The Sole F65 Treadmill is a great option for individuals looking for a sturdy, foldable, and feature-rich treadmill for home training. It’s an upgrade to the Sole F63 in that it includes a motor that can reach speeds of up to 20 km/h, and the running surface is extra-long and extra-wide, making it suitable for users of all sizes.
Want to know if this treadmill is for you? Check out this in-depth Sole F65 Treadmill review to find out.
Sole F65 Treadmill Review Summary
The F65 treadmill by Sole Fitness features a folding design. The easy-assist folding deck design securely locks into place, so when the treadmill isn’t in use, it’ll take up less space in your room.
The Cushion Flex Whisper Deck is designed to reduce the impact on joints by 40%. So, if you suffer from chronic joint pain or are elderly, investing in a treadmill is a great way to train cardio without risking an injury.
This new iteration of the Sole Folding treadmill lineup also features a wider and longer deck. The deck, which measures 22’’, gives you ample room for stretching or moving without feeling boxed in.
In addition, it comes equipped with ten pre-programmed workouts, catering to a range of fitness goals, such as weight loss and cardiovascular improvement.
However, the F65 isn’t designed for high-performance use in intense settings. It's best for single individuals who prefer light cardio training and don’t exceed 20 km per day.
- Folding design for easy storage and transport when not in use
- Ten pre-programmed workouts catering to a wide range of cardio goals, including weight loss and cardiovascular improvement
- 4.0 CHP motor capable of speeds up to 20 km/h
- Large, comfortable, extra-wide running surface suitable for individuals of all sizes
- 15% incline feature for a more rigorous cardio training
- User-friendly console with a 7.5’’ LCD that displays precise information, even in low-light situations
- Short side rails, which may not be ideal for some individuals
- Limited entertainment options, as the LCD only displays statistics
- The motor hood is higher than desired, which can get between you and the console
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Sole F65 Treadmill In-Depth Review
Let’s take a closer look at the Sole F65’s features and specifications.
Design and Features
Sole is recognized for building high-quality treadmills with the most premium components.
The Sole F65 is constructed with heavy-duty steel for maximum durability. Its design prioritizes portability and user comfort. The steel frame extends to the support rails, crossbeams under the deck, and handrails coated with epoxy for added durability and user comfort. However, they can become slippery if you’re prone to heavy sweating while working out.
The deck is raised 20 cm off the floor and measures 51 cm x 152 cm. It gives you ample space for stretching or repositioning yourself during your jogs. As such, it's ideal for individuals of all sizes. However, the motor cover can get in your way to the console, as its hood is higher than desired.
Furthermore, the advanced Cushion Flex Whisper is situated under the running deck. It provides excellent comfort while jogging. It’s proven to help individuals with ankle, knee, and hip pain as it reduces stress on said joints by up to 40%.
Although you’ll risk fewer injuries long-term, the Sole F65 is not designed for high-intensity or long-distance workouts. As such, It’s suitable for people who suffer chronic joint pain or are prone to fatiguing early while training cardio or light joggers.
Finally, the Sole F65 offers a smooth and stable running experience, thanks to its minimal vibration while in operation. The high-quality running deck is designed to remain rigid even under pressure, ensuring that your focus remains on your workout rather than the treadmill's movement.
The Sole F65 stands out in its class for being a foldable treadmill. When not in use, you can fold it for more convenient storage and transport. The easy-assist deck design also makes folding it easy and completely secure. It weighs 118 kg and is designed to support a maximum weight of 160 kg, making it a reliable option for a wide range of users.
You don’t need to pick it up either, as the Sole F65 comes with four sturdy wheels that allow you to store it easily. Folding is done via a steel bar at the base of the deck, and unfolding is possible with a yellow release lever on the right underside.
When assembled, the Sole F65 measures 144.7 x 208.2 x 94 cm. The carton measures 218 x 92 x 43 cm.
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The Sole F65 boasts a powerful and quiet 3.25 horsepower continuous duty motor, offering smooth speed transitions from 0.5 km/h to a challenging 20 km/h for an added workout challenge. It also supports various incline levels, with a maximum of 15% inclination.
With its minimal vibration during operation, the motor will not distract you from your workout, ensuring a stable and smooth experience. The running deck remains rigid and stable, providing an uninterrupted session.
It’s also designed with longevity in mind. However, rest assured that Sole provides a lifetime warranty if it fails.
Sole F65 garners praise for having a feature-rich and accessible console. Most importantly, this iteration does not require an internet connection. As such, you can freely use preloaded programs and built-in features.
The 19.5 cm LCD with backlight shows precise information even in dim lighting. During exercise, you’ll see your heart rate, speed, pace, calories burned, and time. Additionally, the graph at the bottom of the screen keeps you informed about your current workout plan, allowing you to stay on track and prepared for what comes next.
However, the screen, although easy to use and intuitive, lacks customization. For example, the metric displayed in the center is always time. You can’t change it.
Also, some users may find the Sole F65's speed and incline adjustments lacking. The buttons for adjusting these settings are fixed and go in increments of one, two, and three (for example, 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 7). If you prefer manual adjustments, the button is located behind the display, which may not be easy to use during workouts for some.
But the silver lining is that the handrails feature those buttons, too. So, you don’t need to stretch your arm to the console while running. All you have to do is check the right handrail for speed adjustments and the left one for inclination changes. However, be careful not to press them accidentally!
The Sole F65 also has sturdy and high-quality buttons, but they may become sticky and collect dust over time due to their raised design. The handrail buttons will be continuously exposed to your sweat, so make sure you clean them often.
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The Sole F65 features an array of useful accessories. Let’s take a look at them.
Tablet and Phone Holder
Situated right above the screen is a tablet or phone holder you can attach your device on while working out. Since it features an adjustable and secure clip, it can accommodate any tablet or phone size.
This is useful in many ways. For example, you can play a video from your favorite channel to watch. Or, you can grab a looping video of a trail hike to simulate running outdoors. Paired with pre-programmed workouts, it makes for an immersive experience.
The Sole F65 features Bluetooth 3.0-compatible speakers. You can listen to your favorite audiobooks or songs while working out.
The Sole F65 also features an integrated USB port you can use to charge your USB-compatible devices. It’s situated close to the device holder, so there’s no risk of accidentally dropping your tablet or phone while working out.
This treadmill has two built-in fans on either side of the screen. Although they’re a convenient feature, they lack the power of higher-end treadmills. The airflow is noticeable but not as strong as desired. So, during an intense workout, don’t forget to hydrate.
The Sole F65 features two large trays on either side of the display to store your water bottle while working out. Additionally, it has a third tray beneath the console spanning its width, ideal for storing your utilities, such as a charger or workout accessory.
Sole offers a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame of the Sole F65 and a one-year warranty for labor. This gives you peace of mind, knowing your equipment is protected in case of an accident and that the company prioritizes your satisfaction.
Let’s look at how the Sole F65 fares in terms of metrics and performance.
The Sole F65’s 3.25 horsepower engine allows it to run at a maximum speed of 20 km/h. Upon startup, the treadmill operates at a slow speed of 0.5 km/h to allow you to position yourself accordingly. The speed is controlled via preset buttons on the console, right handrail, or the manual adjuster behind the screen, and it enables smooth transitions into faster speeds.
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Sole F65’s cushioning is superb. It reduces stress on joints by 40% and is comfortable for most users. However, this treadmill isn’t designed for extended use or intensive workouts. We recommend you limit your daily runs to a maximum of 13 km, especially if you have multiple users at your home.
If you own a gym and wish to equip it with a treadmill, we recommend a more recent model of the Sole Fs.
The Sole F65 allows for a maximum inclination of 15%. Implementing incline training in your workouts is a great way to start if you’re looking to strengthen your glutes and hamstrings and facilitate muscle balance. The treadmill is raised 20 cm off the floor, so it’s easy to get on and off. Note, however, that the treadmill cannot decline from its starting position.
The inclination is controlled via the console or the left handrail. It follows preset values and cannot be manually adjusted.
The Sole F65 features a total of 10 pre-programmed workouts. Two are custom, two are for heart rate training, and the other six are hill, manual, high-intensity interval, strength, cardio, and fat burn.
The programs do not change. As such, you may need to result to manual training once you become stronger and develop your stamina.
The Sole F65 is a high-quality, feature-rich treadmill ideal for beginners looking to achieve their fitness goals. Complementing its powerful motor, durable construction, and comfortable foldable design is its affordable price.
The incline option, built-in workout programs, and maximum speed of 20 km/h provide a great deal of variety and challenge. The Bluetooth connectivity and device holder also make it easy to stay motivated, as you can remain entertained while working out.
While it’s not designed for extended use, such as in gyms and large households, the Sole F65 remains a fantastic option for individuals looking to invest in a reliable piece of workout equipment.
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