The Echelon Stride is the ideal treadmill for anyone who wants a decent home workout without taking up too much space. Echelon is known in the fitness world for its Connect Bikes, Smart Rower and the Echelon Reflect Smart Fitness Mirror. The Echelon Stride is the company’s first foray into treadmills, and the new addition doesn’t disappoint.
The Echelon Stride may not have as many bells and whistles as some other models on the market (e.g. speed, endurance or inclines. It’s also extremely easy to store; compact, ideal for smaller spaces; and has connectivity functions to Echelon Fit, the fitness platform of the Company that offers both live and on-demand classes so you can get the most out of your treadmill experience.
In this review, I’ll cover why the Echelon Stride deserves a spot on the list of best treadmills, as well as possible downsides that may not make this model entirely suitable for some more serious runners.
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Echelon Stride rating: price and availability
The Echelon Stride is currently available direct from Echelon US, where it is available for $ 1299.99, and from Echelon UK, where prices start at £ 1,599. (An Echelon United membership, which provides access to Echelon Fit courses, is required to purchase an Echelon Stride. The cost of Echelon United membership varies by subscription; currently, members can choose between monthly, annual, and biennial subscriptions.)
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Echelon Stride Review: Setup
My experience with Echelon’s delivery service was somewhere between plain and white glove. While the delivery team neither set up the treadmill nor took away the packaging, they offered to leave the treadmill in a room of my choice – which in my house meant the box with a moving van was pulled up a flight of stairs into a guest room (the one with a weight 156 pounds would have been difficult to manage alone).
Full Disclosure: I’m not a person who excels at assembling furniture or assembling things. To set up the Echelon Fit and get it ready for use, I enlisted the help of my personal handyman, AKA my husband. According to him, assembling the treadmill was a breeze after unpacking it; from start to finish, he said, the whole process took about 15 minutes.
The first thing I noticed when the treadmill was assembled was how compact it was. At just 69.3 “long, 31” wide, and 49.2 “(176 x 78.7 x 125 cm) high, the treadmill didn’t feel like it was monopolizing the space, despite the fact that it was in the corner of a rather small guest room – a room that was already furnished with a bed, a chest of drawers and two bedside tables.
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Echelon Stride Review: The Running Experience
Using the Echelon Stride was just as easy and straightforward as setting it up. The dashboard contains all of the metrics you would expect on a treadmill; Distance and time are visible during the entire workout, while the dashboard toggles between incline and altitude, steps and pace as well as speed and calories burned – and provides all the data you need for a comprehensive overview of your run.
The handlebar with integrated heart rate sensors allows you to easily adjust the speed (right handlebar) and incline (left handlebar). The dashboard also has Quick Speed and Quick Incline features that allow you to instantly set your speed and / or incline to 3, 6 or 9 mph / incline with the touch of a button.
Running on the Echelon Stride is a great experience. The treadmill feels stable and stable, and although the treadmill is on the second floor, my husband has not yet reported any loud noises downstairs while I am running. The only feature that could be a problem for some runners is the limited speed and incline ranges; the Echelon Stride has a top speed of 12 miles per hour and an incline of 10 percent. While these areas are more than adequate for a casual runner like me, more serious athletes may want a treadmill that allows for faster runs and steeper climbs.
Echelon Stride test: Echelon Fit classes
What really sets the Echelon Stride apart from other treadmills is the device’s compatibility with Echelon Fit, the fitness platform that provides access to a variety of live and on-demand fitness classes designed for use with Echelon fitness equipment.
The Echelon Stride does not have a built-in touchscreen, so you will need a phone or tablet to access the courses on the treadmill (the Echelon Stride has a built-in holder to keep your phone or tablet safe while using the app) . Once you log into your Echelon Fit account and sync your Echelon Stride, the treadmill’s dashboard will be blank except for a text message that says “APP;” at the bottom of your device’s screen.
As mentioned earlier, Echelon Fit offers a wide range of treadmill classes. Depending on what you are currently working on or what workout you feel like doing, you can choose between 12 different categories: running basics, beginner runs, outdoor runs, walking, rhythm runs, sprint runs, interval runs, race runs, endurance runs, mountain runs, Warm-up and cool-down runs and panorama runs. The app also offers Stride Bootcamp courses, which split class time between treadmill and strength training.
What I like about Echelon Fit is how many classes – and class types – there are to choose from. If, like me, your schedule is unpredictable, it’s nice to know that hopping on the Stride gives you plenty of exercise options – whether you have a full hour for an endurance run or just 15 minutes to squeeze in a quick sweat. Plus, with all the different themes and genres of music, you’ll never get bored (although I go to the 80s themed runs nine times out of 10).
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Echelon Stride Review: Storage
In general, I keep my Echelon Stride fully assembled; If I want to go for a quick jog like this, I’m good to go. However, since the treadmill is in the guest room, it is important to be able to stow it away quickly and easily when friends or family come to visit, and luckily it meets these parameters.
The Echelon Stride is equipped with an automatic folding function. All you have to do is let go of the console (by pressing down on the levers on the bottom of both handlebars), pull the handlebars up, and then press the pedal lever (on the left side of the treadmill) down. From there, the treadmill folds automatically until it is flat. And because it’s only 10 inches when folded, it can be easily tucked under most beds or placed in a closet – perfect for my guest room storage needs.
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Echelon Stride Review: Verdict
The Echelon Stride has a lot to offer for a home treadmill. The easy setup, compact design, and auto-folding feature are major selling points, especially if you’re looking for a treadmill that you can easily use and store in a smaller space. And thanks to Echelon Fit, Stride users also have access to a huge library of fitness classes that can help diversify your fitness regimen at home and keep your treadmill workouts from getting into boring terrain.
That being said, the speed and incline limits may not be enough for the serious athlete. And for the price, some buyers may be wondering why the Stride doesn’t have a built-in touchscreen (and why they need to use their phone or tablet to access courses).
Final verdict? The Echelon Stride has everything I want and need in a cardio fitness machine at home. In my opinion, the compact design, ease of use and access to high quality classes more than justify the Stride’s price.
Echelon Stride Review: Also Consider
If the price of the Echelon Stride gives you a little sticker shock and you’re looking for a simpler model, consider the Mobvoi Home treadmill. This affordable option, which sells for $ 449.99 / £ 399.99, may not come with a slew of extra features, but it does have a walk mode and a run mode – and, much like the Echelon Stride, is compact in terms of its size Design a great choice for smaller spaces.
The Pro Form Pro 2000 is a fraction cheaper than the Echelon and features a foldable design and a 10-inch touchscreen for the iFIT classes that is similar to the Echelon Fit. It also offers a slightly larger incline of 12% and a decline of -3%. While this device folds, it folds vertically, saving space but not sliding under the bed.
If you are looking for a treadmill with more speed and incline options, you should take a look at the NordicTrack 2950 treadmill. This offers gym-grade speed and incline variability with inclines of up to 15 percent and a top speed of 13.5 mph. The NordicTrack 2950 treadmill is also equipped with a 22-inch Smart HD touchscreen.
Remember that while the NordicTrack 2950 allows you to run faster and steeper, it does come at a price. The NordicTrack 2950 is priced at $ 2,799 (plus shipping), and while this treadmill model is foldable, it is significantly larger than the Echelon Fit, so it may not be the best choice for smaller spaces.
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