As part of the innovative Zero Runner Series, the new ZR8 takes zero-impact running to a new level with a new and improved frame and additional performance features. Retailing for $4,299, the ZR8 is a hybrid between a traditional treadmill and an elliptical trainer, providing a true running motion but without the impact; hence this machine’s motto, “run smarter.”
The new ZR8 comes equipped with aircraft-grade aluminum legs to allow for a faster cadence and lightweight pedals to increase overall efficiency. The performance grips and contoured moving handles also add to the comfort and performance of this model, ideal for progression training. These features are a step up from the ZR7 that lacks these high-performance design features. The ZR8 is equipped with a heavy-duty frame that can support up to 300 pounds, and it’s self-powered to provide quiet, cordless operation. Other design features include a low step-on height of 5.2″ and narrow 1.4″ pedal spacing (which is even narrower than the ZR7 with 2″ spacing). The ZR8 is equipped with an incredibly long 58” stride length that can accommodate users of all varying sizes and with the higher resistance range, you create the movement and pace to meet your individual workout goals.
The console area features an LCD display with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and SmartLink(TM) compatibility that allows you to create customizable workout programs and train to meet your goals. In addition, there’s quite a few programs to choose from with the ZR8 that include 13 endurance programs, 12 tone up programs, and 10 active recovery programs. Other console offerings include a water bottle holder and digital heart rate sensor. To monitor your heart rate wirelessly, this model is compatible with BLE and ANT+ heart rate chest straps; and while the ZR8 lacks some console options like audio options, there is enough space to use your favorite device for streaming music, accessing your favorite apps, etc.
As with other models by Octane, there are several add-on options that include a CROSS CIRCUIT Pro Kit, a CROSS CIRCUIT power band kit, and a Polar wireless chest strap receiver. CROSS CIRCUIT combines cardio intervals with strength training or stretching exercises for additional efficiency and effectiveness.
Octane offers a warranty that covers the lifetime of the frame, 5 years on parts and 1 year on labor.
Our Favorite Features:
• Zero impact training with a unique “floating” design with no friction and no required maintenance
• Internet connectivity and access to SmartLink for advanced fitness tracking
• Incredibly long stride at 58″
program variety with 35 built-in programs that range from endurance to recovery to toning options
add-ons let you customize your workout experience based on your budget