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They look identical to the originally released V3 pods and indeed still show up as a V3 pod on the RunScribe app. However the main hardware ‘fix’ is with the signal strength.
Garmin were VERY naughty when they released the Fenix 5 and 5S models – as those models experienced dropouts with a variety of devices including Stages, STRYD and Runscribe. The fix has been for 3rd party vendors to cover the cost of a redesign OR for owners of the Fenix 5 and 5S to cough up some extra $£$£$£ for the Fenix 5 PLUS models – admittedly the PLUS models are pretty cool with many awesome capabilities.
RunScribe initially developed a DIY workaround for the Fenix 5 with strips of sticky metallic foil.
Hey ! It worked for me…don’t knock it.
Anyway; you can now get the ‘new’ RunScribe Plus model that will play happily with your Fenix.
Currently the situation with STRYD is that 5 and 5S are still not classed as supported models on the STRYD website.
Also included with my RunScribe Plus were 4 rather snazzy blue lace-cradles for the pods.
Whilst the Sensor Fusion algorithm for speed/distance is STILL in beta (Source: https://community.runscribe.com/t/sensor-fusion-beta/865/121) it seems to me, at least superficially, to be improved on FW35.53 (beta) than from FW32.75 from back in May2018. Indeed Tim @RunScribe seems to be flirting with making the sensor fusion live at any minute.
So. I guess this IS news and hence worth a post ahead of some hopefully interesting announcements from other vendors in September.
The Sensor Fusion component of RunScribe is now running at 500Hz for all V3 pods – not just this new firmware iteration. When originally released it was running at 200Hz. This frequency difference in layman’s terms means that more data points are resolved per second than before – a LOT more (probably 150% more!). Tim@RunScribe claims that this gives the EXACT moment of toe-off as well as a much improved resolution at the moment of foot strike.
The power model (beta!) has also evolved. Whilst the ‘standard’ GOVSS power model is used the efficiency index component of that has been improved based on the metrics that RunScribe captures giving, for example, a proper estimate of L/R power.
The new RunScribe hardware iteration warrants a full post for me as the pods nicely coincided with a (minor) calf injury…grrrr I had resigned myself to looking once again at my glorious asymmetries and RunScribe is the place to go for that.
Other Potential Developments
It should be interesting to see if STRYD release dual-sided pods – there was vague talk back in 2017 but nothing yet, maybe the market doesn’t justify the investment for STRYD? Certainly for me, in terms of running power, then dual-sided running power would be nice from STRYD but I don’t think I really need it for training and racing. Having said that I’m going to look at what RunScribe has to tell me with dual-sided power imbalances, even though the absolute numbers themselves won’t be of too much use as my power data history is from STRYD and is different.
BTW: COROS is also looking at supporting running power for STRYD + RunScribe and are generally developing their Pace watch nicely as a proper running/tri watch with notable new features most months.
If you are interested in RunScribe, this is a reasonably good comparison of the product coming from the RUNNING POWER perspective but it gives a flavour of the differences to the main alternatives.
The following chart compares the characteristics of the 3 main Running Power contenders:
As of 30 August 2018 my take on RunScribe is that we seem to see an improved product (hardware+software) that delivers better accuracy for those looking at gait metrics. I would say that it is pretty much UNrivalled in that respect.
Another key differentiator is the Left-Right breakdown of the metrics.
I couldn’t yet recommend the POWER element of RunScribe as a training/racing tool because a) I haven’t used it enough in that respect and b) it’s in beta ! However it seems accurate enough to use power in the sense of looking at the metrics and efficiency of how you run (L/R).
So STRYD would still be your pacing and racing tool – also with analytics of course.
Garmin’s running power CIQ app is free and, for now, that’s all I want to say about that.
PRICE, AVAILABILITY & DISCOUNT
V3 RunScribe Plus Pricing: USA $250, UK/EU GBP250
DISCOUNT CODE: SCtfk10 (UK, USA and EU)
If you want to get a pair of RunScribe pods now you can buy direct from RunScribe in the USA using the image links below or from NewRunningGear in the UK. I suspect, like STRYD, that RunScribe will NOT generally find its way onto Amazon in the USA at all and will only find its way to Amazon in the UK if NewRunningGear put it there.
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