Top positive review
Great value, well built, few compromises.
October 26, 2018
I'll be updating this review with time.
Impressed with the quick shipping on this giant box. The rower was delivered within 48hrs via FedEx, and the box weighs a solid 115lb. The contents were extremely well packed and there were no blemishes on any of the painted surfaces. However, one of my foot pedals was cracked, but it's just plastic and Xterra Fitness has been quick to send out a replacement without any fuss.
Build quality 8/10:
All of the components are sturdy and inspire confidence. I'm guess the steel components are 12 gauge, but they are more than adequate. The welds leave a little to be desired; however, this is an item that will basically stay in one place, so the welds are the least of my concerns here. All of the included hardware feels like your standard zinc hardware. The foot pedals are hard, brittle plastic and I'm certain (more certain since one of mine arrived damaged) that these will be a point of failure in the future. The nylon strap that spins the water wheels appears to be well built, but I would have liked to see stitching that was a little sturdier. The bungee cord that serves as the recoil system (not sure what this is actually called) feels great, but I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it over time.
TL;DR - Everything is well built. Welds are adequate. Hardware is zinc. The Nylon strap, bungee cord and plastic pedals might be failure points in the future.
Foot pedals 9/10:
Unlike the other reviewer, compared to the C2, I quite like these foot pedals and straps. I love that the straps are wider and have a little piece of rope at the end to really seat them. My feet stay put! My only complaint i the plastic used to make the foot pedals is brittle.
Handle & Pulley system 7/10:
If you're comparing this to the C2 (they really arent in the same class, two completely different uses) then you'll notice the nylon strap used to spin the water wheel here is far less sturdy than linked chain on the C2. For now the strap seems sturdy, but it's something I'll be keeping an eye on.
Getting on and off this thing is a joy. The sound of the water is calming AF. I mean seriously. Put this in your room and just have someone row you to sleep. It's like an ocean every time you spin it up.
The display is large and does what it's intended to do. I can't comment on its accuracy or how it compares to the C2 - I dont know how Xterra counts meters/cals etc...
Xterra includes a funnel and a siphon for you to add and remove water. Honestly, though, just fill the thing up to its max level and leave it. Who's got time to siphon out water? I like that they added it, but it's not necessary. Compared to the C2, the resistance at max level is maybe 90% of that C2's max level. More than adequate for a good workout.
Whos it for?
You won't be running sprints or doing time trials on this thing, so if you're trying to cheap out on your CF workout this is not the rower for you.
Yep. Do it. I think Xterra hit the sweet spot with price and build quality. This thing is less expensive than the wooden rowers similar products from First Degree. It's in a different class than the C2, and really shouldnt be compared to that. The two year warranty on parts and 5 year warranty on the frame is lovely.
I love it! It's perfect for home use. The C2 can stay in the CF box for when I want to go crazy on a rowing machine.
The other foot pedal has since broken in the exact same location as the other. The plastic used for the foot pedals is cheap and brittle. I’m not concerned because it’s under warranty, but Xterra needs to fix this materials flaw. Otherwise I still think it’s a good buy and I am absolutely loving the rower. Minus 2 stars for two cheap plastic foot pedals.
Xterra has been great in honoring their warranty on parts, and has been in contact to correct the problem with the foot pedals. Back up to 5 stars for great customer service!