Sole Fitness F65 Folding Treadmill
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- Value-priced SOLE F65 treadmill is powered by 3.25 continuous duty HP motor that drives speeds up to 12 MPH and an incline up to 15%. Ideal for home fitness use
- Rack-and-pinion gear design incline, two-ply belt, pulse grip and chest strap heart rate monitoring
- Six standard programs, two custom programs, and two heart programs; cooling fans and MP3-compatible sound system; 7.5-inch LCD workout display
- Measures 35 by 57 by 83 inches (W x H x D); deck measures 35 by 83 inches (W x D) and running surface measures 20 by 60 inches (W x D); 253-pound weight and 350-pound weight limit; 2.5-inch rollers
- Includes the following manufacturer's warranties against defects in materials and workmanship: lifetime on frame, motor, and deck; three years on electronics; and one year on labor
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From the manufacturer
|Motor||3.0 CHP||3.25 CHP||3.5 CHP||4.0 CHP||4.0 CHP||4.0 CHP|
|Wireless Chest Strap||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Deck||Phenolic||Cushion Flex||Cushion Flex||Cushion Flex||Cushion Flex||Wax Reversible|
|Running Surface||20" x 60"||20" x 60"||22" x 60"||22" x 60"||22" x 60"||22" x 60"|
|Unit Weight||253 lbs||260 lbs||264 lbs||271 lbs||265 lbs||299 lbs|
|Residential Warranty||3 years parts, 1 year labor||3 years parts, 1 year labor||5 years parts, 2 years labor||5 years parts, 2 years labor||5 years parts, 2 years labor||5 years parts, 2 years labor|
|Light Commercial Warranty||No||No||No||No||No||3 years parts, 1 year labor|
The F65 has a powerful 3.75 Cont. Duty HP motor which delivers challenging speeds up to 12 mph and inclines up to 15-Percent. The large 20" x 60" running surface is perfect for any of the 10 available programs. The 6.5" LCD screen is backlit for easy reading in any light. When not in use the deck safely locks into place, 100-Percent secured. Other safety features include a large stop switch with a tether cord, low profile running hood, and a starting speed of 0.5 mph. Additional features include cooling fans, speed and incline controls on the handlebars, and built in speakers so you can hook up your MP3 player, Ipod, etc for easy listening.
The value-priced SOLE F65 treadmill is powered by a strong, 3.25 continuous duty HP motor that drives speeds up to 12 MPH and an incline up to 15%. Ideal for home fitness use, the F65's space-saving design folds up and locks safely into place when not in use. Run up to six preset programs, including cardio training and fat burning specific programs, and enjoy safety features such as a large stop switch, low-speed start, and a low-profile running hood.
A Safety Lock Deck that locks the deck into place when the treadmill is in the upright position.
You can adjust incline at any time with the conveniently-located hand rest controls, and the vibrant blue display constantly shows speed, incline, time, distance traveled, calories, pulse, and pace information. A quarter-mile track function helps you work on speed training, and the console has built-in speakers and MP3 player compatibility, so you can listen to your favorite playlist while working out.
- Folding Deck: The design features a patented all gear rack and pinion system with a Safety Lock Deck that locks the deck into place when the treadmill is in the upright position. The F80 also comes with an Easy Assist Folding Deck Design, which allows you to release the deck, step back, and the deck will unfold itself silently while you watch.
- Convenient Controls: A streamlined control console features quick speed and incline adjustment buttons along the sides of the LCD for in-workout adjustment convenience.
- Precision Welded Frame: The durable, solidly-built frame is strong enough to handle repeated use by users of all weights and heights.
- SOLE LCD Display: A vibrant blue screen with large, clean readouts provide users with helpful information, including heart rate, speed, pace, calories burned, and other useful bits of information.
- Integrated Message Board: An alphanumeric text center sends scrolling messages to the user in an effort to guide them through all of the details of every workout. The message board will also recap your entire workout after you are finished, so you can see your progress.
- High Torque Motor with Flywheels: All SOLE treadmills feature the heaviest duty chassis and motors in their class. Features include powder-coated, all-steel welded frames and heavy duty stable inclines, industrial quality motors with large diameter, all-steel zinc coated balanced flywheels for a vibration-free secure running/walking surface.
- Rollers: 2.75-inch rollers have a sealed bearing design and copper ground wires for each roller to reduce static. Larger rollers make for a larger contact surface against the belt and longer roller and belt life.
- Belts: Woven two-ply belts with four layers, including two rubber layers over a middle PVC layer with a nylon backing that rolls over the deck and rollers. The rubber provides the durability, the PVC stops the belt from over-stretching, and the nylon provides a smooth, static-free surface to glide over the deck and rollers.
- Measures 35 by 57 by 83 inches (W x H x D)
- Deck measures 35 by 83 inches (W x D)
- Running surface measures 20 by 60 inches (W x D)
- 253-pound weight
- 350-pound weight limit
- 2.5-inch rollers
Controls & Features
- 3.25 CHP, DC Type motor
- 0.5-to-12 MPH speed range
- 0-to-15% rack-and-pinion gear design incline
- Two-ply belt
- Pulse grip and chest strap heart rate monitoring
- Six standard programs
- Two custom programs
- Two heart programs
- Cooling fans
- MP3-compatible sound system
- 7.5-inch LCD workout display
This piece of SOLE equipment includes the following manufacturer's warranties against defects in materials and workmanship:
- Frame and motor: Lifetime
- Deck and Other Components: Three years
- Labor: One year
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I went to Tractor Supply and bought 7 1/2 feet of 3/8" rubber mat (it comes in 4' rolls and is sold by the linear foot), to put underneath. It is much less expensive than a "treadmill mat", and this machine is 83" long, so the standard 6' mat is too short anyway. The mat cushions the machine to help it last longer, and it cushions the floor to prevent scratches, damage or movement.
As for operation, the treadmill is very sturdy, quiet, easy to operate and very easy to fold. It has a resistance mechanism, so when you unfold it, it brings itself down without much assistance. It has two mini-plug outlets: one in, one out. You can use the in to play your music through the built in speakers, or add a headset plugged into the headphone jack on the machine and listen that way. It also has a built in dual fan which can be tilted upward or downward to aim them where you like. The deck is certainly wide enough and long enough to accommodate a variety of users at a variety of speeds.
There are three sets of buttons to operate the speed and incline. One set of up/down buttons which adjust the speed or incline in the smallest increments is on the hand rails, one is just below the display screen. The third is a set of numbered preset buttons located on either side of the display screen to take you directly to the speed/incline indicated on the button you press.
This may be an "entry level" machine, but it is as nice or nicer than some I have used at hotels, and it feels as though it is built to last a very, very long time.
First about me. I've been running for about a year and half and finished my first half marathon recently with a time of 2:07... So I'm far from an elite runner, but I do need a treadmill that can keep up. I'm also training for a full marathon this January, and needed a treadmill to get those extra miles in each week. And as much as a gadget guy as I am (I run with a GPS watch, a fitbit, and bluetooth wireless music), I don't like gimmicks that get in the way. I was considering ProForms (with iFit) and Soles based on online specs, but once I saw them in the store I feel in love with the Soles. Their controls were more inviting to just "let's go running" with real buttons and quick adjustments on the side arms for incline and speed. The ProForm touch controls and screens had lots of features, but they all seemed glued together, sluggish, or otherwise uninviting. So once I decided on Sole. The only problem was the only two models I could find in the stores in my price range were the F63 (at $1000) and the F80 (at $1500). The F63 had a much cheaper looking deck and the built-in programs (although I don't really intend to use them often) were not a one click affair. The F80 on the other hand was more than I really wanted to spend and I didn't need the extra wide deck. So looking online I found that the F65 had the same sturdy looking deck and control panel as the F80 and came in $200 less. On the downside, it did gave up 2" of deck width, a little bit of HP and came in with less warranty.
This came via a freight carrier and they brought the box into my house (YMMV). It is insanely heavy, but the installation was also simpler than I had imagined. I would recommend watching the YouTube setup videos put out by Sole... I think they put together an F85, but it's the same process. After assembling it by myself in about an hour and half I also rocked it off of the packaging. It would be a lot smarter to have someone help you, but it may not be necessary. One piece of a plastic cover didn't screw in well, it didn't cause any problems in the functioning of the machine, but I called support anyways. They quickly sent out a replacement without any question.
Running is very nice on this machine, very smooth and no sticking. So I don't regret not getting the F80, this has all the power and width that I need. It really is overkill for walking machine, but it excels at it with lots of quick jumps to a desired speed and nice gradual starts. But I do wish they spread out the quick speed numbers (2,3,4,5,6,9,12MPH). Especially with the jump from 6MPH to 9MPH, since I often want to train in the 7-8MPH range, it means I have to push one on either end and then adjust by tenths of a mile to my desired speed.
COMPLAINTS (Wish list)
I wish the distance showed hundredths of a mile. Sure for distance runners tenths are close enough, but there is something psychological about .25 or .75 miles that .2, .3, .7, and .8 just feel like they're cheating you out of something. It supports two users with a memory for age and weight (for calorie estimation) and a custom routine, but it doesn't record history at all, and setting up programs feel awkward to me. I prefer just to run and adjust as I go based on how I feel. I wish instead, there was a user selector that would let you quickly select a user and log your distance/time while it was selected and while there was weight on the deck (so it wouldn't keep logging after you jumped off)... that would be great (especially if it could sync sessions to a service like mapmyrun, runkeeper or nike+).
My complaints might warrant a star to be knocked off, except nobody else is doing what I want (a solid, simple running experience) as well for this price.