Sole F80 Treadmill Review is Live!

Treadmill is good for entry level price point, but not built to last or for comfort

We were very excited to test the Sole F80 Treadmill.

This treadmill is widely advertised and known to the public, similar to Nordic Track, Pro Form, and other well-known brands available online.

There seem to be Dick’s Sporting Goods locations wherever you go in the U.S. and the Sole F80 Treadmill is one of their best sellers.

Let’s see how it performed.

The Sole F80 is a well-built and sturdy treadmill that offers excellent value for money. Its spacious running area provides ample space for movement, and it can be easily folded, unfolded, and transported.

However, there were also some cons. The treadmill suspension was rather hard and it has a slow speed acceleration, which will be annoying for anyone trying to perform interval training.

Dyaco, a factory located in Taiwan, produces Sole treadmills, as well as other treadmill models such as Spirit and Xterra. It is considered a benefit for Sole to be manufactured in Taiwan instead of China. Another impressive factor about Sole is the price point of this machine – $1699.

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It is a $1,699 machine, even if companies like to market it like it’s marked down from $2,800. The Sole F80 always sells for around $1,699 and it annoys us that some people may think they stumbled upon a great deal.

It’s not as good as some of the $3,000 and up treadmills we tested, but it’s solid for under $2,000.

“Do I think it’s gonna hold up based on how it’s constructed?” “Big” Mike Sullivan asked during his YouTube review of the Sole F80. “No. It’s very cheap looking and very much made of plastic. But again, it’s a $1,699 tribunal and you’re gonna have to cut some corners and those corners might actually cost you in the long run.”

If you can’t spend over $2,000 for a treadmill, Sullivan said the Sole F80 is a decent choice.

“This is a quiet treadmill and the overall feel of this unit was rather good,” Sullivan said. “It did not feel like it was going to choke under the weight of a 300-pound user.

“The frame felt solid, the uprights felt solid and we can see why Sole Treadmills offer a 375-pound weight capacity.

We appreciate the treadmill’s belt size as it measures 22″ x 60″, which is larger than other treadmills in the same price range. This feature is particularly beneficial for bigger individuals who enjoy running, and it’s remarkable that a treadmill costing under $1700 can cater to their requirements. This enhances the treadmill’s performance, and not many other machines can match this.

Can you explain why we gave the treadmill a rating of 86 out of 100 and what are our reasons for not rating it higher? We had three significant complaints about it.

We found the suspension to be too hard. The running surface did not have enough give, which can be especially problematic for larger individuals. It’s worth noting that some people prefer a firmer surface, but in our opinion, a hard deck can cause discomfort and strain on the knees, hips, and ankles. We suggest adding more cushioning to address this issue. This is a similar concern we expressed in our previous review of the Peloton treadmill.

One of the main reason people buy treadmills is for the cushioning. People want something softer than running outside. Why not make the treadmill softer? We are a bit perplexed by this one.

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For those who do HIT or interval training while running, please note that this treadmill has slow acceleration. During our speed acceleration test, the Sole F80 took 22.01 seconds to go from 2mph to 8mph.

The treadmill we tested is very slow, which can be a problem if you plan on doing interval training. It takes 22 seconds to reach the desired speed, which means your interval segment will almost be over by the time it gets going. This treadmill may not be an issue for non-runners.

The position and height of the motor cover in relation to the uprights and upper display was not ideal. People who are under 5′ 6″ may accidentally kick the motor cover when trying to reach the upper electronics board. It would be great if this could be fixed because it seems like a simple issue to address. In the meantime, users will need to stay back on the belt to avoid kicking the motor cover, which is not an ideal solution.

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