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 in the past week:
Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this past week:
3) Pole Vaulting with a GoPro: This is pretty sweet, and a simple yet very well edited video with cameras all over creation (drone, pole, person, mounted elsewhere, etc…).
4) How Paris would handle the 2024 Summer Olympics: It’s really cool to see that virtually everything on this list is within the city boundaries (or, just a couple kilometers outside of it). This compared with the recent Olympic trend (especially summer games) of having many events in flat-out different countries hundreds of miles away (or more).
6) On sponsorships and watch companies: I should point out first that as a person I think Dean is pretty impressive from an athlete’s standpoint. And probably even a cool guy. But from a sponsorship standpoint I find it funny that he’s now twice endorsed devices that realistically won’t do what he opines. For example, a couple of years ago he was sponsored by Motorola and the Motoactiv. At the launch he noted how he used it constantly in training (as an ultra runner). Which was funny, since the device’s battery didn’t last more than 2hrs at that point (it was later extended a number of hours). Then here, with Fitbit and discussing specifically using the Surge for interval training with heart rate and the importance of fast responding. When, the Surge specifically just isn’t very good at that (at all). I suppose in general, I could call this paragraph: ‘Keepin’ it real’.
7) UCI to stream onboard live footage: Pretty cool to see them testing this out this upcoming week at track worlds (just outside of Paris). I’d go, but I’m pretty sure I’m not in town (wrong continent…again).
10) Power meters and social media analysis: You can geek out on graphs and charts in this post. Though, also interesting to see that while certain companies are increasing social presence, some stats (such as the Kona bike count for PM’s) show adoption going the opposite way.
Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:
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.
I ran through a preview of this a few weeks ago. Great to see them launch, and especially cool to see them already blowing through nearly half a million dollars in the first few days. Solid stuff.
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.