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10/17/09 3:43 P

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I answered on the Backpacker thread (first one I saw) but my vote would be treadmill, only because for home use I think you'd have better chances of getting a machine that would be sturdy. The home steppers and ellipticals I've seen are pretty much junk, unless you have thousands to spend on a quality machine. I think the price of a better tread mill might be less (and more variety). Maybe a consumer comparison website would be a good place to look for brands/quality comparisons.

You could always go to a sporting goods store that has models in stock and see which ones look good, then shop Craigs list. Just make sure you can get a good incline, and it should be a great way to get in shape for hiking if you're stuck indoors.

Now at the gym, I rarely use the treadmill, but the other negative about an elliptical is they aren't weight bearing (which is good if you have bad joints, but won't prepare you for hiking or backpacking...)

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10/14/09 12:42 P

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We do hike on a regular basis around are home. Last weekend we climbed to the top of the ski lift. But you don't always have the time. School work and activities don't always permit that time. The other question I am going to ask here is witch ones are the good ones. You know name brand. I would buy one on Craiglist or ebay if I new more about witch ones would handle the work outs. Or maybe I will have to go new. But I don't think whatever I get I should go with Walmart brand. But then again they might have some good ones.

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10/14/09 12:01 P

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I'm going to agree... a stepper/climber or an elliptical. Although, I use my hills around my house and town. Grab your backpack (should have things in it to similate the hike) and trudge up and down your area hills. And you can still do it on a flat surface with your backpack; it will still help. It's free and it helps condition you.

But if you want to buy something go with a climber or elliptical.

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10/13/09 6:36 P

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Not positive, but I think the elliptical gives both an upper and lower body workout, while the steppers and treadmills are more lower body?

I "googled" elliptical and came up with this link (among others) that describes the pros and cons

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10/13/09 3:21 P

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I have used a stepper on a regular basis when I was young. But never got seriously involved with a elliptical machine. So I don't know what kind of benefits that would give me over the others.

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10/13/09 2:36 P

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Hmmm.... I have a treadmill that I can raise the incline to imitate walking/running uphill, (and I only use it mainly when the weather is too nasty to actually go outside and use the "real" hills) ... but my guess would be that a stepper or elliptical would be much better for building muscles used for climbing, hiking (or xc skiing) in the mountains


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10/13/09 2:30 P

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For major hiking, backpacking and overall fitness. Looking to purchase some kind of equipment for the house. It will help my son get ready for Boy Scout camp next year. But also the rest of the family needs it too. I would love to have my long distance endurance up for major hiking and backpacking. So what do you think is best a elliptical, stepper or treadmill. When we hike we don't do it on flat ground its up mountains so we need something suitable for that training. I don't want to waste my money. So I need something good.

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