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.
4)The point of view of a ref: Here’s what a head mounted camera looks like when worn during a rugby game for Fox Sports Australia. Pretty cool.
5) A look at the Track Aero System: This technology from Alphamantis is something I’ve been following for a few years now since getting a closed door tour look at it back in 2011 at the ANT+ Symposium. Really cool to see them starting to come into the light a bit.
This is a bit of a new section that I’ve been toying with adding. Most of this content used to be found within the main section, but I figured I’d just call it out up here and make it easy to find. I regularly sift through Kickstarter and Indiegogo (plus a few others on occasion) looking for sports projects.
Here’s the projects of note that are new:
SMART Helmet: A helmet that measures your heart rate…and transmits it via Bluetooth Smart or ANT+. Pretty cool stuff. I’ve definitely gone ahead and ordered one.
Notable Athletic Deals:
The Timex Cycle Trainer GPS is down to $160 (with the ANT+ HR strap) from REI. If you use this particular link on your way to REI, you help support the site (actually, true anytime you wander to REI). I like this unit, though the only thing I’m not a fan of on it is the lack of proper power meter calibration support. But if you don’t have a PM, it’s a pretty good little unit.
Sports Technology Software/Firmware Updates This Week:
Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one liners is perfect, or Tweet it at me) and I’ll make mention of it here. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good?
Garmin Connect adds heat maps. This shows were runners have gone in Garmin Connect’s most popular US cities. Sorta like what Nike+ does, but on a smaller scale. I would personally love to be able to just see my own heat map. In the meantime though, you can clearly see the impact I made around my former house outside of DC, with the areas just in front of it having small blips. 🙂
Garmin Connect adds OpenStreetMaps: Very smart move, and I’ve gotta wonder if it’s potentially the next step is enabling OpenStreet map transfers on devices without 3rd party components. It would no doubt cut into revenue, but it would make them realize that a $400-500US device sale is financially more beneficial to them than someone downloading Google Maps on their cell phone for free and ignoring the Garmin.
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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.