The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i is the top model in the series, offering an elliptical, treadmill and stepper in one with a 38" stride as well as both incline and decline capability.
The FS9i comes with a 10" bright, full-color web-enabled touchscreen so you can surf the web, post to your social pages watch movies or do anything you'd like online while you work out. You can also view your time, distance, calories, incline and other workout metrics.
Let's take a closer look at the specs....
The FS9i is quite popular and has received positive reviews since it was first introduced several years ago. It's a bit more expensive than its little sister, the FS7i, but it does have several upgrades such as a larger touchscreen (10" vs 7") and decline capability that the FS7i does not have.
You also get a few more workouts and a higher max weight capacity (400 lbs. vs 375 lbs.)
Still, it's about $500 more, so if you don't need the decline capability definitely take a look at the FS7i to save yourself some money.
The FS9i has a 38 inch auto adjustable stride (the base FS5i has a 32 inch stride), which allows you to transition from a stepper to an elliptical to a treadmill with the touch of a button. The fact that you can change up your workouts so much on one machine is a big selling factor for the FreeStride Trainers.
Sone other highlights include iFit Coach built right into the elliptical, which gives you even more workouts, tracking capability, training with fitness guru Jillian Michaels and virtual runs with Google map integration.
The assembly process is quite easy, requiring just a few steps, and since this is a center drive machine, the footprint is quite small. Plus it's easier to balance and these machines make you feel like you are floating on air with their innovative suspension.
Other benefits include transport wheels, oversized pedals, quick touch controls, and a free wireless chest strap for accurate heart rate readings.
Although we like the FS9i, our favorite in the series is still the FS7i as it gives you just about everything you need for under $2000. Although we love decline, it's hard to justify spending $700 more for that and a larger touch screen.
Still, if you have $2,500 and want a 3-in-one machine with tons of capabilities and features, you'd be hard pressed to find something better. You have a stepper, an elliptical, a treadmill packed into one machine with incline, decline, internet, music, tracking, syncing and Google map integration. If that doesn't get you motivated I don't know what will!
So check out the full lineup of FreeStride trainers to see which one appeals to you. The FS5i is the most affordable choice, but keep in mind it is not web enabled.