Mark’s Note: This model is no longer listed/ StairMaster have replaced the D1 with new models within the amazing ‘Gauntlet’ range. Check out the tech on the Series 8 Gauntlet Stairmill here.
Summary: Top end equipment from StairMaster, this is a truly gym-spec machine and is a true stair-climber rather than ‘stepper’ (which mimic stair climbing). The price tag might put some people off, though I am sure that the quality is not in question.
- Sturdy pro level stair climbing machine
- 15 year warranty
- Range of cardio workouts
- Higher end price tag
Detailed Review of the StairMaster Gauntlet D1
Ever forgotten something upstairs in your home and you had to go get it, then you came back down and realized you forgot something else and had to do it over again? You must have had a bit of a sweat by the time you were leaving the house, at least I had. Climbing stairs really works your knees, legs and hips, now imagine having such an exercise, only made even tougher. That’s what you get with the StairMaster Gauntlet D1, only this time it’s safe from accidents.
It is an expensive and luxury option and compares well to even more expensive models such as the StarTrac E-SMi Stairmill with Personal Viewing Screen, but it’s still got the bark to give even the most demanding user a knee-fatiguing workout. Thus, it mainly becomes a machine for seasoned users, or at least someone who has been training their lower body by maybe jogging. I wouldn’t recommend this for a beginner, unless you’ve got guts, then I’d say start slowly. Thankfully, speed can be adjusted and it may even help improve your stamina.
This machine is simply a small escalator, only instead of moving in the same direction, you’re moving in the opposite direction. Each time you have to raise your foot to reach the next step provides a workout for your legs and hips as well as a serious cardio, so you get to work most areas of your body. The faster the steps are, the more energy and thus stamina. It’s safer though, than running up and down the stairs because unlike some floors, the StairMaster’s treads have anti-slip properties and ergonomically designed handlebars for support, it’s completely safe.
Then there’s the entertainment system, a 10” screen and a console which supports your iPod to play music and videos therein whilst charging. But this system wasn’t just made for entertainment, crucial health information is also visible such as calories expended and heart rate, although the latter is provided by a wireless contact sensor. Several programmes are also available to help guide you in training specific problem areas.
The StairMaster Gauntlet D1 does not come cheap, if you are serious about fitness equipment this could be a wonderful addition to your home gym.
StairMaster Gauntlet D1 Spec
- 8-inch steps with speed ranging from 26 – 162 steps per minute
- 2-window LCD console and a 10” touch screen
- Compact, lightweight, durable and rust-free polypropylene construction
- Polar-compatible wireless heart rate monitoring
- Dual water bottle holders, reading rack and accessory tray for stuff you may need
- Can handle users up to 350lb