The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i is an All-New Hybrid Elliptical

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i is the newest model in the lineup, joining the pricier FS7i and FS9i models.  These machines are essentially hybrids, giving you an elliptical, a stepper and a treadmill experience all in one.

What You Get

The FreeStride trainers are specially designed to make you feel like you are sort of floating on air while you work out...a pretty cool feeling.  You get a 7" backlit display that shows your calories, time, distance, pulse and speed, as well as quarter mile track that shows you your progress.

Let's take a look at the specs on the FS5i...

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i - Entry Level Mid Drive Machine
  • 7” backlit display
  • Stride auto adjustable up to 32 inches
  • Innovative Floating Suspension
  • iFit Enabled
  • OneTouch™ resistance controls with 22 different levels
  • IPOD® compatible to listen to your own tunes
  • 32 workout apps
  • 2 inch speakers with high quality sound system
  • Built in heart rate monitor using CardioGrip™ on the handlebars
  • AutoBreeze Workout Fan
  • Adjustable cushioned pedals
  • Lifetime frame, 5 years parts and 2 years labor warranty

Check out the popular FS5i on sale now at the NordicTrack store!

The Word on the Street

NordicTrack Freestride Trainer FS5i Console

The NordicTrack FS5i has been very well received thus far, offering a more affordable version of the popular FreeStride series without sacrificing the main features that make it an attractive option.

However, currently the FS7i looks like a better buy.  For only $200 more you get a 38" adjustable stride, a few more workout apps, power incline capability, a web-enabled touchscreen and a higher weight capacity.

Still, reviews have been mostly positive and users are appreciating the fact that you are essentially getting three machines in one.  If you set the stride at its shortest lengths, it's like you are on a stepper/climber machine.  At the middle ranges, it's like the typical elliptical experience.  At the highest levels, it's as if you are on a treadmill.

In that regard, it's a great choice for changing up your workouts.  You also get iFit (with a subscription required) which allows you to access even more workouts plus Google map locations to watch your workout unfold right in front of you on your phone or tablet.

Any complaints?  It would be nice if this one came with a wireless chest strap for heart rate monitoring and perhaps a nicer display, something their other mid-drive series, the A.C.T. Commercial ellipticals, do have.

UPDATE:  Some insiders have mentioned that the FS5i might be discontinued for 2017, so by the time you are reading this it may be gone.

Our Thoughts on the FS5i

The NordicTrack FS5i is a definitely a more affordable option than the other models, at around $1799 or so on sale.  You get an elliptical as well as as stepper and a treadmill and you do feel like you are training in mid air which is something you don't typically experience.

As we mentioned, we would opt for the FS7i which gives you a lot more for your money.

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