Nike + Sport Band Monitors

Nike + Sport Band

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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)
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Nike + Sport Band Monitors
 
4.0

(based on 57 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (42)
  • Durable (25)
  • Versatile (20)
  • Comfortable (4)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (33)
  • Long-term (22)
  • Women (16)
  • Men (13)
  • Short-term (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (23), Casual/ recreational (10), Gym rat (8), Competitive athlete (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30), Yes (4)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Useful and good value

By RickB

from Seattle

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy To Use
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Calibrations Limited
  • Limited features
  • Not Durable

Best Uses

  • Shoe tracking
  • Training aid

Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Lack of Compatibility

By Nelsonr1

from Brandon, FL

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Compatible

Best Uses

  • Anytime if Nike Shoes

Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

BUGGY

By passedpast

from Cape Cod

About Me Competitive Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Buggy software

Best Uses

  • Informal running
  • Older People

Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I received the old ...

By LuckeyDuckey

from Undisclosed

Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

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).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fun, easy to use, but flimsy display

By Christine

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Looks nice

Cons

  • Not Durable
  • Not water resistant

Best Uses

  • Daily
  • Long-Term
  • Short-Term

Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works well for me

By Mont

from Lubbock, TX

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily

    Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superior product...

    By Allen

    from St Augustine, FL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily
      • Long-Term
      • Men
      • Short-Term
      • Women

      Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

      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!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great product!

      By Robbie C

      from Ft Lee, VA

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily
        • Long-Term
        • Men
        • Short-Term
        • Women

        Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

        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.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        You don't need nike shoes ...

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

        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.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Nowhere on the site does ...

        By Matt Gokey

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

        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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Fairly reliable but ...

        By CVN 65

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

        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.

         
        1.0

        Find something else

        By kmr

        from Buffalo, NY

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • Not Durable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

            I really wish I hadn't thrown away my money.

            First problem I experienced was the fact that it's not a good USB fit. Often times I have to plug it in several times before my computer can sense it at all. Ok, not the worst thing ever but annoying.

            Now I'm finding it to be very unreliable. It seems about a third of my runs it's not registering. It'll record the first tenth of a mile or so but then decide the run ended and stop recording. To make matters worse, there is no way to manually enter the missed date to accurately keep track of workouts.

            Frankly I feel ripped off by this device.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            3.0

            Pros and Cons

            By kmr

            from Buffalo, NY

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Flimsy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

              Recently got back into running, not looking to train for a marathon or anything, just using the treadmill to try and lose some weight. I grabbed this up to make keeping track or pace, mileage and such a bit easier...

              On the plus side, it does what I want and more. It's easy to learn to use and calibrate close enough or my needs. I would be totally selling this as a must need but...

              On the con side, the USB connection is mediocre at best. I've had/used this for less than two weeks and I'm already getting frustrated having to plug and unplug it into my computer and wriggle it around until it makes a good enough connection to download the data.

              I won't say not to buy it, it is useful.... But I would recommend Nike work on the USB connection to make it more reliable.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Great value for what it is

              By Run the Islands!

              from Hawaii

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily
                • Men
                • Women

                Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

                I run 4-5 times a week and this does exactly what I want. Its great for what it is, basic functions and easy to use, if your looking for more than your current pace, time and distance then invest in something else. I keep it with me daily so just in case I feel like running a few miles or so I can just slip this little bad boy on and Im ready to go. I have a garmin 610 and while its great, its also bulky and I dont necessarily need all the functions for my basic daily runs. The website for this product is ok, it has the basics as well; nothing fancy. The battery is great! It lasts me about a week or two and when I need a charge I just quickly plug it in my computer at work or home. I also use this with the amphipod zip pod and the only problem I had was I once placed it upside down and my run info was all screwed up but that was my fault not the product's.

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                • No
                 
                5.0

                I just bought my second one for back up

                By Shelldogg

                from Columbus, Ohio

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Accuracy is really good
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Motivates me

                Cons

                • No light for night runing

                Best Uses

                • Daily
                • I use it everytime I run

                Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

                Accuracy is really good. Motivates me to run farther, and cost less than the GPS models. I feel lost without it. Highly recommend it for runners who do about 18 miles a week. Not sure how it would do on a half marathon. I plan to find out someday.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The tool I've been looking for!

                By Clay

                from albany ga

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Long battery life
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily

                  Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

                  What a great running tool. umber easy to use and reliable.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Don't think twice

                  By Tom Boy

                  from Ridgecrest

                  About Me Gym Rat

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

                      I absolutely love it. I was a little worried because I have wrist the size of a child's and I hate things that are lose around my wrist. But it actually fits. Its easy to use, lightweight, and it really keeps you motivated.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      4.0

                      Great Device

                      By Angel the Coach

                      from Irvine, CA

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily
                        • Long-Term

                        Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

                        This is one of the better products that I have used during my runs. I am just a fan of how light this watch is, not only does it greatly serve its purpose but it isn't bulky to the point where running with it uncomfortable. The only downside is the initial distance track, unless you know exactly the distance of where you run you cant get an exact distance, but it does give you a really close measure

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        Simple Pedometer

                        By Happy Turtle

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Can link to multiple chip
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Calibration may be off
                        • Flash drive can fall out

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily
                        • Long-Term
                        • Women

                        Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

                        It's easy to use -- better than the Ipod attachment, because you don't have to constantly re-link it to multiple pairs of shoes. Once it's linked, it stays linked. You just push a button and run. You can toggle between pace, time, calories, or distance. Because it's a pedometer -- it measures the steps you take -- the distance does not usually reflect the race distance. This is because, unless you run the tangents (and run perfectly straight, without weaving between other runners) you run longer than the race distance. I prefer this to GPS, because I like to know how the weaving between the runners is affecting my distance. Because I am used to the device, I can compare my runs to previous efforts, etc.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        3.0

                        program is hard to download

                        By Evie

                        from Las Vegas, NV

                        About Me Gym Rat

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nike + Sport Band Monitors:

                          the product is good for tracking your miles, calories, etc.. The most difficult thing I've encountered is downloading the program on your computer. If you are an apple user there is no problem, But you'll have problems if you are a Windows user.

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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).

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