The Sole F65 folding treadmill upgrades the F63 with a 3.24 CHP motor and a larger running surface. Like its popular siblings, this Sole machine out-performs the competitors in its price range.
The Sole F65 folding treadmill has a large 7.5-inch blue backlit LCD display giving readouts for speed, incline, time, distance traveled, calories, pulse, and pace. A scrolling message window walks you through features or a workout, and a ¼-mile track and Peak/Valley graph are available for different programs.
The specs on the Sole F65 include:
PLEASE NOTE: This is an older model of the F65. For the newer version check out our review here.
Under the hood and deck of the Sole F65 folding treadmill: a 3.25 hp continuous duty DC motor (a step up from the F63 model), an all-steel zinc-coated balanced flywheel, hefty 2.5" rollers, a 2-ply double woven belt, a 1" phenolic Whisper Deck, and a rack and pinion gear design on the incline mechanism.
This 253-lb machine is solid enough for light running, and Sole has bumped up the 58" running area to 60", a big plus that makes all the difference, especially for taller runners.
The deck folds up with an Easy Assist feature plus a Safety Lock mechanism. This folding design also allows the user to release the lock and watch the deck unfold itself. Like the popular F80, the Sole F65 treadmill features the patented double horseshoe folding frame making it as stable as a non-folding treadmill.
There are a couple of other nice features, such as the cooling fans, the speakers, and the MP3 input, plus the wireless chest strap that is included as standard equipment. There are speed and incline controls on the handlebars. The new model has 2 heart rate programs as well.
If you have checked a number of treadmill reviews on Sole machines, you have likely noticed that there are no complaints about the customer service provided by Sole; it is first rate as is the workmanship and quality components.
Equipment experts note that Sole motors runs cooler with lower RPMs than similar rated motors put in treadmills made by NordicTrack and Proform, so you can expect the motor to run better, longer, and more quietly. One final plus: Sole treadmills are designed to be easy to assemble right out of the box.
If you have been frustrated that there was no option between the $999 F63 and the $1499 F80, now you have a good choice with the Sole F65. This is easily one of the top folding treadmills selling at the $1,299 price point. (The sale price includes shipping direct from Sole).
It rates well in areas of quality, reliability, cushioning, power, walking area, and overall value. If you can afford to step up a few hundred dollars from the F63, the new Sole F65 folding treadmill is a great choice.