First Degree Fitness WR-N Neptune Rower Review
The First Degree Fitness WR-N Neptune Rower falls into the mid-priced rower category. While it isn’t packed with a whole lot of bells and whistles, it achieves what it was designed to do – offer an effective, lifelike rowing experience (if you’re looking for something a bit more advanced, have a look at the First Degree Fitness Viking Fluid Rower).
It was developed and designed by professional rowers so that the feeling, sight and sound of rowing on water can be experienced in the comfort of your own home. But is it able to live up to the promise?
The WR-N Neptune Rower measures just shy of 6 feet, which is typical for home rowing machines. It is 21 “wide, which is on the narrow side for a rower, but the base is sturdy and wide enough to ensure that it is stable on most surfaces.
The maximum user capacity is 300 lbs, which is higher than many other models in this price range, so the vast majority of people can use the WR-N Neptune.
The seat glides on well-milled bearing which results in a smooth rowing experience. The seat itself is both comfortable and stable, and supports the rear properly thanks to the contoured design.
The frame has been constructed of metal, and the water tank of polycarbonate with stainless steel inner parts. Both of these things mean that the First Degree Fitness WR-N Neptune Rower is likely to last for many years to come, particularly if some degree of care is taken when using the machine.
Resistance is provided by the water that is contained in the circular, polycarbonate tank. The paddles, which can be found inside the tank, push against the water and use their weight to provide resistance as you row.
The water tank does an excellent job of ensuring that the resistance is not only very smooth but also quiet, which results in a lifelike rowing experience.
The water level, and thus the resistance, can be altered through the included hand pump.
The monitor is oversized and easy-to-read, and includes feedback on pulse, watts, calories burned per hour, time, total strokes and strokes per minute.
The First Degree Fitness WR-N Neptune Rower comes with a 5 years frame, 2 years water tank and seals, 2 years mechanical components and 1 year all wearing parts warranty.
77.8 x 20.9 x 20.1 inches
Since its release, the Neptune Rower has received very positive reviews, with users stating that the rower has a very smooth and quiet operation, and that the water based resistance system really makes a difference to both the quality of the workout and to the feel of the rowing motion. However, a few have complained about the monitor.
Click here to read more pros and cons >>> First Degree Fitness WR-N Neptune Rower Reviews
The monitor can’t compete with the precise exercise measurement tools that can be found on the monitors of higher-end models. Therefore, if you want to track your progress minutely or require sophisticated interfacing with a computer, you may need to look at other models.
Anything Else You Should Know?
Overall, the First Degree Fitness WR-N Neptune Rower offers good quality at a reasonable price. While it is not packed with the technological features that can be found on higher-end models, it more than makes up for it with its elegant appearance, smooth, lifelike rowing experience and build quality.