The Vertagear SL4000 arrives in a big heavy box. Inside you will find the main seat base, along with the seat back support. The gas lift, telescope cover, side covers, wheels, foot base and metal base frame will also be found packaged away neatly inside.
The build starts off from the very bottom, with the five star foot base. All you need to do for step one is push all of the wheels in to place. From there, you are going to need to attach the metal base frame to the seat base using the screws provided.
The next step is to push the gas lift bar in to place with the plastic red cap removed and then put the telescope cover over the top. Then, attach the five star foot base and you have successfully built a stool.
Now a stool wouldn’t be the most comfortable thing to spend hours upon hours a day sitting on, so next you need to connect the back seat support. In theory, this should be an easy enough process, you just slide the back in to place between the two metal brackets and secure it with the screws and washers. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go that way for me.
The back of the chair was simply too bulky to actually fit within the metal brackets. On top of that, one side of the chair did not have the holes aligned correctly, which made threading the screws very difficult indeed. The most frustrating part is that this was the final step and it could have gone a lot smoother if some extra care had been taken during quality control.
In the end, after a bit of persuading, I managed to get the whole thing together, with the exception of two plastic side covers, which aren’t mentioned in the instructions at all. This is an easy enough fix as It turns out that there is a very easy to miss screw pre-installed on the chair. All you need to do is take it out and align the hole on the side cover.
When it comes down to it, Vertagear has put together a fantastic looking chair. Unfortunately, the build process was a little more frustrating than it needed to be.
Our concerns and observations have been passed along to Vertagear, who are aware and working on tightening these areas up for future chairs. This is a new company, so it is likely that we got unlucky with our sample, I have searched around a bit and not found many similar complaints amongst reviewers, so perhaps we were a little unlucky.