Stryd Footpath – Adds first major new feature – Mapping Visualisation

Stryd Footpath – Adds first major new feature with Mapping Visualisation

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September 2022 saw the current generation Stryd running pod for the first time. It boasts wind power and more frequent data points to increase accuracy amongst other improvements. Roll on another year to October 2023 and Stryd introduced the ability to use two Wind Pods together as Stryd DUO. With similar effects to before, two pods mean twice as many data points which will increase responsiveness and will probably also increase accuracy in runners with an asymetric gait. There are now the predictable dual-sided metrics although strangely lacking in stride length and power balances. They will come, I guess.

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but what Stryd Duo also brought was a wholly new feature called FOOTPATH. Stryd DUO now continuously captures your foot motion in 3D. This is a ground-breaking yet superficially interesting development. For a few hours, I was fascinated to behold the gait asymmetries I had long suspected. Then I, and others, quickly got to the ‘SO WHAT?’ stage.


STRYD FOOTPATH – quick overview plus Example

I reassured one reader here that Stryd ‘had to start somewhere with Footpath, and this was it’. Luckily I was right and today we see the first of, hopefully, many new Stryd Duo and Footpath-related features. This time Stryd’s new MAPPING feature lets you view the FOOTPATH VISUALISATIONS that correspond with GPS segments on a map. You can identify the hills, trails, and road sections to get a richer understanding of how a runner adapts to changing surfaces.

Stryd foresees FOOTPATH helping with injury recovery tracking, fatigue monitoring, drill effectiveness, footwear choices and performance changes…a deeper understanding of running.

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More, please. And feedback on what aspects of running technique to change and how to change it.



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12 thoughts on “Stryd Footpath – Adds first major new feature – Mapping Visualisation

  1. how you like the new pods and all the data? worth an update? my pods battery is losing charge more rapidly than before. I have to charge it before every run now. That is why it scares me paying for rechargeable batteries. My pod is right at 2 years old. did they mention anything about a better battery in the US we only get a 1 year warranty.

    1. i did have a charge issue but that seems to have gone away, I suspect the device was staying active when not in use. fine now.
      personally i dont get much benefit fro mthe new dual sided metrics. you might, its a personal thing.
      i’m happy with the supposedly more responsive pods and use them multiple times a week.
      I don’t think it’s worth an upgrade to duo but upgrading from an earlier non-wind model would be a good move i reckon.

  2. My Stryd pod is older than that and I don’t ever even think about the battery, it’s great. (Unlike my FR 965 which is burning through battery at 2% an hour and I can’t figure out why)

    Anyway, I guess it’s kinda telling that I was an early adopter of Stryd, monitor watts on every run, evaluate watts against pace/HR after every run and in general love using my Stryd and would replace it instantly if I lost it….

    …however I feel almost no pull whatsoever to upgrade to 2 of them for the Stryd Duo experience.

  3. Howgh!

    I still feel that Stryd’s main benefit for me to have an absurdly accurate distance. I am running with Enduro and was running with Fenix 6X. I could not fall in love with the power data of Stryd (Stryd with wind in my case), even if I tried hard. Except for the very short term bursts (upto 10-15 seconds) which was a good fun when I tried to break my records.

    To be honest for some reason it is so natural for me to keep a good “pacing” even running on rolling terrain in terms of constant watt. While it is much tougher when cycling. Maybe because in the former the bigger part of my body is involved in the exerted power.

    So I need Stryd until I will buy a watch with such a reliable distance measurement as Stryd provides.


    1. the time-based records are a good thing to aim for. they demonstrate breakthroughs in fitness.
      if you use something like golden cheetah you can display a 21-day CP chart, and tht’s probably about the right period of time to reflect fitness/impact loss, then you can continually see positive training actions/breakthroughs to give you confidence in whichever plan you follow

      1. Is there a reason the Stryd Powercenter duration curve isn’t effective for this kind of analysis?

      2. i tend to look at the one in golden cheetah . simply a 5 second visual check.
        but the powercenter one shows actual vs modelled, pretty much the same thing. i cant recall if you can make it larger to make the breakthroughs more obvious (where actual and modelled intersect).
        goldencheetah isn’t perfect, sometimes the actual can be higher than the modelled which is wrong but a mathematical quirk. (you set the curve parameters to generate model values at certain time durations eg 1 minute, 5 minutes, 20 minutes, 60 minutes…something like that) then the gaps are filled in and if you’ve done a 4 minute pb then it might be higher than the filled in values. the calculations are quite intensive i think and so creating the modelled cirve at every second would be too intensive (or something along those lines, hope i’m explaining well enough)

  4. Thanks – powercenter will actually let you compare two different data ranges too – but it defaults to the last 90 days against the modelled curve.

    1. Fyki I found some (small) mistakes in the short term values of Powercenter power curve. The most evident was that an activity had a max like 644 watt while my all time max was just 639 watt. I reported it, I was neglected, so i created my custom data fields for peak power of 1 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec etc in the desktop based Sporttracks sw which will run on my laptops until the End of (my Life (pun intended and sent to Aaron)

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