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.
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.
The Queue is a place where I post quick galleries of products that have just started the review cycle. At the moment, these don’t show up in the main RSS feed since they are just quick galleries. You can however subscribe specifically to The Queue RSS feed here (mostly to just use it as a notification mechanism).
I definitely appreciate being named one of the top male running blogs! However, of more note is that it’s a great list of other folks to read (some of which I hadn’t heard of before). Cool stuff!
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:
1) Aero Apples to Aero Oranges: The keys to understanding some of the claims bike companies make about aerodynamics. I talked a lot about this in my recent aerotesting post, but Angry Asian really drives the point home. A must read if you spend money based on aerodynamic claims.
2) Spaghetti and Meatballs aren’t Italian: Apparently not, at least the meatball part anyway. Pretty interesting post from the Smithsonian on it (along with some fairly conclusive quotes from the end).
4) The Secret Pro: The latest post from an unknown member of the pro cycling peloton. More interesting tidbits.
5) New ANT+ Phone – Sony Xperia M: This is the first new ANT+ phone we’ve seen in a heck of a long time. And, it even looks visually half-way decent as well. Nice! Too bad the new waterproofed variant didn’t get it though. (via ANT+ Twitter Feed)
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.
Switchable aerobars and seatpost system for road bikes: I got a preview of this last week, and it’s pretty darn cool. For those folks who want to use their existing road bikes but quickly switch from road to tri config and back – this offers the ability to do it near-instantly.
Project to get wind tunnel data on shoes: Interesting concept, the projects funds what in effect will be private wind tunnel data on shoes. Of note is that one of the project leaders is Dr. Coggan, one of the leaders in the cycling sciences field.
A charging stand for smart watches: Looks like this is primarily aimed at Pebble and those with side-charging schemes, as it wouldn’t really work on most GPS fitness watches. (Thanks Eli!)
Generate battery power while you walk/run: Interesting sole-integrated concept that will recharge a small battery. Not sure how practical this is, but maybe in a number of years something more practical will come out of it. (Thanks Eli!)
360* video capture generator for GoPro’s: This seems heavily overpriced (in some many ways) considering some of the other options out there, and the fact that it doesn’t include the video editing software, and that it’s just a plastic mold.
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?
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.