The Xterra FS5.5 elliptical offers a smooth workout with a powered 20-level incline ramp, long stride length motion, and an audio plug-in port.
The large blue backlit LCD display provides workout feedback for time, speed, calories, program, rpm, level, distance, watts and pulse. The preset programs include 2 heart rate and 2 user (custom) workouts, plus manual.
The features of the Xterra FS5.5 are:
UPDATE: The Xterra Fitness FS5.5 has been replaced by the all new FS5.6 model. Check out our review.
The Xterra FS5.5 elliptical has a heavy-duty steel frame (68.5" x 24" x 63") with a 19-lb flywheel, a long 20" stride length, and a 375-lb max user weight capacity.
It has quality sealed commercial bearings and premium bushings, and rides on four concave high durometer wheels on top of aluminum rails. The oversized self-leveling pedals have an integrated 2-degree inward slant for added comfort and proper body alignment.
This machine also has wireless heart rate telemetry capabilities (though a chest strap is a separate purchase), as well as 20 resistance levels and 20 incline levels.
Like other trainers, it now includes a handy iPod or MP3 plug-in port, built-in speakers, and a shelf to hold the audio device.
The Xterra FS5.5 sells for about $1,399 or less at Amazon. It’s based on the same frame and features as market leading Sole and Spirit machines which, like Xterra, are Dyaco Intl brands.
However, Sole and Spirit ellipticals have a better display layout, adjustable console tilts, remote resistance/incline controls, and generous 2-year labor warranties. The overpriced Xterra has the basic mechanical configurations but the nice extras just aren’t there.
Another option you might want to consider is the Livestrong 13.0 elliptical which sells for $100 less than the Xterra FS5.5 elliptical. The Livestrong comes with a 30-lb flywheel for an extremely smooth and superior workout.
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