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Ratings (out of 5)
Overall Rating: 4
Build Quality: 5
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 3
Value for Money: 5
When it comes to choosing a cross trainer for home, space can often be the defining factor in the decision. The Vision Fitness X1500 Elite’s very compact footprint: (L)145cm x (W)66cm, will therefore offer a big plus for many. Despite its compact size it still has an 18 inch stride length which will be comfortable for most average sized adults.
The ergonomic stride which incorporates a pivoting footplate system means that the pedals rotate with natural body movement and the narrow pedal spacing of 3 inches reduces stress on the hips by minimising rotation. A 21 lb flywheel and 16 levels of variable resistance provides ample challenge for most users and the movement stays smooth even at higher levels thanks to the ECB-PLUS permanent magnetic braking system and the QUIET-GLIDE super silent poly v belt system. The frame is substantial, with a maximum user weight capacity of 136kg (21 stone). Vision Fitness back up these features with a lifetime frame and brake warranty.
The console is simple and easy to use, providing all the general feedback you would expect, including heart rate, watts, time, speed and calories plus the profile information for each of the 9 preset programs, all displayed on a blue backlit LCD screen. Some users might find the console to be a bit limited as there are no interactive programs like iFit live and no entertainment options like the mp3 speaker systems which can be found on a lot of the NordicTrack cross trainer range.
What Vision lack in this area however, they more than make up for in the build quality stakes as in addition to the warranty on the frame and brake they also include a 10 year parts and 5 years labour onsite warranty on all other aspects of the product.
- Very compact but still with a decent stride length.
- Great bio-mechanics.
- Fantastic build quality and industry leading warranty.
- A lack of interactive programs.
- No entertainment facilities e.g. speakers or iPOD dock.
In summary then, if you are looking for a compact elliptical with a reasonable stride length with some excellent ergonomics and you are of average height then the X1500HR Elite could be the perfect choice. Probably better suited to slightly more motivated individuals or those less concerned with console facilities other than general feedback, but class leading in terms of build quality and warranty at a very reasonable price.