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Nike+ SportBand (Silver)

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nike

Product Details

  • ASIN: B002Y1NYYM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 6, 2013

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Customer Reviews

I have a standard 3 mile running route.
MLS
It functions exactly as they say it will, it's well made, the design and color choices are more than adequate, and it's a very nice alternative to using the iPod nano.
Cannon
It encourages a little friendly competition, and it provides a great way to track your mileage and see how your running (or walking) improves over time.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy C. Stone on August 14, 2010
I have long wanted a quality GPS driven running watch but could never quite afford the $200 minimum pricetag. For Father's Day this year, my wife and kids came up with a pretty good alternative in the Nike Fit+ Sportband. At around $60.00, it is much more affordable than a GPS watch and is pretty darn good for the price. There are just a couple of points that anyone considering buying one should consider:

- You DO NOT HAVE TO PURCHASE NIKE SNEAKERS TO USE THE SPORTBAND. Nike would tell you otherwise but the sportband system works just as well with your favorite brand of running shoe. You must simply find a way to attach the sensor to the laces of your shoe. I initially used a folded over piece of duct tape holding it in place under my laces. I looked online and found numerous devices designed for this purpose specifically, ranging from $2 to about $10. I picked a latex case that attaches to my laces and holds the sensor in place. It works as well as the Sportband is expected to work. Thank goodness because I personally find Nike running shoes overly expensive and of poor quality.

-The Sportband is generally pretty accurate. It is surely accurate enough for everyday use. Even without doing calibration on the system, it is generally within 1/10 of a mile on my workday morning 5 milers. The only place I have found that it falters is when I try to include speed work into my routine. When I do my usual 8:10-8:20 miles the accuracy is as I mentioned, however, if I speed up my run to under 8 minute miles, it changes my gait and, clearly, this effects the accuracy of the unit. On such runs I have "lost" up to 1/4 mile on the same 5 mile route I run 4-5 days a week.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Envelope Deb on December 27, 2009
I bought the Nike+ SportBand to easily keep track of my running progress as I train for a half marathon. I do not use an ipod but bought Nike shoes that are Nike+ ready. I am entering my second week of use of the SportBand and I am very happy with it. It is very user friendly, comfortable and easily uploads run info to the Nike+ website. The sensor (included with my purchase) seems to be very accurate.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cannon on October 12, 2010
I don't run with music because I have this fear that I won't hear the car that is about to hit me, the man in the bushes that is about to mug me, or the meteor from the sky that is about to incinerate me. Accordingly, I don't use my iPod nano with the Nike + technology. Instead, I use this Sport Band. Mine is yellow. Because I think it shows up better. And because they didn't have red.

This review is for the Sport Band itself, not the Nike + system, which I have reviewed under the Nike + Sensor.

The Sport Band is a slim, comfortable item that has a built in USB device that will download your run data to the Nike + website once you've created an account. The device is easy to use... assuming you read the directions. They're not overly complicated, but you might need a refresher if you haven't used it in a week.

I've complained in other reviews that Nike tends to make wrist oriented things (like watches) too small.... they tend to fit the very fit, but for the beefier element of society - and that would be me - they can be uncomfortably snug. I was pleased that the Sport Band fit me, but I will tell you that if my wrist were 1/4 inch larger in circumfrance, you'd see a big ol frowny face here.

I've had no interface problems. The device unplugs and goes right into my laptop and the information has downloaded, without fail, each time.

A word of caution - if you are not moving fast enough (i.e. standing at a street corner waiting to cross) you eaither need to pause the device (so it isn't counting time while you aren't advancing) or it may do this for you.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nicole GRMAZN on March 27, 2010
I had heard about the Nike + system and thought it sounded really cool, so I went out and got the Sport Band. First off, the thing is still only about 90% accurate (as far as distance) even after you calibrate it. I saw the first time that it was incorrect with the distance, so I wiped the Sport band clean to factory settings and tried to recallibrate it again. Still, messed up. I also think it probably estimates mile times a little on the fast side too. It's good for a solid estimation, but I wouldn't take it 100% seriously. I think it's meant to be a marketing ploy "Wow, look how fast/far I am running! I'll buy Nike stuff cause it makes me more athletic!" Blah blah blah. So I guess what I am trying to say is that you can get the Sport band but be prepared to take out a calculator and figure out what 90% of your calories, distance, and time would be since it's that off target. With all that being said, this is probably the best you can get for your money as far as something that charts your run/distance/calories.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ne mo on April 23, 2010
Here are the pluses of this watch:
1. The Nike+ system is a great way to get into running, it's cheap to start with and easier than GPS.
2. The nike+ sport band is waterproof - DO NOT RISK YOUR IPOD. I found out the hard way, and got a shuffle to go with the sporband.
3. The sportband is so simple it doesn't get in your way.
4. Nike's website is the best.

Minuses of sportband/nike+
1. inaccurate (covered by others here).
2. can't add workouts to the software. If you weren't wearing the watch or it died, you can't record it.
3. Sensors must be replaced every few months, don't walk around in them unless you want to record your walking.

I want to be clear to beginners the number one reason why you want this OR a gps watch: shoes die. And when the cushioning is dead, your joints will get hurt.

You need to replace your shoes every few hundred miles (go somewhere else for concrete advice) and unless you're very good at journaling, a product like this is the best way to have an 'odometer'. This is cheap enough compared to all the other running gear that I consider it essential for beginners to avoid injury and make it more enjoyable.

And in fact, I would probably say that every child in gym class should have a decent pair of sneakers and one of these. It's the most accessible athletic activity, it's essential to all other sports, and it's the most affordable. And a system like this for tracking activity is the best possible motivator there is for physical fitness.

I lost 50 lbs. running, and the nike+ kept me going. I have since upgraded to GPS, but I hope nike makes a gps product someday.
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