Stamina 35-1402 ATS Air Rower

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Stamina 35-1402 ATS

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250 lbs55 lbsAirFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days

The Stamina 35-1402 ATS air rower falls in the same specs and price range as the Stamina 35-1405 ATS and the Stamina X. Although it’s a machine designed for home use, it does feature a sturdy construction. It’s not equipped with any resistance adjustment elements or a magnetic resistance system. This being said, the resistance that it can generate is strictly dependent on how fast you pull.

Even though it’s not a rower with all the bells and whistles, there’s still a lot to be said regarding its features and functions. Therefore, in this review, we’ll try to cover in detail each and every one of them.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 73.5L x 18.25W x 22H inches (187L x 46W x 56H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 55 lbs (25 kg)
  • Supported weight: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
  • Frame: Steel & aluminum
  • Footrests: Pivoting, with straps
  • Resistance type: Air
  • Fitness meter: Count, SPM, distance, speed, time, calories.
  • Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 90 days
  • Frame construction and parts

Frame construction and parts

The Stamina 35-1402 ATS air rower combines steel and aluminum elements in its construction. The main gliding beam of the seat is made of extruded aluminum, while the front part of the frame that hosts the fan, along with the front and rear base stabilizers are made of steel. The steel parts feature a gray powder coating finish, resistant to scratching and corrosion. The seat rail features it natural silver finish.

Overall, the machine is not too heavy; when fully assembled, it weighs only 55 lbs (25 kg), which means it’s pretty easy to assembly and transport. On top of that, its front base stabilizer has two wheels which facilitate its relocation.

Compared with other rowers with air resistance, such as the BodyCraft VR500 or the Sunny SF-RW5623, this Stamina model is shorter in length. But still, when fully assembled it takes 73.5″L x 18.25″W (187 x 46 cm) of floor space, which means it may not fit well in a small room. On top of that, it requires at least two feet of clearance all around it, for unhindered operation.

On the other hand, the frame features a folding design. The seat rail connects to the front part of the frame via a pull-pin and can be folded vertically. This way, the machine’s length is reduced by more than half.

The aluminum seat rail is angled, not completely horizontal as for the Concept2 Model E rower, for example. This results in a slightly superior workout for the legs, since you have to beat the gravity force up to a certain extent. It also enables the seat to come down faster, resulting in a shorter recovery motion. Although it’s not an extremely long rower, the monorail is long enough to accommodate even tall users, up to 6’4″ (188 cm), or users with an inseam up to 34″ (86 cm). It’s also sturdy enough to support users up to 250 lbs (113 kg).

The Stamina 35-1402 ATS air rower is equipped with a padded seat, featuring 2″ of foam padding. This is quite a plus as it alleviates some of the impact on the lower back during rowing. The seat glides on a set of six rollers with high-grade ball bearings. All the rollers are concealed, to maximize safety.

This Stamina rower features large footrests, with heel guards and adjustable straps, in order to deliver maximum foot stability. They also have a pivoting design, allowing your feet to slightly adjust their angle during each stroke, adapting to the most comfortable position.

Last but not least, the machine’s pulling handle is a simple, straight bar, featuring rubberized grips. It’s attached to a heavy-duty nylon strap, as opposed to a chain such as the Stamina X model.

Resistance system

As the title suggests, the Stamina 35-ATS 1402 features an air resistance system. It uses a fan-shaped flywheel, made of highly durable PVC material, enclosed by a chrome plated housing. As opposed to the Concept2 models, or other similar air rowing machine, this Stamina rower does not have a damper on the fan’s case. This means you cannot adjust its overall resistance.

On the other hand, since it’s an air rowing machine, it generates a dynamic response with each stroke. This means that the harder or faster you pull, the more resistance the machine will provide. Thus, the rowing feel generated resembles the rowing of a real boat.

The maximum resistance that you can obtain on this rower is not as tough as the resistance offered by a commercial grade one. However, it can still help you achieve a consistent cardio workout as it puts to work many muscle groups. It’s a great machine for stamina development and interval training.

One last aspect to mention here regards the noise generated by the usage of the machine. Needless to say, since it’s an air resistance rower, the fan does generate noise when in use. However, the noise is far from being loud, it’s not disturbing and shouldn’t cover the sound of your TV, for example. You can compare it with the sound generated by a large electrical fan.

Exercise meter

This Stamina rowing machine features an exercise meter unit which is a bit better than the average basic unit. To begin with, its display is divided into three section. The top section indicates the number of strokes per minute and the total stroke count; the mid display shows speed and distance, while the bottom display tracks time and calories.

Distance is calculated in miles, and speed in MPH. Km and km/h settings are not available. Also, the unit is not telemetric. In other words, it cannot track your pulse.

The meter unit is quite easy to use. It features only one button which allows you to swap between SPM/Distance/Timer and Count/Speed/Calories on the three displays. It is powered on when it detects seat movement or when you press the button. It has a sleep mode to which will enter after two minutes of inactivity on the rower. By pressing and holding the button you can reset all its values to zero. However, the unit has an internal memory, so all the values will be kept when it enters sleep mode.

Finally, the unit uses two AA-type batteries, which are not included.

Assembly and Maintenance

This Stamina air rower is quite easy to assemble. Its assembly requires connecting the front stabilizer to the front part of the frame, attaching the rail to the main frame, adding the seat, then the rear stabilizer and finally the footrests. The whole task shouldn’t take more than 30-40 min. The manual offers clear step-by-step assembly instructions; the tools for assembly are also included.

In terms of maintenance, you don’t actually have to worry about the “insides” of the machine. They come pre-lubricated from the factory and should remain that way for a long period of use. The main aspect to have in mind for maintenance and prolonging the life of the machine is keeping the seat rail free of sand, dirt or small objects that may cause nicks on it, or damage the rollers.

The Pros

  • Sturdy construction – supports users up to 250 lbs;
  • Folding frame, offering space-saving possibilities;
  • Elegant design;
  • Can accommodate users up to 6’4″ (or an inseam up to 34″);
  • Padded, contoured seat;
  • Pivoting footrests with heel guards and straps;
  • Air resistance, providing a dynamic response during rowing;
  • Fitness meter included;
  • Smooth operation and quiet enough for apartment use;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Easy to handle and relocate;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No LED backlight on the fitness meter;
  • No pulse reading.

Bottom Line

The Stamina 351402 ATS is an air rowing machine designed for home use. It features a sturdy, foldable frame, with a padded, comfortable seat, and a fitness meter that can track speed, distance, time, calories, total strokes, and strokes per minute. Although it may not provide the sturdiness and resistance of a professional grade rower, it can still deliver an excellent, full-body workout, being perfect for cardio training, stamina development, and weight loss. It’s also approx. three times cheaper than most commercial air rowers. In all, this Stamina rower offers excellent value for the price.

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