Have you ever watched the first snowfall? You can see the snowflakes melt as soon as they hit a car that has been on or a window seal on a warm house. The Intrepid i300 will more than likely last as long as one of these snowflakes. It will glide along until a few weeks of use hit it and then it will quickly denigrate. There are certainly treadmills in this price range that offer a good taste of quality and can pass as decent beginner treadmills. But the i300 is not one of them. The low-quality components and cheap build in this treadmill are not likely to withstand a few weeks of use.
I guess treadmill companies think that if they make a cheap model that is barely even a treadmill, then it will make people think that their lower-end models are actually a step up from something. Well, we hope you recognize that the Intrepid i300 is one of Dyaco's lowest quality treadmills. The i300 is not as bad as some of the other companies' baseline models, but this is absolutely no reason to actually go and buy it. We do not recommend buying a treadmill with such cheap quality.
The one good thing that we can say about Intrepid’s i300 is that it belongs to a good company. Dyaco, who also produces Xterra treadmills, is Intrepid’s parent company. They have recently made a name for themselves in the treadmill market. We have commended their quality and affordability in the past. So maybe we can overlook the unfortunate event that is the i300. <br _/><br _/> Unlike Dyaco's typical standard of quality, the i300 is among the cheapest treadmills that we have reviewed. We speculate that treadmill brands actually believe people want cheap treadmills. Whatever their reason for producing the i300, we hope that they do not continue to make this model. To start, the i300 has a pitiful eighteen by forty-seven-inch walking area, two manual incline settings, and no heart rate monitors. While they claim to have twelve preprogrammed workouts, we do not even want to imagine this treadmill’s pathetic motor trying to actually change the speed during the built-in workout. And then to top it off, the i300 barely tops a hundred pounds. If you think about it, the console and sad walking belt take up about thirty pounds. That does not leave much more to make up one hundred and eight pounds. But if that doesn't do it for you then you can know that Intrepid only provides ninety days for parts and labor. What's most sad about their warranty is the motor portion. It is almost a given that companies will provide a lifetime for frame and motor as these two areas do not normally need repair. Intrepid provides a lifetime for the frame but only covers the motor for a year. It is a little scary to think that they do not think that the motor will even last more than a year when most motors and frames outlast the rest of the treadmill.
|Number of Programs||11|
|Heart Rate Sensor and Type||N/A|
|Speed Range||0.5 -10 mph|
|Weight Capacity||250 Ibs|
|Weight of Unit||108 lbs|
|Warranty||Motor: 1 year, Parts & Labor: 90 days|
|Incline/Decline Range||2 Manual Positions|
|Belt Size||18 x 47|
In the past, we have said that the i300 is an example of Dyaco trying to cater to the lower-end market. But this attempt has not been successful. We have not recommended the i300 mainly because it is of such little quality that we do not expect it to withstand even a few days of use.
While we find value in affordable, beginner treadmills, we cannot consciously recommend a cheap, low-quality treadmill such as the i300. We do like the Dyaco company and commend their ability to make quality treadmills. But the i300 does not fall under their usual realm of expertise. If you are actually wanting to exercise, then please save your money and avoid the i300 like the plague.