.
The price, however, is up there: $469 is a lot of coin for a chair. But it is in line with the other biggies on the market. And by my count there are at least a couple dozen chairs over the $500 price point.
Ultimately, we have a number of the big chairs here in the office. But the Clutch Chairz, despite the "Z" in the name, is my current max comfort favorite.