The Garmin Running Dynamics Pod works in unison with one of the few compatible Garmin smartwatches that are on the market. Unfortunately, you cannot use this product as a stand-alone tracker, but it is fantastic when used with the smartwatch. You can get six different metrics sent directly to your watch for a more accurate and detailed analysis of your runs. Customers love the affordable price and how easy it is to use. If you own, or are planning on owning, a Garmin smartwatch and you want to be able to gather more data on your runs then the Garmin Running Dynamics Pod is the perfect product for you.
You simply connect your pod to your Garmin device through the sensors menu (like you would with any other Garmin sensor) and once it is paired there are no other options for the pod. You will get your running dynamics given to you on your watch while you are running and afterward you will get a summary of your data with all of your metrics. One thing customers find nice is that at the end of your run you will get a notification on your watch telling you to remember to remove the pod, as it is so small and lightweight a lot of people forget to remove it when they are done.
The cadence is the number of steps that you are taking each minute (both left and right steps combined). Your ground contact time balance shows you the amount of time balanced on each foot when you are running, your stat is showed in a percentage with an arrow either pointing left or right. The arrow shows which was the dominant foot. Your stride is measured in meters, it is the length of your steps from one footfall to the next. Ground contact time is measured in milliseconds and it is the amount of time you spend on the ground when you are running. Vertical oscillation is the bounce in your step when you are running, it is measured in centimeters for each step. Finally, the vertical ratio is the ratio between the vertical oscillation and a stride length, it is displayed as a percentage, the lower the number the better your running form is.
It may seem like a lot of jargon but all of the stats work together with your other Garmin gear to make sure you can track just about anything you need to when you are running. The more you know the better you can perform.
Most customers have stated that they had no problems when it comes to connecting to their device, but there were a couple runners who said they had some problems keeping the pod connected. They would be in the middle of their runs and kept getting disconnection messages on their watch.
In order to use the Garmin Running Dynamics Pod, you will have to purchase, if you do not already own one, a compatible Garmin smartwatch. The pod cannot be used on its own without one. You connect the pod to the watch and they work together to send your metrics to the Garmin Connect app on your smartphone.
-Tracks cadence, stride length, left and right balance, verticle oscillation, vertical ratio, and ground contact time
-Sends your metrics to your Garmin watch
-Automatically turns on and off