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By Simon Gould
The Horizon Adventure 5 is a treadmill priced at just over $1,000 and has a few essential features that sets it apart from the model below which is the Adventure 3. The deck is a total of 60″. This is 5″ longer, so those who have a long stride or are very tall can still use this machine for their workouts. This also extends the length of the deck itself but it’s still a folding treadmill.
The Horizon treadmill technology can be found in generous amounts. The digital motor they call their drive system is capable of generating a top speed of 12 mph. So you can get jogging and running to help improve your fitness and weight loss goals. To further help this there are 35 workout programs for you to enjoy. As well as the manual option you have a complete exercise station in the console of this treadmill.
The user weight limit has been ramped up to 325 lbs. This is growing as we come to the better models of Horizon treadmills. Once you start getting over 300 lbs and the warranty is longer you can be sure the Adventure 5 will last. Made for the home the machine has further features that help you get more entertainment from your runs. This is Horizon’s further technology which I’ll go through in the next part of this review.
The first is the Adventure 5 treadmill comes with a Passport Ready feature. This is footage displayed on your screen which follows your runs and has you exercise to a route found in various parts of the world. Next is the ViaFit technology where your workout data is shared among fitness apps. Many manufacturers are doing this and it’s becoming a popular feature among those who workout.
+ Built In Speakers – The Adventure 5 has a built in sound system, the sound could be better but it’s built in to the console of the treadmill so you can’t expect too much. Although, it maybe better than you think and either way it’s great to plug in your iphone or mp3 player and have the sounds blasting to you from the console.
+ 7.5″ LCD Display – As the Horizon treadmill models get better then so do the displays. This one is bigger and has a blue lit background. The display is essential to any treadmill as it’s what gives us all the information we need as we exercise. I want to know every detail and the Adventure 5 has a console that does just that.
+ 35 Workout Programs – There are more than enough for you to help reach your fitness goals whatever they may be. The preset program include “calorie burn” for those who are looking to lose weight. This gives a slower but longer workout which is an essential way to burn those calories. As you progress you’ll be able to take on harder programs.
+ Wi-Fi Enabled – The treadmill has what Horizon call ViaFit connectivity, this is a way to download the workout data from the machine to your smartphone or tablet. The data can be used to plot your workout progress on popular fitness apps and share those with other people. This way you can get inspiration from the app and your friends.
+ 12 mph Top Speed – This is fast and compares to most high end treadmills. Running at this pace for a mile would take you exactly 5 minutes, I don’t know anyone who can run that fast, it’s likely you won’t either. So the Adventure 5 should cater for all kinds of workouts you want to do including speed work which involves sprinting.
+ Passport Ready – This is one of my favorite features and is an optional extra. This can be found on the Horizon website and I think when you read about it, you’ll think it’s worth buying. It displays footage of you running through different destinations around the world as you workout, on your home TV. Sounds good doesn’t it? It’s not that expensive either and will really give you something to look at and enjoy as you exercise.
– Motor – Even though the motor is digital driven, it’s still only 2.5 CHP. Many treadmills at this price can get to 3.0 CHP and sometimes higher. This is not necessarily a bad thing but if you’re going to use this machine for intensive workouts where you’ll be reaching the peak of the motor, it may struggle. Walkers and slow joggers shouldn’t have a problem.
– 12% Incline – This Adventure 5 treadmill is designed for people who want to get the most out of the exercise they do and for that reason the incline is important. You only get 12% here and it could be higher. Walkers can get great workouts by using the incline. This burns calories and helps build up and tone your leg muscles. It’s a small drawback on what is otherwise a good treadmill.
|Model||Horizon Adventure 5|
|Running Surface||20″ x 60″|
|Display||7.5″ Blue LCD|
|Dimensions||L 76″ x W 34″ x H 54″|
|Max User Weight||325 lbs|
|Speed||0.5 to 12 mph|
|Incline||0% to 12%|
|Warranty||Lifetime: Frame & Motor|
3 Years: Parts
1 Year: Labor
The features as you can see in this review are plentiful. This Adventure 5 is better than the 3 model below it, it costs $200 more and I think it’s worth it. The longer deck helps me make that decision as 60″ can be found on many treadmills that cost far more than this. It is like a good standard length for most machines.
The passport option starts at this treadmill and is available on higher-end models, so you’re really getting something if you go for it. The Adventure 5 is a serious treadmill to consider because it’s just at the right price point for most shoppers for in home equipment. This is overall a good machine and you won’t go far wrong if it’s the one you choose.