I'm curious about the Nike + Sensor because I was thinking about getting this for my husband for Christmas. He just started running again over the summer, and he wishes that he could have more information about his runs, so I thought that this would be a good idea for a gift. I also bought him an Ipod Nano for Christmas as well. The only problem is that he doesn't have the Nike + shoes that store the chip, so I was wondering if anyone has used the chip and put in in/on their running shoes a different way, and if the readings were accruate if you did that as opposed to buying the Nike + shoes. Also, with the Nike + Sportband, do you need to have the chip in your shoe for that as well? I was thinking as that for an alternative, but if I do that, I will still have the same issue with where the sensor can go on his shoe to be effective.
If anyone has any experience with this, if you could provide some feedback, I would appreciate it!
Well the Nike + is a sensor that lives in the shoe (or in my case on top of the shoe). No you do not need the Nike+ shoes, and they sell products that go with the Nike+ for the non-nike shoes.
The Nike+ sportsband, still requires the sensor to live on the shoe in order for it to track the steps/distance the person is taking.
You dont need Nike shoes. I bought a pouch that are on my New Balance shoes.
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I just reading the posts again so sorry for the late response.
I LOVE my Nike +!!!!
I do not wear Nike shoes but have a shoe wallet. The shoe wallet holds the battery thing (along with my ID and a $5 bill in case emergencey cash needed). It velcros at the top of the shoe between the laces. They cost less than $5 and Amazon has them as well as sporting stores. I just replaced the battery in my Nike + yesterday. When my info. downloaded to the website when I did my sync. the Nike website was updated at the beginning of December. Love it!
Your husband will surely like the idea of tracking his runs.
Sorry for the late response ...
I started out with the NikePlus unit and then moved on to a Garmin ForeRunner 305 last summer. I'd previously calibrated the NikePlus over 1.25 miles on a commercial-grade Precor treadmill. Feeling especially nerdy one day, I strapped EVERYTHING on and went out for my run. On a loop within the run, I "lapped" both devices to compare them. Garmin = 1.80 miles; NikePlus = 1.79 miles. There's a little slush in the GPS measurement, of course, but that's close enough for me!
You can use the Shoewallet to carry the sensor. This also allows you (your husband) to use the Nike+iPod Sport Kit with any brand of shoes. Plus, your husband will have a place to carry ID (why important, check out the stats from the CDC here, www.shoewallet.com/iddata), cash, keys & credit cards. Back when this product launched, Consumer Reports ran a test of the special Nike shoes ($100) vs. the Shoewallet ($10). They found no difference in data delivery of the Nike+iPod Sport Kit with the shoes vs. the Shoewallet.
You can view the Consumer Reports piece here, http://shoewallet.com/files/consumerreports.pdf
Below is the Shoewallet featured on NBC's Today Show
How accurate is the sync?
As as small woman the Gamin is too large for my wrist, and I would like something for my longer runs.
Like half marathons and marathon training.
Consumer Reports review of our Shoewallet, www.shoewallet.com, stated there was no difference in the data delivery with the $100 Nike shoes or the $10 Shoewallet. We've had customers send us their reviews (we should add this info on our site(s) now that I think of it) and 100% have said the Shoewallet sync is dead on. You can try it out. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee (we even refund original S&H if you return). We also include a Free ID card to improve safety for "anyone" who runs (here's the data from CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, www.shoewallet.com/iddata). Hope this helps!
Below is the Shoewallet featured on NBC's Today Show
I love my Nike +. After it's calibrated it is pretty accurate outside. I use the pouch with Mizunos as Nike sneakers killed my feet. I was using Nike + Air Pegasus but they were too narrow for my foot. I switched to Mizuno's and went with the pouch.
I would really reccomend it.
I am a "Long Island Guy" too! I ran the LI half last year and am running the full this year.
See you there!
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I have been using the Nike Plus system since it first came out. However, I do have the Nike Plus shoes....they go on clearance where I live often plus I have a Nike Factory Outlet. No matter if you use the sneakers or the shoe wallet, I believe that it is still IMPORTANT to calibrate the sensor to your indidvidual pace. I program my iPod Nano to everything to make sure that I get the most accurate reading.
I think I'm going to try to go for the Garmin over NIke.. seems a bit more accurate.
and Mike.. that is my story too.. LI Half last year and going for the full this year! See you there!