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’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

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

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Garmin announces new VIRB X and VIRB XE action cams

Today, Garmin announced two new action cameras – the next in their VIRB action cam lineup.  These two cameras continue in the footsteps of the Garmin’s first generation cameras by focusing heavily on sensor data and internal metrics that can … 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

The 2014 GoPro’s In-Depth Review: Hero4 Black, Hero4 Silver, GoPro Hero

(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

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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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

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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

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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

CycleOps 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

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 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

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 Varia bike radar and smart light system

Today Garmin has introduced their Varia lineup of what they call ‘smart cycling devices’.  This marketing terminology basically translates to connected bike lights and a bike radar system.  These two products connect to Garmin Edge cycling computers for additional functionality. … 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

The Garmin FR225 with optical heart rate: Everything you ever wanted to know

Today Garmin has released their first device with an optical heart rate sensor built into it, the new Forerunner 225.  In the simplest possible terms, the FR225 is basically a FR220 running watch with an optical HR sensor stuffed inside … Read More Here

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Garmin announces new VIRB X and VIRB XE action cams

Today, Garmin announced two new action cameras – the next in their VIRB action cam lineup.  These two cameras continue in the footsteps of the Garmin’s first generation cameras by focusing heavily on sensor data and internal metrics that can … 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

Hands-on with the new Garmin Vivoactive GPS smartwatch, and the Garmin Vivofit2

Garmin has announced a metric crapton of products today, but it’s the Vivoactive that I’m probably most excited about.  Or, at least, it's the device I feel has the most potential and the widest possible appeal.  But, perhaps I’m getting … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 920XT In-Depth Review

Last month just ahead of the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, Garmin announced their latest triathlon watch – the FR920XT.  At the time I wrote a relatively long first look at the watch, but now I’ve had a solid month … 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 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

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 Edge 1000 In-Depth Review

Back in April Garmin unveiled their latest and most expensive cycling computer to date – the Edge 1000.  The unit would be bigger than any previous unit, as well as add a number of new features – like included maps.  But … Read More Here

A look at Garmin’s new ANT+ Speed & Cadence magnet-less sensors

While these sensors were announced a month ago at the same time as the Edge 1000, photographic information about them has been harder to come by than that of little green men in Roswell, NM.  There were rough sketches released … Read More Here

Garmin Fenix2 Multisport Watch In-Depth Review

It is closing on nearly two years since Garmin initially announced the first generation Fenix in June 2012.  Since then the watch has transformed from what was originally seen as a hiking focused unit, to more of an ultra-runner's unit, … 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

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

Garmin Forerunner 220 In-Depth Review

The Garmin FR220 is the company’s latest mid-range (price-wise) running watch, which succeeds the older FR210 unit.  The FR210 carved out the mid-range niche, ahead of a slew of competitors that have followed in its footsteps.  But can Garmin jump … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 620 In-Depth Review

The Garmin FR620 is Garmin’s newest and most advanced running GPS watch.  The unit packs in everything from WiFi to ANT+ to Bluetooth Smart, and adds a slew of new metrics and functionality.  But are these new metrics a fair … Read More Here

Garmin Tactix In-Depth Review

Today Garmin announced their latest GPS watch to their ever-growing cabinet of such devices – the Garmin Tactix, which is aimed at the military crowd. The Tactix builds on the Garmin Fenix which became available a touch bit over a … 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

Hands on with the new Garmin Edge Touring GPS bike computer

Today (well, technically last night, just barely) Garmin announced the latest addition to their bike computer lineup – the Garmin Touring. I had a chance to spend time with the product team last April and give them a bunch of … Read More Here

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Garmin Edge 510 In-Depth Review

The Garmin Edge 510 is the Garmin’s latest cycling GPS computer to holistically track and manage your cycling workouts and races.  It aims to build upon the Edge 500 that was released about three years ago.  I’ve been using the … Read More Here

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Garmin Edge 810 In-Depth Review

The Garmin Edge 810 is a cycling GPS with built in mapping navigation that aims to build upon the previous edition of the unit, the Edge 800.  I’ve been testing the unit for a while now, and have a pretty … Read More Here

GoPro introduces tiny new Hero4 Session cube-like camera

Today GoPro has introduced its tiniest camera to date, the Hero4 Session.  This small cube-like camera shoots up to 1440p footage (that’s a little above your standard 1080p HD), as well as works with the existing GoPro mount lineup.  Most … 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

The 2014 GoPro’s In-Depth Review: Hero4 Black, Hero4 Silver, GoPro Hero

(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

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

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

CycleOps 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 and … 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

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 for endurance athletes to hit the market. But, how does it live up … 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

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

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

The 2012 SRAM RED Quarq (and bike!) arrives into the DC Rainmaker test lab

Yup, while I’ve gotten all assortment of trainers (including some rather expensive ones) sent to me to try out, I’ve finally made it to the big leagues – a fully loaded bike has arrived in the house.  One that I … Read More Here

Bontrager ANT+ Bike Speed/Cadence Sensor that requires no zipties or tools!

(Update/Note: If you're looking at this unit, it's marketed under both Bontrager and Motorola brands. Same identical unit, just different shell.) It’s funny when you think about it, as much innovation that goes on in cycling computers – there’s been … Read More Here

What I wear: Cold weather running

Back a bit ago I got a question as to what my cold weather running gear looks like – after all, I do pretty much run outside no matter how cold it is. “Searched your blog but couldn't see much … Read More Here

Behind the scenes: The DCRainmaker Gadget Cave

Back a while ago I had shown a photo of the heart rate strap collection I have, where I stash the massive number of heart rate straps that I seem to have obtained (usually just because they came with various … Read More Here

A review of the SportyPal Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Bike Mount

It’s not that often that I write reviews for items that actually include no electronics whatsoever.  Nor is it that often that I write a review for a single piece of plastic not much bigger than a deck of cards.  … Read More Here