First spoken about by DCRainmaker when he visited the ANT+ symposium in October, the new Garmin running power app has officially arrived! Coincidentally, Stryd e-mailed out a white paper of their running power meter as evaluated indoors on a treadmill via force plates. Looks like things are heating up slowly.
One of the requirements for the availability of running power app on these selected devices is the presence of a barometer. So what about the older devices such as Vivoactive HR or Fenix 3 HR with barometers you might ask. Well, the second requirement is that the wearables must run Connect IQ version 2.4 or later. So that means Garmin Vivoactive 3 should be compatible then? I’m waiting for Garmin to reply on this one.
As you can see above, those are the 5 running power apps on Connect IQ, all “products” of GarminLabs. Garmin has put up a pretty informative FAQ on how the running power is computed and how it is used and you should check it out before using giving it a run.
I haven’t gotten round to trying the running power metrics but you can check out DCrainmaker for details.
Back in June 2017, I got myself a Stryd, intrigued by the running power metrics. It was sold a short while later as the readings were of little use to me for a $199 USD wearable. Neither did I post a review since I knew very little about running power. To date, there’s still no norm readings for running power.
I have to clarify, my workout levels are recreational in nature and I’m not gunning to qualify for Boston marathon so those might be contributing factors.
Still I’m keen to try out the new Garmin running power feature because it’s an add-on feature rather than a new-purchase capability. This will no doubt make a lot of Garmin loyalists happy and perhaps get people to upgrade to the more current batch of Garmin wearable.