Nike+ Sportband Kit
Using and Calibrating the Sensor in Nike+ Shoes and Unauthorized Shoes
The Sportband has a detachable receiver that is ready to use right from the box. First, you download the Nike+ Utility for either Windows or Mac. Then you charge the Sportband receiver by plugging it into a USB port on your computer. The first charge takes two hours, while the charge lasts for 14 hours of operational time. If you are joining for the first time, go to Nikeplus.com and create a user profile.
The sensor does not have a replaceable battery. When the battery dies in a year or less, you will need to buy another sensor. You shouldn't wear it in the shoe when you aren't doing a workout, and you may want to turn it off between uses to save battery life.
The Sportband is already prelinked to the sensor included in the Sportband kit. You can link it to a different sensor by pressing the side button for 10 seconds when you are not recording a walk or run. You can also link your Sportband to eight different sensors. This means you can have a sensor calibrated for walking and running and a sensor for each pair of shoes.
Workout with the Nike+ Sportband
Press the top button for 3 seconds until it flashes "WALK," and then walk to connect the shoe sensor with the Sportband receiver. A little shoe will blink in the upper-left corner until it is connected to the shoe sensor.
When you are ready to begin your workout, press the top button again and recording will begin. A bar at the bottom of the screen will animate to show that it is recording your walk or run. You can choose to view your walking time, distance, speed or calories, and you can switch between modes at any time. It will continuously show the last mode you selected.
To pause your workout, press the top button once. The display will blink until you press it again to resume the workout, but you can also still scroll through the different modes to see your data while paused. At the end of your workout, press the top button for three seconds. You get a summary of your workout for time, average speed, distance and calories burned, but no steps or step total. You can also view the "weekly totals" and the "grand total." The Sportband will save 28 hours worth of workouts in memory if you don't download the data via the USB port.
When not in use, your Sportband displays the time of day, which it updates from your computer whenever it is plugged into the USB port.
Upload Your Data to Nikeplus.com
Speed and Distance AccuracyThe distance and speed will only be as accurate as your calibration for your walking and running strides. It is great to get a speed readout, but it pays to calibrate the unit so you can trust it a bit more. It should be more accurate when used with the Nike+ ready shoes, rather than just taped under the laces -- such as I did in a pinch. The speedometer function works indoors or outdoors, while GPS units (such as the Garmin Forerunner or Timex Speed + Distance) work only outdoors.
Very easy to set up and use.
The wristband is comfortable, and you can use the Sportband receiver as a watch.
You can also use the sensor in other shoes by using a shoe pouch. It is smart to calibrate it for whatever shoe and holder combination you try.
The Sportband system is only for dedicated walks and runs, not for counting total daily steps.
It gives no step count.
Batteries in the sensor are not replaceable.
You need a computer with a USB port to use the system.