Sole F85 Treadmill Review
The Sole F85 Treadmill (2011 Model) is definitely the top model in the folding series of Sole treadmills and we will explain to you why that is. The F85 has a 3.5-horsepower continuous-duty motor and a zinc-coated balanced flywheel. Using this high-end technology you can reach speeds of up to 12 miles per hour and inclines of up to 15 percent. The Sole F85 makes it very easy to track your progress with the large 9-inch LCD back-lit screen. The additional integrated sound system lets you listen to your iPod or MP3 player.
The Sole F85 has a wide range of practical features included, for instance the two heart-rate controlled programs, a message board for tracking your progress and six additional automated programs. Of course you can also customize your own programs and even fold the treadmill while you are not using it. But believe us, that wont happen very often as running on the Sole F85 is very challenging and never boring.
Sole F85 Treadmill Specifications:
- Average Price: $1,999.00 check current best price
- Dimensions: 35 x 80 inches
- Running Surface: 22 x 60 inches
- Motor: 3.5 horsepower
- Weight: 280 pounds
- Speed: 0.5 to 12 miles per hour
- Incline: 15 percent maximum
- Capacity: 400 pounds
- Display: 9 inches, back-lit blue LCD
- Features: heart rate control, cooling fans, message window, hand pulse grips
What We Like About The Sole F85 Treadmill?
Quiet: If you are like us and usually watch TV or listen to your music library while running, you will definitely love the quiet operation of this machine. The low noise also makes the treadmill ideal for parents who have young children and prefer to do their exercises at night. The kids wont wake up. Treadmills are often very large and obtrusive, buyers sometimes find that they are limited as to where they can place them. The Sole F85 however does not have such limitations and, on the low setting, the machine is near silent.
Sturdy: Not only will you enjoy the super quiet operation of the Sole F85, but the machine will also stand strong and sturdy. That has the effect that it won’t rattle or shake as you are exercising on it, even on high inclines. It also means that you will enjoy your treadmill for many years to come without it looking worn or outdated. It also helps to avoid costly repairs.
Maneuverable: It’s not easy to find a treadmill that is actually as easy to move as the Sole F85. If you have a fixed place for it where you put it and where it will stay for good then this won’t be much of an issue. But in you will have to use a different place for it every now and then or if you will only take it out for the time that you are running on it, then you will for sure appreciate the ease of maneuverability. After all you want to exercise ON the treadmill, not WITH it
The Sole F85 has a special folding mechanism that enables it to be folded and unfolded easily within a few seconds. Worth mentioning is that you can also roll the treadmill around. That comes in handy if you have guests over and need to clear out some space.
Comfortable: If you have, like many runners, pain in the knees when running on asphalt, then rest assured that this treadmill won’t give you the same pain. The Sole F85 is extremely comfortable and has great shock absorption. While the treadmill is not the widest on the market, it does offer enough space that you won’t feel cramped while running. The controls are large and very easy to operate as well.
What We Don’t Like About the Sole F85 Treadmill?
Lack of Technology: If you are a geek then you wont label the Sole F85 as your newest favorite gadget. There is not much of new technology in this machine. There is no USB port for data output, no color LCD screen or fancy animations and graphics. If state-of-the-art technology is important to you and you need to have your treadmill connected to several other gadgets then this machine may not be the perfect fit for you.
However, limited technology has it advantages. First of all, the price is moderate. No need to pay for geeky stuff that you wont really need to run anyway. You pay for a quality treadmill and nothing else. Second, you don’t have to worry about your treadmill going out-of-date as technology evolves.
Speed Lag: There is some lag when adjusting the speed, more specifically when cranking the speed up or down. This is not an oversight by Sole, but rather a feature that allows the motor to have a longer lifespan. If you are someone who loves to adjust the speed continuously throughout your exercise and need it to happen very quickly, you’ll find that this treadmill won’t keep up with your demands as well as other models.
Limited Features: Just as the machine lacks in technology, it also has limited features compared to high-tech models. There are stereos built into the machine, but the speakers are not the best of quality. The fans do little in terms of actually cooling you off and instead just release a small breeze. They wont replace a separate air-condition for very hot places. There is no automated cool down feature to end your workout either, so you will have to customize your own program to meet these needs.
Why We Think The Sole F85 Treadmill Is A Great Buy?
We do a lot of Sole treadmill reviews here. Given that experience we have to say that if you’re looking for a serious treadmill, one that is affordable, sturdy, quiet and comfortable, then the Sole F85 Treadmill is the perfect model to buy. While it isn’t jam-packed with features and technology, most agree that this allows more room for a better quality design. You’ll certainly get years of use out of this treadmill, plus you’ll be able to reach your fitness goals – and all this without breaking the bank.
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