Nordictrack Pathfinder or Nordictrack AudioStrider 990 Pro - 2012 Model?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, the Pathfinder wins with its 18” to 22” adjustable stride length while the AudioStrider 990 Pro has a 20” to 23” adjustable stride length.
Resistance Levels: When it comes to the resistance levels, the AudioStrider wins with its 24 levels while the Pathfinder only has 15.
Max Ramp: While both elliptical machines have great incline settings, the AudioStrider still wins this category as it has a 15 to 40 degree incline settings while the Pathfinder has a 15 to 35 degree incline.
Built In Programs: The Pathfinder has 20 built-in programs while the AudioStrider has 30 built-in programs, making it the winner for this category. It should be noted though that the Pathfinder’s 20 are already considered to be good enough.
Notable Features: When it comes to the bells and whistles category, the AudioStrider 990 Pro Model beats the Pathfinder with its many notable features. It has a great console display and it actually added a race track feature to add to a user’s motivation. The foot pedals are also adjustable and is cushioned for comfort. It is also equipped with a built-in sound system as well as an onboard cooling fan. It also has handlebar control buttons which you can use to change the settings while you are in the middle of your workout.
On the other hand, the Pathfinder can easily be folded up for storage which is the best answer for those people who have issues with the lack of space. Its foot pedals are not adjustable but they are oversized and have a shock system. It also has a built-in sound system.
Parts Warranty: Both the Pathfinder and the AudioStrider come with a 1 year warranty on parts. It should be noted that this is the average offer for most elliptical machines.
Labor Warranty: When it comes to the labor warranty category, the Pathfinder and the AudioStrider both have a 1 year labor warranty offer.
Machine Weight: Both Nordictrack models did not indicate their actual machine weight which is disappointing as we won’t know which is better in this category.
Machine User Weight Capacity: Both ellipticals are also tied in the maximum user weight capacity however as both did not disclose their actual machine weight, this cannot be confirmed to be true. But supposedly, they both can accommodate a user who weighs up to 350 lbs.
Money Back Guarantee: The Pathfinder and the AudioStrider 990 Pro comes are tied in this category as both have a 30-day money back guarantee.
Conclusion: Both the Pathfinder and the AudioStrider are sold at $999. It is important to note however that the AudioStrider’s $999 price tag is a sale price.
If it was sold in its regular price, the AudioStrider would be very expensive. This is because it has more features than the Pathfinder and the extra price is what you pay to get these additional features. This is why if you get the AudioStrider on sale, you are effectively getting the best value for your money and is the better option between the two.
However, the Pathfinder has a folding design which can be a big factor for a lot of people.