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.
Let me just state this up front: Everyone’s reading...so here’s your chance.
But…let’s not get ahead of ourselves quite yet.
This past summer I put together a post titled “How I would design the ideal sports watch”, which basically outlined exactly what I want in a sports watch. To date, nobody has delivered on that yet. To date, companies have put out products that ultimately fall short of the sports community’s expectations and requests. And to date…I keep waiting.
Last week during the survey and subsequent FR410 review, I heard over and over how you’d love for me to be a bigger public advocate for some of the features and functionality you want in sports technology devices. You all know (and noted) that I push behind the scenes for quite a bit of change – and generally succeed in getting it. Though there are of course some areas I’m still chipping away it.
At the same time, when I go into meetings and conference calls with the big sports watch makers one of the most talked about items is what trends and feedback I’m seeing. In addition, they often request that I forward repeated feature requests to them that are of note…which I do.
But…why not just put everything out on the table? I visit forumafterforum, and read e-mail after e-mail about what you guys want – and love the suggestions! But the challenge is consolidating that feedback into an easily consumable and distributable package, that’s then deliverable to a variety of companies. From the companies standpoint, it’s not easy to track down ideas across thousands of posts in dozens of forums or sites.
So, based on some of your suggestions in the survey – I want to change that. Thus, this post.
Here’s your chance to let the sports watch makers know what you want in a device. Most of these companies are in the final stretch of design for products releasing in the spring and summer. They’re all sitting around the table every day making decisions about which features to cut, and which ones to save. They’ll be making those decisions day after day until the products ultimately end up on store shelves. And even after that – they’ll revisit those decisions in firmware updates week after week.
So – what do you want?
What’s important in a sports watch/device to you?
What are the things that keep you from buying product XYZ? If you would have bought product XYZ, but aren’t because it’s missing feature ABC – say that.
Be blunt, but be reasonable. Focus on constructive things, and I suspect we’ll see constructive results.
As for everyone…yes, everyone is reading. Yes, Garmin reads this daily (I’m told I’m a have a ‘cult following’ there). Yes, Timex reads this daily. Yes, Polar reads this daily. Yes, Saris/CycleOps too. And yes, every other sports technology company out there in the endurance sports world reads this. They’ve asked for the feedback – and I think you have a ton of it you want to give.
I swim, bike and run. Then, I come here and write about my adventures. It’s as simple as that. Most of the time. If you’re new around these parts, here’s the long version of my story.
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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.