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Fabric v PU leather: All you need to know to choose your next Secretlab chair

By November 2, 2018 March 16th, 2020 3 Comments

You are in need of a new gaming chair. You want something comfortable and that keeps you focused and well-supported for long hours of gaming.

BUT you can’t decide between our best-selling Secretlab signature PRIME™ 2.0 PU leather series or our intricately and custom-made SoftWeave™ fabric series.

So, we’re here to help you with all the facts so you can suitably make the best investment for your back.


PRIME™ 2.0 PU leather SoftWeave™ Fabric
Breathability ✔✔✔ ✔✔✔✔✔
Durability Rigorously tested to be more resistant to spills and will quickly dry upon wiping Engineered to keep its form even after extended use, and is more pet-friendly
Feel Soft, flexible, and smooth Softer, cozy, and textured
Maintenance Simply wipe down once-a-week with the Secretlab Premium Leather Cleaner Vacuummable, and easily cleaned with most commercial fabric cleaners*

*Spills should be blotted as soon as possible


1. Breathability

The Secretlab SoftWeave™ fabric is specially engineered with breathability in mind.

While the threads are tightly woven for durability, they still allow for air to flow through, helping to dissipate heat more easily.

This means you can expect it to not to warm up as much as other materials after long periods of sitting.


2. Durability

The Secretlab SoftWeave™ Fabric is meticulously engineered with top-of-the-line 350gsm short yarn, which is woven together for high tensile strength so the upholstery doesn’t lose its form even after extended use.

Meanwhile, our PRIME™ 2.0 PU leather—put through more than 10 mechanical properties, durability and performance tests—is more resistant to spills and perspiration. However, there isn’t any leather (natural or synthetic) that is completely immune to prolonged exposure to perspiration and the buildup of body oil.

Overall, PU leather—given that it is resistant to liquids—will be easier to maintain its mint condition. Clean up any spills or your sweat at the soonest with a leather cleaner (such as Secretlab’s Premium Leather Cleaner) because prolonged exposure to liquids and body oils, coupled with friction, may cause the top coating of the PU leather to weaken, degrade or even peel over time.

An example of the Martindale Abrasion Tester, which we use to put our PRIME™ 2.0 PU leather through 200,000 flexing and abrasion resistance test cycles (10 times the standard test requirements of 20,000). Image from YouTube.


3. Feel

Our signature PRIME™ 2.0 PU leather is improved for its plushness—meaning while durable and stain-resistant, it is also still soft and flexible—allowing your chair to last for years even with heavy usage.

Meanwhile, the Secretlab SoftWeave™ fabric, after a careful weaving process, is finished with a grinding process to produce a fluffy texture that is dreamily comfortable against your skin. If you’re looking for a softer upholstery, the SoftWeave™ series is for you.



4. Maintenance

Our PRIME™ 2.0 PU leather (which overperformed in sweat, humidity and abrasion tests by TÜV SÜD and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research) is a coated surface which means maintenance is easier, simple and fuss-free. Read our tips on how to keep your Secretlab PU leather chair in tip-top condition for years.

While the Secretlab SoftWeave™ Fabric also does not require maintenance as often, it will take slightly more effort to clean if it gets dirty. For loose particles and dirt, they can be simply vacuumed up, but any spills should be blotted up with a dry cloth or paper towel as soon as possible.

A commercial fabric cleaner may be used to clean dirty spots—just be sure to test it on a non-conspicuous part of your chair first.



Our PRIME™ 2.0 PU leather and SoftWeave Series are both ANSI and BIFMA certified, highly durable and made for different types of users in mind.

In a nutshell, pick the SoftWeave™ if you are looking for a upholstery that’s fluffily soft against your skin; go for the PRIME™ 2.0 PU leather series if you’re regularly using it in an air-conditioned room and looking for a chair that is more forgiving to spills (just be sure to clean it off immediately!).

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  • Secretlab says:

    Hi Leonard, thanks for your interest in our chairs. Drop us a message at with the models and quantity that you’re keen on and our support specialists will see how best we can help you out! Thank you.

  • Leonard Teh says:

    Hi i am interested in getting 2-3 chairs for hone use. Can you quote me prices for softweave(omega&titan) and pu leather(omega&titan)

  • Angel Nieves says:

    The SoftWeave looks nice. I already bought the PU leather Omega but I’d get the SoftWeave Titan if I were to replace mine.