The Nike Plus (Nike+) system is a popular pedometer tool used for tracking the mileage you run when out jogging around. If you are not familiar with it, Nike has developed a range of uses and modes of it including the ability to link it to your iPod or a Sportband which you can wear on your wrist.

Normally, the Nike+ is pretty useless for most minimalist runners because you would need Nike’s specialized shoes in which you place the sensor device. Luckily, with a little creativity and a few dollars spent on basic craft items you can set yourself up to use Nike+ with your favorite minimalist shoe options (like Vibram Five Fingers) or even barefoot.

Supplies you need:

  • Small circular velcro tabs (with adhesive on the back)
  • A roll of velcro strip
  • And of course Nike+ with either the iPod connector or the Sportband

Step #1 – Put velcro tabs on both sides of the Nike+ Sensor

Remember to put both of the different types on velcro on the sensor, but only on one side for each. After doing so, you can easily place the Nike+ sensor in between the straps on Vibram Five Fingers like the KSO’s.

If you only run in Vibram Five Fingers, you can stop there. Otherwise, if you want to use Nike+ with huaraches or barefoot you will need to go one extra step.

Step #2 – Use velcro “tape” to wrap the sensor around your ankle or the lacing cords.

For barefoot, measure the length of velcro tape you would need to wrap around the lower part of your leg, with enough slack that you can wrap over the top of the Nike+ sensor. That extra slack is important, you will probably need at least 5-6 extra inches of velcro tape past what is needed to secure it around your leg, so that the sensor is held in place.

For huaraches, you only need a small length of velcro tape to wrap around the Nike+ sensor with one of the lacing cords run through it.

And here is the finished product!

I did some calibration testing at a track and wearing the sensor like this worked just fine. Just be careful if you like to go off road or on some muddy trails, there is no telling how well the sensor will do being more exposed to the elements. Best of luck! Let me know if you give this a try!

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7 Responses to How to Use Nike Plus With Vibram Five Fingers, Huarches, or Barefoot

  1. Andrew says:

    For a non-”runner” in the competitive sense, can you see a benefit to Nike+ over GPS? I always have my iPod with me when I’m out and about, but I usually take a pack with GPS too.
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  2. David Csonka says:

    I would say cost is the first factor, GPS is going to cost more. Then there is are lesser but still significant factors like signal loss and battery time. But if you are a top level athlete, maybe cost isn’t a factor, and you can afford a device which will remain effective 99% of the time.

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  5. Phocion Timon says:

    I walk, jog, and sprint, in various combinations, on varying days and a pedometer doesn’t work with such a constanly changing stride. My GPS (Garmin Forerunner 305) is amazingly accurate for measuring distance. I have three courses I measured with a surveyor’s wheel and the Forerunner, from day to day, is either right on or within a few feet. I now can go on a run, wherever I am, and not have to measure an unknown route with my vehicle or Google maps beforehand. I just take off, run half my desired distance, turn around, and go back. Very cool.

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