Octane XT4700 Elliptical Review

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Pros For all skill levels the Octane XT4700 elliptical supports pro-quality, virtually zero-impact cross training. Unique auto-adjusting stride length makes it fit any user height and workout style, and 30 tension settings for the pedals let anyone get an ideal challenge. The handlebars are superior to those on most other ellipticals too, as they support multiple grip positions and let your arms move naturally as you stride. Two consoles are available for the XT4700 and each provides a very useful suite of training programs. The upgrade features a 10” touchscreen that supports video workout guidance and has a web browser. A compatible TV is sold separately.
Cons The main drawback of choosing the XT4700 is that it’s expensive, even for a high-end elliptical trainer. Also, the warranty (three years on parts, one year on labor) is typical for a commercial elliptical but not so impressive for a machine that will only be used at home.
Summary The Octane XT4700 is high quality and high priced. It’s not within the typical shopper’s fitness budget, but it’s bound to satisfy just about any trainee. One of its best assets is auto-adjustable SmartStride, which helps ensure that family members of very different sizes can all train with a natural-feeling gait.

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Octane XT4700 Elliptical Detailed Overview

Powerful and commercial-grade, the new Octane XT4700 is an elite elliptical option for home gyms. In addition to providing Octane’s famous “zero impact” exercise, it stands out for SmartStride ergonomics: The stride length on the XT4700 auto-adjusts from 18 to 26 inches as you train, so every user gets a comfortable, natural-feeling fit at any workout intensity. When you walk on the XT4700 it will support a shorter stride, and when you speed up it will expand to match your natural gait.

Besides auto-adjusting their length, the elliptical’s pedals also let you stride backward to challenge your muscles in a unique way. The available variety allows for fantastically targeted muscle training throughout the lower body. Upper-body exercise with the XT4700 is superior to what you get with most other ellipticals too. The handles are multi-grip to support different exercises, and unlike cheaper trainers they have a converging path to allow very natural arm motion.

Ideal for any skill level or training intensity, the XT4700 has 30 resistance settings and more than a dozen expertly designed workout programs, including some programs with customization. Also included are fitness boosters such as ArmBlaster and GluteKicker, which can be combined with other programs. Exercise data are shown on a choice of two consoles. The standard console with 16 workout programs has a large LED display, and the XT4700 Smart with 21 programs has a 10-inch touchscreen that can show video workouts and also has a web browser. With both consoles heart rate data can be included with the session feedback; high quality Polar Digital contact heart rate sensors are built into the handlebars, plus the elliptical works with a wireless heart rate receiver (chest strap not included).

The XT4700 is a top-notch trainer and could very well dominate any alternative at your local health club. Even so, it’s sized to be a reasonable addition to most homes. It measures 69” long x 31” wide and has a low step-on height.

Our Favorite Features

Some of our favorite parts of the Octane XT4700:

  • SmartStride auto-adjusts the footpath for good ergonomics and exercise variety
  • Pedals have comfortable spacing of 1.8”
  • 30 resistance levels to keep anyone challenged
  • Multigrip handlebars allow diverse upper-body exercise
  • Two options for heart rate monitoring
  • Diverse preset and customizable workout programs
  • Three-speed cooling fan
  • Optional Smart XT4700 console with video training and web browser
  • Optional TV screen

Octane XT4700 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:5-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:N/A
Stride Length:18"-26"
Flywheel:N/A
Programs:16 workout programs
Fan:3 Speed Console Fan
Weight Capacity:400 LBS
Dimensions:69" L x 31" W x 59" H

Our Least Favorite Features

Just about anyone would prize the XT4700, but it’s only meant for shoppers with cash to spare.

  • The sale price is high. Most other high-end home ellipticals cost less.
  • The warranty isn’t competitive for the price, although it includes three years of parts replacement.

The Bottom Line

The Octane XT4700 is one of the most customized, effective and luxurious elliptical trainers available. Even at membership gyms you wouldn’t likely find a better match for cross training. If the price is a bit high though (and you take relatively long strides) then the almost-as-spectacular XT3700 is a recommended alternative.

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