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A reader who has seen Nike’s Spring 2007 product catalog, which has been distributed to Nike retailers, confirmed the existence of the Nike+ watches… and adds some juicy new details.

(Note: My tipster claims that the pages pictured below were included as last-minute inserts to the catalog, and may have been printed by the sales rep who delivered it. Hence, the print quality.)

Three separate products will make up the line of Nike+ watches: The previously leaked (by Nike) Amp+ and Speed+, and a heretofore unknown Flight+. The Amp+ and Flight+ will work in conjunction with the iPod nano, while the Speed+ will not require the iPod. All three are scheduled to be released in May.

Nike Amp+

Nike Amp+ iPod controller

The first public mention of the Amp+ was in the Men’s Health Magazine 2006 Holiday Gift Guide. The Nike Amp+ is a plastic wrist controller with a ring of iPod controlls similar to the iPod shuffle’s. There is no traditional watch “face,” but instead, an LED display is embedded into the plastic band above the controls. Besides time and date, it’s not clear what other information can be displayed. The Amp+ communicates tot he nano via the Nike+iPod Sport Kit receiver dongle. The buttons can control voice feedback, PowerSong, volume, track select, ff/rew, and play/pause. It contains a replaceable battery. Five color combinations. Retail price: $79.

Nike Amp+ colors

Nike Flight+

Nike Flight+ iPod controller

The Nike Flight+ also includes music controls for the Nike+ enabled iPod nano, but with an LCD face that displays time, date, and chrono (stopwatch). The iPod is controlled by pressing on a “rocking” bezel surrounding the face of the watch. Replaceable battery. Retail price $129.

Nike Speed+

Nike Speed+ Men

The Nike Speed+ (first leaked on Nike’s own website) is a kit that contains a wrist watch (the Aero+), the Nike+iPod shoe sensor, and a USB dongle. This version of the Sport Kit works without an iPod nano. The information from the shoe sensor is transmitted directly to the watch, and then from the watch to the USB dongle, which is connected to your computer. The LCD face displays distance, pace, elapsed time, and calories. There are obviously no music controls. Replacable battery. Men’s and women’s styles. Retail price: $129.

Nike Speed+ women

Obviously, any or all of this information could change between now and May, but since retail outlets are already putting in their orders, it looks pretty well set.

To those who thought the Speed+ was a sign that Nike is turning their back on Apple, looking at the complete range of products proves otherwise. At the $129 price point, I don’t really see the Speed+ cannibalizing many iPod sales. It will primarily appeal to runners who already own another mp3 player (and haven’t been tempted enough to switch by now), or runners who prefer to run without music.

Overall, this looks like a really well-thought-out range of products at reasonable price points. They all seem to add value to the Nike+iPod experience. I’ll take one of each, please.

Update: Looks like the images were subsequently emailed to a number of tech websites. Engadget has posted larger versions here.

8 Responses to “Nike+iPod Watches Confirmed: New Details and Photos”

  1. [...] L’info vient tout droit du Blog de Podophile dont un des lecteurs à pû voir le catalogue de printemps 2007 de Nike qui a été distribué aux revendeurs! [...]

  2. [...] Kilku osobom bardzo spodobał się pomysł pilota do iPoda w postaci bransoletki łączącej się z odtwarzaczem poprzez Bluetooth. Poszperałem i trafiłem na stronę ze zdjęciami i krótkim opisem całej serii produktów uzupełniających linię Nike+. [...]

  3. [...] Enfin, le produit dont on n’avait pas encore entendu parlé, le Nike Flight+ ! Il se situe entre le Amp+ et la speed+. Je m’explique il s’agit d’une montre comme la Speed + mais qui permet de contrôler le Nano avec le kit Nike+! En gros avec le Flight+ vous pouvez voir les infos temps, distance parcourus directement sur votre montre et en plus contrôler à distance votre Nano. Prix $129. Vivement qu’on puisse tester tout cela !!!!!! Infos via le très informé Podophile [...]

  4. [...] later, details of the entire Nike+ wristwatch line (including the two previously mentioned models) were widely leaked to iPod-related websites. This final leak included hastily printed catalog pages that listed the [...]

  5. Edward says:

    Where are they? Would have been fun test’em…could it be that Apple stopped the release to be after the iPhone release. People need to save and spend their money for the iPhone first :)

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