I hate to say this, but your Treadmill Sensei is in the midst of a food coma and I’m going to cut today’s review a little shorter than normal. We had Mexican food brought in to the DOJO for a local place and I have a special weakness for Carne Asada burritos. Now, I feel like I’m going to explode. Please, if you’re religious, say a prayer for Mrs. Sensei because she’s going to have to put up with my bathroom visits all night. She’s a saint.
As I mentioned yesterday, the DOJO got in a batch of Star Trac commercial equipment that is going to a gym up in Fresno. I’ve already talked about the Star Trac Pro Ellipticals that were part of that batch, now I want to talk about the Star Trac Elite Ellipticals.
I’ve already done a fairly extensive review of the Star Trac Pro Treadmills and the Elites are a slight step up from there. You get all of the fantastic features of the Pro: giant 5 hp motor, 62×20 inch running area, 3″ rollers, 500 pound user capacity, 1″ reversible deck, heart rate monitoring and heart rate clontrol. In addition to that you get 15 programs, a 15 mph top speet and 15% incline.
Like the Pro treadmills, the Star Trac Elite treadmills are as stable and solid as you can find in any treadmills. Today we wouldn’t let Hikaru have his tostada until he did a 20 minute run on one of the Elites, and even his 300+ pounds didn’t rock the machines. The Elite treadmills are great machines that will run hard and last in even the heaviest of gyms. If you get one in your home it will probably last longer than your wife (or husband)!
If you look below you’ll notice I didn’t give the Star Trac Elite treadmill a perfect score like I did its smaller brother, the Pro. The reason for that is there just aren’t enough upgraded pieces to completely warrant the additional cost. Almost a $1000 difference for a few more programs, a few more miles per hour in speed and a couple of additional incline percents is too much. However, the Star Trac Elite treadmill is still one of the best units out. Star Trac has been doing solid work for 30 years and this is another great treadmill.
For being another winner, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Star Trac Elite Treadmill 4.5 out of 5 golden buddahs.
4.5 gold buddahs out of 5 for the Star Trac Elite Treadmill
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Star Trac Pro Elite Treadmill Specifications
Motor: 5 HP
Running Area: 20″ x 62″
Max User Weight: 500 lbs.
Reversible Deck: Yes
Deck Thickness: 1″ – no waxing required
Max Speed: 15 MPH
Max Incline: 15%
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes, pulse grip and wireless
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Readouts: Dedicated: Speed and incline, time elapsed, calories, distance, heart rate; Scrolling: Time remaining, vertical distance traveled, laps completed, pace (min/mile or km), calories/hour, 1/4-mile motivational track display
Product Size: 85.5″L x 35″W
Product Weight: 323 lbs.
-The Treadmill Sensei