The Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 is one of the best gaming chair around, bar none, and the new SKINS accessory is a fantastic addition that makes it a truecustomisablegaming chair now.
Secretlab sent over a pre-production sample a couple of weeks ago, and during that time I've had the chance to not only experience the installation (Spoiler: It took me less than five minutes to set it up – it's really that easy), but also to get a feel of the new Skins on my 15-month old Titan Evo 2022 chair.
The package comes with just two items – the Backrest and Seat base sleeves – as well as an instruction manual that's absolutely easy to grasp. Secretlab sent the Mint Green colour over. The material is the same Softweaveused in existing Titan Evo 2022 models, but Secretlab calls the fabric the Adaptive Softweave Plus Skins.
Here's a look at how the backrest sleeve looks like. There are three zippers that hold it snugly in place over a Titan Evo 2022 backrest. It and the seat base sleeve arealso washable, which is really a plus point, so that in the unfortunate event where there's food or liquid spillage, you can simply remove and dunk it into your washing machine for a clean wash.
A word of advice: Clean up your Titan Evo 2022 before putting your new Skins over it (Secretlab also sent me their Fabric Wipes for softweave chairs). You won't want any existing craps or dust to be sandwiched in between the chair and the skins. Yikes.
And here's how my existing Titan Evo 2022 Softweave chair in black looks like, before a new (sort of) Mint Green makeover.
Secretlab says they precision-mapped the Adaptive SoftweavePlus Skin fabric to the TITAN Evo 2022 using a patent-pending fitting system, allowing for a form and fit so snugthat it won't compromise on ergonomic performance.
As far as installation goes, putting a new Skin over your Titan Evo 2022 chair is an extremely easy and quick process. No tools are needed and the sleeves really do fit easily and snugly.
Unlike the backrest sleeve, the seat base sleeve is secured via clips that goes underneath the Titan Evo 2022. Once snapped, the chair is ready to be used with its new look.
Here's a look at how the seat base sleeve looks like when slipped on, and with a bit of alignments adjusted. Again, I have to say this was all done so easily and quickly.
That's not to say the fit is entirely flawless, as we can see from this part of the seat base sleeve where creases are visible. To be fair, it's really not that noticeable but it's there if you are nit picky about it.
The backrest sleeve also has some creases and slacks on both sides and they are obvious enough, especially the areas near the knobs that adjust the built-in lumbar support, Interestingly, it was my wife who noticed it first and called it out. Still, it doesn't distracts from the overall quality of the Skins but at the same time not quite the "edge to edge" fit that Secretlab promises.
Here's another view from the right side of the chair. Notice the bulgenear the knob? That's slacking due to that area not hugging the Titan Evo 2022's backrest snugly enough. This is also possible due to my Mint Green Skin being a pre-production set (as mentioned earlier), with some flaws to be expected.So here's hoping the retail versions of the Skins will be different and better for it.
The Secretlab Skins have an almost edge-to-edge fit that is so seamless that it's almost indistinguishablefrom a vanilla Titan Evo 2022 gaming chair. Apart from the sides of the backrest, the almost precise fit means there's supposed to be very little to no excess material (my pre-production set not withstanding) that affects the chair's ergonomic performance. The Skin's key seller for me, is that it allows Titan Evo 2022 owners to keep their chair design refreshed and new,withouthaving to buy an entirely new chair.
Prices for Secretlab's Skins start at S$239 and are available for purchase over at www.secretlab.sg.