The Epic A42T Treadmill – Solid Performer with Rugged Frame, Big Motor

The array of features included on the Epic A42T treadmill will make you do a double take. But on closer inspection – is it all really worth a price tag of $3,200?

The Machine

The 10" full-color capacity touch screen has an Android™ web browser so you can run along virtual trails while it plays high-def video workouts. And in addition to 45 pre-set apps and 4 user-defined programs, the display shows your time, speed, distance, incline, pulse, calories, and heart rate.

The full specs of the Epic A42T treadmill are:

Epic A42T Treadmill
  • 4.2 CHP Eon5 Drive System
  • 20" x 60" Tread Belt
  • 0-12 mph Quick-Touch Speed Control
  • -3% to 15% Quick-Touch Decline-Incline
  • Energy Return Cushioning
  • 45 Workouts Apps
  • Browser by Android™
  • iFit® Live built-in
  • iPod/MP3 Music Port + 2 speakers
  • Wireless Chest Strap
  • EKG Grip Pulse Monitor
  • 4-inch CoolAire™ Workout Fan
  • 400 lbs User Weight Capacity
  • SpaceSaver® Design with Easy Lift Assist
  • Machine Dimensions/Wt: 74.25"x 36.6" x 82.3" (HxWxL), 320 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame & motor, 5 years parts, 2 years labor

The Buzz

UPDATE: EPIC treadmills are no longer being manufactured or sold.  Check out our NordicTrack treadmill reviews to find a comparable model.

At first impressions, the Epic A42T is a dream machine. It offers a large premium grade motor with a 4.2 continuous horsepower drive system with self-cooling fans and a lifetime warranty.

The 20" x 60" running area features a non-stretch 2-ply commercial belt and an integrated cushion system on the deck. The 3-inch front rollers and 2.5-inch rear rollers are precision machined and balanced to minimize wear and tear.

These treadmill models also offer the new SafeZone technology, which quickly (but not abruptly) shuts the machine down if a pet or child gets too close to the back of the moving belt.

Along with dozens of challenging programs, the Epic A42T treadmill features a -3 degree decline/15-degree incline on the deck with easy Quick Touch controls on the handlebars that will change deck elevation as well as belt speed.

Other features include a 400-pound user max capacity, a large workout fan, grip pulse sensors, a free wireless chest strap for heart rate monitoring, and a SpaceSaver folding frame with a hydraulic Easy-Lift assist to save space in the room.

For entertainment you can choose to use the built-in iFit Live technology, Powered by Google Maps with Google Street View on the color touch screen, or plug in your iPod or MP3 player to listen to your playlist through the 2x3 inch stereo speakers. (Note: web browsing requires a wireless computer network set-up in your home.)

What We Say

You’ll love the touch screen and all the cool things you can do while walking or running – surfing the web reading emails, watching news and sports, etc., is a great way to pass the time.

We’ve seen good reviews on this one which is a solid performer with a rugged frame and a big motor under the hood. If there’s any con to mention in this review, it would probably be the price.

We’ve seen FreeMotion treadmills with many of the same specs for under $1800. Don’t pay $3200 for the Epic A42T treadmill; wait for a sale that will bring this one down to around $2200 or so.

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