I had the opportunity to test ride the StreetStrider Summit 8r ($1699) this past week. The StreetSrider is an elliptical cross training machine on wheels. Now the exercise that you could only experience in a gym, can now be enjoyed in the great outdoors. The Summit 8r was developed in conjunction with NBC’s hit reality show “The Biggest Loser” and has steadily grown in popularity now that it has become available to the general public. The first time that I stepped on the 8r, I was comfortable and felt secure due to the 3-wheel platform. Striding was very easy to pick up on my first try. It felt like a combination of low impact jogging, skiing, and cycling, and the unit was easily maneuverable given the lean-to-steer design. This machine can really fly once you get going. In fact, it can go as fast as 43 mph. You have complete control over your speed and can handle all sorts of terrain and inclines given the built in 8 Speed Shimano Nexus Transmission with Twist Grip Shifter. This machine can accommodate riders weight of up to 400 lbs. This model comes in 3 colors: Lava Red, Breakwater Blue, and Galaxy Black. Several additional accessories come with this unit, such as a water bottle holder and rear luggage carrier. It also comes with a User’s Manual, Assembly and Tips DVD, as well as a handy Toolkit and Carry Pouch. The price tag of $1699 might be steep for some, however financing plans are available. In addition, there are other less expensive StreetStrider models to choose from. What is so great about this new form of exercise, in addition to being fun, it also provides a full body workout, burning up to 1,000 calories an hour. You can learn more about StreetStrider here. (Reviewed by Meredith Fire-Hess)
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Nice write up. I am interested in buying R3, however I’d like to test one first. Do you know a retailer in Portland who stocks them? thanks Jenny.
Jenny – did you ever find a StreetStrider retailer in Portland (Oregon Im assuming)? I am interested also. thanks in advance.