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Nike + iPod Sport Kit

About.com Rating 4 Star Rating
User Rating 3.5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


Updated June 30, 2012

Nike + iPod Sport Kit

Nike + iPod Sport Kit

Wendy Bumgardner © 2006

The Bottom Line

The Nike + iPod Sport Kit is a fun way to record your walking or running workouts and get real-time audible updates while you walk or run. This kit includes the shoe pedometer meant to be used in Nike+ ready shoes, which transmits to the included adapter that works only with the iPod nano. You can upload your workout data to a personal log on the Nikeplus.com web site. The distance, speed, and calories will only be estimates based on step data.
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  • Piezo-electric pedometer in shoe transmits step data to iPod Nano
  • Receive audible updates on your speed, distance,and calories burned.
  • Upload your data to view charts.
  • Download workouts to your iPod nano.


  • Works only with iPod nano, no other iPod or MP3 player.
  • Designed only for Nike+ ready shoes.
  • Distance, speed, and calories are only estimates.


  • Nike+ sensor pedometer fits under insole of Nike+ ready shoes. Waterproof.
  • Pedometer senses motion and records steps, transmits it to iPod nano adapter.
  • iPod nano adapter fits only iPod nano, receives step and speed information from the sensor.
  • iPod can give audible updates on speed, distance, and calories burned.
  • View performance summary on the iPod nano screen.
  • Upload workout data to the Nikeplus.com web site to personal log.
  • It is possible to tape the sensor to other shoes, with some ingenuity.
  • Not to be used for total daily steps, but only for dedicated workouts.

Guide Review - Nike + iPod Sport Kit

The Nike + iPod Sport Kit allows Nike+ ready footwear to communicate with the Apple iPod® nano through a sensor in the Nike+ footwear and a receiver plugged into the nano. As you walk or run, you can get audible and visual updates on speed, distance and calories burned. Once you get home, you can upload your workout data to the nikeplus.com web site to your personal training log. Music downloads and workout tools will be available through the web site.

Nike+ Sensor Pedometer

The Nike+ sensor pedometer is an advanced piezo-electric pedometer. It is completely sealed, waterproof and durable. However, the battery cannot be replaced, so once it goes dead in about 1000 miles, you will need to buy another Nike + iPod Sport Kit to replace it. The sensor is meant only to be used on dedicated workouts, not for total daily steps.

What You Need to Make it Work

  • The Nike + iPod Sport Kit includes the pedometer sensor and the adapter for an iPod nano.
  • A pair of Nike+ ready shoes.
  • iPod nano
  • Computer: Mac® with a USB 2.0 and Mac OS® X version 10.3.9 or later and iTunes 6.0.5; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows 2000, XP Home or Professional (SP2) and iTunes 6.0.5.

Nike+ Ready Shoes

Nike is introducing the Nike Air Zoom Moire+ and the Nike Air Zoom Plus+, the first of six styles of footwear that will be Nike+ ready by the end of July, 2006.
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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Nike +, Member Squishface

This review is very misleading. I have used Nike+ for about a year and a half now. I DO NOT HAVE AN IPOD. What I have is the wristband. It is only $60 and it comes with the accelerometer and the wristband. The accelerometer goes into your shoe and ""connects"" to the wristwatch to transmit the data and shows distance in miles or km, calories burned, average mile or km, and total time. The wristwatch has a piece that easily disconnects and plugs into a usb port and you simply connect it to the computer and it uploads all your workouts. You don't even need to buy Nike+ shoes because they sell little sleeves that the accelerometer slides into and you can strap onto the top of your shoe and they are very cheap. I haven't even gotten into what you get when you sync the wristband to the pc. You log onto the Nike+ website and are able to see detailed information about every single run and every single run is saved online. They have programs you can try, challenges that people make, the list is endless. It's a very competitive community so I really enjoy it. I really recommend it if you need that extra boost to get in shape. They even have a heart rate monitor that can transmit the data to the same wristband.

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