NordicTrack Pathfinder Review
Machine: NordicTrack Pathfinder Elliptical
Overview: The NordicTrack Pathfinder Elliptical takes your workout to exciting new heights with an incredible 35 degree power incline. This impressive incline works different muscle groups and helps you burn more calories. Add 15 resistance levels and 20 workout videos to the mix and you’ll never reach the dreaded exercise plateau. The innovative Shock System is designed to build stronger, leaner muscles by creating dynamic motion that’s unique to you. The 18”-20” adjustable stride helps you fully work your legs than some cheaper short stride machines. Also featuring iFit live capabilities you can add an iFit Live Module to create customized workouts, train with Jillian Michaels, compete with your friends on Facebook and simulate a real walk outside using Google Maps. As if you needed more than great workout options to stay motivated, the NordicTrack Pathfinder Elliptical Trainer also includes built-in Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers and an iPod/MP3 player port so you can listen to music. Most elliptical trainers that fold feel flimsy, but the Nordic Track Pathfinder Elliptical is built tough enough to accommodate up to 350lbs and still features NorticTrack’s folding SpaceSaver design.
Price – $999
Stride Length – 18″ – 20″
Challenging Programs – 20
Resistance Levels – 15
Upper Body – Yes
Heart Rate Monitor – Dual-Grip CardioGrip
Weight Capacity – 350lbs
Console Gadgets - Intermix Acoustics 2.0 Sound System, Compatible Music Port for iPod, iFIT Live capabilities
Convenience/Extras – 15 – 35 Degree Power Ramp
Warranty – Lifetime Frame Warranty and 1-Year Parts & Labor.
The biggest draw to the NordicTrack Pathfinder Elliptical is its 15-35 degree motorized ramp. Most machines with power ramps tend to cost gym prices, upwards of $2000, but NordicTrack has made them more accessible to consumers. Not only does the NordicTrack Pathfinder Elliptical provide an almost unheard of incline angle, but the new Shock System makes your workout unique and helps you build stronger and tighter leg muscles. Overall the experience is comfortable and natural, especially with large, slip resistant pedals. Since most customers will be using the NordicTrack Pathfinder Elliptical Trainer at home they will appreciate that the Pathfinder is quiet and can fold up to save a few feet of floor space.
Although the Pathfinder Elliptical boasts a lot of great features it uses grips for the heart rate monitor which interrupt your upper body workout. To make matters worse some users find the heart monitor readings inaccurate. Although sturdy, the Pathfinder can’t compete with commercial grade machines in terms of the amount of daily use it can handle, which is something to keep in mind when purchasing any elliptical that costs less than $1000.
If you’re between the NordicTrack Pathfinder Elliptical and another model in this price range without a motorized incline, then the choice is clear. Features like the Power Ramp, Shock System and the ability to connect to iFit Live give it an edge by providing variety of intense workouts. While a high weight capacity only seems relevant to heavy users, anyone can appreciate the extra strength and stability that goes with it. Overall the Pathfinder is a value for the price and reviews extremely well with virtually no criticisms.