Category Archives: Barefoot

Barefoot Running: The Sole F80 Treadmill Review

The Sole F80 treadmill is considered to be an interesting choice in the fitness industry, we therefor decided to check it out the technology behind it in this review.

It is sometimes ranked top treadmill in its price range. It is popular due to many unique qualities. One of these is its patented Cushion Flex Whisper Deck. It is a specialized material that is used to cover the running deck of the treadmill. Material that reduces the impact that a runner feels on it by up to 40% when compared to running outdoors on surfaces such as asphalt. As a result of this high quality, unique deck, the treadmill can last for a very long time. It has a powerful motor to run it.

sole f80 treadmill kill switch

sole f80 treadmill belt II

sole f80 treadmill belt I

The machine can attain challenging speeds and thus is good for fitness enthusiasts as well as athletes. In addition to this, after one has completed running on it, you can simply lock it into place safely. The frame was designed to be as mobile as a hotel room cart but very powerful as well. Thus, you can use it in your hotel room or at home as well. It has a frame that folds up very efficiently. Thus, no accidents can occur on this treadmill after you have finished with it. Moreover, this treadmill has a big red button that you can use to switch the machine off. There are many other features on the Sole f80 that make it a superb, high quality treadmill.

Read on to learn more about the sole f80 treadmill technology.

Sole F80 Treadmill Performance

The Sole F80 treadmill is marketed as a high performance machine.

sole f80 treadmill console I

sole f80 treadmill console II

Thus, it has features that encourage you to push yourself to your fitness limits. Firstly, it is powered by a 3.5 Continuous Horsepower (CHP) motor. According to this review, this Sole F80 treadmill power plant can help you to achieve speeds ranging from 0.5 miles per hour (mph) to 12 miles per hour (mph). The motor has cooling fans. In addition to that, you can control the speed of the motor using buttons placed on the arm rests of the F80 treadmill.

Features of the treadmill

The deck is designed such that it has a low profile running hood.

This allows your feet to stay clear of the front edge of the running belt. Also, the machine has 2.75 inch rollers to move the belt. It is similar to the one Ken Bob used in his slow motion video showing barefoot running foot placement. They have sealed bearings and each roller has copper ground wires. These reduce the static electricity that develops as they work. The rollers are large so as to have more contact with the running belt. Moreover, they increase the life of the belt and thus that of the machine. In addition to that, the belt is made of a 2 ply woven material that is covered with 1 inch Cushion Flex Whisper Deck material. Thus, the belt stays very strong over the lifetime of the treadmill and the Cushion Flex reduces the impact of your feet on the deck.

sole f80 treadmill belt full II

sole f80 treadmill belt full I

Running on the Sole f80 treadmill is a silent affair since the motor runs silently and the belt absorbs the impact resulting in almost silent running.

10 Pre-Programmed Workouts

This treadmill has 10 pre-programmed settings for workouts.

6 of these are Standard settings, 2 of them are Defined by Users and 2 of them measure the Heart Rate. While running on the treadmill, you can adjust the incline of the deck by 15 different settings. This treadmill has a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen that tells you the statistics of your workout. The screen has a width of 7.5 inches. It has the capability to show a peak/valley graph as well as a track that lasts for a ¼ mile. It also shows your speed, time, distance you have covered and the rate of your heartbeat. It can also show you the number of calories that you have burnt and your pace too. The Sole F80 treadmill can also give you messages about your workout as you run.

This helps to guide you through it effectively.

The messages are shown on an alphanumeric text center and the scroll as you run.

Treadmill Safety & The Sole F80

The treadmill is also designed such that it is easy to work with, and it should also be safe to use.

It has ergonomic hand pulse grips. These are easy to grasp and handle firmly. Moreover, it comes with a wireless strap for your chest. This allows the machine to monitor your heart rate as you run. Should anything happen during your run that warrants you to stop the workout, then it has emergency stop features (treadmill kill switch). These are large switches to help you start up or stop the machine. It also has a safety key switch. When you turn it, the motor stops immediately. Make sure that you read up on safety before your start working out on a treadmill, recently reviewed safe practices and better “smart” exercise equipment to prevent injuries from home workout equipment.

Another safety feature is its low profile running hood.

Sole Treadmill Entertainment & Fitness Center

It is important to stay entertained as you exercise.

Thus, the F80 allows you to connect your iPod or Mp3 player to it and listen to your music from loud speakers. Moreover, it has a built in music system in case you don’t have your portable Mp3 player or iPod with you. It also has cup holders for storing your water bottle or refreshments as you work out. After you have completed your workout, you can move and store this treadmill very easily. The deck can fold easily. Moreover, this Sole treadmill has transport wheels. These allow you to transport it away easily to a storage area. When you buy your Sole treadmill, you get a treadmill that is large enough for even big athletes to train on. Its deck has a width of 35 inches, a height of 58 inches and depth of 80 inches. Moreover, it has a running surface whose width is 35 inches and depth is 80 inches (you can compare the F80 to the F63 here).

sole f80 treadmill folding I

sole f80 treadmill folding II

It can handle people whose weight ranges from 265 to 375 pounds.

Warranties And Price Of The Sole F80 Treadmill

Once you get this treadmill, you can be sure of support from the manufacturer.

It has a lifetime warranty for the deck, frame and the motor. Thus, if it ever malfunctions, all you have to do is contact the manufacturers and they will sort you out. Moreover, it has a 5 year warranty for the electronics as well as the parts that can wear out.

The Sole F80 treadmill is made in Taiwan and for $1, 499, you can have this treadmill at your own home.