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.
Sometimes I have notes on new products that don’t ‘deserve’ a full post by themselves, nor are they ‘In the Queue’ to review. They’re just sorta ‘here’. For example, a new color variation or the like. As I noted about a month ago, a new color does not a full post make. Or perhaps it’s something like the new Garmin HRM3 (though, given how many daily e-mails I field on it, I feel like maybe I should have written a new post on it – but of course then someone will complain that I put out a full post for just a strap…oh wait, someone did complain that I even mentioned it in a different post…sigh.). Speaking of Garmin…
Garmin FR10 now in small sized black/silver: One or two of you saw the pictures of it on my wrist a while back while I was in Kansas. Garmin decided to indeed go ahead with the small-sized FR10 in a neutral black/silver color. I had a tiny amount of foresight to take some pictures then. Here’s a few pics I snapped at the time (below, all the small sizes):
Then, below, the normally men’s looking colors, small one (black) up top, big ones (orange/red) down below:
It’s still the same watch as any other FR10 – no other special features. Just small sized unit for folks that want a smaller watch. Pretty straight forward.
Wahoo now making quarter-turn compatible RFLKT mounts: Another item that I slipped a single picture in a long while ago (back around CES in January) though only one person picked up on. These mounts replace the stock back of the Wahoo RFLKT, but are fully compatible with any Garmin quarter turn mount system (i.e. compatible with the Garmin Edge mounts like the Barfly). A few pics:
Here’s my unit mounted on the BarFly TT Mount:
And here’s it mounted on the road bike I rented a few weeks ago:
Wahoo tweeted out that they are now included in all new shipments of RFLKT units, and if you already bought a RFLKT you can shoot them an e-mail and they’ll happily send you a mount (well, technically a mount backing, but you get my point). As for my review of the unit, my mental stake in the ground is when we see a Strava 3rd party app. I’ve always been waiting until we see at least a few Wahoo RFLKT apps – as in plural – and that’s sorta my current thought as well. Though I am and have been using the unit. I would say many of you have provided great feedback and thoughts on the product and your use within my Queue post on it.
Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:
Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet:
This is a bit of a new section. 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. Note that as always with crowd funded projects, assume the project will be late and will under-deliver on features. Thus far, on the numerous products I’ve helped ‘fund’ (except a leather bike handle), that’s been the case.
W/Me Wearable Health Tracker for Heart Rate Variability: All I’ve gotta say is I’m confused. I’m good with the visual design, I think some of the features are interesting (finding phones, HRV data), but I’m totally unclear on how or why I’d want to focus on breathing in day to day life. Thus far, I’ve made it 30 years without thinking about it – they needed to explain to me how that’s going to improve my existence on this planet. Not just “It’ll make you healthy”.
Half the Road: A crowdsourced video about women’s professional cycling. Video trailer here (sorry, they didn’t permit embedding on other domains for some reason).
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 is even better) 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?
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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.