The Vision XF40 treadmill is the only folding model in the company's high-end lineup, and offers a quiet, natural stride as well as three console choice to pick from.
The XF40 comes with either a Classic, Elegant + or Touch + console, with varying displays, workout programs and features. All provide important workout stats such as calories, heart rate, incline, speed, time and distance. The latter two give you laps as well.
Let's take a look at the specs....
UPDATE: The Vision XF40 elliptical is no longer available. It was discontinued in favor of the more popular Suspension Series. You can view the latest Vision elliptical reviews here to see which model appeals to you.
Vision ellipticals are always well-received by experts and they tend to get high ratings across the board. They are well designed using the latest technology to ensure they are bio-mechanically ideal, i.e. they put your body in the ideal position and provide the most natural motion to maximize your results.
The XF40 is no exception. This is the only folding treadmill in the lineup, but its quality matches the rest of the machines. It features a welded-steel frame, oversized comfortable pedals and multiple grip choices for changing your hand position as you work out.
The XF40 includes Vision's Sprint 8 cardio program (not on Classic console), which is a 20 minute interval training workout with high and low intensity to help boost your energy, lose weight and reach your fitness goals.
As far as console choices, you have the basic Classic console which has a large LED display, 7 workout stats, Passport technology for watching HD destination videos on your home TV and 5 workout programs.
Stepping up you have the Elegant + console, with a 7" high-def touchscreen, 19 workout stats, Virtual Active (Passport built right into the machine so you don't need your own TV), ViaFit tracking and 13 workout programs. You also get a free wireless chest strap for accurate heart rate monitoring.
At the top is the Touch + console, with a 10" high-def touchscreen, iPod compatibility, speakers and 17 workout programs.
The XF40 with the Classic console will run you about $1,899, with the Elegant + about $2,299 and with the Touch+ $2,799. If you can afford one of the upgraded consoles it is well worth the additional price for all of the added features.
If you're looking for a high quality elliptical trainer, Vision Fitness is one of the leaders in the industry. They are certainly pricey, but they are built to last and designed to maximize your results.
The Sprint 8 workout is a great way to shed some pounds in only 20 minutes, and the rest of the workouts are also well designed.
You get 20 resistance levels, a water bottle holder and a reading rack as well as oversized pedals, incline and multiple grip handles.
As we mentioned, the Classic console is OK, but the other two are much more advanced and give you more features and workouts, so we would opt for an XF40 with the Elegant + or Touch + if it's within your budget.
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