Nike + vs Garmin

Which is better?

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05/06/2012 at 14:59
Hi all, Getting into running big time and have completed several runs with my Nike+ band which I like using and updating runs on the site - I am however thinking of getting a Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS with Heart Rate Monitor...Is it anygood?
05/06/2012 at 15:00
I love my garmin and i dont know where id be without it, well worth buying one
05/06/2012 at 15:01

Are the downloads anygood and also is there any probs with signal etc?

05/06/2012 at 15:50

The signal on my 405 is pretty good, although it can a couple of minutes to lock in if I haven't used it for a while. Generally Istart it searching while I faff about and its ready well before I am.

On what you get as downloads feel free to peruse my runs/cycles etc starting

Edited: 05/06/2012 at 15:51
05/06/2012 at 16:01
I had a Nike+ which didn't use GPS and then moved to Garmin which did use GPS..... Absolutely no comparison, I'd never go back to the Nike+
05/06/2012 at 16:37
Love my garmin
05/06/2012 at 19:07

I've used Nike plus ever since I did my first run and I think its great - especially the nike community and the ability to take part in challenges. Maybe I stick with it as it is my complete record of runs I've ever done (apart from the ones that didnt upload!!) However Garmin is much more accurate and has more features to use both during your run and analysing your run afterwoods. 

I only use my Garmin to race with now as I find the pacing function dead useful.

05/06/2012 at 19:45

Thanks for all the feedback - Think I shall invest and guess I can still keep the Nike+ and keep the runs on this as well (could run with both)....

05/06/2012 at 23:03
Why not use the Nike + gps watch ? All the advantages of the sportband with gps accuracy. Cheaper (and better) than a garmin too !
06/06/2012 at 08:16
Couldn't compare as I've never used the Nike product, however very pleased with my Garmin FR610 - lots of functionality during and post race analysis.
06/06/2012 at 21:53

Have seen reviews on the Nike + GPS and they do seem good - Now I am in an even worse place than b4!!!

07/06/2012 at 06:47

Having not used a Nike + GPS I am somewhat limited in my viewpoint, but I personally would very much question the claim they are "better" than Garmins. I guess it's waht you want the watch for, but they seem pretty basic to me, with not many options in terms of setting up structured sessions - even my extremely old Forerunner 101 can do that.

DC Rainmaker has some really in depth reviews, and also a list of products he recommends (it is his personal opinion, but he is totally independent and someone who really tries out a product rather than just regurgitating the blurb).


07/06/2012 at 16:33

I use the Nike+ sportwatch. The Nike+ site has just undergone a massive overhaul and is now second to none in terms of info, stats and challenges. Not used a Garmin as yet but if the Sportwatch is cheaper then surely it's a no brainer. 

07/06/2012 at 16:57

On amazon the Garmin 410 with HRM is £5 less than the Nike+Sportwatch I don't know if the Nike has a HRM or can be hooked up to one?

I have treated myself to a Garmin 610 and apart from the touchscreen it's not much different to the 410, and I love it. I'd recommend Garmin to anyone.  Just wake the watch up whilst your getting out of the car or strolling to your start point give it 30 seconds to find a satellite lock, and away you go.


EDIT: Big silly typo corrected.


Edited: 07/06/2012 at 16:58
17/06/2012 at 21:17

For me the big let down with the Nike+ watch has been the USB connector. It worked great at first but over time it has become more and more difficult to get my PC to recognise the watch is plugged in. It charges no problem but getting the Nike + proggy to see the watch and transfer data has become a nightmare.

17/06/2012 at 21:38

Thanks for all the responses - I have a Nike + Sportsband and am finding this starting to happen after a year on and off whilst using the site....Like the look of the Garmin and may well invest (cheap on Amazon) and keep my cheap Nike band as I like the Nike stuff and added that all my runs thus far are on this....

23/06/2012 at 21:41

I'm  satisfied Nike+ GPS (which is the iphone/ipod software).

Just ordered the watch and hope it's as good, but I'm confident it'll suit my needs

25/06/2012 at 09:27

Let me know how you get on with it as I still have plenty of wood in my shorts from sitting on the fence so long!!!

25/06/2012 at 09:43

Tim..... that sounds painful!!

26/06/2012 at 19:38

<img src="" alt="Please Do Not Sit On The Fence" width="355" height="266" />

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