Sole F85 Treadmill Review
The Sole F85 Treadmill has always received very favorable reviews. And they are well-deserved, because this treadmill carries on the stellar Sole reputation, and is the most advanced folding treadmill the company offers.
This machine rates very high in functionality, operation, programming and design…in fact it beats the competition in most areas. For under $2,000 you’d be hard pressed to find a better treadmill.
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Speed : up to 12 mph
Incline : 15% max
Motor : 4.0 HP Continuous Duty
Belt : 22" x 60" / 56 x 152 cm
Folding options : Easy Assist folding feature
Workout Tracking : Via Bluetooth and Sole Fitness App
Cushioning system : Cushion Flex shock absorption system
Maximum user weight : 400 lbs/ 182 kg
Warranty : Lifetime for frame, deck and motor, 5 years for parts and electronics, 2 years for labor
The 10.1 inch TFT LCD display gives you feedback on speed, incline, time, distance, calories, pulse and pace.
There is also a ¼ mile track and a peak-and-valley graph for several programs. An integrated message board displays a report of your workout once you’re finished, and has scrolling features enabled.
Incline and speed can be easily adjusted by pressing the Increase/ Decrease buttons on the console or handrail. Or you can simply press the numbers on console.
Heart rate readings
You can use the hand pulse grips, with incline/ speed controls included, or the wireless chest strap, which is included for free.
The wireless strap will give you more accurate readings so they are ideal for the two cardio programs built into the machine.
The Sole F85 console features 6 Standard programs, 2 Custom and 2 Heart Rate programs. Press the program you want out of the 10 program selections. Press Enter and insert time, weight, age and speed. Start the workout.
For user defined programs, select User 1 or 2 from the program keypad. Press Enter and insert time, weight, age and speed and incline settings. Press Start.
Heart rate programs are divided into Weight control and Cardiovascular programs. Press HR1 or HR2. Adjust heart rate, weight, age and time. Press Start.
Armrest incline and speed controls
Built-in speakers with iPod compatibility
Blue tooth capability and workout tracking
The Sole F85 treadmill is solid through and through. Not only does this machine work extremely well, and satisfyingly quiet at low speeds, but it also ensures your safety, no matter how intensely you want to go at it. It is a nice upgrade to the popular F80 model as well.
There are a few small cons, but they are by far offset by all the advantages.
We were impressed by the innovative 22-inch belt, which is a major advantage for every user, amateur or professional. As a wide belt can only be backed up by a serious motor, the F85 incorporates a powerful motor that runs smoothly at even the highest speeds. This may be the most powerful motor there is for in-home use. In this department, Sole F85 is a top notch treadmill.
It also excels in the longevity department. Rollers can be an indication of how long your treadmill will live. Sole F85 relieves us of any doubt. The large rollers help the motor run almost silently at low speeds and ensure prolonged usage of this machine. Also, the belt will live long. Once again, 5 stars.
Speed and incline adjustments are seamless. The F85 lets you run comfortably while making any adjustments by using the handlebar controls. For us, this has been one of the key perks of this machine, especially since many of us train quite hard.
The display gives you all the information at once, which we appreciate. We find it a bit bothersome to press and scroll, mostly during high intensity workouts. This display takes this burden off of you.
First of all, this treadmill is seriously heavy. It’s almost as heavy as a commercial model. So you see, you’ll be getting amazing quality, AND folding options, which is crazy when you think about it. But it’s the truth, and moreover, folding is quite effortless. The Easy Assist feature works excellently.
Those users who are cardio enthusiasts will be more than happy to know that this treadmill comes with a chest strap included in the price.
And to wrap it up, an impressive warranty guarantees long and happy usage of this treadmill.
Since it’s a very heavy machine, don’t think for a second that you’ll be able to move it around on your own. We recommend that you find its place before getting it inside and try to move it as little as possible.
The speakers don’t excel as far as quality goes. Actually, they are a bit below medium quality. It’s up to you how serious you think this problem is. For us, it’s not something to think about for too long.
This is one of the best folding treadmills ever designed. We’ve seen this quality before, but not under $2,000. You get great functionality, 5 star operation, easy-to-read feedback, easy-to-adjust speed and incline, intense workouts, a nice design and a satisfactory warranty. We highly recommend this treadmill to any runner, beginner or professional.
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