Currently available for £299.99 from Sweatband.com
Viavito Setry 2 in 1 Elliptical Trainer & Exercise Bike
Since their launch into the UK market in the latter part of 2015 Viavito have been steadily building a reputation for producing machines that out-spec their competitors at low to mid price points while maintaining the sort of build quality you’d expect to see in more expensive machines. When we got the chance to test drive their 2 in 1 ellptical/bike we really didn’t know what to expect. Was this going to be something cohesive and worthwhile or just a mishmash of machines?
On paper, the specs looked a little on the light side which isn’t in keeping with what we’ve already come to expect from Viavito, but given the success of the other highly rated models, we kept an open mind and set about putting it together.
Assembly was straight forward. The instruction manual has good instructions and clear diagrams. Some parts, like fitting the footplates were quite fiddly but not complicated and in around 40 minutes we were ready to do.
Viavito’s big pitch on this machine is, surprisingly, not about saving space although obviously the Setry takes up far less space than a separate cross trainer and exercise bike. It’s all about being able to transition from one type of exercise to another without having to dismount and switch machines and with this in mind we set about putting it through its paces. Looking at the specs on paper the 5kg (11lbs) flywheel and 31.2cm (12.3”) stride had us a little worried but the design of the Setry has obviously been thought through and we found the action to be smooth, steady and quiet. Exactly how they’ve achieved this is a bit of a mystery to us, yet smooth, steady and quiet it is! Full marks for achieving that with such a light flywheel.
The transition between different resistance levels is quick enough to make it feel responsive and the top end of the 32 levels of resistance provides a genuinely challenging workout that will put most non-fanatical users to the test. The most impressive thing about how it feels is the sturdiness compared with the size of the machine. It looks smallish and it looks lightweight, but when you get on it and start your workout it really does feel stable and robust. We have no idea how they’ve done this but we’re impressed.
We’re also impressed with the console. It into its own when it comes to the sheer number of functions it has for a cardio machine at this price point. You can switch between KM/MPH with nothing more than the flick of a switch on the back which is something you just don’t see on other machines and it’s something we’d very much like to see as industry-standard. There are 4 user profiles which allow you to enter your personal data and this in turn then increases the accuracy of the training data such as calorie expenditure. We tested this using the recovery test mode which also provides you with BMI and body fat readings and can confirm that it works well. Once the profile had been set up we tested the body fat and BMI test and it produced more accurate results that were in keeping with what we know to be true. To see this sort of accurate and meaningful data on a sub £350 piece of equipment is surprising, to say the least.In addition to profiles and recovery, BMI and body fat tests there are 12 preset workouts, all of which are user
In addition to profiles and the recovery, BMI and body fat tests there are 12 preset workouts, all of which are user customisable so that you can take a workout and alter the difficulty of it just by turning the selector wheel on the console. It’s all done in such a logical way that once you’ve done it once on one type of programme it’s child’s play to do it on all the others. The Setry console also has a user defined programme so you can create your own workout and save it for repeated use afterwards on your subsequent sessions. A wireless heart rate receiver provides heart rate chest belt support and there is also a fully customisable target heart rate programme.
To test Viavito’s main selling point of this being a multi-exercise workout machine, during testing we divided the length of a random workout into four sections, standing for the first section, sitting for the second, standing on the third and sitting on the fourth and it’s true that this really does work. You can switch between cycling and cross training repeatedly during a workout with ease and this feels good because the unit is so table. We can see why Viavito have really pushed this aspect. In saying that, when you change exercise type you do have to change properly – when sitting you need to hold the static handlebars and when standing use the moving arms. Trying to sit and use the moving arms is a non-starter as your posture is all wrong and definitely does not work. We did try sitting and holding onto the moving arms but the risk of injury loomed large so after a few seconds we stopped and moved to the correct position. In our opinion as long as you use this machine correctly during the switch over between exercise types, it does provide something other ellipticals don’t provide, which combined with the features and accuracy of the console make it stand out.
The Setry doesn’t feel like most cross trainers, it doesn’t feel like most exercise bikes but it does offer something different, is built well, is compact and comes in at a very competitive budget. If you end up purchasing one don’t expect it to feel like a full blooded cross trainer but do expect an all over body workout of a different nature. This little machine can make you sweat!
Like the other machines in the Viavito range, the Setry comes with a 12 month warranty which you can extend for free to 24 months by registering it on their web site.
The Viavito Setry 2 in 1 elliptical/exercise bike offers the type of combined standing/sitting exercises that other cross trainers don't. If you're tight on space or are looking to improve mobility then the Setry really does offer a great array of training options. It's well built, smooth and quiet and offers a good range of exercises that'll exercise different muscle groups. All in all, this is a very impressive little machine.
Viavito Setry 2-in-1 Specifications
- Flywheel: 5kg (11lbs)
- Stride Length: 31.2cm (12.3”)
- Resistance: 32 levels of computer controlled magnetic resistance
- Footplates: Oversized comfortable footplates
- Console: Large, clear backlit two-colour 12.7cm (5″) LCD display; imperial/metric switch on the back of the console
- Console Feedback: Time, speed, RPM, distance, calories, pulse, WATT
- Programmes: 19 (12 pre-set, 1 manual, 4 HRC, 1 user-defined, 1 watt) + recovery fitness test & body fat measurement
- User Profiles: 4 (each with gender, age, height and weight setting)
- Heart Rate Measurement: Hand pulse sensors + wireless receiver (chest strap optional)
- Seat: Horizontal and vertical adjustmentLeg levellers
- Handlebars: Fixed and moving
- Dimensions: Length=126cm (49.6”), Width=62cm (24.4”), Height=150cm (59”)
- Product Weight: 37kg (81.6lbs)
- Maximum User Weight: 120kg (265lbs)
- Warranty: 2 years (must register within 28 days to get 2nd year)
Viavito Setry 2 in 1 Elliptical Trainer & Exercise Bike - Console / Display Unit
Currently available for £299.99 from Sweatband.com
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