Manufacturer: Assault Fitness
Pros & Cons
12 Reasons To Buy
- The Assault Air Runner is one of the most popular non-motorized treadmills among home gym owners that’s currently on the market.
- We’ve used the Assault Air Runner for over 6 months, side by side with many of the other popular options like TrueForm, Woodway, Technogym, and others. Although the Assault Runner isn’t the best, it’s one of the best values.
- Despite using the Assault Runner for 6 months, it still looks as good as it did on day one (albeit with some chalk on the belt from metcons.) However, more than that, we’ve spoken to a few CrossFit Affiliate owners to get their opinion and none of them shared any issues unlike what they’ve had with their Assault Air Bikes.
- One of the reasons for the Air Runner’s great durability despite being in one of the most fragile categories for fitness equipment (treadmills) is that it has no motor. It’s completely self-propelled which leads to much fewer maintenance issues.
- The Air Runner’s monitor is one of my favorite on any motorless treadmill. It shows the metrics that matter and is easy to use. It’s much better than TrueForm’s although it’s still not at the level of what Concept 2 has with their Performance Monitor on their rowers and bikes.
- The belt on the Assault Air Runner is made of thick rubber that is extremely durable and provides good traction underfoot.
- The belt rides on hundreds of Abec bearings which is why it feels so smooth.
- Due to the weight of the treadmill, it’s very stable while running. This is a big plus as cheaper treadmills are often very light and shift while running.
- There’s a handle on the back of the Runner that makes moving it easier while using the wheels located on the front. It is heavy and pretty large, but moving it shouldn’t be a problem for most home gym owners.
- If you plan on putting the Runner in a garage gym, it will hold up well due to it being mainly made of plastic and powder-coated metal.
- The price of the Air Runner makes it one of the most affordable non-motorized treadmills available.
- The Air Runner from Assault has been used the last four CrossFit Games seasons and is a favorite among CrossFit athletes.
4 Reasons Not To Buy
- The Air Runner uses a heavier than usual belt which leads to a faster spin rate. This causes the trainee to run faster than what is typical making it unlike road running. I do think it’s superior to motorized treadmills, but because it spins faster, it’s not as close as something like a TrueForm Runner.
- The plastic shell is prone to cracking. This is cosmetic, but you should be aware.
- The entire unit is imported. To some that matters, others it’s not a big deal.
- Changing from a full out sprint to walking takes more time due to the weight of the belt causing an artificially high spin rate. So, it is possible to get thrown off if you’re not paying attention.
The Assault AirRunner completely redefines the manual treadmill, offering superior steel construction, dependable stability, and no-limits functionality in a streamlined, energy-efficient design. Few high-performance running machines are as lightweight (280 LBS) and portable (built-in transport wheels) as the AirRunner, and its compact footprint makes it adaptable to just about any type of training space.
Because it’s a motorless treadmill, the AirRunner uses no electricity, running instead on the energy produced by the user’s own movement. Whether you’re a beginner athlete or a competitor at the highest levels, the machine can instantly conform to your desired speed, even if you change your output randomly at will. There is no maximum speed setting—if you want to push your limits during a workout, the AirRunner will be uniquely up to the task.
Assault’s precision design includes not only a solid steel frame and handrails, but corrosion resistant hardware and a durable slatted running surface—built with HIIT (high intensity interval training) in mind. The included AirRunner console keeps you informed on your time, calories burned, distance, speed, watts, and pace, with a number of heart-rate and interval programs available. The absence of a drive motor and lift motor also makes this treadmill easier to clean and maintain than many comparable indoor running machines.
- Motor-Free Treadmill / Indoor Running Machine
- Steel Frame & Handrails + Corrosion-resistant Hardware
- Weight: 280LB / 127KG
- Built-In Handle and Transport Wheels
- Digital Console with HIIT and Heart Rate Programs
- Can be integrated into Queenax™ functional circuit training
- Uses no Electricity - low carbon foot print
- For All Skill Levels
- Color: Black
- Made In USA
- Product Weight
- 280 LB