Author Archives: Ray Maker

First Ride: Garmin Varia Vision–Heads Up Display

Today Garmin introduced their first heads up display, the Varia Vision.  The $399 heads up display takes data such as speed, power, and even approaching cars from the Varia Radar – and plops it up on a small screen at … Read More Here

Hands-on: Garmin’s new Fenix3 HR with optical HR, new Fenix3 bands, major software update

Today at CES Garmin has introduced three new fitness devices, first up is the new Fenix3 with optical HR (called the Fenix3 HR), along with many new variants thereof.  Then there’s the Tactix Bravo, which is a Fenix3 sibling of … Read More Here

Polar Balance Scale In-Depth Review

Today Polar announced that they’ve joined the weight scale club and are now making their own Bluetooth Smart scale. This scale integrates straight into the Polar Flow ecosystem. You step on the scale, and it then syncs to your phone, … Read More Here

Welcome to CES 2016!

Yup, it’s that time of year again – when tech blogs the world around explode with news about fancy new gadgets at CES (Consumer Electronics Show).  All sadly mere days after you just finished unwrapping new Christmas gadgets.  Such is the … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Whoa – it was a crazy weekend spanning two transatlantic flights, three countries, and a whole lot of busy. 1) Flew Back from US/Canada After I wrapped up my run in Newark, it was time to head home back across the … Read More Here

Week in Review–January 3rd, 2016

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered … Read More Here

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A Newark Airport Layover Runaround

I figured I’d share a brief runaround from this past Thursday, if for no other reason than a bit of entertainment. We were working our way back home from St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada) to Paris when we found ourselves with … Read More Here

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Giveaway Winner: The You Didn’t Get What You Wanted $500 Gadget Giveaway

This past week was the giveaway for all those left disappointed by their Christmas tree offerings.  No, not the pine needles, but rather the lack of proper sport gadgetry!  Some 5,928 of you entered in expressing some form of displeasure … Read More Here

A Few Days of Christmas in Seattle

So I’m running a wee bit behind on getting posts up, as I’m currently underwater with Consumer Electronics Show (CES) related prep posts for next week.  But I figured I’d fill in some of the non-tech things that we’ve been … Read More Here

The Didn’t Get What You Wanted $500 Gadget Giveaway

I’m sure many of you received various sports gadgets over the last few weeks as part of the holidays.  But for those unlucky elves who received a half-eaten gel packet in their Christmas stocking from their not-so-significant others, I’ve got … Read More Here

The Wahoo KICKR Desk In-Depth Review

It’s been over 5 years since Wahoo’s first product, the Wahoo Fisica ANT+ adapter for the iPhone.  That was later renamed to the Wahoo Fitness Key.  Then came the BlueHR, a Bluetooth Smart heart rate strap.  But their ‘breakout’ product … Read More Here

Week in Review–December 27th, 2015

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered … Read More Here

How to get your trainer apps on the big screen

With the explosion of new trainer apps over the last few years, many of us are running apps on numerous platforms – from iOS to Android to Windows.  Not to mention numerous form factors such as tablets, phones, and desktops.  … Read More Here

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A Few Days in New York City

Last week The Girl, Lucy, and I jetted away from Paris to the US for what will be a bit of a whirlwind trip around the country for the holidays.  The first stop on the list was New York City, … Read More Here

Polar rolls out Strava Automatic Sync

Earlier this morning Polar rolled out their long awaited (and previously promised) ability to automatically sync Polar Flow activities to Strava.  This means that upon completion of an activity, the activity data will automatically sync to Strava’s site.  No more … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

There happens to be a few weekends each year that we know will be crazy busy…and this is one of them.  It’s just a bit of a stars aligning sorta of things, where every possible event is on one weekend … Read More Here

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The 2nd Annual DCR Open House–Recap and Photos!

This Saturday was the 2nd Annual DCR Open House.  I announced it back in November, and was super-excited that so many folks made the trek to the DCR Cave in Paris, both from just across town as well as all … Read More Here

Week in Review–December 13th, 2015

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 630 In-Depth Review

It’s been almost two months since Garmin announced the FR630, alongside the new Garmin FR230 & FR235.  They started shipping the FR630 about 5 weeks ago, and I’ve been using it on and off since, in conjunction with the other … Read More Here

Polar A360 In-Depth Review

It’s been about a month since Polar announced their latest wearable – the A360.  This would be their first entrant into the optical HR sensor world, a key milestone for a company that’s effectively built its entire reputation and company … Read More Here

4iiii Precision Power Meter In-Depth Review

It’s been about 8 months since 4iiii began shipping their Precision power meters to buyers, which is a small pod affixed to your crank arm.  When the company announced their entrance into the market in September 2014, they had planned … Read More Here

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A Grand Budapest Weekend

This past weekend we flew the quick two hours over to Budapest, Hungary to enjoy a long weekend in this Eastern European capital city.  Many of our friends had made similar trips last winter, and all found it far exceeded … Read More Here

Week in Review–Dec 6th, 2015

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered … Read More Here

PowerTap C1 Chainring Power Meter In-Depth Review

This past spring, as part of a bunch of announcements, PowerTap announced their C1 chainring power meter.  This announcement was coupled with that of the PowerTap P1 pedals, all of which complement their existing PowerTap G3 hub based power meter.  … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Just a quick FYI/Reminder: I’ve added some new Cyber Monday deals including $110+ off on Garmin Epix, and my favorite Scosche Rhythm+ for 25% off, plus others like the Fenix3 deal end tonight. Full listing here! 1) Chateau Cake Deliveries … Read More Here