PaceMaster Gold 2008

Overview

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Think about a solid machine, with an expanded running area, complete digital control, various workouts and detailed workout feedback. We have just described the PaceMaster Gold Treadmill.

This is a solid machine that comes with a 3 HP Continuous Duty McMillan motor. Its power is strong enough to sustain walking and running exercises for a long period of time.

Another advantage of this machine is the belt (rated at 10,000 miles!) which ensures comfort for any height and weight (within the 400 lbs limit). The easy to use console includes various workouts and covers different training areas, such as: heart rate programs, custom workouts, workouts with different levels of intensity.

Let’s not forget the warranty (lifetime for frame, 12 years for motor, 5 years for parts and 1 year for labor). Based on these features and many other details listed below you could not get more for the same price (around $2300!).

Specifications

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Speed : 12 mph

Inclination : 0-15%

Motor : 3 CHP heavy duty motor produced by McMillan. Also the elevation motor can provide 1000lb thrust.

Belt : 20" x 60"

Warranty : lifetime warranty for frame, 12 years for the motor, 5 years for the parts and one year for labor.

Features

Virtual Reality Courses

The Gold Elite VR Treadmill comes with a unique feature: The Virtual Reality courses. The four VR Course included are: Lombard Street, Steeple Chase, Appalachian Trail and Summit Climb.

Tri-Flex Impact Shock Management

This is one of the best cushioning systems on the market and it’s composed of 3 main pieces: custom engineered tread deck, custom elastomer cushion and aluminum frame. This system ensures a superior joint protection and improved comfort.

The following features & functions are also included

Welded aircraft grade frame, Dual Microprocessor Digital Control System for motor control, 2.5″ precision rollers and Automatic Warm-Up/Cool-Down, Virtual Reality Courses, 12 X 15 Multi-Color Dot Matrix and Automatic Warm-Up/Cool-Down.

Conclusions

This treadmill is definitely a very good machine. There are two versions you can choose from: PaceMaster Gold Elite VR and Gold Elite Fold-up VR.

We tested only non folding version (it’s a little less expensive), but it has the same engine and electronics as the fold up unit. Overall we cannot say anything bad about this machine. The only problem may appear if you don’t have the money to buy it: it costs around $2,299.

The running area is generous and can satisfy even those with long strides. The cushioning system really improves the comfort of the runner.

We were very impressed by the fact that it does not produce much noise. In fact we think this is the quietest treadmill we’ve tested so far. You can watch TV and run at the same time without any discomfort.

The console has a minimalist but at the same time very interesting design. There are plenty of preset workouts and electronic features to choose from.

The warranty is very good as well.

Overall, a pretty good deal!

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