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.
9) Analysis of Stages Power Meter High-Speed Data: There’s been two totally different but interesting efforts in recent weeks at starting to dig into the high-speed data mode that Stages enabled this past winter. The first (1st link) is from Robert Chung, who’s helped in a number of the power meter tests I’ve done from a data analysis standpoint. The second is from a reader who’s created an app to visualize the high speed data, as seen below (it’s actually a cool thing to watch). He’s looking for beta testers, where you can e-mail to email@example.com if you’re interested.
10) The world’s tallest water slide: What’s perhaps more interesting about this video is that while the team/company is sponsored by Garmin and the VIRB (and it was filmed on a VIRB), there are GoPro’s in the frame for a TV show – likely because GoPro offers more post-production capabilities than Garmin offers today. Still, cool video. (via Tyler R.)
Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:
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. If you’re unfamiliar with projects, read my detailed post on how I decide which projects I personally back. 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.
A few of you have asked about this project this week, and I honestly don’t even know where to begin. First, there’s a ton of claims about what the product can measure. I suspect they probably can measure some of it, like heart rate and some of the other muscle monitoring metrics just fine (they have some history elsewhere in that department). But I also expect that others are a bit more nebulous in the way they are presented. For example – muscle imbalance does require you to have two devices (one on each leg), and the fact that it actually tells you to try and correct that by “pushing harder with the other leg” is so horribly misaligned to any scientific research that alone should be concerning. Now they do disclose elsewhere that you need two devices, but many might miss that small statement.
Then there’s the certification by Dragon Innovations. Which honestly, is like getting a certification from your drinking buddy. See, Dragon is simply a VC funding entity that also has its own crowd funding platform (which, Leo didn’t use btw). Thus, as a venture cap firm their entire goal in life is to create hype around a product so they make money. Further, ignoring the source of such certification, there’s the fact that the certification only looks at the hardware BOM (Bill of Materials). Which quite frankly is useless in a world where software is everything. Not to mention it doesn’t look at any other aspects of project viability.
Next, they violate singular rule of manufacturing: They list a manufacturing date starting in February (2015). Why is this a problem? Because of the Chinese New Year, which results in the entire manufacturing capability of the country shutting down during that period, resulting in huge delays. Unfortunately, they don’t list where they’re going to build the unit – but that’s a huge red flag as-is and ideally that should have been called out somewhere.
Last but not least, I feel the delivery date is too far out. Given how there was virtually nothing actually shown in the video that represents a final product – it tells me they’re far away. Thus I suspect April 2015 is probably Fall 2015. Of course, I could be wrong and they’ll go from almost nothing to everything. But historically speaking, that’s usually not the case.
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 Smart Run Update: Lots of updates here to Smart Run, including Bluetooth Sync to your phone as well as other cool items.
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.