Stryd – next-gen Garmin Data Field 2.0 – A SIGNIFICANT Improvement
More: Detailed Stryd Review
Stryd Zones is updated to a second-generation (version 2.0) data field this week with a significant boost to an already good set of features. I’ve been using the beta version for a couple of weeks and it’s impressive. I’m reasonably certain it will soon become my single, main run screen for Garmins.
This one data field will keep a wide range of people happy, from someone like me who wants a relatively spartan display of 4 metrics to someone who wants to cram everything onto one screen.
Here is a summary of some of the highlights
- Highly configurable data field that can easily contain all the screen elements you need (Pace, HR, Power, Time, lap and more)
- Temperature/Humidity display and recording – Finally you can ditch your TEMPE sensor. The next-gen Stryd has environmental sensors and you can now display and record the ambient temperature
- Native power workout execution – I’m not entirely sure how Stryd has managed to achieve this but the data field can execute a power-based run workout from your Garmin calendar (sourced from Stryd)
And that’s all building on existing features like colour-coded zones, zone gauge, STRYD-lost warnings, STRYD ANT+ ID, environmental adjustments and a few more bits and pieces.
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Garmin+Stryd Usage Notes
Stryd make the Stryd Zones data field and the Stryd app. Previously you would use the app for more technically complex tasks like following a workout/plan. I’m not 100% clear in my mind as to how much of these features have been replaced by the new Stryd Zones Data Field. ie is it a complete replacement?
The Stryd Zones data field is compatible with most Garmin watches. However, its behaviour is limited when used with older watches. Perhaps on some of those older watches it might make sense to use the app. I’ve listed the compatibility further below.
The Stryd Zones data field also changes how it works depending on whether you have set it up as a single data field covering the entire screen or as just one data field among many others on a screen. In the latter case, you might see power and power zones displayed but it’s the former case where all the new display options are possible. ie you now want to have Stryd Zones as a full-screen data field, possibly as a replacement for your current main screen.
The Zones data field is configured in either Garmin Express or the Connect IQ smartphone app. You can also perform more limited customisation on some Garmin watches.
You can force Stryd Zones to look for a specific pod or DUO by setting the ANT+ ID, it’s probably a good idea to do that and here is an image showing where you would configure the various settings on an iPhone.
You must enter your Stryd user ID (not email) into the data field for connectivity to properly function.
You should then probably also enable automatic-CP calculation in PowerCentre and this means that your Stryd data field will automatically be kept up-to-date with changes to your power zones.
If you have already authorised the connection between Garmin Connect and the Stryd smartphone app, it’s time to disconnect and re-establish the connection. This enables Stryd power workout information to be automatically passed to your watch.
Single Page Options
In addition to POWER, you have 4 main positional options within the one data field: Top, Bottom, middle-Left and Middle-Right.
In any of those 4 position you can have these metrics: Zone Index, Workout Step Power, Last Lap Power, Last Workout Step Power, Clock Time, Elapsed Time, Lap Time, Workout Step Pace, Distance, Heart Rate, cadence, GCT, VO, Environmental Adjustment, Altitude, Temp/Humidity,
Power can be displayed as watts, w/kg or as a % of CP and averaged as real-time, 3s, 10s, 30s, lap average or overall average.
Usability Features are also good and include Tones, Vibrations, Coloured Values, and Power Zone Guage (which occupies the top perimeter of the screen, see image above).
The only downside I’ve had with the beta is that it periodically crashes. I did a parkrun today and all was good on the latest (released) version.
I’ve also not been able to get a Stryd running plan to populate my Garmin Connect calendar or sync to my FR965. ie I’ve been unable to test out the native power run workout feature so far.
Temperature/humidity might not be recorded in the FIT file for Stryd Wind owners.
There are some excellent 3rd party developer data fields out there. But Stryd’s must be one of the most advanced of those produced by companies. Specifically, it’s impressive that Stryd integrates its sensor as well as the Garmin Plan/Workout/Training environment. The richness of the developer data metrics is impressive and wide-ranging, and the fact that it’s all been done within the scope of a CIQ data field rather than a CIQ app is impressive.
This is quite a big leap forward for Stryd and it chimes nicely when placed beside the new DUO footpods and FOOTPATH features.
Nothing is ever perfect or complete. I would expect that Stryd will next add more of the new DUO metrics to the Zones Data Filed (not FOOTPATH though).
Stryd Zones Compatability for newest features
- Fenix 7 Series & Pro Series
- FR245M, FR255 Series, FR265 Series, FR745, FR945/LTE, FR955, FR965
- Epix 2, Epix Pro
- Fenix 6 Pro Series
- Venu 2 Series
- Venu 2 Plus
- Venu 3 Series
- Vivoactive 5
- Marq 2 Series
- Approach S70 Series
- D2Air x10, D2 Mach1
- Descent MK3, MK2 & MK2S
Forerunner watch compatibility
Forerunner watches with Stryd Zones Data Fields and the Stryd Workout app:
- Forerunner® 55
- Forerunner® 245/245 Music
- Forerunner® 255/255 Music
- Forerunner® 265/265S
- Forerunner® 645/645 Music
- Forerunner® 745
- Forerunner® 935
- Forerunner® 945, 945/LTE
- Forerunner® 955/955 Solar
- Forerunner® 965
Forerunner watch with Stryd Zones Data Fields:
These watches will only support the Stryd Zones Data Fields.
- Forerunner® 735XT
- Forerunner® 230
- Forerunner® 235
- Forerunner® 630
- Forerunner® 920XT
- Forerunner® 910XT (Power in Cycling Mode and NO Stryd+ metrics unless via offline sync)
Fenix watch compatibility
Fenix watches with Stryd Zones Data Fields and the Stryd Workout app:
- fēnix® 5/5S, 5X, quatix® 5
- fēnix® 5 Plus/5S Plus/5X Plus/tactix® Charlie
- fēnix® 6/6 Pro, fēnix® 6 Sapphire
- fēnix® 6S/6S Pro, fēnix® 6S Sapphire, fēnix® 6S Pro Solar
- fēnix® 6X Pro, fēnix® 6X Sapphire, fēnix® 6X Pro Solar, tactix® Delta Sapphire
- fenix 7/7S/7X/Solar/Sapphire
- fēnix® Chronos
Fenix watches with Stryd Zones Data Fields:
These watches will only support the Stryd Zones Data Fields.
- fēnix® 3, quatix® 3, tactix® Bravo
- fēnix® 3 HR
- fēnix® 2 (Power in Cycling Mode and NO Stryd+ metrics unless via offline sync)
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