STRYD & Running With Power – What Next In The Market?

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It’s tricky to say whether STRYD or Garmin Running Power (CIQ app) are the leading running power meter solution at the moment in terms of sales. Sure, the free Garmin Running Power app has more single downloads but how many people then really go on to use it in training? Sure, STRYD has more total downloads of all its apps and data fields but how many users use more than one? Also we don’t know what the sales of the Polar Vantage V are and what percentage of the owners use Polar’s own power calculations.

Current CIQ downloads shown @10Jan2019

These figures exclude other-platform usage (zero in Garmin’s case) and do not reflect inactive users nor serial downloads of updated versions of each app. So maybe STRYD is the market leader for ‘running with power’. I would have thought that is the case.

What next in our shared crystal ball of running futures?

Here are a few options

  • RunScribe’s USP is their superior take on running gait. Their accurate power and running pace are almost of secondary important – which I think is unfair as those two features are pretty awesome and benefit from dual sided pod collection of data.
  • STRYD have already produced STRYD Live (no power but it can be upgraded) but that now seems to have been withdrawn from sale. I have no doubt that STRYD will innovate further in 2019 but I do not know if this will be from new footpods, algorithmic changes or platform changes.
  • Garmin Running Power – Garmin are due to produce new joint BLE/ANT accessories including a new footpod. Jan2019 has seen a FCC registration from Garmin of a new BLE HRM so…fingers crossed that this HRM is a sign of more accessories to come from Garmin in 2019. However, Garmin might be more interested in competing in the Zwift Run sphere than furthering their competition against STRYD for running power. So there may, or may not, be running power hardware from Garmin in 2019.
  • Suunto – I can’t see them investing in a new footpod – power or otherwise. It’s possible a 3rd party might produce something power-related via Movesense but I doubt it (See Runteq) as that hardware seems best-suited for wearing as a chest strap. I would imagine Suunto would be keen to keep on integrating STRYD’s data.
  • Polar now have the Vantage V and Polar’s native power suport there is pretty awesome. At least it has the potential to be once all the creases have been ironed out. That might take the best part of all of 2019 but by the end of that year we should see power zone alerts and the ability to schedule create complex structured workouts based on running power. This WILL be the best platform-solution BUT the issue(ette) for Polar is that it will also support STRYD power and I would imagine that a great number of people will keep using STRYD rather than Polar’s own calculations that are currently based on GPS. (FWIW It’s very likely I will switch to Polar Vantage as my main running watch once footpod handling is sorted out and even more ilkely once the power running platform offering is finished)
  • Wahoo is a good contender and somewhat of a ‘dark horse’ when it comes to the future of running power.Whatever they deliver in 2019 you can be reasonably sure that it will be great hardware on a minimal and open platform that leverages what 3rd parties can support in terms of additional feature support)
  • SHFT – there are at least two other gait tools that also produce some estimate of power, including SHFT. No doubt more of these will follow but I suspect they are all doomed to failure if they try to compete against the big boys/girls with a running power-only product
  • Something else? … yep, there will certainly be something else that I haven’t directly mentioned here 😉 Those of you who have heard of the search abilities of Google will, no doubt, know more than me… 😉



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Just my two watts here: I think/hope that Garmin makes running power meters native to running mode in the next year so Q4 ‘19 and wahoo might release a watch that also has this. Stryd definitely has something in the lab to account for wind but that will take time to fully mature. Maybe they will also update their treadmill mode interface while they are at it

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Random tidbit: The app download numbers (as of April anyways) also included *updates* of the apps. Each time an updated app is incremented, . Thus effectively inflating the crap out of them.


For me, there are only 2 running power options out there worth mentioning: Runscribe STRYD In the respective functions that they advertise–, they deliver. With both, you paid for functions, and they do what they say they do. There will always be room to make those number better, but you get what you paid for. Garmin power as it exists now also follows this pattern. You get what you paid for–which was nothing (other than the purchase of the strap or running dynamics pod). I tried the Garmin option and yea, erroneous values that not only do not align with my Stryd patterns (a given) but also not possible for humans to produce (unless I have mistaken my pre-run drink with the super soldier serum). I know the point of the article is to compare and contrast, but Garmin has built a reputation on putting out a new function built upon outstanding hardware to do things it might not have been created to do said function (like trying to squeeze another puzzle piece into a completed puzzle). Which leads to…unique outcomes. Whatever Garmin does either later this year or fresh after CES, let it be a device dedicated to the… Read more »


Just about ready to start running again after a bad ankle break in the summer, wondering about the runScribe and the fact it records both sides for gait analysis etc. and while I’ve seen mention of it for injury prevention if any thoughts about using it to help with recovery overall