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Would you TRY Rowing Like THIS?!

March 13, 2020


  • Reply Concrete Head March 10, 2020 at 10:06 am

    First comment. 😁. Watch later and let ya know. You should interact with strava more my friend. R4CF team has a few rowers.. drop in and you could land more followers . I keep posting my workouts up . Love them !

  • Reply magikchristian March 10, 2020 at 10:19 am

    MY ANSWER: TBH dude when it comes to the rowing world for us laypeople your passion and (dare I say it?) obsession is unparalleled. Hands down. If you’re backing it, I’m all in & onboard. Ha. However, please consider that carefully before you endorse a shit product. It’s your rep! I’m taking time to this because I don’t think you would.
    IN SHORT: yeah.

  • Reply Bigdawg 1 March 10, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    High handle….like a row boat

  • Reply Mark Borchelt March 10, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    I think the rowing and not going backwards is a great innovation. Also thinking that adaptive rowers would like this and it could be safer for them. No turning around to see where you are going. You are right in that the bow needs more of a prow or maybe moving the slide, seat, rigger assembly to the stern or away from the bow depending on the mechanism being used. I am assuming they have skegs on the bottom to help them track and go straight.

  • Reply pokrec March 10, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Maybe it would be easier to fit the ergometer on a boat, that would have a propeller on an axis with a flywheel propelled by an egometer's chain? It would be damped by water around the propeller? Probably it is a stupid idea, but it would be quite funny to have this kind of propulsion.
    But why this all water and cumbersome floating, since we have ergs?

  • Reply Ryan Boudreau March 10, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    The idea is cool and I LOVE Decathalon out here in Italy. I buy all kinds of stuff from them because they have a wide selection of products at a great price. This prototype concept was very cool but looked clumsy in application. The oars appear to be very long and cumbersome for that frame but that may also just be related to, as you mention, the height they’re sitting at. The system just looked overall clumsy even for someone as proficient as you let alone an armature. Hopefully, with some modifications to the design, it’ll be a fun product!

  • Reply Graeme Wallace March 10, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Shane – you need to try out an Oarboard. Its fixed seat, you can use Concept 2 oars – and see what design decisions they made, and see if it can be improved upon.

  • Reply Mavy1704 March 10, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    It's nice, but not new 😉 Take a look by rowonair ->

  • Reply Antonio Ant March 10, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    those things looking a bit flimsy… cld you apply some decent power on it?

  • Reply squealer March 11, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Detachable bow for the … bow? To keep from submerging.

  • Reply Keeran Beg March 12, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Personally the attraction to this type of thing is as a recreational way to mess about with sculling away from the boat club. The option I keep looking at is the stitch and glue style wherry's from Chesapeake Light Craft or Angus Rowboats. The idea of strapping a rig to a Sup seemed expensive when I (lightly) looked at it.
    Hence two comments-
    The idea of rowing facing forwards and really unrealistic range of motion being used would rule me out, but that is from someone who already rows so possibly not the target market.
    A company like decathlon being involved offers a possibility that this will be much more affordable than direct alternatives, which should open up new customers and more importantly new entrants to the sport.

    Good luck with the development,

  • Reply Less1leg Pirate March 12, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Looks like elevated seat height above the surface of the water to too much. Synching up at the Catch is so elevated that you magnify the upward hand movement to get the downward travel to lock into the water with the spoon of the blade.
    Not a bad device though for weekend people puddle splashing. But there are a lot of products available for weekend puddle splashers.

  • Reply Anette Hammerstrøm March 12, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    In my opinion, nothing to do with a rowing boat … Edon boats or gig boats are perfect for beginners. In Denmark it is normally possible to try out rowing 1-2 times on the water before you join the club. What is the problem? In DK we also have "inrigger" boats, good for both training and longer rowing day-trips.

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