AFG 5.1 AT Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
From the same company that makes Vision. They are both good treadmills for the money.
What we can say in favor of the Treadmill...
Motor is OK but nothing special
You can't say that this is an improvement in any way as lower priced treadmills are installing better power generating motors. Even then this motor revs up 12 mph speeds and committed runners can use the treadbelt without compromising the intensity and duration of their workout.
Has a standard running surface
The treadbelt measures 20" x 60", the standard size you find in more popular machines, and there is sufficient space to accommodate all types of runners without compelling them to alter their stride.
Cushioning is great value for money
The treadmill presents a nice forgiving surface that will protect your back and joints and encourage you to move fearlessly and comfortably in extreme workouts without compromising your health. Much superior to what you normally see at this price point.
Decent number of workout apps and track incline variation for intense workouts
The 15% incline range and 11 preset workout apps combine to give you a reasonably good workout experience, though serious runners would be expecting more number of workout apps.
Space saving treadmill (folding)
With dimensions of 84" x 37" x 77" you can achieve some space saving by folding it up.
A good warranty
The AFG 5.1 AT provides a good warranty covering 2 years on labor, 5 years on parts, and lifetime on the motor and frame. Overall, it's a great machine with a solid warranty and good customer service support.
Points to ponder...
For the budget buyer $1,500 is a big ask
The AFG 5.1 AT is definitely pricey as far as budget conscious buyers are concerned, and for the buyer there is more choice in competing brands that are offering more features and better performance at this price point.
The 5.1 AT is one of the better models to come out of AFG's stables with good quality parts and better warranty, making it good value for money. AFG's biggest weakness is that it is yet to make an indelible mark in the popular brands segment. Then here is increasing competition emerging from Sole, NordicTrack and Smooth (all best buy award winners/contenders) positioned in comparable price bands.
AFG is packing more value in the treadmill for less money. Too bad most people will never be able to try one out.