- You can easily change between a 10% or 20% incline. I stay at the 10% level but do see how I could do speed walking at a greater incline on days I need to do something entirely different.
- You can adjust the resistance of the shocks. I keep it at the firmest (24) due to my running goals but I can see how people would want to change this around to change the feel of their workout.
- You can select workout schedules and each schedule will direct you in the incline, shock level, etc. I haven't ventured into this realm yet.
- You can attach your iPod to the treadmill sound system. This is cool but the speaker output is low and music seems quiet behind the pounding of your feet.
- You can easily jump between speed levels by hitting 4, 5, 6, 7, etc. The salesman promoted this as a selling point and it made no impact on my decision making process. It was something I never used on the gym treadmill (because it wasn't an option). However, I am loving it now for sprint work.
- It folds up relatively easily for space saving. Ironically, this was an initial selling point for me. I didn't want a treadmill that didn't fold up and only considered those that did. However, right before I made my purchase I realized I would never use that function where my treadmill would need to be. The idea of my daughter being able to play around a folded up treadmill and a mechanical mishap made me cringe!
- You need a "key" to start the treadmill, which is easily removed. I actually keep it in one of the drink cupholders (another plus). My daughter knows the treadmill isn't a toy and respects it but it is an added sense of security that it won't accidentally be turned on.
- It is iFit live compatible. I really think one day I may explore this functionality but haven't yet.
- It is relatively quiet.
How do I like the treadmill now? I am quite happy. For those not willing or able to focus on incline training, this isn't the treadmill for you since you can never run at less than a 10% grade. My major stumbling block was getting used to my different tolerance of this treadmill versus those at the gym. When I did my first run on this I was routinely running an hour or more on the gym treadmill. I honestly felt wiped out after 20 minutes on my new treadmill and that really hurt the ego....trust me! However, I am now running for an hour at more at times and feel it has positively impacted my hill running capabilities. The one thing I do miss it its functionalilties is pre-set/customized intervals (although I should really explore the workouts more).
Would I buy it again? Yes and no. I purchased it at a really good sale price and it does fulfill my training needs so yes, under those circumstances I would buy it again. However, I do see the merit in having a treadmill that has more versatility in the incline adjustments. No treadmill will last a runner their entire life, although that would be sweet, so I can't say what the future has in store for me.