Sole F80 Treadmill

Overview

The Sole F80 Treadmill has been voted a Best Buy in its category for several years now, and for good reason. This model is a great improvement on the earlier version, with a larger running surface, more powerful motor and more vibrant LCD display.

The company has also recently added Bluetooth capability, so you can now track all of your workout results and sync them with your favorite fitness apps.

Specifications

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Speed : 0.5- 12 mph

Motor : 3.5 HP Continuous Duty, DC type

Incline : up to 15%

Decline : none

Extra Speed and Incline controls : on the arm rests

Belt : 22 x 60 inches

Workout Tracking : Via Bluetooth and Sole Fitness App

Cushion System : reduces impact up to 40%

Belt Lubrication : uses a low-friction bed

Maximum User Weight : 375 lbs.

Warranty : Lifetime for motor, deck and frame, 5 years for electronics and 2 years for in-home service

Best Features

Cushion Flex Whisper Deck

The Sole F80 features the Cushion Flex Deck which has been shown to reduce impact by as much as 40% compared with running outside. It’s the kind of running surface you typically find on much more expensive treadmills, and is surprisingly quiet even during heavy usage.

Heart Rate Monitoring

You can choose one of the two options to monitor your heart rate: the hand pulse grips or the wireless chest strap that is included for free. Monitoring wirelessly gives you a more accurate reading that will keep you in your ideal zone, especially with the two built-in cardio programs.

Diverse Workouts

The F80 offers 10 workouts: 2 User Defined programs, 2 Heart Rate Control and 6 Standard programs.

So you have a nice array of workouts to choose from, and even in manual mode you can ramp up the incline to an impressive 15%.

Sole F80 Console

There is a track feature as well as a Peak and Valley graph so you can follow your workout to monitor your progress

Strong Durable Frame

Sole Fitness is know for the quality of their treadmills and ellipticals, and the F80 is no exception. It has a precision welded frame that can stand up to heavy usage, just like the ones you’ll find at the gym.

Easy Folding Design

The Sole F80 treadmill has special easy folding deck design, which happens with the touch of the release button. It makes storage very easy after your workouts, and will lock into place for safety.

Other Great Features

Some other nice touches include a strong, yet quiet 3.5 CHP motor, a 9″ LCD display with all of the relevant workout metrics, built-in speakers and workout tracking via Bluetooth technology.

Conclusions

The Sole F80 is one of the best treadmills out there for the price. It’s an improved version of earlier models, with even more attractive features for the same price. We highly recommend it to users looking for a strong, comfortable and smooth machine, as it bridges the gap between the F65 and the F85 folding treadmills quite nicely.

This model will best serve users who need a wider running surface. Sole F80 incorporates one of the largest surfaces for the price given, a strong advantage for heavier or taller users. One of our testers is significantly tall and this treadmill seems to fit his needs just fine.

The motor presents its fare share of advantages. It is strong and sturdy, going up to 12 mph. In addition, it remained surprisingly silent even during our hard workouts. The cushioning system succeeds in reducing impact so much that we feel no pressure and no stress when workouts are done, even the tough ones.

The display is designed to make workouts a whole lot easier for every user. It is divided into several screens that help keeping track of our performance much quicker. Speed, incline, time, distance, approximate number of burned calories, pulse and pace are concentrated in different windows that make feedback easy to read.

A big advantage is being able to manipulate speed and incline without reaching out to the console. This treadmill includes speed and incline controls right on the arm rests.

To make it all even more appealing, you get the wireless chest strap when purchasing the treadmill. It’s most common for treadmills to include the possibility of using a chest strap, without including the chest strap in the price. It’s just another reason why this treadmill was voted Best Buy in its price range by consumers and critics.

The Sole F80 model allows users to create up to 2 profiles, which is great if there’s more than 1 user working out on this treadmill.

You can insert age and weight, which means you’ll be getting more accurate calorie feedback.

Assembling is relatively easy, although you will likely need two people for the job.

All in all, the F80 tops our Best Buy list for its outstanding warranty, the features included and its performance…it is one of the best choices on the market today.

2 Responses to Sole F80 Treadmill

  1. Bob says:

    I bought this treadmill for my wife in June. She is still very happy with her gift.

  2. Erin says:

    So just following up with you on the treadmill I purchased. I bought it from Dicks but they no longer carry that line there which makes me a little nervous as to why. But…

    I decided to spend the little extra on the SOLE F80. We tried out numerous ones at the stores and when it came to bang for the buck this was the winner. With being more solid, better set up, more powerful engine, wider belt, better warranty, it was worth the additional cash for us.

    I REALLY like my treadmill. I used one at the gym all the time so I knew what I wanted to have. It does pretty much everything… Has great sound (although the cord that came with it distorted it, we just spent a few bucks and bought a better audio cord. It’s got great sound now). It is very solid yet has some give when you run on it. We have run and walked and both been satisfied. The main differences between this treadmill and the more expensive ones at the gym is the rate at which you can change the speed. The Sole is a bit slower. And the noise. This treadmill is just a little bit louder. But at the cost difference those are VERY minimal.

    I also like that you can preset a workout and then do it again the next day. There are drink holders on the top console. Some people said they were too low. There are ones below but there are also two additional that water bottles fit into on the top.

    It is a very big and sturdy machine but it can also fold up with EXTREME ease. I do miss the camaraderie of working out in a gym, but overall I am EXTREMELY happy with my purchase and thank you for all of your great reviews.

    If you have any more questions just let me know.

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