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DKN EnduRun Folding Treadmill Review
A modern, forward-thinking organisation with a strong track record in producing high quality running machines, DKN have been making treadmills for decades, and that wealth of experience tends to make itself felt in their products. Not only does their equipment have a reputation for great build quality and solid reliability, but as one of the first manufacturers to introduce interactive training elements to their running machines they have proved that they’re able to genuinely innovate rather than just copy. Their current treadmill range has everything from compact models to large gym-style machines and it’s at the top end of their range that we find their new EnduRun folding treadmill. When we spotted in the specs that it featured an AC motor, getting it in to test was a must. Here’s what we found……
Like most home-use treadmills, the EnduRun requires assembly. Thankfully, like other DKN treadmills, the setup is simple. Without a doubt, the most difficult part of getting the EnduRun ready to use is getting the rather large and heavy box into the room that you want it in! After that, the assembly is simple and is complete in just four steps. The diagrams in the manual are nice and clear and while it’s certainly a two person job, there’s nothing in the slightest bit complicated about the build so we had everything ready to go in just under 30 minutes.
Once built, the EnduRun has a rugged look about it. With a footprint of 206.5cm x 89.5cm (81.3” x 35.2”) this isn’t a small treadmill and so it looks the part – big, solid, rugged. It’s also got a somewhat unique console set up with a main large panel at the back and a smaller panel at the front featuring all the controls. It’s a little different but looks great and importantly, works great too. The lack of a crossbar between the two front posts is surprising as we know that having one does reduce the amount of movement in the main construction of the machine so it’s a little be disappointing not to see one used here. That being said, perhaps DKN simply felt that they didn’t need one given the heavy-duty nature of the components and materials used in the construction of the EnduRun. In truth, the EnduRun is rock-solid anyway and while we’d certainly prefer to see a crossbar employed here, we can’t say that the lack of one has any particularly noticeable negative effects in this instance.
The basics specs on the EnduRun are impressive, especially for a treadmill at this price point. For starters, there’s a 2.5 HP Continuous (4.5 HP peak) AC motor powering the running belt which is a rarity on a domestic treadmill. Most models from all the main manufacturers, except in rare cases such as this, are fitted with DC motors, with AC motors normally to be found only on commercial treadmills aimed at commercial gyms. To see one on a domestic treadmill is rare due to the high cost of such a motor, but it’s even rarer to find one on a sub £1500 model in 2019. We’re not sure quite how DKN have managed to pack a motor like this into a machine positioned at this price point, but we sure are impressed. As soon as the EnduRun is fired up, the difference in noise levels compared with a standard domestic motor is noticeable. It’s quieter (quite a lot quieter) than a standard type of DC motor which is great, but there is one simple reason that commercial gyms use treadmills with AC motors and why all electric car manufacturers use AC motors in their vehicles – reliability. And, if that technology is good enough for the likes of David Lloyd leisure centres and car manufacturers such as Tesla, then it’s got to be good enough for a domestic running machine!
At 53cm x 151cm (20.8” x 59.4”) the running area on the EnduRun is more than ample regardless of how tall you are. There’s lots of space to move around during a workout and there always seems to be a bit more space behind or to the side of you as you run, which makes running on this new creation from DKN feel very safe indeed. Taller runners can often feel like looking over their shoulder on some treadmills to make sure they’re not going to step out on thin air but there are no such concerns here. The deck is not only spacious, but it’s also very comfortable to run on. Undoubtedly, this is down to a combination of the 2.5mm thick orthopaedic running belt and the cushioning system employed here. At 2.5mm thick the running belt is almost twice as thick as a standard belt and the cushioning system provides more impact absorption at the front than at the back. This means that the worst of the shock of landing is absorbed as you hit the deck, but when you push off to launch it’s firmer than it is on landing, allowing you to get a good push without losing energy needlessly into the deck.
Speaking of energy, it’s safe to say that no matter how much of it you have, the EnduRun will happily have you using it all up, if you want to push yourself. With a top speed of 22kph (13.7mph) and a maximum incline of a true 15%, the EnduRun is a beast of a treadmill. Put this monster on the top incline setting and even at a brisk walking pace, you’re going to feel the burn. Increase the speed while on max incline setting and your lungs as well as your muscles are going to let you know in no uncertain terms that they’re being used. The bottom line is that unless you’re a professional athlete competing at the highest level then you’re not very likely to outgrow the EnduRun, in fact, we’ll go as far as saying that, quite simply, you won’t. At their highest settings, the speed is simply too high and the incline simply too steep to not punish any human being that attempts to sprint or run for a period of more than a few minutes at those settings.
Physical exercise is something that many people are addicted to. For those that are then motivation isn’t an issue. They simply lace up each morning and go on their run, it’s part of their being, part of their existence and they can’t live without it. For the rest of us, losing weight or getting fit and then keeping the weight off and staying fit, motivation plays a big part in whether we succeed or not. It helps when the console of your treadmill has 27 different training options built in. The console on the EnduRun features 18 pre-set unique workout programmes designed by a certified personal trainer to help you lose weight, get fit and stay fit. The programmes are well designed and do what they’re supposed to and while we’ve seen a higher number of workouts on other models, 18 different runs provide more than enough choice to keep things from getting stagnant and boring. In addition to the preset workouts, there are 3 heart rate controlled workouts (cardio, fat burn, target heart rate), 3 manual target modes (time, distance, calorie) and 3 user-defined workouts that you can programme into the console and save for later use. And, should you find that all of that isn’t enough, though we honestly don’t think that’s very likely, then you can also download the Kinomap app onto a smart device and connect it to the EnduRun for additional interactive training options. The console itself has 7 windows with large, bright LED characters making it easy to track your training progress and stats during your workout. The main 7″ display with larger characters is used to navigate the menus, which are thankfully nice and simple, and also to show you your progress during a preset workout. The other 6 mini displays also feature bright LED characters and present information on speed, incline, time elapsed/remaining, distance, calories, pulse and so on. The use of LED over LCD has the distinct advantage that it’s easy to see the characters in any light conditions. So no matter how bright the ambient light, the characters on screen are always clearly visible making tracking your progress easy. The buttons to control everything are set on a separate panel closer to the runner than the main console which has the effect of keeping you away from the very front of the running belt, and that means that when running on this treadmill, your toes are not going to clip the motor cover as does happen with a good number of other models. Everything is laid out clearly and logically so controlling everything is pretty much as easy as it ever can be.
Additional extras on the EnduRun include Bluetooth® Smart wireless receiver (flawless during testing), dual water bottle holders, tablet holder, music port for iPod/mp3 player, stereo speakers, USB port (for charging only). The DKN EnduRun is also covered by their 2 year on-site parts and labour warranty for peace of mind.
The quiet, responsive AC motor, the 2.5mm thick running belt, the advanced cushioning system and the easy-to-use console all combine to deliver what is a bona fide high-quality running experience. And while it’s true that you have to actively try hard to buy a bad treadmill at this price point, it’s also true that not all treadmills at this price point feel as good to run on as the DKN EnduRun. Sure, it doesn’t have the same level of interactivity as other models do (though it does have some), but in terms of a home running machine and a running experience, this is an absolute Rolls Royce of a treadmill.
DKN have done a superb job here and have created a treadmill that above all else is great to run on. Their use of an AC motor in a treadmill at this price is surprising and most welcome and means that it's likely to outlive and out-perform, by quite some margin, it's DC motor equivalent competitors. This, along with the thick gauge steel construction means that the EnduRun is a heavy duty machine that oozes quality. With a clear focus on performance and reliability at its core DKN have produced a quality running machine that offers outstanding value for money and one of the best running experiences you can get for under £1500. It's a great treadmill that won't disappoint and as such it's easy to recommend.
DKN EnduRun Specifications
- 2.8 CHP AC duty (4.5 HP peak)
- Speed range: 0.5 – 22kph (0.3 – 13.7mph) with 5 Quick-Speed buttons on the console
- Incline range: 15 levels with 5 Quick Incline buttons
- Console with 7” LED display (main screen + 6 smaller feedback displays)
- Console feedback: programme, speed, distance, time, calories, pulse and incline
- Running deck size (W x L): 53cm (20.8’’) x 151cm (59.4’’)
- Deck thickness: 18mm (0.7”)
- Running belt: 2.5mm (0.09”)
- Programmes: 27 (18 pre-set unique workout designed by a certificated personal trainer, 3 user-defined, 3 heart rate controlled, 3 manual target modes – time, distance, calories)
- User profiles: 5 (age, weight, gender, height)
- Heart rate measurement via hand grip sensors and Bluetooth® Smart wireless receiver (chest strap optional)
- Audio: iPod®/mp3 compatibility, built-in speakers
- Cushioning: Dual Cushion system
- Quickly folding structure with Safety Lock System
- Extras: Compatible with Kinomap application, measurement units available in Imperial or metric (switchable), dual water bottle holder, tablet holder, Air Cylinder for a soft landing, USB port, music port for iPod or MP3 player, stereo speakers
- Transportation wheels
- Max user weight: 150 kg (330.7lbs)
- Product weight: 120 kg (264.5lbs)
- Dimensions in Use (L x W x H): 206.5cm (81.3″) x 89.5cm (35.2″) x 157cm (61.8″)
- Dimensions folded (L x W x H): 139cm (54.7″) x 89.5cm (35.2″) x 162cm (63.7″)
- Certification: CE/EN 957
- Warranty: 2 years parts and labour (must register within 28 days to get the 2nd year)
DKN EnduRun Folding Treadmill - Console / Display Unit
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