ProForm 705 CST Treadmill Review

With a big reputation for producing best spec in class machines in just about every price bracket associated with home use treadmills, Proform have made a habit out of manufacturing quality treadmills and bringing them to market at very friendly prices. Continuing our series of reviews on their upper-midrange offerings it was time to take a look at the Proform 705 CST. Here’s what we thought of it…

Putting the 705 CST together is straight-forward and, as expected, very much like most treadmills. There’s nothing scary here and the manual is well put together, with clear instructions and diagrams. It’s definitely a 2 man job but it is possible for one person to assemble it, though of course, we couldn’t possibly recommend you try that!

First impressions once built are that this is a ‘proper’ treadmill. It most definitely is not light-weight and while quite large, the lines are clean and industrial looking in a pleasing sort of way. The overall impression is that this is a machine built to be used for running and not as a pricey coat hanger 🙂 This is backed up by the spec featuring a full sized 51 x 152cm (20” x 59.8”) raised running deck, 1.9” (4.82cm) diameter rollers, and 5” dual-colour LCD display, a top speed of 12.4 mph (20kph) and a 12% incline. The impressive specs continue too. There’s a 2.7hp motor, and that large deck is supported by Proform’s tried and tested ProShox™ cushioning system (more on that in a minute).

Step onto the running deck ready for a run and it’s immediately obvious that the Proform people know what they’re doing in terms of console design. Even without consulting the user manual, it’s easy to see what 95% of the buttons do, so starting out on your first run is a doddle. Everything is clearly and logically laid out and the display delivers all the information you need to in order to see where you’re at, which makes navigating around nice and simple. The build quality, the user interface, the layout – it’s all very much what we’ve come to expect from Proform – clear, simple, effective and easy to use. But as good as those things are (and they’re really very good), they’re not the things that really stand out here on this running machine. What really stands out, what the 705 CST is really good at, is the delivering a great run.  At 51 x 152cm the full-sized deck provides lots of space to move around on and all that space provides a feeling of security, while the real star of the show is the ProShox™ cushioning that’s been employed to protect your joints. Proform have managed to get just the right balance between cushioning your landing and providing a solid surface to launch off from here. This balance is an easy thing to get wrong however. Go too soft and it feels like a trampoline when you push to launch, sapping energy. Make it too hard and it feels little better than landing on concrete, jarring your joints on impact. The 705 CST is right smack bang in the middle of the Goldilocks zone as far as your reviewer concerned. They’ve hit the nail on the head, with landings feeling soft and comfortable while at take off, there’s a solid platform to push off from. Sounds simple right? It’s one of those things that’s definitely easier said than done and while there’ll always be runners who prefer one extreme or another, for the vast majority, the way that the 705 CST has been set up is going to appeal. It’s a more difficult thing to achieve than you’d think and we’ve come across many models that aren’t as well balanced as this treadmill so hats off to Proform here for producing a machine that feels as good as this one to run on, especially at this kind of price point.

With a top speed of 20kph (12.4mph) and a 12% maximum incline, the 705 CST is definitely capable of challenging even very fit runners and though it’s unlikely many people will push this treadmill to its maximum, it’s construction means that if you do push it, it’ll cope with the demands placed on it. The 2.75 horsepower motor makes light work of any demands placed upon it and even at full speed, it’s surprisingly quiet indicating that Proform hasn’t skimped on costs there either.

In terms of extras the 705 CST comes with a tablet holder that’s positioned at the top of the console so your tablet doesn’t get in the way of the display (unlike some other treadmills), built-in music player in, and a cooling fan that does a pretty decent job of generating a nice breeze to help keep you cool during your workout.

Last but not least the 705 CST comes with Proform’s lifetime frame, 5 years motor, and 2 years parts and labour warranty for peace of mind.

 

Best Price

Currently available for £739.00 from Sweatband.com

To get the ProForm 705 CST treadmill for only £739, enter voucher code CST on the Sweatband.com basket page!

Review Summary - In Brief

Our verdict? This is a lot of treadmill for the money. Full sized running deck, large motor that'll cope with pretty much anything you throw at it, high top speed, an incline that provides a real challenge and above all a running surface that's a joy to run on. This is a real workhorse of a treadmill delivers in all the right places. You'll be hard pushed to find a better spec'd, more comfortable treadmill at this price.

ProForm 705 CST Specifications

  • 2.75 CHP (continuous duty) Mach Z Commercial Plus motor
  • 0 – 20kph (0 – 12.4mph) top speed with Quick Speed® controls
  • 0 – 12% incline with Quick Incline® controls
  • 51cm (20’’) x 152cm (59.8’’) running area
  • 23 programmes (manual, 22 pre-set including incline, calorie, intensity and speed workouts)
  • 1.9” precision machined and balanced non-flex rollers
  • 5” backlit LCD display
  • Feedback: Incline, time, calories, distance, intensity, number of vertical meters, speed, pulse, a track that represents 400m (1/4 mile), laps, matrix
  • ProShox™ cushioning technology
  • Heart Rate Measurement via EKG™ pulse grips + Bluetooth® Smart wireless receiver (chest belt optional)
  • iFit® Bluetooth Smart (BLE) Enabled (subscription optional)
  • Audio port and built-in sound system with dual 2-inch speakers
  • Conveniences: CoolAire™ workout fan, tablet holder, transportation wheels
  • SpaceSaver® folding design with EasyLift™ Assist
  • Dimensions in use (L x W x H): 200cm (78.7″) x 94cm (37″) x 149cm (58.6″)
  • Dimensions folded (L x W x H): 94cm (37″) x 94cm (37″) x 180cm (70.8″)
  • Max. user weight: 125kg (275.5lbs)
  • Product weight: 91kg (200.6lbs)
  • Power Supply: Mains
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame warranty; 5 years for the motor, and 2 years for parts and labour (must register within 28 days of purchase to get 2nd year of coverage)

ProForm 705 CST Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

ProForm 705 CST Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Superb cushioning
  • Large running area
  • Lots of workout options
  • Very sturdy

The Cons

  • Design might look a bit industrial for some
ProForm 705 CST Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 9
Appearance - 8
Running Area - 8.5
Comfort - 9.5
Reliability - 9
Noise - 9
Ease Of Use - 8.5
Controls - 9
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 9.5
Best Price

Currently available for £739.00 from Sweatband.com

To get the ProForm 705 CST treadmill for only £739, enter voucher code CST on the Sweatband.com basket page!

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