Octane Zero Runner ZR8 Elliptical Review

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Pros The ZR8 is truly a zero impact workout machine with a unique suspension design that gives you the feel of running on air; but don't worry, this machine still offers comfort and support and even comes with some high-performance features like air craft-grade aluminum legs, a 58” dynamic stride length, and tech-savvy programming to help you reach your fitness goals.
Cons There aren't too many details disclosed about the console offerings, like the actual size of the display screen or other options like audio features, so it's hard to say much about the console area. For this reason, we added the console to our list of cons. However; if these options aren't a big deal to you, it's not a deal breaker.
Summary Combining technology and performance with comfort, the ZR8 is the ideal low-impact, high-intensity workout machine. The console is somewhat lacking here and there but there's great program variety and access to SmartLink, which really makes up for the errors of the console. Especially when you consider the unique design of the ZR8, it's really worth the price and is quite feature-rich.

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Octane Zero Runner ZR8 Elliptical Detailed Overview

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″
  • Great program variety with 35 built-in programs that range from endurance to recovery to toning options
  • Affordable price point at just under $5,000
  • Optional add-ons let you customize your workout experience based on your budget

Octane Zero Runner ZR8 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:5-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 

  • Console lacks audio capabilities
  • Dimensions of LCD screen

The Bottom Line

The ZR8 by Octane Fitness is a high-performance machine that provides a unique, low-impact workout experience perfect for runners or walkers. The suspension design allows users to enjoy the intensity and excitement of running without the impact and injury of running outdoors or on a treadmill. As a hybrid machine, it’s affordable and can be enjoyed by almost anyone. And with the Bluetooth connectivity and extensive variety of workout programs, there are tons of options to help you meet your workout goals. The bottom line: we recommend this innovative, dynamic model for anyone looking to get fit and have fun without the injury.

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