Performing cardiovascular exercise regularly is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle, and using a treadmill offers a convenient means to accomplish this, rain or shine. The Sole F85 treadmill is perhaps the best folding model in its class. In this review, we'll take a critical look at the features and benefits of this popular fitness product.
The Sole F85 is geared toward dedicated workout enthusiasts; it boasts a powerful 3.5 horsepower motor. With a top speed of 12 miles per hour, the F85 is one of the most powerful models in the lineup.
It also has a tri-color LED display which tracks speed, time, incline, pulse, pace, calories, and distance traveled. The console also includes a message board that provides instructions and feedback.
The F85 includes 6 auto workout programs as well as 2 additional custom programs. These programs can be used with the 1/4-mile track feature to use a peak-and-valley graph as a reference to track the progress for these workout programs. The two heart rate control programs are also very useful for losing weight because the target range is automatically generated based on your age for a very safe workout.
The Cushion Flex deck adds to the comfort by reducing impact by up to 40 percent, which makes it far better than running on asphalt. It also protects the knee areas from too much pounding. The user capacity is quite high at around 400 pounds, but it still manages to fold nicely for compact and secure storage.
When fully assembled, the F85 treadmill measures 33 inches wide, 80 inches long, and 58 inches high. It measures only 72 by 47 inches when folded.
The automatic incline can adjust to a maximum grade of 15 degrees, offering challenges for the most seasoned runners.
The belt is two-ply and the roller is 2.75 inches, factors that contribute toward smooth, comfortable operation. There are also built-in cooling fans to provide comfort during longer exercise sessions, and an accessory tray can accommodate water bottles and other items.
Consumer reviewers praised the Sole F85 treadmill for its whisper quiet performance, especially when the machine is running under 10 miles per hour. Users also noted the ease of adjusting the speed and incline. Taller users enjoyed the expansive 20 x 60 running surface, which enabled them to enjoy a long, natural stride.
The only major downside cited by consumers was the price; this Sole treadmill costs nearly $2,000. Since this is such a serious investment, it is not recommended for weekend walkers or runners. But if you are planning to follow a regular workout routine and want a high-quality treadmill that's built to last, the Sole F85 is well worth a look.