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Sole F80 High Performance Treadmill
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Sole F80 High Performance Treadmill

Item# 00621005000P | Model# F80 | Added on June 24, 2012
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Get High End Home Fitness at an Incredible Price with the Sole F80 Treadmill
Interestingly, the Sole’s folding treadmill frame design for the F80 originated from the demand of hotels for a treadmill that was as mobile as a room service cart, yet still stable and powerful. Today, apart from its innovative design and mobility, the F80 is reputed for its outstanding quality and value. The F80 treadmill remarkably steps up to expectations performing on par with other more expensive commercial brands at a fraction of the price!
Featuring Sole’s unique Cushion Flex Whisper Deck, the sturdy steel-welded treadmill delivers health-club quality workouts and reduces impact up to 40% compared to running on asphalt, so you can train safer and harder. Its powerful 3 horsepower continuous duty motor delivers challenging speeds up to 12 mph and inclines up to 15% for more intense workouts. There’s also a 1/4 mile track feature and a Peak and Valley graph while hand pulse grips and a wireless chest strap monitor your heart rate at all times enabling you to maximize your routine.
Safety being a top concern, the F80 treadmill features the patented safety kock design that locks the deck securely in place and out of the way when not in use. Other safety features includ starts from 1 mph and a low-profile running hood. You’ll get the customization from the F80’s six preset programs, two customizable programs and two heart rate programs.  With ... read more
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by runner85
July 31st, 2012
Better than a Nordictrack

 

I bought this treadmill about 2 weeks ago. Love it! I have a Nordictrack C 900 and didn't like it so I purchased the Sole. This is a great treadmill. Worth the money. It is very quiet and great for running and walking.  

 

 

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by nmickleberry
December 29th, 2010
Too many flaws.

I read all the good reviews and concluded this was the best unit for the cost. My experience after 1 week of use has not been good. 1. So heavy we barely got it in the house with 3 people. I guess that is good for stability (see later point on this). 2. Assembly was easy. Placing it on top of a treadmill mat in the location we wanted it was difficult due to its 300 lb. weight. 3. Chest strap didn't work. Using it, the HR would not display. Using the hand sensors the HR value would jump around radically, and is useless. I have another chest strap from a Timex wrist HR Monitor and that strap works with the F80, however it only works when walking. When you start to run, over 5 mph, the HR value starts to go DOWN! and will not work. 4. The treadmill vibrates over 5.0 mph no matter where we put it or how stable we get it. I think this is the cause of the HR readout not working at higher speeds. 5. I want to return it, but I don't know how to get it out of my house, back to the store, nor do i have the original packaging. I couldn't get it back in the packaging if I DID have it. 6. The music plug and speakers and the fan are useless. The music sounds like an old AM radio and the fan air doesn't even reach my face. 7. The transition from low to high speed or visa versa takes too long. Going from 5.5 mph to 3.5 mph takes 40 seconds. That is unacceptable. 8. All the programs count the time down usually from 45:00 or 30:00. I finally found I could get a timer to count from zero UP by pressing Manual, Stop, Manual, Start. Then the time display reset to 0000 and the workout duration started up from there. Final note: This treadmill would be acceptable for a price of around $499, but not $1500.

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lwuajiro

Run run run!

Have it for a couple of years with no issues. It starts and works fantastic. Great mill

August 14th, 2013 via sears.com
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September 12th, 2012
runner85

Better than a Nordictrack

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<p>I bought this treadmill about 2 weeks ago. Love it! I have a Nordictrack C 900 and didn't like it so I purchased the Sole. This is a great treadmill. Worth the money. It is very quiet and great for running and walking.  </p>
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July 31st, 2012 via sears.com
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Whiztig

Sole F80 professional quality

<p>This machine is truly a quality product. Very sturdy, quiet and well built. I researched treadmills before finding reviews of this machine from other consumers. As with them I am impressed!!!  I let Sears send it out with an assembly included. Believe me it's worth it, the huge boxed item weighs in at 325lbs. Plays mp3 on good speakers, pauses so you can step off  for a moment and many cup holders. It has a delay start for safety which I like. Definately recommend this product for those who want a gym quality piece of equipment.</p>

July 30th, 2012 via sears.com
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alforsure

The Sole F80 is a good gym-like treadmill

Purchased the F80 when Sears had a free delivery and install offer along with a reduced price. Unit delivered on schedule. The assemblers put it together in short order. It had a &quot;clicking&quot; sound on the tread belt as it was turning during test-run. That sound did disappear the first time I used the machine, mostly to walk. The screen came in &quot;Demo&quot; mode and I was not able to program a workout, initially, the first time I tried to use the machine. I had to call Customer Service, and, after some delay, the rep was able to research the issue and &quot;talk me through the steps necessary to Exit the Demo mode on the screen. The Delivery people need to be aware of this, otherwise, every client will have the same issue occur the first time they try to use the unit.
It seems solid, heavy, and well-built. Comparable to the machines I use at 24 Hour Fitness. Nice to be able to use it rather than the dirty, or occupied, or often out-of-order gym treadmills. You will need a ceiling or room fan as the 2 fans on the unit are weak. The easy lift-and-drop of the folding treadmill feature is nice. Bought the Sole after much research. The F85 has a 2&quot; wider belt and a slightly higher capacity, but, the F80 is one-third less in price and very adequate for a 230 lb. guy like me. Recommend the Extended Warranty, 3 or 5 year, as it IS a machine with moving parts and it will include yearly check-ups and maintenance, if needed.

June 10th, 2012 via sears.com
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cynrdr

sole F80 treadmill

a super duper treadmill for the $. F80 has big money features for awesome price, im i big fella, 6', 240 so i pound on treadmill hard. it has big motor w/cooling feature, and real sturdy, i love it! selling point was lifetime on deck

May 10th, 2012 via sears.com
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jonesy2169

Sole F80 Treadmill awesome and perfect for anyone!!!

I've had this Treadmill for about three weeks. It works perfect for any type of runner. You can increase speed and decline with a touch of a button. Awesome for working out and getting ready for any event.

April 9th, 2012 via sears.com | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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Eddienick51

F80 Treadmill

I just purchased this treadmill for my wife. We have an eliptical but she wanted a treadmill. We chose this brand because she wanted the gym feel. She wanted something sturdy and stable. A friend recently purchased the F80 and loves it. We have had it close to a week and have had no issues. I picked it up from sears and was able to assemble it by myself easily enough. It feels sturdy and smooth. I like the feel but it is still running, ill stick to my eliptical. The wife loves it. My only complaint is it is big and the way it folds doesn't really lend itself to storing well. But, if you were looking for a model that stores away easily you would not get this type of quality.

April 6th, 2012 via sears.com
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CinCJ

Sole F80 Treadmill

I would love to win this treadmill. I've had a Pro Treadmill before and the belt tore so i am without a Treadmill for now. Maybe by me sending my comments I can enter to win a Treadmill. Wouldn't this be wonderful to have. I have been so stressed out

April 6th, 2012 via sears.com
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Joetherunningguy

Sole F80

I'm not the type that normally writes reviews but I felt compelled to write one about this treadmill. I am an avid runner and I searched for a decent running treadmill for some time before I decided to purchase this one. I am very pleased with the quality of this treadmill and I would recommend this to others. It is quiet, smooth and it has plenty of options. The speakers and fan are a little weak but what do you expect at this price range. I am 6 ft 190 pounds and I have plenty of room to run. For me it was between this one and the Smooth 7.35. I bought the Sole because of the availability of financing through Sears.

March 19th, 2012 via sears.com
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kzackca

Good quality treadmill

I've had my treadmill since January 2011 and it has been well used all year. However, almost one year to the day that I set it up, the fan stopped working. Everything else is just fine, but no fan. I thought the warranty was only 12 months but just learned that it's an 18-month warranty, so I will see about getting it fixed.

The treadmill is sturdy, stable, and very good quality overall. It is loud, but most are, so it's okay. I bought a wireless headset so I can watch TV while walking or running (or I turn on close captioning). I love that it has iPod capability built in so I can keep headphones and a cable attached.

The controls are easy to find and use. I wish that the speed increase and decrease would go faster (especially when I'm trying to slow down and catch my breath!). Having controls on the handrails is very nice, too.

Initially I checked my heart rate frequently, but now not so much. It's handy to have it right there as well.

Overall seems very high quality. It's a good value for the money. I would definitely recommend this to others, and would buy it again.

March 11th, 2012 via sears.com
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st1984et

Sole F80 Treadmill

I was a bit worried as I had heard about some issues with delivery and set up. Our guys were here at the beginning of the window and took it down the basement and set it up without any grumbles. I just did my first 3 miles and I am very pleased. This was a replacement treadmill for my Nordic Trak which finally died on me after 7 years. I am still getting used to the instrument panel, but everything seems to be pretty clear cut. I especially like the increase / decrease speed / incline that are build into the arms.

The only thing that seems different from my Nordic is the acceleration. The Sole seems to take longer to accelerate to get to your desired speed. For instance, if I set it for 6.7 MPH it takes almost a full 40-45 seconds to operate at that pace. Not bad, just different. Also, you have to set how long you plan to run where the Nordic track just kept going until it hit 99 minutes and then would reset. Again, not bad, just will take some getting use to.

I've been watching this model for quite some time and overall it got very good reviews and that is the primary reason I purchased this versus getting another Nordic.

March 9th, 2012 via sears.com
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nelkraemer

Sole F80 Powerful and Quiet

Purchased 2 weeks ago. Treadmill is working as expected. I upgraded from the F63 to the F80. Bar handle heart rate monitor is way too sensitive; however, chest strap heart monitor works very good:)-

March 6th, 2012 via sears.com
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30yrCustomer

Lasted 5 months

<p>Like all the Forums are talking about this unit is plegued with LS1 Errors, will not run for more than 20 minutes if that, most of the time 5 min, have had Service Man out 3 times already, replaced DC Drive Control Board (didn't even look like original one) no help, brought out new speed sensor (wrong one) didn't install, now Heart Rate Monitor reads Heartrate when running program even though no Strap or hands on handles?  This unit has serious DC Drive issues and manufaturer seems to be ignoring the problem.  Service Man is coming out with supposibly new speed sensor and Console Board but I have little confidence that it will be fixed.</p>

February 27th, 2012 via sears.com
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Activedude

The SOLE F80 has lots of optional modes and is quiet.

<p>This treadmill is everything I could want in a treadmill. It has multiple very useful training modes, is quiet, and the folding feature is awesome when you need a little space in the room. I've never seriously used a treadmill before, but this one is very impressive, the incline works great and the heart monitor works well too. It took about 45 minutes to set it up after first carefully reading the directions. All the parts were there, which was nice. The box is extremely heavy, so get help moving it to where you want it or take advantage of the free delivery and set up that Sears occasionally offers. I think I'll get a lot of use out of this model, there's enough &quot;stuff&quot; available to allow me to vary my workouts so I don't get bored. The speed change is slow if you use the up/down buttons, which change it by .1 mph with each click. For a faster speed adjustment, just hit the buttons on the panel that are in increments of 2 mph - the change is very quick this way.</p>

February 24th, 2012 via sears.com
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JogginAgain

Works great for our needs!

<p>I decided to spend the little extra on the SOLE F80.  We tried out numerous ones at the stores and when it came to bang for the buck this was the winner.  With being more solid, better set up, more powerful engine, wider belt, better warranty, it was worth the additional cash for us.</p>
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<p>I REALLY like my treadmill.  I used one at the gym all the time so I knew what I wanted to have.  It does pretty much everything... Has great sound (although the cord that came with it distorted it, we just spent a few bucks and bought a better audio cord. It's got great sound now).  It is very solid yet has some give when you run on it.  We have run and walked and both been satisfied.  The main differences between this treadmill and the more expensive ones at the gym is the rate at which you can change the speed.  The Sole is a bit slower.  And the noise.  This treadmill is just a little bit louder.  But at the cost difference those are VERY minimal.</p>
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<p>I also like that you can preset a workout and then do it again the next day.  There are drink holders on the top console.  Some people said they were too low.  There are ones below but there are also two additional that water bottles fit into on the top.</p>
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<p>It is a very big and sturdy machine but it can also fold up with EXTREME ease.  I do miss the camaraderie of working out in a gym, but overall I am EXTREMELY happy with my purchase and thank you for all of your great reviews.</p>

February 21st, 2012 via sears.com
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JFMEAP

Super treadmill, great construction and great price

<p>Researched for over 2 months, went with the Sole F80 because of other reveiws I read and also highly rated by treadmill sites.  The F80 model has a better warrnty then the F65. Purchased it a Sears because of 12 months same as cash and free delivery and set up.  This is my 1st treadmill and expect it to last for many years. ( Note: the delivery team from Sears that set up my unit said that the Sole models are better built then the other units the set up. They said I won't be sorry I purchased Sole)</p>

January 19th, 2012 via sears.com | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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tpobrienwi

Outstanding value for the price

<p><strong>Overall Assessment:</strong> For features, functions, and overall quality at a very reasonable price, I think the Sole F80 is an outstanding value.</p>
<p>As of this writing, we’ve had ours for 5 weeks, logged over 100 miles, and been through every workout numerous times. In general, the F80 has exceeded my expectations. It actually makes treadmill workouts “fun” - something I never expected. The standard preprogrammed workouts all vary the speed and/or incline about once a minute, alternating between stress and recovery. There are no long boring slogs (unless that’s what you want – then you just go manual). </p>
<p>And the display screen provides so much feedback that you’re always aware of exactly what’s going on and what to expect next. That makes the time pass quickly, so that when I stop exercising, it’s because I’m tired; never because I’m bored. </p>
<p>And one more point: it’s a pretty machine. The fit and finish are nice, I like the choice of colors, and the whole setup looks pleasant and inviting in our exercise room.</p>
<p><strong>The Worst</strong> problem we’ve experienced is the chest strap for the heart rate monitor. It’s unreliable, and we can’t seem to find any way to fix that. At first I thought it might be a battery problem; but changing the battery didn’t help (and by the way – that’s a tedious task involving four micro screws). </p>
<p>Fortunately, I had an old Timex heart rate monitor and the chest strap from the Timex works perfectly with the F80. It turns out that there are several inexpensive heart monitors that claim to work with “heart rate interactive treadmills and gym equipment,” so if you want accurate heart rates – budget an extra $35-$40 to buy one of them. </p>
<p><strong>Delivery and setup:</strong> The F80 came packaged in one gigantic box weighing 304 lbs.  Fortunately, the delivery crew (from Sears) took it directly to our exercise room and set it up for us.  They were very experienced and had it up and running in about 30 minutes. There were no obvious problems with the assembly other than the usual issues with a couple of blind nuts. From watching them assemble it, I’d say that I could have had it set up in about 90 minutes, allowing for the normal amount of trial and error (but I was very thankful to have them do it for me). </p>
<p>The F80 worked perfectly from the start, except, perhaps, for a rhythmic thumping noise that’s most noticeable at the very top speeds - 10-12mph. But then again, I’d never run that fast on a treadmill because of safety. At reasonable speeds the F80 is a quiet, smooth running machine. </p>
<p><strong>Display screen:</strong> The display screen is outstanding. I absolutely love it. It shows incline, distance, countdown clock, your speed, heart rate, and number of calories. It graphically displays your heart rate as a percent of maximum (based on your age), and it shows you your progress around a quarter mile track. A bar graph inside the track shows you exactly where you are in your workout program and what to expect next. With all that information feeding back to you, the workouts never get monotonous. </p>
<p><strong>Approach to training: </strong>As a former marathon runner,<strong> </strong>I’m used to starting each run with a certain distance in mind (x number of miles), and then trying to run it in a specific time. The F80 turns that on its head: you specify workout time (say 20 minutes) and maximum speed (usually 6mph for me), and the distance ends up being just an interesting statistic at the end. The F80 approach is much more enjoyable, and probably more beneficial; but it did require a change of mindset on my part. </p>
<p>I keep my individual workout times short – anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. But I’ll string three, four, or five workouts together in a single session lasting up to 90 minutes; similar to the way a weight lifter will divide his total workout into “sets.” I think that’s the best approach for getting an effective, well rounded workout without the drudgery normally associated with treadmills.<strong> </strong></p>
<p><strong>Workouts: </strong>I use all of the preprogrammed workouts, and find that I prefer them over manual controls. Each workout begins with a 3 minute warm-up and ends with a 3 minute cool down (you can bypass these if you’re in a hurry). The system manages things so that every minute or so you’re getting a different speed and/or incline; but it never exceeds the maximum speed that you specified at startup. Generally speaking, one or two minutes of stress will be followed by one or two minutes of recovery, so it never gets overwhelming, but it still gives you a great workout. </p>
<p>Individual workouts vary according to their names. For example, the “Hill” workout alternates between segments of high speed/low incline and low speed/high incline. “Fat Burn” maintains a steady speed throughout most of the workout, but varies the incline. “Cardio” alternates mild stress with mild recovery to achieve a gradually increasing heart rate. “Strength” uses lower speeds and higher inclines to build leg strength. And finally, the “Interval” workout is similar to “Cardio,” but more extreme - higher speeds and steeper inclines, interspersed with easy walks for recovery. </p>
<p>Of course, you can create custom workouts or just go manual if you prefer. </p>
<p><strong>One gripe though:</strong> the HR1 and HR2 (heart rate) buttons are useless. In those workouts, the system tries to keep your heart rate constant at either 60% (HR1) or 80% (HR2) of your theoretical (age based) maximum. You manually select a speed, and the system moves the incline up or down as required to maintain a constant heart rate. The problem is that it takes time for the heart to adjust to different stress levels; but the F80 is very impatient. At the start of the workout, it’s frantically jacking up the incline until it forces your heart to work too hard; and then it goes just as fast in the opposite direction while flashing “Reduce Speed!” messages across the screen. After a few minutes, it settles down; but starting out is always a pain. Therefore, whenever I want to maintain a target heart rate, I just use the manual controls. It works much better that way. </p>
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<p><strong>Speed up/Slow down times: </strong>Some people have complained that speeding up and slowing down takes too long. I have no idea what those people are talking about. The treadmill is exactly as responsive as it should be. You can jump it up in two mph increments using buttons on the console or fine tune it with 1/10 mph buttons on the handle. In either case the belt gains and loses speed in a perfectly reasonable manner. </p>
<p><strong>Fans:</strong> I’ve read that the cooling fans are ineffective. I’m not sure if that’s fair. They won’t blast you off the belt, but they do provide noticeable cooling – if they’re aimed correctly. That’s important. In their original position the fans are aimed too high for my 5’9” frame; but they can be rotated lower. Some people might not realize that. </p>
<p><strong>Drink holders too low: </strong>There are two drink holders on a cross brace that probably is too low to be reached from a moving belt. But there are also pockets higher up on the console where you can easily store a water bottle or two. For myself, I never drink while the belt is moving; that’s just a common sense safety rule.</p>

January 17th, 2012 via sears.com
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bobthebuilder1

Broken twice

<p>We bought the Sole F80, but realized right away that the speed button on the side arm wasn't working.  We called Sears and they brought a new one.  Fortunately the speed button works on this one, but the incline button doesn't work.  Sears said they'll bring another one, but were thinking of exchanging it for another brand.  Too bad, because the sole felt like a sturdy machine.</p>

January 17th, 2012 via sears.com
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