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NordicTrack Incline Trainer X9i Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

The X9i is easily the most versatile treadmill ever built! Combine that with the price below $2000 and you have a winner!

NordicTrack Incline Trainer X9i Treadmill Review



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Overall Rating: 7.79

Icon Health and Fitness is the largest fitness manufacturer dominating the global market. Their unique selling proposition is producing high quality feature packed machines that are visually appealing. NordicTrack is a classic example of a company that is efficient at mass manufacturing backed by decent quality, given the price range.

Nowadays that kind of quality gets more value addition with extra features. In the Incline Trainer X9i they have a treadmill that qualifies as a high end version available at a more reachable price and popular enough to become the runner up in the Best Buy $1500 to $1999 category.

What we can say in favor of the Treadmill

The reasonably powerful 3 HP motor combines with an expansive 20' x 62' belt to boost power exercising

This is a reasonably good (though not the best) motor, but in order to propel an expansive 20' x 62' belt they could have packed a little more power considering the fact that there are similar power engines available at lower prices. Since they are assuming most people will use incline, that is the probable reason for the motor choice. At an incline, you don't need as much of a motor.

This is one of the longest and healthiest running spaces in its price territory offering you an excellent platform to stretch your endurance training. When you get a tread that's 2" longer, you can pack a lot more confidence in lengthier running strides.

The cushioning provided is stable and effective in its price range

Nothing mind-blowing but this cushioning support is easily one of the best you can get for any treadmill under $2,000. The Reflex cushioning is capable of greatly reducing the impact that running will expose your joints and back to.

For an athlete craving variety, 44 Workout Programs is a bonanza

The athletic human frame hungers for variety in any workout and the more variety that is on display the better it becomes for any power runner. A suite of 44 programs ensures that boredom will remain outside the door as you hone yourself to perfection indoors.

A challenging -6 to 40% decline/incline ratio

This is a massive feature of this outstanding treadmill that boosts endurance training. It creates the complete range of challenges that a user may face on mountainous slopes and steeper inclines outdoors. This is a solidly reliable incline trainer capable of testing the runner's endurance and stamina.

Warranty that underscores company's faith in its product

The Trainer X9i offers a comforting 2 years on labor, 5 years on parts and electronics and a reassuring lifetime warranty on the frame, deck and motor that should make serious runners smile. Quality of components and reliability of service need no better endorsement.

What may hold you back...

This treadmill doesn't fold; requires space planning

This model lacks the folding feature common with NordicTrack so you will need an acre of storage space or at least a specific area where it can rest undisturbed without intruding on your domestic work. Not suited for small apartments, congested offices or cramped basements with little or no moving space or head space.

Company claims heavier users can breathe easier but is that so?

The going should be great for users weighing up to 300 pounds, but anyone beyond that user weight would strain the 3HP motor and run the risk of reducing machine longevity, especially if they use the treadmill at level often.

Healthy treadmills are available at lower prices

The $2,000 sticker would be a mini mountain, difficult for the average householder to climb. However, if a budget conscious but genuine runner decides to climb that barrier it would be worth every dime invested, that we can assure.

Our verdict

The NordicTrack Incline Trainer X9i is an outstanding, versatile and feature rich treadmill and literally lords it over the price point ending at $1,999. The attractive incline feature ensures that you won't be annoyed by even a hint of boredom.

If you were only going to use it as a regular treadmill, it would be well worth considering at $2000. With the massive incline range and full features, it is easily the most unique treadmill on the market today!