The updated Nike+ Sportband has arrived!
Last year, Nike introduced the first Sportband to accompany the popular iPod-linked systems, and, although it was an initial success, time proved that the device had some flaws. The black backgroud and gold digits were difficult to read. The seal around the face wasn’t effectively “sealed” and moisture eventually wreaked havoc with the display and its ability to download the information it had recorded. Nike ultimately pulled the product from shelves and participation in its planned 08-08-08 worldwide race was somewhat diminished.
This summer, the improved Nike+ Sportband finally arrived, and it has some vast improvements. The face is now a more easily read LCD which is fully sealed, and it comes in two colors (with more expected later). So far, none of our experience with this new version leads us to believe that the bugs from the first generation will occur with the second (but is it too early to tell?). Rumor has it that Nike will eventually add a heart-rate monitoring version of the SportBand system since their previous speed/distance/HR systems are no longer in production.
At $60, it is a much more affordable means to track your speed and distance when compared with GPS units which typically run $300-350. The kit includes a sensor that fits into the midsole of most Nike running shoes or it can be attached to the laces of non-Nike shoes with a small pouch. With technology similar to that used in a Wii handheld device, the sensor determines your speed and transmits it to the Sportband which is keeping track of your time. While your running or walking, the user can scroll through the screen and see his/her current pace, total time, total distance, and calories burned.
After the workout, the face of the Sportband pops off of the wristband and plugs into the USB port of your computer allowing you to download your workout to a free Nike Plus account which is accessed through iTunes. Your NikePlus account can be used to simply keep track of your personal history, or, if you like, you can compete in contests with other Nike+ users around the world. Another Human Race 10K is scheduled for 10-24-09!
Release of the new Nike+ SportBand has been limited, but we have plenty of them in stock. Drop by and check ’em out soon – if you wait until the holidays, they may be difficult to find.