Vision XF40 Elliptical Trainer Review – A Front Drive Luxury Folding Elliptical
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Vision Fitness is headquartered in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. It’s known for making high quality elliptical trainers in a wide price range. The gorgeous XF40 elliptical is at the upper end of their product line. It breaks away from Vision’s X series. While the X10, X20 and X40 get great ratings too, they take up precious real estate. The Vision XF40 can be made compact when it’s not in use – yet it’s so sturdy and durable, you wouldn’t guess that it’s a folding elliptical trainer.
Like the X20 and X40, this elliptical trainer has a 20” stride and a 23-pound flywheel. It can be used with the popular Passport exercise system, which simulates outdoor training through video and automatic resistance adjustments.
Three versions of the Vision Fitness XF40 are available. The base MSRP of $2399 includes the “Classic” Vision Fitness console, which has five workout modes. Upgrades to the Vision XF40 include the “Elegant” console with 13 programs and the “Touch” console with 17 programs and iPhone/iPod compatibility.
Elliptical Hits: Great Features of the Vision XF40 Elliptical Trainer
- Ergonomic stride – The Vision XF40 elliptical has excellent ergonomics. A smooth, healthy stride is created with 0” pedal spacing, a 20” path and a 23-pound flywheel.
- Programming – Customers have three console choices. We like the Elegant and Touch consoles, which have 13 and 17 programs. (The classic console has just five programs, and that includes manual mode. The others are Intervals, Weight loss, Constant Watts and Target HR.)
The Passport exercise system is fantastic! It’s similar to iFit’s integration with Google Maps in that it simulates outdoor exercise by adjusting the elliptical’s resistance as if you were exercising outdoors. Video streams to show beautiful natural settings such as the American Southwest and rolling prairies. However, the Passport system costs extra.
Each Vision Fitness console supports
20 resistance levels for the XF40.
- Heart rate monitors – Contact heart rate monitors and a Polar wireless heart rate monitor are included. Note: If you choose the Classic console, the wireless chest strap will need to be bought separately.
- Folding frame – The Vision XF40 has a 231-pound frame that can be folded for compact storage. The machine is very sturdy and can accommodate up to 325 pounds.
- Great warranty – Residential customers get lifetime protection on the frame and brake, five years of coverage on all parts and electronics, and two years of labor.
Elliptical Misses: What’s Not so Hot
We’re disappointed by the large price difference between the Classic and Touch consoles. Unless you find a great sale, the best console adds $1000 to the base price. Passport also costs extra but it’s a major part of Vision’ appeal.
Overall Rating for the Vision XF40 Elliptical Trainer
The Vision XF40 is an excellent choice if you seek luxury and inspiration. Just be prepared to pay! For the best experience with a Vision XF40 you’ll want the Touch console and the Passport system.
If you weigh about 200 pounds or less, you might choose a less expensive elliptical trainer by Vision. The X10 costs just $999. It’s the best cheap elliptical we’ve seen in a while.