At a Glance
Running shorts with pouch for iPod nano.
When Nike released the Nike+iPod Sport Kit (also reviewed here on Playlist), the company also released a line of workout clothes specifically designed for use with the iPod nano (and, presumably, the Sport Kit transmitter that connects to the nano’s dock-connector port).
The Nike+ Featherweight Short is a very lightweight, loose-fitting running short available only in black with a thin, reflective stripe that goes up one leg, across the back, and down the other side. Made of a Nike’s Dri-Fit polyester/spandex blend (86/14 percent, respectively) with a polyester lining, the shorts are comfortable and, like the Loose S/S Shirt we tested, does a good job of wicking away sweat. A line of twelve 3/8-inch ventilation holes runs down each side, and an elastic waistband with drawstring lets you adjust the fit.
In terms of iPod-nano integration, the Featherweight Short features a form-fitting iPod nano pocket on the right hip. You pull back the top flap and slide your nano, top-down, into the pocket — a procedure that can be a big tricky, as the pocket’s opening is quite snug and the pocket itself fits the nano like a glove. The pocket does accommodate the Nike+iPod Sport Kit transmitter when connected to your nano, and your headphone cable snakes out of the top of the pocket.
When I first saw the Featherweight Short, I thought it might be irritating to run with an iPod nano in the pocket; my first impression is that the nano would bounce around too much. However, in my testing, the location of the pocket just below the hip bone was much more stable than I had expected. On the other hand, the pocket places your nano in prime “impact area” if you happen to take a fall during your run — trail runners beware. And although you can control your iPod through the pocket’s fabric, like the Nike+ Sport Armband there’s no window to view your iPod’s screen while in the pocket — you’re basically controlling blind, and you can’t see the Nike+iPod Sport Kit’s workout feedback.
One other quirk, which I also mentioned in my review of the Nike+ Loose S/S Shirt: The Loose S/S Shirt is designed to be used with Nike+ running shorts such as the Featherweight Short. However, on the Featherweight Short, the iPod nano pocket is on the right side, whereas the Loose S/S Shirt’s cable eyelets are on the left side — meaning your headphone cable will have to be strung across your body. I don’t know if other Nike+ shorts have the pocket on the left, but that would seem to be a more logical position for use with the Loose S/S Shirt (or, conversely, for the shirt to have its cable eyelets on the right).