Stamina ATS Air Rower 1405 Review
So, what features suits the best for a home rowing machine? But what to buy?
This is the reason why we did Stamina 35-1405 ATS Air Rower Review. To help you find the rowing machine that stays in a budget, to know what you expect from it. Here we tried to cover all the pros and cons of Stamina 35-1405 ATS Air Rower to create a big picture of it.
In our search, we stopped at Stamina. For sure, this is one of the biggest manufacturer of affordable equipment on the rowing machine market. And it has a plenty of experience. Along with very good customer service, they have won their fans.
This is not a commercial to Stamina, we just wanted you to see that in our considerations, we are taking also the brand, how experience is on the market, how good are the customer service and the quality of the product.
We reviewed this rower because it has a fair price, in comparison with the high-end rowing machines, like Concept 2 models, and is even below the half price of it.
There are a few short backs, in order to keep the price low you have to cut from somewhere. But we think is better for you to find out more about the Stamina Rower and create your own opinions from the following article.
Delivery and Assembly
The package received was a big box that weight 73 pounds as Amazon is telling on the page. The package size is pretty big, 78.5 x 19.8 x 31.5 inches, so it will recommend that a friend should help you carry it. You don’t want to injure before you start training at the rowing machine:).
To assemble it is really easy, but after you unbox the parts we suggest to check those to see if there were damaged during transport. It is better to find if there is something not ok before starting assembling. The logical next step will be to call Customer Care. Which is very good, because they really can help you in the process to get a replacement to the faulty part.
As we said, to put all the parts is really easy and it will take you around 40 to 60 minutes. Here another person can help as there are some parts that need to be held in position to ease the process of putting the pins and tighten the screws.
It doesn’t really need 2 people to do it, but it will be more easy to put all the parts together. You will find all the tools that you need are packed in a separate bag. The first step is to install the pedal caps on the pedal support and after that to attach the front stand.
There are in total 8 steps to follow and the last one will be to attach the Monitor to the rowing machine.
Build and quality
After it is assembled, first you’ll see that frame is made of steel and the caps on the bases and the footrests parts are made of acrylic ( or “Plexiglas” as we all know it). With the metal frame, not just that it feels strong and sturdy, it is a sturdy machine.
Also, the frame has only two bases both featuring rubber stands on each end. This is to maximize the stability of the machine and to prevent scratches on the floor.
Another element that is making the rowing machine sturdy is the chain that connects the handlebar to the flywheel. This is making the rower be more durable and will withstand better in time. The chain will need some maintenance in time, but we will talk later.
With a total footprint of 78.5″L x 20″W is making the machine looks bigger than other rowers, but not that big. That is why it can fit in almost every room where you want to train.
In the moments when you are not training, this rower is a foldable rowing machine. It can be stored by folding really quick by removing two pins and lift the main console over the rail. The machine cannot be stored vertically, however in this way you will save almost 2 feet of space. After folded the rowing machine can be easily moved using the built-in transportation wheels from the front base.
The Stamina 35-1405 ATS Air Rower is using air resistance system to create drag and making you push harder. How does it work? To create the resistance the machine has a flywheel that is acting like a fan. When the handlebar is pulled is actioning the flywheel, starting to rotate it. In that moment the air is starting to create drag. The harder and faster you pull, the flywheel will spin as well, but with more resistance created by the air.
Is likely not to be seen as an adjustable resistance, however, a higher pace will always mean a better resistance.
The air resistance is a “variable” resistance, variable means exactly what we said earlier, that you will set the pace and how hard you will pull. It doesn’t use magnets to create drag as it is met on magnetic rowing machines.
The advantages of air rowing machines are that it can be used to do HIIT (high-intensity interval training) training where you will need to go as faster and hard you can for a short period of time and easy recovery periods.
This is one of the big reason why this kind of rowing machines are seen in the Gym or in Crossfit boxes where the HIIT training are common.
Another reason why a variable resistance is that can mimic almost 100% of the natural movement that you get when you are rowing on a boat in the water. The feedback received from the rower is perfect to keep up the pace and receive the most from your training.
And the last reason which is worth mentioning is that for the variable resistance there is no need to stop and push a button to change the intensity setting. You will need only to row faster and harder for high resistance and slow the pace for a lighter one.
Technical Details and Specification
- Assembled dimensions: 78.5L x 19.75W x 31.5H inches
- Product weight: 63 lbs
- Supported weight: 250 lbs ats stamina 35-1405 folded frame
- Frame: Steel, foldable
- Footrests: Adjustable, with straps
Using Stamina 35-1405 ATS Air Rower
Now that the rowing machine is ready to use let’s see what it can do for us. The first thing that need to be mentioned here is that the rower is doesn’t have a damper system to adjust the resistance.
The damper is a system that control the amount of air that enters and leaves the flywheel room. At rowing machines with a damper the air that flows is controlled by a cover that is mounted over the flywheel chamber, but this kind of system it is available on the higher-end air resistance models.
Nevertheless this is not affecting the overall experience that you have when training, because the total resistance is given by the amount of strength you put into each stroke and the pace that you will have.
The next thing you will see that the frame has a slight inclination, not fully horizontal. The front of the rower is lower and closer to the ground than the rear end.
This is helping you to use your legs more and train the glutes better when you starting the “catch”. And, as well, is helping in the recovery when the seat will slide easily back to position. The angle is not that big, it doesn’t add a lot more resistance, but is enough to push your body-weight on the rail.
Having a long enough rail the Stamina can accommodate users up to 6’4″. So you don’t need to worry about your height before buying this rower. Even the rail it doesn’t have an extender, as is an option for Concept2, it is long enough to have your legs straight, even with an inseam of 33 inches.
Even the rower only has 2 bases, the maximum weight recommended is of 250 lbs. This is due to the strong metal frame that the rower is equipped, so if your weight is around 250 lbs or a little over 250 lbs you can use without any issue the rower.
As you expected the air rowing machines are the noisiest, this is due to the airwheel that is acting like a fan and create that “wooshing” sound. The Stamina is not the loudest machine, but the sound generated is higher than the water or mechanical rowing machines.
It can be used if you live in an apartment without disturbing your neighbors and turning up the music or the TV it will cover the noise from the air rower. But if you have children that are sleeping, as it can be disturbing for them. The flywheel is made of hard plastic and it is encapsulated in a metal cage.
The seat of a rowing machine is what gives you the comfort needed during the workout. It’s maybe the most important piece that needs to be considered, as the butt does a lot of work during a stroke.
The seat is carrying a good part of your body weight and acting as a pivoting point, so besides the butt is also taking care of your lower back. The Stamina seat is comfortable as it is comfortable as it gets.
It is foam padded is smooth enough and modeled to not cut off circulation. If is too much padded it can broad distribute the weight and result into numbness, but this is not the case of Stamina’s seat. But overall it is a good seat that can take long workouts without creating any discomfort.
Handle and Footrest
A big bonus for Stamina 35-1405 ATS Air Rower is that the handle is attached to a chain, not a nylon strap that in time it can become weak. The chain is similar to those used in bicycles and it is secured to the handlebar with a steel bolt.
Because is using a chain, some maintenance will be needed to be done. There is no need of outstanding mechanical knowledge, the only operation that the chain must be lubricated from time to time. This is also the case with bicycles, the chain may jump from the support gear, but it can easily be put back in its place
The handlebar is padded and not molded. Though is not molded and textured, is still has a comfortable and good grip.
If you read the reviews about the chain or the total ratings are a little lower, this is because the chain system with which the rowing machine previously was equipped. But meantime, Stamina redesign the chain system and the issues were solved.
The footrest is really large and adjustable. It can accommodate feet of all sizes and has straps and heel guards to secure the feet during workouts. At first, maybe the angle will look pretty strange, but after a few strokes, it will feel natural.
The Stamina 35-1405 ATS Air Rower comes with a basic Monitor. All necessary functions are included:
- Strokes per Minute (SPM)
- Count (number of strokes)
- Distance (miles)
- Calories Burned
You will see that the Monitor displays 3 functions at the same time and to navigate among them, you will have only one button: “Mode”. The console is powered by the movement of the seat and it will stop after 4 minutes of inactivity.
It will record the distance and speed in miles per hour, but you should know that about the calories counter is not accurate, at it was designed to show values for an average user. It is ok to use the dates to compare two pieces of training, but don’t rely on it to show it the exact amount of calories that were burned. Anyhow the LCD monitor will display the most essentials information in order to have a track of your training.
The rower machine it doesn’t come with heart rate monitor strap, but if you need to have more dates about a workout, like the heart rate, the exact calories you can use your mobile or heart rate strap.
A last word
The Stamina 35-1405 ATS Air Rower is one of the best choices that you can make for a rower that is in a mid-range price.
The advantage that has over other rowing machines is the using of the chain instead of nylon strap, even if it doesn’t have a damper system to adjust the air quantity.
Having a solid and sturdy construction, it will provide you with all the benefits of a rowing machine, making it great for daily use.
If you want to compare with a high end rowing machine, you can check Concept2 Model D. This rowing machine, is the “queen” of these equipment.
But, if you are in a budget, only for a few extra bucks you can check ProForm 550R Rowing machine. It comes with a damper system a lot of other features.
We don’t want to spoil, so read all the things about what you want before “Add to cart”.
Inform before, buy after!