Minimal Running Machine: Convert a Nano

Minimal Running Machine: Convert a Nano

Jeff Heaton
Mar 8, 2012

Some days music is what makes running possible for me. With all the little features Apple has added to the latest iPod Nano I've been eyeing it as an ultimate running device. I like to run with the least restrictions and it doesn't take much to turn your Nano into a minimal running machine.

Wearing it on Your Wrist
I don't want to have something squeezing my bicep and clipping it to my clothing is alright, but changing songs is an unnatural movement while on the go. Instead Ie've found the best way to carry it around is on my wrist so finding a good watch is key. KOKKIA makes a watch/bluetooth combo ($59.99) that's made of rubber, which great considering how I sweat. I do wish the receiver was on the other side, but I can always wear the watch upside down. The Hex Sport watch ($29.95) is another sport-ready watch. It's slimmer than the KOKKIA, made of silicon, is perforated for a cooling effect and has a hole for a bluetooth receiver. Plus it comes in a variety of colors.

Working Wirelessly
There are plenty of nice wired headphones, but to get the most minimal experience you'd probably rather avoid the tangle of wires all together. For most wireless headphones you'll need a bluetooth adapter, which sadly adds some bulk that we'd rather avoid (hint, hint Apple). Of the existing ones, some of the smallest we've seen are JayBird's iSport ($49.99) and KOKKIA i10s ($49.99). Sadly the Proof, the one product we saw that combined the watch and bluetooth concept while also waterproofing the Nano, didn't meet it's Kickstarter goal. Hopefully that'll be rectified in the future. If you've got the adapter you'll want the headphones to go with it. I like the JayBird Freedoms ($99) and Motorola S10-HD ($59.99).

Keeping Track
If you're going to run with the Nano you'll want to keep track, which more than likely means you'll be using the built in Nike+ technology. That means you don't need the dongle any more, but you've still got to upload it somewhere. There's the Nike+ website, which is nice if you like their set up, but with EagerFeet you can free your data in a GPX file. Sites like RunKeeper then can import it and give you more options than you'd find on the Nike+ site, despite its sleek interface.

Use your Nano on the go? Tell us how you've made it road ready in the comments.

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