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Nike Launches Improved Nike Plus Wristbands

Plenty of avid runners have been making use of Nike and Apple's Nike+ partnership. For those of you not in the know, the Nike+ sport kit includes a sensor for your shoe and an adapter so you can pair your running shoes with your iPod Nano, iPod Touch and most recently, the iPhone 3GS. From there you can measure your speed, distance, calories burnt and set goals for yourself with timed workouts or distance workouts. All of the information can be uploaded to the Nike+ website, which doubles as a global community for runners.

It's a nifty idea but here's a lesser known fact: you don't actually need an iPod to get in on the Nike+ experience. Sure, it's nice to run to music and have all the information on screen but a lot of folks already have a PMP and it's not made by Apple. For them, Nike offers a Nike+ wristband that is also a watch. It offers the same functions as the iPod version but without the music, obviously.

Nike today announced an improved version of the Nike+ Sportband featuring a better screen with a white screen and a welded seal to improve water resistance. Available in grey with an interior pink band, anthracite (dark grey) with a yellow interior band, and black with a red interior band, the new Sportband is available in the U.S. on July 15 for just $59.

Are there any Nike+ users out there? Let us know in the comments below!