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.
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 what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!
So with that, let’s get into the action!
DCRainmaker.com posts this past week: Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this week:
2) Good Power Meter Introduction/Primer: I know there’s a lot of you out there that may not quite fully understand what a power meter is, who makes them, or how they’re used. This is a handy little down-to-earth post that gives you all the basics.
8) PoolMate releases new/updated software suite: If you’ve got a PoolMate-Pro downloadable swim watch, you’ll want to swing on over and grab the latest release of their software. Looks like good stuff, though, I haven’t yet tried it myself.
9) New iPad has Bluetooth Low Energy (BT 4.0 sensor support): I caught this in the stream of interesting things last week related to the ‘New iPad’. Because it has Bluetooth 4.0 support, it in turn has Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth Low Energy support. This is the technology that aims to be the major rival to ANT+ (which is the sensor technology inside your Garmin accessories). It’ll be interesting to see what apps might start to come out that take advantage of this (i.e. apps like Kinomap that also support BLE accessories like the Wahoo Fitness BlueHR strap).
10) Motactv adds a bunch of new features via software update: They’ve added 40 new activities, along with support to connect to WiFi networks directly from the watch (previously a computer was required). Some good stuff in here, and shows the potential of expansion on a watch when designed with flexibility from the start. It also shows the power of a 3D accelerometer in being able to expand into new sports.
Random items of note:
It’s been a busy weekend, with a bunch of new watches arriving (including the Suunto Ambit and Soleus GPS 2.0 watches). Plus, the Cherry Blossoms started blooming here in DC, woot! I’ve uploaded a slew of initial Suunto Ambit photos here to this gallery. Enjoy!
Ironically, below, this picture represents the two ends of the price spectrum of GPS watches in the market – with the Soleus GPS 2.0 unit (I got on GroupOn for $95), and the Suunto Ambit at over $500.
Have a great remainder of your weekend, and thanks for reading!
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