Since the Sole Fitness S77 non-folding treadmill was relaunched in 2013, Sole Fitness successfully addressed the reliability issues involved with the previous model. Not only were they able to get rid of the roller slippage and weak arm supports, but they also managed to preserve the many good things about this machine.
To name a few, there’s the brawny 4-HP motor, extra-wide running belt, precision-welded frame, and user-friendly console design. Best of all, it retains its non-folding design and high weight capacity that makes it a solid and stable performer – even for a sprinting sumo wrestler.
A closer look at the Sole Fitness S77 non-folding treadmill
Wider running surface
The S77’s running area comes in at a whopping 22 inches by 60 inches (W x L), which is significantly wider and longer than the average treadmill. Paired with its 400-pound maximum weight capacity, the machine can easily accommodate users of different heights.
It also provides plenty of legroom for athletic sprinters to ensure consistent and comfortable strides. Speaking of comfort, the company upgraded the standard tread belt into the Cushion Flex Shock Absorption Deck, which is both stable and much more forgiving than jogging on asphalt. As a result, there’s reduced impact on your back, knees, and joints throughout the exercise.
Bigger and more robust motor
In addition to the wider deck, Sole Fitness bestowed this treadmill with a larger motor – perhaps the largest for a treadmill in its segment. This takes the form of the 4.0 HP Continuous-Duty motor that can propel users to speeds of up to 12 miles per hour and up the 15% adjustable incline.
Heavier athletes will love the added torque that the new motor can dish out, and its extra power reserve will keep you going for another hour of training or more. The frame is sturdily built as well, made with precision welded steel for a longer-lasting service life.
Intuitive console design
With its functional display, intuitive layout, and stylish design, it’s pretty obvious that Sole Fitness took its time in building the S77’s console. It features a 9-inch backlit LCD screen that constantly displays the speed, time, incline, distance traveled, calories burned, and projected pace during the workout.
You may also track your heart rate by using the grip-pulse monitoring system or the wireless chest strap that comes with the package. Plus, there’s a peak and valley graph along with a 1/4-mile track for visualizing your workout progress in style.
Workout programs and other features
The S77 comes with the standard six pre-set and two custom workouts (as seen on other Sole treadmills), but it also includes two more heart rate control programs. All these can be toggled via the color-coded buttons on the console, together with the speed and incline controls.
The console is also integrated with dual cooling fans that provide a soothing breeze during those intense routines while the cup holders keep your favorite refreshments right at your fingertips.
Also, to keep boredom at bay, just plug in your smartphone or iPod and tune in to your MP3 collection hassle-free. All that’s needed is an audio cable to hook up your mobile device, and the songs will play through the speakers loud and clear.
Last thoughts on the Sole Fitness S77 non-folding treadmill
The Sole Fitness S77 Non-Folding Treadmill measures 83 by 35 by 58 inches (L x W x H) and weighs in at 265 pounds. It is covered by the manufacturer’s lifetime warranty on the motor and frame, 5 years on parts, and 2 years on labor. A high-quality treadmill that is good for both home and commercial usage.