First Degree Fitness Commercial Pacific Challenge Fluid Rower

First Degree Fitness is renowned its world class rowing machines designed by professional rowers manufactured to a commercial grade. With these machines you can be sure you are getting products based on tried and tested technology. The machines are very long lasting and can serve both recreational and professional rowers.

First Degree Fitness Pacific Challenge

The Pacific Challenge rowing machine is well constructed and easily stores upright. If you have tried the various rowing machines (magnetic, air and water) you should agree water technology machines have the least slack. The Pacific Challenge gives a smooth consistent motion through the stroke and the swishing sound of the water is reasonably quiet. You can exercise while watching the TV or listen to music comfortably while sing the machine.

The adjustable water volume ensures you can set the resistance to the level that best suits your capability. The seat is very comfortable and is suitable for older users. The Pacific Challenge rowing machine can also easily connect with your PC, allowing you interactions with other users (great for finding information on alternative routines).


  • Machine is well constructed and durable
  • Adjustable water volume for greater variation
  • Quiet
  • Very smooth motion and comfortable seating
  • Comprehensive display and computer connectivity
  • Durable water tank


  • Round handles can cause blisters
  • The foot-strapping tends to loosen rather easily

First Degree Fitness: Rating and Analysis

First Degree Pacific Challenge 4.5

To get a good rating I consider the weight capacity, size, value added services, value for money and durability. The Pacific Challenge is undoubtedly durable and easily stored. It provides good value for money. In summary its strengths include comfort, good seat height, customizable resistance, not too bulky, easily connects to the PC and ease of use. However, it is designed for users below 300 pounds, somewhat limiting.


The First degree fitness rowing machine is built with a high quality aluminium frame with a seat that glides on precision bearings and rollers. The rower is generally very comfy and runs very smoothly. The seat height is great and would serve older users well. The product is also backed by a good warranty that covers, the frame, movable parts as well as the tank and seals making it good for home and gym applications.

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