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 past week.
8)NPD releases study on fitness device market, numbers don’t actually add up: It’s sorta funny, I started reading this story and noticed a lot of things don’t add up. First, it explicitly states that the numbers do included devices like sport watches and heart rate monitors (thus, a Garmin fitness GPS device). It states said market is $330M a year, of which FitBit somehow contributes 68% of it. Which, is sorta funny because if you look at Q1-Q3 cumulative earnings release, Garmin’s Fitness division alone had revenue of $237M. And that’s ignoring Polar, Timex and Suunto – other massive players, and again, that’s also ignoring the holiday season (enormous). C’mon, this isn’t that hard.
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.
1upPOWERbahn Cycle Trainer: Interesting trainer, but I suspect there’s a number of reasons why they are struggling on Kickstarter. First is that it looks too home-made, especially for the price. Second is that trying to sell a trainer on ‘natural feel’ via text is a tough marketing message. It’s really easy to do in person (see: LeMond Revolution Pro), but very tough when nobody’s tried your product. I do like that it has ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart, but for the price, I’d stick with other ‘known good’ trainers that provide the same and more API capabilities.
Wetsuit Remover: Hmm, I can’t exactly see myself buying one, but perhaps someone has a use for this. (via Eli)
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?
Adidas miCoach BLE sensor updates: I just wanted to call this out up here, but Adidas has also added support for Bluetooth Smart footpods to all of their apps (iOS/Windows Phone). Which is mostly notable because they become the first company to support Bluetooth Smart footpods on Windows Phone (they’ve previously supported Bluetooth Smart heart rate straps).
Garmin VIRB Edit update: Garmin released major update to their VIRB app, at least in terms of customization. Lots of cool stuff now, including ability to customize gauges and dashboards. Plus, a few other new things. Very very cool. Some good screenshot examples at that link.
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.