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General Information:The Nautilus Health & Fitness Group decided to change the name from the Nautilus TreadClimber to the Boxflex TreadClimber. Same product with a different sticker. Overall, it is a very complex design and if you want this type of high-intensity workout, you are better off with the NordicTrack incline trainers.

Manufacturing Philosophy:Their design philosophy seems to be to make a beautiful package with that priority over quality. That has caused noise problems with the regular treadmills due to the plastic parts. On the TreadClimber, one point of wear we expect to see a problem with is the hydraulic shocks. It also has a very complex mechanical design with two walking belts which doesn't bode well for long-term reliability.

Company Outlook : Nautilus has lasted longer than we expected. Their future is still cloudy but from an outsider's standpoint, they appear to have the best financial management in the business. We also understand that they want to get out of anything that doesn't have direct relation to marketing without distributors or retailers. The direct model can work well if they can get the product right. Nautilus has been in a freefall over the last year but have beat many people's predictions that they would collapse?that said, they have also been beaten by the market and competitors like a rented mule so we'll see what the future holds for them.