Called the Altra IQ powered by iFit, this sneaker has a lot of features that we really haven’t seen before. Some of the technology has been around for awhile—sensors in the shoe that send feedback to a smartphone app, for example—but here’s what makes this sneaker unique:
- Individualized sensors in each sneaker send unique data for each foot, meaning you can easily identify the imbalances that often lead to injury.
- The scope of the data collected is unparalleled: Not only will you receive information about your pace and distance, the sensors will also provide feedback on your foot strike, landing zone, impact rate and more…that’s the kind of info you can usually only collect with an in-office gait analysis.
- Data is relayed in real time: instead of waiting until the end of your run to see what your stride was like, the shoe will provide live stride coaching (both on screen and with audible prompts) to immediately correct problems before they have a chance to cause damage.
Altra founder Golden Harper says: “"Many running injuries can be prevented by learning an efficient, low-impact running form. However, it can be really hard to analyze running form on yourself. This shoe is designed to help make runners more efficient and to extend the running career of road and trail warriors out there."
The price tag is a little steep—$220 dollars a pair—but if the shoe delivers on all its promises, it may just be worth the investment. Have any of my readers tried it? We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback so please share away!