Nike+ Sportband

Now you can use Nike+ without an ipod nano

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08/04/2008 at 11:44

Check it out:

http://www.info.nike.com/media/pr/2008/04/01_Sportband.html 

Released this Thursday. Looks like it's going to retail for £39.99, seems pretty reasonable as it will also be bundled with the Nike+ sensor, which along with the watch will be all you need to get started. It works in the same way as the existing Nike+iPod system, but instead of the run data being sent to your iPod Nano, it get's sent to and displayed on the watch,

Should appeal to those looking for a speed/distance monitor without needing to buy an ipod nano. Or as in my case, will appeal to those already using the ipod nano system, but want an alternative for when taking music with you isn't really ideal, e.g. races where ipods aren't permitted, running with friends, running in wet weather, when you don't want to risk damaging your ipod.

Nike store in London will apparently be stocking them from Thursday this week, and this online retailer will have them in stock on the same day - www.foot-traffic.co.uk. Not sure when they'll appear on the Nike Online store.

11/04/2008 at 18:14

Anyone else got one? Mine arrived today and is charging as I write. 

11/04/2008 at 18:30

I want to get one of these for my sisters birthday. Can any tell me if it shows the time (in other words acts as a watch) when not in use?? I have searched all over the Nike website but can't get an answer.

11/04/2008 at 21:49
Nike SportBand does show the time when not in use. It is very lightweight to wear. Not easy to see display in poor lighting as it doesn't have it's own backlight. Fun piece of kit to help motivate, I quite like it but am only a beginner; can see its limitations though ~ definately not a serious training aid.
12/04/2008 at 06:45

Bought mine from Niketown London Thursday, and went for a run with it yesterday, and am pretty impressed so far. I'm an intermediate runner, doing around 50 miles/week with long runs up to ~22 miles, and I have been using the Nike+iPod system for the past 18 months. I bought this as I would like the option to run without my nano/music for races, running with friends and when the weather's wet (and I don't want to risk damaging the IPod). I prefer the Sportband to the ipod system, as it means I can quickly view my current distance/pace/elapsed time at any time I want. The display is very good in daylight. The only time I can see that the lack of backlight would be an issue would be at night time in poorly lit areas, but I have not tried that yet, so cannot really comment. There will be an HRM add-on for this soon, as there is a "heart" symbol on the display that doesn't yet light up, and as you can see from the picture of the inside of the strap, there is a second hole behind the display which I can only imagine would be for a HRM sensor attachment.

One thing to note, is that I have not yet been able to upload the run as Nike are currently making updates to the site. Hopefully this will be finished soon, so I can start uploading runs.

Here's some pics: 

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/owen.delaney/NikeSportband 

12/04/2008 at 06:53

For anyone who's interested, now that I've got the Sportband, and I'm going to get an iPhone, I'm selling my 8GB 2nd Gen Nano, Nike+ AMP Watch, Nike+ Sport Kit & Sennheiser LX70 Sports Headphones:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=200215463892&Category=73839&_trksid=p3907.m29 

12/04/2008 at 07:57
M Sportband refuses to synchronise time with my PC, or manually.  I have changed the settings in the software but it is not downloading to the Sportband.  Any ideas anyone please?  Thanks
12/04/2008 at 11:43
Viv M, I had difficulty setting the time also but just kept trying ~ I think I set manually in the end rather than computer settings,but make sure that you click 'Done' before disconnecting. I've also got a feeling that it didn't set until I'd uploaded at least one run. Mine has kept the correct time since.
12/04/2008 at 13:50
Viv
I found a video tutorial on the nikeplus website. If you check the bottom right of the screen you should see a tutorials tab - this opens a new window and the first subject down tells you about getting started.
Hope this helps.
Paul - foot-traffic.co.uk
12/04/2008 at 14:53
Thanks all.  I have followed the instructions, Mr Paul, but haven't uploaded a run yet, so suspect Ms FairyFeet has the solution.  I am recovering from mumps, can you believe - hope to run tomorrow morning.
12/04/2008 at 15:14

Just curious - I assume that you require to wear Nike+ for these?

I run in and like my asics and wouldn't like to change. How big is the sensor? I assume the shoe is fitted for it and in a non customised shoe it wouldn't really be viable to use this?

(I'd love one but don't really want to use nike+ trainers...)

12/04/2008 at 18:43
You don't need Nike+ shoes for it (no matter what Nike's advertising suggests!) as there are quite a few pouches for the sensor that lace into/fit onto other shoes.  I run in Brooks with a pouch-thing laced onto one of the shoes to hold the sensor, and it works fine - the one I use is http://www.grantwoodtechnology.com/shoepouch/ but if you poke around on google, there are plenty of others.
12/04/2008 at 19:22
Thanks Domina.
12/04/2008 at 19:47
I use a small plastic freezer bag secured tied into the laces.  I was keen to use it
12/04/2008 at 23:34

I use these:

http://www.istrap.co.uk/

Cost £1 each, no matter how many you order the p&p is just £1 ~ full instructions on how to fit on their website. Bargain

13/04/2008 at 14:46
Hey they look well cool I am going to get one of these
13/04/2008 at 14:58

That iStrap looks a bit dodgy - is it waterproof? The sensors doesn't last long once it gets wet. These are better, and keep the sensor dry and clean whatever the weather:

 http://www.switcheasy.com/products/runaway.htm 

14/04/2008 at 08:53

Okay - another issue.  I ran today and yesterday but the sportband is not recording any km clocked up.  It just says zero km despite it telling me it is picking up the sensor.  Any suggestions please?  Thanks all.

14/04/2008 at 14:03

Just a thought, Viv, after you've held the button down to get the 'walk' message... the next display is '0.00'... when you are then ready to start your run press the button again to begin recording, a line will begin scrolling along the bottom of the display. Once recording you should be able to use the side scroll button to scroll through time, pace, dist., calories. End workout by holding down button until 'end' is displayed.

28/04/2008 at 21:10
I'm still researching but am currently undecided between the nike + sportband and the garmin forerunner 50 with footpod. Does the sportband do basically the same at a cheaper price? Any comments appreciated
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