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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|
|Speed Range||.5 - 12|
|Incline/Decline Range||0 - 15|
|Weight Capacity||400 Lbs|
|Belt Size||22 x 60|
|Footprint||83 x 37 x 57|
|Weight of Unit||301 Lbs|
|Warranty||Lifetime Frame and Motor, Lifetime Deck, 5Yr Electronics, 5Yr Parts, 1YR Labor|
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.
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.