Salli vs Bambach sitting pressure study

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As we are in Australia and Bambach Saddle Seats have been very well promoted and popular here since the 1990s it makes sense that we regularly get asked "What is the difference between Salli and Bambach saddle chairs?"

From an ergonomic point of view the concepts are similar - both seats aim to put you in a riding like position, with your thighs pointing down at around 45 degrees to help achieve a neutral spine position, and hence take pressure off your back, neck and shoulders - and essentially they both achieve this aim when used correctly (proper work surface height etc).

But what about pressure elsewhere? This is where Salli saddle seats are quite different with their patented split design.

If you do a search for saddle chairs/seats you will come up with quite a list that ranges in price from $50 to over $1,000. (yes, cheap saddle chairs are rubbish by the way)

One thing you will notice is that almost all of these chairs have a pommel or horn (the rise at the front), and some have a cantle (the rise at the back).

While these structures may serve a purpose on a horse saddle, they are largely unnecessary on a saddle chair, and can in fact cause some very undesirable health issues.

So why are they there? The only conclusion is that for many of the manufacturers this is to make it look more like a "saddle". If it looks like a saddle it has to be good for you - right?

In 2008 a study on sitting pressure was conducted which compared several different type of saddle chairs. The results were very conclusive - read the results in the pdf here.

Salli Vs Bambach Sitting Pressure

While the Bambach was the only chair which had a pommel and cantle in this study, the results can generally be translated to other saddle chairs which include one or both of these structures.

We have had many users of other brands of saddle chairs mention that they have the very issues mentioned in the study, and their doctors have told them to stop using their solid style saddle chair - scary stuff!

They have since bought Salli divided saddle chairs and now sit happy!

Read or download the sitting pressure study here.

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    C.L.
    Salli Pro is the real deal! Excellent choice worth every dollar

    I'm pretty blown away by this product and the customer service that Salli Australia has provided.

    I used to have sharp pain in my dominant shoulder and wrist and a persistent backache after hunching over in long editing sessions at the computer. I researched everything from ergonomic gamer chairs to kneeling chairs and finally arrived at the saddle chairs from Salli.

    I was a little hesitant to make the investment but made an appointment to test out the chairs anyway. David walked me through the different models and options and really patiently answered all my questions (which were A LOT). I ended up purchasing the Salli Pro with rollerblade rubber wheels for hardwood floors on the spot. (I'm 161cm and 50kg and could have gone for the Salli Pro Small, but felt the Pro was a bit more comfortable.)

    As advised, I eased into using the chair at home, and it took just a couple of days to get used to it. I just want to say there’s no turning back to regular chairs for me now. I have NO PAIN in my shoulders and find myself wanting to sit on it all the time. I highly recommend this chair to anyone who is chair-bound for most of the day. Thank you, David and the Salli Australia team!

    Prompt and efficient service thank you

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    Salli Pro
    S.A.
    Useful for my spinal injury

    I have very specific spinal requirements due to an injury. The Salli Pro gives me the granular adjustments I need.

    Change the way you sit

    The saddle chair has me sitting upright again. You sit on your sitting bones and your spine is naturally straight. Now it does take some getting used to, so two of us share it and swap each hour or so to begin with but I can sit on it for half a day within the first few weeks. The chairs are incredibly well made and robust.

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    brilliant customer service!

    Accidentally ordered the wrong chair and customer service was so helpful with helping fix my mix up! Great chair, love it

    You are welcome Lucy. Glad you are loving your Salli.