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Exclusive: Riiser Review

Exclusive: Riiser Review

by Mickey DeLorenzoMarch 5, 2009


The Riiser made by ZooZen, is an add on for your Wii Fit Balance Board.

The Riiser is a stand that you put under your Wii Fit balance board. It brings the top of the wii fit up to a full 4 inch height, which is the standard height for step aerobics. When you are performing step exercises on the Wii Fit minigames, you will get a much better workout.

For some reason I thought the Riiser was just to make your Balance Board higher off the ground if you were using it on a carpet, that’s why I started off testing out the Riiser with We Ski & Snowboard.  Playing We Ski & Snowboard I was immediately amazed by how much better control I had over my character.  When I played the game before the rug tended to absorb the Balance Board as I would lean.  The Riiser kept me on a very sturdy pedestal.   I liked what I was feeling and decided to try out Wii Fit.

When I went to get the Wii Fit game I read the box that the Riiser came in and I saw the part that said; “It brings the top of the Wii Fit up to a full 4 inch height, which is the standard height for step aerobics.”  That’s when I put 2 and 2 together and realized that the the Riiser wasn’t for better control on carpet it was to increase your exercise performance.

A non-interactive stepper for 65$.

Now armed with some more knowledge about the Riiser the first game that came to mind was Advanced Step mini game in Wii Fit.  I didn’t have a heart monitor hooked up, but holy sh*$% did this thing make my legs hurt (in a good workout kinda way) and my heart race…  I played Advanced Step 3 times with the Riiser and 3 without.  I can say without a doubt this will increase your aerobic excerise for this particular game.  In other games it feels a lot more sturdy, especially if your Balance Board is on a carpet.

One BIG problem for me in particular (this most likely won’t affect many other people) was the fact that the 4 extra inches that the Riiser added to the height of the Balance Board, put my head 2 inches into the ceiling of my basement gaming room/play room/office.  I had to stay slightly hunched over the whole time testing this out.

I used the Riiser for Wii Fit, Skate, and We Ski & Snowboard.  In every game it improved stability and in Wii Fit it increased my cardio.

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  • March 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Price? Where /when can we get it?

  • March 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm says $49.99 and it will be available from 25/4 2009

  • J.J.
    March 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I’m confused. The review said it gave the board an extra 4″ but the retail site says it puts the board top AT 4″, which would be shorter than giving 4″ extra. Which is the truth?? i want to buy one. thanks!

  • CK
    March 18, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Did it affect your weight measurement at all? There is a slight difference in weight between carpet and hardwood, so just curious if it changed your weight measurement adding the riser compared to without.

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