Sole F85 Treadmill Review
Sole F85 Treadmill Review
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The Sole F85 is said to be the company’s flagship folding treadmill model (although the Sole Fitness F80 is also up there). It’s no surprise when you consider its ranges of features, including a 4.0 continuous duty HP motor, a very large running deck, 10 workout programs, in addition to a sound system, shock absorption Cushion Flex deck, and more. However, there are a couple of things that you need to be aware of.
The first thing to say is that the F85 is one very well-constructed piece of exercise equipment, which comes as no surprise when you consider that it weighs a hefty 265 lbs.
The frame is precision welded and therefore strong enough to handle repeated use by the the heaviest of users (the F85 has a maximum user weight capacity of 400 lbs). The treadmill features the heaviest duty chassis and motor in its class, as well as all-steel zinc coated balanced flywheels for a vibration-free secure running/walking surface.
You rarely find treadmills coming with a 4.0 continuous duty HP motor but the Sole F85 does, at sub $2,000 at that. This means that with its top speed of 12 mph the treadmill is powerful enough for sprinting on, yet you can also work out at a walking space if desired thanks to the minimum speed of 0.5 mph.
You would expect a treadmill with such a powerful motor to be loud in operation; however, surprisingly, this isn’t the case, and you can watch T.V without having to turn the volume up as you exercise.
There are 10 workout programs to choose from, including six standard programs, two user customization programs, and two heart rate control programs. Therefore, you should be able to find a program that is in line with your short term and long term fitness goals, particularly as the manual programs are highly customizable.
The heart-rate control programs should not be ignored either, as they automatically calculate your recommended target range based on your age. This results in the most efficient and safest workout possible.
The treadbelt is another one of the Sole F85 strong points. At 22 x 60 inches it is the largest running deck Sole offer. This is great news for tall users with long strides because they won’t feel confined as they exercise. The running deck can also be adjusted by up to 15%, allowing you to tailor your workout to be more challenging.
However, our favorite aspect of the running deck (and one of favorite features of the treadmill full stop) is its cushioning system (Cushion Flex Whisper Deck), as it reduces the impact felt on your joints by up to 40% compared to running on asphalt. While all users are likely to find this beneficial, those with knee trouble or any other joint pain are likely to find this feature invaluable.
The Sole F85 computer monitor provides you with feedback on time, distance, speed, incline, pace, calories burned and pulse. Your pulse can be recored in one of two ways. You can either place your hands on the contact heart rate grips, or use a chest strap heart monitor to obtain a more accurate reading.
The nine-inch LCD display features a vibrant blue screen with large readouts and is therefore easy to read. There is also something called an integrated message board, which recaps your entire workout after you have finished and sends scrolling messages to guide you through all of the details of every workout.
Other features include cooling fans, although they aren’t powerful enough to be effective during a tough workout, and an MP3- compatible sound system, with the sound quality being better than the majority of other treadmills that come with built-in speakers.
Even though the Sole F85 weighs 265 pounds it is easy to keep out of the way and store. This is down to the “Easy Assist Folding Deck Design,” which automatically folds the treadmill, and the F85 coming with transport wheels.
The F85 is backed by a lifetime frame, motor and deck, 5-year electronics, and 2-year labor warranty.
35 x 58 x 80 inches
Sole F85 Treadmill Review by Users
Lots of positive things have been said about the F85. Users say that the treadmill is well-constructed and therefore feels sturdy and does not wobble or shake when in operation.
In spite of its power it is also surprisingly quiet, according to users, enabling them to watch T.V as they work out without having to turn the volume up. The ample storage space is appreciated, as is the quality of the sound system, especially when compared to other treadmills. Sole’s customer service has also been praised, although the company are apparently hard to reach by email.
However, according to users, there is a problem with the fan, and when you reach 1,000 calories or 100 minutes the counter goes back to zero. There are also other things that could be improved upon.
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Besides the ineffective fan and calorie and minutes counter resetting when having reached 1,000 calories or 100 minutes, the only other thing to complain about is how the treadmill takes about 20 seconds to work its way up to the speed you have just inputted.
Anything Else You Should Know?
While the Sole Fitness F85 suffers from a couple of issues, such as its ineffective fan and calorie and minute counter resetting, it’s hard to find anything of significance to complain about. Therefore, if you’ve been looking for a well-constructed treadmill that ticks all the right boxes in regards to performance and comfort, you may have found it in the F85. The generous warranty is also a plus.