Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom (Black/Volt)
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- Water resistant Nike+ SportWatch features TomTom GPS for accurate speed and distance information, indoors or out--even if the GPS signal gets interrupted
- Track your time, distance, pace, heart rate (with optional sensor), and calories burned; view your mapped route with pace data/changes in elevation on Nikeplus.com
- Rechargeable lithium polymer battery charges via USB, provides eight hours of run time with the GPS and sensor both turned on, up to 50 days of standby power
- Join challenges and connect with friends as a member of Nikeplus.com--view/share routes, find popular running areas, share activity on Facebook or Twitter
- Personal coaching features help keep you at your best--reminds you to run, stores your run history, and remembers your personal records
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What is the Nike+ SportWatch GPS?
Combining Nike’s understanding of the athlete with the GPS expertise of TomTom, Nike+ SportWatch GPS is a game changer for runners. Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom uses both GPS technology and the Nike+ shoe sensor to capture every step of your run. Runners can then upload their data to the nikeplus.com website, where new mapping features allow them to see their runs and find popular routes, track their goals, receive coaching tips, challenge friends, and share their progress through Facebook and Twitter.
- See or hear your distance, pace, time and calories burned
- Get detail on every run when you upload to Nike+
Get a Push
- Set goals to keep you moving
- Use Nike+ Challenges to motivate yourself and others
- Get custom training programs that help you prepare for a race, event or sport
- Receive trophies, medals and attaboys as rewards for your efforts
- Use Nike+ to stay connected with your friends and millions of runners worldwide
- Find the most popular areas to run
GPS and the Nike+ sensor combine to give you accurate info -- indoors or out -- without the wait. Using the Nike+ sensor, you can start a run without having a GPS signal. Also, if you’re running outdoors in an urban canyon or tunnel where the GPS signal is obstructed, the Nike+ sensor kicks in for seamless data tracking.
Personal Coach: Reminds you to run, stores your Nike+ run history, and remembers your PRs. Set up the type of program you want based on your experience level, event distance and how frequently you are able to run each week. Nike+ Coach will track your individual runs via graphs, allowing you to compare your times and better understand the trends in your overall performance. You’ll also get tips and advice to ensure you’re training properly.
What's in the Box
Nike+ SportWatch GPS, Nike+ Sensor, Quick-start Guide, USB Cable (for Hard-to-access USB Ports)
Stopwatch: You can start, stop, pause and mark up to 50 laps by tapping the screen. Once you are done, you can review your total time, best lap time, average lap time or individual lap times. This data is stored on your watch until you rest it and will not be uploaded to nikeplus.com.
Alarm: You can set an alarm on your watch. When the alarm is set there is a visual indication on the watch face.
Time Set: The time of day or date can be set on the watch without needing to plug it in and use Nike+ Connect.
Pace/Speed: Runners can now choose between displaying pace and displaying speed on the watch.
Laps: The sensitivity of the tap feature has been improved so that users can confidently get a tap when they want, and not when they don't.
Tracks your time, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned. Nike+ SportWatch GPS works with the Polar Wearlink Transmitter to track your beats per minute.
Inverted Screen: The screen can be inverted to display black text on a white background for those runners that prefer it.
Favorite Metric: Runners can choose between displaying lap time or a different favorite metric when in auto or manual laps mode.
Auto-Looping Metrics: In addition to pushing the buttons to scroll through secondary metrics, runners have the option for their metrics auto-loop.
Top Customer Reviews
(a) Performance: for the amateur runner, this watch is a good starting point. It is very easy to use and the Nike Running software allows the user to follow-up on his/her performance by way of keeping all records as to pace, distance, timing, etc. Needless to say I am, indeed, an amateur runner and this is the first time I have used this type of device so my expectations' bar is really low. I am pretty sure there are better options and products in the market, but I also believe this is probably one of the best (if not the best) taking into account its price.
(b) Quality: I have read here and there that the quality of the materials is not that good. I have used this watch under rain and in almost any weather and I do not have any complaint as to the quality of the rubber of the wrist band or the watch itself.
I purchased this watch from Amazon back in June 2012. From the 1.5 years that I owned the watch, I've put in a little over 2,000 miles. I've ran about 600 miles running outside using the GPS and 1,400 miles running on treadmill.
Up until December 2013, I love the watch and it served its purpose well. I thought I would be able to use this watch for at least another few years. I’m not a gadget freak, so I generally won’t upgrade or change tech stuff unless I absolutely need to.
This watch is not very expensive (mid-range) for a GPS running watch. Obviously, you cannot compare this to a more advanced (and more expensive) dedicated running watches with detailed running analytic that can potentially help improve your speed and/or reach your goals, This watch is designed to simply track your mileage and pace for both indoors (foot pod) and outdoors (gps). For me, it served more as a motivation to push myself to run more or run faster than previous months. It's more of a watch to improve your active lifestyle and not really a watch for dedicated competitive runners.
Some people hate the NikePlus website because it's flash base and occasional slowness issues. However, I actually like the website because it's visually pleasing to the eye, and it provides me with enough information to see how I've improved over time and help motivate me. It also provides me with a way to create new goals and I get "trophies" for my accomplishments. I could easily see how I'm doing in comparison vs my friends, the entire Nike+ community, and men my age. Finally, Nike Plus website provides you with milestones for you to reach, which is sort of like in martial arts, you have different color belts. For Nike Plus, you have yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, black, and volt. You'll reach different color belts when you hit a certain mileage. At 2,000 miles, I'm at purple belt. I'm about 1,000 away from black belt. For advanced runners, these little things may not mean much, but for me they work and get me motivated.
Starting from early last month (Dec 2013), I've been having some issues. It started off as a minor issue and then grew to become annoying and now just frustrating.
Last year, I had a goal to reach 1,000 miles for the year. For one of my longer (10 miles) runs, Nike Plus couldn't sync with my watch and hence the run was unrecorded. Since I was so close to reaching my goal, I contacted Nike support team to have them address the issue. They were very quick to manually add that run to my stats. Things were fine for another week and then it happened again and I contacted Nike support team again. It started to get annoying when I started to contact the support team once or twice a week to have them sync my runs. They indicated that they were in the process of upgrading the server and that I wouldn't experience the issues anymore once the new servers were in place.
It started to get frustrating the past two weeks where the synchronization became very erratic. There were some runs that Nike Plus counted four times and there were some runs that Nike Plus ignored. I had communicated with Nike support team a few times a week to the point where I started to annoy myself. Finally, the foot pod started to become very inaccurate. I typically run at a pace of 7'30", but the foot pod/watch was clocking me at around 8'40". I guess the foot pod is starting to die, but in theory, it should last for 1,000 hours and I'm no where even near that number. I’ve tried calibrating the foot pod outdoors in the frigid January temperature twice and it still had issues. It seems like for runs shorter than 20 minutes, they’ll be slightly off. However, the longer I run, the more inaccurate the foot pod becomes.
In conclusion, I would have loved to keep this watch for a few more years. However, with the constant frustration I have to deal with from both the hardware and software side, I've decided to switch to a Garmin.
One thing to note, there's no legal way for you to get your Nike running stats off the NikePlus website, so they essentially have your stats as "hostage". Once you leave the Nike+ community, you'll lose your running data unless you can go through the backend and extract the historical data. Garmin allows you to import/export the data as you wish.
I was also afraid about the battery life--since it does have to be charged on your USB port. Be NOT afraid. I used it everyday for almost a month and did not have to recharge it. Now that's awesome.
Just be careful. Nike+ SportWatch is highly coveted! I got my second one stolen, and this time right out of my bathroom as my landlord allowed workers to come in.
Perhaps Nike could include a GPS locator on its next version??? Just an idea!
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