Sole F63 Treadmill (2011 Model)
Sole F63 Treadmill Review – 2011 Model
Named a “best buy” from a leading consumer magazine two years in a row, the entry-level Sole F63 treadmill is loaded with features typically found in more expensive machines. All Sole treadmills are outfitted with powder-coated, all-steel welded frames and heavy-duty, stable inclines. The Sole F63 Treadmill also includes an ultra-reliable 2.5-horsepower continuous-duty motor and all-steel zinc-coated balanced flywheel, creating a secure, quiet, vibration-free running/ walking surface.
Sole F63 Treadmill Pros:
- Solid and Durable
- armrest speed/ incline controls
- Easy to fold away
Sole F63 Treadmill Cons:
- Not the quietest treadmill
- No heart-rate control
- Built-in speakers and cooling fans are sub-par
The flywheel is much heavier than most other brands, giving runners the fluid motion they’re accustomed to at the gym. To accommodate runners with balky joints, Sole added a low-impact, 1-inch phenolic deck. The deck’s shock-absorbing design greatly reduces the impact to your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine, making it comfortable for frequent runners or for users with running and walking related injuries.
The Sole F63 treadmill makes it easy to track your workout progress via the vibrant 6.5-inch LCD display, which includes windows for speed, incline, time, distance traveled, calories, pulse and pace. The console also sports a 1/4-mile track and a peak-and-valley graph for different programs, along with an integrated sound system for listening to your iPod or MP3 player (the system includes built-in speakers and a sound cord that plugs into your player’s headphone jack). Perhaps the handiest feature is the integrated message window, which offers scrolling messages that walk you through the treadmill’s features or the workout itself. The message window will also recap your entire routine after you’re finished, so you can see your progress from workout to workout.
The Sole F63 comes complete with six automatic programs, including cardio training and fat burning options, and two customizable programs, so you can challenge yourself with multiple routines. Or you can opt to control the speed and incline manually. The speed range is adjustable from 1 to 10 miles per hour and the incline varies between 0 and 15 percent.
And to reduce space, the Sole F63 Treadmill boasts an Easy Assist folding deck design. This unique feature allows you to release the deck, step back, and watch the deck unfold itself. When you’re done with your workout, simply fold it back up and store it out-of-the-way. Other features include a 20-by-55-inch running deck, a large stop switch, cooling fans, armrest speed and incline controls, and a low-profile running hood that doesn’t get in the way of your running.
Sole F63 Treadmill Specifications:
- Motor: 2.5 horsepower continuous duty, DC type
- Speed: 1 to 10 miles per hour
- Incline: 15 percent maximum, rack-and-pinion gear design
- Deck design: Phenolic, with shock absorption
- Running surface: 20 by 55 inches
- Belt: 2 ply
- Rollers: 2-1/2 inches
- Folding: Yes, with Easy Assist folding feature (more Sole Folding Treadmills)
- Heart rate control: No
- Hand pulse grips: Yes, with armrest speed/ incline controls
- Display: Blue 6.5-inch LCD
- Message window: Yes, single LCD
- Standard programs: 6
- User-defined programs: 2
- Heart rate programs: No
- Cooling fans: Yes
- Capacity: 325 pounds
- Dimensions: 33 by 75 inches (W x D)
- Weight: 245 pounds
- Warranties: Lifetime on motor and frame; 3 years on deck, electronics, belt, and rollers; 1 year on labor
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At the time of this review, customers who purchased the Sole F63 treadmill through Amazon.com gave it a 3.6 out of 5 stars. The common conclusion of their reviews is that the Sole F63 treadmill is a solid treadmill but not the quietest. One customer also mentioned that the built-in speakers and cooling fans were not that great. You can read more of the Sole F63 customer reviews further down the page.
And even though this Sole treadmill is best suited for walkers and light joggers, a few customer reviews mention that they are indeed “heavy joggers” and had no problems at all with the treadmill. For long-term reliability, however, you should probably consider other Sole treadmills if you are a heavy jogger or regular runner (Check out our Sole F80 treadmill review).
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Based on expert and customer reviews, the Sole F63 treadmill is one of the better models in the budget class of treadmills. One Industry expert states that this model is, “good quality and value for the price.” Treadmill Doctor, one of the most respected overall treadmill review sites online, gives it a rating of 6.95 out of 10, stating “The Sole F63 treadmill is a great value!”
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