Made in China
We were all very curious how the Echelon Stride treadmill would do in our trials. At $1299 this is the lowest priced treadmill but we included it due to the claim of a 300lb maximum user weight capacity. Could a treadmill at this price point really hold a 300 lb person? Well we wanted to find out. The other big questions we had was how tough should we grade this treadmill? Afterall, it is only $1299. How do we “compare” it to another treadmill, like the 3G Elite Runner which is 3 times the price. Do we cut it some slack? In the end we did decide to factor in price for our overall rating. If we did not factor in price for the $1299 Echelon, this treadmill would have scored far worse.
This treadmill would be a good fit for someone who needs to move it around, say from room to room and for someone who does NOT weigh 300lbs. It folded down rather easily and stood upright without too much effort (for a stronger person). We really liked how it could be moved around while standing upright. The built in wheels made this very easy. We must add however that if you have kids of pets for VERY CAREFULL if you are going to stand it upright and leave it upright. This could be a very dangerous situation if it were to fall. You better make sure to properly support and secure this treadmill in the upright position. The good news is that the Echelon Stride comes with a safety strap to secure to a wall.
Overall, the Echelon Stride belt and suspension felt did not feel that great. Again, keep in mind that all the testers were well over 200lbs so our opinions are different than someone who weighs 120lbs. This treadmill did not have a very soft feel and the entire frame bounced around quite a bit with a heavier person using it. Cutting to the chase, this is not a treadmill we would recommend for someone weighing in the mid to high 200lb weight range. There was an overwhelming lack of confidence in the Echelon Stride Treadmill for us heavier users. That said, we did have someone in the mid 100s try out this machine and they did have better things to say about the Echelon Stride but…. that is not the purpose of Big Guy Treadmill Review.
The position of the upper electronics display works well for users of all size and best of all, this treadmill will stand upright and easily roll around. The downside to having a lower priced $1300 treadmill is that there was quite a bit of speed loss when tested at 6 mph.
Pros: Lower price point, Folds down flat and will store vertically. Easy to fold down and move around. And once again, $1299. Good treadmill for a small person in a small room.
Cons: Not a very stabile or powerful treadmill. Small 1.75 motor. Only a 1 year parts warranty. Once again, this is a good treadmill for $1299 but we do worry a bit about a 200lb + person using it and the expected lifespan of this machine. Some components on the Echelon Stride Treadmill feel a little cheap and maybe a little underpowered. If you can afford to spend a bit more and you weight 200lb+, you may be better off to upgrade.