Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, 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, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with virtually 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. Not to mention the GPS units from Garmin, Polar, COROS, Lezyne, Suunto, Apple and others.
Updated Dec 16th, 2014 12:35PM – TomTom Multisport back on sale for $149, details in Clever Training section.
Updated Dec 14th, 2014 1:05PM EST – Added new Garmin FR910XT deals, and new Vivofit deal.
Without question one of the most anticipated shopping days of the year – at least for US folks. But these days many companies ship outside the US as well for relatively cheap, so it might as well be a global deal day! This post is a roundup of those items that are specific to sports technology, so things like GPS watches, action cameras, activity trackers and the like.
The below highlights all the sweet Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals I’m aware of. For those unclear, Black Friday is this Friday (Nov 28th , but most companies already have things on-sale this week. Cyber Monday is next Monday (Dec 1st), but again, things are a bit flexible there too – thus, mind the dates below and check back at least once a day for all the updates that I’ll post as new deals are announced.
Some of them help support the site, and some of them are just out there on the interwebs. In both cases, I’m going to largely focus on the gadget side of things, since that’s my specialty. I’ll be noting major updates as they come up via Twitter.
Clever Training Sports Technology deals:
These deals are all via partner Clever Training and all earn free US shipping. Some also qualify for the DCR 10% off coupon (though most in this list won’t). All help support the site.
DCR’s Take: The best deals here (thus far) are easily the TomTom Runner at $99, the Vivofit at $79, and the Garmin VIRB at $99. Action-cam wise you won’t beat that functionality for anywhere near under $200. And on the TomTom Runner, there’s never been a more capable GPS watch in the sub-$100 range. On the Vivofit, it was a great deal at $99, but at $79 it’s cheaper than any display-capable activity tracker except the FitBit Zip, but has way more functionality than that. Finally, on the cycling side the Edge 500 is a very solid deal for one of the most popular units out there. I don’t expect a near term replacement in that form factor.
These are often specific to certain days of the week. Note that this section changes very frequently – usually multiple times a day. I’ll try and tweet out some of the best new/updates. Many of these are Amazon Lightning Deals, that show up briefly so you need to hit it at the start of that session. Buying through any of the links below supports the site:
Deal Expired: Pebble Steel Smartwatch: Price should be $149 on sale, short term deal only (less than an hour) starts at 10AM EST on Nov 28th.
Deal Expired: Garmin Fenix(1): Unknown Price, short term deal only (less than an hour) starts at 4:50PM on Nov 28th.
(Additional deals to be added as they appear)
Non-US Sports Technology Hot Deals:
The Amazon-specific deals benefit the site, and are specifically for non-US folks in Europe mostly. Note which countries below. Remember that if in the EU, you can generally order from Amazon.de/Amazon.es/Amazon.fr/Amazon/it and Amazon.co.uk without any additional import taxes (that’s what I do in France).
Power2Max: Various units on sale about 200EUR off, pretty good deals for the Europeans who generally don’t get good deals.
Polar products: Upwards of 50% off the Loop, and the 30% off the Polar V800. Shippable countries within Europe varies.
Withings: 25-50% off for Europe folks, pretty much all products except the newest Activite.
As I see more items that are sports-technology related, I’ll update the above. For the non-gadget side of things (but still endurance sports), I’d highly recommend checking out this page from Michael Hutto – he’s done it for a few years now and it rocks for all sorts of things like wetsuits and the like.
With that, thanks for reading (and of course, supporting the site). And remember, if you can’t figure out what on earth you want product wise, check out the new Product Comparison Tool I put together. It has well over 10,000 pieces of data, combined into a simple and easy to use system that’s always up to date.
And finally, you can support the site through any of the below retailers just by clicking on the link and then wandering around via their search bar to whatever it is that you want to buy – even if not sports technology related:
Updated Dec 9th, 2014 12:45PM EST – TomTom Runner price dropped again back to $99, cleaned up some older deals.
Updated Dec 2nd, 2014 8:35AM EST – TomTom Multisport sale extended a week, TomTom Runner sale sorta extended. Cleaned up expired deals.
Updated Dec 1st, 10:43AM: Added in Polar V800 deal (Amazon US), TrainingPeaks 25% discount, Fenix2 Amazon Deal. Added VIRB Elite for UK folks via Amazon. Added ORP bike light/bell deal.
Updated Nov 30th, 9:18PM: Added Sport Tracks 35% off discounts for Cyber Monday. Withings Pulse deal on Amazon for Monday, along with other Amazon deals including action cams and Wahoo TICKR (base).
Updated Nov 28th, 12:38PM EST: Added PowerTap 20% off (all hubs/wheels/power meters/head units) and Tri/HR FR910XT/FR610/FR210/Edge 500 bundles to Clever Training section, Knog GoPro dual mount, Pebble Steel, and Garmin Fenix1 deals in Amazon, many more to Random section. For Europeans: Added ton of solid Amazon deals and Withings deal.
Updated Nov 27th 12:00PM EST: Additional Garmin Deals Added in Clever Training section, many others off in Random section. Added Wahoo RFLKT+ & Kurt Kinetic Trainer deal in Amazon section.
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