Tower 200 VS. Weider X-Factor (read more info on the right for review)





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Published on Jan 23, 2010

Short video with both the Weider X-Factor and Tower 200. I am Still not sure which one i want to keep. The Tower is alot harder to pull with all 3 bands at once than the x-factor is. Even thought the numbers say otherwise. The Tower 200 is alot more quiet, but at the same time the bands being a rubber/ neopreme hose i wonder how they will last. The pulleys on both wobble to a certain extent. The towers are more round and straight when pulled but the x-factors are poorley molded and look like a wheel on a clown bicycle. Both machines will give you an excercise. The only question is durability. I called ICON - weider and they say the x-factor has a FULL lifetime warranty but my paperwork that came with it says 90 days, so who knows. They also didnt give me any specifics on the warrranty over the phone.
The Tower 200 has a warranty which covers the frame, not the bands. I cant find the bands for purchase yet so i cant say what it will cost when the bungie type bands do snap.. A noticeable difference in the pull of the two machines is that the tower does increase resistence at out 2/3 of a pull , then at about full arms length it gets very hard since the bungie is like regular ones where they reach a point and cant go much further.
The x-factor on the other hand can be stretched beyond the normal movement range since the bands are a more stretchable material. It also doesnt increase tension very much as you pull farther.- with a consistenet feel.

One last thing is the fitment.

The Tower is by far easiser to find a door it will work on. Probably any door in the world.. since it only hangs in the middle and the metal only sticks up on the top and bottom of the door about 1/16th an inch. Where the x- factors corners have a bend in the metal not a crease so where it attaches in the corners it sticks out around 1/8th inch. That makes a problem where if you dont have an 1/8th inch gap on the left and right of your door. The Door WONT SHUT!! This is a problem, I will have to actually cut some off the sides of my door or i can't shut it .

So overall you will get a workout with both. I feel that if you want a harder stronger workout with less motion range the tower is the way to go , if you are looking for more of a body moving less tension workout with more movement range the x-factor will do.

Of course with both is the price . The x-factor at $100 and The Tower 200 at $175

With all this said i still cant decide which to keep ???


Sorry guys i read your comments have just been busy lately.. GONZOx3 is right the x factor was my choice. the tower does show wear at a much faster rate and the plastic composite material (Loops) are very brittle. When clipping and unclipping on the tower i had gouges and wear on the loops in only a week or so.. the x factor shows no gouges or scratches on the loops after clipping to them many times... Sorry for the late response.... if anyone wants more detail on the durablity ,wear or anything else, please post a message...


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