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.
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 products). During that post, some folks asked to see what the full sports gadget collection looks like.
It used to be that the collection all fit into a single Rubbermaid container. Well, mostly. As you saw in my post on ‘Behind the scenes in product reviews’, it was overflowing at the time. So this spring I decided to upgrade it. And by ‘upgrade’, I mean I went to Ikea and bought the cheapest shelving system they had.
Now, I should point out an important item because I’m not sure if everyone realizes it. After I’m done reviewing a product, I almost always end up returning the product to the vendor – no matter if the item costs $2,000 or $200. About the only items I don’t send back are ones that I’ve consumed (i.e…food), which is fairly rare. In some cases, the companies don’t want them back – so I give them away (a hint at what might be coming up soon…).
After the product has gone back though, I end up re-purchasing almost all of them. I do this to be able to answer your questions as companies add new features, or to be able to add them as comparisons in product reviews. Obviously, this costs real hard cold cash, hence why I’m super thankful for all of you who use the Amazon links.
With that – let me introduce the portable side of the sports gadget collection. Note this does not include trainers, or anything else that doesn’t fit in the closet.
Above, the closet. You’ll notice Mr. Shark is hanging out there, guarding the goods. He sits behind the pull-up bar (an artifact as part of the Men’s Health partnership). The pull up bar keeps him in the room, like one of those children’s fences.
Once you’re inside and navigated him out of the way, I’ve organized everything into levels. Starting at the very top is basically a place where I can stash boxes that don’t really fit anywhere else – these are mostly just scales and the like.
Then from there we go into swim stuff (you’ll notice the pattern: Swim, Bike, Run…). Because Swim doesn’t really need as much room as the others, I also stash some health and fitness stuff in here – like Zeo.
Moving down a layer we’ve got ‘Bike’. Now in general these are products that I’ve already reviewed, but there are some others in there that I just haven’t gotten around to. In some cases, the product may never be reviewed (simply due to lack of time), and in others, it’s still on my radar. For items that are triathlon and could swing both bike or run, I stash it wherever seems to have the most space that day.
Moving on we’re onto the run! This is without question the biggest category, as it’s the one where I write the most product reviews for. Lots of stuff in here. Sometimes I have two of an item, either because The Girl has one, or because I’ve had multiples for some random reason (i.e. there are two Nike+ GPS watches there, one of them is shattered).
Below the run, we’ve got the ‘To Review’ pile. This serves as a handy reminder of things I’m working on. Some items are higher priority than others, usually determined by your demand. Occasionally determined by public release. Virtually never determined by what a company wants (I recently reminded a company of that, subsequently sending back their products without review after they got pushy). I aim to deliver what I believe you’ll find interesting, not what some PR person wants. Of course, if I find something interesting, then you’ll never know what you’ll get (hence the Shark and blender things).
I’ve also got two more little piles out of view (gotta have surprises!). The first being unreleased/unannounced products, and the second being a very good chunk of stuff that I’ll be giving away shortly. It’s a fairly substantial pile – sorta like ‘The mother of all DC Rainmaker giveaways’. And, more fun to keep that a surprise. When have you ever been disappointed by one of my giveaways?
With that – hope you enjoyed the little tour, and hope you have an enjoyable weekend!
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.
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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.