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Digital Subscriptions > Row360 > Issue 018 - Jun | Jul 2017 > EMPOWERING


Our take on the Nielson-Kellerman EmPower Oarlocks

After announcing their development last year, Nielson-Kellerman launched the much anticipated EmPower Oarlocks in early 2017. Looking a lot like the sort of affordable, on-board technology that has revolutionised cycling training over the last decade, could this be rowing’s equivalent?

Unwrapping the Oarlocks

The smart oarlocks provide instant, stroke by stroke readings of power, catch/finish angles, slip, wash, stroke length and more, neatly via the NK SpeedCoach head unit - a product many rowers will already be familiar with. Unlike complex telemetry systems, installation and setup is relatively quick and simple. Install the gates, calibrate, and you are ready to row. They link to a SpeedCoach via Bluetooth and once initial pairing is completed, will automatically connect every time you switch it on. Customisable displays on the SpeedCoach include all of the usual data, plus:

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