A Complete Review Of The Nordic Track X5 Incline Trainer
This trainer is very similar to a treadmill. It runs on a tread belt the same as a treadmill would. The difference is that this trainer can incline from 0-30%, as opposed to most treadmills that can only incline up to 10%. That's triple the incline, which allows you take your incline workouts to another levels. Very interesting to say the least.
One feature I like on this trainer is the Adjustable Resistance Cardio Cables, which allow you to work your upper body as well as your lower body at the same time, resulting in a more total-body workout.
Another is the Space Saver design. This allows you to fold up your treadmill and store it somewhere convenient. Great for those who don't have much space for a treadmill in their home.
This trainer operates at speeds of 0-10 mph, which is standard for most treadmills. You can easily adjust the speed up and down with the touch of a button.
This trainer allows you to work at incline levels from 0-30%. This is outstanding considering most treadmills only allow a maximum of 10% incline. You can adjust the incline with just a touch of a button. Apparently, you can burn as much as 3x more calories with this sort of set up than a regular treadmill. A big plus if you ask me.
This trainer uses a large 20 by 52 treadbelt.
Here is the first negative aspect for Nordic Tracks X5 Treadmill. The tread belt is only 52".
All of the above noted competitors in this particular price range have at least a 55" tread belt.
Does the size of the tread belt make a difference? It makes all the difference in the world.
A longer tread belt means a more expansive stride and can accommodate taller users. I don't understand why Nordic Track would put such a small tread belt on this treadmill. I'd expect to find a 52" tread belt on a treadmill for $600 but not one for $1,400.
4 large LED displays
I really like the large dot matrix display. If you ask me, every treadmill should have one.
23 workout programs
23 workout programs is a lot! Precor doesn't have this many programs. I really like the fact that the Nordic Track X5 comes with 23 programs. The workouts adjust your speed or incline and focus on a variety of exercise goals including aerobic, weight loss, endurance and performance.
23 different programs are more than enough to keep anyone actively pursuing their fitness goals in regards to this trainer. Great for keeping your routine new and interesting.
Durability/Warranty and Service
Heavy Duty Tread belt
Alright, Nordic Track is an Icon Fitness product and I'm going to be very honest with you, Icon is a name that's not associated with well built exercise machines. Just take a quick look at the standard warranty and it will tell you the whole story. Let's take a quick look at 3 of Nordic Tracks X5 competitors standard warranties:
- Lifetime motor;
Smooth 5.25 Treadmill
- Lifetime frame and motor;
Keys Fitness 4600 Treadmill
- Lifetime frame
Can you start to see the cracks in Nordic Tracks product?
Al products must be returned in good condition, and with all paperwork, parts and accessories included to insure a full refund. You may be charged a 20% restocking fee if your product doesn't come back in good condition. You can expect a refund in the same form of payment originally used for purchase within 30 days of our receiving your returned product.
Heart Rate Monitor
$ 1,399 (NordicTrack.com website);
Ok, if I was to purchase the 2 year warranty, which I should, the price jumps to $1,668 (including $150 shipping). Now, Nordic Track offers in home set up but they don't say how much. I'm going to conservatively price the in home set up to be $100.
I honestly think in home set up is vital to the longevity of your treadmill. Unless you absolutely know what your doing when it comes to treadmill set ups, go with professional help, it will save you a lot of headaches in the long run. Ok, the total now for the Nordic Track X5 trainer is $1,768. With this new price range, the Nordic Track X5 now competes with treadmills such as:
Let's take a quick look at Sole's F83 and Precor's 923i.
User Weight: 350 lbs.
Folding: Yes, with the Easy Assist folding feature
Message Window: Yes - Scrolling Information
I'm going to say that the Nordic Track X5 Treadmill is a pretty good buy for $900 to $1,100 range. However, the actual base price is $1,399 and if you include shipping ($150), 2 year warranty ($119), and estimated in home set up of $100, your looking at $1,768. To me, this is way, way over priced for this treadmill. For $1,768 you can get treadmills that are worlds ahead of the Nordic Track X5 Treadmill.
All the best,
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