True Fitness Alpine Runner
BEST FOR Trail and mountain runners.
THE GOOD This is a fell runner’s dream machine. The obvious reason to buy it is because it tops out at a monstrous 30 per cent incline, but all our testers were also wowed by its rocksolid build: the 272kg frame doesn’t wobble a bit, whether on the level or fully raised. The incline motor cranks out enough power to travel from one extreme to the other in as little time as machines with half the incline capability, and does so smoothly. Our test model came with the Transcend 16 touchscreen console with a built-in HDTV tuner and a plethora of workouts, including climbs up famous monuments such as the Eiffel Tower (324m) and the 192m Gateway Arch in St Louis, US.
THE GRIPE With the deck at 30 per cent, your feet will be nearly level with the console and your head will be in the rafters – your ceilings will need to be at least three metres high. RUNNING SURFACE 56cm x 152cm MAXIMUM SPEED 19kph MAXIMUM INCLINE 30% MAXIMUM DECLINE 3% PROGRAMMES 38 MOTOR 4.0 HP BUY fitnesssystems. co. uk
The True Fitness Alpine Runner has a maximum incline of 30 per cent: talk about the runner’s high.