Stryd Announces New, Next-Gen Footpod for 2023
The new footpod looks similar to the old model but Stryd’s 5th Generation pod claims to be the best yet and it’s available now only at stryd.com.
Here’s what’s new
It’s wholly new hardware that slightly expands the pod’s overall abilities.
- New internal motion sensors to increase accuracy and frequency of recording (6x) over a wider dynamic range (4x)
- the power metric is now 3x more responsive than ever for faster efforts
- high-frequency data capture
- high-range data capture
- Increased battery life beyond 20 hours
- A new metric to track in Power Center ‘Impact Loading Rate‘ which looks at how quickly impact forces are applied at footstrike which is used to track lower body stress and then feeds into a better understanding of recovery and readiness after fast sessions and downhill sessions
- A new shoe clip that features a grippier surface on its outside to eliminate any movement on the shoe plus a grippier base of the pod which eliminates movement relative to the cradle
- The pod features an aluminium socket where it buts up to the cradle to avoid wear over time and eliminates any movement between the pod and cradle as you run
- New Run profiles to tailor the app’s display for Road, Track and Trail.
- New hardware filtering algorithms improve the reliability and quality of the metrics that are transmitted to the watch.
- More complete and accurate power duration curve at higher power levels below 10 seconds
- Stronger and more rugged case material
- The new cradle now uses a USB-C cable
What stays the same?
All the software and running features remain the same or slightly tweaked for the good.
It includes an app specifically designed for the Apple Watch and Garmin Watch environments (Fenix, Forerunner…). Stryd remains compatible with just about any sports watch that supports ANT+ or BLE connections.
It remains water/splashproof to the same degree as before, lightweight at 8g, and uniquely to Stryd’s power calculations, still incorporates the effects of wind.
next gen Stryd FAQ
Q: If I upgrade will the data be continuous and comparable to my old data
Q: When is the Next Gen Stryd Available?
A: Expect shipping to start in late 2022 (Edit: out of stock in Jan 2023)
Q: Is the new Stryd compatible with my watch?
A: Yes, compatibility with all modern sports watches is unchanged. The one proviso would be compatibility for the new Impact Loading Rate metric that will be supported from launch on all Stryd’s apps, data fields and will be cached internally in the new pod. So the like of Coros, Polar and Suunto might not initially show Impact Loading Rate (but all other data is unaffected)
Q: Does Stryd treat wind power/resistance in the same way as before?
A: Yes (Edit: this was not true at launch and a fix for wind power was subsequently issued)
Q: Do I need to buy any other charging accessories?
A: No, everything is in the box. The new pod will fit the old charging cradle and, presumably, the clips too.
Q: Are Multiple, simultaneous BLE connections support
A: No. Only one BLE connection when launched. Stryd strongly hints that more connections will be added later through firmware updates.
Q: Will the modified algorithms and running profiles be applied to older Stryd pods
A: No. They require new sensors that are only in the next-gen model. However, older pods will still receive updates in line with their hardware capabilities.
Q: Will pace and distance accuracy be improved
A: Yes, slightly (Source: Stryd presentation)
Q: Is there wireless/QI charging
Q: Will Pioneer status change
A: No. But you won’t get the new metric and performance characteristics with an old pod.
Q: Will my rFTP/CP change?
A: Stryd says it will not change simply because of the new pod (Edit: There was an initial bug that I and others spotted where Wind Power was too high, this was subsequently fixed)
Q: Will Coros and Wahoo report the new metric?
A: It’s up to those companies to implement support.
Q: Can the next-gen sensor work on one pair of shoes and the old sensor on another?
A: ANT+ connections to watches will be fine. BLE connection might require you to pair the sensor each time (eg Apple but probably not Garmin). I’m unsure if both pods will sync to one Stryd Powercenter account, I suspect not as only one can be paired to the smartphone app.
Q: Will there be more running profiles eg for a treadmill
A: The road profile will be fine for the treadmill at launch. More profiles will be released through firmware probably standard profiles and user-created profiles. Incline data will not be automatically detected, at least at launch.
Q: Are there new humidity metrics?
A: There is an onboard humidity and temperature sensor in the wind version and next-gen versions. Stryd hints at expanding the use of the existing onboard sensors through firmware updates
Q: Is There an introductory discount?
A: Yes, existing Stryd Owners get 20% off for a limited time but only against the Pod, not the optional subscription. Get your own unique code from Stryd Power Centre and enter it at checkout. You can see in the image below I got 20% off Stryd with my code.
If you’re just about to buy a Stryd then definitely wait to get your hands on one of these.
The product appears to offer several genuine improvements across the board. However, none strike me as warranting an upgrade from the previous model unless you simply want to treat yourself to the latest, greatest gadget.
However, if you have a much older Stryd pod or Garmin pod then a newer battery and the wind metrics will be nice icing on a generally better cake.
Yes, I’ll get one too!
More: at stryd.com
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