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 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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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 24×7 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 24×7 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

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

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

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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 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

First look at the new Garmin Edge 1000

Today, Garmin announced their latest cycling unit – the Garmin Edge 1000.  Unlike some expectations however, the Edge 1000 doesn’t directly replace the 15-month old Edge 810, but rather, is meant to serve as a higher-end tier than the Edge … 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 24×7 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

Garmin Fenix In-Depth Review

[Updated 11/2/2012: Includes 2.90 Fenix Firmware updates that address some of major issues I've touched on.] The Garmin Fenix was announced this summer as Garmin’s first wristband GPS inclusive foray into hiking/adventure and ultra-running products.  The unit had an advertised battery … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 10 (FR10) GPS watch In-Depth Review

Today Garmin announced the new Garmin FR10 GPS watch. This watch has one purpose, and one purpose only: To compete with the onslaught of $100 GPS watches. From features and functionality to sizing – everything is smaller than other Garmin … Read More Here

Garmin Swim watch In-Depth Review

[Updated Feb 16th, 2013] Today, Garmin announced the Garmin Swim, which is a dedicated swim tracking watch that builds upon the accelerometer based technology that was introduced within the FR910XT to track swimming data in a pool environment.  I’ve been … Read More Here

A look at Garmin’s new Forerunner FR70 running watch

There are many cases where I receive a new unit and work really hard to get a full in depth review out…and there are some cases where time just doesn’t permit such an instance. And then finally, there are cases … Read More Here

Garmin iPhone ANT+ Adapter and Garmin Fit app Review

(Update – July 2013: I’ve taken the rather unusual step of actually prefacing the review with some really clear guidance: Don’t buy this.  In short: It ONLY works with the Garmin Fit app, which won’t upload/download from your existing Garmin … Read More Here

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Garmin Forerunner 910XT In Depth Review

(Updated: May 1st, 2013) The Garmin Forerunner 910XT represents the next generation triathlon/multisport watch from Garmin.  The watch builds on many areas that the FR305 and then FR310XT had – including a slimmer profile then either of those watches, and … Read More Here

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Garmin Edge 200 In Depth Review

Yesterday the Edge 200 was announced as Garmin’s latest cycling computer in the Edge lineup.  Unlike past Edge series devices though, this one took a notable departure from the pattern of adding new features, and instead choose the route of … Read More Here

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Garmin Forerunner 610 In Depth Review

The Garmin Forerunner 610 represents the next generation running watch from Garmin.  The watch builds on many areas that the FR405 and FR410 carved out – including a slim profile and advanced workout features.  But it also adds a number … Read More Here

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Garmin Forerunner 410 In Depth Review

When the Forerunner 410 was introduced recently, the first question on everyone’s mind was: Has the touch bezel been improved?  The second question was – how does this stack up against the current crop of GPS devices out there.  Well, … Read More Here

Garmin ANT+ Foot Pods: Everything you ever wanted to know

Tis the season when the weather goes from bad…to ugly, and as such – many folks are heading indoors to the treadmill to get in their quality runs completed. Of course, for data junkies like myself (and many of you) … Read More Here

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Garmin Forerunner 210 In Depth Review

There was no doubt when the Forerunner 210 was announced that the goal was to offer a more feature rich version of it’s slightly older brother – the Forerunner 110.  The Forerunner 210 touted new features such as foot pod … Read More Here

A look at Garmin’s new Chirp and potential use in sports

When Garmin announced their newest product – Chirp – last Friday, I’m fairly certain that a grand total of 3 people in the endurance sports world actually noticed.  After all, it’s targeted at the Geocaching folks (who are all abuzz … Read More Here

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Garmin Edge 800 In Depth Review

What exactly is the Edge 800 you ask?  Well, it’s a new bike computer that aims to provide all of the cycling features you’d expect from the Edge series (ANT+ support, power meter compatibility and configuration, GPS route recording and … Read More Here

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Garmin Forerunner 110 In Depth Product Review

When the Garmin Forerunner 110 was first announced earlier this spring, many folks were excited to finally see a GPS watch that didn’t look like a cinder block attached to their wrist.  As GPS chipsets and the supporting technology got … 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

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

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

First look at Polar’s new V800 GPS triathlon watch

Today, Polar fully announced their new V800 GPS integrated triathlon watch.  The watch covers all three sports – swim, bike and run – and does so with newfound Bluetooth Smart connectivity for sensors and phones alike.  Further, it includes a … 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

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 Buyers Guide – 2013 Edition

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 some of my recommendations.  I’m not going to cover why you’d use a … 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

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 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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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 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

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

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

My 2013 Sports Gadgets Recommendations

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 the remainder of the winter for determining their sports gadget purchases.  I know … 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

Week in Review–November 11th, 2012

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

Review of the Bar Fly TT Edge & Forerunner combo mount

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 500/Edge 800), and the … Read More Here

Reminder and tips: The triathlon registration season is upon us

Yesterday I was sifting through a slew of e-mail messages in what I’d consider a bit of a ‘junk’ e-mail account – essentially one I use for things like race registration (who really needs that Brightroom holiday photo offer for … 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

Watching the Tour de France on TV…in France…in French.

Over the past week a lot of things got installed/hooked up/working in our little Paris apartment.  Potentially one of the most important being our TV.  Well, sorta.  One of our TV’s works 100%, and the other one works about every … 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

Spring has sprung Garmin FR910XT Giveaway

If there were any more sign that it’s springtime around these parts, I’m not sure what it would be.  Starting yesterday we’ve got an out-of-nowhere string of 6 days of 70*F+ weather, including some days just a degree or two … 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

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

Hands on look at the Magellan Switch and Switch Up GPS Multisport watches

Last week at CES I got the chance to sit down with the product development leads behind the newest multisport watch in the market – the Magellan Switch (or Switch Up depending on the model).  This unit will be available … Read More Here

At look at InsideTracker’s Nutrition Testing Service

About a month ago I was contacted by the folks from InsideTracker to do a run through of their newly unveiled nutrition testing service.  The goal of this service was to allow athletes and non-athletes alike the ability to quickly … Read More Here

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App Review: SwimRadar–Finding pools while travelling

(I’ve long been asked to do app reviews.  And I have done a few here and there, as well as written about them for various publications.  At the moment the number of developers asking for my app reviews far exceeds … Read More Here

Hands on review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active ANT+ enabled waterproof phone

When Sony Ericsson added ANT+ capabilities to some of their Android phones last year, it was a pretty cool milestone.  But with ANT+ comes the outdoors – and with the outdoors comes things that are generally considered ‘unhappy’ to electronic … Read More Here

In-Depth Review of the HeadsUp System Roof Rack Protection System

Back a few months ago I offered my views on how I avoid decapitation of my bikes when I pull into my garage after riding.  Like most, my method is simplistic and functional.  But it’s also tied to the reality … Read More Here

Review of 1BandID Sports & GPS watch ID bands

You’re likely very familiar with emergency contact ID tags – typically small bands that you wear on your shoe or person that identify who you are, and your emergency contacts.  These are invaluable in case you get into trouble and … Read More Here

Bod Pod & Consumer Scale Comparison Tests: Part III (The In Depth Statistical Analysis)

(Note from Ray: Two weeks ago when I published the results of the Bod Pod and body fat scale testing, a reader who happens to be a PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Nathaniel Page – made an offer to … Read More Here