Pros: Folds; almost portable.
Cons: The belt is too small; have to get off to change the resistance.
When I was told there was an Edge treadmill for $150 I had to get it and review it. This is the Edge 500 Manual Treadmill made by Fitness Quest.
Please note: Like many other pieces of equipment on the market models may vary from store to store or from store to an online site. The features should not be markedly different however. For example you may see the 500 with two incline levels or three. You may see that it comes fully assembled or that it is partly assembled. The one I used had three levels and came partly assembled.
About manual treadmills:
I am sure this could be an essay in and of itself so I will keep it brief. For those who dont know what a manual treadmill is Ill tell you. Simply put the belt moves via my feet moving along the belt. In other words you go only as fast as you push yourself to go. If you slow down or stop the Edge will slow down and stop. I can compare it to a rower which uses your own power to operate it. Are there any redeeming qualities? Well soon find out.
First the specifications:
The Edge folds easily at 59 pounds it can be called portable especially with the small wheels on it.
The 500 measures approximately 47 inches long by 23 inches wide by 50 inches high. It folds down to 24 inches long by 23 inches wide by 50 inches high. Compare these numbers to the $400 ProForm 350 which weighs 190 pounds more. It is 10 inches longer; 5 inches wider and one inch higher. The length and weight are a significant factor.
In addition a treadmills belt should be at least 17 inches wide by 48 inches long. The Edge 500 belt is 39 inches long by 12 inches wide approximately. This is not acceptable.
The Edge 500 has no speeds to program since I moved it with my feet. In addition it has no programs. It has no amenities.
I found the deck to be uncomfortable to walk on and uncomfortable to move.
I had to raise the level to the highest in order to get the belt to move.
There were three incline levels but the way of adjusting them is absurd. I found a knob on the right side of the unit. In order to change the resistance I had to bend down to grab the knob. This could not and should not be done while walking so I had to get off.
My final thoughts:
So you may ask does the Edge 500 have any redeeming qualities? Well it is easy to move and truly portable but who is carrying a treadmill around with them anyway?
I was thinking of recommending it to a 12-year old for example who wants to start cardio vascular work however unless this 12-year old is really irresponsible he or she should be able to handle the ProForm mentioned above. Sure its $250 but the Edge is just shy of being a toy. Id spend my money on other toys.
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