While Xterra may not be as well known as other manufacturers of elliptical trainers, such as LiveStrong, Diamondback, and Schwinn (not by a long shot actually), this is advantageous, as the company have managed to design an excellent elliptical in the Xterra Elliptical Trainer.
This particular elliptical has often been compared to models that cost several hundred dollars more; however, a couple of things could be improved upon, although they are minor in the grand scheme of things.
The Xterra Elliptical Trainer (FS1.5) stride is a little on the short stride. The stride measures just 14 inches, so those who are over 6′ are likely to feel a little confined as they work out. However, anyone who is 6′ and under will experience a very smooth and natural stride motion; one that accurately mimics a person’s natural walking or jogging stride.
This is down to the heavy flywheel which weighs 17.6 lbs (a 22lb flywheel model can also be purchased, although the difference in the smoothness of the stride isn’t a night and day difference). With such a heavy flywheel, the elliptical is also unlikley to wobble from side to side when in use. In fact, there are even rear spin out levelers which have been designed to balance the elliptical, even on uneven floors.
The Xterra Elliptical Trainer comes with a very generous 13 built-in workout programs, especially when you consider that an elliptical which retails for twice the price – the Schwinn 425 – comes with the 10 built-in programs.
The programs include the expected weight loss, time trial and calorie goal programs, but also 2 heart rate control programs, as well as 1 user-defined and manual program.
Again the Xterra Elliptical Trainer exceeds expectations; the elliptical comes with an equally generous 16 levels of magnetic resistance, giving you the opportunity to set your workout to be as challenging or as easy as you want it to be, depending on your fitness goals.
The large 5” x 2.5” LCD display provides you with feedback on everything that you would want to know as you work out, including calories burned, time, distance, and even your pulse (hand grip pulse sensors).
However, it’s worth noting that the reading of your pulse is approximately 10 beats off, although this is expected given the price of the Xterra. The display also features no backlight, making it hard to see unless you are in a well-lit room.
The Xterra Elliptical Trainer is able to provide users with a relatively comfortable workout experience. While it can’t compete with the comfort levels of more expensive ellipticals, thanks to coming with soft cushioned handlebar pads and oversized pedals, the Xterra manages to provide a high level of comfort while catering to people of different dimensions (foot size, weight, height).
Storing this 112 pound piece of exercise equipment is simple enough thanks to the inclusion of transport wheels on the bottom of the machine.
The Xterra is backed by a 5-year frame and 1-year parts warranty.
63.8 x 25 x 50.8 inches
Xterra Elliptical Trainer User Reviews
With its average rating of 4.2 out of 5.0 from over 30 reviews, it seems as if users agree with us when we say that the Xterra is one very good elliptical. A number of users, as expected, have praised the Xterra’s excellent value for money, particularly as, according to one user, “I was amazed at how smooth the elliptical is compared to others in its price range.”
The Xterra’s small footprint, quietness when in operation, as well as the way in which the resistance is controlled have also been praised.
However, users would’ve appreciated the LCD display to have been backlit and for the assembly process to have taken a shorter amount of time.
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As mentioned, the LCD display doesn’t come with a backlight, making it hard to see unless in you’re in a well-lit room. The assembly process is straight forward enough but it is quite time consuming; it may take you anywhere between 1 to 3 hours, depending on how handy you are.
Anything Else You Should Know?
The machine has a maximum user weight capacity of 250 pounds. You can also use the Xterra in a forward or reverse direction, which is beneficial as it allows you to target different muscle groups.
Besides this, all you need to know is that the Xterra Elliptical Trainer offers excellent value for money, and we’re glad that the company isn’t as well known as the big boys if they can keep on making ellipticals as good as this.
While the Xterra lacks a fan, speakers, and a telemetry enabled heart monitor, and the LCD display could do with a backlight, this shouldn’t put you off what is an otherwise excellent elliptical, especially at this price.