Heads-up: Huge Sports Tech Sale Underway – 20% Off All Smart Trainers!
There’s a massive sales on smart cycling trainers right now, plus plenty other sports tech. There’s 20% off the Wahoo KICKR, KICKR CORE, CLIMB, Headwind, 20% off the Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, and Flux S, 20% off Saris Hammer 3 trainer and Saris MP1 Motion Platform. Plus also 20% off the Elite Direto X and Suito too, even the new Sterzo. Plus even steeper deals including with the Kinetic trainers at 30% off.
First off – sorry for the slight silence the last few days. I’ve been fighting a cough for the last three weeks, and it seemed to be winning the war over the last few days. Between the 12-14 hour workdays and travel this week – I’ve just been exhausted with no energy left to put together posts. Sorry!
On the bright side, after hanging out at the urgent care center Wednesday night for an extended period of time (how on earth it took 3 hours is beyond me!)…I’m feeling a bit better now.
One thing that probably helped today was getting a fair bit of sleep last night…finally without coughing – like I’m going to die – all night long (thank you drugs!). And while I was sleeping, Mr. ZEO was watching me sleep. Well, watching my brain sleep anyway.
What’s ZEO you ask? Well around these parts it’s dubbed the Sleep Machine – given the nature of what it does. The unit monitors brain activity to evaluate your sleep and quality of sleep. It has two piece – the little bedside stand/clock, and a wireless headband. There’s a great little video from the team doctor of RadioShack discussing it in more detail at the Kona Power Meter seminar.
The company sent me over ZEO to check out. So far I haven’t dug into the full breadth of what it’s capable of – merely because I’ve been travelling so much and didn’t take it with me overseas. But now that it’s in my suitcase (how else am I going to review products when I’m travelling 95% of November-December?), I’m starting to get better at it. And the website has tons of ways to dig into the data too. Once I get a big enough cache of data I’ll be able to get a full review together.
Speaking of health related items – I’ve been using Fitbit pretty consistently while travelling the last few weeks. Sometimes I forget of course to put it on – but most of the time I remember. It’s fascinating to see how much I walk (or don’t) day to day. The only thing I don’t like about Fitbit is how easy it is to lose. I lost the first unit I bought on a trip to Jamaica when it fell off somewhere. And the second unit I bought I’ve nearly lost countless times. And that’s not even talking about the number of times I’ve nearly dropped it into the toilet. So much potential fail there.
Interestingly, endurance athletes aren’t actually the target market for Fitbit. Rather, it aims to increase physical activity in more sedentary folks. By using a goal-based approach of steps or distance, it tries to leverage a bit of carrot and stick to keep you walking. That said, I’ve found that for non-training activities, I enjoy seeing just how much wandering I do. But…perhaps that’s the geek in me.
I know a lot of you are waiting for the FR210 review – and I had hoped to get it out this past week, but having virtually no energy made that tough. Fear not – I promise to post it by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week (simply depends on if I need any final photos requiring my camera I get back late Monday).
But…that’s not the only thing I’ve got on the radar, also in the hopper (in no particular order):
1) Garmin Forerunner 410 (arrived this past week)
2) Joule with PowerTab integrated wheel set from Saris/Cycleops (arrived last week)
3) Swimsense (arrives this week)
4) Digifit iPhone ANT+ adapter
6) Enki Sports iPhone ANT+ adapter
7) A whole bunch of other products that fill up the big product review box at home… (gotta have some surprises, right?)
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You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.