Meet the Echelon Stride—the brand’s first entry into the treadmill space, and one that leverages the same qualities and values as the brand’s line of indoor cycles, rowing machines, and video workout mirrors. Looking at this unit, there’s a lot to consider.
On one hand, its clever folding design is much more compact than most other treadmills on the market right now, an advantage for folks in smaller spaces. On the other hand, smaller rollers, a less powerful motor, lack of built-in touchscreen, and and a smaller running track compared to competitors like the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 mean this unit makes compromises as a trade for its portability and stowing capability.
- Leaderboards and video-based interactive coaching keep you motivated
- Great for people with limited space
- Easy fold design
- Engaging exercise programming
- Incline limited to 10%
- Low horsepower
- Small running deck
- Short warranty
Echelon Stride Key Buying Points
The Echelon Stride is well-suited for a very specific demographic. Being smaller and easier to tuck away than the NordicTrack is a big selling feature for the urban apartment dweller. Up against a wall, the unit will occupy a 10 x 24 inch footprint in your space. It can also tuck under your bed so long as you have about 10 or 11 inches of clearance to slide it under. This cannot be said for its competition.
With those considerations, one does have to consider how frequently they intend to use their machines and how motivated they will be. It’s easy to fall into that ‘out of sight, out of mind’ trap, meaning that once the treadmill is hidden, it becomes easier to ignore.
Echelon has found fans in the market by hiring quality trainers and delivering solid training sessions that keep you going even when you’re reaching exhaustion.
Incline and Horsepower
Ignoring the compact-fold function for a moment, this is a steeply priced treadmill whose specs don’t live up to the competition. Its incline only goes to 10% rather than the standard 15, its motor horsepower is low (1.75hp), and its running deck is more compact than the majority of its competitors.
A smaller treadmill isn’t always a good thing, but we don’t all have sprawling workout rooms either. The Echelon Stride packs away nicely and makes living with a treadmill in a smaller apartment or home much more tolerable.
Most brands with folding treadmills do their best to make the system simple and painless, and the same can be said for Echelon. The console folds down, then the arms, and then the whole unit (which only weighs 156 pounds) can be tipped upright, taking up a very modest 10-inch depth of footprint. Lean it against a wall, tuck it into a closet, or slide it under the bed—it’s that easy.
- Warranty: With only 1 year limited on parts and electronics, the warranty is shorter than that of its key competitors.
- Echelon Fit Connect Programming
- Frame-balanced elastomer for impact absorption
- 2 Cup Holders