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ProForm Carbon T7 Smart Treadmill

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ProForm Carbon T7

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L:73.5"
W:35.5"
H:57.5"
300 lbsAutomatic,
0 % to 10%
2.6 CHP,
0-10 MPH
7" display,
iFit enabled

The ProForm Carbon T7 is one of the treadmills released in 2020. It’s pretty similar to the older ProForm 400i as it offers a similar speed range, incline, and running surface. However, it comes with a different console, full iFIT enabled. The machine also comes with 30 days family iFIT membership. For reference, this is the ProForm treadmill part number PFTL87720.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 73.5L x 35.5W x 57.5H inches (187L x 89W x 146H cm)
  • Tread belt dimensions: 55L x 20W inches (140L x 51W cm)
  • Assembled weight: 223 lbs (101 kg)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Motor: 2.6 CHP Mach ZTM
  • Incline: Automatic, 0-10%
  • Deck cushioning: ISO FlexTM
  • Speed range: 0-10 MPH
  • Console: 7″ display, iFIT enabled
  • Extras: Sound system, cooling fans, device holder, accessory trays
  • Warranty: Frame 10 years / Parts 1 year / Labor 1 year

Frame construction

The ProForm Carbon T7 features a steel frame combining oval and rectangular tubes in its construction. All the steel parts are coated with a durable paint finish. The colors used are black for the base frame, and gray for the two upright bars. These are the only colors available for this machine.

The treadmill also integrates several plastic parts in its construction. The most notable ones are the console dashboard, the side rail covers, and the motors covers. These are made from a tough thermoplastic material.

This ProForm treadmill can be categorized as a medium-sized one. It is approx. 73.5″ (187 cm) long, and 35.5″ (89 cm) wide, while the top of the console dashboard reaches approx. 57.5″ (146 cm) above the floor level. It is also recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side of the deck and at its rear, for safe usage.

The machine is foldable. Its deck can be folded up, which is quite a plus not just because you can save some space when the unit is not in use, but also because it makes it much easier to clean under it. The folding mechanism uses a hydraulic cylinder which slowly lowers the deck when unfolded. With the deck folded up, the unit’s length is reduced to half while its height gains approx. 12″ (30 cm).

The treadmill is fairly heavy. Its net weight is 223 lbs (101 kg), so the transport of the packaged unit requires at least two people. However, the base frame is equipped with wheels, so if assembled and folded, the treadmill can be moved with ease by only one person.

Deck construction

The ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill is equipped with a pretty sturdy deck. It is rated for a maximum user weight limit of 300 lbs (136 kg) which is not bad for a home-use machine. It offers a running surface of 55″L x 20″W (140 x 51 cm) which means that it should accommodate comfortably users up to 6’3″ (190 cm). Needless to say, taller persons should still be able to use this machine but may not benefit from a complete range of motion when running at full speed.

The machine’s deck is equipped with the ISO FlexTM cushioning system. This consists of four large shock absorption elements incorporated two on each side of the deck. These considerably reduce the impact of running, jogging, or walking, resulting in less workout-related pain than a similar activity on asphalt or concrete.

The belt is multi-layered, featuring a textured top layer meant to provide superior footing for any type of running shoes. Conversely, the bottom layer is made from a polymer designed to stick better to the rollers. The integrated rollers have a crowned design and integrate high-grade ball bearings. They are pretty large in diameter (1.9″) which reduces the wear on the bearings and requires less tension on the belt which leads to a prolonged belt lifespan.

As we’ve mentioned above, the side rail covers are made from a durable thermoplastic material. They have a textured surface for improved foot stability. They’re also flexible, so they shouldn’t sustain cracks or any damage if the treadmill is used accordingly, as long as the user doesn’t exceed the specified 300 lbs (136 kg) weight limit.

Incline system

The ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill is equipped with a power incline system. This means that you can adjust the angle of the deck while running or walking without the need to pause your workout. It also means that the machine can automatically adjust the incline if an iFIT program that involves incline is selected.

The incline system consists of two main elements. These are a lift assembly and a motor (different from the machine’s drive motor). The incline motor basically makes the connection between the console and the lift. Thus, when you adjust the incline from the console, or when an iFIT program adjusts the incline, the lift will elevate or lower the front section of the deck.

The machine offers an incline range from 0% to 10%. Even though this isn’t exactly the 40% incline that a commercial treadmill can offer, 10% of incline can still add a lot of difficulty to your running or walking. Exercising with the incline set to its maximum will definitely put more focus on your calves, tibial muscles, and frontal femoral muscles.

The console offers controls for gradual incline adjustment as well as quick incline adjustment. The gradual incline controls will adjust the incline in increments of 0.1%. Conversely, the pre-set controls allow you to quickly choose an incline level from 0 to 10.

Drive motor

The ProForm Carbon T7 is an electric treadmill. Unlike the Assault Fitness AirRunner treadmill, it requires an external power source to function. A power cord with a standard US plug is included with the machine. The cable connector is at the front base of the machine, next to an On/Off switch.

The treadmill is equipped with a 2.6 CHP Mach ZTM motor designed to withstand prolonged workouts even at maximum speeds without overheating or losing performance. It also integrates a small flywheel for motion stability. It offers a speed range of 0 – 10 MPH. The speed adjustment increments are 0.1 MPH, so you can easily adjust your pace. Of course, since it’s a motorized treadmill, the console can automatically adjust the speed of the belt depending on the selected workout program.

The console makes available controls for both gradual and quick speed adjustment. The gradual speed adjustment buttons have a double function. You can press them shortly to increase the speed by 0.1 MPH, or you can press and hold to gradually increase the speed. On press and hold, the speed will adjust in increments of 0.5 MPH. The pre-set speed controls allow you to quickly select 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 MPH.

The motor itself is pretty quiet. However, depending on your running gear, weight, running technique, and other factors, you may generate more or less noise during running. If running at full speed, both the motor will definitely generate more noise, so other people in the house will probably hear you.

Console

The ProForm Carbon 7 treadmill is equipped with an iFIT enabled console. It features a 7-inch diagonal display with touchscreen technology which can basically be used as a tablet. You can also slightly tilt its angle if necessary.

Since the console is iFIT enabled, it requires an active iFIT account. This application is not free; it requires a paid monthly membership, but the machine comes with a 30-day free trial for the iFIT Family package. The iFIT application offers a wide array of workout videos, interactive videos, and also offers the possibility to run on various virtual paths all around the world. Depending on the virtual track or pre-set program selected through iFIT, the machine will automatically adjust the speed and incline.

The treadmill can be used without iFIT as well. However, without iFIT you will only be able to use its manual mode. In other words, you will only be able to adjust the speed and incline manually. So, as a small conclusion here, without iFIT you won’t be able to use the console at its full potential.

In manual mode, the console display will still show all the necessary workout metrics such as time, speed, distance, incline, calories burned, and pulse. Speed and distance are by default set to British Imperial units, but you can change them to metric units. The machine does not have pulse sensors, but it is compatible with most Bluetooth heart rate monitors. A Bluetooth heart rate chest strap or armband accessory is not included, though.

The console also has a sound system and a set of workout fans. The Bluetooth connection does not work for the speakers, but there is an AUX port to connect your phone, tablet, or MP3 player to play your music through the speakers integrated into the console.

Assembly and Maintenance

The treadmill’s deck comes pre-assembled. You only need to attach the two upright bars, the side handrails, and the console. This may take up to an hour of your time, but the process is not too difficult. The manual provides clear step-by-step instructions and a basic toolkit is included.

The most important maintenance aspect is deck lubrication. Although the deck comes pre-lubricated, it will eventually need re-lubrication. The manual covers all the steps for it. Other then lubrication, it is also recommended to keep the machine clean, especially the belt, as well as periodically check for loose bolts and parts.

The Pros

  • Heavy-duty construction – can support users up to 300 lbs;
  • Folding frame, space-saving design;
  • Transport wheels on the machine’s base frame;
  • Cushioned deck for a reduced workout impact;
  • Power incline with levels up to 10%;
  • 2.6 CHP motor, offering speed levels up to 10 MPH;
  • Speed can be adjusted increments of 0.1 MPH and 0.5 MPH;
  • Pre-set controls for speed and incline;
  • 7-inch Wi-Fi and iFIT enabled console with touchscreen technology;
  • Multiple workouts and videos through iFIT;
  • Scenic virtual rides through iFIT
  • 30-day iFIT free membership trial;
  • Sound system included;
  • Workout fans;
  • Bluetooth connectivity for heart rate monitors;
  • Quiet operation;
  • Fairly easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Excellent warranty.

The Cons

  • iFIT requires a paid subscription after the free trial expires;
  • Without iFIT, you can only use the treadmill’s manual mode;
  • The handrails do not have pulse sensors;
  • A Bluetooth heart rate chest strap monitor is not included.

Summary

The ProForm Carbon T7 is an electric treadmill made for home use. It is equipped with a 2.6 CHP motor that offers speeds up to 10 MPH, a 0%-10% power incline system, and an iFIT enabled console. It also has a sturdy deck with a maximum user weight limit of 300 lbs and a folding design. In all, it’s a pretty decent treadmill, great for high-intensity cardio training, interval training, stamina development, and weight loss.

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