I have been looking for a fitness step for quite awhile, and had $57 in credit at amazon.com. Initially I was going to purchase the cheapest Escalade Sports 6 inch fitness step, at $25.99, but this one didn’t come from Amazon, so I would have had to pay shipping and handling costs. So I went with a more expensive one from them, and also purchased my pedometer too, this allowed me to save on two lots of shipping. At $36.17 it still worked out at a good price for me. I ended up paying 60 cents total for both products.
My Escalade Sports Blue 6 inch fitness step came extremely quickly via FedEx. I had to wait almost a week for the pedometer via the U.S. Postal Service.
It was in a huge box, with a large box inside of it. There was brown paper padding all around it. When I opened the second box it had the stepper inside of it, but no paperwork whatsoever. All I have is the label from Amazon.
I have been using my stepper for 2 weeks now and love it. I had thought about buying the thinner ones that stack together, and decided that a six inch one would be perfect for me.
It is a pale blue color, and has a ridge on the top, just in case you wanted to stack another one onto it. There is no way I could do 12 inches. It has little ‘bumps’ on the top of it, which are there to prevent you from slipping. In the middle it has writing, which states: “the step, recommended max capacity 250 lbs, made in U.S.A.”
Turning it over it is hollow in the middle, then it has the area where another step could go into it. On each of the bottom corners it has 2 rubber feet to secure it. I have been using mine, on an industrial type carpet, and it hasn’t moved at all.
I have used this downstairs in our playroom, and upstairs in front of the flat panel television. It is lightweight, and I have no difficulty holding onto the stair rail, and carrying it up and down the stairs.
When I am doing my routine, while watching ‘In Shape with Sharon’, I find that my feet have no problem finding the area of the step that I need. I do the front steps, steps to the side, and L shape too. I haven’t slipped off the step, missed it, or partially gone on it.
I put it with my other exercise equipment, but if I didn’t have a area to put it, it really wouldn’t look out of place. It can also be used for a step if you are trying to reach something that is just out of reach.
I would certainly recommend it, but unfortunately cannot find any manufacturers information about it. Every time I go into something on the Internet it takes me back to amazon.com.
My final thoughts are, if you want a sturdy, lightweight fitness stepper, and are under 250 lbs., then this is a good quality product. I use it with my new Omron pedometer and find that I have no trouble doing 10,000 steps a day. Not all on the stepper!