AFG 7.1 AT Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The best AFG machine we have ever seen. It is at the top of the price range for what they build but it is solid. The Virtual Active option sounds better than it actually is in practice.
With the market getting crowded, this is still one to consider.
The AFG 7.1 AT is a solid treadmill at $1,999. While this may not be the best value that has come out of this line, we haven't seen another model by AFG that is better than this one, including the similarly priced 5.0 AT. If you like AFG, and you want the top quality model, this is the one for you.
The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 60", which is the standard size walking belt found on most of today's treadmills. This should provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
A decent motor powers this machine. You can easily find treadmills with greater power producing capabilities at this price, however. Speeds of up to 12 mph are attainable, so even experienced runners should have no problem challenging themselves.
A price appropriate cushioning system is used on this model. Standard cushioning is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. At this cost, this is the type of cushioning you should expect, but AFG's has some cheaper models with running surfaces that are just as forgiving and durable.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine does quite well. Very few treadmills in this price range have a longer life expectancy, and many models that cost several hundred dollars more aren't expected to last any longer than this one. The quality of parts used is also impressive. Only a select few models that sell for under $2,000 use better parts.
The warranty on the AFG 7.1 AT is very good. Labor is covered for 2 years, parts are covered for 5 years, and the motor and frame are covered for life. This type of coverage shows that AFG had a lot of faith in this treadmill.