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Horizon Fitness Adventure 5 Review

Quick Summary

With a 60″ deck and compatibility with Passport Virtual Active workouts (sold separately), the Horizon Adventure 5 Treadmill invites long jogs, power walks and sprints across scenic landscapes.

Priced right at just $1,099, this popular home treadmill is equipped with 35 standard workouts, a quiet 2.5 CHP motor and three-zone variable cushioning.

Learn more by reading our full Horizon Adventure 5 review below.


Model Adventure 5

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Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0.5 - 12 mph

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 12%

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

2.5 CHP

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 60"

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

3-Zone Variable Response

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


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

Max. Weight

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

325 lbs
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.

Contact Grips

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

76" x 34" x 54"

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

7.5" Extra-wide Blue LCD
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

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


Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

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


The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 87.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 87.5/100. The Adventure 5 Treadmill is the top treadmill in Horizon’s mid-level series. Often selling for just $1,099 with shipping included, it competes well with treadmills costing hundreds more. Highlights include a 60″ x 20″ running surface, a high top speed, a power incline and ample workout programming. Dozens of standard treadmill workouts are included plus you can purchase virtual reality Virtual Active workouts, which simulate training in scenic destinations around the world.

With its low online sale price and a three-year parts warranty, the Horizon Adventure 5 is one of the best treadmill deals. But is it best for your home gym? Here are pros and cons to consider.


  • Large running surface (20″ x 60″)
  • Power incline (Maximum 12 percent)
  • Variable cushioning (Three zones)
  • Music friendly (iPod-compatible, speakers)
  • 35 built-in workout apps
  • Passport Ready (Virtual worldwide training)
  • ViaFit connectivity (Data management, sharing)
  • Contact heart rate sensors
  • Rack for a tablet computer
  • Easily folds to save floor space


  • No wireless heart rate receiver
  • For heavy running you should choose a treadmill with a stronger motor
  • Large footprint before it’s folded (76″ x 34″)


The Horizon Adventure 5 is an ideal treadmill for joggers and can handle the occasional long run too. You can benefit lots from this home treadmill without upgrading, but one of its best features is Passport readiness. The Passport system lets the Adventure 5 interact with your home television to immerse you in scenic destinations worldwide. Each Passport video can automatically adjust to match your workout intensity. Some other features meant to enhance workout time are a tablet computer holder and an iPod-compatible sound system.

The Adventure 5 treadmill has a 2.5 CHP motor, a 20″ x 60″ running surface and 35 workout apps. Its built-in workouts are shown on a 7.5″ wide display. Owners also get a wireless connection to ViaFit Connect, which makes it easy to store, save and share your treadmill workout data through your mobile device.

Workout Programs

The Horizon Adventure 5 console computer has 35 workout programs. These control the treadmill’s speed and track incline to help you reach specific goals for each session. The seven feedback categories are Time, Distance, Laps, Calories, Speed, Incline and Heart Rate.

Virtual Active workouts are also available with a Passport player. A Passport player works with your home TV to show interactive videos. These videos, which show scenic destinations worldwide, can adjust to your workout intensity and automatically control the Adventure 5’s incline to simulate the landscapes. As of 2016 the Passport player is being sold with two videos included. These simulate tours of the American Southwest and Northern Italy.

Horizon Fitness Adventure 5 Features

Bring your iPod along for extra motivation during treadmill workouts. You can leave your earbuds behind and enjoy richer sound; the Adventure 5 is an iPod-compatible treadmill with an MP3 player dock and speakers.

Advanced cushioning on Adventure treadmills protects your joints and muscles. Three different firmness levels are used, so you get a smart ratio of cushioning and support throughout your stride, from push-off to landing.

With a quick-control power incline, the Horizon Adventure 5 tilt up to 12 percent. Get a metabolic boost and isolate different muscle groups!

Letting you reclaim floor space after workouts, the Horizon Adventure 5 has a hydraulic folding design. It’s easy to move the deck upward for vertical storage.

The Horizon Adventure 5 has a tablet computer rack and a water bottle holder.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Horizon Adventure 5 Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Motor: Lifetime

– Parts: 3 Years

– Labor: 1 year

Horizon includes a 30 day free trial minus shipping expenses.


The Horizon Adventure 5 is a good choice for individuals and families getting started with serious cardio training. While this treadmill isn’t designed for marathon training, the Adventure 5 can fit most people’s needs in terms of power and offers extra muscle toning with its power incline. Its many preset workouts and Passport Ready status can keep boosting your fitness level for years to come.

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