The Zpower vs Power debate really can’t be argued on the “training” aspect.
Zpower users do not in any way affect the way you train, how hard you train, and the duration of your training. So lets stop making that argument.
What the Zpower ‘fliers’ do however, is distract from the overall “gaming” experience, and that is how this needs to be viewed. As a gaming experience and the entertainment value.
What is Zwift supposed to offer over its competitors like Tour de Giro, BKool Virtual, and the rest of those?
It’s supposed to offer an entertaining, free ride environment (for the most part) with the ability to compete against each other in an ongoing competition basically.
It has leaderboards for certain things.
Now when you break that away from the rest of the games, and away from the training aspect, you’re left with still a very buggy, easily cheated, environment that they want 10 dollars a month for.
The training portion of zwift is a joke right now. I get tons more features out of Trainer Road, and am able to not only get access to hundreds of pre-defined workouts, but the ability to create my own (which I have/do).
If I want to race against others though, I’m going to have to say Tour De Giro is still much further ahead that Zwift.
Don’t get me wrong, Zwift looks good. But it’s competition does the stuff that matters, better. So much better.
Zwift still doesn’t offer the ability to create your own workouts, does not offer private instances/races, does not offer the ability to choose between multiple “maps”, or the ability to upload your own gpx data to create your own course.
For being in the Beta for a year, I do not actually see features in Zwift worth paying for yet. It still feels very much the same as it did a year ago to me in experience.
I’m a Strava Premium member, so I’ll get my 2 months out of it, but I don’t see using it past that until I see several things fix, and this Zpower Flier issue I brought up very early on, as I have a Fluid 2 trainer that I tested it with (I use a KICKR for my training), and noted how it was off.
A lot of the issues could be remidied by them creating a max power output for a trainer. The Fluid2 I know is around 800watts for a max ceiling, so given that, I shouldn’t be able to push a 10w/kg
So to sum up, as a training tool, Zwift is limited, but for just logging in and riding and pushing as hard as you can for training purposes, Zpower flier does not affect you, cause to be honest, the point of training is to focus on you.
However, from an entertainment standpoint, and competition standpoint, Zpower flier does, and that takes away from the overall gaming experience that the whole Jersey system is supposed to add to it.