Sole Fitness F80 Treadmill Review

Product Review

Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill

If you’re looking for a mid-priced treadmill that feels like a commercial machine, the Sole F80 treadmill is a great option. 

Sole treadmills have been used by major hotels like Hilton & Omni for several years. They have recently made their treadmills available to the home treadmill market.

The Sole F80 offers strong, stable construction with some fun stuff thrown in like iPod dock, built-in speakers and bright backlit display. Plus the new 2011 model steps up to a longer 60″ running deck, giving you more room to move.

Features:

  • Price: $1499.99
  • Motor: 3.0 HP
  • Speed: 0.5-11 MPH
  • Incline:  0-15%
  • Treadbelt: 20 x 60″
  • Folding: Yes
  • Cooling Fans: 2
  • Water Bottle Holder: Yes
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Hand Grip Pulse Monitor
  • (+ Free Wireless Chest Strap included)
  • User Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime on Frame, Motor and Deck, 5 Years on Electronics/Belt/Rollers, 2 Years on Labor

Verdict: Highly Recommended

Although not as flashy as the higher end Sole models, if you want a stable, well-built machine that feels like a commercial treadmill for under $1500, the Sole F80 treadmill is one of your best options.

It offers a higher grade of construction than many other similarly priced treadmills.  You also get one of the best cushioning systems on the market for maximum joint protection – covered by one of the longest warranties in the industry.

Overall, an excellent value for a great price.

Product Pros And Cons

Sole Fitness F80 Treadmill

1) 3.0 HP Ultra High Torque Motor For Longer Treadmill Life

The motor is the heart of your treadmill (and often the most expensive part to fix). So you want a strong motor that will keep running smooth and steady, even for long periods of time.

The F80 uses a 3.0 HP ultra high torque motor with a large diameter, balanced flywheel. The flywheel causes the motor to run cooler with less amp draw. This extends the life of your motor and gives a much more stable feel. You also get a lifetime motor warranty which helps protect your investment.

2) CushionFlex Cushioning Reduces Joint Impact By 40%

Good cushioning is essential in a treadmill, as cheap treadmill cushioning can damage your knees, back, hips and ankles.

The Sole Cushion Flex system in the F80 treadmill has been shown in a university study to reduce impact by 40% compared to running on asphalt. So you get great protection for your joints and a more comfortable workout.

3) Speed and Incline Controls on Arm Rests

With this feature, you can change your speed or incline with the touch of a button on the arm rests instead of reaching up to the console.

This comes in handy, especially when you pick up your pace and don’t want to reach up to the console – which can often throw off your stride.

4)  iPod / Mp3 Dock with Speakers

You can plug in your iPod or mp3 and listen to your favorite music or audiobook through the built in console speakers. There’s also a headphone jack if you prefer (which many treadmills don’t offer). This can make your workouts a lot more enjoyable.

5) Quiet Operation

Sole’s Whisper Deck is more quiet than even standard Phenolic coated decks. The deck also comes with a lifetime warranty so you never have to worry about replacing the deck. Sole will do it for you – Free.

6) Strong Deck For Stable, Shake-Free Running

Sole decks are also extremely strong which means they can take a pounding. When we compared them to several other department store brands, they just felt more substantial, especially when you start to run.

7) Horseshoe Folding Frame Adds Stability

Many times, because of the limits of the design, folding treadmills are not as stable as non-folding units. So you save space but sacrifice on stability. 

Sole however uses a special double horseshoe folding frame on their folding treadmills including the F80. This frame makes their folding treadmills more stable than many non-folding treadmills. So you can get a folding treadmill without sacrificing on stability.

8) Excellent Warranty With 2 Years On Service To Protect Your Investment

The Sole F80 treadmill comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, deck and motor.  Electronics, belt and rollers are covered for 5 years and labor is covered for 2 years.  This is one of the best warranties on the market. 

Of special note is the 2 years on service – which is excellent.  With other brands, you usually only get 1 year on service. This alone can save you quite a bit of money.

Pros

  • 3.0 HP Ultra High Torque Motor For Longer Treadmill Life
  • CushionFlex Cushioning Reduces Joint Impact By 40%
  • Speed and Incline Controls on Arm Rests
  • iPod / Mp3 Dock with Speakers
  • Quiet Operation
  • Strong Deck For Stable, Shake-Free Running
  • Horseshoe Folding Frame Adds Stability
  • Excellent Warranty With 2 Years On Service To Protect Your Investment

Cons

  • Frequent Runners Prefer the Reinforced Decks and Stronger Motors on the Sole F83 or F85 which are Built to Take More of a Beating
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