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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sole F83 2009 Treadmill Review

Hello Readers,

Well, I figured I would finish up the Sole Treadmill line with a review of the Sole F83 Treadmill Review. Just a quick brand overview, if you buy a Sole Treadmill you’re going to be happy. Sole builds some of the better treadmills on the market and most of my Sole Treadmill Reviews have positive remarks. Sole Treadmills has been in the business for years now and has refined a treadmill design and manufacturing process well enough to provide quality treadmills at an affordable price. The Sole F83 Treadmill definitely keeps with Sole’s tradition of building the best they can, however I do have a couple gripes.

Let’s start with what I like about the Sole F83 Treadmill. Sole has designed this treadmill with a 3.0 horsepower motor. If I were to pay more than $1600 for a treadmill I would expect a 3.0 horsepower motor or higher. A good rule of thumb is the more powerful the motor the longer it’s going to last. Simply put, a stronger motor doesn’t have to work as hard as a weaker motor would to move your treadmill belt.

Like every Sole Treadmill I’ve talked about on the site the Sole F83 Treadmill is great for runners and walkers. First of all, it’s comfortable. Comfort is the most important factor when choosing a treadmill. If you buy an expensive treadmill with all the bells and whistles you can possibly add and you bring it home and it doesn’t feel comfortable, you just threw your money away! Sole Treadmills are stellar when it comes to comfort and you can, rest assured, bring this treadmill home and not have to worry about comfort because I personally know the Sole F83 Treadmill to be one of the most comfortable treadmills in this price range. It’s also great for runners because users can run up to 12 MPH. Treadmills that have shaking problems when users run at higher speeds generally cap the top speed between 8 – 10 MPH. There are no such problems with the Sole F83 Treadmill which means Sole Fitness didn’t have to cap the speed which means you can run up to 12 MPH!

Let’s talk about the bad now. The running area of the Sole F83 Treadmill is 20” x 58”. That’s kind of disappointing. I really do expect a full 20” x 60” running area. Anything less than that for the price range this treadmill is in and I’m feeling a little unfulfilled. The other thing lacking on the Sole F83 Treadmill is programs. I really would like to see more than 8 fitness programs. More fitness programs mean more options and more opportunities to find something that works for you. I really wish more fitness companies would offer greater variety in their fitness programs.

Overall the Sole F83 Treadmill is an excellent treadmill. I’ve said this many times about Sole Fitness in general but if you decide to take this Treadmill home you’re not going to feel like you paid too much. There are plenty of features for walkers and runners in particular who can train at 12 MPH without any severe treadmill frame shaking, a major problem in lower grade treadmills.

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