Sole F85 Review
Top of the line, ladies and gents! This is as good as it gets for the Sole folding treadmill line. With the Sole F85 you will get a treadmill that provides maximum comfort and performance for all sorts of training activity; from walking/jogging to sprinting/high performance running.
Three of our favourite features with the F85 are:
1) The Cushion Flex Whisper Deck. The running deck that reduces impact to your knees, feet, and joints by 40% compared to running on asphalt outside. This is a pretty big deal especially for those of us that suffer with a variety of conditions such as flat feet, sore knees, or plantar fasciitis. We love it.
2) The Easy Assist Folding feature. The patented folding system by Sole that locks and unfolds the treadmill with a click of a button. We’ve seen and tested manual folding treadmills and this is a massive upgrade and improvement in convenience.
3) Saving the best for last, is power baby – power! The F85 packs a whopping 4.0 CHP (Continuous Duty Horsepower) motor, allowing speed up to 12 mph. Who knows at that speed you may be able to keep up with the great runner – Mo Farah!
Sole is super confident with this product as is evidenced by the quality of the F85 warranty. Sole offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor, and deck of the F85. Also included is 5 years of coverage with respect to electronics and parts, and 2 years of labour. All this coverage definitely takes the worries out of ownership, which is something we can definitely get behind:)
In addition to the Flex Whisper deck, Easy Assist folding, the unrelenting Power and the fantastic Sole warranty, the F85 also features a wide array of training programs, large 10″ LCD screen, Bluetooth & Smartphone connectivity, and sound system that makes this treadmill a great option!
- Deck: The F85 deck can reduce joint impact by up to 40% when compared with running outside on asphalt.
- Smartphone Connectivity: Connect via Bluetooth to the Sole Fitness App (iOS and Android); app allows to you connect your smartphone to the F85 and syncs to your fitness tracking apps
- Foldability: Fold this treadmill up and save yourself some space at home; the F85 comes with hydraulic assist allowing you to unfold and fold with the flip of a switch – definitely not a two person job (that’s Easy Assist Folding for you :)!
- Tablet Holder: Hook up your iPad or tablets- this can then act as the program monitor and send training data to your fitness apps and you can also utilize the Netflix app at the same time – to make your workout a tad more enjoyable!!
- Centre Console: A sharp 10.1” LCD screen that allows the user with ultimate control over the treadmills programming in a easy-to-read format
- Noteworthy Features:
- Power! (4.0 CHP)
- Power incline (up to 15% incline)
- Bluetooth & Smartphone connectivity
- Sole F85 External Speakers
- Heart Rate monitor with Touch Plus sensors
- Cooling Fans
- Safety Plug
- Accessory Trays and Space for Two Bottle Holders
- Preset Workouts: Ten workout programs to choose from (or use manual mode, and drive to your own tune)
- Sole Quality: Need we say more?
Strong Warranty: Lifetime: Motor, Frame, and Deck; 5 Years: Parts & Electronics; Labor: 2 Years
- Some may find 10 workouts lacking: Some people may want more workout variety and no ability to add more
- Some may find that changing between incline levels may take longer than anticipated & that the fan is not as powerful as needed (although these have been negatives that have been seldom observed)
The Sole F85 comes with:
- Lifetime frame, motor, deck
- 5 years parts and electronics
- 2 years labor
It has been touted as being “The Best Folding Treadmill on the Planet”, and to be honest, we can’t too much wrong with it. Certainly no deal breakers here.
|Motor||4.0 CHP (5.5 Peak)|
|Running surface||59 x 152 cm|
|Display||10.1" Blue Backlit LCD|
|Heart rate monitor|
|Dimensions||205.5 x 93.5 x 145.5 cm|
|Product weight||129 kg / 284 lbs|
|Max user weight||150 kg / 330 lbs / 23.6 stone|
|Warranty|| Motor: lifetime
Parts: 5 years
Labor: 2 year
Electronics: 5 years