Stryd Running Power Meter review
The Stryd Running Power Meter, the only one on the market at the moment, scored an impressive 88% and got awarded Editor's Choice when we put it through its paces
By using advanced accelerometer technology, Stryd are offering the advantages of power analysis to runners. The first generation Stryd was a little pod that clipped onto your shorts, but this final commercial version is neatly incorporated into a traditional heart-rate strap.
The set-up is incredibly easy. Download the free mobile app, pair it with the chest strap and run. Your phone will show you time, distance, pace, heart rate and running wattage. You can also pair the strap with a number of watches. With our tester’s Garmin 910XT, you’ve the option of either using it in cycling mode, where it’ll display power, cadence and heart rate or, pairing it as a foot-pod in running mode, where power will replace the cadence field. At the moment only the Suunto Ambit offers full functionality in running mode but Stryd hope as more users embrace the product, firmware updates to address this will be made available.
Once you’ve completed a critical power test on a running track, with audio cues from the app, you get running power zones. These seem to tally very well with heart-rate zones and, most importantly, seem consistent with perceived effort on hilly terrain. What’s interesting is playing with your technique and cadence and seeing the impact on power. Using the Stryd as a tool for developing an efficient and economical running style could be one of its main benefits.
The Stryd Power Centre analysis software works well, is intuitive to use and allows for automatic synching with Garmin Connect, TrainingPeaks and Strava. It gives in-depth analysis of workouts that’ll please even the biggest data geeks.
Verdict: A couple of wrinkles and compatibility issues to sort but an exciting product 88%