You are a large user and want to have a power treadmill that can withstand your heavy weight Sole S77 Treadmill should be the top recommendation in this case. It not only offers a high user weight capacity but also brings to users the most effective workouts due to its advanced features.
Sole S77 Treadmill Description
Sole S77 Treadmill - Key Specs
22" x 60"
0.5 - 12 mph
0 - 15%
Cushion Flex Shock Absorption Whisper Deck (2-Ply 1")
10.1" TFT LCD
Pulse Grips & Wireless Chest Strap
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)
Parts: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
It is packet with a 4.0CHP motor which is the smoothest and the most powerful motor on the market. It has a lifetime guarantee. Especially, to reduce vibration, the motor features two zinc-coated flywheels. This size motor will never be strained unless you are a sumo wrestler. It offers a speed range of 0.5 to 12 mph which is ideal for interval and sprints training.
Thanks to the power incline, even just walking at slow speeds on this machine you can burn more calories than walking on the flat surfaces. Specifically, it can be inclined up to 15%. This also helps you improve muscle tone as well as enhance your cardio challenge.
The S77 treadmill line seems to have a running area that increase every year. It has a 22″ x 60″ running surface which is wider than other treadmills I have ever tried like 3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill or Horizon Fitness Elite T9 Treadmill. In the other words, a 22″ width is often only found on commercial grade models. This makes it suitable for even tall runners. Plus, the track also provides user with a more comfortable runs with the support of the Cushion Flex System.
The LCD screen is very easy to access and navigate even while I am running. It larger and gives more work-out details than ever before such as the user’s calories burned, incline, distance traveled, pace, pulse, speed and time. The unit also features a 1/4 mile track and a peak / valley graph which allows users to visualize their progress.
Additionally, there are two rows of quick program buttons allowing users to quickly change to their desired speed, or incline. Integrated into the console are cooling fans, cup holders and speakers.
The Sole S77 does not have many built-in workout programs to run like Nordic Track commercial 2450 or Horizon Fitness Elite T9 Treadmill. It only has 10 workout programs (six standard preset programs, two heart rate and two custom workouts).
In fact, when compared to Nordic Track brand Sole Fitness always lacks in this aspect.
Bluetooth Workout Tracking
Like other new Sole Treadmills, the S77 model in 2016 is incorporated with the one of the newest technologies - Bluetooth Workout Tracking. This technology allows you to track of your workout results. And if you want, you can also sync them to your favorite fitness apps.
Wireless heart rate readers
Like other good models on the market, this treadmill of Sole is also compatible with wireless chest straps and has contact pulse sensors for heart rate monitoring.
In order to ensure the comfort as well as the safety of the user, the Sole S77 non-folding treadmill provides a number of extra features including a 0.5 mph speed start, a 10-amp circuit breaker and a textured belt.
Sole S77 Treadmill Review
Firstly, the size of the track is very spacious for both inexperienced and experienced runners. They will have enough room to stretch their strides comfortably. I am 6’2″ and 350lbs, and it has no problem to handle me.
Moreover, in order to cushion user’s feet Sole have developed a quite good suspension system. This system is softer and rigid than the one used in the F-Range of folding models from Sole.
And thanks to it the impact on my joints is minimized up to 40% and I have a quiet and comfortable workouts. And to reduce boredom while training at home, I often plug in my phone or iPod to listen to my MP3s thanks to the MP3 compatibility on this treadmill. The songs will play directly via the built-in speakers with clear and loud sound.
For additional comfort, the non-folding treadmill also features built-in cooling fans to keep me stay cool even when training for long time.
It has a very simple dashboard interface coming with an advanced LCD screen that makes the treadmill extremely user friendly. Both the buttons and the LCD are very responsive even when your sweat drops onto the dashboard or LCD. Therefore, I can change my speed or incline easily and quickly with the controls of the treadmill without worrying that they suddenly become unresponsive.
Moreover, you can also change these by using incline changers and speed changers integrated on the handles of the treadmill too. Additionally, although this machine can’t be folded, it has light weight. It only weighs at 265 pounds (which is the common weight of a non-foldable treadmill) so it is easier to move the machine around your room with the support of the fitted wheels. There are also other convenient features found on the unit including a handy tray that will hold everything and cup holders.
Besides the top speed of 12 MPH, the S77 also support incline feature up to 15% to enhance the performance of my exercising. Besides, compared to my old folding Nordic Track treadmill, this non-folding treadmill seems to be sturdier with stronger shock support. For heavier runners, they will love the additional torque which is pushed out by the motor.
Besides, when you use the heart rate training mode, this non-folding treadmill automatically makes the incline adjustments to keep you within your targeted heart rate zone. With the last year’s model, users couldn’t monitor their results, but with this newest model I can do with Bluetooth Workout Tracking technology that really helps me reach my fitness goals easier.
This treadmill can withstand users up to 400lbs running at speeds of up to 12mph and the 15% incline. I have only had the treadmill for 6 months but already logged 1200 miles on it. I have had no complaints and thought it’s a solid performer. Its strong motor runs effortlessly at high speeds.
Additionally, I haven’t felt any shake or vibration on the frame and belt when running on the machine even at the highest speed. According to many users, this treadmill runs even more stable than the F85 model. It allows you to run for an hour or more without feeling labored.
Quality and durability
The S77 is touted as a club quality treadmill. And instead of the weak arm supports, and the roller slippage on older models, this machine now has the top quality and reliability. It is featured with steel welded frame, double woven 2-ply belt and 2 ¾ inch rollers which would be found on a $4,000+ treadmill. These are for durable belt and a quiet, smooth operation.
Especially, with the 4.0CHP motor, there are no other treadmills which have more power than the Sole S77. Because of some improvement on quality as well as design, the price for the newest model of Sole S77 is a little higher than last year’s model. Go hand in hand with the wonderful quality, Sole also offers a great warranty with this machine. It includes a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor and deck, five years warranty on parts and electronics and two years on labor.
The Sole S77 Treadmill is an ideal treadmill for runners who are the beginners or serious ones. Despite its top speed of 12 MPH I don’t recommend this for doing interval training because I feel it takes me long time to change from speed to speed even with the easy to use controls. When speaking about its size and weight, it can be used at house, home gym, or a small fitness club.
Conclusion, the Sole S77 has great looks, provides comfortable runs as well as feels as good as a gym machine at price under $2000. I will continue purchasing products of the Sole for a better health.
III. Compare Sole S77 to other models
If you want to have similar model to the S77 from the Sole but at cheaper price, the S73 is a good recommendation. It is non-folding model too. The main specs of this model are a 3.0 HP motor offering 12 MPH max speed, a 20 x 60 running surface with 15% max incline, 350 pounds user weight capacity and 6 workout programs.
The deck of this machine is designed with great cushioning system which offers stability while providing reduced stress to knees, hips ankles and spine. In short, in the comparison with the Sole S73, the S77 not only offers all of the same features as the S73 model but it also takes this model to the next level with a larger deck, a more powerful motor and a wider running surface.
Next, I would like to recommend the F85 as a good replacement for the S77 in case you need a folding model. In general, these treadmills have the similar design. It can be said that the Sole S77 Treadmill is the non-folding version of the F85 treadmill of Sole.
Same as its non- folding cousin, this machine is especially designed for serious trainers built with the high quality components such as two-ply tracks that require little maintenance, 2.75″ track rollers and a durable steel frame.
Besides, two these models also have the same main specs including 4.0 CHP motor, 12 MPH max speed and a max incline up to 15%. But because of the foldable feature, the F85 seems to cost higher price than the S77.
Nordic Track commercial 2450
Another model I want to suggest to replace for Sole S77 is the commercial 2450 of Nordic Track. This is one of the best treadmills introduced by very reliable brand. It also comes with CHP DurX Commercial Plus motor, 22" x 60" running surface, 12 MPH top speed and a max incline of 15%. But this model has some better aspects compared to the Sole S77.
For example, it is loaded with plenty of workout programs (40 built-in programs), a decline down to -3 to boost user’s metabolic rate and help target-tone their muscles better as well as a Space-Saver Design which is not included in the S77.
Besides, there is integrated Android browser and iFit technology found on the machine. However, when it comes to the user weight capacity, the 2450 offers lower weight capacity compared to the S77. It can just withstand users not weighing over 300 lbs. in short, if you are not too heavy user, this is a great option for you.
9.2/10.0 is my rating for Sole S77 treadmill because it indeed offers the power of a club treadmill while only having price under $2000. This price point makes it become one of the most popular choices among average homeowner.