Nike+ SportWatch GPS Review – Pros, Cons & Everything Runners Need to Know

Note: This is the 2nd post in a 2 part series on the Nike+ SportWatch.  Continue reading for a full review or you can find out why I chose this particular GPS watch here

After taking plenty of time to do thorough research, I decided to go with the Nike+ SportWatch with GPS from TomTom to help me achieve the ultimate goal of being able to track my progress real-time and listen to music – all hands-free while running.  The other piece I added to go with the SportWatch to solve my music need was an new GPS SportWatch from Nike are great.  I’d expect nothing less from a company that “gets” marketing.  The box includes the watch, Quick Start Guide, USB cable and Nike+ shoe sensor (not required if using GPS setting).  After getting everything unpacked, my first thought was, “wow, this thing is huge and it’s going to be really hard to take on and off.”  I was right about these two things (at least at first).  I’ll be perfectly clear, if you’re looking for a GPS watch to track your walks/runs that is small in size, then this watch is not for you.  That being said, now that I’ve worn the watch every single day for around 2 months – I’m used to it and kind of like the larger style.  Why?  Because the display is big and it’s really easy to see the time and your progress while running.  The last thing I want to do in the middle of a run is squint my eyes to read.  Now, I can tell everything I need to know about my distance and pace with one quick glance. 

As for my difficulties taking it on and off, that continued for about a week until I got used to it and the strap loosened.  It’s much easier now and I know exactly which size setting to use so the watch doesn’t fall off my hand, but also doesn’t cut off my circulation. 

Nike+ SportWatch USBI also noticed right away that hidden under the strap was a USB connector – pretty dang convenient if you ask me!  Now I don’t even really need the USB cable to charge my phone or sync my runs with Nike Plus.  The less cables to keep track of, the better.  The other question I had right away after looking at the watch – is it waterproof?  I knew I’d only want to mess with taking it on and off when I had to plug it into my computer, but wasn’t sure if I could shower in it.  I did a quick search and found that it IS waterproof for all the basic stuff (meaning you probably won’t want to wear it on a scuba dive, but won’t do any damage leaving it on in the shower or rain). 

Overall, after the first impression I was excited about sleekness of the watch but really concerned with the size and usability with taking it on and off.  That being said, I was committed to give it a try and as I mentioned above I got used to it quickly. 

Getting Started
It’s easy to get everything setup for your first run with the Nike+ SportWatch GPS.  As the handy Quick Start Guide will tell you, it’s just a matter of plugging your watching into a computer, downloading the software from the Nike Plus website, customizing your watch display settings (you can tell it what’s most important to you), linking up your Nike+ profile and charging the watchThe watch setup itself will only take 5-10 minutes and the rest will be up to you on how long you want to charge the watch before your first run.