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By Simon Gould
The Horizon Adventure 3 is a step above entry level for the Horizon treadmill range. The price is still under $1,000 so you’re looking at a budget machine. Even though it’s only a few hundred more expensive than the lower model it improves on it quite a lot. There is a larger motor, higher top speed and more incline.
Even though it has a larger motor, I would still say this is a treadmill for walkers and joggers. They will get the most out of this treadmill and it will last the longest with that kind of usage. It has larger rollers and these can be found at each end of the deck, generally the bigger they are the better for longevity of the belt and motor.
The warranty is an impressive one for the price, you get 1 year labor and 3 years with lifetime on the frame and motor. The display is a little bigger and you always want them to be as big as they can get. I like to see my workout information big and out there so I can see exactly how I’m doing. The display on this Adventure 3 is 5.75″ wide so it’s not as big as I’d like.
The weight limit is 300 lbs but consumer reviews on the web say that the treadmill can struggle at lower weights. They advise that some shaking can occur at 200+ lbs weights, you may have to judge for yourself but with a machine that weighs 177 lbs it could be a bit more stable. However, the Adventure 3 maybe suitable for you if you like walking and want to lose or maintain weight and you’re not over 200 lbs.
+ FeatherLight Folding – The Adventure 3 as with all the other Horizon treadmills comes with a special folding mechanism. It’s extremely light to raise into position. It uses a hydraulic folding system so when you need to fold it out of the way, it won’t be a problem for you to do. It’s just as easy with unfolding.
+ Digital Drive Motor – Being a digital and not an analog motor it’s very quiet and responsive to any changes in settings. It has a lifetime warranty and while that won’t cover wear and tear, you can be sure that it will stand the test of time. The motor always runs at low rev’s per minute yet has a maximum speed of 12 mph.
+ 30 Workout Programs – For those who want more than just get on and go there are plenty of workout programs to challenge you. They include calorie which as the name suggests is designed to get you burning as much fat as possible to help you lose weight. The interval on will call for stamina as the pace get’s higher.
+ Nice Extras – I always appreciate when a treadmill has an inbuilt sound system so you can hear some encouraging workout music. There is a tablet rack should you want to surf the internet as you exercise. A water bottle holder means dehydration won’t be a problem for you and an energy saver mode will save on costs.
+ 12% Incline – This is higher than the Horizon model below and is a very important feature for walking and jogging treadmills. Walking at a steep incline is great for working the muscles in your legs. You can build muscle and tone using a hard walk. Why not vary the incline as you go to work the whole of your legs and give you a varying workout.
– Pulse Grips – These can be used to detect your heart rate as you exercise but they’re never very accurate. The best are the chest straps and a lot of treadmills can read the data transmitted from one, even if they don’t supply them with the machine. Sadly the Adventure 3 can’t read them but it is a cheaper treadmill because of it.
– Short Deck – This shouldn’t really cause too much of a problem except for those that are tall and want to jog. The Horizon Adventure 3 has a 55″ long surface and if you have long strides this may not be enough for you. Or you may feel conscious that you’re close to the edge as you exercise which is not a good thing.
|Model||Horizon Adventure 3|
|Running Surface||20″ x 55″|
|Display||5.75″ Yellow-Green LCD|
|Dimensions||L 71″ x W 34″ x H 54″|
|Max User Weight||300 lbs|
|Speed||0.5 to 12 mph|
|Incline||0% to 12%|
|Warranty||Lifetime: Frame & Motor|
3 Years: Parts
1 Year: Labor
As you can see by the review above the Adventure 3 has a lot of good points. However it’s positioned itself in the middle of 2 good treadmills in the horizon line up. People either go for the model below, the T101 or they go for the one above the Adventure 5. This doesn’t make this one a bad machine, it’s just in the middle of it a bit.
The top speed of 12 mph sounds good and it does compare to very good treadmills but is not needed here. This is a walking and jogging machine, no one is going to cover a mile in 5 minutes on this which is what 12 mph is. It’s an unnecessary feature and effort could have been made to improve the spec elsewhere. If the price is right for you at $899 and you like the features then it’s a good enough treadmill.