The Lifecore VST-V6 is one of the most advanced ellipticals from Lifecore Fitness. It has an innovative variable stride which mimics walking to running with no impact on the joints.
The elliptical has a fantastic range of programs as do all Lifecore equipment. As you can see it has a slightly different design for an elliptical but works in exactly the same way. The pedals and handlebars are all where you'd expect them it's just the flywheel is slightly raised.
Max User Weight
Lifecore VST-V6 Elliptical
The console is made up of the large LCD display. There are many functions which are selected and chosen using the big dial you see. The functions appear on the display and can be chosen as you go through the menu's. The computer underneath it all is quite powerful so you get a real feeling your using an advanced elliptical.
The variable stride is controlled from the console. Closest to you are buttons which allow you to choose the actual stride length. Above these is a nice big start/stop button, it's best that this is big so you can easily press it should you need to stop for safety reasons. The reason the console doesn't get 5 stars is the lack of a fan and sound system which you often find on ellipticals of this price.
Before you begin any programs you need to set up a user profile. This is quite simple and once done the programs will use your profile, the heart rate control programs will know your maximum heart rate from your age. It will then use this number to determine the percentages like 75% or 55% on the heart rate control programs.
One program I like is the wattage. This uses the power of your stride. This is determined by how fast your riding against a particular resistance. This means there's no chance of cheating and if you really want a tough workout then this is one for you. You specify a watt goal then the elliptical will change the resistance to keep you riding at this goal.
Some people like to use miles and some prefer to ride to kilometers. To change between these simply old down the start/stop and reset button for a few seconds. If you choose a target program like reading to 5 miles or 5 kilometers the distance metric you use makes a big difference. Five miles is quite a lot longer than 5 kilometers which you'll discover.
The VST-V6 has the variable stride system. A button on the console allows you to choose between 18", 20", 22", 24" and 26". On the frame where it can be easily seen a light comes on to show what you've chosen. The smallest stride length they refer to as like a step, Then it goes to walk, jog and run. When you run your stride gets longer and this elliptical mimics that.
The good thing about the elliptical is it requires very little maintenance and has been made that way. If you hear any noises like squeaking then the unit clearly would require some lubrication it is advised not to use WD-40. Lifecore sell the grease required or you can call them to find out if what you have would be suitable. They can be contacted on 1 (888) 815-5559.
As with most ellipticals the VST-V6 has hand pulse grips to get your heart rate. Simply hold it with a moist palm lightly for best results. However even this can be quite inaccurate even at the best of times. Fortunately the elliptical has the ability to read a heart rate chest strap. They all transmit their signals on the same frequency (122k) so nearly any make will do. Then you can use this facility at it's full.
Max user weight
The maximum user weight is 325 lbs or 147 kg. This is average for an elliptical but when you consider the price of this one you would have thought you'd get a better max than this. I've said it before don't let this put you off especially if everyone who will use the VST-V6 is much lighter than this. I would just like to have seen better at this cost.
The warranty for home use is 5 years parts and 1 year labor. This is about average for what you'd expect for any elliptical. However at the cost that this one is I would have liked 2 years of labor. That is what other ellipticals have that I've reviewed here at a comparable price. This almost got 2 stars but it is about average for an elliptical so 3 stars it gets instead.
At the time of writing the VST-V6 is $2,299.00. This is a bit of a shocking amount for an elliptical and as such it gets a below average 2 stars. If it was a commercial elliptical then I could understand charging that amount but it isn't and the warranty just isn't good enough. You just don't get good value for money here even with the variable stride and programs which are both good features.
The Lifecore VST-V6 could have been a good elliptical. If you had all these features and the price was easily less than $2,000 then I would be happy to recommend it. It sadly isn't, Lifecore have made this like the VST-V4 but added the variable stride and better warranty for $600 more. The variable stride is a great feature letting you get a good workout.
So why isn't this recommended if it gets a score of 66%? Well the score is based on the above aspects alone. It only comes to value for when the cost is considered and then that's when it's let itself down. I can't recommend spending all that money for this elliptical. Look at the home page for the scores and prices of every elliptical I've reviewed and you'll see you can do better than this.