Yowza Captiva Elliptical Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The Captiva is Yowza's version of the Smooth DMT X2 for only $200 more.
The question you have to ask yourself is if it is worth paying $200 more for the core rotation gimmick over the standard upper body workout provided by the X2. If you think it is then buy the Yowza, but we just don't see it.
The Yowza Captiva is essentially the same elliptical as the Smooth DMT X2. It adds the core rotation and, at $1,999, charges an extra $200. Keep in mind, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that the core rotation provides any additional benefit to your workout. It's also not a good idea to use a model with this feature is you have back problems.
Ergonomically speaking, this machine is okay. There are several ellipticals selling at this price and slightly above that have a similarly natural range of motion, but there are also a couple of models that sell for less than $1,000 that are ergonomically superior. The adjustability is impressive. The adjustable stride has a range of 18"-28". This gives you plenty of room to fit this machine to your body type. You can also set the incline from 0-50%, which gives you the ability to align your workout with your fitness levels. Very few of the ellipticals we reviewed offer more options for adjustments.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model isn't very good. Most of the ellipticals that sell for this price have a much longer life expectancy. The quality of parts used is also disappointing at this high of a cost.
The noise levels of this machine are average. Most ellipticals make about the same amount of noise regardless of the price. If quietness during operation is a major concern for you, you can find better options in this price range, but we don't expect the average user to be bothered by the amount of noise this model makes.
The warranty on the Yowza Captiva is okay. In-home labor is covered for 2 years, parts and electronics are covered for 5 years, and the frame and braking system are covered for life. At this high of a price, ellipticals usually have better coverage.