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Nike iPod Sport Kit Review

By Edited Sep 8, 2015 0 1

The Nike+ iPod Sport kit is an innovative piece of technology that lets iPod users track their statistical data from walks or runs, whether they be on the road, track or at the gym. With two simple little pieces of equipment connected to your iPod and your sneaker, you'll be able to gain valuable feedback from your workout, as well as a voice over to help motivate you.

The Nike+ iPod sports kit comes with two small pieces of equipment in the box. One is the receiver that you connect onto your iPod. If you've got a new iPod touch or the iPhone, then you won't even need the receiver piece because these iPods already have the built in technology. The second included piece which everyone will need is the small Nike+ sensor. This piece goes inside your special pair of Nike+ sneakers, which are sold separately. If you'd prefer to use other sneakers, don't fret, because you can simply buy a special pouch to attach to your sneaker's laces. The pouch will hold the sensor and still work properly on runs or walking.

Now the magic starts when you decide to go for a run, jog or walk. You turn on your iPod, and go to the Nike+ ipod selection. You can choose the workout you'd like to do, whether it be a 5 mile run, or a specific time. You also choose the workout music playlist you want to listen to when you go on your journey. Additionally, you can select to have a male or female voice over tell you your time every 5 minutes, and then every minute for the last five minutes of your run. This helps you so you don't have to keep checking your iPod screen over and over to know how much time has passed on your run.

Once you've completed your run, the voice over tells you your workout is complete, and reads you your final stats including time, distance, calories burned and pace. This information is also stored in your iPod. Once you plug your iPod into your computer, you can join the Nikeplus website and have your stats uploaded to track your progress. You get to create your own profile page, choose a running goal, and challenge others. You can even map out your running route(s) using Google maps and save them on the page. Another nice feature the site has is a selection of training programs you can choose to participate in, whether you want to burn calories, run faster or compete in a 5-10k marathon!

As a new user of this technology, I find this to be very helpful in tracking my workout progress. The statistics are very useful for charting how well I'll do in the future, so I can reach my training goals. The only drawback I've read about this product is the fact that the sensor has a non-replaceable battery. So unless you are turning the sensor on and off (using a paperclip) you may run down the sensor before you know it. The catch is the sensor doesn't have a visual way to know if it's on or off per se, although it may be something you can tell by looking at the settings on your iPod. Overall though, the Nike+ iPod sports kit is the item to have if you love running, challenging yourself, and happen to own one of the compatible iPods.



May 20, 2011 7:07am
Great review, thanks!
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