Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, Good strong piece of kit

Good strong piece of kit, two drawbacks:-1. The display is not good at all. The scale on the control dial for the resistance is not visible from the seating position. Apart from that no problems at all and the assembly time is about 15 min with all tools supplies.

But couldn’t justify the cost of something like the concept 2. Went for this as i wanted a ‘proper’ rowing machine that would be similar to those you find in gyms, but couldn’t justify the cost of something like the concept 2, which would have been double the price. Ordered on the sunday night, and was delivery on the tuesday afternoon. Unpacked everything, and as others have said, the instructions does come in an interesting uk translation alongside the original german. However, the instructions to put together are primarily pictorial. Not quite of the ikea standard, but pretty effective (only one picture required me to look at it for a few minutes, primarily because it was trying to show 2/3 steps in a single image). The various bolts and nuts were all bagged up separately with the bags labelled to match the steps. Overall construction was really straightforward and complete in about 15 minutes. It is true that the computer is not backlit, and when rowing it therefore fades in and out of visibility. But this does not bother me too much as i’m more interested in doing fixed length workouts, at the end of which i can look at the various stats and compare.

Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

  • From established German brand HAMMER AG
  • 10 range resistance adjustment for multiple intensity workouts (Most comparable rowers only have 5 or 8 settings)
  • Folding Design for easier storage. A very solidly built machine, CE Approved and TUV Certified to German standards
  • Sturdy construction with 120Kg (19 Stone) max user weight 2 YEARS WARRANTY ON ALL PARTS
  • Delivery to Mainland UK addresses only.

Extremely well constructed, very industrial quality materials. My husband is a big man and a little on the clumsy side but this machine accommodates his bulk and strength. It is rock solid and hopefully will be part of our daily routine for many years. It was more expensive than the other options we considered but we took a chance and very pleased we did. Just do it, you will not regret this purchased if you are serious about getting fit.

Very pleased with this equipment.

But couldn’t justify the cost of something like the concept 2. Went for this as i wanted a ‘proper’ rowing machine that would be similar to those you find in gyms, but couldn’t justify the cost of something like the concept 2, which would have been double the price. Ordered on the sunday night, and was delivery on the tuesday afternoon. Unpacked everything, and as others have said, the instructions does come in an interesting uk translation alongside the original german. However, the instructions to put together are primarily pictorial. Not quite of the ikea standard, but pretty effective (only one picture required me to look at it for a few minutes, primarily because it was trying to show 2/3 steps in a single image). The various bolts and nuts were all bagged up separately with the bags labelled to match the steps. Overall construction was really straightforward and complete in about 15 minutes. It is true that the computer is not backlit, and when rowing it therefore fades in and out of visibility. But this does not bother me too much as i’m more interested in doing fixed length workouts, at the end of which i can look at the various stats and compare.

Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY : Very sturdy, though digital red out poor.

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Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine - German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY
Rating
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 23 reviews
Price
£389.00

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  1. This was bought for my husband as an upgrade from a cheaper one he has had for 7 years that was showing signs of wear and tear. He is very happy with it so far, only criticism is that the seat’s sliding action could be smoother. The foldaway feature is useful if you need the space.
    1. This was bought for my husband as an upgrade from a cheaper one he has had for 7 years that was showing signs of wear and tear. He is very happy with it so far, only criticism is that the seat’s sliding action could be smoother. The foldaway feature is useful if you need the space.
  2. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    I’m really surprised that the system is as quite as they claim. The instruction is well designed, so it is easy to put everything together, it is just a bit heavy as for average woman (but is manageable to put it together in half an hour). The rowing machine works very smoothly and the resistance adjustments are really well balanced. As beginner i start from 1-3 but my partner started from 5, so i think it will work well in the future. The fitness2you company is worth recommendation as well as the machine, as i requested to call me on arrival and the message has been handed over to the delivery person successfully. I received my parcel on time and i was able to track my parcel (it comes in two pieces 12kg one and 32kg second). Even though that this is not the cheapest rowing machine, i recommend this one as the price is adequate to the quality.
    1. I’m really surprised that the system is as quite as they claim. The instruction is well designed, so it is easy to put everything together, it is just a bit heavy as for average woman (but is manageable to put it together in half an hour). The rowing machine works very smoothly and the resistance adjustments are really well balanced. As beginner i start from 1-3 but my partner started from 5, so i think it will work well in the future. The fitness2you company is worth recommendation as well as the machine, as i requested to call me on arrival and the message has been handed over to the delivery person successfully. I received my parcel on time and i was able to track my parcel (it comes in two pieces 12kg one and 32kg second). Even though that this is not the cheapest rowing machine, i recommend this one as the price is adequate to the quality.
  3. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    This is quite a pro machine and requires you to. This is quite a pro machine and requires you to put in effort even at low setting. Requires partial self assembly and quite heavy but tools included.
  4. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    This is quite a pro machine and requires you to. This is quite a pro machine and requires you to put in effort even at low setting. Requires partial self assembly and quite heavy but tools included.
    1. Delivery – fast and excellent. Delivery – fast and excellent. The item is very good , solid, well made and is very well packaged. The instructions for assembly were unusual in places but taking it slowly it all became obvious and went together very well. The only downside is it said there was a two year guarantee but the rower arrived without any paperwork so i am not too sure what i would do if it went wrong and i needed to claim on the guarantee. The guarantee was one of my main reasons for buying it.
  5. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    Delivery – fast and excellent. Delivery – fast and excellent. The item is very good , solid, well made and is very well packaged. The instructions for assembly were unusual in places but taking it slowly it all became obvious and went together very well. The only downside is it said there was a two year guarantee but the rower arrived without any paperwork so i am not too sure what i would do if it went wrong and i needed to claim on the guarantee. The guarantee was one of my main reasons for buying it.
    1. But couldn’t justify the cost of something like the concept 2. Went for this as i wanted a “proper” rowing machine that would be similar to those you find in gyms, but couldn’t justify the cost of something like the concept 2, which would have been double the price. Ordered on the sunday night, and was delivery on the tuesday afternoon. Unpacked everything, and as others have said, the instructions does come in an interesting uk translation alongside the original german. However, the instructions to put together are primarily pictorial. Not quite of the ikea standard, but pretty effective (only one picture required me to look at it for a few minutes, primarily because it was trying to show 2/3 steps in a single image). The various bolts and nuts were all bagged up separately with the bags labelled to match the steps. Overall construction was really straightforward and complete in about 15 minutes. It is true that the computer is not backlit, and when rowing it therefore fades in and out of visibility. But this does not bother me too much as i’m more interested in doing fixed length workouts, at the end of which i can look at the various stats and compare.
  6. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    But couldn’t justify the cost of something like the concept 2. Went for this as i wanted a “proper” rowing machine that would be similar to those you find in gyms, but couldn’t justify the cost of something like the concept 2, which would have been double the price. Ordered on the sunday night, and was delivery on the tuesday afternoon. Unpacked everything, and as others have said, the instructions does come in an interesting uk translation alongside the original german. However, the instructions to put together are primarily pictorial. Not quite of the ikea standard, but pretty effective (only one picture required me to look at it for a few minutes, primarily because it was trying to show 2/3 steps in a single image). The various bolts and nuts were all bagged up separately with the bags labelled to match the steps. Overall construction was really straightforward and complete in about 15 minutes. It is true that the computer is not backlit, and when rowing it therefore fades in and out of visibility. But this does not bother me too much as i’m more interested in doing fixed length workouts, at the end of which i can look at the various stats and compare.
  7. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    Easy to set up, solid build, quiet to use (easy to listen to tv and music without distracting noises) and rollers for easy moving around. My only negatives are (1) the screen cannot be seen clearly as it has no backlight, and (2) the square footage when folded is still quite large and difficult to hide – hence 4 stars.
  8. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    Easy to set up, solid build, quiet to use (easy to listen to tv and music without distracting noises) and rollers for easy moving around. My only negatives are (1) the screen cannot be seen clearly as it has no backlight, and (2) the square footage when folded is still quite large and difficult to hide – hence 4 stars.
  9. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    My concern is mainly that the “strap” seems. My concern is mainly that the “strap” seems thin and i cannot imagine that it will last very long?. It will only get used by me for 20 mins twice per week. A fit young rugby player would need something stronger,i reckon. Also the covers are fairly flimsy compared to my previous machine.
    1. My concern is mainly that the “strap” seems. My concern is mainly that the “strap” seems thin and i cannot imagine that it will last very long?. It will only get used by me for 20 mins twice per week. A fit young rugby player would need something stronger,i reckon. Also the covers are fairly flimsy compared to my previous machine.
  10. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    The action is not the smoothest (hence only 4 stars) but i purchased this because nobody had had a poor experience with regard t. Being very picky, the action is not the smoothest (hence only 4 stars) but i purchased this because nobody had had a poor experience with regard to the build quality. The easiest setting still provides some resistance and on the max. Setting of “10” it is very hard work. I did not want a realistic action i just wanted a good workout to complement running, cycling and kayaking. It fits the bill perfectly so far.
  11. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    The action is not the smoothest (hence only 4 stars) but i purchased this because nobody had had a poor experience with regard t. Being very picky, the action is not the smoothest (hence only 4 stars) but i purchased this because nobody had had a poor experience with regard to the build quality. The easiest setting still provides some resistance and on the max. Setting of “10” it is very hard work. I did not want a realistic action i just wanted a good workout to complement running, cycling and kayaking. It fits the bill perfectly so far.
  12. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    A great workout but use vaseline. I bought this for my husband and he loves it. It’s very sturdy and he reckons it’s a better workout than the rower in his gym, so that’s good. It has, on several occasions, given him “abrasions” in a delicate part of his derrière so his recommendation is to slather the rear end with vaseline to avoid this.
  13. This review is from : Hammer COBRA XT Folding Rowing Machine – German Brand, 2 YEAR WARRANTY

    A great workout but use vaseline. I bought this for my husband and he loves it. It’s very sturdy and he reckons it’s a better workout than the rower in his gym, so that’s good. It has, on several occasions, given him “abrasions” in a delicate part of his derrière so his recommendation is to slather the rear end with vaseline to avoid this.
    1. I bought this rowing machine after much research on the internet. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money for a professionally machine as i didn’t think i would use it that much. I just need a bit of a workout that doesn’t strain the poor old knees. This is an excellent robust machine which is quiet to use and has a lot of resistance levels. It was very simple to put together. Managed it on my own and i am a 67 year old female without a tool kit. Everything necessary is supplied. Highly recommend this product for a good all round work out and am sure it will last well as it is very robust.
      1. I bought this rowing machine after much research on the internet. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money for a professionally machine as i didn’t think i would use it that much. I just need a bit of a workout that doesn’t strain the poor old knees. This is an excellent robust machine which is quiet to use and has a lot of resistance levels. It was very simple to put together. Managed it on my own and i am a 67 year old female without a tool kit. Everything necessary is supplied. Highly recommend this product for a good all round work out and am sure it will last well as it is very robust.

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