VersaClimber 108HP climbing machine

GearFlogger reviews the VersaClimber 108 HPWinter is coming. So sayeth the violence-and-sex-drenched Starks, and they should know. Seriously, the only thing they haven't shown on that show is someone having sex while fighting with a sword, and we're pretty sure that's on the way. Hell, after True Blood 3.3, it's all fair game.

Now that school is in session, quick trips to the local crag might be out, but you need to stay in shape for mountaineering season and you're time-constrained. You need the post-est with the most-est: enter your new best friend, the VersaClimber. We've had our grubby paws on the entry-level 108 HP for a full year now, and call us masochists but we love it.

Getting the 108 HP back to GearFlogger HQ was a bit of a challenge, since shipping was extortionary. We solved it by piggybacking on a trip to SoCal and just checking the two boxes for free as baggage for the return flight. Thank you Alaska Airlines. Once it was in the garage mahal, it took just an hour of interpreting slightly-confusing instructions (really, no parts diagram?) and there it stood.

The VersaClimber takes up not much space, certainly less than a treadmill, and hey, no power cord! It's fairly light and easy to move around, but once you're on it and working it's stable. And work you will. The 108 HP doesn't have adjustable resistance like some of the higher models, but it doesn't matter: just vary your stroke length and speed for all the hurt you can handle.

The VersaClimber is much more versatile than a treadmill. You can vary the load between your arms and legs, pull or push from either end and either side, palms up or palms down, even target your quads for a nasty burn. The angle is just right, and the grips and pedals adjust to three positions each to accomodate just about any height. The best part is the psychology of climbing is ever-present as you track your vertical on the screen. With all that, the VersaClimber is the clear choice for the climber or any athlete who requires a full-body workout.

$1,995 at VersaClimber



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