Sole Fitness F65 Folding Treadmill

by Jack on November 9, 2015

 

Sole, a top rated fitness equipment company, specializing in mid to higher-end running treadmills introduced the Sole Fitness F65 Folding Treadmill as an upgrade to their older F63 model. The improvements were aimed at runners and feature a more powerful and durable motor (3.25 CHP) and a longer 60-inch track.

Other points of interest: Provides incline (15% grade), the ability to fold-up to save space, built strong, providing a user weight capacity of 300 pounds.

Sole is very confident in the quality of their machines providing a lifetime warranty on both the motor and frame.

The following video review doesn’t specifically cover the Sole Fitness F65 model but rather displays the different technologies and features found in their treadmill models.


 

 

Are folding treadmills the right choice for runners:

The coolest thing shown in the video is how easily and controlled these treadmills fold up and down. But by the nature of their build, as group, folding models on average have always been considered less durable when compared to traditional non-folding models.

There’s truth to this. For walking, durability isn’t a huge factor. On the other hand, running produces a higher degree of stress so for this type of exercise questions about durability become much more important.

While we agree, folding treadmills but this is much more the case with cheaper, less expensive models. Here’s what we have to say about the Sole Fitness F65 Folding Treadmill. This model is built like a tank, its manufactured by one of the most respected companies in the industry. The durability of this model is practically on par with traditional non-folding models and it’s also greater than many.



 

Review: Pro’s and Con’s

Sole Fitness F65 Folding Treadmill review

 



The Good: Why we would buy it:

  • Saves Space: Runners looking for a quality home treadmill but also need a compact model.
  • Durability: The unique horseshoe design at the front provides an extra degree of durability and stability.
  • Powerful Quality Motor: We have read more than one review claiming this model comes with a 2.75 horsepower motor. Not sure where these sites are get their information, they are wrong. Good news if you are a runner interested in this model, it actually comes with a 3.25 horsepower motor (3.25 CHP).
  • Tread Belt: Another common mistake we have seen on other sites reviewing this model is on the length of the track. Many mistakenly claim it is 58-inches long. This is incorrect, the track is 60-inches long. The complete dimensions are 20-inches in width by 60-inches in length. These dimensions are very accommodating for longer strides.
  • CushionFlex: Provides a quality cushion system to reduce the impact of joints.
  • Heart Rate: Two ways of monitoring heart rate, built-in hand grips and a chest strap is also included.
  • Warranty: A lot can go wrong with any model, so one of the most important things to consider when buying a treadmill is the warranty it provides. The warranty included with this model is very good. It provides a lifetime warranty on both the motor and frame. Three years on other mechanical and electrical parts. One year on labor.
  • Center Console and Extras: The model has a built in fan, the center console provides finger tip controls for stop-n-go and for increasing and decreasing both the speed and incline levels. There are also speed controls conveniently place on the armrests


What some people might not like

From a price-value consideration, there’s a lot to like but some might want to know the weaknesses. This model does lack programmed workouts when compared to what’s offered by other models.

It comes with 6 different programmed work-outs. Which is a little light, many models, even less expensive models come with more, upwards in the high teens or 20+.

For some people the lack of programmed will be important. My personal opinion, since I rarely use these programmed workout when on a treadmill I wouldn’t even notice the difference.

The Bottom Line

Overall, the Sole Fitness F65 Folding Treadmill provides excellent value vs price (under $1500). Whether your work-outs include walking, jogging or running this model is capable.

 

Best Fit: Runners who don’t have a lot of space in their house or apartment. It folds up compact when not in use and provides a 3.25 horsepower motor and a long 60-inch track

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