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Garmin Running Power – New to CIQ
Garmin Running Power is about to kickstart the Fledgling RUNNING WITH POWER market into overdrive.
There has been scepticism in some quarters about the concept of running power despite existing products being generally accepted, most notably STRYD (Reviewed here, link to: the5krunner.com) with two iterations of their product and, to a lesser extent SHFT and the just-released RunScribe PLUS.
Garmin Running Power will validate the market, potentially providing very significant increases in adoption.
So what’s the new Garmin gadget to do all of this? Probably some $/£350 footpod? Nope. All you need is your existing high-end watch and a bit of patience (until it all works) and a bit of belief that their resulting numbers are ‘correct’.
November 2017 will see the release of Garmin Running Power as a free CIQ app. So, first-up, your device has to support CIQ (probably v2.4).
Second up, you will need a half-decent Garmin chest strap such as the new HRM-TRI (Reviewed here) and HRM-RUN models. One of those RD pods that fall off will also be fine, apparently – if you haven’t lost yours yet.
Third up, you will need a high-end Garmin watch that ALSO has a barometric altimeter (that data is used in the calculations just like with STRYD). So that’s older Forerunner models like the 735 and 235 OUT of the picture. A Fenix 5/935 should do nicely, no doubt the impending 645 (maybe) will be cool too.
PROBLEMS?: Garmin’s initial functionality will likely be quite limited and maybe unable to handle 3s, 20s, 30s smoothing like Suunto’s existing functionality for STRYD nor able to handle the same such smoothing functionality which can already be set within STRYD itself.
As a CIQ data field all the RAW data will find its way into Garmin Connect through the FIT file just as it does with STRYD although, no doubt, new standards in this area might help.
So it’s “free” – providing you’ve invested hundreds of pounds/dollars in highish-end Garmin kit.
If you currently have no device then it’s probably cheaper to get a Garmin 235+STRYD for £350 (or a Suunto Trainer+STRYD – link to £300 bundle deals on the5krunner.com) than a Fenix 5 + HRM-TRI. But, of course, for many people it will just be a freebie.
So this seems like STRYD’s first chest-strap based product which they (sensibly, IMO) moved away from and towards a footpod. No doubt STRYD, RUNSCRIBE PLUS and GARMIN will all produce different power figures either because of their algorithms or because of the wear-position. I guess that doesn’t really matter if it’s consistent…providing you never intend to change or interchange vendors’ products.
Interesting times. I will have a play, no doubt. But will stick with STRYD, at least for now.
Some more thoughts on what might happen in the overall Running-with-Power market here (link to: the5krunner.com)