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Sole F60 Review


Intro

Sole F60 Treadmill

The Sole F60, new for 2013, is what the manufacture likes to describe as an affordable trainer not only compared to the rest of their models, but the treadmill market in general.

The F60 features a 2.75 CHP motor, 20″ x 60″ running surface, heart rate monitoring, music-ready functionality (mp3 input) and more.

Additionally, the intro-level model is produced with quality material for its price range. Read our full Sole F60 review below…


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Specifications

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Model Sole F60
Rating

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76.6%
List Price

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Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0.5 - 10 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 15%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

2.75 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Phenolic Deck
2-Ply (1")
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

Pre-Defined: 6
User-Defined: 2
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

325 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips
& Chest Strap
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

80" x 33" x 58"
Weight: 231 lbs
Rollers: 2.0"
Display

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Blue LCD
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Years
Electronics: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 76.6%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 76.6/100. One of the first treadmills we’ve seen to have flywheels in the motor, designed to reduce amp use as well as extend the life of the motor. New for 2013, offered at affordable price.

Pros:
– Advanced technology has produced durable unit
– Running surface (20″ x 60″) is spacious
– Large 7.5″ LCD display keeps you informed
– Easy assist folding technology is effortless
– Cooling fan and heart rate monitor included
– Message board technology teaches you how to use the treadmill

Cons:
– Could use more preset workout programs
– Good treadmill, still not best Sole has to offer
– Music ready though not top treadmill for listening to tunes

Introduction

New for 2013, Sole Fitness has billed the Sole F60 as the “most affordable treadmill” ever.

We won’t go that far, but for a retail price of $1,399 the Sole F60 does an awful lot.

The treadmill features a 20″ x 60″ running surface, 2.75 CHP motor, easy-assist folding, LCD display and heart rate monitoring and is what you could describe as a “middle of the road” trainer.

Workout Programs

The Sole F60 treadmill provides 6 preset workout programs, including two custom slots.

The workout selection is not great, yet on par with other trainers Sole Fitness offers as just about all of them are seen with the 6 preset programs, two custom slots and two heart rate programs.

For the price paid the workout selection is inadequate and if you need more assistance creating a workout routine and monitoring progress you might want to go with a treadmill that is compatible with iFit Live.

Still, the heart rate monitoring is a nice addition as the Sole F60 provides pulse grips for heart rate monitoring and is also compatible with a wireless chest strap.

And don’t forget about Sole’s ‘message board’ technology which sends scrolling messages to the user in an effort to guide them through all of the details of every workout.

While there is some workout advice the message board is more of a walking and talking user manual where you can learn how to operate the treadmill without having to consult the actual owner’s manual.

Treadmill Features

First and foremost Sole Fitness set out to make the Sole F60 durable despite the cheap price tag.

The frame, which supports users up to 325 lbs, is precision welded for maximum durability.

In terms of other advanced technology Sole has added industrial quality motors with large diameter, all-steel zinc coated balanced flywheels for a vibration-free secure running/walking surface. According to the manufacture adding a flywheel to the motor keeps the engine cooler, thus reducing amp draw and therefore extending the life of the motor.

The Sole F60 provides a folding deck design which is not only easy to use, but also features a safety lock. Fold the treadmill to free up space when not in use and bring it back down with a deck that unfolds itself with the release of one lock.

A massive 7.5″ LCD screen displays exercise data rather well and in a vibrant blue hue. Check up on your heart rate, speed, calories burned and other useful data without having to strain your eyes or bend over the console to read it.

Quick controls are located on the sides of the LCD display to rapidly shift between speed and incline.

Stay cool and comfortable with a built-in cooling fan. Listen to tunes with a music ready mp3 input on the Sole F60.

Lastly, the Sole F60 is produced to increase the longevity of the treadmill with larger rollers, double woven belts, and bullet proof frames all designed to demand less maintenance while increasing the life of the trainer.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Sole F60 warranty and guarantee includes:

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Years
Electronics: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Return Policy: 30 day trail-period guaranteed, contact Sole Fitness at 1-866-780-7653 for more information.

Conclusion

Sole has put a lot of their emphasis on the F60 by offering a treadmill which is designed to last for several years at one low cost. As a result, the Sole F60 is either setting a benchmark for future treadmills to follow or either simply too good to be true.

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