Garmin is a great pairing with Stryd, and many watches are fully compatible with Stryd delivering both power data and superior pace and distance, compared to GPS. However, there are some watches that only have partial compatibility with Stryd. This article will cover what 'full compatibility' means, and which watches fall into that category.
In addition, Stryd has announced a membership (free until the first half of 2021) which adds training plans, guided workouts, and additional analytics to your Stryd experience via the Stryd Workout App on compatible Connect IQ 3.0 Garmin Watches.
What is 'Full Compatibility' with Stryd?
Whether you're considering Stryd for power-based training and racing, or simply interested in the best pace and distance you can get, not every watch enjoys full functionality with Stryd (though we try our best). So what is full compatibility?
1) Power via Connect IQ
Most Garmin watches are now able to use Connect IQ apps which is how Stryd's power metric is delivered in real-time to your watch. With some older watches, power can't be displayed without a workaround. Stryd Zones is the preferred data field for displaying power. It allows you to see two power fields: realtime, 3-sec avg, 10-sec avg, lap average. You can also view your current zone when displayed as a single screen, or a single power average alongside your other metrics. Find Stryd Zones in the Connect IQ store here.
2) Stryd+ metrics
When you sync your watch with Connect IQ after a run, Stryd can send along a variety of other unique metrics measured directly from the foot: form power, ground contact time, leg spring stiffness, vertical oscillation, and wind power.
3) Stryd Structured Workouts (only on Connect IQ 3.0 watches)
Stryd training plans (and other 3rd party plans) are delivered via the Stryd Workout App, available on the Connect IQ store. Compatible watches can deliver a guided workout experience right to your wrist! See a list here.
4) Pace and distance from Stryd with GPS enabled
This means that your watch will receive pace and distance from Stryd, while still picking up your GPS path (and showing it post-run). In some Garmin watches this isn't possible, and you must have GPS off (losing your post-run map) to receive pace and distance from Stryd.
Fully Compatible with Structured Workouts
This list comprises watches that can enjoy the full range of benefits from Stryd including structured workouts via Connect IQ 3.0. The list is long, but in alphabetical order, still, consider using your browser's search function to search for your watch. Below this list are watches with partial compatibility (note: click here if you own a Fenix 5/5S).
fēnix® 5/5S, 5X, quatix® 5
fēnix® 5 Plus/5S Plus/5X Plus/tactix® Charlie
fēnix® 6/6 Pro, fēnix® 6 Sapphire
fēnix® 6S/6S Pro, fēnix® 6S Sapphire
fēnix® 6X Pro, fēnix® 6X Sapphire, fēnix® 6X Pro Solar, tactix® Delta Sapphire
Fully Compatible without Structured Workouts
fēnix® 3, quatix® 3, tactix® Bravo
fēnix® 3 HR
Fully Compatible with 'Distance from Stryd' Limitations (Can receive pace from Stryd but GPS must be off to receive distance from Stryd)
Fully Compatible Watches with 'Pace/Distance from Stryd' Limitations (Must turn off GPS if you want pace & distance from Stryd)
Some watches that can receive power from Stryd, but NOT pace and distance (unless GPS is disabled) are listed below. Also, these watches do receive Stryd+ metrics. (note: click here if you own a Vivoactive 3).
The Stryd | Workout app will not work on older watches. The watch must run at least Connect IQ version 3.0 or higher to support the Stryd | Workout app. The app is only needed to have guided, structured workouts on the watch. In the list below, only Garmin Venu and VicoActive 4 support the workout app.
Venu, Venu SQ
Forerunner® 910XT (Power in Cycling Mode and NO Stryd+ metrics unless via offline sync)
fēnix® 2 (Power in Cycling Mode and NO Stryd+ metrics unless via offline sync)
vívoactive® 4, GarminActive (Compatible with Stryd Workout App for training)
vívoactive® 4S, GarminActive S (Compatible with Stryd Workout App for training)
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