Xterra FreeStyle 5.8e Elliptical Review
The Xterra FreeStyle 5.8e is a mid range elliptical by Xterra Fitness. It's the most expensive elliptical that Xterra make but at a little less than $1,300 it's definitely mid range. This doesn't mean they've scrimped on features as the 5.8e is an impressive elliptical.
The flywheel weight system is 25 lbs so you're looking at something heavy duty. It's been designed for the whole family or one who's determined to get fit and healthy. Being the top end for Xterra Fitness it has their best features. It has more exercise programs, a heart rate chest strap included, cushioned pedals and more.
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Xterra FreeStyle 5.8e Elliptical
The console is Xterra's best and largest at 7.5". I think the bigger the display the better. I like to have every bit of information you can get on there. The layout itself is similar to the 5.6e, they obviously use the same software. As well as controls on the console, you also get controls on the moving handlebars. Therefore nothing can interrupt your workout, not even changing the settings.
The information displayed is tailored to what you require. If you want miles per hour instead of kilometers per hour you can change it. If you want a quick start you can. If you want a quarter of a mile track displayed that you can ride, then it can be done. The display is completely customizable to give you the exact information you want.
This 5.8e has the most workout programs out of all the Xterra ellipticals. It has 8 plus manual, 2 heart rate and 2 custom programs. I like the "X Country" program, I haven't seen this on other models. This is simulating you riding cross country as the name implies. The resistance and incline level vary through out the routine. This then calms down towards the end for a gentle cool down.
It would get 5 stars but I have seen better. You can get random programs that have 50 variations. You just select it and what you'll get is a mystery. The Xterra ellipticals have a very uniform selection that you do see elsewhere. That is apart from Glute Blast and X Country. I consider the selection to be very good and they deserve 4 stars.
There is a program called Fitness. This one has a warm up then a series of cardio, strength and recovery elements to it. At the end is a cool down which you should have and do see on most programs these days. I'm very dubious about this fitness program. Cardio workouts and strength workouts really need to be done on different days not bundled into one program.
A good thing for the price is that a heart rate chest strap is included. This way you know it will work with the elliptical. Some ellipticals only pick up certain frequencies of chest strap and so don't work. You can be sure this isn't the case here. Heart rate chest straps are the only way to use heart rate programs, the pulse grip sensors are no good for this so this is a plus.
The distance between the feet (Q factor) is very important in ellipticals. When we walk or run there is a minimal distance between our feet. They pass each other very closely. We've learned to do this automatically without our feet hitting each other. On an elliptical you need the smallest gap you can to simulate our natural movement. The 5.8e has a Q factor of only 2" which is very good.
Out of all the Xterra ellipticals the 5.8e most felt like a health club or gym elliptical. This is something to aim for as lets face it, those ellipticals are used all day, everyday. They're built to last because they have to take all kinds of people riding on them. The "commercial" ellipticals cost thousands of dollars but I could appreciate that the 5.8e had a similar stability.
The maximum user weight is 400 lbs or 170 kg. This is the best I've seen. Any elliptical that can handle this weight should be considered for purchase, especially for a family where it may be used often. Even ellipticals I've reviewed on this site that are more expensive can't handle this amount of weight. To get it at this price is even better.
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The warranty is lifetime for the frame and brake, 7 years parts and 1 year labor. This is what lets down the 5.8e elliptical. I would have liked to have seen more. It's just acceptable especially the lifetime elements and the parts warranty isn't too bad. The labor let's it down. I have seen better labor warranties even at this price. All the other marks are higher but for warranty it gets an average 3 stars.
At the time of writing the FreeStyle 5.8e is $1,299.99. This is very good for what you get. It is strange that Xterra don't aim to go higher for an even better elliptical. It's their top of the line and I like pay more for ellipticals ideally. If they could have improved the warranty, added more programs and some other features. We could have been looking at 5 stars. As it is it's a very good 4 stars
This is the highest mark I've given to an Xterra elliptical and for good reason. It could get even higher if only for the warranty. That is probably the most important mark and it let it down slightly. However, like I said in the maximum user weight section I like this elliptical. I could almost compare it to a commercial elliptical and I think that should be the aim of every home elliptical.
80% is the highest mark for this price of elliptical. The marks are calculated for how good each element is regardless of price. This comes into effect in the value score. So as you can see the 5.8e does very well. It's about the cheapest I'd go for really. I always like to spend more. So in conclusion, the 5.8e is a good buy. All the marks apart from the warranty are very good. Xterra Fitness have made their best elliptical in this FreeStyle 5.8e.
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