I thought I would start a new thread so anyone else using the Nike+ Sensor can also add their input...
In answer to Mommy_T's question on another thread:
I really love having the Nike+ sensor. I don't have the shoes, I spent the $9.99 and bought the little sensor holder that velcros (very securely) around your shoe laces. I really didn't want to spend $100+ on sneakers and be tied into the Nike+ sneakers, so I thought the holder was more practical. I bought them both at Best Buy (the sensor goes for $29.99), and if your local Best Buy doesn't have them in stock you can order it online and have it sent to the store to avoid shipping charges.
As far as what I think it adds to my workout...when I added walking to my exercise routine I would wear my HRM and know the calories burned, but I never knew how far and how fast I was going so I could gauge how my fitness level was improving. The Nike+ sensor gives you instantaneous feedback - you plug the receiver into the bottom of your iPod (only the Nano works) and attach the sensor to your shoe. It adds the Nike+ application to your iPod where you can input your height/weight/age, you can also calibrate for your stride length (something I haven't done yet but the default is fairly close to the "average" for people). When you start your walk or run, you start the program and at any point you can push the middle button on the iPod and get how long you have been walking/running, how far you have gone, and what your current pace is.
You can also pick a playlist to use, program a "power song" that you can play with the push of a button, and choose what kind of walk/run you want - basic, number of miles, amount of time.
At the end of your workout it gives you the stats - how far, how long, average pace, best mile (or km), as well as calories burned. I do find it overestimates the calories a bit since I also wear my HRM to get a more accurate calories burned number.
I also bought the wrist controller but haven't gotten it to work since the first time I've used it - perhaps I need to read the instructions, but what fun would that be!
The other cool thing is when you plug your iPod into your PC and iTunes launches it will automatically send you to the Nike+ website where your data is stored so you can review your history. For those who like to set goals and join challenges, on the Nike+ site you can set goals for yourself (which are tracked automatically) as well as start or join a challenge (some are XX number of miles during the month of YY, or number of runs, etc.).
One thing to keep in mind is that since you plug the Nike+ receiver into the bottom of the iPod it might not fit into your iPod holder. I had bought an armband to hold my iPod and I have to put the iPod in upside down so the sensor sticks out - it stays in ok and doesn't cause me any problems, but just something to consider. I think they make an armband specifically for the Nike+ sensor.
Also, just to reiterate, it only works with the iPod Nano, excluding the first generation Nano's, so double check before you purchase it to make sure it will work with your iPod.
Anyway, I would give the Nike+ Sensor two thumbs up
for a rating. It really has helped keep me motivated since I can see how my average pace for my walks is improving (I am doing just under a 14 minute mile now, down from a 17 minute mile) and it gives me instant feedback.
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