Update: The $440 AMEX Offer ends today!
I love kayaking.
Nearly 13 years ago, Mimi and I kayaked to a sandbar off Oahu’s Windward coast on our month-long Hawaiian honeymoon:
A year later we kayaked and hiked to Kauai’s Secret Falls:
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People often ask me what was the coolest place I've been to. Thinking back to my 2015 United island hopper trip to Palau with @ajkaplan, it simply has to be up there with the most amazing places in the world. Kayaking through stunningly blue waters surrounded by beautiful islands and into grottoes full of jellyfish before snorkeling with countless jellyfish. It's tough to beat that!
2016 in Maui, with whales and turtles popping up to give us a show:
In 2018 I got to check off another bucket list item when I kayaked past penguins and whales in the icy waters of Antarctica together with DDF member aussiebochur:
It’s also a great way to exercise, but alas, I don’t live in Hawaii, Palau, or Antarctica.
When I saw an AMEX Offer for $440 off $2,199 at Hydrow I did some research into it.
The machine isn’t cheap and there’s a $38 monthly fee to boot for access to live and recorded classes.
I never thought I’d be the target market for something like this, but with a 30 day free trial and free return shipping, I took a flyer on it. If it can make exercising fun enough for me to use it daily, then it will be worth the expense.
The purchase will also trigger a $5 Shop Small credit. Hey, every penny counts 😀
If you don’t see the $440 AMEX Offer, try using the desktop site and if you have 100 AMEX Offers available, try saving random offers to your account to get under 100 available offers. I did that, logged out, and logged back again, and then the Hydrow offer showed up on my preferred AMEX.
My card was charged the same day as the order was made, so you shouldn’t have an issue getting the credit.
I’ve only had the machine for a week, and so far so good. It really does feel like you’ve been transported onto a scenic river. You can’t dip your hands into the water, but this is definitely the next best thing and it keeps you coming back for more.
It’s also gamified, so you compete against fellow rowers and you can earn rewards for meeting milestones. If I’d earn frequent flyer miles instead of water bottles, I’d have hit 100K meters in no time 😀
Will I keep it? That depends if I’m still using and enjoying it in 3 weeks, but it’s looking pretty great so far.
Do you use a Hydrow, Peloton, or Mirror? Do you find it worth the expense?