This year Sole Fitness has tweaked their entire, award-winning line of treadmills and ellipticals. In general, most of that tweaking was cosmetic — color, shape of console and thickening of tubing to make the units stronger — but for the already spectacular Sole F80 Treadmill, Sole has gone one step further and added in a larger, cooler running motor. That’s right, last year’s great 2.5 horsepower motor was replaced with an even larger 3 horsepower motor that runs at low RPMs in order to extend it’s life and give owners fairly care-free maintence.
It’s very very easy to see why just about every fitness expert out there, as well as more consumers than you can shake a stick at, consider the Sole F80 to be the best buy treadmill for under $1500.
2007-2008 Ichi-Ban Best Buy Award Winner for treadmills under $1500.
Last year I talked about the sturdy platform and frame of the Sole F80 and how it would hold up to some fairly hardcore workouts. How runners and walkers alike would enjoy the stability of the machine, as well as Sole’s patented shock absorption system. Well, that is all back this year, along with the extra large 2.75″, precision machined rollers, heart rate monitoring and control programs, and one of the best hydraulic-assisted folding found in any treadmill at any price.
The 2008 Sole F80 treadmill continues to shine as the best buy treadmill award winner and one of the best machines in any class. For still being a great treadmill, the Treadmill Sensei gives the newly upgraded Sole F80 treadmill 4.5 out of 5 golden buddahs.
For the second year in a row, the Sole F80 Treadmill gets 4.5 gold buddahs out of 5.
2008 Sole F80 Treadmill Specifications
Motor: 3 HP
Speed: 11 mph
Unit Weight: 250 lbs.
Max User Weight: 350 lbs.
Running Surface: 20″ X 55
Belt: Double Woven 2 Ply”
Rollers: 2 3/4 inches
Folding: Yes – with hydraulic assistance
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip and wireless
Standard Programs: 6
User Defined Programs: 2
Heart Rate Programs: 2
Cooling Fans: Yes
Price: Under $1500
-The Treadmill Sensei