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Sole F83 Treadmill

by SOLE

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  • Folding treadmill with 3.25-horsepower continuous-duty motor
  • Vibrant 9-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
  • 375-pound capacity; measures 33 x 80 inches (W x D); weighs 260 pounds
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Product Description

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With a larger motor and additional torque than the F80, the Sole F83 treadmill is an ideal machine for serious runners. All Sole treadmills are outfitted with powder-coated, all-steel welded frames and heavy-duty, stable inclines. Sole took the F83 to the next level, however, by using an industrial-quality 3.25-horsepower continuous-duty motor and an all-steel zinc-coated balanced flywheel, creating a secure, quiet, vibration-free running/walking surface. The flywheel is also much heavier than most other brands, giving runners the fluid motion they're accustomed to at the gym, or on treadmills costing thousands of dollars more. To accommodate runners with balky joints, Sole added its low-impact, whisper-quiet Cushion Flex deck. The Cushion Flex system greatly reduces the impact to your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine, making it comfortable for frequent runners or for users with running- and walking-related injuries. In a recent study, researchers concluded that the Cushion Flex deck reduced impact up to 40 percent as compared to running on asphalt.



The F83's console includes a vibrant 9-inch LCD display and an integrated sound system.
The F83 makes it easy to track your workout progress via the vibrant 9-inch LCD display, which includes windows for speed, incline, time, distance traveled, calories, pulse, and pace. The console also sports a 1/4-mile track and a peak-and-valley graph for different programs, along with an integrated sound system for listening to your iPod or MP3 player (the system includes built-in speakers and a sound cord that plugs into your player's headphone jack). Perhaps the handiest feature is the integrated message board, which offers scrolling messages that walk you through the treadmill's features or the workout itself. The message board will also recap your entire routine after you're finished, so you can see your progress from workout to workout.

The F83 comes complete with two heart-rate-controlled workout options, so you can customize the workout specifically to your needs. Throughout your HR workout, the treadmill will display a heart rate zone graph on the console while adjusting the incline to keep you in your target zone (the treadmill includes a wireless chest strap that touts a 99.9 percent accuracy rating). The remainder of the time, you can challenge yourself with the six automatic programs or two customizable programs.

And to reduce space, the F83 boasts an Easy Assist folding deck design. This unique feature allows you to release the deck, step back, and watch the deck unfold itself. When you're done with your workout, simply fold it back up and store it out of the way. Other features include cooling fans, armrest incline and speed controls, a wide commercial-sized belt, and a low-profile running hood.



The treadmill's Easy Assist folding deck helps save space in crowded homes.
Specifications:
  • Motor: 3.25 horsepower continuous duty, DC type, ultra high torque
  • Speed: 0.5 to 12 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, 9 inches
  • Message window: Yes, scrolling info
  • Standard programs: 6
  • User-defined programs: 2
  • Heart rate programs: 2
  • Cooling fans: Yes
  • Capacity: 375 pounds
  • Dimensions: 33 by 80 inches (W x D)
  • Weight: 260 pounds
  • Warranties: Lifetime on motor, deck, and frame; 5 years on electronics, belt, rollers, and other wear components; 2 years on labor


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 80 x 39 x 23 inches ; 290 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 305 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B003Z4E5VS
  • Item model number: F83-11
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,466 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Very durable, relatively quiet for a foldable treadmill.
A. Small
Sole sent me immediately a new console for free, but I had to spend even more time removing the broken console, installing the new one, and recalibrating it.
Greg
Excellent treadmill that does what it is supposed to do without breaking the bank.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Pipsi on January 16, 2011
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Received this a few days ago. I was impressed that Amazon was able to get this to me in two days. First off, I am a serious runner. Road races whenever I can and have done 4 marathons. I have also done a lot of running on treadmills at gyms and a multitude of hotels. I wanted a home mill because I am starting to lose my desire to run outside on those cold wintry days. I did a lot of research and had narrowed down to a few but the warranty along with the price and positive reviews made me select the f83. I considered the f85 but the better motor and slightly wider deck on it, did not move me to spend the additional dollars. It appears that these were the only differences. I looked at the smooth models but after running on one that my sister recently purchased I was not all that impressed. I also considered the lower end precors (9.23, 9.27) but even though I love the precors, I could not bring myself to spend the extra money on it when I felt the sole would suffice. However if money was no object I may have gone with a precor or life fitness.

So far I really like this treadmill. It is quiet and smooth. But it is HEAVY. So if you plan to move it anywhere there are stairs you should keep this in mind. However, you should also keep in mind that better mills tend to be heavy ;) I have not tried out any of the programs as I always select manually what I want. I also did not try the heartrate strap because I run by feel. I did plug in my ipod and the speakers are sufficiently loud for my workouts. A subwoofer would have been a nice touch but hey it is a treadmill and not a stereo system. So far the f83 is an excellent treadmill that I would buy again. And yeah, I hope it will be able to handle the many miles I intend to put on it over the years. So far so good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By saltytoast on February 18, 2011
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We have had the treadmill about 3 weeks now. Both my husband and I use it, mainly on weekends. It is very sturdy, works well, and we are very happy with it. Speed and incline controls all work well and are easy to use since you can access them both on the main panel and on the handles. I would have given the treadmill 5 stars except that it is tricky to put together -- it took my husband and son the better part of an afternoon to get it together. It definitely requires two people to assemble. If you are not handy or have no experience assembling equipment or don't have help, then it would be worth the extra money to pay for assembly.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Greg on April 24, 2011
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I am not sure why Sole treadmills get so much good reviews. I was expecting to get something closer to the high end treadmills from my gym, given the reviews and the price.

I use it to run at about 8 mph on average. The one I received is clearly not "wisper silent" in this type of usage. The motor and belt noise is not too bad, but not as good at what I used at the gym. But this treadmill is rattling pretty loudly when running above roughly 5mph to the point where I need to use closed headphones to hear music or TV. That's very disappointing.

I encountered several other quality or poor design issues with this treadmill:

-In the first 10 minutes of usage, the big green start button on the console broke. Sole sent me immediately a new console for free, but I had to spend even more time removing the broken console, installing the new one, and recalibrating it. I noticed that the new console has a similar weakness, on the stop button this time. I'll just try to be carefull to press those buttons lightly. Those buttons are just poorly designed, the circuit board underneath with the microswitch is attached by two screws on tiny bits of plastic.

-The audio input is completely useless, event when using headphones, because it picks up noise from the motor when the treadmill is running, making the sound quality unbareable.

-As other users have noticed, it takes an unusually long time for the speed changes to happen. It is a bit annoying when doing high intensity intervals.

-It is too easy to hit the plastic cover of the motor when running close to the console and handles. It requires me to move backward from what I consider a confortable position between the handles and in reach of the console.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DCPayne on May 6, 2011
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We've owned this treadmill since Christmas and have had a great experience with it so far. Other reviewers' comments about the platform being heavy and sturdy, the tread being stable, and the motor being reliable have all proven true for us. We have two users - my husband (6'0") and myself (5'2") and the platform length accommodates us both very well. We're also able to save our favorite runs under separate user profiles, which saves time starting up our workouts. Three things have kept me from rating this 5-star: (1) the fans broke almost immediately, and while it doesn't matter to us, I can imagine that being frustrating to someone counting on them; (2) the unit builds up SERIOUS static electricity, even though we've had it checked for proper grounding; (3) the audio connection sends our iPods into tailspins on occasion. For the price, I think this is a great product. Be sure to buy a thick rubber floor pad for below the unit.
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