Sole F80 Treadmill Review

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 While the Sole F80 Treadmill offers many of the same features as its two predecessors in the line of Sole treadmills, the extra features are well-worth the cost for anyone who is looking for an excellent all-around treadmill. Read this Sole F80 Treadmill review for the benefits and features of this fitness machine!

Workout with Confidence with the Sole F80 Treadmill

Recognized as “The best treadmill in its price range” by leading consumer magazines, the Sole F80 Treadmill offers a variety of features that are not commonly found among treadmills at the same price point. Some of these include a 3.0 continuous duty HP motor, a double woven 2-ply belt and 2 ¾ inch rollers. The Sole F80 Treadmill is so durable that it is capable of accommodating users who weigh up to 350 pounds and it is backed by an impressive warranty. Not only is labor covered for two years, but the electronics are covered for five years and the frame, deck and motor are backed by a lifetime warranty.

Push Yourself Harder with the Sole F80 Treadmill

The Sole F80 Treadmill offers many features that allow you to push your workout to the next level. In addition to allowing for a top speed of 12 mph, the Sole F80 Treadmill also allows you to reach inclines of up to 15 percent. The treadmill also offers six preset programs to select from as well as two heart rate programs and two customizable workout programs. You can also create user-defined profiles, allowing you to more accurately track your progress.

Keep Injuries at Bay with the Sole F80 Treadmill

While injuries are less common on treadmills than they are on outdoor running surfaces, they are still a possibility. The Sole F80 Treadmill is designed to help minimize your risks in a number of ways. First, the Sole F80 Treadmill features a 20 x 60 running surface, which will make it far easier for you to achieve a full stride. The treadmill also features Sole’s 33 x 80 Cushion Flex Shock Absorption Whisper Deck, which reduces impact by up to 40 percent as compared to running on asphalt. Safety features include a large stop switch, a low-profile running hood and a deck safety lock, which ensures the deck remains 100% secure when not in use.

Sole F80 Reviews:

This is my first treadmill ever, and I was nervous to spend so much money, but all the reviews everywhere (here and on Consumer Reports) said that this one was the best at-home treadmill you could buy. Why buy a cheaper one that will break in a year? You can’t beat the awesome warranty on frame, parts, and even labor. So with peace of mind, I took the plunge and placed my order.

First off it is VERY HEAVY and even my weight-lifting husband had trouble dragging it into the garage. But once, in place, it assembled fairly easily–the trickiest part was the plastic cover pieces–it’s nearly impossible to reach or see the screw holes in some areas–but those are really for looks anyway. I just took my first run on it and I am TRULY IMPRESSED–I have run on treadmills at the gym before, and this is definitely comparable. It is solidly constructed, very stable, has a smooth tread, the interface is nice, and has all the basics you need–speed, incline, time, calorie count, mileage, cup holders galore, plus a few extras like heart monitor handles(and separate chest transmitter), a fan, and the ability to be folded up and rolled away.

There are a few slight downsides if you are used to professional-grade treadmills at gyms, but IMO these don’t take away from the product AT ALL:
-The speakers truly suck, but hey, do you really need speakers on a treadmill? I have an iHome for my iPod and a tv with DVD player nearby, and now a treadmill–what more could I ask for?
-It is a little slower to speed up/slow down and to raise/lower the bed than models I’ve experienced at the gym–but only barely–and there are preset levels for both incline and speed so you can more quickly jump up/down

I am just so happy to own my very own treadmill to keep me going, and I very much look forward to maintaining my running regime over the harsh upstate New York winter, for once. Thanks Sole for making such a great product!

-Pookapuff “pookapuff” (Amazon)

Summary: This is 5-star Plus, awesome machine! Easy assembly. No adjustments, ready to run right out of the box. Much better than some health club machines and as good as most. Quiet, very little vibration through our floor. Heavy! This is NOT a negative. Two or more strong backs, a young Arnold or mechanical help and creativity are requirements. Only a 4-mile jog logged, so far. I’ll add to this post in a month or so.

The whole story:
I ordered my Sole F80 treadmill from Sears online on Sunday, December 5, 2010 and it arrived in the local Sears store on Thursday the 9th. I got it for 10 percent under their list during one of their weekend online sales and got extra points for using my Discover card; Sears is a Discover partner. I also bought the Sears extended warrantee and I hope I wasted my money. When the Sears guy was loading it into my pickup, I noticed that the corner of the box had ripped open, but nothing inside seemed to be damaged. I took date and time stamped digital pictures of the damaged box, anyway. I could have had it delivered to our house with no extra cost, but I didn’t want to wheel the 300 lb package 200 feet through snow covered grass with my light duty hand cart. It was easier to have it loaded into my pickup truck and then back up to our patio door. A second reason was that if the package arrived severely damaged, I simply wasn’t going to take it home. Refusing shipment from a semi truck driver can get to be a little touchy.

Once home, getting it into the patio was easy; getting it up the steps into the house was more difficult. Not wanting to strain my back unnecessarily, I rigged up a chain falls to one of the patio roof support beam that is closest to the house and hoisted the heavy end with that. The other end was no problem to lift. Once it was inside, with the light end on a mechanic’s creeper, I could crab-walk the thing sideways onto the cow stall mat that I had purchased from Tractor Supply; thanks for that tip, whoever posted it!.

Assembly was very easy and took about an hour until I got to the last six screws; they took about 15 minutes. The assembly instructions are not written for use by a simpleton. I can see where it would be easy to get something messed up if you haven’t had experience assembling this sort of thing. Actually, the most difficult part was the last six screws that fasten the leg shrouds to the frame. The speed nuts had slipped out of alignment with the mounting tabs, so I had to use a small nail punch to center the speed nuts over the holes in the mounting tabs. The top screw hole in each shroud is recessed in a pocket and the pocket isn’t big enough for two of my fingers. I didn’t want to go through the process of magnetizing the little Sole supplied Phillips head screw driver so I put a dab of caulk on the head of the screw so it would stick to the screw driver long enough to be lowered into the hole. Two of the screws are about 1/2 inch above floor level so rocking the machine up and blocking it with one of the Styrofoam packaging blocks made things easier.

I did a quick scan of the operating instructions, and did my first four mile jog in manual mode so I could play around with the speed & elevation. Everything worked as advertised with no adjustments. I have only a few very,very minor criticisms. The fans were next to useless, likewise the tray that clips over the crossbar between the uprights and the one of the shrouds rattled a bit when the incline was at 0 percent incline. A very minor inconvenience is that there doesn’t appear to be a volume control for the speakers so I had to use the MP3 player volume control. I have a small window fan that will do a better job of keeping me cool, the console pockets will hold my drink bottle and MP3 player and the shroud rattle was easily fixed with a small piece of adhesive backed weather stripping. I don’t ever plan on using it at 0 percent incline, but my wife might and the rattle would be very annoying. I haven’t used the wireless heart rate monitor because I’m an EMT and I have a medical grade pulse oximeter that I use to check my spO2 (saturation percentage, oxygen) and heart rate.

So far, with only 4 miles logged, I am very well satisfied with the F80. My wife loves the powered incline mechanism, the pneumatic assisted un-fold mechanism and the fact that it folds up and rolls around easily on hard floor. The F80 would be perfect with larger wheels, more powerful fans and a volume control for the speakers. An integrated DVD player with AV input to the display would be a great feature to add. Actually, my little portable DVD player will work just fine if I Velcro it over the fan outlets.

I have it on my calendar to post an update or new review mid-January, 2011. I’m really hoping that I have nothing of substance to add at that time.

-Campboss (Amazon)

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