Sole F65 Treadmill Review
The Sole F65 is a sturdy foldable treadmill built for comfortable running and walking at home.
Revamped for the 2016 model year, this popular cardio trainer is even more powerful and roomy than before, plus it has an upgraded console and Bluetooth.
Key specs include a 3.25 CHP motor, a 60″ x 22″ track with power incline, and a commercial deck for excellent shock absorption.
Learn more from our full Sole F65 Treadmill review below.
|Speed||0.5 - 12 mph|
|Incline||0 - 15%|
|Deck||22" x 60"|
|Belt||Double Woven 2-ply Belts
|Max. Weight||350 lbs|
|Heart Rate||Pulse Grips & Wireless Chest Strap|
|Dimensions||83" x 33" x 57"
Weight: 253 lbs
Deck: 3 Years
Parts: 3 Years
Electronics: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year
Rating: 83.8/100. The new Sole F65 Treadmill is the second of five steel-framed folding treadmill models in the Sole Fitness series for 2016. With an online sale price of just $1,299 (MSRP $2,299) it offers an affordable way to get Sole’s club-quality training at home. Sole Fitness is one of the few manufacturers that produces folding treadmills without cutting corners. Just like many non-folding alternatives that cost the same or more, the their F65 has excellent cushioning, a spacious 22” x 60” track for high-speed running, a powerful 3.25 CHP motor and other high quality essentials. Especially useful for extra challenge and training variation is the treadmill’s automated incline, which has slope settings up to 15 degrees.
New for 2016, all treadmills in the Sole Fitness series have Bluetooth for integrating a mobile device and syncing with fitness tracking apps. They also have 10 workout programs including manual mode, two user-designed programs, two heart rate controlled workouts and five classic preset programs such as Hill, Fat Burn and Interval. The console for the F65 Treadmill shows progress on a 7.5-inch screen or on the user’s own mobile device running the Sole Fitness app. In between workouts the machine can easily be stored vertically to save floor space.
- Sturdy yet foldable frame
- 3.25 CHP motor
- 22″ x 60″ track
- Advanced shock absorption
- 30 incline levels up to 15%
- Bluetooth connection for fitness tracking
- 7.5” display is easy to read, has adjustable angle
- Option to use mobile device as treadmill monitor
- Secure tablet holder
- MP3 player port and speakers
- Wireless chest strap included
- Contact pulse sensors
- Personal cooling fans
- Short side rails
- Cannot download new workouts
The Sole F65 Treadmill has a low discount price of $1,299 but the quality to match its $2,299 MSRP. Popular for home workout spaces of all sizes, it’s foldable to save room in between workouts and it operates quietly thanks to high quality components and smart engineering.
The newest F65 Treadmill model launched in spring of 2016 with several upgrades over the previous version: Bluetooth connectivity, an improved tablet holder, a slightly stronger motor, a wider and longer track, a larger workout monitor, and a choice of console angles.
Read on for details about its workout programming, other features and competitive warranty for home use.
The F65 and all Sole treadmills for 2016 offer a choice of 10 workout programs that control the track’s incline and speed.
Five are classic treadmill workout programs named Cardio, Fat Burn, Hill, Interval and Strength.
Two are controlled by the user’s heart rate to help maintain exercise within a specified heart rate zone. (A chest strap is included for wireless monitoring, plus there are grip sensors.) The remaining program slots are filled by manual mode and two user-designed workouts.
When the Sole Fitness App is used, an unlimited number of users can save their custom-made programs. A scrolling message center helps trainees design new workouts or select from ready-to-go options.
Sole F65 Features
The Sole F65 Treadmill has a foldable frame. Folding and unfolding is made easy with hydraulic assist, which has the machine do most of the work. An innovative design and steel construction help make the F65 just as stable as treadmills that can’t be folded.
For extra motivation the F65 has an MP3 player port and speakers. Beneath the data screen is a secure holder for a tablet computer, and the console has adjustable angle to allow the perfect view.
The trainee’s own mobile device, whether Android or iOS, can work as a program monitor when running the Sole Fitness mobile app. The Sole app allows the convenience of touchscreen program setup and can collect training data for local long-term storage. It can also sync with fitness apps such as iHealth and MyFitnessPal that help people get an overview of their diverse exercise activities and health stats.
All Sole treadmills for 2016 are equipped with power inclines. On the Sole F65 there are 30 incline settings to choose from, and the maximum is a 15 degree angle. A slight incline helps replicate the effect that wind resistance could have, and each increase in steepness naturally brings a boost in metabolic rate and a different challenge for muscles. Another benefit of incline training is that strain on knees is reduced because of how weight is shifted compared with flat walking. Incline controls are conveniently built into the handlebars and the console.
For cardio monitoring all Sole treadmills for 2016 have contact pulse monitors on the handlebars and are compatible with wireless chest straps. The F65’s purchase price includes a strap.
Another high-end feature on this unit, and uncommon for a $1,299 treadmill, is the tread track. While others are single-ply and prone to requiring replacement within a few years, the F65 track is two-ply for longevity and quieter operation. Its workout surface measures 22” wide and 60” long, which exceeds the standard for health club treadmills. (A previous version of this treadmill had a 20” x 58” track.) Its 2.5” rollers are among the best found on treadmills for home use.
A main advantage of treadmill training versus outdoor training is the improved impact absorption, which makes running-related joint sensitivity less likely. Sole treadmills are particularly effective at deflecting impact; the CushionFlex Whisper Deck on the F65 has been found to do so by up to 40% better than asphalt running tracks. It also helps minimize the sound of impact for quieter training sessions.
This cardio trainer has a top speed of 12 mph, so it can support a top sprinting speed without getting pushed to its limits. For safety the treadmill has short siderails and a stop cord.
The F65 has personal cooling fans, two bottle holders and an accessory tray.
Warranty & Guarantee
The Sole F65 warranty includes:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Deck: 3 years
– Parts & Electronics: 3 years
– Labor: 1 Year
Sole treadmills are sold with 30-day money-back guarantees.
The Sole F65 is a best-in-class home treadmill for runners and walkers from one of the industry’s most reputable brands. For just $1,299 it offers years of club-quality workouts for cardio health, weight loss and muscle toning. Advanced runners, however, might want to compare it with the Top-Rated F80 before committing; the F80 costs just $200 more and has extra horsepower.