Nike + iPod Sport Kit
Nike + iPod Sport Kit
Transform your iPod nano, iPod touch (2nd generation and later) or iPhone 3GS or later into a personal workout coach with the Nike + iPod Sport Kit. This wireless sensor and receiver combination works exclusively with your Nike+ shoes and iPod nano, iPod touch and iPhone 3GS or later to give you real-time feedback during workouts and let you track your performance on your Mac or PC.
iPod nano 1st Generation
iPod nano 2nd Generation
iPod nano 3rd Generation (video)
iPod nano 4th Generation (video)
iPod nano 5th Generation (video camera)
iPod nano 6th Generation
iPod touch 2nd Generation
iPod touch 3rd Generation
iPod touch 4th Generation
Ratings & Reviews
Nike+ iPod Sport Kit
Great stuff. Works like a dream in action. If you already have a Nano and Nike trainers, then £19 is all it will cost you. For that you get a really integrated system that works seamlessly with the iPod. The real surprises come when you synchronise with iTunes after your first workouts ('walk-outs' in my case). All very impressive (but you do need to calibrate it for your pace, unless you don't mind it telling you that you've run a mile when you haven't).
Of course, if you need to buy the trainers (as I did) and the Nano (as I did) and the Nike armband for the Nano (remember whatever you use has to fit around the little receiver attachment as well) it's going to set you back somewhere between £200-300.
But here's a secret - you don't need to buy the special Nike running shoes designed for it. Undoubtedly neater and more elegant if you do, but if you already have trainers that you like, a little bit of work with a craft knife will fit the little transmitter under the insole, out of sight (just as it does on the Nike shoes).
- Written by Andy D from Wivenhoe
1010 of 1376 people found this useful
Not bad, but could be better.
I really want to like this product, and mostly I do. However, it lets itself down in several areas.
1. Accuracy. Surprisingly accurate, BUT only in certain circumstances. On my 5km and 10km road circuit, it's brilliant. Consistently only 40-50 metres out on both. I did an 11.2 mile run the other day, and it was about 600 metres over, which is pretty acceptable, that discrepancy could be accounted for by a long steep hill of about that distance (more steps to cover less ground fools it into thinking you've gone farther).
Unfortunately, it's nearly always and consistently WRONG for my 4.75 mile run (and only that run, which suggests it's not broken). Generally telling me that I've done nearly 6 miles at a cracking pace. If only. My theory is that this is because this particular run is mainly on riverside track, which is often muddy and soft going with lots of puddles. Because of this I'm constantly varying pace and stride length to jump puddles etc. When the route is dry the sensor reports the correct distance.
So, generally pretty accurate, but struggles with fartlek style runs and boggy terrain. If you upload the innaccurate runs, then you end up skewing your whole running history, if not then you've missed some of that history. A feature to manually alter the results would be useful, but this would allow people to cheat on the online "challenges", presumably that's why they left it off.
2. Being restricted to the Nike Plus website to store and view your data. The website works well enough, but it's pretty basic, there could be FAR more graphing/comparison features to view and compare your runs in different ways. Also what happens if Nike pull the plug? Unlikely, but you never know, what happens to my running history then? I'd like a way to download all my data to my Mac as well as the website.
So, all in all, a nifty little gadget, especially for the price (if you've got a nano already) but doesn't quite cut it as a tool for the serious runner, it's more of a cool toy. …
- Written by Dominic F from LONDON
1008 of 1413 people found this useful
Worth buying a Nano for!
I've owned a 60gb iPod since they were released and I was disappointed when I found out the Nike+ system is only compatible with a Nano. I looked into it and the explanation is because a Nano has Flash memory rather than the hard disc, making it a lot more suitable for running etc. because of the jerky movement.
So, I bought a Nano and the Nike+ sport kit and it works a treat. I'd recommend that you calibrate it before use (calibration takes 5mins and is very straightforward to do) because it initially gave some very dodgy readings. But, once calibrated, this works great and is a snip at £19. Even if you have to buy a Nano (as I did), it's worth every penny. It has made me want to go out running more than ever before! …
- Written by Alex F from Bromley
749 of 1115 people found this useful
good but needs a light to show if its off or on
it is a really good and works well with the iPod touch but theres one fault is that you don't know if its on or off and its diffic ult for it 2 connect all it needs is a little LED light that goes red or green to show if its on or off
apart from this when i do manage to connect it it works really well and does a good job …
- Written by Charlie B from Leicester
24 of 33 people found this useful
Works with iPhone but problems with my iPod Nano
I bought the Nike + Sport Kit to use with my 3rd Generation iPod Nano and my iPhone 3GS because the phone already comes with the N ike + iPod app. I have bought a pair of Nike + trainers in the Nike Store Sales for £34.99, thus giving me the opportunity to buy the kit.
The cool thing about the kit is that it keeps track of the distance walked, the calories burned and it also lets me choose a playlist to walk to.
While the sensor worked well with my iPhone, there was one problem when using it with my iPod. It kept on pausing with the spoken feedback saying, "Workout stopped. Press the centre button to continue," which was very annoying. Has anyone else had this problem with their 3rd Gen iPod Nano?
Despite the minor flaw with the iPod, the Nike + Sports Kit is a good product nonetheless. 4/5. …
- Written by April S from London
30 of 37 people found this useful
it is fantastic but you need a nike shoe that cost 52 pounds and more and a sensor that cost 11 pounds expensive!
- Written by hirbod P from hanwell
45 of 74 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Thomas L from Orange Park
Only Nike+ shoes have the compartment, but all shoes will work. It might be umcomfortabe having a pe dometer in your shoe, though. …
- Answered by Terri S from Novato
- Asked by Daniel T from Moorabbin
I've put the transmitter in my laces and it works fine. I'm sure that Nike won't be happy with me s aying that though. ;-) …
- Answered by James M from Carlton North
- Asked by Brett M from Saint Peters
The Apple Representatives explained that they are Identical. This Item was re-released an given a d ifferent model number of the same item. …
- Answered by Michael R from Fort Myers
I think the page says that the iPhone 3GS and later has the receive technology (some form of bluetoo th?) built-in. Therefore you do not need this product, you just need the sensor, which can be bought separately.
Therefore, you do not need an adapter at all.
I am not 100% sure about this so I plan on confirming at an Apple store, but I think this web page says in no uncertain terms that you do not need the adapter if you have a modern iPhone. …
- Answered by Jonathan P
- Asked by Jackson H from Avon