Octane Zero Runner ZR7 Elliptical Review

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Pros The Octane Fitness Zero Runner ZR7 is a dynamic cardio trainer for comfortable walking, jogging or running no matter what the weather. Combining benefits of treadmills and elliptical trainers, the ZR7 supports strides up to 58” long and suspends the entire body to allow effective, efficient exercise with zero harsh impact. Its intelligent console provides feedback about gait to help the user maintain a healthy posture and make the most of each training session. The ZR7 for 2016 is compatible with the SmartLink digital training platform for workout guidance and stats tracking, and it has Bluetooth© to connect with apps for entertainment or multitasking too. This cardio trainer is available with optional upper-body workout equipment to support cross training.
Cons The Octane ZR7 has three main possible drawbacks. First, unlike the ZR8, it doesn’t have moving arm bars. Second, its footprint of 38” x 63” isn’t compact enough for some home workout areas. Third, Zero Runners are priced higher than more traditional cardio trainers.
Summary The Octane ZR7 is ideal for those who love to run but can’t always train outdoors, or who are training with extra care to avoid exercise-related injury. This alternative to treadmills and elliptical trainers supports climbing, walking and running with up to 58” elliptical paths and zero harsh impact. The Zero Runner ZR7 has helpful electronics too; it can provide gait analysis and is compatible with the SmartLink digital training platform.

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Octane Zero Runner ZR7 Elliptical Detailed Overview

The Zero Runner ZR7 is a unique cardio trainer built in the USA by Octane Fitness. It’s named for what it lets people do: run with zero harsh impact! Additionally the ZR7 supports walking, jogging and simulated climbing. Its elliptical footpath naturally adjusts to match the user’s gait up to 58”. For all exercise types this machine suspends the entire body to allow very efficient cardio training and calorie burn without straining sensitive joints, muscles or connective tissues. Its combination of stride versatility and zero impact makes the Zero Runner ZR7 a popular alternative to elliptical trainers, stair climbers and treadmills.

The Zero Runner ZR7 in this review, unlike the ZR8, does not have moving arm bars. It’s sold with optional cross training equipment for upper body exercise and gives access to cross training workouts as well as standard lower body workouts. These workouts are delivered by the digital training platform SmartLink. In addition to featuring hundreds of well-categorized tutorial videos and preset training programs, SmartLink can set up personalized 30-day, 60-day and 90-day exercise plans. With each workout session the Octane ZR7 can provide gait analysis along with heart rate, distance covered and other key statistics on its LCD screen. Trainees can save data in SmartLink for long-term tracking.

Octane Fitness has paired the Zero Runner ZR7 with a competitive warranty package that provides five years of parts protection among other benefits.

Our Favorite Features

Here are some selling points for the Octane ZR7  Zero Runner:

  • Functions as a stair climber, elliptical and treadmill
  • Zero-impact design minimizes the risk of injury
  • Bluetooth© included for workout programs and data tracking
  • Can hold a tablet computer (Two locations)
  • Heart rate monitoring (Wireless and contact)
  • Gait analysis to promote healthy posture and endurance
  • Water bottle holder
  • Optional attachments for strength training
  • Low step-up height for comfort and to fit in rooms with low ceilings
  • Cordless design lets the machine work anywhere
  • Not too bulky for home use (Footprint is 38” x 63”)
  • Transport wheels
  • Generous warranty (Five years for parts, lifetime for the frame, one year labor)

Octane Zero Runner ZR7 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:58"
Programs:35 Programs
Weight Capacity:300 LBS
Dimensions:63" L x 38" W x 58" H

Our Least Favorite Features

Like most fitness machines, the Octane Zero Runner ZR7 isn’t for everyone. Here are some potential drawbacks:

  • Costs more than standard cardio trainers
  • Does not fold for storage
  • Does not have moving arm bars, unlike the Zero Runner ZR8

The Bottom Line

The Octane Zero Runner ZR7 is unique for simulating running, jogging and walking with zero impact. It’s especially popular with people who enjoy running “the usual way” but know that repeatedly pounding pavement or a treadmill deck has risks. Whether you have struggled with joint sensitivity or are aiming to avoid it altogether, the ZR7 can be the perfect solution to keeping fit. It makes serious and safe cardio training available 24/7. Manageable size, cordless operation and attached wheels help make it a convenient trainer for home use.

Also highly rated is the Octane Zero Runner ZR8. The main benefit of choosing the ZR8 rather than the ZR7 in this review is the addition of moving arm bars.

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