3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill Review

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3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill

$1,999

Made in Taiwan

AWARDS: #1 BEST BUY

The Pro Runner by 3G Cardio was another of our favorites and was the quietest treadmill we tested (55 DB).  This treadmill just barely edged out the Pelton Treadmill for our Best Buy Rating (the Peloton hard suspension was the deciding factor) The Pro Runner is a really solid folding treadmill that seems to have figured out how not to use a ton or useless, creaky plastic all around the frame.  It does not look substantial when you see it online but when you see, touch and feel how heavy and sturdy all its parts are, your opinion quickly changes.  This treadmill does not feel cheap, it does not feel like a sub $2000 machine.  The frame is extremely well assembled, the power and torque of the motor is great, with very minimal speed loss and the orthopedic belt feels nice underfoot.  The overall feel is really smooth and sturdy and nothing feels out of place or awkward.  That is a big deal especially for bigger people.  The Pro Runner has a good handlebar placement and a good angle and height to the upper console.

There are some things that we would like to see changed with the Pro Runner.  We did not love the position of the cup holders as they seem to be at a more forward angle.  We also would like to see at least some basic “connectivity” for using apps like ZWIFT which use BLUETOOTH.  The 15 levels of incline also do not feel as high as some of the other treadmill brands.  Keep in mind that non-folding treadmills will always have a higher incline than folding.  “Percentage incline” is not an actual unit of measure and should be thought of more like “levels”.  Most folding treadmills that have a 15th level incline will feel more like a 10% incline you would find on a treadmill at the gym. Folding treadmills cannot have too high of an elevation or the deck would push you too far away from the (stationary) upper display (the upper display and frame uprights do not incline on a folding treadmill, only the walking deck moves).  This could create a huge liability if you could not reach the console buttons!   We did not penalize the 3G Cardio Pro Runner for the inline because it is consistent with other folding treadmills and rather standard in the fitness industry.

As for programming, even though the 3G upper displays are simple they still have quite a bit of functionality and can do quite a bit.  Other than not being able to log into our Netflix account for the 7 time, we did not feel like we were missing out too much.  We also like the ease of folding and un folding the Pro Runner and it was not to hard to move around.  Overall a really good treadmill under 2K

Pros:  3G Cardio has the “FreeSync™ connectivity with FTMS Bluetooth©” on most of their products now. Very solid and good feeling suspension with a great orthopedic belt.  Not much plastic to cheapen the feel and look.  Easy to fold, easy to use electronics.  Great warranty.  Quietest treadmill tested.

Cons:  Cup holder position angle, lower max incline level.

Best Buy Award from Big Guy Treadmill Review

3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill

$1,999

Made in Taiwan

AWARDS: #1 BEST BUY

The Pro Runner by 3G Cardio was another of our favorites and was the quietest treadmill we tested (55 DB).  This treadmill just barely edged out the Pelton Treadmill for our Best Buy Rating (the Peloton hard suspension was the deciding factor) The Pro Runner is a really solid folding treadmill that seems to have figured out how not to use a ton or useless, creaky plastic all around the frame.  It does not look substantial when you see it online but when you see, touch and feel how heavy and sturdy all its parts are, your opinion quickly changes.  This treadmill does not feel cheap, it does not feel like a sub $2000 machine.  The frame is extremely well assembled, the power and torque of the motor is great, with very minimal speed loss and the orthopedic belt feels nice underfoot.  The overall feel is really smooth and sturdy and nothing feels out of place or awkward.  That is a big deal especially for bigger people.  The Pro Runner has a good handlebar placement and a good angle and height to the upper console.

There are some things that we would like to see changed with the Pro Runner.  We did not love the position of the cup holders as they seem to be at a more forward angle.  We also would like to see at least some basic “connectivity” for using apps like ZWIFT which use BLUETOOTH.  The 15 levels of incline also do not feel as high as some of the other treadmill brands.  Keep in mind that non-folding treadmills will always have a higher incline than folding.  “Percentage incline” is not an actual unit of measure and should be thought of more like “levels”.  Most folding treadmills that have a 15th level incline will feel more like a 10% incline you would find on a treadmill at the gym. Folding treadmills cannot have too high of an elevation or the deck would push you too far away from the (stationary) upper display (the upper display and frame uprights do not incline on a folding treadmill, only the walking deck moves).  This could create a huge liability if you could not reach the console buttons!   We did not penalize the 3G Cardio Pro Runner for the inline because it is consistent with other folding treadmills and rather standard in the fitness industry.

As for programming, even though the 3G upper displays are simple they still have quite a bit of functionality and can do quite a bit.  Other than not being able to log into our Netflix account for the 7 time, we did not feel like we were missing out too much.  We also like the ease of folding and un folding the Pro Runner and it was not to hard to move around.  Overall a really good treadmill under 2K

Pros:  3G Cardio has the “FreeSync™ connectivity with FTMS Bluetooth©” on most of their products now. Very solid and good feeling suspension with a great orthopedic belt.  Not much plastic to cheapen the feel and look.  Easy to fold, easy to use electronics.  Great warranty.  Quietest treadmill tested.

Cons:  Cup holder position angle, lower max incline level.

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