Zwift RunPod / MilestonePod looks like a simple running foot pod, but it provides loads of in-depth data on your running technique. But more importantly, it is a very reasonably priced way of getting into Zwift Running. #ZwiftGearTest for one, please!
Zwift RunPod / MilestonePod Running Pod Review – Zwift Running at Low Cost – #ZwiftGearTest
As the Zwiftcast’s interview with Jon Mayfield recently revealed, it *feels* like Zwift Running may soon be coming out of “hobby status” and into a full-blown, mainstream Zwift feature. Given the amount of work, the guys at ZwiftHQ are putting into things – have a listen to this extract of Simon’s always silky voice.
To get Zwift running, up and well running, you need to be able to communicate to Zwift your pace. The two products at the current extremes of the Zwift Running kit scale are the Stryd foot pod, coming in at £199, and then Treadmill Smart Speed phone app which comes in at a distinctly more palatable £4.99, but with the need to wear a phone armband
The MilestonePod foot pod comes in closer towards the bottom end of the scale, at £35 from Amazon for the UK, or direct from Zwift at $29.99 if you want the Zwift branding – in both cases making it the cheapest hardware option for getting into Zwift Running. However the Milestone is far from a dumb foot pod and is clearly designed to help you learn more about your running style, so you’re are going to get a wealth of information from this little device. In fact, the only major thing it can’t do is power when running. If I were a rival foot pod manufacturer, I’d be wondering how they hit their price point!
So let’s take a closer look at the MilestonePod Footpod!
Zwift RunPod / MilestonePod – Device Design
The MilestonePod arrives in a small, black, svelte box, which opens up to reveal the pod nestled on an orange background.
So what do you get in the box? You have the MilestonePod in itself, quick start guide, a little Milestone sticker, and a Cr2032 battery
The actual MilestonePod is quite small, a subtle “M” on the centre. There is a slight texturing to the lower portion of the device, which breaks up the otherwise plain black plastic. Overall the MilestonePod is a very unassuming package, which will quickly disappear when you attached the pod on your shoe, especially if they are dark in colour…unlike my yellow Nikes!
The back of the unit twists off to allow your shoelaces to pass through, and is then secured by turning the back plate to get a “click”. The click sound is something the company refer to several times in the app, and their literature generally, to ensure that the user can be assured that the unit doesn’t come detached
The MilestonePod lace openings initially appear a little small, but I had to, apply more pressure to attach the unit to Salomon cable laces, than regular flat, but thicker, shoelaces!
Regarding other foot pods which can get you connected to on Zwift Running, the MilestonePod is just slightly larger than the Stryd foot pod, especially in depth, but is considerably more svelte than the gargantuan Polar S3 foot pod.
SO with the foot pod installed, time to test things out!
Zwift RunPod / MilestonePod Specifications and Metrics
- Battery life: 6-8 months of use per battery change
- Battery: CR2032
- Communications: BlueTooth Smart
- Weight: 13g with battery
- Water resistance: IPX 67
- Storage: The Milestone foot pod can store about 20hrs of run/walk data before you need to sync
- Auto detects run: Once cadence passes 100 SPM for >6mins, the Pod will start to record, and include those previous six mins of activity. Conversely when doing <100SPM for >6mins the pod will call the run over
Zwift RunPod / MilestonePod MilestonePod Manual
Milestone has a quick start manual which can be found HERE