This arrived today (image to right) and I’m not entirely sure what the updates are to my 945 sensor hub and BLE/BL/ANT+. I’m aware that the 945 doesn’t always find paired devices properly, maybe it fixes that?
It wasn’t broken on the 935 yet Garmin seems to have to repeatedly fix this for the 945. There could be an adage there somewhere if you look hard enough 😉
But I do know what the STRYD data field update is and it’s ‘quite nice’. Users of the STRYD ZONES data field will automatically get this update but if you are still using the original STRYD POWER data field then now is the time to update as the STRYD ZONES data field which contains lots of goodies released in previous versions as well as today’s update.
The new STRYD Zones data field seems better suited to display on a screen with only one data field if you want all the stated functionality. If, like me, you instead show it on a 4-metric screen then the coloured zone bar does not display. Although that MIGHT be different on the new, larger-screened Fenix 6 models (probably not).
Here’s what you get
- If you are targetting 301w over any given lap then you don’t know whether or not you need to speed up at any particular instant. To make that decision properly you need to know both your LAP power and your INSTANT power. The new STRYD ZONES gives you both those numbers in a single data field, which is handly as Garmin devices are quite limited about the number of data fields you can display…you now get two bits of data for the price of one! (OK it’s free, but you know what I mean)
- Then you get a coloured, visual display of your zone, as shown above. That does NOT seem to show on my 945 in full-screen mode for some reason. When I show the data filed on a 4-data field per screen layout the display is the same as before the update and I am still shown the power zone and instant power. HELP! (I do have my zones setup and sync’d along with my auto-calculated CP)
- Interestingly if you leave the full screen/single data field display showing for long enough without starting a workout, it starts to show some bits of interesting info like your CP and when it was last updated.
- Finally, you get a ‘lost pod’ alert if your pod goes out of range. I’m assuming this is linked as well to the battery state to avoid an incorrect message? I’ve never lost a STRYD, however, I have on numerous occasions looked nervously down to see if it’s still there so this is a welcome feature for me. I’d imagine also that when you’ve lost it and it comes back in range the message on the Garmin would disappear? Maybe. The range of the STRYD POD seems to be over 5m in any case, so I’m not sure to what extent that would be useful.
This shows the setting in Garmin Express to make the data field show the VISUAL ZONE BAR
Not bad for a single data field?