What We Like:
- Workout programs: The 15 built-in programs make it easy to exercise most efficiently for a set distance, time length, or calorie goal. Still, it’s the iFit Live compatibility that makes this treadmill most exciting. Workouts powered by Google Maps automatically adjust the track’s incline to simulate real-life routes. That means you can virtually trace a marathon route, jog through national parks, or replicate the feel of your own neighborhood’s landscape. Additionally, a free iFit Live mobile app can be used to easily track your treadmill workouts and other fitness activities.
- Power incline: The RT 5.0 treadmill track can tilt up to 10%. It can automatically adjust with the built-in programs and iFit Live workouts, and it can also be adjusted manually through a convenient “One-Touch Incline” button on the console.
- Track: The 55” track is long enough for most walkers and joggers. Its special DMX cushioning is variegated: It’s firmest in the push-off area and provides softer support in the landing area up front.
- iPod compatibility: The treadmill’s music port is compatible with iPods and other MP3 players. Customers are usually satisfied by the 2.0 Intermix Acoustics speaker system.
- Stability/Capacity: This sturdy unit has a user weight capacity of 300 pounds.
What We Don’t Like:
- Workout arms: The cross training feature of this treadmill is disappointing. Many customers agree that the movable arm bars provide very little resistance. Some people even remove them from the machine and use light dumbbells instead.
- Difficult assembly: Most buyers agree that set-up requires exceptional patience. Also, this unit weighs 192 pounds. It’s been observed that two or three people “or a horse” are needed to move the box of treadmill parts once it’s delivered.
- Some cheap parts: Customer reviews are mixed. Some people have a fine-running machine after spending a few hours on assembly, but some find that they’ve received damaged components or that bolts don’t fit where they should.
- The warranty: The Reebok Crosswalk RT 5.0 includes a lifetime warranty on the frame and 25 years on the motor, but parts only get a year of coverage. Therefore this treadmill should only be bought on sale, and it’s a good idea to back up your purchase with a one-year extended warranty.
While some other Reebok treadmills score below average, the price/warranty combination on this discounted unit makes it an OK buy. It’s worth checking out four-star and five-star competitors like NordicTrack and Smooth Fitness Treadmills.
Tip: When comparing machines, remember that using this treadmill has a few hidden costs. Be sure to include the expenses of an iFit wireless adaptor, an iFit Live subscription, and possibly an extended warranty.