Monthly Archives: August 2012

Product Review: Nike plus sport watch

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Nike plus watch sponsored by TomTom. I have been using the Nike plus platform for almost 4 years with relatively little problem.  As a runner I enjoy being able to track my progress.  The Nike watch is a good looking watch that you can wear with any athletic gear and not look out of place.  It allows you to check your running history and running record with the touch of a button.  This is a great motivating tool because it forces you to always think about how you can improve your running habits.  Each run has a date, per mile pace, calories burned, and lap times which can be configured in your settings.  I choose to break down my runs into mile intervals.  This allows me to see if I went out too fast on a 10 mile run or if I need to adjust my splits on a 5k.

When running the watch has a GPS feature which creates maps, and tracks elevation on your run.The GPS can be a little time consuming to “link”. They do have a quickstart button if you don’t like to wait around or if you are running with a group of people you can choose not to use the GPS feature.  I have done this when the GPS doesn’t link but if I have the watch I want to use all of it’s features. Without GPS you can still see pace and distance just not your route.  You can see pace charts directly over elevation charts and see correlation in your runs.  As soon as you are finished simply unhook the watch band and plug the USB into any computer.  This will automatically bring up the Nike plus site where you can sign and see your personal running website.  Here you can set goals, see trends, and even form social media connections with other Nike plus users.  The site also automatically posts to Facebook or Twitter so you can annoy all of your friends and show them when you go on a run while they sit on their couches and watch TV.

The one negative would have to be the Nike site which occasionally has issues with being too slow and clumsy.  Although since they updated it this past summer it has been much improved.  I guess when you are dealing with a global company like Nike the overall traffic volume just jams up the site.

The Nike watch sells for $169.00 in stores.  If running and technology is your thing then I would definitely recommend it.