Xterra Trail Racer 3.0 2017 Treadmill Review

Xterra Fitness equipment is produced by Dyaco, an award-winning manufacturer and one of the biggest in the fitness equipment industry. Introduced to the UK a few years ago off the back of great success in the US, the Xterra brand has found a dedicated following this side of the pond due to the good build quality and value for money that their treadmills offer. We were keen to find out more about the 2017 version of the Racer 3.0 – their entry-level treadmill in the range!

First step: Assembly! We can confirm that the most challenging part of putting this together is actually getting the rather heavy base unit out of the box so we didn’t bother trying to! Instead, we just cut the corners of the box to end up with the treadmill sitting on a flat piece of cardboard. The Racer 3.0 isn’t a pre-assembled machine, but once all the parts are out of the packaging and laid out on the floor the process is pretty straight-forward without too many steps that could go wrong. As ever, we’d advise having two people to make it easier to hold bits in place whilst securing them with screws.

Once assembled, it’s clear that the Racer 3.0 isn’t a flimsy bit of kit. It’s really very solid and with the addition of a horizontal bar running in between the upright posts at the front it hardly moves when you’re running on it. That bar really does make a difference and the lack of movement in the frame inspires confidence in the build quality of this treadmill.

That first impression of quality is only re-enforced when you power up the running belt which glides effortlessly over the surprisingly large rollers (big rollers are a very good thing as they reduce stress on the machine helping to increase lifespan). There’s a 2.25hp motor driving everything and you can hear how easily it copes when you’re running on the machine. Unlike some treadmills which really start to ‘scream’ when pushed all the way up to top speed, the Racer 3.0, even at 10mph (16kph), still sounds like nothing is too much effort which is a very good sign.

Whilst the Racer 3.0 has a cushioned deck, it’s anything but bouncy. It provides a firm surface to run on, making it ideal for real running training indoors but it still has enough give to cushion your landing. It’s a noticeable improvement on the old version and the deck itself, while not full-sized, is still generous at 50cm x 140cm and is well suited to all but the very tallest of users.

There’s a 10% powered incline and once again, the incline motor makes light work of moving the deck up and down, even with the ‘chunkier’ members of the team running on it šŸ™‚ The maximum incline is a true 10% gradient which is steeper than some other treadmills with specs that claim to have 12 or more ‘levels’ of incline. At its maximum setting, it really does make you work hard so unless what you’re really after is an incline trainer then the Racer 3.0 can go to a level of incline steep enough to make you break a serious sweat and get your heart pounding.

The console is clearly and logically laid out with quick speed keys and quick incline keys on either side of the screen which is a good sized blue backlit LCD display. Again, the screen is an improvement on the previous model and has a higher contrast ratio, making it nice and easy to see all your workout data. It’s also very simple to use. A quick glance at the controls is all most people will need in order to start using it – you don’t get much simpler than stop, go, speed up/down and incline up/down! Selecting a programme is also just as straight-forward but of course, we have to say that you really should read the manual…..

A nice feature of the Racer 3.0 is that it has a quarter mile track in the middle of the screen that shows your progress, which is something that’s sadly missing on a lot of treadmills. Above and below the track there is a series of dedicated windows that display your pulse rate, duration, calories burned (theoretical of course), distance, speed, incline and also the workout that you’re on. No messing about with buttons here to select the mode or toggle between one set of data and another which makes it very easy to instantly see all your workout data.

In terms of preset workouts, there are 9 which sounds a bit low, but the programmes are all scalable so each programme can be adjusted for difficulty. This then completely changes thingsĀ because you can alter each workout for the duration, maximum speed and incline the number of options increases massively. This facility is very useful indeed as it means that it’s possible to increase both the duration and intensity of your run as your fitness improves over time. In addition to the preset workouts and manual mode, there are also two memory slots for user-defined programmes so you can create your own specific workouts and just run them at the touch of a button. But, unlike most other treadmills that have user-defined programme memory slots, at the end of a workout in manual mode, you’re given the option to save the session that you’ve just done as one of the user-defined programmes – a nice touch that!

Something else we spotted is that when selecting a programme, the console asks for your age and weight in order to provide more personalised calorie consumption figures. While you don’t have to enter this information to use the programme (a generic setting will be used if you skip this part), if you do, then you’ll find that the calorie burn figure being reported back that bit more accurate. While it would have been nice to include proper user profiles, it’s nice to see the calorie figures being displayed aren’t just counting upwards in proportion to the current speed and incline, but rather they take into account some of the details of the person that’s running.

The biggest negative in terms of console features related to heart rate measurement. We’d hoped that on this version Xterra would have added one but as before, the only option here to make use of the pulse grip sensors. Apart from the fact that grip sensors are never particularly accurate (especially when the palms get sweaty during a run), putting your arms out in front of you and grabbing the handlebars while attempting to continue running without losing your pace and stride really isn’t easy. Given the lack of a wireless receiver for accurate heart rate measurement, the Racer 3.0 doesn’t have any heart rate control programmes. This isn’t anything that can’t be gotten around by purchasing a sports watch with heart rate measurement but it would have been nice to see.

Finally, the console has a pair of speakers and a fan. Both work reasonably well and do a job. The fan blows at an upwards angle so you do get a refreshing breeze in your face and the speakers work well enough to provide a nice backdrop to your run.

Finally, the warranty on offer with the Racer 3.0 offers lifetime cover on the frame and motor, 5 years on the parts and two years on-site labour.

Best Price

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Review Summary - In Brief

The 2017 Xterra Trail Racer 3.0 is a true runners running machine. You won't find a load of bells and whistles here but if you're serious about running then what you will find is a solid, dependable and flexible workhorse of a treadmill that delivers where it counts. It's slightly more compact than a standard treadmill but still has a running deck that's easily large enough for serious training. True to Xterra's modus operandi the TR3.0 is a tough, reliable machine that does what it says on the tin at a very affordable price. You won't find many treadmills of this size built as well as this. If you do need a larger running deck then its big brother. the Xterra Trail Racer 6.6, is currently on offer making it very attractive and well worth the additional investment.

Xterra Trail Racer 3.0 2017 Specifications

  • 2.25 CHP DC Type motor
  • 1-16kph (0.5-10mph) with 5 quick speed console keys and handlebar speed controls
  • 0 – 10% of powered incline with 5 quick incline console keys and handlebar incline controls
  • 51cm (20”) x 140cm (55”) running area
  • 2-ply Duraweave belt
  • 1.8″ rollers
  • Console Feedback: Pulse, time, calories, distance, speed, programmes, incline + a convenient Ā¼ mile track display
  • Ā 9 programmes (1 manual, 6 pre-set, 2 user-defined)
  • 6.5ā€ blue backlit LCD with a large 8 by 20 segment dot matrix profile
  • Conveniences:Ā Integrated audio jack (mp3 compatible) + two speakers,Ā Air-circulating fan, two water bottle holders, tablet holder
  • Lift assist folding design
  • XTRA Soft Cushioning technology
  • Heart Rate Measurement via Hand grip pulse sensors
  • Maximum User Weight: 130kg /287lbs
  • Product Weight: 94kg /207lbs
  • Dimensions in Use (L x W x H): 183.5cm (72.2”) x 89cm (35”) x 137.5cm (54.1”)
  • Folded DimensionsĀ (L x W x H): 124cm (48.8″) x 89cm (35”) x 156.5cm (61.6″)
  • Power Supply: Mains
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame, 5 years motor, 2 years parts and labour

Xterra Trail Racer 3.0 2017 Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

Xterra Trail Racer 3.0 2017 Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Rock solid build
  • True 10% incline
  • Large rollers
  • Flexible programmes

The Cons

  • No wireless heart rate receiver
Xterra Trail Racer 3.0 2017 Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

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

Currently available for £639.20 from Sweatband.com

To get the Xterra Trail Racer 3.0 2017 Treadmill for only Ā£639.20, enter voucher code SALE20 on the Sweatband.com basket page!

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