Spirit XT485 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Great package. Overall, it is a good alternative at a competitive price. With the economy in the state that it is in, you should be able to get your Spirit dealer to work with you on price and if you can get this for a couple hundred off, you have a winner.
A former standout gets more competition in this very heated price range. If you have to pay list, you should start looking at other options in this range since this range is a strength for Precor.
The Spirit XT 485 isn't the best option, at $1,899. That being said, it's not bad. If you find it for a couple hundred dollars less, which we don't expect to be a problem, then there's no reason not to buy it. Its current price range is just very competitive, and Precor in particular has treadmills we'd buy first. Other than that, it's a quality machine.
The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 60", which has become that standard size for walking belts found on many of today's treadmills. This should provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
An impressive motor powers this machine. A few models selling for a couple hundred dollars more have greater power producing capabilities, but there are also many treadmills selling at a much higher prices that use inferior motors. Speeds of up to 12 mph are attainable, so even experienced runners should have no problem challenging themselves.
A disappointing cushioning system comes on this model. Six evenly distributed cushions are used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. You can find several treadmills that cost less than $1,000 that have comparably forgiving and durable running surfaces.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is great. Many of the treadmills that cost more than $3,000 have a similar life expectancy. The quality of parts used is also impressive at this cost.
The warranty on the Spirit XT485 is very good. Labor is covered for 1 year; parts are covered for 10 years; and the motor, deck, and frame are covered for life. This is the type of warranty manufacturers use to demonstrate the large amount of faith they have in their treadmill.