Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, Wahoo, Tacx, Suunto, Polar, Trainers and more! There’s two huge sales going on – first is a major Garmin sale, including $100 off new Forerunner 945 and $150 off the Fenix 5 Plus. Along with the Varia Radar, Garmin Edge 130 & 1030, HR straps, sensors, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with all major trainers and power meters included. Wahoo KICKR’s, Tacx NEO’s, Elite Direto’s and Suito’s, Saris H3, Kinetic, R1 4iiii Fliiiight, Stages, and many more. 20% off means you’re saving $200+ in most cases. Not to mention the GPS units from Garmin, Polar, COROS, Lezyne, Suunto, Apple and others.
I’m often asked to do phone app reviews, but as I explain in my FAQ page (which, btw, continues to grow), the rate of change of phone apps makes reviews all but meaningless within days or weeks. So instead, I like to include apps in others posts as relevant to that topic. For example, my favorite tri apps, or apps for finding swimming pools, etc…
But I’ve been thinking lately about what apps are out there that offer live tracking while you’re out there running, cycling, or rambling around. But in particular – apps that also live transmit sensor data – such as ANT+, Bluetooth, or Bluetooth Smart.
I thought it might be interesting to put together a post on all the options you have. I quite often use the Garmin Fit app which has live tracking of both position, as well as ANT+ sensor data – including Power, Heart Rate, Speed and Cadence. And in general, I find it works pretty well.
But I know there’s more. For example, Runkeeper has some functionality (that’s even used by other apps too). As well as Endomondo. But I know there’s many others out there I’m not aware of. The app landscape is just that big.
So over the next 3-4 weeks as I’m on near nonstop travel around the globe, I’d like to test out different options and will include them in a compiled post with all the pros and cons of each.
Here’s my only requirements:
1) Must transmit my current location on map (so that someone can view it on a page) 2) Must include a track of where I’ve been 3) Must include some ANT+/Bluetooth/Bluetooth Smart sensor data (i.e. HR/Speed/Cadence/Power/etc…).
That’s all. Free app or paid app, either is fine. Service fee or no fee, both ok.
From a platform standpoint, I’ve got iPhones, Android phones, Windows 7 and Windows 8 phones – so I can toy with just about anything (except Blackberry…sorry!).
So – let me hear about them. The more the merrier! And, you’re experience with them is even better.
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.