XTERRA Free Style 5.8e Cross-Trainer

Xterra Fitness FS 5.8e Elliptical

Free Style 5.8e

XTERRA Fitness Free Style 5.8e Elliptical Trainer

The Free Style 5.8e is a top-of-the-line of Xterra Fitness elliptical traners. It is one out of 4 models introduced in the latest generation. The other models include 4.0e which is an entry level machine, the 5.4e is positioned in the entry-to-mid-range, and the 5.6e is Xterra’s mid-level model. You’re invited to see them compared side-by-side here:

Compare Xterra Free Style 4.0e vs. 5.4e vs. 5.6e vs. 5.8e.

The FreeStyle 5.8e provides several nice improvements from the Xterra’s 5.6e. The main improvements include a heavy duty 25 lbs flywheel, max. user weight increased to support up to 400 lbs (170 kg.), number of programs was increased to 12, heart rate chest strap is included, and it was designed with a more solid platform backed up by the best-in-class 7 years warranty on parts.

XTERRA FS 5.8e offers a range of customized, pre-set and heart rate programs allowing you meeting your fitness goals and with the time, increase them even further.  With 20 levels of electronic incline combined with 20 levels of resistance, the 5.8e is designed with a wide variety of workout routines, targeting different muscle groups. A widescreen, bright blue-backlit 7.5″ LCD display makes it easy to monitor the workout.

Though it doesn’t have motivational entertainment gadgets, the FS 5.8e offers a good and solid set of features and capabilities making it shine among users, and becoming one of the top models in its price point.

Top Features

Motorized Power Incline

The FS 5.8e has an electronic incline capability that increases the variety of workouts. At the lowest incline position you’ll get a traditional elliptical workout and as the incline ramp increases you will start feeling your knees rise higher with each step, that gradually changes the emphasis of the muscle groups being used. The power incline can be easily controlled by remote keys right from the console, and the ramp angle will be changed automatically once you use the built-in workout programs.

Audio System

At the bottom left corner of the console you’ll find the audio input jack and built-in speakers at the top. The supported audio sources include iPod, portable radio, MP3 player, CD player or even a TV or computer. The sound of the system is pretty good in compare to other ellipticals.

Biomechanically Adjusted Foot Pedals

On an elliptical trainer you need the smallest gap you can to simulate our natural movement. The Xterra Fitness FS 5.8e Elliptical was designed with 2″ narrow Q factor – a distance between feet, which is very good.

In addition, the over-sized pedals are padded, providing extra comfort as you ride. The pedals have a 2 degree inversion on them, which means they slope inward  slightly to imitate your natural movement during the exercise, so you will not stress your joints as much.

Console and DisplayXTERRA Free Style 5.6e Display

The 7.5″console is large, clear and informative, providing the necessary details about your workout.

There are controls both on the console and on the moving handlebars, so nothing can interrupt your workout, even if you want to change the settings while exercising.

It allows for easy monitoring of your pulse, speed, RPM, distance, level and all the other information you need to know during workout.

This 5.8e comes with 2 unique programs that I didn’t see on other ellipticals – Glute Blast and X-Country. Glutes are your buttock muscles and this program was designed to exercise them. I especially like this programs since it gives your lower body a fantastic workout that will burn fat, tone your buttock and lower leg area. It’s not something commonly available on other ellipticals. In the X-Country program the resistance and incline level vary frequently throughout the workout.

Heart Rate Monitoring System

Free Style 5.6e has a built in Heart Rate Monitoring System. By wearing the included chest strap or by grasping the hand pulse sensors on the stationary handlebars you’ll notice the heart icon start blinking on the pulse display window that will show your pulse or heart rate, in beats per minute.

Durability and Operation

The XTERRA Free Style 5.8e was designed for durability and quiet operation. Its platform was upgraded and all Xterra ellipticals use sealed commercial bearings and premium bushings in pivot points delivering smooth workouts. This elliptical is equipped with friction-free magnetic resistance system designed for quiet operation.


This elliptical trainer is equipped with 2 front transport wheels, which will be engaged once the rear of the elliptical is lifted.

Free Style 5.8e Video Review by Xterra Fitness

Xterra FS 5.8e vs. Top 5 Performers in Under $1,500 Category

ELLIPTICAL TRAINERSole E35Best Fitness E1 Xterra Free Style 5.8eSole E55Xterra Free Style 5.8e
RATINGWinner1st Runner UpTop 5 PerformerTop 5 PerformerCOMPARED
USD PRICE$1489$1110$1,299$1499$1,299
PRICE-PERFORMANCE5 stars4.5 stars4 stars4 stars5 stars
EXPERT REVIEWExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert Review
FLYWHEEL25 lbs25 lbs27 lbs25 lbs
RESISTANCE TYPEMagneticMagneticMagneticMagneticMagnetic
0° - 30°
power Incline
20 levels of power incline
0° - 40°
20 levels of power incline
STRIDE LENGTH20-to-22-inch power adjustable 21"20"20"20"
MAX. USER WEIGHT375 lbs275 lbs400 lbs375 lbs400 lbs
Contact HR sensor + wireless
Contact HR sensor
Contact HR sensor + incl. heart rate chest strap
Contact HR sensor + wireless
Contact HR sensor + incl. heart rate chest strap
DISPLAY TYPE AND FUNCTIONSLCD console with vibrant 7.5-inch blue LCD display that tracks time, distance, calories, and resistance, and all the other parameters for comfortably control your workout
A large and bright blue backlit LCD with white letters offers high visibility. Powers on/off automatically when you start/stop your workout. 7.5" bright widescreen blue backlit workout LCD display to keep you informed about speed, calories burned, time, distance, pulse, and and other key factorsVibrant 7.5-inch blue LCD display tracks time, distance, calories, resistance, incline, pulse, and pace7.5" bright widescreen blue backlit workout LCD display to keep you informed about speed, calories burned, time, distance, pulse, and and other key factors
ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND FUNCTIONSPower incline, iPod and MP3 ready, built-in speakers, Adjustable oversize foot pedals designed with a 2 degree inward, 2 User Profiles, Chest strap for heart rate monitoring, Water bottle holderCompact footprint. Safe and stable with balanced powder-coated steel frame. Moving arms allows for a dual-action. Contact HR grips. Easy step-up height Heavy duty steel frame, Easy to use hand-grips with controls to adjust the level of incline and resistance, Front transport wheels, Multi-Grip handlebars, Display console comes with an integrated swivel fan, an MP3 player jack and speaker systemPower incline for additional resistance and variable positions
iPod and MP3 ready + speakers
Custom-designed foot pedals
2 User Defined Programs
Heavy duty steel frame, Easy to use hand-grips with controls to adjust the level of incline and resistance, Front transport wheels, Multi-Grip handlebars, Display console comes with an integrated swivel fan, an MP3 player jack and speaker system
DIMENTIONS68 x 34 x 23 inches
(W x H x D)
48 x 30 x 66 inches
(L x W x H)
75.6 x 28 x 63 inches
(L x W x H)
66 x 33 x 23 inches
(W x H x D)
75.6 x 28 x 63 inches
(L x W x H)
UNIT WEIGHT200 lbs215 lbs243 lbs232 lbs243 lbs
WARRANTYLifetime: frame and brake
5 years on parts
2 years on labor
15 years frame
10 years motor
2 years electronics/parts
6 month wear
1 year labor
Lifetime on frame and brake
7 years on parts
1 years on labor
Parts / Electronics: 5 Years
Frame / Brake: Lifetime
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)
Lifetime on frame and brake
7 years on parts
1 years on labor
ELLIPTICAL TRAINERSole Fitness E35Best Fitness E1 Xterra Fitness Free Style 5.8eSole E55Xterra Fitness Free Style 5.8e

COMPARE 5 Best Elliptical Trainers Under $2000 in 2022

Sole E98Sole E95Sole E35Sole E55Fitnex E70
Winner1st Runner UpTop 5 PerformerTop 5 PerformerTop 5 Performer
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  • No motivational entertainment gadgets
  • No reverse stride motion that will allow you to pedal in reverse



  • 7-years warranty on parts and 60 day money-back guarantee – Best in class
  • The maximum user weight is 400 lbs – Best in class
  • Very good set of features for an elliptical at this price range
  • Good variety of workout options

The Conclusion
Xterra Fitness FS 5.8e Elliptical

The Xterra FreeStyle 5.8e is a top of the line elliptical by Xterra Fitness. It’s the most expensive elliptical that Xterra makes, however at the time of writing this review it is just below $1,300. Though the price is relatively low for what it offers, the 5.8e is an impressive elliptical that will make you feel that the gap to a club level machine is not that big.

With 12 programs powered by 20 levels of easily controllable incline and resistance you have plenty of workout routines to chose from. The audio input jack let’s you listen to your favorite music while you exercise, delivering surprisingly clear sound quality through the speaker system. Oversize pedals provide 20″ stride and a 2° inversion contributing to promoting optimal body alignment. This machine supports up to 400 lbs weight capacity and the 25 lb. flywheel system offers consistent and smooth operation. The console provides a swivel fan that blows a faint stream of air to keep you cool, and it comes with a storage slot for your phone or Mp3 player.

Having said that, if you’re looking for internet connectivity and stacks of gadgets, then the FS 5.8e may leave you underwhelmed. It also lacks the reverse  stride motion, but to my opinion it is insignificant with compare to the overall value this elliptical offers.

So if you’re looking for an elliptical with good performance and functionality with $1,300 price limit, then the XTERRA Fitness FS 5.8e is well positioned to be a leading performer and a recommended option.

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