Dear Nike,

Why must I constantly be disappointed in you? You are the world's leading provider in athletic shoes and apparel, and your marketing strategies and sponsorships are both inspiring and impressive. It's your quality I am frustrated with, Nike. Your products are captivatingly sexy and sleek, but I have yet to find a product that I can love longer than 6 months at a time. I say six months because this is the amount of time it takes for your materials to tear, rip, leak, and/or electronically cease to function. In the past year I have gone through one Nike Imara Strive Women's Running Watch, one faulty Nike+ Sensor, and one pair of Nike Zoom Victory Trainers in under their respective 6 month intervals. Maybe I used these products in a manner that achieved their fullest potential relative to my extensive and/or intensive usage. Maybe I did use and abuse them, and in this regard, "get my money's worth" in this abbreviated period of time. But should a sweat/waterproof watch die after one final dunk in the shower after it lasted me two months in the salty Pacific Ocean? Should a pair of reliable racing trainers really poop out after a mere 200 miles? I can confidently say that my anal-retentive and meticulous attention at achieving gear efficiency would certainly beg to disagree. Oh, exorbitant Nike--take my riches, but give me justice.

**update - July 14, 2009:
So, before I updated this post, I had said something about how I broke down and bought another pair of Nikes to replace my Victory . I ran in them; I liked them; I talked about them; then I took them back this evening. Why you ask? Because I really wanted to say fu to Nike for awhile and get a pair of Mizunos. So I did. Mizuno Creations 10, to be exact. And this time, I'm not going to say a word about them.


them being made in sweatshops is a big thumbs down to Nike as well.

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