Horizon Adventure 3 Review

Horizon Adventure 3
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Introducing new Horizon Fitness technology! The Horizon Adventure 3 Treadmill was released late 2014. Designed for walkers, it is the entry-level fol

Introducing new Horizon Fitness technology! The Horizon Adventure 3 Treadmill was released late 2014. Designed for walkers, it is the entry-level folding treadmill in a series led by the Horizon Adventure 5 Plus. The Adventure Series includes Passport video workouts, which work with your TV. The series will also debut ViaFit Connect, which links treadmills to the Internet. The ViaFit web app is designed to chart your distance covered, calories burned and other fitness activity. Time and again, studies show that people who track their progress are more likely to achieve their goals.

Key specs on the Horizon Adventure 3 Treadmill include a 55″ x 20″ track, Variable Response Cushioning and a 2.5 CHP drive.

The Horizon Adventure 3 Treadmill has an introductory price of just $899. The MSRP is $1,299 with delivery included.

What We Like:

  • Track Length:  The track length of 55″ is just right for walkers. The width is the standard 20″. Other treadmills in this series have longer tracks for runners.
  • Variable Response Cushioning: The newest treadmills have the smartest tracks. The high-end Variable Response Cushioning on the Adventure 3 isn’t uniform; it has three firmness zones. The track provides a relatively soft landing area and a firmer area for takeoff.
  • 30 Programs: The Adventure 3 Treadmill has 30 built-in workouts. These include manual mode plus interval training, distance programs, calorie burn programs and step programs.
  • Audio: Enjoy your MP3s during workouts! The Horizon Adventure 3 makes it easy with built-in speakers.
  • ViaFit Connect: More and more treadmill brands are integrating with the Internet. ViaFit’s main feature is the automatic tracking of fitness data. You can track your data with the ViaFit.com app or stream your data to other compatible programs.
  • Passport: While ViaFit deals with numbers, Passport is about imagery. Passport connects the Adventure 3 Treadmill to your television. High-definition video adjusts to the speed and intensity of your workout!
  • Display: The console is clear to read and easy to use. The workout data shown include time, distance, incline, speed, calories, heart rate and laps. There’s also a racetrack graphic to help visualize your progress. However, the console doesn’t look very “2015.” Horizon Fitness describes the screen as “extra-wide”, but we’re not sure what that means… It is 5.75″ wide, and many other treadmills have 10″ color touchscreens screens. For a great visual experience though, you can connect the Horizon Adventure 3 Treadmill to a home TV. Horizon’s Passport system will provide a sort of virtual reality as you exercise.
  • Console Extras: Just like health club treadmills, this unit has a reading rack and two cup holders.
  • Incline: Rev up your metabolism and get extra tone! This track can automatically incline up to 12%. Walking on the incline boosts the efficiency and effectiveness of your workouts. It also makes exercise more interesting, especially when used with the interactive Passport system. Ten “step programs” are included.
  • Motor: The best treadmill motors are both quiet and powerful. This unit has a 2.5 CHP Johnson Drive System, which is enough power for long and frequent walks. It has a lifetime warranty. Johnson motors are used on other Horizon treadmills and have recently received good reviews. Horizon promises that this motor operates quietly enough to let a baby sleep, but only time will tell for sure.
  • Folding: The Adventure 3 Treadmill can easily be folded to conserve floor space. The folded dimensions are 45″ x 34″.
  • Warranty: The warranty is a pretty good match for an inexpensive treadmill: a lifetime frame and motor warranty, a three-year parts warranty, and a one-year labor warranty.

Horizon Adventure 3 Treadmill - Key Specs:

Star Rating:3-stars
Motor:2.5 HP
Incline:0 - 12%
Running Area:20" x 55"
Top Speed:12 MPH
Weight Capacity:300 LBS
Dimensions:71" L x 34" W x 54" H
Built-In Programs:30
What We Don’t Like:

  • Customer Service: Horizon Fitness’s customer service isn’t always impressive. In some customer reviews, the service is described as downright frustrating. It can reportedly take a long time to receive parts or get repairs BUT they also are known to get some fantastic reviews for their service. They do not outsource their call center, so while the downside is longer wait times, you know that when you get someone, you’re getting a person in their office that often has the ability to put their hands directly on your same machine.
  • Contact Grips: The only heart rate monitor on the Adventure 3 is manual. Contact grips tend to be less accurate than wireless heart rate monitoring systems.
  • Stability: When this machine is properly assembled, we expect good stability for users weighing up to 200 pounds and maybe more. The Adventure 3 Treadmill has an official maximum capacity of 300 pounds, but it only weighs 177 pounds. Customers who use similar Horizon treadmills and weigh 200 pounds have reported shakiness.

Our Verdict:

The Horizon Adventure 3 has a respectable specs list. It has plenty of workout options and makes it easy to track your long-term progress. This is an affordable treadmill for walkers. You could expect this product to endure for at least a few years.

Before customer reviews are in, our main concern is that if anything goes wrong, wait times on the phone might be longer than normal. Lately Horizon has the reputation of making good products but since they do all their customer service in house, you may need to be a little more patient than normal to get a person.

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