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Nike + iPod Sport Kit – A Review

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Update: Check out my latest post on the Nike+ and other devises I use when I run.

I’m going to hold off on my journal entry tonight. I’m just not in the mood BUT I had to share my experience with the Apple Nike + iPod Thingamajig (I’m really not sure what to call it, can you tell?)

I’ll start by saying, IT IS AWESOME! For a stat girl like me I can’t wait to start charting all my runs and tracking them. The great thing, is it requires no work on your part besides plugging the iPod in. I was amazed.

Here’s how it works.

First, you need aan older ipod nano, like these. They are the ones that have the right sized connection. a Nano. I was wrong, you just need a Nano!, sorry.

If you have the right nano you plug in a small device into the iPod. Then you put the little Nike chip in or on your shoe. I don’t actually have Nike shoes so I used this shoe pouch and attached it to my laces.

That’s it! Now go run!

When you get back, plug the iPod in to sync, it will ask you if you want to save the data and then viola you get a visual of your run, like this…

Nike+ screen shot

How COOL is that?!?

Now, I added the blue text to point a couple of things out like the ability to name and describe the run. I also loved the fact I could see where I walked for a few seconds. I just think this is really neat.

I don’t know about you, but I find this very motivating. I just want to run so I can get a new little graph! (I’m such a geek)

I know some of you out there have used it, anyone want to share their opinion? Anyone not think it’s the coolest gadget ever? Just curious. Honestly, I was quite shocked it was only $29. It seems like a pretty fair price to me considering the ease of use and cool tracking stats.

OK, gotta run, it’s too late, I shouldn’t be up. Throwing a party tomorrow, I’ll tell you all about it this weekend. :~)

Update: Check out my latest post on the Nike+ and other devises I use when I run.

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    June 6, 2008

    I have a new ipod and it works on that too - I think it works on any nano you can buy. Yeah, I love it - and I love the shoe pouch too! I wish I could figure out what songs I'm listening to or what hills I'm climbing when I'm looking at my graph later to see how that affects my run - I'm a stat geek too! :) Reply


    June 6, 2008

    Really?!? I was under the impression is only worked on the 3G and below, not the newer short fat ones. My Bad! (saying that always makes me laugh). LOL Reply


    June 6, 2008

    i also have the newest nano and it works on it. there is also a way to import a run when you forget to use the nike +. just google it and you'll find very detailed instructions. thought you might like to know, since i used to get annoyed when i forgot my nike + on my runs. oh, don't forget to calibrate the thing. it really makes a difference. Reply


    June 7, 2008

    I use mine with my 3rd gen 8 gig nano no worries there.

    Did you calibrate yours. I have short legs and so I think it thinks each step is a lot longer than mine really are. I need to find a measured 400m track to the calibration on before I can use the distance thing accurately but I still like it. Reply


    June 7, 2008

    I love love LOVE mine! I've been training pretty hard lately and I just love to see my average pace go down as I upload new runs.

    And it is super cool when Lance Armstrong or Tiger Woods or Joan Benoit congratulates me for some new milestone like going faster or longer than before.

    It definitely works on all nanos. Reply


    June 7, 2008

    The newest Nano (the short fat design with video) is the 3G Nano. I also have the Nike+ and it works just fine with my 3G Nano. The only reason I don't use it as much anymore is because I upgraded and got myself a Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS unit since I can use it with my bike as well. Reply


    June 7, 2008

    Love the Nike+ sports kit too. SOmetimes I'm motivated by just thinking that my runs will be tracked. I also have a 3Gen iPod and it works great. Reply


    June 7, 2008

    I love my Nike +...I just crossed my 500 mile mark yesterday with the help of some of my online running buddies. I run in "races" with people from all over the world that are called challenges...and I create my own for some of us on the blog. You are really going to like it...well until it eats a run of course. Keep Running Roni!!

    ~ronji Reply

    The Flying Monkeys

    June 7, 2008

    Hey Roni, I did yoga in the AM and PM this week, meditation and stretching, and lost 2 pounds! Supposibly yoga is supposed to make you feel like youi dont wanna snack. Plus I still drink a big glass in the morning and pm so I dont snack. Reply


    June 7, 2008

    I love the idea of it but for all of us regular ipod users its useless. I bought it and wanted to use it but realized that wasn't compatible. Now its still in its box Reply


    June 7, 2008

    I had never heard of these, this is cool!!! Reply


    June 7, 2008

    The Nike+ is the best thing that ever happened to my ipod and waistline! It is easy, inexpensive (if you own a nano) and motivating. Plus you can run for time or distance, get audio and visual feedback at any point (press the center button) choose a'power song" for when you need an extra push, and keep track of everything...mileage, calories, distance, pace all in a nifty graph. Hows that for a run-on sentence? And hearing Lance tell you you've run your longest, or Paula say you've ran your fastest is fantastic! Get one, you won't be sorry. Reply

    Laura Brandon

    June 7, 2008

    this won't work with my ipod classic :( but they make a nike+ with an armband, that doesn't even need your ipod to work! i'm not sure how you put the info on your computer, but it makes the same type of graph. i really want one! Reply


    June 8, 2008

    thanks for reviewing this! i've been thinking about getting one for awhile so its helpful to hear reviews :) Reply


    June 8, 2008

    I recently bought the Nike+ and I am totally obsessed with it. It is so addicting to be able to see your distance increase and/or your pace go down. I never used to like running outside because I couldn't tell how much progress I was making (vs. a treadmill where I could see all the numbers in front of me, pushing me). But now there's no excuse.

    BTW, thanks to the poster who added the comment about importing a run. I'll definitely have to look that up, because I had a situation just this last week where I forgot my receiver (I posted about it on my blog, even).

    Roni, I love your blog! You are so inspirational and your "style" is totally me. Keep up the great work. Reply

    Jules Jordon

    June 8, 2008

    This sounds like a great little gadget. I've just started in the gym on the tredmill and static bike. Might come in handy for my tredmill work.

    Great blog, thanks Reply


    June 8, 2008

    I've been thinking about getting one of these. The only negative feedback I have heard on them is that you can't replace the battery. Once it goes, the whole system is useless. I'm not sure how long the battery lasts, however, but still, at $29, it seems worth it. Reply


    June 8, 2008

    Hey Roni!

    How'd you get the image of your run? It's not letting me grab it to put it on my page.

    Just curious!

    --Saucy Reply


    June 8, 2008

    Saucy - I took a screen shot... Reply


    June 9, 2008

    What a coincidence that you wrote this; I was on eBay yesterday looking for one!!! I think that this is an amazing gadget provided to us by Nike. After reading your review I will for sure buy one. Thank you :) Reply


    June 9, 2008

    Oh, I forgot to add: thank you for posting the shoe pouch, that was the only thing that was really holding me back from buying one. I did not want to buy the 'special' Nike shoes that go with the kit. Reply


    June 9, 2008

    Here's another option for holding the sensor if you don't want to purchase the Nike+ shoes:

    Nike shoes don't fit my feet as well as some other brands, so I was thrilled when I found a way to still use the Nike+. I purchased a multi-pack since I had a couple of different pairs of running shoes. It made it a snap to just switch the sensor between my shoes without have to move the holder around, too. Reply


    June 10, 2008

    So how easy is it to use an iPod? I don't have one but I love the idea of the Nike+.

    Should I make the investment?

    Thanks Reply


    June 13, 2008

    To Maria (and anyone else with the same question)- you can actually purchase the Nike+ Sportband if you don't have an iPod Nano. It goes on your wrist, and it has a little part that clips off and has a USB attachment that plugs right into your computer. It's $59 (vs. $29 for the iPod version), but still cheaper than buying an iPod.

    That said, I would totally recommend one of the newer iPod Nanos (3rd Gen)- I got mine for christmas (the 8-gig) and it has been awesome. I have about 1250 songs on it, and still over 2-gig free space. Plus, even though I'm not that gadget-savvy it's pretty easy to use. Reply


    June 16, 2008

    Maria - I find it easy but I'm a gadget whore. LOL You can download and play with iTunes if that is intuitive to you then you'll be fine.

    Hope that helps!

    -Roni Reply

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    July 21, 2008

    Hey that looks like a fun little toy. I'm also shocked at the price. And I have a Nano. Hmm... Reply

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    December 29, 2008

    I have the 8G nano - the short squaty one - 3rd generation - does anyone know if the iSport works with this? Reply

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    December 30, 2008

    Yup! It does. Reply


    June 24, 2009

    I will pay you $500 for your personal cell# and 1hr. You rock at what you do! hats off! Reply

    6 weeks to 6 Miles | Roni’s Weigh

    July 4, 2009

    Hi roni i just got a nike+ and i love wondering how you make comments on your run (do you do this on the screen or do you do it after you do your screen shot. Thanks! donna Reply

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    July 4, 2009

    Donna - Do you mean the blue words? I added those in photoshop. However you can change the "name" of the run under options on the top right. Hope that helps! -Roni Reply

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    July 4, 2009

    Hi. I'm completing a book called "Democratizing Data to transform government, business and daily life," and am very interested in talking to some of you who have used the Nike+ and have felt it has had a significant impact on your life, especially your health. I suspect this is one of the first examples of how "personal metrics," especially when combined with real-time feedback can improve our lives, especially regarding actions to improve our health and deal with issues such as global warming. Please contact me @ D.StephensonATstephensonstrategiesDOTcom if you're willing to talk to me about your experience. Reply


    October 26, 2010

    :-) For the thrifty: I just tuck the Nike + iPod sensor under the middle of the tongue of my shoe, on top of my foot, while I lace my shoes for runs. It's quite secure for me. There is no need to buy a pouch for the sensor. Reply


    October 26, 2010

    Do you feel it on long runs? That's what I'd be worried about. The pouch is now only 3 bucks. It's pretty thrifty. :) Reply