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Octane Fitness ZR7 Zero Runner Review

Quick Summary

The unique Octane ZR7 Zero Runner with iPad display works as a zero impact treadmill, strider and stepper.

Partly because it’s gentle on joints and minimizes fatigue, it helps people torch calories extra quickly with lower body training. It also has attachments for cross training.

An iPad Mini is included for accessing SmartLink training programs and data tracking.

Learn more from our full review of the Octane ZR7 below.

Specifications

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Model Octane Fitness
ZeroRunner ZR7
Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the elliptical's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

93.0%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$3,299
Best Price

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$3,299
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

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Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Cross Circuit Resistance Bands
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

58"
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Oversized Non-Slip Pedals
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

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Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

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Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

35
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

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Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Digital contact & Wireless Heart Rate
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Head Up LCD Display
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

300 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

63" x 38" x 58"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 93.0%

Our Rating

Rating: 93.0. The Octane ZR7 Zero Runner is a dynamic cardio trainer that provides zero impact exercise; it lets you smoothly step, stroll or run at top speed without pounding your feet against pavement or a tread track. The ZR7 is sold as an alternative to treadmills, elliptical trainers and stair climbers. It can do the work of all three trainers because its stride naturally adjusts to the user’s movement and has an impressive 58″ maximum length. Additionally the Octane ZR7 has attachments to support upper body Cross Circuit exercise. A Cross Circuit Pro kit with adjustable weights (maximum 32 pounds) is sold separately. An iPad Mini is included for access to SmartLink. SmartLink provides personalized training and data tracking.

This three-in-one fitness machine has an MSRP of $3,299 and carries a five-year parts warranty among other buyer protections. Here are pros and cons to consider, followed by detailed info about the workout programming and special features on the Octane ZR7 Zero Runner.

Pros:

  • Total body suspension
  • Cordless (Console uses batteries)
  • Naturally adjusting stride length up to 58″
  • Tracks your gait to help improve form
  • SmartLink training and data tracking
  • Free iPad mini to view programming
  • Cross training attachments
  • Tablet holders (Two locations)
  • Water bottle holder
  • Transport wheels
  • Wireless heart rate monitor (Strap not included)

Cons:

  • High price
  • Cross Circuit Pro kit with weights sold separately

Introduction

Run with zero harsh impact! The Octane ZR7 Zero Runner serves as a zero impact runner’s treadmill and adapts for short strides too. This innovative fitness machine suspends your whole body to help make exercising comfortable, and its pedals move independently to support your natural motion. The ZR7 supports a maximum 58″ stride and also has upper-body Cross Circuit workouts. An iPad Mini (included) and your wireless connection provide access to personalized training and advanced data tracking with SmartLink.

Workout Programs

The Octane ZR7 provides personalized training with SmartLink. SmartLink was developed with expert input to create customized training programs based on your body and goals. Choose from endurance training, strength training or active recovery (physical rehabilitation). Just like a car’s GPS, SmartLink can recalibrate during workouts to help you stay on track.

An iPad Mini is included. SmartLink is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0, iPad 3rd generation and later, iPhone 5 and later, iPod Touch 5th generation and later, and iOS 8.0 and later.

Zero Runner ZR7 Features

The Octane ZR7’s defining feature is its naturally adjusting stride. Its pedals move independently from each other to support your natural gait. You can take short stairclimbing steps, long walking strides or top speed sprints — all with zero impact on your ankles, knees and back.

Attachments are included to help you cross train with upper body stretches and other exercises. Training programs on the ZR7 can prompt you to switch between activities.

To help improve your gait and performance, a stride monitor is included. Keep an eye on the Stride Tracing feature to see when fatigue is evident. Adjust your form and train more effectively!

Long-term data tracking is supported by StrideLink. With StrideLink you can monitor a wide range of stats such as distance covered, heart rate and calories burned. View just your current workout, a month’s worth, or your full history of training on the Octane.

For heart rate data the ZR7 is compatible with Bluetooth, Polar and ANT+ transmitters. It also has contact sensors.

The console runs on batteries, so there’s no cord to limit your placement of the machine.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Octane ZR7 Zero Runner warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 5 Years

– Labor: 1 Year

Conclusion

The Octane ZR7 Zero Runner is an impressive zero impact alternative to treadmills and elliptical trainers. It costs more than these trainers but accomplishes a lot more too. Some shoppers opt for the higher model,  the ZR8, because it has even lighter pedals and moving arm bars — but the high quality and comfortable ZR7 is likely to satisfy almost any trainee.