Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Altra IQ, Now Were Getting Somewhere!

Everything is trying to connect your life and what you do. Nike tried this 10+ years ago, now Altra Running is integrating the electronics into the shoe itself. The price itself is a bit steep, but if you carry your phone and want to analyze every step you take this is the shoe to wear.

Impact Rate:
The Altra IQ's dual shoe sensors allow you to monitor how hard you hit the ground with each step. The app provides a view of your overall impact rate as well as your left to right balance, providing you with the live data and coaching tips that you need to react mid run, and ultimately helping you to become a lighter, more efficient, and balanced runner.

Cadence is the live "pulse" of your run and a key factor in your form, foot strike, and efficiency. Our live cadence tracking and timely coaching tips will help you keep your turnover at the appropriate rate for your current running pace, helping you become a more fluid running machine.

Ground Contact Time:
Ground Contact Time (GCT) is the amount of time each individual foot spends on the ground during your stride. GCT is a great informational metric to use in coordination with cadence and impact force/balance, helping you find the best stride for your body geometry.

Live Coaching:

  • Virtually undetectable, razor-thin sensors are embedded in each of the shoe’s midsoles
  • Live run-data is sent from the quad accelerometers to the Altra IQ App to be analyzed
  • Just like a coach, the IQ experience monitors your movements and provides real-time coaching and feedback to improve and streamline your running technique.

This of course is just an app, now pair with shoes and BAM you have all the features live, however you must run with your phone.
Altra Running
"We've taken the Torin, our best-selling road shoe, and added IQ technology to provide you with live feedback on foot strike, cadence, impact rate and contact time. The Torin IQ's razor-thin footbed sensors provide onboard coaching to help you improve your technique and form on-the-run. The updated reflective upper and asymmetrical lacing allow you to enjoy your run in comfort and safety. This neutral workhorse has a 28 mm stack height and a smooth, forgiving, plush ride thanks to the responsive A-Bound™ compound in the midsole. Let your foot biomechanics work freely with the combination of the toe-wiggling FootShape™ toe box and the natural foot positioning allowed by the fully cushioned ZeroDrop™ platform."

At $220, you have to be serious.