Garmin Running Power App is here – News | GadFit

December 9, 2017

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.

garmin running power on FR935

The compatible devices are all the wearables from the Fenix 5 series, the Fenix Chronos, and the Forerunner 935.

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.

garmin running power screen grab

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.

Garmin Running dynamics pod multiple angle

At present, only Garmin’s running dynamics pod, HRM-Tri and HRM-Run are compatible with the new Garmin running power app. 3rd party devices need not apply.

stryd picture

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.

Source: Garmin


  • Reply the5krunner December 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    if you are a recreational runner then you might use HR zones? or RPE Zones? or maybe even pace zones/targets. Why not power zones. all the aforesaid zones are fine but how do your HR zones or pace zones work when there are hills involved…especially in SG…lot of hills there, no?

    i doubt vahr/va3 will have GRP. GRP justifies the premium price of Garmin’s premium cash cows.

    • Reply Michael S December 9, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Hello there!

      HR zones/ pace targets across devices are common. A 12km/hr run is near identical across all wearables. Power may differ since there isn’t a distinct common standard for measurement or computation. Ray describes it the best in his website when he detailed the power readings for Garmin Dynamic Running Pod vs Stryd vs Runscribe Plus.

      The tallest hill we have is 164m. Plenty of 20m elevations around here if you count that as hills.

      You’re right about the VA3, I was hoping to hear the official from Garmin on that one.


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