I received the email to purchase the NPE Runn, which of course I snapped up straight away today
Having said that, I also have a Stryd footpod. So my plan is to still use the Stryd footpod for my speed and cadence data, and of course power data. I will use the NPE Runn for the incline data.
The thing is, like a lot of people, I prefer to train with power. There’s been previous posts in the past to request including run power in Zwift. For now, power data doesn’t exist in Zwift for running activities. Power is neither displayed, nor logged. I see that in the past there were “hacks” for the Mac (no longer available) to log the run power.
There is the Runcline app which allows you to manually change the incline to in order to recalculate the power data based on the incline of the treadmill. The Stryd app also allows you manually change the incline to in order to recalculate the power data.
There’s also Xert which allows you to train and visualize your training by power.
At the moment, for running on a treadmill, there’s no definitive tool to use for training with power and incline.
With Stryd being used by many runners, and now the NPE Runn available and probably become the “mainstream” device for treadmill training on Zwift, now is the time for Zwift to re-devlop their software and become the number one training tool for running on a treadmill with both power and incline
So, Zwift, please, please, please, please seriously consider the following types of feature updates to fully support power and incline:
if the treadmill runner has power meter (such as Stryd footpod) and NPE Runn, recalculate the ‘incline compensated’ power (similar to that used by RunCline or Stryd app)
power displayed and logged
power based training plans created externally in training peaks or Xert to be able to be imported
existing run based Zwift run training plans “converted” so they can be used with a runner’s critical power (referred to as TP in Xert)
This list is a start. I’m sure other runners out there will want to add other items to this feature list