Golds Gym Stride Trainer 380 Elliptical Review
TREADMILL DOCTOR NOTE :
The Gold's Gym Stride Trainer 380 is one of the best of the ellipticals produced under $300 and our Best Buy 1st Runner Up... unfortunately that's not saying much.
<strong>Gold's Gym Stride Trainer 380 Elliptical Review</strong> Another product by Gold's Gym in their Stride Trainer 300 Series. This machine has little to offer. <em> Falling a little short behind the Stride Trainer 350, it is still one of the best entry-level ellipticals you can find with a pretty awesome $277 price tag. (This is the only good thing we can point out) </em> <strong>A stride that leaves you wanting for more</strong> Just like the 350, it only comes with a 14" stride length. If you like the feeling of climbing up a set of stairs, this is for you. Too short for most people and the foot pads might stress your knees also. <strong>A major problem with noise</strong> Squeaks and squeals - this is exactly how we describe it. Forget about having a light workout at midnight or else you'll end up exercising your reasoning skills. You might prevent it with a daily greasing job but won't really matter after a few week's time. We discovered that this is due to some manufacturing issues. Some of the screws and bolts are over-tightened causing the plastic casing to scrape against the moving parts. <strong>Unstable frame design</strong> A lightweight, relatively unstable frame design makes the Gold's Gym 380 an extremely uncomfortable ride. The drive system is lightweight and tension system is very poor in quality. <strong></strong> <strong>Easy to install but...</strong> Although this machine is relatively easy to assemble (roughly 2 hrs with two people), it sometimes comes with broken or missing parts according to reports we have had from consumers. It is pretty compact and is good for small rooms so that is one of the high points. Putting that aside, you wouldn't want a carpet below it since it wobbles. <strong>It says it has a 250-pound capacity...</strong> Even though it has six great workout programs, you won't be using those programs for a long time since the noise will drive you out of the room. If you really think about it, how could a $277 machine be able to survive a 200-pound person exercising every day for any length of time? <strong>Poor warranty</strong> The factory only gives a 90-day warranty for parts and labor. <strong><em>Conclusion: </em></strong> A light weight relatively unstable frame design makes the Gold's Gym 380 an extremely uncomfortable ride. The drive system is light weight and tension system is very poor in quality. Please buy something else.