Phone-Connected Shoe Designed To Make Running Safer
Altra has designed a new type of shoe that helps runners perfect their technique and avoid injury
Seeing your running data can be both satisfying and motivating, but running faster and longer doesn’t always mean ‘safer.’ While many fitness tracers and sensors focus solely on pace and distance, a brand new pair of Altra running shoes is here to help you with your technique.
Powered by iFit technology, Altra Torin IQ shoes are equipped with full-length, thin sensors and transmitters embedded in the midsole of each shoe. During the run, the shoes communicate directly with the Altra IQ iFit app through Bluetooth to analyze the runner’s landing zone, impact rate, contact time and cadence in real time. In addition, the app also tracks more basic metrics such as pace, distance and time.
The app then analyzes the data and gives the runner verbal clues on how to improve their form to avoid injuries and increase their efficiency. The live coaching tips guide athletes to make changes to their posture, arm swing and cadence in efforts to correct and optimize landing. Since sensors are hidden in each shoe, runners get separate results for both their feet which helps tackle the imbalances and could, for example, help find a reason why only one knee or ankle hurts during the run.
“Many running injuries can be prevented by learning efficient, low-impact running form. However, it can be really hard to analyze running form on yourself,” said Altra founder Golden Harper.
“This shoe is designed to help make runners more efficient and to extend the running career of road and trail warriors out there. Intelligence is power, and Altra Torin IQ can provide insights like nothing else.”
Altra Torin IQ is set to retail for $220.
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