With a First Degree Fitness Neptune Rower you get Fluid Technology that lets you adjust the variable resistance control from a light touch to a power sprint with the best on-the-water rowing emulation.
The Neptune’s performance monitor displays strokes (cumulative, goal, and per minute), calories, time (elapsed or goal), and gives an audible tempo signal.
The specs on the First Degree Fitness Neptune Rower are:
Developed by professional rowers, the variable fluid resistance on the First Degree Fitness WR-N Neptune Rower delivers a consistent pulling motion with no “dead spots.” To increase resistance, simply turn the adjuster dial to go from a “feather light” resistance to a heavy Olympic class rowing experience.
The resistance is provided by water held in the polycarbonate tank, which holds a variable water volume from 9 to 17 liters (about 4.5 gals max). This is a reasonable and average water amount for most users, although strong rowers may feel the 17-liter max volume to be too light.
Other features of the First Degree Fitness Neptune Rower include precision bearings and rollers on the smooth gliding seat, an anodized aluminum seat rail, pivoting footboards with no need to adjust for foot size, an ergonomic handle, bungee/shock cord pulley system, built-in transport wheels, and a standing frame for upright storage.
The computer on the Neptune will disappoint you if you are accustomed to rowing on a Concept2; however, if you aren’t fussy about daily stats and goals, then the computer will be just fine. There is one small complaint included in several user reviews and that is the annoying beep from the computer monitor that accompanies every stroke count. It is totally unnecessary and can’t be turned off, but you can take out the batteries to stop it.
These are the most affordable water rowers on the market and come from a company that is noted for their excellent customer service.
The First Degree Fitness Neptune Rower is a nice rower for $798, but for $100 more you can get the Pacific model which is a bit more comparable to the legendary Concept2.
We highly recommend going with the smooth feel and sound of a water rower if the Concept2 is not to your liking, and the price is right for these high quality units. Just remember, buying a Neptune or Pacific is a sound investment in your health, not merely a purchase of exercise equipment.
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