When you are shopping for higher end treadmills, you have a couple of choices to make. You can either go for a machine that is all about fitness, or you can choose to for something that has a number of creature comforts included in the package. Sole Fitness F80 is somewhere in the middle. It is definitely all about performance but it does come with certain entertainment features. Because of this, it is one of the best treadmills you can find for $2000 or less.
It isn’t unheard of for brands to go overboard in terms of design, although it is doesn’t happen all too often. Sole Fitness F80 comes with a massive control module. In order to carry all that extra weight, they had to install a pretty beefy frame. However, frame design is definitely different compared to most other treadmills on the market. We usually see a the main, vertical frame and than a sub frame that holds the running deck in place. Sole Fitness F80 comes with both, but the sub frame is hidden under the deck. Interestingly enough, this doesn’t affect the stability of the treadmill one bit. Speaking of running decks, the one that comes with this treadmill features a 60″ by 22″ belt. That puts it right in the average category for this price range. F80 can be folded which actually reduces its footprint quite a bit. The last thing we’d like to put out there is that Sole Fitness F80’s aesthetics make it a very attractive model.
Good looks and a large running surface aren’t enough to make a decent treadmill. Lets look at the components and features this thing comes with. At its core you got a 3.5 hp motor that is offers speeds anywhere from 0.5 to 12 mph while there is 15% of incline available as well. Those two pieces of info alone should tell you that F80 packs more than enough of a punch. The control module is designed in a way that allows you to utilize everything F80 has to offer. You have a large LCD display which shows you all the relevant stats simultaneously and is controlled using two sets of well defined buttons. Ones on the sides of the display are your speed and incline control while the bottom row of buttons is what you use to navigate the software as well as select different presets. One cool thing about this treadmills is the fact that it comes with built in speakers and built in cooling fans.
Even though Sole Fitness F80 isn’t as exciting as some treadmills out there, it is still one of the best performing models in this price range. When push comes to shove, this treadmill delivers all of the things that really matter. It is not the most attractive thing out there, nor does it come with all the bells and whistles. At the end of the day, you need to figure out which of these matter to you. If you are looking for a solid performer that will give you a good challenge every day, this is definitely one such model.