Spirit XT185 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
An entry level Spirit at a value price. A great looking model with a proven drive system. Overall good value.
A good value choice but when you see what Icon is selling in the $1299 price point, it makes life tough for the Spirit entry model.
The Spirit XT185 is a nice entry level treadmill. At $1,199, it's a good value. There are some similarly priced models from Icon that make this one look like it's not such a great option, however. Just keep in mind that Icon has never been known for their stellar customer service, and while they claim they are focusing on that area now, we'll have to see it before we're convinced.
The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 55". This is a good 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on many of today's treadmills, but this should still provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
A pretty good motor powers this machine. This treadmill has greater power producing capabilities than several of the models selling for more than $2,000, but there are also plenty of treadmills in this price range that have better motors. Speeds of up to 10 mph are attainable, so most users will have no problem challenging themselves.
An unimpressive cushioning system comes on this model. Six evenly distributed cushions are used to reduce the impact that running has on your back and shoulders. You can find plenty of treadmills that sell for less than $1,000 that provide more forgiving and durable running surfaces.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is appropriate. Most of the treadmills in this price range have a comparable life expectancy. The quality of parts is also what expected to see considering the $1,299 price tag.
The warranty on the Spirit XT185 is great. Labor is covered for 1 year; parts are covered for 5 years; and the frame, motor, and deck are covered for life. Warranties don't get much better than this, especially for such an affordable treadmill.