Wahoo! I received my nano in the mail yesterday, which means I ran with my new Nike+ chip for the 1st time.
Here’s my review, so far
What exactly did I buy? I bought the Nike+ iPod. What does that mean? I bought a little micro chip thingy I clip to my shoe (C$10) and then this little thing I attach to my nano (C$40) and somehow, through the magic of technology they synchronize and I can see my pace, distance, and calories on my nano when I run or when I log into the Nike+ website I can track my progress or ‘race’ people around the world.
You can also buy the Nike+ Sportsband. This means that apposed to your nano iPod displaying your distance/stats, a watch does. It’s about C$80. I did not get this because it was more expensive, it doesn’t have music, or a timer that beeps when you hit a certain time; and I need this as I run 10 minutes, walk 1. However, I do think this would be a good buy if you already have an iPod that is not compatible with Nike+ iPod.
Set up? Very.Easy. And this is coming from someone who hates instruction manuals and never bothers to read them. It has a one page “quick start” (with pictures!) which is easy to follow. I attached the chip to my shoe, plugged the little chip into my iPod and was good to go.
Special Features? The coolest feature I found was as you’re running you can choose a female or male voice to let you know how far you’ve gone. Naturally I chose the male voice, who shall be known as George. Firstly, you start off selecting a type of workout (times, distance or calorie) and then George helps you get there. Yesterday I chose a 10k workout and George alerted me to “1km Complete, at a pace of ___, and __ calories burnt,” “half way,” “500meters to go” etc. It was awesome and I can see George and I becoming bffs in the future.
Another awesome feature is the PowerSong feature. This means you can pre-select your own motivational song and hit a button at any time when you need a boost or kick in the butt. I used mine twice yesterday; R. Kelly Ignition, there was no competition.
You can also run with people, through the Nike+ website, around the world. I haven’t done this yet, but my friend wrote on my facebook wall this morning that she ran with Lady Gaga last night. I intend on looking further into this.
The website seems good too. You can input all your data and make your profile, public or private, set goals for yourself, see graphs of your progress, map your routes, find running buddies ect.
Things I don’t like? I didn’t calibrate my iPod before my run because in the manual it said, “Nike + iPod is quite accurate for most users" WRONG. My iPod told me I ran 10.2km last night, but google maps said 9.7km, which means I need to calibrate it asap. It seems pretty easy to calibrate, I just have to choose a distance; run it, and then let my iPod know the time. I plan on doing this tomorrow.
The website looks very user friendly, but I got confused. However, nothing against Nike+ as I’m simply a slow learner; I’m sure I’ll catch on soon enough.
Overall? I LOVE it! Mostly because it’s HUGE motivation to go for a run, and to keep running when you’re out and about. I’m obviously only in the beginning stages of using the product, but heart it greatly so far.
Sidenote: I looked for the Nike chips on people’s shoes last night and it seemed that EVERYONE had it, so I guess I’m a little slow at hopping on this bandwagon.