A couple of days ago I got a press release from the STRYD company who are releasing a new Stryd device (officially announced today 24Aug).
Rather than the original HRM version this one is a tiny wearable power meter that clips on your shoe.
I don’t know much more about it than that. I guess it will do footpod-esque things like cadence and be a source for footpod derived pace.
OPINION: a LOT of improvements have been continually made to the original product. I confess to not be fully up to speed with them all. But I do know that there is now a Connect IQ app from Garmin that writes power data directly into the FIT device (similar to muscle oxygen data from BSX/MOXY) and I do know that the new Suunto Spartan ULTRA (as well as the AMBIT3) already have built in ‘proper’ support for running power.
A great thing with the original STRYD HRM was that it was dual-band. So if you occasionally run with two watches (sigh) then this can make it easier to adopt into your current gadget regime. Much easier. It has also introduced HRV support since my review too.
One thing that lacks is the writing of the Running Dynamics data to a Garmin FIT file – but that is a peripheral need at best. STRYD’s ‘Power Centre’ dashboard is pretty good and shows that info anyway but I suspect most people want a simple device that just pipes incorrect data to a Garmin/Polar/TomTom/Suunto watch. On the whole STRYD does that.
Having a new shoe-based STRYD could well be a good idea. Let’s see the price point AND if it adds anything new to the mix.