XTERRA Fitness TR150 Folding Treadmill
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If you’re looking for an affordable treadmill, the XTERRA TR150 is definitely one to put on your list. It’s in the same price and specs range as the Sunny SF-T7603. It’s not a commercial-grade machine but does have a pretty sturdy construction. It offers speeds up to 10 MPH and also has a manual incline system. It’s actually one of the best treadmills under $300 that you can get at the moment.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 63.4L x 28.75W x 51.4H inches (161L x 73W x 130H cm)
- Tread belt dimensions: 50L x 16W inches (127L x 40.6W cm)
- Assembled weight: 97 lbs (44 kg)
- Weight capacity: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
- Motor: 2.25 HP, 0.5-10 MPH
- Incline: Manual, 3 levels
- Deck cushioning: XTRASoft
- Console: 12 programs
- Extras: Tablet holder, accessory holders
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor 1 year / Parts 90 days / Labor 90 days
Frame & deck
Although it can be considered a light-capacity treadmill, the XTERRA Fitness TR150 has a pretty durable frame, made of steel tubing. The only ABS parts in its construction are the side rail covers, the motor cover, and the console dashboard. These being said, the machine is designed to support users up to 250 lbs (113.3 kg).
All the steel parts in within the frame feature a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The color used is black, this being the only color available for this treadmill.
The XTERRA TR150 is not as large as a commercial trainer, such as the Bowflex BXT216 for example. However, it’s still 63.4″ (161 cm) long, and 28.75″ (73 cm) wide. Plus, it’s recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side, at least three feet of clearance at the rear, and at least one at the front, for safe operation and ease of access. So, these being said, it may not fit very well in a small room.
On the other hand, the unit features a folding design. Its deck can be folded up, and with the deck folded up, its footprint remains approx. 29″D x 28.75″W (74 x 73 cm).
The fully assembled unit is fairly heavy. It weighs approx. 97 lbs (44 kg). However, the front base is equipped with a set of transport wheels. So, relocating the treadmill, once you have finished your workout, shouldn’t be too difficult as you won’t be handling more than 35%-40% of its total weight.
The XTERRA Fitness TR150 is equipped with a heavy-duty, non-slip rubber belt. It provides a running surface of 50″L x 16″W (127 x 40.6 cm). This being said, it’s a treadmill made for walking and jogging, even if it provides a maximum running speed of 10 MPH. A person taller than 6’0″ (183 cm) may find this running surface a bit short for a complete and satisfying stride. But for walking and light jogging it should suffice.
The deck is equipped with the XTRASoft cushioning system, similar to the XTERRA TRX3500 model. This cushioning system consists of three shock absorption elements on each side of the deck. These reduce up to 20% of the impact generated during each foot stroke, which results in a healthier and more comfortable ride.
Incline & step-up height
This XTERRA treadmill features a manual incline system similar to the Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T. This being said, you cannot adjust the incline of the deck during your workout.
The unit’s deck incline is made available by the adjustable rear stabilizers. They can easily be locked into the desired position via a pop-pin. Evidently, the maximum incline level isn’t extreme. In fact, the three incline increments are approx. 0.5°, 1°, and 2°. But nonetheless, even with two degrees of incline, you can still add some difficulty to your ride, in order to burn more calories.
Depending on the incline setting selected, the deck step-up height may vary. For example, at 0° incline, the deck step-up height is approx. 5.5″ (14 cm). With the rear all the way down, it is only approx. 4.0″ (10 cm). These being said, it’s recommended to place and use the machine in a room with a ceiling that is at least 10″ (25 cm) higher than your own height.
The XTERRA Fitness TR150 is equipped with a 2.25 HP motor, similar to the Efitment T012 model. Although it’s not a super powerful motor, it can still withstand prolonged jogging or running sessions, even at full speed. It’s also equipped with a small flywheel which stabilizes the rotation motion, rendering the movement of the belt much smoother.
The unit’s motor offers a speed range between 0.5 MPH and 10 MPH. There are quick speed adjustment keys on the console for 1 MPH to 9 MPH. However, the gradual speed adjustment keys offer increments of 0.1 MPH. This is a great feature as it gives you the possibility to find the perfect pace for your workout. Also, the speed of the belt adjusts smoothly, without abrupt changes, allowing you to adapt your pace accordingly.
The machine’s console offers several programs; if you choose to exercise via one of these programs, the treadmill automatically adjusts the speed of the belt according to each segment of the workout in use.
Last but not least, since it’s a basic motor, its power consumption is also minimal. In other words, even if you will be using it daily, it shouldn’t add more than a few dollars to the electricity bill. Also, the motor itself doesn’t generate a lot of noise when in use, but depending on how fast you go, your cadence may generate more or less noise.
Although it doesn’t have Bluetooth, and it is not compatible with any online fitness apps, the console of the XTERRA TR150 does have quite a few features to keep you motivated. To begin with, it has an LCD display with pretty large, easy-to-read digits, which tracks time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse.
There are only English (miles, MPH) settings for distance and speed. However, the distance traveled is also displayed as a race track on the left side of the screen. This feature counts the laps that you have completed, each lap being 1/4 miles.
The console unit is not telemetric. This means it can only read your pulse through the sensors integrated into the handlebars. It doesn’t work with POLAR or other types of HR chest strap transmitters.
There are 12 preset programs available (P1-P12), plus the Manual program. Most of the preset programs are interval-based. Each one of them has a default duration of 30 min. During a selected program, the speed adjusts automatically every 3 minutes. Each one of the programs can be customized, though. You can increase or decrease the speed setting of each interval. Of course, the Manual program allows you to exercise freely, adjusting the speed as you like during your workout.
The console features Stop/Start buttons. The Stop button gives you the possibility to pause your workout if needed. However, the pause can only be 5 minutes long. After 5 minutes, the display will reset and return to the start-up mode.
In terms of non-fitness features, the console has a reading rack or tablet holder. Also, its dashboard has two molded, small compartments for various accessories. The unit doesn’t have a sound system, USB charging port, or a cooling fan.
Assembly & Maintenance
The treadmill’s deck comes completely assembled. Therefore, in terms of assembly, you only have to attach the side console masts, the console, and connect its wires. This shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes. All the assembly instructions are clearly described in the manual. Also, the tools for assembly and belt adjustment are included.
In terms of maintenance, the belt should be lubricated after every 40 hours of use. The console actually has lube notification function which reminds you to lubricate the belt. Other than this, the belt should be kept clean, in order to prevent any foreign objects from being dragged into the rollers or motor and cause damage. And finally, it’s recommended to periodically check the machine for loose bolts or broken parts to prevent accidents or irreparable damage.
- Sturdy construction for a walking treadmill (can hold users up to 250 lbs);
- Folding deck, space-saving design;
- Transport wheels;
- XTRASoft cushioning, for a low impact ride;
- Manual incline with 3 levels of adjustment;
- Speed settings up to 10 MPH;
- Speed adjustment increments of 0.1 MPH, giving you the possibility to find the perfect pace for your workout;
- Quick keys for speed adjustment for the 1-9 speed settings;
- Low power consumption;
- Accessory trays built-in the dashboard;
- Tablet holder included;
- 12 preset workout programs;
- Track function for distance which counts the laps you have completed;
- Pulse reading function;
- Very easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No goal function;
- No backlight on the console;
- The calories reading isn’t too accurate.
The XTERRA Fitness TR150 is a treadmill for walking and jogging, equipped with a 2.25 HP motor which offers a speed range of 0.5-10 MPH. It has a manual incline system with 3 positions. Its frame is foldable and pretty durable for a light-capacity machine, being able to hold users up to 250 lbs. In all, it’s an excellent fitness machine for light to medium cardio workouts, muscle toning, weight loss, intervals, and stamina development. And finally, it’s an affordable machine, offering great value for the price; so far, it stands at an average 4-star rating on most fitness and retailer websites.