The Sole F80 treadmill has earned a reputation as one of the highest-quality treadmills in its price range, with an unbeatable combination of high-quality components and user-friendliness. Sole took the F80 to the next level in 2011, however, adding a longer deck, a better display, and a fresh new look. The changes make the treadmill a great choice for moderate to athletic runners who don't want to spend several thousands of dollars but still want a powerful, tough machine. All Sole treadmills are outfitted with powder-coated, all-steel welded frames and heavy-duty, stable inclines. The F80 also includes an industrial-quality 3.0-horsepower continuous-duty motor and all-steel zinc-coated balanced flywheel, creating a secure, quiet, vibration-free running/walking surface. The flywheel is much heavier than most other brands, giving runners the fluid motion they're accustomed to at the gym. To accommodate runners with balky joints, Sole added its low-impact, whisper-quiet Cushion Flex deck. The Cushion Flex system greatly reduces the impact to your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine, making it comfortable for frequent runners or for users with running- and walking-related injuries. In a recent study, researchers concluded that the Cushion Flex deck reduced impact up to 40 percent as compared to running on asphalt.
The F80's console includes a vibrant 7.5-inch LCD display and an integrated sound system. The F80 makes it easy to track your workout progress via the vibrant 7.5-inch LCD display, which includes windows for speed, incline, time, distance traveled, calories, pulse, and pace. The console also sports a 1/4-mile track and a peak-and-valley graph for different programs, along with an integrated sound system for listening to your iPod or MP3 player (the system includes built-in speakers and a sound cord that plugs into your player's headphone jack). Perhaps the handiest feature is the integrated message board, which offers scrolling messages that walk you through the treadmill's features or the workout itself. The message board will also recap your entire routine after you're finished, so you can see your progress from workout to workout.
The F80 comes complete with two heart-rate-controlled workout options, so you can customize the workout specifically to your needs. Throughout your HR workout, the treadmill will display a heart rate zone graph on the console while adjusting the incline to keep you in your target zone (the treadmill includes a wireless chest strap that touts a 99.9 percent accuracy rating). The remainder of the time, you can challenge yourself with the six automatic programs or two customizable programs.
And to reduce space, the F80 boasts an Easy Assist folding deck design. This unique feature allows you to release the deck, step back, and watch the deck unfold itself. When you're done with your workout, simply fold it back up and store it out of the way. Other features include cooling fans, a large stop switch, armrest speed and incline controls, a 20-by-60-inch running bet, and a low-profile running hood.
The treadmill's Easy Assist folding deck helps save space in crowded homes. Specifications: Motor: 3.0 horsepower continuous duty, DC type Speed: 0.5 to 11 miles per hour Incline: 15 percent maximum, rack-and-pinion gear design Deck design: Cushion Flex shock absorption, whisper quiet Running surface: 20 by 60 inches Belt: Double-woven 2 ply Rollers: 2-3/4 inches Folding: Yes, with Easy Assist folding feature Heart rate control: Yes, with wireless chest strap Hand pulse grips: Yes, with armrest speed/incline controls Display: Backlit blue LCD, 7.5 inches Message window: Yes, scrolling info Standard programs: 6 User-defined programs: 2 Heart rate programs: 2 Cooling fans: Yes Capacity: 350 pounds Dimensions: 33 by 80 inches (W x D) Weight: 250 pounds Warranties: Lifetime on motor, deck, and frame; 5 years on electronics, belt, rollers, and other wear components; 2 years on labor