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Sole F85 Treadmill Review - $1,799.00

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EXPERT REVIEW

The former best fold up on the planet is getting a little long in the tooth. Still has a solid design and good components but the design is quite dated compared with the competition. Sole has done a great job with the F85 over the years. The issue now is that many of its competitors are making units that are much more feature rich and have quality that is superior.

Number of Programs 10
Heart Rate Sensor and Type Pulse Grips & Chest Strap Compatible
Horsepower 4
Speed Range .5 - 12
Incline/Decline Range 0 - 15
Weight Capacity 400 Lbs
Belt Size 22 x 60
Footprint 83 x 37 x 57
Folds Yes
Weight of Unit 301 Lbs
Warranty Lifetime Frame and Motor, Lifetime Deck, 5Yr Electronics, 5Yr Parts, 1YR Labor

General Information

Sole Fitness is a company that sells decent quality treadmills and ellipticals that are built for them by Dyaco International. These machines are primarily sold at Dick's Sporting Goods, Sole's website, and on various mass-market websites like Amazon.com. Sole has quickly established their brand as a good value alternative and they have very broad distribution. They have blanketed the web with so many people promoting them it is hard to turn around on the web without bumping into them. Just remember that the majority of the people promoting them are affiliate sites.

Quality / Philosophy

Sole Fitness is putting good components on their machines which makes perfect sense since they are putting such a long warranty on it. They are trying to sell their machines at a value price with a high end warranty and the result is quite good. We would expect another strong year for Sole.

Outlook

From a startup just a few years ago to putting treadmills for rent in hotels all over the USA, Sole Fitness has quickly established itself as a mass-market player in the USA. The line is in need of a redesign just to bring the product up to today's standards but as happens with companies that achieve a good measure of success, it is easy to rest upon your laurels.

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KPMI - Heavy duty

Jun 30, 2019

When I bought this in 2010, most treadmills were rated for a max weight of 225-250 pounds and my significant other was over 300. This one was rated for heavier use. In the years since, it has been used almost daily for 40 minutes with no issues, except occasional lubrication. Now my brother has gone through 3 in that period of time, but they were other brands - either the motor or electronics would fail and they were supposedly used in a gym. The 'gee-whiz' stuff may be nice, but I prefer dependability. The only caution is that this sucker is heavy and you should probably go for delivery and setup.