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ProForm XP StrideClimber 600 Elliptical

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ProForm XP StrideClimber 600 Elliptical, a Hybrid Stair Stepper & Strider Although it’s a very low-end fitness machine, the ProForm XP StrideClimber 600 supports two types of muscle-toning motion: steep stair-stepping and a longer 18” elliptical stride. It can therefore be likened to an elliptical trainer with an adjustable stride. Other highlights include eight preset […]

 

ProForm XP StrideClimber 600 Elliptical, a Hybrid Stair Stepper & Strider

Although it’s a very low-end fitness machine, the ProForm XP StrideClimber 600 supports two types of muscle-toning motion: steep stair-stepping and a longer 18” elliptical stride. It can therefore be likened to an elliptical trainer with an adjustable stride. Other highlights include eight preset workouts, an iFit exercise journal and a heart rate monitor.

Unfortunately, this model has inspired a number of very critical consumer reviews. Customers complain of easily broken parts and sometimes report that ProForm technicians deem their ellipticals “unfixable.” The price has therefore dropped dramatically from the $1199 MSRP to attract more buyers.

Instead of taking a gamble with this discontinued unit, consider a few models that we’ve given better ratings. Check out our elliptical trainer comparison charts or see suggestions at the end of this review.

Features of the XP StrideClimber 600 (A Discontinued ProForm Elliptical)

As mentioned above, this trainer’s overall quality is substandard. It looks OK on paper though except for the very short warranty. Here’s the specifications list for the ProForm XP StrideClimber 600:

  • 18″ stride
  • Stairclimbing option
  • 10 resistance levels
  • Magnetic resistance
  • 8 preset workouts
  • Target pacer (indicates when to speed up or slow down)
  • Grip heart rate monitor
  • iFIT™ journal (tracks progress for up to 10 years)
  • Beverage holder
  • 275-pound user weight capacity
  • 90-day warranty (parts & labor)

The warranty on this unit is especially poor and almost insulting to the consumer. ProForm almost forces people to purchase extended warranties. (After all, why would you spend $1199 on a product that’s only guaranteed for 90 days?) Most other ellipticals selling for $1199 have at least one-year warranties on parts and labor. Look at the Sole brand for starters.

Popular Opinion of the StrideClimber 600

Fitness equipment experts warn that this unit can only handle light to moderate use. They do like its stride options compared with those on other cheap ProForms but say that the overall quality of this unit makes it unworthy of recommendation.

Customers have reported satisfaction with this purchase if they train for just 20 minutes at a time. People who choose longer workouts tend to burn out the machine. It’s almost comical that ProForm describes the iFit fitness

journal as capable of tracking progress for ten years. This machine has a lifespan of just a few years, if that.

Owners’ reviews of this and most other cheap ProForm elliptical machines consistently associate this brand with disappointing customer service and poor product quality. Problems with the XP StrideClimber begin as early as delivery day with machine parts being accidentally omitted from the shipment. Customers have trouble obtaining replacement parts in a timely manner.

Our Overall Review of the StrideClimber 600

Complaints about the StrideClimber are excessive. There’s nothing special about this trainer that would make it worth buying; it’s only distinguished by its proneness to falling apart. For $1299 with shipping included you can buy the Sole E35 elliptical instead. It’s miles ahead of the ProForm XP StrideClimber. You’ll get smooth motion, 16 resistance levels, audio entertainment, wireless heart rate monitoring and a decent warranty.

In the sub-$1000 category there are plenty of options too. Our Ironman 420E review gives four of five stars. This compact elliptical trainer is durable and includes heart rate workouts. It sells for $700 or less now that it’s been discontinued. Also check out LiveStrong elliptical trainers. They tend to have stable frames, heavy flywheels and ergonomic strides.