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Sole Fitness F85 Folding Treadmill Review



Buying a treadmill? You’re probably looking forward to working out in the comfort of your own home whenever you want. No driving to the gym. No long health club line ups. No time-slot signup sheets. No need for stylish workout clothes (unless you want them of course!) You can work out rain or shine, regardless of weather or time.

You can walk in front of the TV and watch those pounds drop off – or escape by running the stresses of the day away. Or maybe you want to tone up for swimsuit season or keep you blood sugar in check with a daily power walk.

Whatever your reasons, you’re making a smart decision to buy a treadmill – one that will pay off in long term health dividends! For many people however, buying a treadmill can be overwhelming, just because

For example, did you know that, as of this writing, there are over 30 different treadmill brands? And each brand produces around 2 – 10 new models each year (not including their older models which may still be in stores for a few years)?

It’s mind-boggling to consider the number of choices you have as the buyer.

And to make matters worse, the industry is changing rapidly. For example, the past few years have brought a number of new treadmill innovations and hybrid machines.

You can walk at an extra-high incline to supercharge your calorie burning, or connect to the Internet and race against your Facebook friends. You can surf the internet while you walk. You can even buy a desk to fit over your treadmill so you can work on your laptop while you walk.

So how do you choose? Not to worry. We are here today to introduce you to a piece of exercise equipment that, for us, has really stood out from the crowd.

Before you go out and buy the first treadmill you can get your hands on, it is important to ask yourself some questions in order to make sure you are taking the right path. For starters, what is most important to you when choosing a treadmill (for example, having it for a long time with no repairs, coming in under your budget, having the latest technology to distract you while you workout, burning calories quickly)? Also, what is your past experience with treadmills – whether in the gym or past home purchases? What did you like or not like about these machines? If there are certain features you didn’t like about the machines you have used before, then it is important to make sure those features aren’t in the treadmill you plan on purchasing.


The best treadmill


We had the opportunity to try the Schwinn elliptical, Nordictrack elliptical, Nordictrack treadmill and even the Weslo treadmill and personally, we feel that all of those would be a great option for you. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more, then you may be interested in the Sole F85. Looking at all of the different features (we’ll give you details of those features in a bit), we can’t see why anyone would want to turn away from this treadmill.  We had the option to choose between the Nordictrack commercial 1750, Schwinn 430 elliptical, Proform 995i and this one, and this is the one that we ended up with.


A Great Folding Treadmill


If you’re looking for a good treadmill that you can fold up and put in the corner, then this right here would be a great option. With the folding capabilities nesting behind this treadmill, you won’t have to worry about it sitting in your room, instead, when you’re done with it, you can easily fold it up and slide it to the corner and when you’re ready to use it again, all you have to do is unfold it …it really is that easy.

Sole Fitness describes their F 85 as the best folding treadmill around. This is their top of the line folding treadmill and has become a best seller. This is a treadmill that is great for both runners and power walkers. It has a powerful motor, a spacious work out area, great cushioning and an automated incline. It also offers fantastic digital tech and many other fantastic features.

Designed with Top of the Line Parts

The F85 has been designed with high quality parts. It offers great cardio training. This treadmill comes with a quiet 4.0 CHP motor and smoothly can sprint up to 12 MPH and handle a maximum user weight of 400 pounds.


Two-Ply Tracks

At present all Sole treadmills have two-ply tracks which require little maintenance. The F 85 has some of the largest track rollers in the industry, promoting quiet operation and machine longevity.


CushionFlex Whisper Deck Technology


CushionFlex Whisper Deck technology has the ability to reduce joint impact by up to 40% when compared with outdoor training surfaces. It has the ability to exceed the impact reduction that is offered by many other fitness brands. Its top treadmill deck muffles the sound of running so it makes it more home-friendly. The track has 30 levels of incline, ending at an impressive 15% grade so you can focus on different muscles in the lower body.


Workout Data Displayed on the Screen


Your workout data are displayed on an easy-to-read 10.1” screen with graphic display and white background. Ten programs including manual mode are available to support cardio training, weight loss and muscle toning. It is possible for two users to store profiles and save customized programs for quick-start convenience. A scrolling message center helps make workout setup and selection simple.

Compatible with Bluetooth

Sole treadmills come compatible with Bluetooth connected devices so you can listen to your favorite music while exercising.

Quickly Fold Up

The F85 can be folded quickly. Folding is made easy with hydraulic assistance and unfolding is easy with a soft-drop system. In both positions the treadmill remains securely locked for children’s safety.

An Automatic Cord System

There is an automatic cord system that can stop the treadmill in case it slips and it also has a stop button.


Wireless Heart Rate Monitor


Among the extras is a wireless heart rate monitor that is 99.9% accurate. It has the ability to calculate target heart rate based on age, gender and other variables. There are also touch pulse sensors. Condole fans offer comfort while exercising and incline and speed controls are built into the armrests.

Lifetime Warranty on the Frame, Motor and Deck

The frame, motor and deck have a lifetime warranty. Customers can get a five-year warranty on electronics and parts and two years of in-home labor.

All foldable Sole treadmills have ten program modes among them room for user-designed programs. The treadmill is 80” long but since it is foldable it is also space-saving. The handrails provide stability but for some might be a bit short.

Your workout progress is shown on a 10.1-inch graphic screen with adjustable angle and has an improved shelf for a tablet computer or smart phone. The F85 is also Bluetooth compatible do you can display workouts, store workout states and share fitness data wirelessly. It connects with the Sole Fitness app, which is capable of syncing with iHealth. MyFitnessPal and other mobile app let users easily manage their all-over fitness activity.

The Tread Track

The Sole F85 offers a 22” x 60” tread track, which is the roomiest in this year’s Sole Fitness treadmill series. The track is multi-layered for durability and mover over high quality 2.75% rollers to minimize noise and wear. The track offers 30 ramp settings up to 15 degrees. The incline is controlled by programs, with motor controls or with buttons on the handlebars.

The F 85 comes with the CushionFlex Whisper Deck making treadmill running up to 40% easier on the joints. Continuous heart rate readouts are available through touch sensors on the handlebars and a wireless chest strap which is included. Other features include cooling fans, bottle holders and an accessory tray.

Direct customers are offered a 30-day trial period with a money-back guarantee.



Now that you got the chance to learn all about the X Sole F85, can you see why we chose it? To date, in our opinion, we believe it just so happens to be one of the best treadmills we have ever got the opportunity to use and trust us, we have used many different ones. This is the type of treadmill you will look forward to using every day and that is exactly what you need right now.

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