Have y’all heard about the new smart socks? The ones that can help you improve speed, pace, cadence, form, foot strike and help you correct your form.
The socks are from Sensoria and according to the information provided on the company’s website, here’s how they work.
The Sensoria smart socks have three proprietary textile sensors built into the bottom of the socks which detect foot pressure. The data collected by the sensors is relayed to the anklet which is attached magnetically below the cuff of the sock. You then pair the socks with your smart phone using the sensoria fitness app. The app even features a virtual coach who monitors you in real time and gives you audio or video commands.
These pressure sensors can tell you, in real-time, when you’re landing on the ball of your foot or heel striking. Imagine being able to correct your form before you possibly injure yourself. Take a look at the video explaining how the socks work.
According to the company, the socks weigh less than an ounce and can track activity for up to 6 hours.
I love the fact that you can monitor your cadence. As someone who does this already using the Garmin Foreunner 620, I can tell you that this data is invaluable. I will admit though that have a tendency to doubt the accuracy of the Garmin data regarding my cadence. These socks might just be a more accurate way to measure. The geek in me really wants to compare the two.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, you can totally wash them.
There is one thing that concerns me and that’s the ankle monitor. I don’t even like to wear my heart rate monitor when I’m running, so I could see the ankle thing irritating me. I’d have to try it out first to make sure it wouldn’t annoy me.
The company offers a fitness bundle which includes 2 pairs of socks, the ankle monitor, charger and the app. But at 199 dollars, it’s a bit pricey, and I’m not sure how many tracking devices I actually need on my body at one time. I already use my garmin, and occasionally the HRM that came with it. That being said, I do love analytics and data and this is just more information that could help me to become a better runner. I’m all about that.
They are currently out of stock but after I see some more reviews and as I hear more about the product, I may decide to take the plunge and invest.
What do you think? Have you heard about the Sensoria Smart Socks?
Do you think these socks will be informative or helpful?
Or do you think you would have any issues wearing them, like rubbing, pinching, blisters, etc.? (This is my concern.)