Sole F85 Treadmill Review

Serious workout fanatics will find the Sole F85 Treadmill very useful in carrying out running and walking exercises. As a folding exercise equipment, this unit is easy to set up, move around, and store after use. The entire equipment itself is powder-coated and rust-proof; and its steel-welded frame is evident of the unit’s durability as well as stability.

The flywheel component of this treadmill is comparable to the heavy duty parts of exercise equipment in gyms, and this provides for fluid motions when using the device. And because it is equipped with shock absorption mechanism, there will be minimal impact on the spinal cord, hips, knees, ankles and feet.

Key Features

High-Powered Motor – This exercise machine has 3.5 Horsepower for a powerful performance.

Multi-Functional LCD Display – Its 9-inch LCD has built-in speakers and you can attach MP3 players on the treadmill while exercising.

6 Pre-Programmed Workout Procedures – You can choose from a wide variety of standard workout routines.

2 Customizable Programs – You can set your preferred settings so as to get the exact type of program that suits your taste.

2 Heart Rate Control Programs – The HR controls can also be customized according to your specific needs.

Folding Design – The unit can be unfolded by simply releasing the deck. This folding feature also makes the treadmill easy to store when not in use.

Shock Absorption Mechanism – The treadmill’s Cushion Flex design provides users with 40% less impact on the feet and joints during running and walking exercise routines.


The Sole F85 is backed by lifetime warranty on the motor, frame and deck. There’s a 5-year warranty on electronics, rollers, belt and wear components; and a 2-year warranty on labor.


Equipment Dimension: 83 x 39 x 15 inches

Equipment Weight: 280 pounds

Maximum Capacity: 400 pounds

Running Surface: 22 x 60 inches

Rollers: 2-3/4 inches

Motor Power: 3.5 Horsepower

Speed: 0.5 to 12 MPH

Incline: Up to 15%


How to Assemble the Sole F85 Treadmill?


This model of treadmill is has very simple and easy to set up, and you can assemble it in as fast as 1 hour. You may want to ask for the help of a companion, however, as some of the parts are a little heavy.


The entire assembly is also very heavy as a completed set up weighs around 280 pounds; so it will be more practical if the unit is assembled in the room where it’s going to be placed permanently.

As with any heavy duty exercise machines, it is also recommended that this treadmill is placed on an even and hard surface. Not doing so can result in damaging the flooring or the equipment itself.


And if the unit is placed on a carpeted area, not only will the equipment appear wobbly during exercise routines, but the machine can even eat up the carpet.


How to Use the Sole 85 Exercise Machine?


You can immediately start using this model of treadmill right after assembly as it has pre-set programs. All the control buttons are big and easily accessible on the console, and these are very responsive to the touch.

If you want, you can also customize your own programs and set different speeds and inclination angles. This way, you can create the type of walking, running, and climbing routines that you really prefer.

This treadmill is also designed to easily fold and unfold for ease of use and storage. It has a quick-release system that lets the unit unfold on its own without the need to exert any effort.


Common User Issues and Concerns

Compared to other treadmill machines, the Sole F85 Treadmill is found to be very useful and impressive by a lot of consumers.


There are only few minor issues with this brand and model of treadmill. Although some users have complained that it was heavy, it was also a guarantee of the unit’s stability and durability. The completed setup may require up to 4 guys if it needs to be moved around, so make sure that you assemble the unit in the exercise room right from the start.


Some petty complaints on the fan and speakers also came up from some consumers. While the fan can barely cool one down during an exercise routine, the speakers are found to be lacking in volume and quality. But the users themselves admitted that these are just minor issues as the treadmill’s overall performance is what really counts.


Consumers who compared this model of treadmill with exercise machines that are worth $5,000 are also a little disappointed with the unit’s handle bars. According to these users, the handles on higher-priced machines can better support trainers during a workout routine. But considering that the Sole F85 is offered at half the price, the overall quality of this model of treadmill is still deemed sufficient.


User Reviews


Customers who have already purchased this model of treadmill have given their unbiased observation of the product. There are good points and bad points associated with the exercise equipment as listed below.


What Consumers Like About It:


Easy storage – as the unit can be folded, it can be easily stored after use.

Comfortable design – its shock absorbing features make exercising efficient and easy on the legs and feet.

Simple assembly – assembly can be completed in as fast as 1 hour by following the step by step guide that comes with the package.

What Consumers Don’t Like About It:

Speakers – a lot of users complained that the speaker system on this model of treadmill is not that good.

Handles are hard to reach – there were some reports of consumers having a hard time reaching for the handle bars when on a high incline mode.