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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.

Specifications

Model Sole F65
Rating

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83.8%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,999
Best Price

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$1,299
Speed

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

0.5 - 12 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.

3.25 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).

22" 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.

Double Woven 2-ply Belts
(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.

350 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 & Wireless 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).

83" x 33" x 57"
Weight: 253 lbs
Rollers: 2.5"
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
Deck: 3 Years
Parts: 3 Years
Electronics: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year
The Sole F65 offers a 3.25 CHP motor, 202" x 60" deck, 350 lbs. max user weight frame, 10 pre-defined workout programs and pulse grip heart rate monitoring presented nicely on a vibration free running surface.

Rating: 83.8%

Quick Summary

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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Short side rails
  • Cannot download new workouts

Introduction

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.

Workout Programs

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.

Conclusion

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.