- Solid metal design
- Seat track length and incline are adjustable
- Easy to store
- Realistic rowing motion
- 12 adjustable resistance levels
- Basic performance monitor
- Weak handgrips
- May squeak due to it being mostly metal
- Shorter warranty period of only 1 year for parts
The HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine is a hydraulic piston rower that gives the user the genuine feeling of rowing on water in a compact and sturdy steel design. This rower uses two pistons; one on each arm. These allow the users to adjust the level of resistance for each arm separately. For example, if your right arm is weaker than your left arm, the resistance on the right rowing arm can be set to a lower resistance than the resistance you’d like on the left rowing arm. It features 12 levels of adjustable resistance on each rowing arm that can easily be adjusted by rotating the collar on each of the pistons.
The varied range of resistance levels makes this rower perfect for users of all fitness levels. In addition to providing its users with adjustable resistance through the pistons, there’s also an option to adjust the incline of the seat track. This option can adjust the amount of exercise your lower body can get while you’re rowing, as the greater the incline the harder your legs will have to work. This is a standout feature, considering the fact that very few machines on the market today offer this particular feature. The HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine features a multifunctional performance monitor that tracks the user’s workout time, stroke count, total strokes, and calories burned. This personalized data can be displayed
This personalized data can be displayed individually or rotated automatically by using the monitor’s “Scan” feature. The workout data is easy to see because of the large display monitor and oversized text. The performance monitor even has built-in workout programs that focuses on calories and strokes. The monitor is simple to use and is operated by four main buttons on its front. However, the calorie count is considered by many to be inaccurate. As for comfort, this rower seems to have it all! Its seat has an ergonomic design and rollers mounted on the seat rails. This will allow users to exercise for extended periods of time without the worry of discomfort.
The handgrips are very soft and comfortable, but there are reports that within a year these handgrips might become loose. The pivoting footplates on this rower are quite large, and can accommodate almost anyone as well as allow the user’s feet to move naturally. The machine is almost completely made of steel, including parts, and is easy to store with its foldable handles. However, due to it’s almost all-steel build the rower may have a tendency to squeak after strenuous or extended use. The machine can accommodate up to 275 pounds of weight, and users of all heights seem to have no issue with it. The assembly of the rower is simple, and most users reported having the machine completely assembled in roughly 15 minutes.