Review: Nurrv Run delivers elite data through iPhone and Apple Watch

Nurrv Run provides an edge to runners who are looking to shed time and improve running technique by delivering premium coaching and performance metrics directly to your iPhone and Apple Watch.

As we introduced in the spring, the Nurvv Run is a $299 insole with a detachable tracker. They fit under the sole of your current shoe with the tracker conveniently attached to the outer rim of the shoe. The insoles relay the data to the clip-on rechargeable trackers using 16 pressure sensors on each foot. The rechargeable trackers last for about five hours with the embedded GPS, Bluetooth, and ANT radios. These smart insoles give you professional trainer-level data and insights to improve your running form and deliver the tools to make you run faster.

Getting started

The setup is simple and starts with the size selection. Nurvv’s insoles have six size variations for women and five for men and slide nicely under the shoe’s sole. There is a slight inconvenience for shoes with an embedded sole, like the Nike VaporFLY Next, but it can still be used on top of the sole. Once the insole is in place, the ribbon then clips to the outer edge, where the tracker will be attached.

After turning the trackers on, which are controlled by buttons on each tracker, you’ll need to connect them via Bluetooth on your phone and the Nurvv App (available on Android and iOS).

The Nurvv App brings tons of data to the table, such as distance, pace, time, step length, pronation, footstrike, and even training load. There is a summary page that gives an overall score, and you can even dig further into the data for even more tips on improving performance.

For outdoor runs, you’ll need to show some patience during the setup to ensure you have proper GPS calibration; this will require you to be outside and standing still. To receive the full guidance and data regarding your run, you’ll need to carry an iPhone or an Apple Watch to relay the information. I run with the Apple Watch Series 4, so it worked very conveniently for me. The one caveat is that you’ll need the iPhone to start the run, then choose to use the Apple Watch for that run. I’m a less-is-more runner who dislikes carrying my phone, so the intuitive Apple Watch setup complements the running experience.

Running with Nurrv Run

Once you’re running, getting the Nurvv Run’s guidance takes a little more patience. Full setup requires a quick calibration run (inside or outside), so the App can adequately learn the running speed, style, and other relevant data.  

You then get access to the various workouts, such as the Technique workout, where you will set a target score based on the data from your first run. The score is factored on how strenuous a run you will perform; the higher the score, the more challenging it is. The App will show the estimated pace and finish time while providing the step length target cadence to meet the goal.