XTERRA Fitness TR150 Review
There is a bit of a dizzying array of home cardio machines on offer. There is a dizzying array of treadmills on offer.
The prices can also make you pretty dizzy, with many of them costing thousands. It can be hard to know where to turn, what to look for, and how much is an appropriate amount to spend.
Firstly, you needn’t spend thousands. A few hundred will do for a basic one. Even a very good one will give you decent change from a grand. This is where the XTERRA Fitness TR150 comes into its own.
The XTERRA Fitness TR150 sits in the lower-middle of the market, offering a good mixture of quality and economy, without breaking the bank, and without being cheap. It’s perfect for beginners looking to build up a bit of a home gym setup, and those who are looking for utility and quality whilst keeping to a reasonable budget.
It will also give more advanced athletes a good run for their money (pun intended), as it comes with some really quite decent stats and specs and is capable of delivering a very challenging yet comfortable workout.
XTERRA Fitness TR150 Specs
The XTERRA Fitness TR150 takes up a little space, so you will need to dedicate some room in your house or garage to set up. In fact, it stands at 161cm L x 73cm W x 130cm H. It’s also very heavy, at 48kg (around 108lbs), so you will likely need some help shifting it around.
However, it is foldable, which will make it far easier to live with and store away, and it has transport wheels attached, so it actually isn’t that unwieldy.
This size also gives you a decent stride, with a tread belt measuring in at 137cm long x 40.6cm wide (roughly 50” long x 16” wide). It’s well-built for even larger athletes, with a maximum user weight of 113kg (250lbs).
It’s fast, too, for a foldable, at-home treadmill. Its 2.25 HP motor will take you from 0.5 – 10mph. Combine this with its three levels of incline and you can really get a sweat on, spiking your heart rate (even for more experienced runners) and chewing through calories at a rate of knots.
This all gives you a good degree of flexibility in how you train. However, if you don’t want to go manual, you can choose from any one of the twelve pre-set training programmes installed on the XTERRA Fitness TR150.
You get a good quality, quite large LCD screen with which to select and track all of this. It is easy to see and easily navigable – though it’s unfortunately not backlit, as you might expect with more expensive models. All settings are in Imperial measurements, which may take some getting used to for more modern-minded types. However, you can get real-time data on distance travelled, calories burned, and so on.
There is also room on the console for you to put a tablet, smartphone or book.
You get a mixed warranty with the XTERRA Fitness TR150 – a lifetime on frame and a year on the motor, but only 90 days for parts and labour. Though it’s moderately priced, the XTERRA Fitness TR150 is still expensive enough to warrant more than this, in my opinion.
Using The XTERRA Fitness TR150
It has three incline levels, which is OK, but the difference between them is slight. They are basic manual designs that you need to pre-set before the workout. You do this by pulling a pin out of the machine’s rear stabilisers, moving it to where you want, then sticking the pin back in. It’s easy enough, but kind of archaic in a world of automation – you can’t adjust it while you’re using it, making it entirely unsuitable for modes of training like HIIT or Fartlek, or even just for enjoying a varied workout. It also strikes me as a little awkward, especially for anybody with any kind of mobility or joint concerns, for whom the XTERRA Fitness TR150 is an otherwise very good machine.
It’s an odd miss.
The machine is robust, made from hard steel tubing, so that it’s actually a lot stronger than its already decent weight would suggest (hence the generous upper weight limit). The steel parts within the framework are finished with corrosion resistant black paint, which is a little dull but functional and welcome, nonetheless.
There are some things about the XTERRA Fitness TR150 that I really love, however.
The first is the belt. It’s made from heavy duty, non-slip rubber, best suited to speed walking and jogging. The deck on which it sits also features something called XtraSoft cushioning, designed to take a lot of the impact from the joints when you’re running – the knees and hips, especially.
Because of these features, I would thoroughly recommend the XTERRA Fitness TR150 to anybody with joint concerns who is looking to get in shape. If you have bad knees, ankles or hips and are looking for a comfortable way to train, this is it.
The motor is electric and moderately powerful. However, it’s also very well designed so that it really doesn’t use too much power. Your energy bills and carbon footprint really won’t be that much higher for using it, even if you train regularly.
It’s also quiet, thanks in part to the well-designed engine and running belt. This is key to any fitness product that you’ll be using at home. The grief caused by noisy machines can kill a fitness plan before it even starts. You won’t upset anyone with the XTERRA Fitness TR150, however. You won’t have to worry about the family or neighbours.
You need to assemble it in part, but this is pretty straightforward. The deck arrives fully built. You just need to add the side masts and connect the console and the wiring. It took me around half an hour to do, and I’m particularly rubbish at DIY.
All in all, I like the Xterra Fitness TR150 quite a bit. It’s surprisingly powerful and surprisingly quiet. It’s comfortable, giving longevity to any athletes using it and making it perfect for those with pre-existing joint concerns. The programmes are good, the tread is good, and the size is good. It folds down nice, wheels away easily, and, even though it’s heavy, really isn’t too unwieldy.
There are some flaws, of course. I don’t like the Spartan warranty. The incline system is pretty terrible. These aside, it’s a solid product.
- It has fitted wheels and folds down, making it very easy to store
- It’s quiet, making it easy to live with
- The tread and cushioning are wonderful
- It doesn’t take much power to run
- The top speed is pretty generous for its type and range
- It’s very well-priced
- It’s a bit simple – there is no Bluetooth connectivity, no apps, nothing techy or fancy, which you might expect in this price bracket. This may put some people off
- The inclines are bizarre and ungenerous. Automated, in-use inclines with a wider range would be a small addition that would make a big difference
- The warranty could be better
- It’s pretty heavy, which may make it awkward for those with joint concerns, who I suspect will make up a large user base (or, at least, I feel they should)
So, what do you get with the Xterra Fitness TR150?
In essence, you get a robust, solid machine that will give you a largely comfortable user experience. The importance of the soft impact you will experience whilst running cannot be overstated – it is lovely, and it will keep your joints healthy, strong and pain free for many years as you continue to train.
It’s also pretty generously proportioned. Anybody up to around six foot two or three will be comfortable with the tread belt size, and heavier athletes will be perfectly safe using it because of its high maximum user weight. This can often be troubling – after all, you have to live with your treadmill, and you don’t want it dominating your living room. However, the fact that it folds down and is pretty easy to wheel away is a game changer – it takes this from being a decent regular treadmill to being an amazing example of a folding one, making it far more appealing.
All this, and it’s a bit of a steal. Yes, I have gripes with it, but it’s still incredibly good for the money. Adding automated inclines at more widely spaced intervals would bring the cost up. And the warranty looks a lot better when measured against the Xterra Fitness TR150’s RRP.
It’s a win, a solid win, and I would thoroughly encourage anybody to buy one.