In 2012 whilst working for Garmin’s field testing team here in Cochrane, Alberta I was asked to suggest some ideas for what I thought the next big concepts might be in running technology. Without any hesitation I immediately said that I thought power was a no brainer. Rather than measuring indirect values of work through heart rate surely we should be measuring what we actually output at any time as power?
Fast forward to 2015 and Stryd announced their intentions as a kick starter project based in Colorado with ambitious plans to bring a power meter to market in a short time scale. I was one of the very first outsiders to back that original first wave project and duly became one of the first consumers in the world to receive one of the initial batch of chest strap type power meters.
Just over a year later and Stryd went one step further and released their follow-up. A small foot pod type sensor that could attach to the laces of the shoes, calculating power values close to the point of ground contact.
I have been using this foot pod power meter for almost a year now and what I can say is, its a brilliant piece of kit. Small, super light, durable and extremely reliable. Once paired with a watch receiving device such as Garmin Fr235 or a Garmin Fr735XT for example, the user can download the Stryd IQ app from the Connect IQ store and immediately record workout data incorporating power values.
One thing I’ve very impressed with since day one with Stryd has been their relentless commitment to keep improving the product and the useful metrics that the user can obtain from it. And all at no extra cost once the sensor has been purchased. I’ve also been very impressed by the way that they connect with their users via social media and listen to feedback and answer user questions. More than any other company that’s selling a running power meter solution today I think Stryd have really taken on the power meter challenge and capitalised on it in a very positive way.
The sensor retails on the Stryd website for $199. And on this site you can find a comprehensive list of exactly which watches are currently supported.