Water Rower Exercise Machine by WaterRower - A1 S4 Rose with Self-Regulating Resistance
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- WATER ROWER FOR HOME AND GYM USE - A1 Rose water rower is constructed from high quality ash wood with aluminum mono rail with no impact and non-load bearing, making it perfect for users with joint problems. Targets 84 percent of all major muscle areas like the arms, legs, back, shoulders, chest, core, etc. Water rower dimensions: 83 L x 22.5 W x 22.5 H Inches / Weight: 110 Pounds
- LIFE-LIKE WATER ROWING EXPERIENCE FOR ALL - Engineered with the patented WaterFlywheel resistance and unique self-regulating resistance with infinite variable, this rowing machine suits any user without the need for adjustments. Maximum user weight: 375 Pounds
- MONITOR YOUR FITNESS GOALS - Exercise machine comes with the intelligent S4 monitor that shows time per 2 or 500 kilometers, watts, calories burned per hour, distance, and the total time of workouts.
- LOW MAINTENANCE AND EASY TO USE - This water rowing machine does not require lubrication. User simply needs to add a purification tablet in the water every 3-6 months (tablets come with the package).
- WARRANTY AND FREE SHIPPING - Enjoy a 1-year manufacturer warranty (Upgradable to 3 years on parts and 5 years on the frame for free when you register your unit). Purchase from Dazadi and enjoy free shipping as well!
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Row your way to fitness with this water rowing machine from WaterRower. The A1 S4 Rose is a low-maintenance exercise machine thats constructed from high quality ash wood with aluminum mono rail, Rosewood staining, and Danish oil finish-perfect for both residential and commercial use. Engineered with the patented WaterFlywheel resistance method, it gives off life-like water rowing experience while the low noise level and minimal intrusion along with the unique self-regulating resistance with infinite variable allows this exerciser to suit any user without the need for adjustments. With its no impact and non-load bearing, this gym equipment is also made perfect for users with joint problems. Exercise all major muscle groups like the arms, legs, back, shoulders, core, etc. and see how great youre doing with the help of the S4 monitor that comes with the package. It monitors time per 2 or 500 kilometers, watts, calories burned per hour, distance, and the total time of workouts. This exercise machines awesome features dont stop there! It also boasts minimal maintenance with no lubrication needed. You simply need to add purification tablet every 3-6 months (tablets come with the package). Storage is easy as well. Simply tip the machine vertically and you can easily lean it against a wall or hide it inside a closet. Moreover, enjoy 1 year manufacturer warranty (can be upgraded to 3 years parts and 5 years frame warranty for free with registration) and free shipping when you purchase your unit from Dazadi. Get it today!
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Ok, now that I got that off my chest, on to the rower. It is shipped in two boxes and requires assembly. I did not find the assembly process difficult. There is a discrepancy in the instructions on the labeling of the hardware. It seems that the instructions were written when Waterrower sent the hardware all mixed together in a plastic bag. They now send the hardware in a clear plastic blow molded case that nicely separates and labels the components. The problem being that the written instructions in the manual assigns different part numbers to the hardware than what’s printed on the newer packaging. It’s not hard to decipher and choose the correct nuts and bolts, but initially it’s confusing. Beyond the hardware snafu, the rest of the assembly will go smoothly as long as you take the time to review and follow the instructions. After you have it all together, you will be impressed by the beauty of the machine. Mine had a few minor spots where I want to touch-up the stain, but no major scratches or gashes. This is a miracle considering the shipping company had its way with the packages for a
week, and there is no rigid styrofoam used in the packaging. Only cardboard and a few foam packing sheets are used.
As soon as the tank was filled, I took the rower for its maiden voyage. Having only used a Concept 2, I was really intrigued (and a little bit worried) by the difference in feel between the two rowers. I have about 1 1/2 million meters logged on a Concept 2. Yes, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to many hard core rowers, but I wanted readers to be assured that I’m not writing a comparison without having spent some
time on a rowing machine.
The resistance of the catch while on the Waterrower is immediate. I understand that this simulates being on the water more accurately than a Concept 2. For me, this makes rowing on the Waterrower more taxing. But I also realize, as I have no on-the-water rowing experience, this is a new sensation that my body has yet to acclimate. Over time it’s likely the challenge will lessen. A reviewer (on Amazon, I believe) stated that
he/she could not get his/her heart rate elevated on the Waterrower. I don’t know how this could be possible. To be honest, I was worried that maybe I made a mistake in buying the Waterrower. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was being premature in my judgement. I truly believe that I will learn to love the feeling of the Waterrower as I learned to love rowing on a Concept 2. They are both fantastic rowing machines.
The noise factor. I have read reviews describing the Concept 2 as being loud and the Waterrower as quiet. I don’t agree. I do not find the sound of the Concept 2 to be loud or unpleasant at all, just as I don’t find the sound of the water rower to be quiet. Concept 2 has the whooshing sound of the chain and fan, Waterrower has the whooshing sound of water. I think the water has a muffling effect, so the noise might be a bit softer, but not necessarily quiet. I actually love the rhythmic sound of rowing coming from both machines.
The monitor. The A1 model I purchased has a S4 monitor. I haven’t had time to really check out the monitor on the Waterrower, so I can’t give it a fair review. I will say this, Concept 2 has a very good monitor and a huge community of users that use the C2 online logbook. This is where C2 excels. If you are motivated by numbers and comparing your stats to other people, you really need to go with a Concept 2. C2 also hosts many team and individual challenges throughout the year, and these challenges are, for me, highly motivating. As far as I can tell, Waterrower users don’t have access to a strong online community. I would love to find out I’m wrong.
Durability. There’s no denying Concept 2’s reputation for building durable machines and outstanding customer service. Waterrower appears to offer top notch customer service as well. As for as the durability of the Waterrower, only time will tell. There are relatively few negative reviews. A leaking tank was cited in a couple of reviews. I will withhold judgement until, and if, such problems arise. For now, I can report that the rower seems very sturdy.
Ok, these are my initial thoughts. Please keep in mind that I have only logged 4,000 meters on the Waterrower. This this review will be updated after further use. I’m off now to row.
I've had the Waterrower for a little over a month and have managed to row 175K thus far. Love this rower. My only complaint concerns the S4 monitor. It really lacks functionality when compared to a C2 PM5 monitor. I am compensating for this shortcoming by using an android app developed specifically for Waterrowers, Coxswain. While not a perfect solution, it is more than a serviceable one. There is also a Waterrower's user group on Facebook which seems to be growing rapidly in membership. I can't really recommend one brand of rower over the other if comparing C2s and Waterrowers. I don't think you can go wrong with either machine.
Still happy with my Waterrower. I have rowed over 500K on it without a single problem. The subpar monitor might be a real problem for those people who need reliable performance metrics. I row for fitness, not competition, so I can live with it. Waterrower seems to ignore elephant in the room (criticism of the monitor), and I don't believe their approach serves them well. There is the very useful Coxswain app and other reported third party developments on horizon. Stay tuned...
This special A1 Rose arrived in 2-days from Dazadil; arrived intact despite Fedex not heeding the prominent "this end up" markings. Unpacking is easy and straightforward. Quality seemed solid on the parts and the hardware is pretty good quality too, although wonder why no thread locker on all bolts rather than just some. Parts are in a handy plastic container that organizes them, but the labeling on the container does not match the labeling in the instructions.
The instructions were pretty good, all of the info is there, if not necessarily in the right order, and the blue paper and small print made it harder to read. Be sure to follow instructions closely on when to fully tighten bolts. Do not lift the rail side before the footrest is attached, it is the key part of stabilizing the frame and that is not obvious until it's attached. The rower is so easy to move, assemble it where you have the most space and move it later. Two of the bolts (the only 1-of bolts) were mislabeled on the parts holder, made the steps using them very difficult until you figure out that they are backwards; follow the booklet pics over the parts holder's, the book shows the longer bolt where you need the longer bolt. Thought about cutting a star on this, but will allow one pass.
Filling the tank, yes, is sloppy and not great, but who cares?! Get a little water splashed around the place, get the water in the tank and be on your way. Not hard to rig your own system if you care enough. I cut the siphon feed to fit in a gallon jug of distilled from the store and worked from there. The rower took 4 gallons almost exactly to the "19 line".
We went back and forth on the Concept2 vs. this and ultimately the slightly smaller footprint was necessary. We also appreciate the lack of advertising on the machine. For some reason WaterRower is trying to push it's double-rail when this one seems better in so many ways (cost of steel?). The rose was even nicer than expected, with nice grain and finish at this price. Despite being pretty, this is still a piece of exercise equipment and does not look like "furniture" in any way in the living room we are in (not a complaint or different than expected, just a confirmation). The water tank looks a little darker tinted than in the photo here, a good thing.
The action is quite smooth, and perhaps a little louder than I was expecting (your room acoustics will have a pretty significant impact on how this plays out, in our case I am hearing the rail rollers at least as loudly as the water). I double-checked watching my wife row and confirmed that the rail is louder than the water. Was a bit concerned from a couple of reviews that the single rail seat would feel less stable. Not so at all and I am a large man; just need to keep your motions in the z-plane and the rail seat is as stable as can be if not quite as smooth as I would have hoped (some rolling vibration comes through the seat). In fact I could not get it to feel unstable. This particular unit has 4 wheels under each side of the seat.
Was able to fit this in a tighter space than I expected, all of the horizontal space you need is in the back of course, so from halfway forward I have this very close to a chair with no problems. Very easy to lift to vertical. The footholds are easy to use as instructed (did I read poor reviews on that too? so easy!)
Will try to check back in a couple of months at how things progress, for now this is a great purchase at a reasonable price.