EPIC A35T Treadmill
A great product with a lot of features
I was originally looking for another make and model that I had researched online. When I couldn't locate what I was looking for in the stores, I came across the Epic A35T. It caught my eye with its well design look. Reading up on the features, I notice it had everything I was looking for in the other treadmill. The salesman demonstrated it for me and let me try it out. I knew then this was the treadmill for me.
April 23, 2013
Probably Too Quick to Market
Returned an A30T for the A35T due to issues with the control panel. Using the A35T for 3 months or more now, the treadmill platform is noisy, the controller has shut down spontaneously twice during workouts, the variable speed based on the iFit workouts has never worked, pressure to trigger the buttons and touchscreen are inconsistent, fan is useless, Platform on the A35T just broke or has become disconnect or misaligned from the frame. Less than 4 months old and not used by heavy runners. Will probably look to exchange to a different manufacturer.
April 12, 2013
$1600 waste of money nothing but regrets
Since we bought this 6 months ago its crashed several times making it useless. To fix it you need to spend an hour on the phone to fix their software issues. The main counsel was wired wrong so the tilt wouldnt work so they sent us a new one and we had to have the tech come out and install it. IFIT has issues about every 3 weeks with their updates which requires a call to the support #. We use our 14 year old treadmmill that still works from Sears whenever this one is broke.
April 3, 2013
This was a great purchase for me and I've been very happy with it overall. The treadmill itself (parts you run on and controls) are great. I can skip to faster speeds and back down again easily and the tread is great to run on. The only major issue I've had is that last week I selected a workout on iFit (Rome I think) and the treadmill shot up to 12mph! I can't get my Android phone to work with the speakers so I can listen to music when I run (luckily the phone has a speaker which works reasonably well). iFit software with Google Maps minor annoyances: The iFit software requires you to login on the bad keyboard each time you use it. There is no need for security on a treadmill. The worst that can happen is that someone will "steal" my workout. I enjoy the mapped runs, but they are limited to places the Google car has physically driven on (so sometimes you end up with no street scene). You have to pick the runs online (impossible on the tiny treadmill screen) so I have to do that on my computer. The one video run I did was great. I expected the "competition" events to be more engaging, and they seem to be just like the maps runs. I would love more videos with dialogue! :)
March 14, 2013
Not sure I'd buy this one again
We've continually struggled with both the iFit program and the computer on the treadmill. The treadmill turns on by itself even after adjusting the settings. Sometimes the treadmill won't turn off. The computer system seems to have real struggles. I would never mess with iFit again unless it was free. It just isn't worth the hassle. The treadmill itself is well built but we bought it because of the accessories and are less than pleased with the value for our money.
March 10, 2013
Worst Treadmill Ever
I purchased this treadmlll last month to replace a treadmill we had for 15 years wihch finally just broke. I am an avid runner and racer, and I like to have the option of running in my basement when the weather is bad, especially in winter. At first we were impressed with the set up and delivery since they were prompt and efficient, however, from my first run until today, the treadmill squeaks relentlessly. I spoke with EPIC twice about this. The first time they said it needed to be run on more to get the internal lubrication of the machine going; this would take at least a week. They also said they would send out a lube kit so I could use it to get things less squeaky in the meantime. Lube kit did not work, nor did running on it more. After another phone call, they said they would send out parts and set up for a technician to come to the house after we received the parts. It has been over a week and no parts. This morming, the machine said it needed to do an update and now has been stuck in "Initializing Update" mode for over 2 hours. Even if I unplug the machine, it still has this when I plug it back in. This whole thing has been frustrating to say the least and not worth the money or hassle.
March 8, 2013
questioning our decision on A35T
We just got this treadmill delivered today. Delivery and set up went smoothly. I set up the wifi and started to walk on the machine when an error message came on the screen and the belt seized up nearly causing me to fall off. It said it needed updating so I pressed OK but it kept bringing up the same error and then showing not connected to wifi. I called customer service, they had me reboot and try again. The update went thru then when it was initializing the update and got stuck again. Called cs back and they walked me thru some more steps to manually override the system.. Finally after 2 more hrs it started working. It's very stable and I like the incline and speed. Hopefully no more problem with the wifi and updating the software.. Fingers crossed!
March 6, 2013
Loggin' miles, love iFit maps, awesome cushion!
I've really enjoyed my machine so far, bought at the new store up in Orem. I got a free iFit membership as the promotion, figured a free hundred dollar item was a pretty good deal plus free delivery, then the rewards points from Dick's was worth a $20 kickback, so that is what convinced me. Setup was pretty easy, I just followed the instructions. I draw a couple maps every week and run them on my Tues/Thurs runs, which is a nice change of pace from staring at the screen showing my time and miles. I had a few issues for about 2 weeks when ifit changed their site up, but with the other onboard programming I was ok running calorie and incline programs until the dust cleared. Since then my wife and I haven't had an issue and I actually like the new site now. I've enjoyed the cushion, nice to have a bit of cushion on my old knees after years of running up and down the hardwood. I've had no soreness and am looking forward to hitting up the spring 10k's in the area and being ahead of the game in my new age bracket!
March 4, 2013
all good except for expansive use of android screen and ifit, etc.
the machine is great. I suppose that I could have set it up myself but did pay $65 extra for that too and now am glad I did as it is set up completely correct. machine works quietly and flawlessly. my 10th grader uses it for running. I use it from speed walking/cardio related, etc.
the capacity of the android screen is quite limited. though it quickly goes to the android apps screen via google--it does not download or manage any android (or other) apps whatsoever. :( Virtual keyboard is small and hard also for my large fingers to consistently hit all the right keys on small lower screen keyboard. it does keep the memory to log itself in to wifi if the machine is completely shut off; but, anytime you want to go on ifit, you must reenter your password/username to again get back into your web based ifit account--doesn't keep it in memory. I agree with another reviewer here that ifit is something to be dealt with---limited options in the first year will even cost you if you want to be a member into the second, etc. there are two samples upfront that aren't too exciting, but, thereafter has to be purchased. also, you can invent your own walks/runs too; but, I found that once I determined path and direction via the google realted screen, ifit also wanted to charge me for what I had created. screen use for basic treadmill functions, however, works very very well.... I use my tablet and put it in the book holder for the rest. also doesn't run other items such as netflix or intune (web based radio,etc.# as I had hoped; but, I use my tablet and put it on the book holder instead. it has preprogrammed to go quick access to msnbc, cnn and other similar sites; but, it is hard to stay attentive as screen size is an issue for my eyes. chest strap needed a new battery from day one. also is compatible with my polar strap that came with my watch. nice. speakers for sound aren't the best but are nice in that they do add amplification to my use of either my phone or tablet as I choose, and work for what I use it for here...... built in fan is too low for my height. I still use it as well as my own table top fan on pedestal drawer piece we have to get it up high enough to blow.......
This machine is sound, durable, and compatible to those that I have been used to using at the fitness center until we started with this now at home....... Generally, very pleased with my purchase. I did also buy the four year warranty plan ----just in case....#but two months into this, I haven't used it so far...love the larger motor though....... :)
January 28, 2013
Solid Treadmill, with a few areas for improvement
First, I travel for work 150+ nights a year, and I run on a lot of different treadmills. This unit replaced a NordicTrack I bought about 10 years ago. Overall, I am very impressed with the Epic A35t. First, it offers really good cushioning. It also is very sturdy feeling and inclines/declines/speeds up/down in a very smooth manner. From a running standpoint, it does a great job, and my knees are very pleased. While I was annoyed that it only came with a 1 year membership to Ifit, I actually kind of like the service. I have been able to create a couple goals/workouts, and the setup was extremely easy. I haven't quite mastered how to update the workouts in my queue, but it seems pretty easy. Now, for the less than perfect. First, the unit had a minor squeak for the first few miles. It seems to have gone away, but if it comes back, I will be calling Epic. I also had a few instances where it increased the speed just a little bit on its own--not drastic, but not sure why it did it. I also think the screen should be bigger, but I guess if it was no one would buy the step up model. The touchscreen can be a little funky too, but pretty good. Overall, and especially for the price, I would definitely recommend this brand and model. The only other brand I considered was NordicTrack, and to get something that was reasonably better, it would have been an additional 40%. If you can get this on sale (1699 seems way high), then I would go for it. We grabbed it for right around 1,350--great price point for a great unit. Oh, and the setup/delivery was free----they did an amazingly good job. In and out of the house in 30 minutes.
January 26, 2013