So I have spent most of the evening in the escapes and wanted to provide more detailed impressions. Here are the stats: I am 6 feet, my wife 5'8. We ordered 3 straight escapes in black leather.
I am not going to spend any time discussing the wonderful customer service. It is well documented for a good reason. Roman went above and beyond in all communication and it played a big role in my decision to purchase seats I had never seen. Everything arrived quickly and was very well packed.
I carefully inspected each seat fully prepared to accept a few flaws but there were none to be found. The leather looks great and the vinyl matches perfectly....and all stitching perfectly lined up. The look is really striking, far exceeding my expectations from photographs. If the looks were great the feel of the seats were even better. These things are heavy and rock solid. I was nervous about the storage causing the arms to feel loose but not a chance. There is very little play in the armrests and both the hinges and the hydraulic arm appear to be very robust. I was also surprised by how solid the trays felt as I expected to toss them and make my own. Yes, they are plastic, but there is weight to them and they seem built to last. These are going to be more valuable than I thought. It should be noted they block the cupholders but that is to be expected.
So let's talk electronics. First the positive. I was so nervous about the led lights. This turned out to be a non issue and a big relief. I actually quite like them and find they give off far less light than I feared. The buttons do not really seem small or overly sensitive to me, everything just works really well and is consistent. The reclining mechanism is quiet and smooth...everything is very responsive. I should note as well that every chair feels identical, which surpassed my expectations.
While I won't call it a negative I will say I am disappointed in the cooling cupholders. The size and depth are great but I just don't find the cooling mechanism to be effective. I was really excited about these so maybe my expectations were too high. Essentially there is a bottom plate that is cool. The rest of the cupholder is just a typical plastic holder and while the size is great I did not notice any cooling benefits to my drink. ***edit*** I am backing off of my original negative impressions slightly. I used these again last night with different types of containers and it does appear to chill some things pretty effectively. Obviously the shape of the bottle or glass will impact the effectiveness but it is proving to be more useful than my first impression led me to believe.
So now lets move to comfort and keep in mind much of this is subjective. I initially neglected to zip the backs to the actual seats and I was pretty disappointed in the large gap between the back and seat cushions WHEN RECLINED. Zipping these did help the roll off where shifting my weight was really uncomfortable in full recline as it had more of a tendency to cave. The zippered connection seems to keep the cushion a little more stable. I just wish the design allowed this gap to be a little tighter as I notice the gap against my back, though I do not consider it uncomfortable and I expect to forget about it over time. I may drop one of those "draft buster" cushions down in the gap for a little more support. Keep in mind this is only when reclined and my wife did not notice this at all. As far as the actual padding it is excellent and just a perfect blend of feeling stable yet very cushioned. The headrest is very comfortable but my excitement for the powered headrest was diminished a little bit by the fact that I don't need it. My wife did use and enjoy it so again this is very subjective. I find myself wishing the chair reclined a little bit further and if it did I think the adjustable headrest would be used all the time but as it is I find the normal closed position gives plenty of head support. Your mileage may vary. ***edit**** I am finding the gap to be a non-issue. I think when I was first trying it out I was in many different positions but when I really just sat down for an evening and enjoyed the chairs and let my body find a comfortable position they were very comfortable and I noticed no gap in support.
One other note. I set it up as both a loveseat plus separate 2-arm recliner and then ultimately as a traditional row of three. Both options were great and i could see myself switching it up every once in a while. I found very few seats that came with a left arm and right arm recliner in a row of three and I consider this a pretty valuable asset that likely goes unnoticed. Roman was kind enough to point this out as a potential advantage to the straight configuration (versus curved) and it became an important advantage once I really thought about it. I am going with three in a row now but I absolutely expect to move them into a love seat in the future for a change of pace.
So to sum it all up, the chairs surpassed my expectations in nearly every way. If I had to score it I would give these a 9.75 out of 10 (added .75 after more time with them).
Pros: Look great, feel great, consistent quality, very smooth mechanically and electronically, so flexible from both a seating position and seating arrangement in the 3 straight configuration. Plus I am a sucker for blue led's.
Cons: I would love a bit more recline to take better advantage of the head rest.