Sole Fitness F63 (2011 model) Treadmill Review

The Sole Fitness F63 treadmill has been one of the most successful treadmills in the US market for the past two years, having won numerous awards. So, is it all that it’s cracked up to be? Let’s find out!

Once assembled, the first impressions of a machine that oozes quality. It looks rock solid and passes the classic ‘shake test’ with flying colours!

The Sole F63 is powered by a 2.5 horsepower continuous duty that is quiet and generates   more than enough power to get the belt running to its top speed of 20 kph (just over 12 miles per hour). This high top speed will be welcomed for those wishing to do push themselves to the limit as part of their running training.

However, for the vast majority of users, it won’t be the top speed that’d be a big draw, but the massive 15% powered incline that the F63 offers. Taking advantage of the high incline levels on offer enables you to burn the same number of calories at a lower running speed and this approach is more kind to the joints.

The running deck of the Sole F63 is a decent size (20″ wide by 55″ long) and provides adequate room for most runners. The deck itself has a nice feel about it – it provides cushioning without being too soft. We can confirm that the combination of the very large (2.5 inch) rollers, responsive deck and heavy duty frame make the Sole F63 a seriously good machine to run on!

The F63 features a large, imposing console with a large, clear LCD screen at its centre. This display is divided up into a number of areas with dedicated space for continuous display of crucial information, a quarter mile track, as well as a 20 segment program profile display (inside the quarter mile track).

In terms of programs, the F63 seems rather limited on the surface with only 10 programs. This consists of manual mode, 5 preset, 2 user defined and 2 heart rate controlled ones. However, the number of programs is rather deceptive as each of the programs can be used for both a variable length of time as well as a different top speeds. In effect, by being able to set the top speed of a preset program, you can control the difficulty level of that program.

We’re big fans of heart rate control training, as it ensures safe and effective workouts. In order to take advantage of the HRC programs, an optional chest belt needs to be worn that transmits the user’s heart rate to the console and the HRC programs automatically changes either the speed or the incline of the treadmill in order to keep the user exercising within the desired heart rate range. When not wearing a chest strap, the pulse grip sensors can be used to get an approximate heart rate reading.

While the F63 doesn’t have a user profile memory to store the gender, age, weight and height of multiple different users, this information can be entered when using the programs and this data is factored in when estimating the calorie consumption of the exercise session.

The folding mechanism on the Sole Fitness F63 is a cut above most other treadmills we’ve reviewed with a conveniently located handle near the top of the running deck that releases the deck from the locked folded position. As you’d expect, there is hydraulic assist to ensure a smooth drop as well as to make folding easier.

We’ve come across a lot of treadmills with speakers that are very tinny and easily drowned out but the noise of the machine itself being used. The Sole F63 speakers were a pleasant surprise with a good amount of bass.

All treadmills need to have their decks lubricated and one of the normal challenges that most home treadmill users face is knowing when this needs to happen. A nice touch on the Sole F63 is that the treadmill itself keeps tracking of how much it’s been used and lets the user know when lubrication is needed through the console.

Sole Fitness are backing their products with the best warranty available on a home treadmill in the UK. This consists of a lifetime frame, motor and parts warranty, along with 3 years onsite labour!

Best Price

The Sole F63 (2011 model) is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Review Summary - In Brief

The Sole Fitness F63 is a treadmill with an enviable and well deserved reputation. It's a solid machine with a powerful motor and a running deck that's well suited to running. The unique lifetime parts warranty with 3 years on-site labour is testament to the build quality that is obvious from the moment the treadmill is first used. If you're looking for a treadmill with lots of bells and whistles in the console such as Internet connectivity or interactive training options, then look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a good, solid treadmill that performs well, then you can't go wrong with the Sole F63!  

Sole F63 (2011 model) Specifications

  • Motor: 2.5 HP Continuous Duty, DC type
  • Speed: 1-20km/h (0.5-12 mph)
  • Incline:  Power Incline 0-15%
  • Six 1-Step speed keys + Six 1-Step incline keys
  • Running Surface: 51cm x 140cm (20” x 55”) with cushion flex
  • Weight: 111kg / 245lbs
    Max User Weight: 147kg / 325lbs
  • Assembled Size: 197 x 87 x 144cm (77” x 34” x 56.5”)
  • Folded Size: 112 x 87 x 170cm (44” x 34.3” x 67”)
  • Running Surface: 51cm x 140cm (20” X 55”)
  • Belt: 1.6mm 2 ply belt
  • Console: 6.5” vibrant blue backlit LCD display, dot matrix profile display
  • Console Functions: Calories, Distance, HR % Profile Incline, Laps, Pace, Program, Pulse, Speed, Time
  • Programmes: 10
  • Manual: 1
  • Heart rate control: 2
  • User programmes: 2
  • Pre-set: 5
  • 1/4 mile lap track feature
  • Heart Rate Measurement : Hand Pulse Grips & Receiver
  • Audio system
  • Dual turbo cooling fans
  • Warranty: 3 years labour + lifetime frame, motor & parts

Sole F63 (2011 model) Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

Sole F63 (2011 model) Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Solid feeling machine
  • Easy to use

The Cons

  • Less programs than similar priced machines
  • No user profile memory for multiple users
Sole F63 (2011 model) Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 9
Appearance - 9
Running Area - 8.5
Comfort - 8
Reliability - 9.5
Noise - 9
Ease Of Use - 9
Controls - 9
Warranty - 10
Value for Money - 10
Best Price

The Sole F63 (2011 model) is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

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