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Proform Power 1295i Treadmill Review
Proform are one of the best-known brands in home fitness and have a formidable reputation for building quality home fitness machines that are loaded with features and have excellent specifications. They’ve got a large range of different treadmills on the market aimed at everyone from absolute beginners through to serious fitness devotees. On paper, as we’ve come to expect from Proform, the specs for their 1295i treadmill looked impressive so we got one in to take a closer look. Here’s what we found…
Assembly of the 1295i is similar to most other Proform treadmills. As we’ve come to expect, the instructions are nice clear and while the assembly process has quite a few steps and is a bit fiddly in places, it’s by no means a highly demanding task. All in all, it’s no more difficult than assembling most typical flat pack furniture. For a guide, it took us just over an hour to get it out of the box and complete the assembly. No surprises here and it all went together as expected without any hitches. Once built, before you start it’s recommended that you connect it to the internet, check for firmware updates and calibrate the incline. This is all straight-forward with clear instructions and doesn’t take long.
Immediate first impressions of the finished article were that this is a high-end fitness machine with more than just a hint of quality about it. Clearly, the 1259i is built to take a hammering. With a full sized 51 x 152cm (20” x 59.8”) raised running deck, 5cm (2.5”) diameter rollers, and 7” full-colour Android touchscreen display, this is a substantial piece of kit and it screams it from the rooftops just by being in the room.
The running deck is oversized which means that it’s going to be suitable for just about everyone no matter their height. The generous proportions of the running area provide a superb platform to run on. With so much space in front, behind and to each side the 1295i provides a feeling of real security and you’re not likely to find yourself tempted to keep looking behind you to make sure you’re not running out of road! The cushioning system that Proform have employed here is their tried and tested ProShox™ system which delivers quite a soft platform to run on. It’s soft enough to ensure a really comfortable run, but not so soft as to make it feel like a bouncy trampoline. Overall the balance struck here is really very good indeed and from a purist’s running point of view it’s easy to feel and appreciate the considerable experience and expertise that Proform have in building treadmills at work here.
The 3.5 CHP Mach Z™ commercial motor has more than enough power to make driving the belt up to its top speed of 22kph (13.7mph) seem effortless. That’s a speed which is fast enough for all but elite professional athletes. At that speed, it’s a real sprint to say the least and the max incline is also a seriously steep 15%. This combination makes it highly unlikely that you’ll ever outgrow what really is a bit of a beast of a treadmill. Even on maximum incline and high speed, the 1295i just doesn’t sound like it’s breaking a sweat which bodes well for its expected longevity.
Away from the core functions of deck, speed and incline, the console with its 7” full colour Android powered touch-screen display is impressive and above and beyond a great many other models out there. It’s definitely on a par with some of the more illustrious models on the market at the moment. There are Several display modes available by simply swiping the screen to move onto the next mode. The selected mode determines the workout information that you see. It’s a handy feature and it didn’t take long to find the screen that suited best. The display, depending on the mode, can show incline level, elapsed time, time remaining, calories burn rate, overall calorie burn, distance covered, and speed amongst much else. There’s also a virtual running track representing a 400m (1/4 mile) distance which is a nice touch and something sadly lacking on many other treadmills.
There’s certainly no shortage of training options here either with a choice of 34 preset workouts which really is an awful lot. More than enough in fact to ensure it won’t be easy to get bored. The programmes are divided into broad categories denoting the type of training you’ll be doing (calorie/weight loss, incline and speed/interval and so on) making it easy to select the type of training you want to do. In addition to the preset workouts there are target programs that allow you to set a target such as time, distance, pace and calories and a new addition of pulse based workouts which we’ve not seen on Proform machines before. It’s always been a little mystifying that they’ve shied away from pulse based workouts on Proform machines, always preferring to take a different approach but it’s nice to see this feature added and there’s no doubt that it’s exactly what a lot of potential buyers of a treadmill like this will want to see. Just for good measure, on top of all of this, the 1295i is also iFit compatible. Subscribe to the iFit website (subscription sold separately) and you can download more workouts, track your fitness improvements, plus the software is powered by Google Maps, so you can plot your own running routes anywhere around the world. It’s not practical to tell you all about the options available to you through iFit live in this review, as it’s a whole review in itself. iFit it really all encompassing so if you want to know the details it’s worth going to the iFit web site for the full low down.
Pulse measurement is enable via both hand pulse or wireless Bluetooth chest belt which is sold separately and in terms of extras, the 1295i has all the things you’d expect to see: built-in speakers, decent size and power cooling fan, water bottle holders and a tablet holder that’s positioned at the top of the console.
Finally, the warranty is the standard Proform one (requires registration online) of lifetime on the frame, 5 years on the motor and 2 years parts and labour.
The 1295i is positioned as a premium treadmill and it doesn’t disappoint. It delivers a superb, comfortable running experience, is loaded with enough features to sink a battleship and gets it right on all the important elements. It really is an excellent machine and costs substantially less than its direct competitors. It’s impressive all round and if you’re in the market for a new treadmill and you’ve got the space and the budget this really should be on your shortlist.
The one thing that's always been missing from Proform treadmills has been heart rate control programmes - not anymore! The Proform 1295i literally has it all. Interactive training, more preset workouts than you'll ever need, massive running deck, heart rate control programmes, large Android powered touch screen, fan, speakers, tablet holder and great build quality. All available at a price substantially below other machines that offer something similar. There's really nothing that we didn't like about this treadmill and to pick and faults here would really be nitpicking for the sake of it. A really outstanding effort from Proform on all fronts. The 1295i is a very, very good treadmill and one we're more than happy to recommend.
Proform Power 1295i Specifications
- 3.5 CHP Mach Z™ commercial plus motor
- 0-22kph (0-13.7mph) speed range with Quick Speed™ controls
- 0-15% incline range with Quick Incline™ controls
- 51cm (20”) x 152cm (59.8”) running area
- 2.5” (5cm) precision machined and balanced non-flex rollers
- ProShox™ cushioning
- 7” full-colour Android backlit touchscreen display
- Console Feedback: Several display modes available (the display mode that you select will determine which workout information is shown). The screen can show: incline level, elapsed time, time left, calories burned, calories per hour, distance, number of vertical metres, speed, a track representing 400m (1/4 mile), pace, laps, heart rate
- 37 programmes (manual, 34 pre-set programmes, pulse workout, set-a-goal workout (including target time, distance, pace and calories))
- Interactivity: iFit® Enabled (subscription optional)
- Heart Rate Measurement via Hand pulse grips + Bluetooth® Smart wireless receiver (chest strap optional extra)
- Space Saver folding design with Easy Lift Assist
- Conveniences: Compatible music port for iPod®/mp3, dual 3-inch speakers, tablet holder, transportation wheels
- CoolAire™ workout fan
- Dimensions in Use (L x W x H): 228cm (89.7”) x 90cm (35.4”) x 171cm (67.3”) (with tablet holder)
- Folded Dimensions (L x W x H): 107cm (42.1″) x 90cm (35.4″) x 179cm (70.5″)
- Max. User Weight: 135kg (297.6lbs)
- Product Weight: 92kg (202.8lbs)
- Power Supply: Mains
- Warranty: Lifetime frame, 5 years motor, 2 years parts and labour (if registered within 28 days of purchase)
Proform Power 1295i Treadmill - Console / Display Unit
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