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.
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...
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.
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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