One of the most important parts of any sim racing setup is the seat. You need it to be both comfortable and practical, and although there are plenty of options out there to choose from, there are two that are very popular among racers. But which is better, the F-GT Lite or the Playseat Challenge?
Determining the better seat out of the F-GT Lite and the Playseat Challenge is not simple, as there are many factors to consider. Although the Playseat is cheaper and easy to store, the F-GT Lite is more durable. Overall, we found the F-GT Lite to be the better option.
In order to determine which seat is truly best, we need to consider all the individual factors in more depth. By doing this we will be able to analyze every aspect of each chair, and hopefully help you to arrive at an informed decision of which one is right for you.
What To Look For In A Good Sim Racing Seat
There are several different things to consider when choosing a new sim racing seat, and these will determine which option to go for if you are deciding between the F-GT Lite and the Playseat Challenge. First, we will outline what these factors are, and then we will go through each one and compare both seats to help you make the right decision.
The first thing you might want to consider is the comfort factor. This is obviously important, as you will be spending hours sitting in the chair and so you need to make sure that you are comfortable doing so. Things that will affect the comfort factor include the materials the seat is made of, as well as the actual size and shape of the seat itself.
The materials will be important for the comfort factor, but they will also help to determine the price of the seat as well. As we always say, the price should not be the deciding factor when choosing any piece of sim racing equipment. This also applies to seats and given that you will be spending a lot of time sitting in it, it is definitely worth getting the best one that you can afford.
Portability is another important factor, as if you don’t have a permanent racing setup you will need to think about where you are going to store your equipment when you are not using it. When it comes to seats, you may wish to go for one that folds up, as this will not only make it easy to store but also easy to transport, ideal if you are going to need to take it elsewhere.
Adjustability & Compatibility
Adjustability and compatibility are also important, with the adjustability coming in various different forms. You might want to be able to choose different seating positions freely, or you may want the option to quickly select pre-set positions instead. You will also want your racing seat to be compatible with other pieces of racing equipment, such as a wheel and pedals.
Finally, you will also want to consider any extra features that the seat has. This could be things like cup holders or other storage compartments, or it could be functionalities such as if it reclines, or even how it looks as well.
Comparison Of the F-GT Lite And The Playseat Challenge
Now that you know what to look for, let’s go into more detail about each of these factors with respect to these two seats.
When it comes to comfort, the F-GT Lite does a very good job of making you feel like part of the seat. It is made from breathable fabric, which means you won’t get too hot when playing a long racing session. You can adjust the seat to your liking, so you can take control of your comfort, and each point of the seat can take up to 150kg of force as well.
The Playseat Challenge on the other hand is made from Alcantara, and so offers a comfortable and stylish feel which won’t make you too hot like leather might. Although the seat does feel slightly less durable than the F-GT, and it can be a bit difficult to get in and out of, it still offers a lot of comfort when you are sitting in it.
As we have just said, the Playseat does feel a little cheaper than the F-GT, and it can be purchased for cheaper at a few retailers, even if just slightly. This is somewhat reflected in the build quality, but regardless, each one is definitely worth the relatively small price when compared to a lot of the other options on the market.
One thing that both of these seats do a good job of is portability. The F-GT Lite is very storage-friendly, offering almost flat folding even with extra equipment attached. This means that after a racing session you don’t need to remove your wheel and pedals and can simply fold it all up and hide it away before you need to use it again.
The Playseat Challenge also offers good portability, being foldable to allow for very easy storage or even transportation. Coming in at just 9kg, you will have no trouble taking this anywhere you go. The F-GT weighs substantially more, at 19kg. this makes it a fair bit less transportable, but again it does mean it feels more secure when you are sitting in it.
Adjustability & Compatibility
The F-GT offers plenty of adjustability, and it features two preset modes that you can choose to sit in. The first is a Formula mode, which puts you low to the ground as if you are in an open wheeler, and the second is the GT mode which is slightly higher up. It features handy quick releases to easily go between these two modes, and you can also adjust it to your liking.
The Playseat Challenge also offers decent adjustability, but no preset modes. This does mean you can simply set it and forget it, with your favorite position waiting for you each session. Both of the seats are highly compatible with other equipment, containing pre-drilled holes that fit most brands of wheels and pedals, such as Logitech, Fanatec and Thrustmaster.
In terms of extra features, the F-GT Lite offers quick release mechanisms for easy mode selection, as well as to adjust it freely. Another useful feature is the handy gear shifter support that comes in the box. This means that you can easily attach a gear shifter for a more immersive sim racing experience, and it is a plus to be included in the price.
The Playseat Challenge has a nice Alcantara finish as we have already said, which means the seat looks very nice and realistic. It also means that the seat is very easy to clean, handy for long gaming sessions. If you have a PlayStation, you may wish to go for the (often slightly more expensive) PlayStation branded seat, which will look great within any racing setup.
- Durable construction
- Adjustable modes
- Breathable fabric
- Can be a bit more expensive
- Much heavier than the Playseat
- Nice Alcantara finish
- Often slightly cheaper than the F-GT Lite
- Very easy to store
- Cheaper construction
- Harder to get in and out of
If you are looking for a new sim racing seat to add to your rig, you may be struggling between two of the most popular options on the market with the F-GT Lite and the Playseat Challenge. Both are very good options for sim racers of all experience levels, but they are definitely aimed more towards the beginner or intermediate with their relatively low price point.
Both seats offer a lot of portability and compatibility, but the Playseat is a bit more storage friendly, weighing less than half the weight of the F-GT. However, the F-GT Lite does live up to its slightly higher price tag with its handy preset seating modes and superior construction, and so we believe that it is the better option to go for if you don’t mind potentially spending slightly extra.