The PaceMaster Platinum Pro VR treadmill simulates both uphill and downhill slopes, with incline adjustments between -3 percent and 12 percent. Expert and user reviewers appreciate the Platinum Pro's sturdiness and varied workout programs, including six virtual-reality courses. The 20-by-60-inch belt and 350-pound weight capacity are enough to accommodate even tall, heavy individuals.
Although most testers praised the treadmill for its sturdiness, a few reported that it shook at high speeds. Nonetheless, the negative decline sets this model apart from the competition in the same price range. If you don't need the decline feature, the Sole F80 treadmill ( *Est. $1,500) is an excellent alternative for general fitness use, or the Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer (*Est. $3,500) is our Best Reviewed treadmill for serious runners.
We found the best review of the PaceMaster Platinum Pro VR at Runner's World magazine. The Platinum Pro VR was also included in ConsumerReports.org's testing of more than 20 treadmill models, and has been reviewed by both TreadmillDoctor.com and Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com. User reviews are rare, perhaps because of this treadmill's nearly $3,000 price tag.
1. Runner's World
Runner's World magazine says the PaceMaster Platinum Pro VR's unusual decline feature offers "much needed variety." They also praise the Pro VR for its variety of workout programming and generally smooth performance, although some testers reported that the frame shakes at high speeds.
Review: Insider Training, Lisa Jhung, Feb. 2009
The PaceMaster Platinum Pro VR is one of 26 treadmills tested in the latest review from ConsumerReports.org. Mechanical tests were conducted to evaluate durability, and human testers evaluated factors like ergonomics and ease of use.
Review: Treadmills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Feb. 2011
3. Los Angeles Times
Endurance runner Roy Wallack recommends four treadmills in this roundup, relating what he likes and dislikes about each model. He praises the PaceMaster Platinum Pro VR for its decline feature and virtual-reality courses, although he calls the design "a bit blah." According to Wallack, the Platinum Pro VR is firm, but not as solid as some heavier models, when you run on it.
Review: Four That Go the Distance, Roy M. Wallack, Nov. 17, 2008
TreadmillDoctor.com evaluates nearly every treadmill on the market. They give the PaceMaster Platinum Pro good marks for quality, walking area and warranty, and praise the decline feature.
Review: PaceMaster Platinum Pro VR, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com