NordicTrack PathFinder Elliptical
Along with the AudioStrider 990 PRO, the PathFinder is part of the NordicTrack Power Ramp Series. Some attractive features of this machine include a 15°-35° incline, an iPod dock, and a unique Shock System that provides extra stimulation to help make legs firmer more quickly.
Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the NordicTrack PathFinder Elliptical
- Audio system – An iPod-compatible dock and speaker system let users enjoy high fidelity sound while working out.
- Adjustable stride – The PathFinder has an 18”-20” adjustable stride, so it provides a healthy range of motion for most adults. However, the longer strides are only available when the Power Ramp is in use.
- Incline training – This machine’s “Power Intensity Ramp” inclines up to 35 degrees, which is 5° more than the AudioStrider 990 PRO.
- Shock system – A unique shock system stimulates leg muscles to make exercise even more effective.
- Programs – These cross trainers offer excellent programming. Users can choose from 20 built-in programs, plus they can download programs through iFit. iFit also lets people use the internet to virtually race against Facebook friends and simulate running anywhere in the world with Google Maps. The machine automatically chooses between 16 resistance levels to mimic natural terrain.
- Heart rate monitor – Grip heart rate monitors are built into the handlebars.
- Upper body workout – These machines have movable arm bars to provide upper-body exercise.
Elliptical Misses: Where NordicTrack Went Wrong
- Warranty – Customers get just a one-year warranty on the frame, parts, and labor.
Overall Rating for the NordicTrack PathFinder Elliptical
The PathFinder elliptical gets much better reviews than the AudioStrider 990 PRO, which is the other elliptical in NordicTrack’s Power Ramp series. The machine boasts quiet operation, a smooth glide, and powerful workouts. It also has some great extras, including an iPod-compatible port, iFit compatibility, and a steep incline. The short warranty is a drawback, though, and customers should figure the cost of an iFit Live subscription into the total cost of this unit.