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Monday, July 27, 2009

Sole F63 2009 Treadmill Review

Sole Treadmills are one of my favorite brands of treadmills. In fact, if someone handed me $1500 to choose any treadmill I wanted I would probably end up with a Sole Treadmill. But the Sole F63 Treadmill is not a $1500 treadmill, it’s a $1000 treadmill. In my Sole F63 Treadmill I’ll examine how the Sole F63 Treadmill holds up to other treadmills in its class. Read on for a detailed look at the Sole F63 Treadmill.

2.5 Continuous Duty Motor
Like many other treadmills in the $1000 range the Sole F63 Treadmill comes with a 2.5 Continuous Duty Horsepower motor. That makes the Sole F63 Treadmill’s motor average. By the way, a 2.5 HP motor is powerful enough for just about anyone. In fact, it could probably support as many as two different users a day without presenting any major service problems. The motor is also strong enough to prevent a common treadmill problem, slippage. Slippage in turn can cause users to slip; it can be a real safety hazard, not to mention it can throw off your rhythm during a workout routine.

10 MPH Top Speed
I’m a little disappointed with the top speed of the Sole F63 Treadmill. I would estimate that half the $1000 treadmills on the market have a 10 MPH top speed and the other half have a top speed of 12 MPH. If you want to do any sprinting, that’s going to be an issue. However, for most people 10 MPH is going to be fine for what they want to use it for. If you do want the 12 MPH top speed for a $1000 you’re probably going to have to sacrifice on something like running area or programs

2.5” Rollers
People frequently neglect to examine roller size when doing their treadmill buying research. The treadmill belt wraps around the roller and keeps the treadmill belt turning. Larger rollers turn less, which means they’ll last longer. Most treadmills in this category have 2” rollers, and you’ll have to spend about $600 more to move up to 3” rollers. So, the Sole F63 Treadmill’s 2.5” rollers are excellent!

Fitness Programs
Unfortunately, Sole Fitness has neglected to develop a lot of fitness programs for the Sole F63 Treadmill. There are only 6 fitness programs and that’s not enough for me to get excited about. 6 fitness programs is average at best.

The Sole F63 Treadmill is covered by a 1 year labor warranty and 3 year or greater parts warranty. This is definitely one of the better treadmill warranties around, save for the Smooth Fitness 5.45 Treadmill

Final Analysis 3.5/5
The Sole F63 is one of the more comfortable treadmills for less than a $1000, but it lacks many other features like a high top sped of 12 MPH or a wide range of treadmill programs. Ultimately, the comfort factor is the most important factor so I’m still giving the Sole F63 Treadmill decent marks.

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