Sole F80 Treadmill (2011 Model) Review

The Sole F80 Treadmill (2011 Model) is a fairly expensive treadmill – but it comes packed with features (not all of which are useful – speakers?) and is made to a very high quality, that means it will likely last you a lot longer than a cheaper treadmill. It is the ideal first treadmill for a home user, as it is remarkably user friendly, but it will suit hardened runners too.

Lets start by looking at specs and features:

 

 

Product Features:

  • Folding treadmill with 3.0-horsepower continuous-duty motor
  • Vibrant 7.5-inch LCD display with integrated speakers and audio cable
  • 6 standard workouts, 2 custom workouts, and 2 HR-controlled workouts
  • Easy Assist folding deck design; Cushion Flex shock-absorption system
  • 350-pound capacity; measures 33 x 80 inches (W x D); weighs 250 pounds

Product Specifications:

  • Motor: 3.0 horsepower continuous duty, DC type
  • Speed: 0.5 to 11 miles per hour
  • Incline: 15 percent maximum, rack-and-pinion gear design
  • Deck design: Cushion Flex shock absorption, whisper quiet
  • Running surface: 20 by 60 inches
  • Belt: Double-woven 2 ply
  • Rollers: 2-3/4 inches
  • Folding: Yes, with Easy Assist folding feature
  • Heart rate control: Yes, with wireless chest strap
  • Hand pulse grips: Yes, with armrest speed/incline controls
  • Display: Backlit blue LCD, 7.5 inches
  • Message window: Yes, scrolling info
  • Standard programs: 6
  • User-defined programs: 2
  • Heart rate programs: 2
  • Cooling fans: Yes
  • Capacity: 350 pounds
  • Dimensions: 33 by 80 inches (W x D)
  • Weight: 250 pounds
  • Warranties: Lifetime on motor, deck, and frame; 5 years on electronics, belt, rollers, and other wear components; 2 years on labor

 

 

Sole F80 Treadmill (2011 Model) Review

 

This is a pretty expensive treadmill for most – but at the same time it is a bargain if you are a keen runner after a great treadmill and have the money. I bought this Treadmill from Amazon and at the time saved 500 dollars (check if offer still on). Delivery was pretty quick and I was very happy on arrival. Then of course comes putting it together. This was actually easier than I thought it would be – took me and my partner just over an hour and a half to do (hint: we made it in the room we wanted it in, and got the delivery guys to take it there. It is moveable but not by 1 person, and two adult males would be ideal).

 

This is a fold down treadmill that only requires a quick push to get it to automatically fall down (slowly!) to the floor. The actual treadmill feels very solid beneath your feet but is pretty absorbent so it should’t hurt your joints too much.

 

To get started there are preset speed/incline/decline buttons on the side – however I don’t often run at these speeds, I like to go up a little down a little, faster, slower, but not always by the same difference – and you cannot define what these buttons do. That is actually a little annoying to me, but I guess it might be good for novices. Also, whilst I am talking about niggling problems – going from one speed to another takes a long long time. I imagine that this is a safety feature, as most cheaper treadmills do not have this,  but it is also a bit of a pain.

 

The LCD screen is awesome, and you will not find one as big or clear on many cheaper models.  It comes with a speaker system that you can plug your music player into and boom out some tunes as you run. However, the speakers are not great. They are very tinny and you are probably better off with either ear phones or a separate speaker system/tv/radio. Forget the speakers – enjoy the LCD screen!

 

There are two ways to measure your heart rate on this – Either on the hand grips or by a wireless chest strap (a lot like most heart rate monitors). It is not uncomy but for some reason I do not like to use it often – I think I just like to be able to breath easy without anything strapped around me.

The noise level is reasonably low and it has a high enough power level to ensure I get no where near to it. Is also has a “cushion deck” that reduces impact up to 40 percent as compared to running on asphalt and a host of other features as listed above. I have no idea if it makes that much difference but I have had no injuries so far, so that is good news!

 

Conclusion

 

If you have the money, it is a solid choice, has enough features for old and new runners alike, and as well as having a great warranty, it is made well enough to last you many happy/sweaty years.

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