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Nike + Sport Band Monitors

Nike + Sport Band

Item #NIU1122
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NIKE® + SPORT BAND :: No iPod®? No problem. Simplify how you track pace, distance, and calories with this sleek tool that synchs with the included Nike+ Sensor for your shoes. Now the Nike+ Sport Band features improved water-resistance! Memory captures 30 hours of run data. USB links to PC/Mac for easy download.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Tracks, distance, pace, time and calories burned
  • Connect with nikeplus.com to log your runs, track your progress, set goals, challenges and more
  • Review last run data, weekly run data and total miles/km
  • Nike+ sensor included
  • Rechargeable battery via direct USB connection
  • Positive display for enhanced readability, improved water resistance, and improved durability
  • Compatible with the Polar Wearlink Transmitter to see your beats per minute (BPM)
Product NIU1122 Review

BUGGY

3

I usually run with a Garmin GPS for accuracy, but I also like to run with the NIke + for enjoyment. I use an iPod Nano and the Sportsband, depending if it's a race or not. What I enjoy most about the Nike system is the website and joining the Challenges. The BIG problem is that the Sportsband's software is very buggy and at times will not upload my runs. Many times I have to make sure I wipe the USB connect point with rubbing alcohol to assure it will connect--sometimes that doesn't help. Also, since it's just a accelerometer, it's not as accurate as a GPS watch, even when you calibrate it, but it's pretty close. All in all, it's well worth the money, but I think if you are more than a casual runner and want to know your true pace, you'd be better served by paying more for a Garmin.

passedpast

Cape Cod

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Useful and good value

4

While it has its limitations, I have mostly come to like the Nike+ system. After some bad experiences, I avoided Nike products for many years, then decided to try the Free Run+ shoe a little over a year ago. I became a big convert to this shoe (see my recent RR review). I thought the Nike+ system was just for iClones, so I ignored that little oval plug under my left insole for months, then I saw a sport band while waiting for my wife to buy shoes. For years I trained with a full-featured Polar training watch/pedo that I like a lot, but the chunky footpod is irritating and failure prone, and the acoustic upload system is almost unusable. The Polar needed a new battery ($25), so I thought I'd give the sport band a try instead. What it does, it does pretty well, and what it doesn't do, it doesn't do. You can barely tell you have the watch on, and you can't tell you have the sensor on at all (if you wear Nike+ shoes). The USB interface is brilliant in its simplicity. That's the most impressive feature to me. I think the price is very fair as well. The minimalist design that makes it so unobtrusive and easy to use does have a downside. Most of the data review and processing functions normally found in a running watch (e.g., calculation of lap times and average pace) can only be accessed on your PC after you upload data. There are no alarm or pacing functions. The LCD display is rudimentary, small, not backlit, and can be tough to read through my polarized sunglasses. The viewing angle is a lot better if you wear it on the inside of your wrist as the directions suggest. Customization of the display is virtually non-existent. You can toggle distance, current pace, run time, time of day, and calories, and you can pause a run. That's it. No averaging or splits. All of this I am willing to live with as a reasonable tradeoff for the pros listed above. I do find the software/website a little irritating. It does what I need it to do. It allows me to monitor distance and pace on the road and track my training and shoe wear mileage. I wish you could correct mileage on runs where the wrong calibration run was selected (this can only be done on the PC, before your run, which is a major flaw). I also wish you could just enter a calibration factor like I did on my Polar. Instead, you have to select a calibration run currently on the watch (tough luck if there isn't one). Getting accurate distance and pace from a pedometer requires experience and knowledge of your stride variability. Weather, terrain, and adjusting pace to different distances or running partners can all affect the calibration, so just because you calibrate for one set of conditions doesn't mean all runs will be accurately calibrated. It seems to me that they could add more flexibility to the software for experienced runners. I'd happily trade that for the useless social networking features. I really couldn't care less about taunting my friends online or trying to help my city run more miles than LA. I also have some concerns about durability. I bought my sport band in March, and a couple of weeks ago, it went out on me. I wasn't even wearing it at the time. The display just started going blank and working intermittently. I suspect a bad battery or possible moisture intrusion. It does seem kind of flimsy. The good news is that my local retailer replaced it for me no questions asked. I didn't even have a receipt. I don't think I'd recommend wearing it as your daily watch though. All in all a good training aid. If you are really obsessed with getting completely accurate distance and pace recordings, or if you want a heart monitor or virtual pacing partner functions, you will need a GPS watch. Be advised that there are drawbacks to those too, beyond the price. My wife has a Garmin Forerunner 205, but it is bulky and uncomfortable (think dive watch on steroids), has terrible charge life (always dead when she wants to use it), and doesn't work if it can't see the sky. Trees, buildings, and even heavy cloud cover can block the sat signals. The pedo at least is unaffected by anything other than your cadence.

RickB

Seattle

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Accurate

4

I got a new garmin and a spotrband for christmas. oh great... so i figured the best way to choose would be to go on a run. straight out of the box the sportband took a while to get hooked up on [@] but i reallly liked it, although the pace it displayed seemed faster than what i was going. meanwhile, my new garmin fr60 used the same technology with a footpod i had to tie into the laces. but the garmin was easy to use and the display was easy to handle, it even felt comfortable on my wrist, the sportband is still getting broken in. but what set them apart was the accuracy. being a garmin i figured it would be more accurate but comparing it to my friend who ran side by side with me the whole time with his trustworthy gps fourunner the sportband matched up almost perfectly for distance and pace, but my fr60 was off. and i havent even calibrated it yet! plus for the same readings (pace, milage) at a much better price, i deffinately choose the nike sportband.

trumanxc

missouri

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Fun, easy to use, but flimsy display

4

I've been using the sportband for a couple of years now and for the most part I love it. Pros: lightweight, small, looks nice, easy to use, fairly accurate after you calibrate it, good value. Cons: I've gone through two sportsbands because the display got messed up both times by moisture (easily happens if you get really sweaty or run in a light drizzle). Fortunately for one of those times I got a free replacement as it was within the one-year warranty. As someone else reviewed, the software is fun, like joining challenges and tracks your runs nicely. However it can be buggy. Overall, great for recreational and everyday use--especially if all you care to know is your pace and mileage. Unlike a Garmin it does not take into account elevation, won't map out your runs, and it can't be used for biking. Still it's a good value.

Christine

San Francisco, CA

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Definitely Pleased

5

I bought this for a race where headsets weren't allowed and haven't gone back to the ipod sensor. I like being able to quickly check my pace & mileage without having to listen to the "trainer" on the ipod version. It's pretty accurate right out of the box-so much so that I haven't bothered calibrating it. (My race was 4.7 miles and it registered 4.85.) The armband holds a charge for several days, but I wish I could charge it away from my computer-not sure what I'll do on a long "get away" vacation-but for under $60 I think I can deal. The Nike + online program is super-easy and lots of fun to use-I've loved watching my mileage build. Definitely worth the money if you're not ready to commit to a more expensive GPS watch.

SR

Alabama

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Keeps me on track!

5

I use the Nike+ sport band to keep track of my weekly runs. It keeps me on track by holding me accountable and giving me feedback on my long runs. Also, I can sync my runs to Facebook, which gives my friends and family a chance to join me as workout buddies and give me motivation from a distance! I also use the band as a sporty watch when I'm not using it to track my runs. Since I do not own an iPod, the band is the perfect substitute.

Kitty the Jogger

Pacifica, CA

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Super handy

4

I love this watch. Just a few cons about it. I wish it had a light so I could see what it says at night. Also, I had to buy a new one recently, because the usb popped out while I was walking. And didn't notice til it was too late and couldn't find it. So that was a bummer. It seemed to stay in place, but after awhile it became looser. Overall, though I really love this thing, it's simple. And I love the nike running site, definitely keeps me motivated.

eileen

san diego

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Nike Rocks!

5

I wanted motivation to up my mileage and pace in training for an upcoming race, and the Nike Plus is perfect. I don't wear Nike-brand shoes so I also bought a shoelace holder for the Nike sensor, and the system works perfectly. It motivates me to see my mileage add up and to track my pace on the user-friendly website, which is accessed easily by plugging the band's electronic face into the computer. LOVE this product.

uptowngirl57

Milwaukee, WI

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Very Pleased with this product

4

I have been using this product for about 3 weeks not & really love it. When I run outside it is a great tool that helps me keep track of my distance & the [@] link that keeps you updated is amazing. I am addicted to the link so great job! I do with it had a light on it & I never figured out how to calibrate it, but it's only off by a little so I am ok with it. For the money I was going to spend (Garmin) I am happy with this product.

KQ the girl in black

St. Louis, MO

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Great alternative to a GPS watch

4

Bought this product to go in my Nike running shoes to keep track of distance and time while running. Didn't want the full blown GPS watch so this is a great compromise. The syncing up of the sensor and the band was easy - just followed the directions and setting up an online account with Nike was easy as well. I did have to calibrate the sensor - after running a known distance it calculated almost 3/4 mile more. However all you do is adjust a graph and your good to go on future runs.

Cathy D

Grovetown, GA

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Nifty Tool

4

Use this on an almost daily basis for my runs. Love it! Very easy to use and the colors it comes in are fun. Easy to use on the computer; just plug it in! Mostly accurate from the get go but I did calibrate it to get a better read on my distance and pace. Nice to track everything online, but sometimes the little "mini me" doesn't show up on the website, but that's ok as long as it tracks my runs/progress. I like this as a good measure of my runs and it may not be ideal for the true pro athlete, but it works great for the everyday runner who is training for a race or just running for fun and fitness.

Strawberry Princes

Sacramento, CA

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Fairly Accurate when Calibrated

3

I've had this for two weeks to track my runs and distance. I don't wear Nike shoes, so I have a pod I wear on my shoe to hold the sensor. I love the connection to the Nike+ site to log my runs and see the progress. It does need to be calibrated to your own stride to be more accurate. I have lost one run - I was not able to upload to the Nike+ site for some reason. For the price, this is a great option.

Cara

Bothell, WA

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Pretty Good

4

The sportband was what I expected. I was looking for something that would give me an approximate of how far I run. I've calibrated a few times and it just doesn't seem to work exactly. One day it overestimates and the next it underestimates. When I did 18 mi it was over by 1.5 mi, I used that to recalibrate and my next 5 mile run was under by .2mi. Like I said, about what I expected, but if you are going for exact, this isn't it. The Nike website is also a pain to use and it actually lost a few of my runs. I have small wrists and the band fits snuggly, but there is plenty of room for those with bigger wrists. Overall, I'm still working on the calibration, but I think I would buy again. [...]

Angie

Corning, NY

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Nice and Simple

4

Bought this toward the end of my half marathon training. I LOVE how simple the watch is to use and the feedback that the website gives me is just what I needed. I've had it for a couple weeks now and hope it lasts me a while. My only real complaint is that the mileage is not very accurate (the whole reason I bought it is to track mileage) but I haven't calibrated it yet myself so I hoping it will improve when I do. I also like that it can be used for either running or walking.

Montina

San Francisco, CA

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visually track your running

4

I love the stats and the ability to easily compare the year to year, month to month. I swear I run to band see what the says. The website is very nice even if you aren't in to the social aspect. I live on the Oregon Coast and it would be nice if it was water tight.

MMMSM

Tillamook, Or

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I received the old ...

4

I received the old version for Christmas '08 and the screen promptly went out. Nike replaced it and the screen on the new one developed two large blotches on either side. I kept that one and waited until this new version came out and Nike exchanged my messed up one for a brand spanking new one. The new version is supposed to be water resistant (my old ones went bad just from being in my bag with a wet towel). My two biggest complaints, which are a carryover from the previous version is that when it is "working" you can scroll through everything but the time (distance, time elapsed, calories burned, etc) and you can't read it in the dark (no Indiglo feature).

LuckeyDuckey

Undisclosed

Great product!

4

This is a great device for measuring the pace, distance, calories burned and total time of a run. I have used the Nike+ with my ipod, so this was an easy fit for me. The battery lasts a long time and the band is well made. I was wearing it as a watch all day until I scratched it, so no more of that. I have found it to be very accurate after a calibration run.

Robbie C

Ft Lee, VA

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Lack of Compatibility

3

I used this product with the Nathan Sensor Pocket. Unfortunately I had to constantly calibrate my runs. Miles run were always over or under my workout. Never close (for example, 6 miles only logged 5.5 miles, 8 miles loggeg 9.6). The Nike + Sport Band is very durable, stylish, and nice but the sensor does not work well in this type of setup even after multiple calibration. After further review, I found out that Nike does not support this type of setup. The lack of support for NON-Nike shoe users (I run with Mizuno)shows Nike's lack of flexibility to incorporate other users. Waiting for my Garmin 210 to arrive to see if it is better.

Nelsonr1

Brandon, FL

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Exactly What I Was Looking For

4

As a beginning runner, I wanted the ability to use Nike+ without having to carry an iPod or iPhone. This is perfect for that. It's easy to use, gives me most of what I was looking for, and for the price you really can't beat it. My only wish was that the display was backlit so you could see it in the dark.

Jgetz

San Antonio, TX

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Great motivator

5

Very lightweight and easy to use. Once it's calibrated, it's pretty accurate judged against recently run races. I like that I can track my mileage online, adding goals that keep me motivated. It's an online training log. You can also map routes and see what others have mapped out in your area.

Robyn

Markesan, WI

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Amazing product and satisfied experience

5

I use the Nike band on every run I go for. I got it compared to gps based products and was really impressed by the accuracy. I would recommend it to anyone who would like to get into the running habit. It's a great motivator as you can track your runs online. [...]

Rohit kaul

Houston, TX

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Easy to use

4

I use the Nike plus band on my runs, I noticed that when it's turned on outside the little screen get some black dots on the edges, I can read the screen and it's still working but I find it annoying. Not sure why it does that, I thought maybe it was the outside low Temps, or I got a faulty band. I still recommend it.

Hadeel

Austin,Texas

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Simply simple is good!

4

If you are not an electronic gadget person the nike + sports band is a great tool to help track your progress (overall time, pace, distance)with out all the complication that the advanced models have to contend with. In addition the nike web site makes it easy to look up your information and set goals, training plans etc. It is very simple and easy to use.

Mandad

Goliad Tx

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GPS Simplified

4

This product is great for both short runs or long runs. It lacks the bulkiness of a GPS watch, which is my favorite part. Since I choose my route before I run, I don't need the GPS and the SportBand allows me to still get all the information that I need and want.

In college and still running

Tacoma, Washington

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Nike Plus Watch

4

Love it, but only negative is you can only see 1 thing at a time on the nike watch. You can not view your HR & distance at the same time. I find the distance is very accurate

H Runner

H Runner

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Great running tool!

3

I train for half marathons& the sports band helps me keep track during& after my training runs. It was a little hard to get used to at first. I kept pausing by accident when trying to scroll thru to see my pace& distance. im now used to it& wear it daily as a watch. Very lightweight& comfortable to wear.

Dana

Dahlonega, GA

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Works well for me

4

I like the challenges on Nike+ - the competition is a motivator. With the Sportsband, I don't have to wear my iPod (or can us the tiny Shuffle) on runs. I used my Garmin to calibrate it, and it's pretty accurate - usually within .1 to .2 mile after a 10+ mile run.

Mont

Lubbock, TX

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Sleek and super

4

I just started running in February of this year, and I think that the Nike Sport Band help my keep my interest and motivated. I love it so much that I bought one for my cousin that started running too..

Kathi

Mooresville, NC

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Superior product...

5

Bought the Nike + Sport Band for my wife and she loves it! Once synced with the Nike site you can keep track of all of your run time, set goals, etc... Came with the sensor too!

Allen

St Augustine, FL

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Good alternative to expensive GPS watch

4

Fairly accurate out of the box but we did calibrate it. One button to toggle between pace, miles, etc. The only downer is that there is no light for running at night but street light works ok. Overall very pleased with this purchase.

Dewey

Ohio

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Nike + Sport Band Monitors

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1.    Ellen Martin rated this product 1 star
Sun, January 17,2010:
This watch is horrible - if you want real distance monitoring, get a Garmin. It was difficult if not impossible to calibrate, the corresponding site is confusing and cluttered, and there's no way to see it at night. Don't let the average ratings fool you - read the other reviews, even 3-4 star reviews cite flaws that I think are fatal.
2.    CVN 65 rated this product 3 stars
Fri, January 08,2010:
Fairly reliable but distances for same run can vary by .1 to .2 miles, even after calibrating. I have had a lot of software problems and have had to repair the program 4-5 times.
3.    anonymos rated this product 5 stars
Wed, December 30,2009:
i love this product i am just started to become a runner and needed a product to track how many miles im running and this is perfect.
4.    Anonymous rated this product 4 stars
Sun, December 27,2009:
You don't need nike shoes to use this device. There are lots of different ways to attach the sensor to your shoe. I have been using nike+ with new balance shoes for the past 3 years and haven't had any problems.
5.    Anonymous rated this product 5 stars
Sun, December 27,2009:
I too was suprised that you could only use this product with Nike shoes?? I have worn Adidas running shoes forever!!
6.    Matt Gokey rated this product 1 star
Sat, December 26,2009:
Nowhere on the site does it say you need to also have Nike shoes. The description implies the footpod is compatable with any type of shoe, but that is clearly not the case. I don't know who I'm more angry with - Nike for making a product that is a cheesy way to lock you in to their shoes
7.    Jack rated this product 5 stars
Sun, December 06,2009:
I've used the Nike plus with my Ipod for the last two years, but you can't wear headphones in triathlons and I use the Nike Plus for pacing. I tried the new sports band and I love it. Its nice to have the ability to see pace continuously. The other features with the plus for uploading data and tracking your progress are good too. I used it in my first half marathon and it was very accurate within on tenth of a mile. I need to prop up my macpro laptop to make a good USB connection but thats no problem. Battery life good too.
8.    Whimpy rated this product 5 stars
Sun, November 29,2009:
I love the nike sportband! It is a lightweight watch and it fits all wrist sizes. My wrist is small and it fits great! It works like a Garmin at 1/4 of the prce. Nike did well making this fitness product!
9.    NB rated this product 5 stars
Mon, October 12,2009:
I love this. I have had mine for 4 months and it is working great. It is very motivating to see the data for each run and to see my progress.
10.    D_B rated this product 3 stars
Wed, August 26,2009:
I had an old sportsband which lasted about 3 months before the display became unreadable. I didn't replace it; I purchased the new version and it lasted for 3 runs before the display went crazy. I have been able to reset it and I will update this review after a few more runs. D
11.    LuckeyDuckey rated this product 4 stars
Sat, August 15,2009:
I received the old version for Christmas '08 and the screen promptly went out. Nike replaced it and the screen on the new one developed two large blotches on either side. I kept that one and waited until this new version came out and Nike exchanged my messed up one for a brand spanking new one. The new version is supposed to be water resistant (my old ones went bad just from being in my bag with a wet towel). My two biggest complaints, which are a carryover from the previous version is that when it is "working" you can scroll through everything but the time (distance, time elapsed, calories burned, etc) and you can't read it in the dark (no Indiglo feature).