Product Reviews

Over the course of the past few years, I’ve reviewed a number of products. Most of them, it’s simply because I went out and bought the product and gave it a whirl. In some cases, it’s because a company sent me their product to review. I differentiate within each review how I came about the product. I tend to be super-detailed in my reviews – some might even say over the top. That’s just my style, leave no stone unturned! If you have any questions about any of my reviews, feel free to leave a comment at the end of each post.

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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

4iiii Dual Sided Power Meter: A Short Test Ride

Last Friday while on the way to the airport from Kananaskis (in the mountains for the ANT+ Symposium) to Calgary I swung by the 4iiii headquarters in Cochrane.  The time I had was rather limited, as I was super time-boxed … Read More Here

4iiii’s Introduces $399 Power Meter, Precision: My First Ride With It

4iiii’s has kicked off what will be a frenzy of power meter activity here at Interbike this week.  In doing so, as the post headline implies, they’ve jumped onboard with the plans to further drive the price of power meters … Read More Here

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4iiii’s Viiiiva ANT+ to Bluetooth Smart Bridge & Heart Rate Strap In-Depth Review

A bit under a year ago 4iiii’s announced the first device on the market to bridge the gap between ANT+ accessories and Bluetooth Smart enabled phones.  In doing so, they potentially opened up the door to saving users from having … Read More Here

In Depth Review of the 4iiii Sport-iiiis ANT+ Heads Up Display System

It’s been almost a year to the day since we first heard about a small company called 4iiii, which aims to bring a heads up display system to a pair of sunglasses near you.  Over the past year they’ve been … Read More Here

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Everything you need to know: GoPro’s New Hero5 Cameras & Karma Drone

(Latest Update: September 24th, 2016 – 12:30PM EST) Today GoPro announced three new action cameras, a drone, and a rather interesting flotilla of accessories.  These include a handheld gimbal, external microphone/remote combos, and even a nifty $19 adapter to quickly … Read More Here

Cycliq Fly12 Bike Light/Camera In-Depth Review

It’s been over a year since Cycliq first introduced their Fly12 combo bike light and HD camera.  While the road to shipping was certainly longer and bumpier than the company wanted, they started shipping units to customers last month.  You’ll … Read More Here

360Fly 360° Action Camera In-Depth Review

It’s the all-seeing action camera in-depth review.  Or at least, the mostly seeing action camera in-depth review While I’ve talked about 360° action cameras a bit over the last year or so, it hasn’t been until now that they’re actually … Read More Here

Garmin VIRB X & XE Action Cam In-Depth Review

Every once in a while in the DCR Review Realm I go ahead and pull out a slightly longer review cycle.  This would be one of those times.  In this case, I’ve used the Garmin VIRB X & XE action … Read More Here

The Feiyu Tech GoPro Action Cam Wearable Gimbal In-Depth Review

I know, approximately 97% of you are looking at the title right now and going “Who the fudge is Feiyu Tech?”  And then about 65% of you are saying “What the heck is a gimbal?” (and is it related to a gumball?).  Fear … Read More Here

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A 360° Action Cam Roundup: Nikon, 360Fly, Giroptic…and GoPro

Just as last year was the year of the drone at CES, this year there is a lot of buzz about virtual reality. Lots of news surrounding bunches of new VR headsets. And to do VR, you need 360. As … Read More Here

A Look at Sony’s New HDR-AS50 Action Cam

Sony has announced a new action camera, the HDR-AS50, coming in at a baseline $199.  The real news here is that Sony actually has listened to customer complaints (or suggestions as they like to call them) and then made some useful improvements … Read More Here

GoPro Hero4 Session In-Depth Review

It’s been about almost three months since GoPro announced their Hero4 Session action cam.  The unit made headlines due to its small size compared to existing GoPro units.  Yet this past Monday, they made the logical decision to drop the price … Read More Here

GoPro announces new HERO+ LCD camera (oh, and a drone too!)

Today GoPro announced its latest action camera, the GoPro HERO+ LCD.  This marks the first time GoPro has done an ‘off-cycle’ release of a new camera product, as the company has historically released new action cams in the September/October timeframe.  … Read More Here

TomTom Bandit Action Camera In-Depth Review

Today TomTom has announced they’re venturing into the action cam business, with the introduction of the TomTom Bandit.  This Twinkie sized action cam contains 2.7K (30FPS) and 4K (15FPS) capabilities, as well as GPS functionality that you’d expect from a … Read More Here

Sports, Drones, and Follow-Me Aerial Action Imagery: A State of the Industry

There’s been a ton of interest as of late in using drones within sports.  This interest comes from many different angles.  First is the more traditional approach of simply using the unmanned aerial vehicle as a platform for videography and … Read More Here

Understanding Live Streaming Video Options for Action Cams: GoPro, Sony and HTC

The ability to stream in real time (live) video footage from action cams remains a bit of the holy grail of sports action.  Today, 99.99% of what you see on TV is done via broadcast quality cameras and equipment, with … Read More Here

A look at Sony’s new 4K action cam, crazy concurrent multi-cam support

Last week at CES Sony announced their latest action cam, the Sony FDR-X1000V, which is capable of shooting 4K video.  They also updated their HDR-AS camera line with a new 200V version  (HDR-AS200V).  These came as a surprise to approximately … Read More Here

Giroptic edges closer to 360° action cam release, YouTube announces support for 360° footage (huge deal)

°° Giroptic was on-hand last night at the CES Unveiled event showing off their 360° action camera which had debuted on Kickstarter this past summer to very strong backer support.  The action camera is somewhat a descendent of previous attempts … Read More Here

GoPro Hero4 Silver & Hero4 Black In-Depth Review

(Note: Review updated March 10th, 2015, inclusive of most recent firmware updates) Early last month GoPro completed their annual October ritual of releasing a suite of new units.  Like past years, GoPro doesn’t tend to make massive upgrades in their … Read More Here

K-Edge shows off new combo Garmin/GoPro mount, new Pioneer mount, also new more aerodynamic Garmin mount

Today at Eurobike K-Edge had on hand a number of their just announced mounts, the most interesting being a new combo mount adapter that holds both your GoPro (or other action cam), as well as your Garmin bike computer.  Beyond … Read More Here

Knog releases new Qudos dual GoPro and bike light system

Well known bike light maker Knog was demonstrating their newest bike light at Outdoor Retailer this week – the Qudos.  This new light is relevant around these parts as it combines onto a single mount both a bike light and … Read More Here

Hands-On Look At Shimano’s Action Camera, the CM-1000

A few days ago the Shimano CM-1000 action cam that I bought finally came in.  After getting some hands-on time with the unit I wanted to give some initial impressions and thoughts.  The camera is unique in that it connects … Read More Here

First Look At Fly6 HD Camera & Tail-Light Combo

Yesterday I got to take out for a spin a new combination tail-light and HD camera that just launched on Kickstarter yesterday as well.  The Fly6 camera is designed to act as a bit of a safety cam – recording … Read More Here

Garmin VIRB & VIRB Elite In-Depth Review

When Garmin announced the VIRB action camera late this past summer, it represented further expansion into the outdoor market, due to it’s significant product tie-ins with other Garmin products.  Most notable however, is that they’re squaring off directly against the … Read More Here

K-Edge adds new mount options for GoPro, Sony Action Cam, and Garmin Edge units

This week at Interbike, K-Edge showed off a number of new mounts that will be hitting the market starting October 7th.  While K-Edge has been selling Garmin Edge compatible mounts for a while now, these mounts either update some of … Read More Here

The Apple Watch: Sport and Fitness In-Depth Review

Ahh yes, the long awaited Apple Watch for Fitness In-Depth Review.  I’ve now spent almost 10 months with the Apple Watch.  Or rather, three different Apple Watches.  All of which I’ve bought myself – and all in an attempt to … Read More Here

First Look: Fitbit announces new Fitbit Alta activity tracker

Today Fitbit announced their latest activity tracker – the Fitbit Alta.  This unit is effectively a replacement for the existing Fitbit Charge (or previous to that, the Force).  However, unlike those, this unit sports smartphone notifications,  move reminders, and the ability … Read More Here

Microsoft Band 2 In-Depth Fitness & Sport Focused Review

This past fall Microsoft released their second activity tracker, the Microsoft Band 2 – near exactly one year after they released the original Microsoft Band.  This new Band tweaks the sizing a bit and cleans up much of the exterior … Read More Here

Garmin Vivosmart HR In-Depth Review

Back about two months ago, Garmin announced their first wrist activity tracker (non-watch) with optical HR capabilities, the Vivosmart HR.  The Vivosmart HR was designed to build upon the release of the Vivosmart a year earlier.  Essentially it’s a daily … Read More Here

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A Quick Look at the Withings Go Activity Tracker

As expected the early part of CES week saw a lot of new product announcements. There are lots of new players on the field with some innovative new products (and some obvious knock-offs and re-makes of existing technologies); but also … Read More Here

Under Armour’s HealthBox: WiFi Scale, Fitness Band, HR Strap, and more!

Today Under Armour has announced a flotilla of fitness products, likely to take the cake for the most unique fitness products announced by one company at the show this week. They’ve done so by partnering with HTC and delivering a … Read More Here

Fitbit Announces New ‘Fitbit Blaze’ Smart Fitness Watch

Update - March 2016! I've published my full Fitbit Blaze In-Depth Review here! Swing on over for all the details after extensive use! Today at CES Fitbit announced their latest wearable, the Fitbit Blaze.  This new unit is effectively a … 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

Withings Activité & Activité Pop In-Depth Review

It’s been well over a year since Withings released their initial Activité smart watch, which they then followed up last winter with the cheaper Activité Pop version.  Of course – looking at both watches at a glance you wouldn’t realize … Read More Here

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The new Polar Loop 2 and also new $19 Misfit Flash Link Activity Tracker

I just wanted to very briefly cover two new products that have been announced in the last 24 hours.  Neither one really warrants a standalone post – especially since neither company has samples available on-hand (or rather, in my hands).  … Read More Here

Garmin Vivoactive In-Depth Review

Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Garmin announced a slew of wearable devices including the new Vivoactive.  The Vivoactive was designed as a merger between Garmin’s mid-range fitness watches (i.e. the FR220) and the … Read More Here

Fitbit Charge and Charge HR In-Depth Review

It’s been a few months now since Fitbit announced and then subsequently released their Fitbit Charge and Charge HR units.  At the same time, they announced the Fitbit Surge GPS (which I’ve already reviewed here).  For this post though, we’ll … Read More Here

Fitbit Surge In-Depth Review

It’s been a few months since Fitbit announced a trio of products, including their first GPS watch – the Fitbit Surge.  This joined two other activity trackers, the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR within the announcement (my review of the … Read More Here

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Mio Fuse Activity Tracker and Optical HR Sensor In-Depth Review

This past summer Mio announced two new products to their lineup – the Mio Fuse and the Mio Velo.  These products just recently started shipping in the past few weeks, giving me an opportunity to use the final hardware and … Read More Here

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The Basis Peak In-Depth Review

When the Basis Peak was announced earlier this fall it was designed to fill in the gaps as well as build upon their previous product, the Basis B1, that was released about 2 years ago.  The Basis watch has always … Read More Here

First look at Garmin’s new Vivosmart activity tracker

Today at IFA, the giant consumer-electronics focused show in Berlin, Garmin announced their latest activity monitor, the Vivosmart.  This unit builds upon the Vivofit that was released earlier this year with additional features and tighter smartphone integration. I had a … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS Watch & Daily Activity Monitor In-Depth Review

In keeping with the popular trend of adding activity monitoring to devices, back in April Garmin announced their latest running watch – the Forerunner 15 (FR15).  This would take their popular FR10 budget-focused GPS running watch and then combine it … Read More Here

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Garmin Vivofit In-Depth Review

Back in January Garmin decided to join the activity tracker fray and announced two related products: Vivofit and Vivoki.  Vivofit would be the standard consumer-focused 24x7 activity tracker, while Vivoki would be focused on corporate wellness and primarily targeted at … Read More Here

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Polar Loop In-Depth Review

The Polar Loop is the very first daily activity tracker on the market that not only counts steps, but also connects to a separate heart rate strap – providing you with heart-rate based calorie information for activities.  This changes the … Read More Here

Withings Pulse In-Depth Review

Almost a year ago Withings announced the Withings Pulse activity tracker at CES 2013.  However, it wasn’t made available until this past summer, when I started testing it.  Like most activity trackers it did all the usual items – steps, … Read More Here

FitBit Zip In-Depth Review

Here’s a fun fact to start out with: The FitBit Zip is actually probably the only product where I’ve written the review after over a year of use with the device.  Well, two devices actually.  But, more on what happened … Read More Here

Basis B1 Watch In-Depth Review

The Basis B1 watch represents the first fitness tracker on the market to do 24x7 continuous heart rate monitoring (all without a heart rate strap), in addition to all of the usual metrics like a step-counter and sleep.  Adding to … Read More Here

Nike+ FuelBand In-Depth Review

Back in the spring I started to compare various activity monitors – in the hopes of making sense of this fast moving and exploding market segment.  This review will be the first in a series of reviews (every couple of … Read More Here

Hands on with the new Adidas Fit Smart

Adidas has just announced their latest sports and fitness focused device – the Fit Smart.  The unit features optical heart rate recognition from your wrist via an embedded Mio optical sensor, while supplementing that data in conjunction with accelerometer data … Read More Here

Adidas Bluetooth Smart miCoach (Mini) Footpod In-Depth Review

It’s been about 8 months since the first Bluetooth Smart footpod popped out into the market, introduced by Polar shortly after the release of their Polar Beat app.  However, while it technically worked just fine, it lacked one thing: Elegance. … Read More Here

Adidas Smart Run GPS In-Depth Review

This past October Adidas announced their Smart Run GPS unit to the world, introducing the first optical heart rate watch with a GPS sensor combined into it.  While Adidas has been in the sports technology arena for some time with … Read More Here

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The Basis Peak In-Depth Review

When the Basis Peak was announced earlier this fall it was designed to fill in the gaps as well as build upon their previous product, the Basis B1, that was released about 2 years ago.  The Basis watch has always … Read More Here

First hands-on look at Bia GPS watch designed for women

Earlier this week while in Las Vegas for CES I had the chance to meet up with the founder of Bia, the only womens focused GPS watch on the market.  Cheryl Kellond and I met me at the UNLV track … Read More Here

Bkool Announces ANT+ FE-C Software Update Available Now, plus a new budget trainer and more

BKOOL is here at Eurobike this week and has pushed out a number of updates (both software and hardware), one of which will definitely make (most) existing owners quite happy.  As a brief refresher Bkool has historically been one of … Read More Here

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BKOOL Wireless ANT+ Trainer In-Depth Review

The BKOOL trainer is unique in the market in a number of ways.  It marks the first trainer I’ve reviewed that includes an all-you-can-eat flat-rate approach to riding videos shot outdoors, while indoors.  It’s also the first resistance controlled computerized … Read More Here

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Bryton Cardio 60 GPS Multisport Watch In-Depth Review

The Bryton Cardio 60 is an interesting relatively unknown nugget on the triathlon watch scene.  It’s interesting because it’s one of the few (if only?) multisport GPS watches that’s not actually offered in North America.  But outside of that scope, there’s … Read More Here

Hands-on with new CycleOps Hammer Smart Trainer

Today CycleOps has announced their latest trainer product, the Hammer.  Taking a cue from others in the industry on having a catchy name, the Hammer is CycleOps’s first totally new trainer in a few years.  And also their first direct … Read More Here

PowerTap P1 Power Meter Pedals In-Depth Review

Back this spring PowerTap for the first time announced a power meter that wasn’t in the rear wheel hub.  Well, they actually announced two new power meters.  The first was the PowerTap P1, which is a pedal based power meter, … Read More Here

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CycleOps Virtual Training In-Depth Review

While the CycleOps PowerBeam Pro has been around a while, their entertainment and training software – Virtual Training – just came out late last year.  I’ve been using beta versions on and off since last spring, and with the final … Read More Here

PowerTap PowerCal In-Depth Review

A bit over a year ago CycleOps announced their latest devices – and with it their first power meter that wasn’t in a rear wheel hub .  CycleOps has a long history of power meter head units (and power meters), … Read More Here

CycleOps Joule GPS In-Depth Review

A bit over a year ago CycleOps announced their latest devices – and with it, their first GPS integrated cycling computer: The Joule GPS.  CycleOps has a long history of power meter head units (and power meters), an area they’ve … Read More Here

CycleOps PowerBeam Pro Trainer In-Depth Review

While the CycleOps PowerBeam Pro may be two years old, it’s one of the very few trainers on the market that allows specific wattage resistance control.  Meaning, you can set it for a given wattage – i.e. 200w, and it’ll … Read More Here

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CycleOps Joule and PowerTap Wheelset In-Depth Review

Last year when Saris/CycleOps came out with their ANT+ enabled Joule, many wondered how it would stack up against the competition.  Would a non-GPS enabled device still be able to compete in an increasingly GPS dominated world?  And how would … Read More Here

Elite Drivo Trainer In-Depth Review

Earlier this summer Elite launched four new trainers/rollers, and in doing so greatly simplified their trainer lineup.  Previous to that they had enough trainers to allow each member of the Brady Bunch both a primary and backup trainer.  Never mind … Read More Here

Epson Runsense SF-810 GPS watch with optical HR: In-Depth Review

Over the last 8-9 months, Epson has introduced a number of fitness wearables into the market.  While that might seem odd for a company known primarily for printers, one need only remember that Epson is part of the Seiko Epson … Read More Here

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FINIS Neptune Swimming MP3 Player In-Depth Review

When FINIS announced the new Neptune swimming MP3 player two months ago I was skeptical.  I was pretty happy with the previous generation – the SwiMP3.  It was smaller, and and thus for most swimmers, that’s a critical selling point. … Read More Here

The Great Swimming MP3 Player Shootout

This past summer I started a swimming MP3 player test, one that I feel I can finally conclude.  I ended up buying just about every popular swimming MP3 player on the market, and then started testing them – one after … Read More Here

FINIS AquaPulse In Depth Review

Today FINIS announced their latest product, the AquaPulse underwater audible heart rate monitor.  Unlike most sport heart rate monitors however, this one doesn’t measure your heart rate using a standard chest strap, but instead does so at your ear…conveniently placed … Read More Here

FINIS Swimsense Performance Monitor In-Depth Review

While my pool time has been severely restricted lately with all the international travel, I did get a short opportunity to jump into the pool with the Swimsense while up in Newfoundland.  For those not familiar, Swimsense is like having … Read More Here

Fitbit Alta In-Depth Review

It’s been a touch over two months since Fitbit announced their most recent wearable, the Fitbit Alta.  Like all of Fitbit’s entrants this year, it was designed to be more fashion focused, while giving incremental upgrades in terms of features … Read More Here

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Fitbit Blaze In-Depth Review

Almost exactly two months ago at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Fitbit announced their latest higher-end wearable, the Fitbit Blaze.  The company positioned it as a smart fitness watch, aiming to offer something midway between the higher-end … Read More Here

First Look: Fitbit announces new Fitbit Alta activity tracker

Today Fitbit announced their latest activity tracker – the Fitbit Alta.  This unit is effectively a replacement for the existing Fitbit Charge (or previous to that, the Force).  However, unlike those, this unit sports smartphone notifications,  move reminders, and the ability … Read More Here

A Weighty Decision: Deciding on a WiFi Weight Scale

Connected scales are all the rage these days.  And for good reason – they make it easy to log your weight.  More importantly though, they make it hard to pretend nothing happened.  So as you rolled out of bed this … Read More Here

Fitbit Charge and Charge HR In-Depth Review

It’s been a few months now since Fitbit announced and then subsequently released their Fitbit Charge and Charge HR units.  At the same time, they announced the Fitbit Surge GPS (which I’ve already reviewed here).  For this post though, we’ll … Read More Here

Fitbit Surge In-Depth Review

It’s been a few months since Fitbit announced a trio of products, including their first GPS watch – the Fitbit Surge.  This joined two other activity trackers, the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR within the announcement (my review of the … Read More Here

FitBit Zip In-Depth Review

Here’s a fun fact to start out with: The FitBit Zip is actually probably the only product where I’ve written the review after over a year of use with the device.  Well, two devices actually.  But, more on what happened … Read More Here

Hands-on: Garmin’s new Forerunner 35 with optical HR

A day or 13 ago, Garmin announced their new Forerunner 35 (FR35) GPS.  But with Eurobike in full swing, I put it on the back burner a bit until the dust settled.  Now that things have cleared out a bit, … Read More Here

Garmin’s New VIRB Ultra 30: Eurobike Edition Mini-Review

Update: My In-Depth Review is up! Check it out by clicking here. Today, Garmin released their newest action, the VIRB Ultra 30. This 4K action cam is capable of rivaling the GoPro Hero4 series, as well as the rumored specs … Read More Here

Everything you ever wanted to know: Garmin’s new $1,500 Fenix Chronos Watch Series

Well then, someone in Kansas is feeling ballsy today.  Garmin has just announced three new Fenix units, starting from $900 and topping out at $1,500USD.  Or, if you’re so fortunate to be living in the land of maple syrup, it’ll … Read More Here

Hands-on with Garmin’s new Edge 820 with mapping

Today Garmin announced their latest cycling computer – the Edge 820.  Well, actually, they announced two cycling computers: The Edge 820 and the Edge Explore 820.  The Explore is simply the dumbed down version of the 820.  While the Edge … Read More Here

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Garmin Forerunner 735XT In-Depth Review

It’s been almost exactly a month since Garmin announced their latest triathlon watch, the Forerunner 735XT.  This watch aims to take the software of the larger FR920XT triathlon watch and compress it down into a smaller package.  All while also … Read More Here

Garmin Vivoactive HR In-Depth Review

It’s been a few months since Garmin announced the Vivoactive HR while at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The unit started shipping last month and I’ve been wearing it on my wrist 24x7 since then.  The Vivoactive HR sits in Garmin’s mid-range watch pricing … Read More Here

Hands-on with Garmin’s new Vivosmart HR+ (now with GPS)

They grow up so fast.  Less than two years ago the original Vivosmart was a slightly awkward and kinda scrawny activity band.  It’s dim display hardly living up to its fitness features.  Then just this past fall came the Vivosmart … Read More Here

Garmin VIRB X & XE Action Cam In-Depth Review

Every once in a while in the DCR Review Realm I go ahead and pull out a slightly longer review cycle.  This would be one of those times.  In this case, I’ve used the Garmin VIRB X & XE action … Read More Here

Garmin Fenix3 HR In-Depth Review

Last month at CES in Las Vegas, Garmin introduced their most advanced wearable device with an optical heart rate (HR) sensor in it – the Fenix3 HR.  This device took Garmin’s Elevate optical HR sensor and added it to their … Read More Here

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Garmin’s new Vivoactive HR & Vivofit 3: Hands-on & First Run

Update June 2016: My in-depth review of the Vivoactive HR is now available.  Swing on over to that post for all the details! On Friday Garmin announced their new Vivoactive HR & Vivofit 3.  As you’ll remember, my post was … Read More Here

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Garmin Index WiFi Smart Scale In-Depth Review

It’s been a few months since Garmin announced their Index WiFi Scale (at $149), so it’s time to dive in on an in-depth review and see how things have shaped up.  Most importantly: Is the scale worth the premium over … Read More Here

Garmin Vivosmart HR In-Depth Review

Back about two months ago, Garmin announced their first wrist activity tracker (non-watch) with optical HR capabilities, the Vivosmart HR.  The Vivosmart HR was designed to build upon the release of the Vivosmart a year earlier.  Essentially it’s a daily … Read More Here

Garmin’s New Tactix Bravo: An Explainer

While earlier in the week I gave you a look at the new Garmin Fenix3 HR, the extent of my Tactix-Bravo photography was rather limited (I only included one photo).  However, the reasoning will explain why this post will be … Read More Here

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

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

Garmin Forerunner 230 & 235 In-Depth Review

It’s been almost exactly a month since Garmin announced their lineup of fall running watches, including three new units: The Forerunner 230, 235, and 630.  Each of those units replacing previous iterations of the FR220, 225, and 620.  The FR230 … Read More Here

Garmin HRM-TRI & HRM-SWIM In-Depth Review

It’s been a few months since Garmin introduced the HRM-TRI & HRM-SWIM, which record heart rate data while you're swimming.  They started shipping the units back in mid-August, and through some recent travels in September & October I’ve finally gotten … Read More Here

Garmin Varia Bike Radar System In-Depth Review

This past summer Garmin announced their foray into the cycling lights and cycling radar world.  Yes, radar.  They released their Varia cycling lights product line, which includes the Varia bike radar system that allows you to see approaching cars directly … Read More Here

Garmin releases new Edge Explore 1000 Edition: Tells your friends when you crash into a ditch

Minor Confession: A small part of me simply wanted to title this post: “Garmin Releases Yet Another Product This Summer, Because It Can”.  But alas, I hear that’s not terribly great for search engine optimization (SEO) and since I get … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 225 In-Depth Review

This past spring Garmin announced their Forerunner 225 GPS running watch.  The unit would mark the first Garmin watch that contains an optical heart rate sensor within the watch, allowing you to view and record your heart rate without a … Read More Here

The new Garmin Edge 520: Everything you ever wanted to know

Today Garmin announced their latest bike computer, the Edge 520 – priced at $299USD.  This GPS-enabled unit instantly becomes the most advanced bike computer that Garmin has ever released, adding support for a flotilla of new features.  But fear not, … Read More Here

Hands-on with Garmin’s new Edge 20 & Edge 25 GPS units

Today Garmin has rolled out two new bike GPS computers, the Edge 20 and Edge 25.  These products add to what has seemed to be a near monthly (or more) cadence of new products from the company within the fitness … Read More Here

Garmin Vivoactive In-Depth Review

Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Garmin announced a slew of wearable devices including the new Vivoactive.  The Vivoactive was designed as a merger between Garmin’s mid-range fitness watches (i.e. the FR220) and the … Read More Here

Garmin Fenix3 Multisport GPS Watch In-Depth Review

The Fenix3 aims to further blend the multisport watch realm (previously dominated by the Garmin Forerunner series), with the outdoor watches (such as the Fenix1 & Fenix2, as well as outdoor handhelds).  To that end the Fenix3 is effectively a … Read More Here

Hands-on with the Garmin Epix GPS mapping & multisport watch

Today Garmin introduced a full color mapping GPS wrist watch that doubles as a multisport watch – making for the first time they’ve merged the multisport world with their historically separate handheld mapping units.  This new unit – the Garmin … Read More Here

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Everything you need to know: GoPro’s New Hero5 Cameras & Karma Drone

(Latest Update: September 24th, 2016 – 12:30PM EST) Today GoPro announced three new action cameras, a drone, and a rather interesting flotilla of accessories.  These include a handheld gimbal, external microphone/remote combos, and even a nifty $19 adapter to quickly … Read More Here

GoPro’s New Cycling Handlebar & Seat Rail Mounts: In-Depth Review

Last month GoPro announced a handful of new mounts, three of which were focused on cycling.  This would actually be the first time that GoPro has directly released a bike-specific mount (let alone three of them).  In the past, they had … Read More Here

The Feiyu Tech GoPro Action Cam Wearable Gimbal In-Depth Review

I know, approximately 97% of you are looking at the title right now and going “Who the fudge is Feiyu Tech?”  And then about 65% of you are saying “What the heck is a gimbal?” (and is it related to a gumball?).  Fear … Read More Here

GoPro Hero4 Session In-Depth Review

It’s been about almost three months since GoPro announced their Hero4 Session action cam.  The unit made headlines due to its small size compared to existing GoPro units.  Yet this past Monday, they made the logical decision to drop the price … Read More Here

GoPro introduces tiny new Hero4 Session cube-like camera

Please note: My Full In-Depth Review is now published and available.  Please click on over to that post to get my final impressions of the unit. Enjoy! Today GoPro has introduced its tiniest camera to date, the Hero4 Session.  This … Read More Here

GoPro announces new HERO+ LCD camera (oh, and a drone too!)

Today GoPro announced its latest action camera, the GoPro HERO+ LCD.  This marks the first time GoPro has done an ‘off-cycle’ release of a new camera product, as the company has historically released new action cams in the September/October timeframe.  … Read More Here

GoPro Hero4 Silver & Hero4 Black In-Depth Review

(Note: Review updated March 10th, 2015, inclusive of most recent firmware updates) Early last month GoPro completed their annual October ritual of releasing a suite of new units.  Like past years, GoPro doesn’t tend to make massive upgrades in their … Read More Here

Scosche RHYTHM+ Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Optical HR Band In-Depth Review

Back at CES 2014 in January Scosche introduced their first dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart unit, the RHYTHM+.  This optical sensor armband would transmit both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart concurrently to any compatible device.  Unlike most other units that were announced that … Read More Here

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LifeBEAM Smart Helmet with Integrated ANT+ Heart Rate Sensor In-Depth Review

It’s been almost a year since the LifeBeam SMART helmet hit the interwebs via a Kickstarter crowd-funded effort.  Since then they’ve iterated through prototypes, status updates, and then ultimately a few months back – delivery of the actual product.  It … Read More Here

First look at the new Magellan Echo Fit

Here at Outdoor Retailer this week Magellan has announced their latest incarnation of the Magellan Echo line, the Echo Fit.  The Echo fit builds upon the original Magellan Echo (which was released about this time last year) and adds in … Read More Here

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Magellan Echo In-Depth Review

This past summer Magellan became the first company to announce a running-focused smart watch.  And 10 days ago, they became the first company to actually ship said type of watch.  While there have been many smart watches (especially as of late), … Read More Here

The Magellan Switch Up In-Depth Review

Back at CES in January, Magellan announced their entrant into the fitness market – the Switch and Switch Up, two products aimed squarely at triathletes (as well as runners and cyclists).  With the products leads of the team moving over … Read More Here

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Mio Fuse Activity Tracker and Optical HR Sensor In-Depth Review

This past summer Mio announced two new products to their lineup – the Mio Fuse and the Mio Velo.  These products just recently started shipping in the past few weeks, giving me an opportunity to use the final hardware and … Read More Here

First look at new Mio Link ANT+/Bluetooth Smart optical heart rate wrist band

Today, Mio announced their newest product, the dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart optical heart rate wrist band: Mio Link.  This new product is about half the size of their previous product (the Alpha), and transmits across both protocols.  This is notable as … Read More Here

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Mio Alpha Optical Heart Rate Monitor In-Depth Review (Bluetooth Smart/ANT+)

The Mio Alpha unit may represent the longest I’ve ever actually tested something before writing a review.  I initially got the chance to use a unit back in July for a quick test run as they were in the midst … Read More Here

Motorola MOTOACTV In Depth Review

(Please Note: This product has been discontinued by Motorola Mobility, which is now owned by Google.) As I noted two days ago, the Motorola Motoactv has completely and totally changed the face of sports watches…literally overnight.  Upon its initial release … Read More Here

Nike+ FuelBand In-Depth Review

Back in the spring I started to compare various activity monitors – in the hopes of making sense of this fast moving and exploding market segment.  This review will be the first in a series of reviews (every couple of … Read More Here

Nike+ Sportwatch GPS In Depth Review

There was no doubt when the Nike+ GPS Sportwatch was announced back at CES 2011 in January it caused many heads to turn.  After all, it triggered a bit of a departure from Nike’s traditional role with Apple via the … Read More Here

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O-Synce Navi2Coach GPS Cycling Computer In-Depth Review

The Navi2Coach cycling computer may very well be one of the first GPS-enabled bike computers that aims to compete against every aspect of the Garmin Edge 500, from customization of data fields to advanced training metrics.  But can this first-time … Read More Here

Hands-on: Polar’s new Android Wear based M600 GPS Sport Watch (with music!)

Today Polar announced their latest wearable, and in the process also signaled a shift in direction to a far more open platform than they’ve ever had in their 39 year history. The Polar M600 takes the best of their M400 … 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

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

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A few quick thoughts on Polar’s new A360 with optical HR sensor

Heads up! I've now posted my full A360 In-Depth Review, which can be viewed here!  Enjoy! Earlier today Polar announced their latest wearable, the A360.  More notably – it marks the first Polar product to include an optical heart rate … Read More Here

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The new Polar Loop 2 and also new $19 Misfit Flash Link Activity Tracker

I just wanted to very briefly cover two new products that have been announced in the last 24 hours.  Neither one really warrants a standalone post – especially since neither company has samples available on-hand (or rather, in my hands).  … Read More Here

Hands-on with Polar’s new M450 GPS cycling computer

Today Polar has announced their latest cycling focused product, the M450 GPS based bike computer.  In doing so, they’ve also quite likely just upended Garmin with a unit that quite frankly kicks ass (at least based on my limited testing … Read More Here

Polar Announces A300 Activity Tracker Watch, also MyFitnessPal automatic sync support

The A300 Overview: This weekend ahead of CES here in Las Vegas, Polar has announced their latest activity tracking watch, the A300.  This watch aims to take the M400 GPS watch, remove the GPS part, and then call it the … Read More Here

Polar M400 GPS & Activity Tracker Watch In-Depth Review

Today, Polar has announced their latest watch, the M400.  This running focused GPS watch also contains day to day activity tracking (i.e. steps and sleep) along with smartphone connectivity.  The unit priced at $179US/€159EUR, is very competitively placed in the … Read More Here

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Polar V800 Multisport GPS Watch In-Depth Review

All the way back in early January at CES Polar announced the V800 multisport GPS watch.  This would be their first multisport integrated GPS watch to market, combining the RC3 GPS watch along with the RCX5 non-GPS multisport watch.  On … Read More Here

First look at Polar V650 GPS bike computer

Today Polar announced their first dedicated GPS bike computer – the V650.  The unit combines integrated GPS with a full color touch screen, it also becomes the first bike-specific computer to be Bluetooth Smart sensor capable.  This marks the second … Read More Here

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Polar Loop In-Depth Review

The Polar Loop is the very first daily activity tracker on the market that not only counts steps, but also connects to a separate heart rate strap – providing you with heart-rate based calorie information for activities.  This changes the … Read More Here

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Polar Bluetooth Smart Stride Sensor (Footpod) In-Depth Review

Earlier this week Polar announced their latest product – though, it’s not a watch.  Or even anything connected to a watch.  Instead, it’s an accessory for smart phones that further illuminates Polar’s direction and protocol strategy going forward. The Bluetooth … Read More Here

A look at the new Polar Beat Bluetooth Smart app with H7 Heart Rate Strap

Late last week, Polar released their first iPhone App – Polar Beat.  The app aims to bridge the gap between their dedicated devices and the phone market.  Most importantly however, it’s actually the first Bluetooth Smart compatible offering from them.  … Read More Here

Polar RC3 integrated GPS watch In-Depth Review

Finally, it’s here.  Polar’s first integrated GPS product.  After years of waiting and hoping, Polar released their first fully integrated GPS product – the RC3.  Previously, Polar watches connected to a separate GPS pod (about the size of a thin … Read More Here

Polar Look Keo Power System–Pedal Based Power Meter–In-Depth Review

The Polar Look Keo Power System is the first pedal based power meter to make it to market, meaning, you can actually go out and buy one.  Announced nearly two years ago, the units finally started trickling out into the … Read More Here

Polar RCX3 In-Depth Review

The Polar RCX3 was announced a little over a month ago, though, the unit won’t be available until this summer.  The RCX3 is designed to be the RCX5’s younger sibling.  A bit cheaper, though with fewer features.  It’s a clean … Read More Here

Polar RCX5 In Depth Review

While the Polar RCX5 was officially released yesterday, I’ve actually been playing with it now for over a month – getting the change to put it through its paces in hundreds upon hundreds of miles of real world running, cycling … Read More Here

First Look: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100–Now with power meter option

Today, every power meter company in the industry just breathed a huge collective sigh of relief: Shimano did not ultimately decide to baseline their long rumored integrated power meter as part of the Dura-Ace standard offering.  Instead, they made it … Read More Here

PowerPod In-Depth Review

Back this past fall the PowerPod power meter was introduced on Kickstarter and funded within a few days.  It started shipping a few months later, within a week or two of their planned date (a rarity these days) in late … 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

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

Verve Infocrank Power Meter In-Depth Review

Power meters tend to be products that I test for the longest duration prior to posting a review.  This is often due to wanting to validate products across a wide range of weather and environmental conditions: Heat, humidity, cold, cobbles, … Read More Here

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The Power Meters Buyer’s Guide–2015 Edition

Once again, it’s time for the annual power meter buyer's guide.  It’s mind-boggling how quickly a year has come and gone, and just how many more entrants are now on the scene.  Last year at Eurobike and Interbike we saw … Read More Here

The Favero bePRO Power Meter In-Depth Review

In many ways, the bePRO power meter is the little unknown underdog that snuck onto the scene earlier this summer with a very simple declaration: We’re here, we’re new, we’re cheap, and we’ve already started shipping. How ‘bout them apples? … Read More Here

PowerTap P1 Power Meter Pedals In-Depth Review

Back this spring PowerTap for the first time announced a power meter that wasn’t in the rear wheel hub.  Well, they actually announced two new power meters.  The first was the PowerTap P1, which is a pedal based power meter, … Read More Here

The Pioneer Power Meter System In-Depth Review

It’s been nearly 3 years since Pioneer seemingly stumbled onto the bike power meter scene.  The move by what is primarily an audio/visual company to break into the high end cycling scene was looked at by many as…well…odd.  But Pioneer … Read More Here

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The Power2Max Type S Power Meter In-Depth Review

It’s been a touch over two years since my last Power2Max product review, for their now-named Classic edition.  About a year or so ago they came out with their Type-S editions, which would make for their 3rd generation unit.  I’ve … Read More Here

The Power Meters Buyer’s Guide–2014 Edition

How quickly a year has gone by since my last power meter buyers guide.  In that time we’ve seen an explosion of new entrants into the power meter industry, some even actually coming to market with products you can walk … Read More Here

Garmin announces Vector S: $899 power meter, also announces Cycling Dynamics

Today, at the start of the outdoor portion of Eurobike, Garmin has made two cycling specific announcements.  The first is unveiling the Vector S power meter, while the second is announcing upcoming ‘Cycling Dynamics’ metrics that will be applicable to … Read More Here

ROTOR introduces new ROTOR Power LT power meter

ROTOR has officially announced their newest power meter offering, the ROTOR Power LT.  The LT stands for ‘lite’, but it could also actually stand for ‘Left’, which is because unlike their higher end power meter the LT is a left-leg … Read More Here

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Garmin Vector In-Depth Review

I suspect in the sports technology world there was no product quite as long awaited as Vector.  It’s taken years of attempted delivery dates to get to this past August, when they started shipping production units.  Since being equipped with … Read More Here

SRAM Quarq Riken Power Meter In-Depth Review

Back in the spring Quarq announced their latest additions to the power meter lineup by unveiling the Riken and Elsa power meters.  The Riken unit replaced the previous Cinqo units, while the Elsa units acted as a non-SRAM RED option … Read More Here

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The Power Meter Buyer’s Guide – 2013 Edition

[Please see my 2014 Edition of the Power Meter Buyers Guide Located here.] With all the new power meter products on the market recently, I figured it’s time to do a bit of a re-group and explain the options and … Read More Here

Stages Power Meter In-Depth Review Update

It’s been a touch over four months since I first published the Stages Power Meter In-Depth Review.  It was interesting to me in that a lot of people took very different things away from the review. As a result of … Read More Here

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Power2Max Power Meter In-Depth Review

The Power2Max is one of the newest crank-based power meters on the market today.  Its price point is a bit lower than most other crank-based power meters, though, in the same range as rear-hub based power meters.  Since the updated … Read More Here

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Kinetic inRide Bluetooth Smart Power Meter Accessory In-Depth Review

The inRide Bluetooth Smart accessory (tiny pod above) is the first Bluetooth Smart power meter to hit the market, just ahead of other Bluetooth Smart power meters.  Now, some might finagle with the terminology around ‘power meter’, but since it’s … Read More Here

PowerTap PowerCal In-Depth Review

A bit over a year ago CycleOps announced their latest devices – and with it their first power meter that wasn’t in a rear wheel hub .  CycleOps has a long history of power meter head units (and power meters), … Read More Here

Polar Look Keo Power System–Pedal Based Power Meter–In-Depth Review

The Polar Look Keo Power System is the first pedal based power meter to make it to market, meaning, you can actually go out and buy one.  Announced nearly two years ago, the units finally started trickling out into the … Read More Here

SRAM RED 2012 Quarq Power Meter In-Depth Review

Earlier this year Quarq announced their new SRAM RED Quarq 2012 power meter, alongside the SRAM RED 2012 group set.  This would mark the first full new product release for Quarq since being acquired by by SRAM.  It would also … Read More Here

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CycleOps Joule and PowerTap Wheelset In-Depth Review

Last year when Saris/CycleOps came out with their ANT+ enabled Joule, many wondered how it would stack up against the competition.  Would a non-GPS enabled device still be able to compete in an increasingly GPS dominated world?  And how would … Read More Here

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The Power2Max Type S Power Meter In-Depth Review

It’s been a touch over two years since my last Power2Max product review, for their now-named Classic edition.  About a year or so ago they came out with their Type-S editions, which would make for their 3rd generation unit.  I’ve … Read More Here

Hands-on with new CycleOps Hammer Smart Trainer

Today CycleOps has announced their latest trainer product, the Hammer.  Taking a cue from others in the industry on having a catchy name, the Hammer is CycleOps’s first totally new trainer in a few years.  And also their first direct … 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

PowerTap P1 Power Meter Pedals In-Depth Review

Back this spring PowerTap for the first time announced a power meter that wasn’t in the rear wheel hub.  Well, they actually announced two new power meters.  The first was the PowerTap P1, which is a pedal based power meter, … Read More Here

SRAM RED eTAP Wireless Shifting System In Depth Review

SRAM RED eTAP has probably been one of the more closely followed sports tech products in the cycling industry as it worked its way to release.  Of course, the vast majority of that multi-year journey was through various media spot … Read More Here

SRAM Quarq Riken Power Meter In-Depth Review

Back in the spring Quarq announced their latest additions to the power meter lineup by unveiling the Riken and Elsa power meters.  The Riken unit replaced the previous Cinqo units, while the Elsa units acted as a non-SRAM RED option … Read More Here

The Soleus 2.0 GPS Running Watch In Depth Review

It hasn’t been too long since the $99 Soleus 1.0 GPS watch came out, which has ushered in the start of the sub-$100 GPS watches (like the Timex Marathon GPS).  But the Soleus 2.0 adds one specific feature: The ability … Read More Here

Soleus GPS 1.0 $90 Running Watch In-Depth Review

I had heard about the Soleus GPS 1.0 watch a few times over the course of the fall, but with how busy things have been, I just didn’t have the chance to hit up the folks from Soleus and give … Read More Here

The New Suunto Ambit3 Vertical: An Explainer

About 10 days ago Suunto announced the Ambit 3 Vertical, making it the latest high-end watch from the company, and a continuation of the Ambit lineup. However, with the announcement has come a bit of confusion around what exactly is … Read More Here

Suunto Ambit3 Multisport GPS Watch In-Depth Review

It’s been nearly three months since Suunto announced the Ambit3, though considerably less time since the unit started making its way into the wild with final hardware and firmware.  Since well before either of those dates I’ve been testing the … Read More Here

First look at the Suunto Ambit3 multisport GPS watch

(My Ambit3 Full In-Depth Review is now published!  Swing on over to that post for all the full details and analysis!) This morning Suunto has announced their latest endurance and multisport watch, the Suunto Ambit3.  The watch incrementally builds on … Read More Here

Suunto Ambit2 R In-Depth Review

Back in late January Suunto announced their Ambit2 R running-focused watch, which comes as a derivative of the Ambit2 line that was introduced last spring.  The 2R aimed to offer a lower price point than the higher end Ambit2 and … Read More Here

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Suunto Ambit 2 and 2S In-Depth Review

It’s been just over a year since the first Suunto Ambit came out (which for clarity I’ll use the term Ambit1 during this review), and during that time Suunto has made impressive progress on the original unit through a series … Read More Here

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Suunto Ambit In-Depth Review

(Please Note: As of April 29th, 2013 there is a new Ambit - the Ambit2 and Ambit2 S. Please check out that review, especially because Suunto has now said no further functionality firmware updates will occur for the original Ambit … Read More Here

A much better USB ANT+ stick for your Garmin Forerunner…by Suunto

If you’re like me and are constantly on a laptop – there are really two minor issues that I have with the Garmin USB stick that I use to download workouts from my Forerunner to my computer.  First up is … Read More Here

Hands-on: The new Tacx Flux Smart Trainer

This week at Eurobike, Tacx has announced their latest smart trainer, the Tacx Flux.  This new trainer sits at the upper edge of the mid-range electronic trainer pricing range at $899USD/€799, but pulls in features historically only seen at higher … Read More Here

The Tacx NEO Smart Trainer: Everything you ever wanted to know

Over the past few weeks Tacx has released two new trainers, the Tacx NEO and the Tacx Genius Smart.  While both of these trainers have similar technical capabilities, the actual hardware aspects of them are dramatically different.  One (the Genius Smart) … Read More Here

Hands on with the newly announced Tacx iPad app, ANT+ changes, Bluetooth Smart trainers

This morning I spent a bit of time going hands-on with the latest product from Tacx – their iPad training app.  In addition, I got details on their upcoming Bluetooth Smart trainers, and their plans to play better and more … Read More Here

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Tacx Genius Trainer In-Depth Review

The Tacx Genius Trainer is the latest trainer to work it’s way through my ‘lab’ (aka living room).  The high-end trainer is designed to let you simulate just about anything you can think of while on a trainer – including … Read More Here

Tacx Bushido Trainer In-Depth Review

The Tacx Bushido Trainer has been on many of your minds over the past year.  It represents the first significant and major competitor to the RacerMate CompuTrainer – which has long held the king of the hill position in the … Read More Here

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Hands-on with Timex’s new Move x20, Run x20 GPS, and Run x50+ fitness units

Earlier today I covered Timex’s just announced flagship running watch – the Timex One GPS+, which contains everything from music storage to 3G connectivity and live tracking. However, that wasn’t the only unit Timex announced today.  They also released three … Read More Here

Hands-on with new Timex One GPS+, a 3G connected watch requiring no phone

Today at Outdoor Retailer Timex has announced a slew of new products into the fitness and outdoor market.  The four new products range from $99 to $399, and cover everything from basic GPS functionality to a high-end integrated live tracking … Read More Here

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Timex Run Trainer GPS 2.0 In-Depth Review

It’s been just over a year and a half since the first Timex Run Trainer came out, and Timex is back at it releasing a slimmed down version of the unit with a cleaned up user interface.  This new unit … Read More Here

Timex Cycle Trainer 2.0 GPS In-Depth Review

The Timex Cycle Trainer is Timex’s first foray into an ANT+ enabled and fully downloadable dedicated GPS cycling computer.  It also represents Timex’s third integrated and downloadable GPS product into the endurance sports market, following the Timex Run Trainer and … Read More Here

The $99 Timex Marathon GPS In-Depth Review

The Timex Marathon GPS unit is the second mainstream sub-$100 GPS watch to hit market in the last few months.  As such, it continues the trend set by Soleus with their GPS 1.0 watch back in the fall.  These watches … Read More Here

Timex Run Trainer 1.0 GPS In-Depth Review

Update Note: Consider looking at the just released Timex Run Trainer GPS 2.0 edition instead, if you're looking at this watch. Comparisons between the two units are available in that review. With the market for sub-$200 GPS running watches becoming … Read More Here

Timex Ironman GPS Global Trainer In Depth Review

When the Timex Global Trainer was announced earlier this year, most folks were quite excited to see a new entrant into the triathlon watch/device scene.  With the watches ANT+ capabilities and full waterproofing it would make ideal training partner for … Read More Here

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TomTom Spark (Runner 2) In-Depth Review

It’s been about 50 days since I started testing the TomTom Spark watch (also branded as the Runner 2).  These were TomTom’s new entrant into the market by combining an optical HR sensor with music and GPS tracking capabilities.  In … Read More Here

The New TomTom Spark: First Runs & Impressions

Earlier yesterday I had the opportunity to test out the new TomTom Spark GPS watch.  This unit is unique in that it includes not only a new optical HR sensor, but also adds in music playback via Bluetooth headphones.  Further, … Read More Here

TomTom Bandit Action Camera In-Depth Review

Today TomTom has announced they’re venturing into the action cam business, with the introduction of the TomTom Bandit.  This Twinkie sized action cam contains 2.7K (30FPS) and 4K (15FPS) capabilities, as well as GPS functionality that you’d expect from a … Read More Here

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TomTom Cardio Runner & Multisport with Optical Heart Rate In-Depth Review

Today TomTom has announced two new versions of their TomTom GPS watches.  These new additions add in optical heart rate monitoring straight into the back of both the TomTom Runner and Multisport GPS watches.  The new line – called the … Read More Here

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TomTom Runner & Multisport GPS Watch In-Depth Review

TomTom announced their first athletic GPS units back in April, but it’s as of today that you can finally buy them (well, at least the Runner edition). These two units were produced solely by TomTom (previously they had a partnership … Read More Here

Elite Drivo Trainer In-Depth Review

Earlier this summer Elite launched four new trainers/rollers, and in doing so greatly simplified their trainer lineup.  Previous to that they had enough trainers to allow each member of the Brady Bunch both a primary and backup trainer.  Never mind … Read More Here

Hands-on: The new Tacx Flux Smart Trainer

This week at Eurobike, Tacx has announced their latest smart trainer, the Tacx Flux.  This new trainer sits at the upper edge of the mid-range electronic trainer pricing range at $899USD/€799, but pulls in features historically only seen at higher … Read More Here

Everything you ever wanted to know about ANT+ FE-C and bike trainers

As we near trainer season, I’ve seen an uptick in interest in understanding what exactly ANT+ FE-C is, and why it matters when it comes to choosing a trainer (or an app, or a bike computer).  So I figured I’d … Read More Here

Hands-on with Elite’s new Drivo, Kura, and Rampa trainers

Today Italian trainer company Elite joined in on the 2016 Trainer announcements bandwagon with the unveiling of four new indoor training products, including one set of rollers. These announcements marks not just new trainers, but most notably a cleaner and simpler … Read More Here

Hands-on with new CycleOps Hammer Smart Trainer

Today CycleOps has announced their latest trainer product, the Hammer.  Taking a cue from others in the industry on having a catchy name, the Hammer is CycleOps’s first totally new trainer in a few years.  And also their first direct … Read More Here

My Winter 2015-2016 Bike Trainer Recommendations

It’s once again fall in the Northern Hemisphere – which for most of us means transitioning to a more steady diet of trainer rides indoors, keeping the outdoor days for those that grace us with better weather.  I started doing … Read More Here

The Tacx NEO Smart Trainer: Everything you ever wanted to know

Over the past few weeks Tacx has released two new trainers, the Tacx NEO and the Tacx Genius Smart.  While both of these trainers have similar technical capabilities, the actual hardware aspects of them are dramatically different.  One (the Genius Smart) … Read More Here

Bkool Announces ANT+ FE-C Software Update Available Now, plus a new budget trainer and more

BKOOL is here at Eurobike this week and has pushed out a number of updates (both software and hardware), one of which will definitely make (most) existing owners quite happy.  As a brief refresher Bkool has historically been one of … Read More Here

Hands-on with new Wahoo Fitness KICKR SNAP

Today Wahoo has launched their latest trainer, the Wahoo KICKR SNAP.  The KICKR SNAP is essentially a lower-cost version of the original (and enormously popular) Wahoo KICKR, with a few minor tweaks.  For those familiar with the wheel-less KICKR, those … Read More Here

Tacx Rolls out open ANT+ Trainer Profile support, Zwift/TrainerRoad/Kinomap follow

Today Tacx announced and made available open ANT+ trainer profile support.  This support (technically called FE-C, for Fitness Equipment – Controls), allows any 3rd party app to control certain Tacx trainers, as part of their Tacx ‘Smart’ series of trainers.  … Read More Here

The Winter 2014-2015 Trainer App In-Depth Guide

After my recent Winter 2014-2015 trainer recommendations post, many of you have been asking about trainer apps.  I decided against combining it with the trainer recommendations post in order to give its full due in a standalone post.  In retrospect … Read More Here

My Winter 2014-2015 Bike Trainer Recommendations

It’s that time of year again – trainer season.  When it generally gets cold and miserable to be outside, well, unless you live Down Under.  I started doing the Trainer Recommendations post two years ago, and I know many of … Read More Here

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CompuTrainer begins to open up access to apps, Kinomap demos WiFi CompuTrainer control and announced Android app

This week at Interbike, both CompuTrainer and Kinomap have made a number of announcements around application control and usage with the CompuTrainer trainer.  Let’s dive into them. CompuTrainer’s ‘Open Source’ First up is potentially the beginning of CompuTrainer opening up … Read More Here

BKOOL: Their new trainer, new training platform, and a few other updates

Over the past 2 years, Spanish trainer company BKOOL has broken into the resistance controlled trainer market with a lower priced offering that is undercutting some of the mid-range to the edge of the higher end trainers in the market … Read More Here

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Tacx shows off new suite of trainers, new accessories, updates on software apps

Over the last few weeks Tacx has trickled out details on their trainers for the upcoming season.  The overall theme of which is dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart compatibility, as well as expanded app operating system compatibility and integration.  I’ll start by … Read More Here

BKOOL demonstrates KICKR compatibility, new user-video route upload function, Android app

Today at Interbike BKOOL made a slew of announcements related to their trainer platform.  In doing so they’re adding themselves to a growing chorus of companies that are adopting standards around indoor training and the software and devices that are … Read More Here

Kurt Kinetic shows off updated trainers

This week here at Eurobike Kurt Kinetic has debuted their latest updates to their existing trainer lineup.  While none of these changes are massive, nor are they new products, I figured I’d take a second to give you the rundown … Read More Here

Wahoo Fitness KICKR Trainer In-Depth Review

(Updated January 15th, 2016: Overhauled sections include pros/cons, summary, various minor items throughout post). The Wahoo KICKR is probably the most anticipated trainer to hit the market in quite a while, if not one of the most anticipated sports technology products … Read More Here

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Kinetic inRide Bluetooth Smart Power Meter Accessory In-Depth Review

The inRide Bluetooth Smart accessory (tiny pod above) is the first Bluetooth Smart power meter to hit the market, just ahead of other Bluetooth Smart power meters.  Now, some might finagle with the terminology around ‘power meter’, but since it’s … Read More Here

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BKOOL Wireless ANT+ Trainer In-Depth Review

The BKOOL trainer is unique in the market in a number of ways.  It marks the first trainer I’ve reviewed that includes an all-you-can-eat flat-rate approach to riding videos shot outdoors, while indoors.  It’s also the first resistance controlled computerized … Read More Here

In Depth CompuTrainer Review

Over 18 months ago (September 07), I bought a CompuTrainer as my primary indoor trainer.  All last winter I meant to write up a review of it.  But alas, it never happened.  Until now. The CompuTrainer is like most other … Read More Here

Wahoo announces KICKR Studio platform for local bike shops/studios

Today at Interbike, Wahoo is taking the next logical step in the indoor training realm: Offering a cycling studio package. This offering, aimed initially at the North American market, is targeted at bike shops and indoor trainer studios that want … Read More Here

Wahoo Fitness ‘KICKR2’ Trainer In-Depth Review

Ok, technically it’s not called the KICKR2.  Technically, it’s actually just the ‘New KICKR’, but, that makes for a confusing title in Google search terms (and life in general).  Thus from here on out it’s called the ‘New KICKR’. In … Read More Here

Wahoo ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer In-Depth Review

It’s been exactly 30 days since Wahoo started shipping their first GPS bike computer, the Wahoo ELEMNT.  The unit was announced last year at Interbike in September, and while they had planned to have it in your hands by Christmas, … Read More Here

Wahoo Fitness Announces GymConnect: Treadmill integration & control

One tiny step at a time Wahoo is slowly increasing their fitness related turf.  This week at CES, they announced the GymConnect System, which allows you to control your treadmill and get it talking over ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart to … 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

Wahoo’s new GPS bike computer–ELEMNT: Hands-on first look

Heads up April 2016 - Update!  My Wahoo ELEMNT In-Depth review post is now available and published over here.  Definitely swing over for all the details! Wahoo has made their first entrant into the GPS bike computer world, with ELEMNT … Read More Here

Hands-on with new Wahoo Fitness KICKR SNAP

Today Wahoo has launched their latest trainer, the Wahoo KICKR SNAP.  The KICKR SNAP is essentially a lower-cost version of the original (and enormously popular) Wahoo KICKR, with a few minor tweaks.  For those familiar with the wheel-less KICKR, those … Read More Here

Hands on with Wahoo Fitness TICKR, TICKR RUN, and TICKR X

Overview Today, Wahoo Fitness announced three new products for the fitness market, and in doing so, started what they describe as a new push towards cross-platform support. The three products are all heart-rate strap based, but with different (cumulative) features … Read More Here

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A look at the now available Wahoo Fitness Strava Segments App

A little over a week ago Wahoo Fitness released the Strava Segments app.  It was ironically just shy of a year ago that I previewed the app at the time of the KICKR unveiling at Eurobike.  Since then the app … Read More Here

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First Look: Wahoo Fitness RFLKT+ with ANT+ to Bluetooth Smart Bridge, Barometric Altimeter

Last night Wahoo Fitness unveiled the next edition of their bike computer – the RFLKT+ (pronounced Reflect Plus).  The RFLKT+ builds upon the previous RFLKT unit that was announced about a year ago by adding in native ANT+ bridging functionality … Read More Here

Wahoo Fitness KICKR Trainer In-Depth Review

(Updated January 15th, 2016: Overhauled sections include pros/cons, summary, various minor items throughout post). The Wahoo KICKR is probably the most anticipated trainer to hit the market in quite a while, if not one of the most anticipated sports technology products … Read More Here

Wahoo Fitness Blue SC Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence Sensor In-Depth Review

There’s a new sensor in town, and for a change, this one isn’t ANT+.  Instead, it’s a new Bluetooth Smart (aka Bluetooth Low Energy) sensor, one designed to track your speed and cadence information while on a bike.  Following the … Read More Here

Wahoo Fitness Blue HR Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Strap In Depth Review

You may be wondering why exactly I’d be reviewing a single heart rate (HR) strap – after all, they are fairly common, and all largely do the same thing: Read your heart rate.  But, while the just announced Wahoo Fitness … Read More Here

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Wahoo Fitness ANT+ iPhone Adapter

(April 2013 note: While I reviewed this back in the spring of 2010, the product has since released and is supported by more than 150 apps on the iPhone/iPod platform.  Since then I continue to use it quite a bit … Read More Here

Withings Body & Body Cardio WiFi Weight Scales In-Depth Review

Back in June Withings announced two new WiFi scales, though only one of them really got any attention – the new Body Cardio scale.  I wrote up a bit of a preview post back then, but needed more time to … Read More Here

Hands-on with new Withings Body Cardio WiFi Scale

Today Withings released their WiFi scale, the Withings Body Cardio along with the new Withings Body scale (sans-Cardio).  Like all past Withings scales, these units connects via WiFi to your home network (after Bluetooth Smart configuration with your phone).  However, … Read More Here

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Garmin Index WiFi Smart Scale In-Depth Review

It’s been a few months since Garmin announced their Index WiFi Scale (at $149), so it’s time to dive in on an in-depth review and see how things have shaped up.  Most importantly: Is the scale worth the premium over … Read More Here

Under Armour’s HealthBox: WiFi Scale, Fitness Band, HR Strap, and more!

Today Under Armour has announced a flotilla of fitness products, likely to take the cake for the most unique fitness products announced by one company at the show this week. They’ve done so by partnering with HTC and delivering a … Read More Here

Withings Body & Body Cardio WiFi Weight Scales In-Depth Review

Back in June Withings announced two new WiFi scales, though only one of them really got any attention – the new Body Cardio scale.  I wrote up a bit of a preview post back then, but needed more time to … Read More Here

Hands-on with new Withings Body Cardio WiFi Scale

Today Withings released their WiFi scale, the Withings Body Cardio along with the new Withings Body scale (sans-Cardio).  Like all past Withings scales, these units connects via WiFi to your home network (after Bluetooth Smart configuration with your phone).  However, … Read More Here

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A Quick Look at the Withings Go Activity Tracker

As expected the early part of CES week saw a lot of new product announcements. There are lots of new players on the field with some innovative new products (and some obvious knock-offs and re-makes of existing technologies); but also … Read More Here

A Weighty Decision: Deciding on a WiFi Weight Scale

Connected scales are all the rage these days.  And for good reason – they make it easy to log your weight.  More importantly though, they make it hard to pretend nothing happened.  So as you rolled out of bed this … Read More Here

Withings Activité & Activité Pop In-Depth Review

It’s been well over a year since Withings released their initial Activité smart watch, which they then followed up last winter with the cheaper Activité Pop version.  Of course – looking at both watches at a glance you wouldn’t realize … Read More Here

First Look at Withings Activité activity tracker & designer watch

Overview: Late last week Withings announced their latest device – the Withings Activité, which combined an activity tracker into a more normal looking high-end designer watch.  This would in effect be pulling in much of their existing Withings Pulse activity … Read More Here

Withings Pulse In-Depth Review

Almost a year ago Withings announced the Withings Pulse activity tracker at CES 2013.  However, it wasn’t made available until this past summer, when I started testing it.  Like most activity trackers it did all the usual items – steps, … Read More Here

Withings WiFi Scale In Depth Review

I’m just gonna say it upfront – this is perhaps the most well put together and thought out device and set of services I’ve reviewed yet.  I know, it sounds funny given it’s ‘just a scale’, but – it’s a … Read More Here

Other Reviews

BSX Insight Gen2 In-Depth Review

Back in September BSX announced their Gen2 version of the BSX Insight device, which determines your lactate threshold without any invasive pricking for blood.  More relevant to the Gen2 version though is that they introduced the ability to broadcast and … Read More Here

A look at Mio’s Personal Activity Intelligence Index, and a little Slice

  We’re at kind of an odd place right now with the rapid developmental pace of sports technology. What we see happening is a misalignment of the hardware/software technology and the scientific and practical use cases for that technology. An … Read More Here

My Winter 2015-2016 Sports Gadget Recommendations

Introduction: (Before we start, you can find my Black Friday deals post here, expect a massive update of products on sale on Thursday morning when many deals kick off.  This guide attempts to as best as possible take into account … Read More Here

Cycliq Fly6 In-Depth Review

I’ve been using the Fly6 (Generation 2) for the better part of a year now.  While I wrote an initial preview last year of the Generation 1 model, it was just that – a preview.  I figured it was about … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

A nice relaxing weekend back home in Paris – here’s what I was up to! 1) Paris Roller For some three years now I’ve seen the Friday night festivus that is Paris Roller.  It’s when every Friday evening hundreds to … Read More Here

The Girl’s 2015 Swim/Bike/Run Gear I Use List

Two weeks ago week I outlined every piece of gear that I regularly use in my day to day training or racing.  Not the stuff that I review for products, but rather, the goods that I always turn back to once … Read More Here

The Zeal HD2 Snow Goggles with Built-In HD Camera In-Depth Review

This past weekend I spent three days using the Zeal HD2 goggles.  These goggles have a built-in action camera in the upper edge of them, making them potentially perfect for recording your slope adventures.  It includes both photo and video … Read More Here

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A fitting Misfit update

While standing around chatting when we briefly crossed paths on the running leg of the first ever Las Vegas 140.6 yesterday, Ray and I noticed the Misfit booth conveniently situated adjacent to the Polar booth.  We flipped a virtual coin, … Read More Here

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First look at SmartMat, the connected yoga mat

The big catchphrase at CES this year is Internet of Things, and we’re now seeing that marketing prophecy manifest itself in all manner of wearable and non-wearable items.  One in particular that caught my eye was this sensor-laden interactive yoga … Read More Here

My Winter 2014-2015 Sports Gadget Recommendations

(Before we start, my Black Friday post will hit tomorrow and be updated throughout the week.  This listing attempts to as best as possible take into account those price changes.) It’s that time of year where tons of folks are … Read More Here

Redshift Sports Aero System In-Depth Review

Every once in a while an endurance sports product comes out that piques my interest, even if it’s not directly a sports technology item.  A perfect example of that would be the Redshift Aero system.  I’ve followed it since they … Read More Here

My Summer 2014 Sports Gadget Recommendations

(Please see my new and updated Winter 2014-2015 Gadget Recommendations Guide here!) I’ve always historically put together a sports gadget recommendations list in late Fall, primarily because that’s when things in the sports technology world tend to settle down.  Further, … Read More Here

My 2013 Sports Gadgets Recommendations

(Update: My Summer 2014 Recommendations are now available!  Go check that out instead!) Each year around this time I put together my recommendations on sports gadgets.  Some consider this a bit of a holiday pick-list, and others just use it … Read More Here

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My 2013 Trainer Recommendations

It’s that time of year again – trainer season.  At least for us poor saps up in the Northern Hemisphere (no, you don’t count if you live in the Caribbean).  I started doing the Trainer Recommendations post last year, and … Read More Here

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The Safer Swimmer In-Depth Review

Back last month when I posted my ‘Saint Malo Fort Swimaround’ post, a number of folks asked about the swim buoy I was using to increase my visibility. It confused me at first, because I thought I had posted a … Read More Here

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Hitcase Pro iPhone Underwater/Bike/Sports Case Review

I’m often asked about sports camera reviews.  In many ways I think that there’s already a ton of reviews out there of the various popular sports action cams like the GoPro or Contour.  And I’m not sure I really have … Read More Here

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Profile Design Aero HC Aerobottle + Bike Computer Mount Review

As a general rule, I don’t review things that are bike components (in the traditional bike component aspect).  Instead, as you’ve seen to date, I focus on sports technology products.  However, the Aero HC was somewhat of an interesting duck … Read More Here

Review of the Bar Fly TT Edge & Forerunner combo mount

A Bit of Background: There’s been a lot of forward and aerobar mounts popping on the market in the past year or so.  Since the introduction of the Garmin standard quick release kit for both the Edge units (Edge 200/Edge … Read More Here

Garmin FR910XT Giveaway Results

Wow, another crazy packed giveaway!  All in, there were over 1,900 entries!  Of which, 1,891 were entered in on the site, and another 19 folks came in from the US Active Duty e-mail registrations.  Thank you to everyone that entered! … Read More Here

A Triathlon Weekend Giveaway: Garmin FR910XT

For many triathletes, this weekend holds almost as much spectacle as the Olympic Triathlon races held just two short months ago in London.  The Kona based Ironman World Championships is watched by not only by those in the sport, but … Read More Here

2012 ANT+ Symposium Technology Roundup

You saw my presentation to the ANT+ Symposium yesterday, highlighting my keynote session that I gave last week.  However, I wanted to loop back and highlight some of the things that were delivered to me, rather than me delivering to … Read More Here

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MyTriRack Transition Rack Review

There’s a lot of ways you can reduce your total time in triathlon.  The most common being you can swim faster, bike faster, or run faster. To get faster at each of those individual sports you either need to train … Read More Here

The Swim It In-Depth Review

With the steady rise of deaths in the swim leg of triathlon, I’d been asked by a number of people about my thoughts around the Swim It.  I even wrote a rather long op-ed post on it a while back. … Read More Here

In-Depth Review of the Quad Lock iPhone Bike Mount Case

There are numerous iPhone and cell phone bike mounting kits out there on the market today.  They range in price from under $10 to nearly $1,000 (yup, really).  Their capabilities, functionality an easy of use have just as extreme of … Read More Here

A&D Medical Lifesource UC-324 ANT+ enabled Weight Scale Review

I’ve reviewed a number of scales in the past, but only two of those are still used within the household on a daily basis.  I say two, simply because one is in one bathroom, and the other in the other … Read More Here