I love reading the promotional materials for products. It is after all propaganda. It’s meant to change and or create a new way of thinking about something or some one. Propaganda is marketing, and vice versa. Take for instance this little bit of marketing genius.
Foldable and affordable, SOLE’s F63 is the answer. This highly rated treadmill gives you the tough workout you demand with a price tag you’ll love.
Gives you the tough workout you demand? I am sure that is applies to many people that use or plan to use a treadmill. I had something else in mind. I’m not knocking SOLE’s treadmill. I could have easily purchased this on instead of the 7.0 AT. Lets say that as you are shopping you read the above, and it sticks in you head. “The workout I demand. There must be a whole, elite group of others that demand a tough workout.” i.e., I am part of a group that is different from other users. For my money, I want to raise my basal metabolic rate without blowing out my knee or back. A tough workout? It’s tough for me but I am a lightweight.
The 7.0 AT meets my needs straight out of the box. I wanted a quiet performer, no odd vibrations, squeaks. 4-5 days of use at it’s done all of that. Its not a high bar to set, it’s what I expected, and as usage increases, my expectation is for continued quiet, reliable performance. This heavy built machine is capable of absorbing much more punishment than I will be able to deliver.
The only thing I want to mention is the sound the belt makes as my feet make contact with it. A scrubbing sound. That’s because the belt is textured and brand new. I also drag my feet slightly as I walk. Hardly a complaint. Before I use it later today April 19, 2021 I am going to make a slight adjustment to the belt, it appears to be just slightly off kilter, to far to the left for my comfort. Something I fully expected to have to do.
Interesting, though I have owned device capable of Bluetooth, this is the first and to date the only device I have made use of that technology. The sound coming through the speakers is plenty loud, and sound quality is passable. Should the need be there in the future, a set of robust headphones could produce very good sound quality. In the past ambient sound from a radio, stereo was all I used. Back in the day, 11 years ago, when I watched TV, I would time my workout to an old favorite program. Podcasts are all the rage, and being the type of person to collect mp3s and edit them for the content I want, listening to podcasts will likely fill out my entertainment needs while I walk.
Like just about every other treadmill above a certain dollar amount, this one has a USB charging port, and stereo in and out ports. Should I decide to go old school by eschewing the Bluetooth. The center display, a 7″ LCD shows my progress as if I am walking around a 400 meter track which is about .25 miles. In the center of that track is a graph giving indications of the workout level I am on and that which is about to be encountered. Something that is pretty standard these days. There are 7 choices for preprogrammed programs, each program is also supplemented by the level of activity 1-15, level one, or two is good for me at this point.
As with many other models quick adjustments can be made by rolling the wheels on the handle bars. The left wheel controls the incline, and the right the speed. It’s also possible to program intervals into both of these controls and operate them via the push of a button located on the handle. Something I love, the heart rate monitor, and the ease of use. As a cardiac patient, this little bit of info in necessary to help keep me in my target heart zone. This doodad is also found on treadmills above a certain price, if you choose to purchase a treadmill, have this little convenience is a must. Although a belt attachment via Bluetooth is available, and necessary for the heart health option.
This model has a personal fan for cooling. I use it in combination with a oscillating floor fan. It doesn’t kick out much of a breeze but it’s better than nothing. After reading several personal reviews from actual users across the spectrum of different models, I have yet to see anyone describe the cooling fan as adequate. Then again no one has actually cursed the presence of it either.
I like the blue colored LEDs. Something that is so simple yet, red or green would work but not be as attractive. What is nice about this model, and other Horizon fitness models are the two cup, water bottle holders. Naturally they can be used as a place to safely put other items.
As for the folding aspect, it’s feather light when lowering the tread surface, going up is not so feather light. Both my wife, and 100lbs daughter are able to lift it, but neither really wants to. The space for the treadmill is dedicated for that purpose. It does have two sets of wheels but is a bit of a pain in the posterior moving it around, at least it is on when the mill is on the carpet.
This is no way meant to be an exhaustive review of my brand new, and brand new to me piece of equipment. I’ve used treadmills in the past though none as advance as the current crop of treadmills available for US$1000. As before, it’s worth mentioning a small disclaimer. There exists no relationship, except for the warranty, between Horizon Fitness, or any other company related to or owned by Johnson Fitness. One principle reason I bought this unit is that the USA headquarters for Horizon, Vision Fitness is Cottage Grove Wisconsin. About 20 miles from my hometown. That reason made the difference between this and the Sole Fitness F63 and other comparable units. These are my own words, and I am not being compensated in any way, shape or form by any of the companies mentioned whatsoever.
There is more to say but that is another post.