|SIDE EFFECT: 17 APRIL – Due to the current situation (COVID-19) this model is unfortunately not available Good alternatives: Xterra ERG700 (available, but with small stock) or more RW7000 (available, approximately $200 more).
A good surprise for the Xebex AR-1 Air Rower was the price they asked. By the way, we have heard that it is pronounced zebex and zebex, so choose what you need :0)
Then how come you’ve never heard of this rowing machine? Perhaps, but despite the fact that Xebexes have been around for 20 years, they are best known for their inflatable engines. But be careful. Xebex is not one of the brands that buy finished products and put stickers on them – they are engaged in research and development and produce their machines. In our opinion, this is a big, big advantage.
Enough with the story, what about the rowing machine? If you don’t have enough time, we’ll tell you now that everything is in order!
Let’s talk about the details. First position in line. The first thing you notice is the height of the chair. With a length of about 22 meters it looks like a normal rowing machine and is undoubtedly a bonus for your knees and back when you go out after an intensive workout.
The shape of the chair is very comfortable and should be suitable not only for most people, but also for large applications, even for long rowing trips. The seat moves smoothly and quietly up and down on a stainless steel rod, giving a feeling of quality and durability. In fact, the machine remains a solid rock, despite the fact that the highest man in our team (1.80 m) attacks him with a hammer and pliers.
The handle is thick enough and fits well, so you don’t have to worry about using gloves to avoid air bubbles.
Xebex footrests play an important role, especially in rowing positions and for comfort in the competition. They can be adjusted very easily at the touch of a button (see the orange tabs in the image at the bottom right). They have a good width and length and are also firmly attached to very large legs. And if you want to share your device with other users, a one-touch configuration is a handy feature.
No wonder AR-1 uses air for resistance. Like all rowing machines, it can be a little noisy. So, if noise is a problem when you want to use your rower, you should consider the magnetic model. In some airplanes it can take several times before you encounter resistance, but when you travel with Xebex for the first time, you immediately feel resistance.
The valve has 10 settings, and the difference between the lowest and highest is big enough for different types of training – but note that setting the valve to 10 does not always give the best training (see how to use the valve ).
The AR-1 is a foldable rower, and depending on how and where you use it, it can be positive or negative. Above all, it is very easy to fold – just pull on the buckle and fold it in the middle at the push of a button. The unit weighs 95 lbs, but thanks to the transport wheels it can easily be pushed or pulled to where you want to store it. The fact is that it has a relatively large surface area when folded, but on the other hand it doesn’t need much height, so it can be stored at home under a shelf in a garage or a gym.
The display consists of a large LCD screen that is very easy to read, use and understand. It runs on batteries, but it seems to consume a lot of power, and you’ll notice that it discharges quickly – although it has an automatic shutdown.
The screen is tilted according to height and length.
Although the monitor offers a good selection of training options, including distance or calorie goals or fixed intervals, and is compatible with the heart rate monitor’s chest belt, the monitor is not compatible with computer or online features. In most cases this will not be a problem, but if you consider yourself a professional or have other training equipment with PC functions, these functions may be limited.
Xebex AR-1: Rating
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Housing Xebex AR-1
Wide seat and adjustable steps
Comfortable large screen
Air resistance with 10 damping settings
Xebex – folding steering wheel simulator
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As with all rowers in this price range, we advise you to look for the Concept2 – and for good reason! Or there are some very praiseworthy products LifeSpan RW7000 Commercial .
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