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Lots of people are going to be happy that Polar will be including manual footpod calibration in the V4 release for October 2019.
It’s taken a while, with pressure and polite requests from many sources. October is still a little bit too far away for my liking as I had hoped to use STRYD+Vantage M for my races this year…oh well. Next year.
I’m still not entirely why *I* need to use manual calibration but, for me, the results of the auto calibration do not feel right on the Vantage.
Here is my+STRYD’s understanding of Vantage’s capability to get pace and distance AUTOMATICALLY from a foot pod ie how it seems to work now
- Vantage will get pace and distance from foot pods
- Vantage will adjust the calibration factor over time so the pace and distance from the foot pod matches GPS in terms of absolute values
- Vantage will not reveal the calibration factor or allow the users to change the calibration factor
So, it seems to ME, that the reason why STRYD+Vantage appears inaccurate is either the incorrect adjustment over time by the Vantage OR the runner not allowing the algorithm sufficient time to bed in. And, sorry, I don’t know what ‘sufficient’ time is.
Auto calibration seems to work OK for me on the 935