@MGar This probably won't help, but I just visited their showroom on Saturday.Hi All, I am a faithful follower of this thread since the beginning in 2014. It's finally time to replace our tired 15 year old, cloth covered Palliser sectional that has served us well through 2 boys, now grown and on thier own.. We've looked through our local stores in San Diego and the trend with sectionals seems to be going to much wider seats with very thick arms (our current one has 24" seats) which limits out configuration options with the space we have in our family/theater room. Replacing what we have now in leather with a special order from Palliser would be over $6k.
I've been looking at the Southampton for a while as I think it would suit both me (6'2" 350#) and my wife (5'7"). However, we are really stuggling with ordering sight unseen. Does anyone in the San Diego or SoCal area have Southamptons or Hamiltons they would be willing to demo? We've even tossed the idea of flying out to Chicago to see them ($337 RT on SW) but that kinda seems extreme. Of course if I could get good tickets to Hamilton in Chicago, she might go for it
They had all models of chairs on display, minus a new one they have yet to receive.
TJ helped me and he was super helpful, patient, etc...
The South hamptons are pretty nice, and very comfortable. I believe he said they were the best selling model they sold.
They had them in leather and bonded leather and he had samples of both materials to show me.
Basically you don't want bonded leather, get the "7000" leather/vinyl combo (leather where you sit, vinyl on the backs and sides) I was really impressed with how well the sides matched the seating surface. I believe the arm rests are leather as well. Overall the leather had a nice feel.
I am 5'8 and on the southhamptions I could sit with my feet on the floor, on the Hamiltons, I felt my feet were about an inch off the ground. Hamiltons are pretty big, maybe even "puffy". You may want to ask your 5'7" wife how she would feel about it if her feet didn't touch the floor - would that bother her? If you'll be mostly reclined, it may not, and the hamilton is a big beautiful chair.
Southhamptons were a good all around chair, like a honda accord. They have the basics - power recline, a lit cup holder and a light strip under the chair that you'll want to disconnect if you're a projector user.
The other chair I spent a lot of time in was the Pembroke, which is the one with a power headrest. The head rest 'should' tilt forward, but interestingly, the pembroke's moves up and forward - this could give the seat an extra few inches and might benefit someone who's 6'2" (or taller). for me, I felt the mechanism against my shoulder blades so I kinda ruled out the Pembroke.
Oh and one more thing! I was really surprised that for many of the chairs I tried at HTMarket, through a good part of the recline range. Before I tried them, I was convinced I "Needed" the $899 model with power headrest, but I think I'd be perfectly happy with the southhampton..
That said, I'm still looking, and wish there was an 'easy' button for this.
I'd also be interested in your feedback if you visit 4seating...