XTERRA Fitness TR300 Treadmill
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Although it’s one of the treadmills released by XTERRA in 2016, the TR300 is still available (at least for now). It’s a machine designed for home use but offers considerably more features than the TR150 model. For example, it has a wider and longer running surface, an automatic incline system, and 12 more programs. Also, it’s one of the highest-rated XTERRA treadmills so far.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 72.2L x 35W x 54.1H inches (183L x 89W x 137H cm)
- Tread belt dimensions: 55L x 20W inches (140L x 51W cm)
- Assembled weight: 207.2 lbs (94 kg)
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Motor: 2.25 HP, 0.5-10 MPH
- Incline: Automatic, 10 levels
- Deck cushioning: XTRASoft
- Console: 24 programs
- Extras: Tablet holder, sound system, cooling fan, accessory holders
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor lifetime / Parts 1 year / Labor 1 year
Frame and deck
The XTERRA Fitness TR300 treadmill combines steel and ABS parts in its construction. The unit’s base frame is steel made, rated for users up to 300 lbs (136 kg). In terms of ABS parts, we can count the side rail covers, the motors cover, and the console dashboard. All the steel bars that compose the unit’s frame are coated with a corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish; the color used is black, this being the only color available for this machine.
Although this treadmill isn’t as large as a commercial model, it still is pretty large. It is approx. 72.2″ (183 cm) long, and 35″ (89 cm) wide. Plus, it is recommended to allow at least 3 1/2′ of clearance at the rear of the deck and at least 2′ of clearance on each side of the deck for ease of access and safe usage.
The unit’s deck is foldable. You can lift it up and lock it in an upright position. This reduces its depth by approx. 50%, offering better storage possibilities. The folding mechanism involves a hydraulic cylinder which slowly lowers the deck when it is unfolded, for extra safety.
The fully assembled machine is also considerably heavy. It weighs approx. 207.2 lbs (94 kg) which means that its transport and assembly require at least two people. However, once it is assembled, it can easily be moved by only one person as its front base integrates transport wheels.
Needless to say, due to its impressive weight, this XTERRA treadmill offers excellent stability. Also, its rear base features two adjustable stabilizers while the front metallic base frame section rests on a set of rubberized pads.
The machine’s deck offers a running surface of 55″L x 20″W (140 x 51 cm). This should be enough for users up to 6’2″ – 6’3″ (188 – 190 cm), allowing a complete stride and range of motion. The deck integrates a 2-ply, 1.6mm rubber belt which provides excellent adherence. Also, the internal rollers have a crowned design for superior traction and are equipped with sealed ball bearings for a smooth rotation and belt motion.
The unit’s deck features the XTRASoft cushioning system, like most of the other treadmills available from XTERRA Fitness. This cushioning system consists of several internal shock absorption elements and one larger, visible (blue) cushion on each side of the deck. All these cushioning elements reduce up to 25% of the impact generated during each foot strike which leads to less workout-related joint pain and a more comfortable run.
Incline and step-up height
The XTERRA Fitness TR300 treadmill features a motorized incline system similar to the XTERRA TRX2500 model that we’ve already covered here. This being said, in order to adjust the incline, the machine needs to be connected to a power source. The incline can only be adjusted from the console or from the controls integrated into unit’s left grip. Also, the console has several workout programs that automatically adjust the incline depending on the current segment.
The incline system consists of a motor and a lift both situated at the front of the deck. As the incline level is adjusted, the motor activates the lift which elevates or lowers the front part of the deck.
The machine makes available 10 incline levels, from 0% to 10%. The incline increments are 1%. The incline adjustment can be done gradually, or you can quickly select the 3, 6, or 9 incline settings from the quick keys on the console.
With the incline set at 0%, the deck’s step-up height of is approx. 8″ (20 cm). Conversely, with the incline set all the way up, the front of the deck gains a few extra inches in height. Thus, it is recommended to use this treadmill in a room with a ceiling height that is at least 15″ (38 cm) above your own height.
The XTERRA Fitness TR300 treadmill is equipped with a similar motor to the TR150 model. It is a 2.25 HP motor designed to provide both walking and mid-range running speeds. Although it’s not a super powerful motor, it can still withstand prolonged jogging or running sessions, even at full speed. It also integrates a small flywheel for improved belt stability and reduced vibration.
As we have already mentioned above, the unit’s motor offers a speed range between 0.5 MPH and 10 MPH. The speed adjustment increments are 0.1 MPH, so the transition between levels is done smoothly, giving you the possibility to adjust your pace with ease.
Just as for the incline, the machine has gradual speed controls integrated into the right grip and on the console. Quick selection buttons are also available for the 3, 6, and 9 MPH speed settings.
The machine’s console offers several programs; if you choose to exercise via one of these programs, the treadmill automatically adjusts the speed according to each segment of the workout in use.
The motor itself is fairly quiet. It doesn’t generate a lot of noise when in use, but when running at a higher speed, the thumping of your cadence will be heard.
Last but not least, the unit’s drive motor doesn’t have a high power consumption. To put it differently, even if you will be using it daily, it shouldn’t add more than a few dollars to your electricity bill.
The XTERRA TR300 treadmill features a 5.5″ LCD display console with blue LED backlight and large digits for superior readability. It doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity and it’s not compatible with any online fitness apps. However, it does offers 24 preset workout programs and a HRC program to keep you motivated.
The programs from P1 to P24 are all preset. They have various segment grids in order to fit different types of workouts. For example, some are interval-based, others focus on helping you burn more calories, while others are great for muscle toning and stamina development. The first 14 programs only control speed, while the programs from P15 to P24 also control the incline. Each program has a suggestive icon engraved on the console so you can make an idea about its profiles before selecting it.
The HRC program requires you to use the sensors integrated into the unit’s handgrips. You can select the duration and a target heart rate for it. Once you initiate the program, the machine will either increase the incline if you fall under the selected heart rate, or decrease it in case you exceed the target heart rate.
The unit’s display tracks the most important workout metrics. It shows time, distance, speed, incline, calories, and pulse. For speed and distance, you can select either metric (km/h, kilometers) or English (MPH, miles) units. Also, since the unit is not telemetric, it can only read your pulse through the machine’s sensors. It cannot communicate with any wireless HR armbands or chest straps.
Among other notable features offered by the console of the TR300, we can count two bottle holders, one tablet holder, speakers and a cooling fan. The two bottle holders are molded into the console dashboard. The tablet holder consists of a small shelf above the unit’s controls. The cooling fan is placed at the bottom of the dashboard. And finally, the sound system consists of two speakers, one on each side of the display; this sound system is compatible with any MP3 player, smartphone, or tablet which you can connect to it via cable on the AUX port right above the Program button.
Assembly and Maintenance
The unit’s running platform with the two motors comes pre-assembled. You only need to attach the two front upright bars, and the console. This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes. The manual provides very clear assembly instructions, and all the necessary tools are included.
For maintenance, it is recommended to lubricate the belt and deck. A bottle of lubricant is included and all the necessary instructions for this task are covered in the manual. Lubrication should be done after every 90 hours of use. Other than this, you should also keep the unit clean, especially the belt.
- Sturdy frame construction – can support users up to 300 lbs;
- Folding deck with soft drop mechanism;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- XTRASoft cushioning, with multiple shock absorption points;
- 55″ x 20″ running surface;
- Motorized incline with a range between 0% – 10%;
- 2.25 HP motor offering speeds up to 10 MPH;
- Speed can be adjusted increments of 0.1 MPH, allowing you to find the perfect pace for your workout;
- EGK pulse sensors integrated into handlebars;
- Speed and incline controls built-in the handlebars;
- 24 preset workout programs;
- 1 HRC program;
- Sound system included;
- Cooling fan included;
- Tablet holder included;
- Accessory trays included;
- One bottle of lubricant for the belt is included;
- Quiet operation;
- Fairly easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- No online connectivity;
- The cooling fan is not too powerful;
- A tablet placed on the tablet holder will cover the console display.
The XTERRA Fitness TR300 is a mid-range treadmill designed for home use. It features a 2.25 HP motor, an automatic incline system with 10 levels, and a console with 24 workout preset programs and a HRC program. In all, it’s a great machine for both walking and running, light to intense cardio workouts, interval training, weight loss, and stamina development.