RunScribe – A New Direction

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RunScribe are moving in a new direction with their Runscribe Plus footpods.

As of now, RunScribe are only selling a ‘pro’ or ‘clinic’ solution on their site and will continue to support existing RunScribe Plus users.

Whilst the product is essentially identical to before, RunScibe’s business model is changing from Business-to-Consumer to Business-to-Business and this reflects the strength they, and I, noticed throughout 2018. More and more clinics have moved to this solution.

What’s Changed In More Detail

  • If you already have RunScribe Plus, then AFAIK, nothing has changed for you. All is good.
  • New firmware, such as the recent ‘shoe prints‘, continues to work on ALL RunScribe Plus pods.
  • The price is now significantly more at $399 (+ annual subscription fee)
  • The $399 ‘clinic’ solution includes the ability to handle multiple ‘patients‘.

If you were thinking of buying RunScribe at the old $249 price then you’d better be quick. There MAY still be some on sale at amazon.com.

Opinion

There are lots of gait products designed for clinics but the ones that I’ve seen are expensive, such as 3d Gait Analysis, Qualisys and BTS Bioengineering. RunScribe seems very well positioned against these.

The RunScribe solution is clearly foot-focussed in terms of how it gathers its data and some of the more expensive systems will, no doubt, point out that they capture more complete body mechanics. Can they produce more valid conclusions or diagnoses?

There are also some insole-based solutions but from those that I’ve seen, I doubt the physical longevity of the products.

 

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BTS GAITLAB

So, this seems a very sensible move. I think we shall see RunScribe move forwards with their overall gait package, developing new dashboard insights. For example, I would expect to soon see more developments with the existing Shoe Prints insights.

Q: Where does that leave running with power?

RunScribe Plus is still a running power product, and I assume will continue to be so. However it looks like RunScribe will not be actively targeting that market.

 

RunScribe Plus Review – Footpod & Running Power Meter

 

PRICE, AVAILABILITY & DISCOUNT


RunScribe are now targeting the ‘professional’ clinic market and their solution offers an online platform that can handle multiple patients

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Interesting.. I wonder if we will see a ‘cheap’ running power meter from them with pace and cadence – a ‘proper’ stryd competitor rather than a gait analysis platform that just happens to also include the stryd metrics too. I dont know the RS cost per unit, but I assume they could limit functionality in software and still make a pretty decent profit marketing as a consumer footpod.

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RunScribe’s unique selling point has always been the gait metrics rather than running power and accurate distance/pace measurement. That said, when RunScribe Plus came out, inclusion of the latter two were assumed to be needed to make them a compelling consumer package; but the clinical market is likely not so bothered by them. So I agree this move seems to make sense right now, if the juice has not been worth the squeeze in terms of consumer sales. Alternatively, this could just be a pause whilst RunScribe consider a new approach to the consumer market; I hope they do that, as the Shoe Prints are an excellent way to simplify the visualisation of their gait metrics to the broader consumer market and should have broad appeal if marketed well.

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Just checked out the RunScribe online store and it is technically still possible to buy the consumer package by just selecting the parts:

2 x replacement RunScribe Plus pods at $98 each
1 x set of lace cradles at $12
1 x charger unit at $20
That’s $228 plus shipping and any import taxes 🙂

Mirko Surf&Run
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But you don’t have the web application… note that in the clinic model you have to pay a subscription fee every year for the storage of data.

Crispin Ellisdon
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It seems you can still create a RunScribe Dashboard account for free, which is all you need to get the smartphone app working and sync activities from the pods; but that’s just your own pods and you can’t control multiple people using the same pods. The clinic account adds multiple user functionality that the ‘free’ individual account can’t do. I suspect we’ll see RunScribe repackage the consumer version hardware at some point; why turn down quick win consumer sales when the development is already done and it doesn’t conflict with the commercial clinical sales.

Crispin Ellisdon
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I think my ‘loop hole’ has or will be going (could only see the extra items on Safari on my iPad anyway). So $399 is the way if you want RunScribe Plus now (it is still worth it at that price IMO)

ekutter
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This probably makes sense. I bought mine both for the promise of gait analysis and footpod accuracy. Power was a completely non issue. After over a year of using them, the gait analyses is clearly their strong point. Speed/distance accuracy hasn’t quite lived up to my hopes, especially on trails where GPS is so weak. It’s been good enough on the treadmill for Zwift but not great.

Moving it to a “clinic” focus for gait is probably a really good thing as the average user will have no idea what to make of the data. But big value could be gotten with “experts” helping out. It’s helped me figure out I have a pretty big imbalance left to right, but I have no idea if that is good/bad or what I should do about it.