Nike would have you believe that the best and only official way to connect the Nike+ sensor to your running shoe is by spending at least $60 on a pair of Nike+ compatible running shoes. There are always many ways to skin a cat however, so here’s a roundup of 10 alternative, and significantly cheaper ways of attaching the sensor to any brand of running shoe.
1. SwitchEasy RunAway, $8.99 + shipping
The RunAway is one of the most attractive and functional sensor holders I’ve seen so far. Even Apple would be proud of this design. Not only is this attachment weather-proof and super-sturdy (there are multiple locking mechanisms), but it also comes complete with a slot to store your Nike+ receiver if ever you need to travel or store your Nike+ kit.
2. Lacelid, $4.95 +shipping
This functional, cheap case is made of durable rubber, and attaches to the outside of your shoe laces. The Lacelid Web site offers several bundles should you want to purchase multiple items, and you can choose either black or white versions. The only downside to this solution is that there is no protector/cover for your sensor and is therefore always exposed to the elements.
3. Marware Sportsuit Sensor+, $3.28 +shipping
Marware produces a plethora of excellent iPod-related merchandise, and their Nike+ sensor pouch is no exception. The combination of protective neoprene, rubber and velcro, make this a quality, durable way of protecting your Nike+sensor while out running.
4. Grantwood Technology Shoe Pouch, $5.99 +shipping
Grantwood Technology claim they have sold over 50,000 of these pouches, and you can see why when you consider this is an easy to install and compact solution for Nike+ runners and walkers. This shoe pouch is available in a large assortment of colors, perfect for any runners out there who want their sensor pouch to be color coordinated with their running shoes or outfit!
5. Chip Clip, available in Germany only
If my German is correct, the unique selling factor of this device is that it holds the sensor in a horizontal position, exactly like it might lie in an official Nike+ running shoe. The downside however is that you will have to fly to Germany to buy one of these as I don’t seem to be able to locate a supplier anywhere else in the world.
6. Do It Yourself! Cheap & cheerful!
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Imitation is also the cheapest way to emulate Nike+ running shoes! Callum over at Meta Comment avoided the high cost of Nike+ running shoes by using a Stanley knife and spoon to dig his way through the sole of a pair of shoes he already owned. This must be the ultimate DIY solution, but be warned: If running shoes came with warranties, this solution would not only void your warranty, but rip it up, spit on it, and mush it into the ground.
7. Shoe Wallet, $9.99
Shoe Wallets for runners have been around a long time before Nike+ ever came onto the scene. Runners have used them for years to hold keys and/or a credit card perhaps, while out on a long run. Although a slightly larger solution than the more discrete Marware or Grantwood Technology pouches, the shoe wallet is ideal for anyone who also needs a way to protect and carry a house or car key or even a gym membership card while out on a run. Furthermore, shoe wallets can be found at most specialist running stores as well as sports stores such as Sports Authority.
8. Paper Craft Nike+iPod Sensor Holder, Free!
You can’t get cheaper than free. If you have a spare piece of paper, know how to fold and cut along dotted lines, then this is the perfect solution for you! Yoshimasa Niwa, a software and Web developer based in Tokyo, Japan, found enough time on his hands one day to work out the mathematical and trigonometry necessities to compile instructions on how to make a Nike+ sensor holder using only paper and origami. As with most things in life that are free, there is a catch, and the catch here it that you must be a crazy, insane person to wrap your $30 electronic device in a piece of plain, white A4 paper. Still, download the PDF instructions and give it a go.
9. The Wooly, Cute ‘n’ Cozy Solution, Fun!
If you mastered the origami solution in the previous suggestion, knitting a sensor pouch out of wool will be a breeze for you! Weave-addicts Yarnagogo.com show you, in some detail might I add, how to knit your very own, super-cute Nike+ sensor holder. Altogether now, “Awwwww.”
10. A Slip of the Tongue! Desperate!
Last and, yes, absolutely least of all, we present another DIY solution. This time, it involves cutting open the tongue of one of your running shoes, implanting the Nike+ sensor inside the tongue, and then using a safety pin to close-up the gaping big hole you just slashed into your $100 running shoes.
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