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.
I don’t normally include pre-order items in the Week in Review, but there are two items here that people have been asking daily about, and they are finally available for ordering. The others I added in simply because some might find it useful and usually I do mention new models of existing units in the Week in Review from time to time. Everything below qualifies for the DCR reader 10% savings on your cart through Clever Training with DCR coupon code DCR10BTF, plus free US shipping.
Polar V800 now available for pre-order: This is planned for early May delivery. As I noted in a comment yesterday on the V800 post, understand that there are a lot of unknowns here as far as upon-launch features. Thus, I’d look at this more as saving a place in line than outright committing. Further, also note that swimming metrics (indoor/outdoor) will not be available at launch. Finally, my full in-depth review will be once I have final production software/firmware, and then, likely a few weeks following that. Given the lack of clarity, I want to be absolutely sure what I write about is what you’re getting.
Mio Link dual ANT+/BLE optical HR strap for pre-order: Delivery is planned for mid-April. Tons of you have been interested in this, and I’ve been using it since late December without any real issues. I’ve done rides, runs, and random other activities. All good stuff. My only real complaint at this point is the charging cable magnets are a bit non-powerful, so it’s best to get it charging and not touch it. Beyond that, I wish the unit would go into standby after a while, since I often forget to turn it off and then I am always charging it. But, those are relatively minor. I’ve got final production units on the way to me, and I plan to write an in-depth review sometime in mid-April or so.
2) Samsung Galaxy Gear2, Fit, and S5 launched for pre-orders: Just a heads up that you can indeed pre-order the units through a wide variety of cell phone companies. I’ve placed a pre-order for the Fit and Gear2, and will be testing them out once they come in. I’ll be re-attempting to order the S5, once the ATT site cooperates with me and doesn’t try and change my phone plan…
4) A banana holder for a bike: No, really, it holds a banana while you ride. I’m not sure what to say. Outside of that, the bike holder/storage shelf combo thing shown down below is actually pretty tempting.
8) New York Freedom Tower Base Jump Video: Obviously, this has made the rounds for all sorts of reasons (namely, being illegal). You can skip ahead to roughly 2:45 for the jump. Though, I thought the landing piece was most interesting.
11) Running in Paris is now considered cool: Interestingly, I’ve actually seen a significant uptick in runners this spring compared to last year, or the fall prior. Way more runners than normal, even on bad-weather days. As for running attire from Parisians? Well…lots of work to do in the fashion department.
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. And finally, me simply mentioning them below is definitely not an endorsement, it’s just me mentioning they exist.
Magnet-less bicycle sensor: VeloComputer magnet-less wireless bicycle sensors for speed, acceleration, grade of a slope and cadence. This is another iteration for Velocomputer, but this time, I think they’ve got the concept right. The unit can be ordered in either ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart, and follows both standard profiles (finally!). I’ve commented to them that a dual product would make more sense, and the chipset they’re using is capable of it. Personally, I’d buy it in a second if it was dual (actually, I’d probably buy a bunch of them). But, that’s just my two cents.
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?
Garmin Express Updated: Unclear on exactly what was added. Though, it did change the icon for the Fenix2 from a car GPS, to an unknown car-fitness-cycling icon. Why they couldn’t just get the correct Fenix2 icon is sorta odd.
(No sports related Windows Phone updates on my phone this week).
Thanks for reading all!
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