Heads-up: Huge Sports Tech Sale Underway – 20% Off All Smart Trainers!
There’s a massive sales on smart cycling trainers right now, plus plenty other sports tech. There’s 20% off the Wahoo KICKR, KICKR CORE, CLIMB, Headwind, 20% off the Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, and Flux S, 20% off Saris Hammer 3 trainer and Saris MP1 Motion Platform. Plus also 20% off the Elite Direto X and Suito too, even the new Sterzo. Plus even steeper deals including with the Kinetic trainers at 30% off.
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:
It’s gonna be a busy post week ahead though with MWC (Mobile World Congress) on tap, that’s for sure…
Garmin FR220 & FR620 rebates:
Garmin has begun a $25 and $50 rebate for those purchasing the FR220 and FR620 from today until May 31st. Honestly…this is a poor deal. Had these been $50 off (FR220) and $100 (FR620) rebates…well, they’d still be a poor deal. But at least in the right ballpark. But why are they a bad deal?
At $250, the Vivoactive does almost everything these two watches do – but also a gazillion times more. It has Connect IQ, which means that you can leverage 3rd party apps on it (the FR220/620 don’t). It has activity tracking, whereas the FR220/FR620 don’t. It has swimming, golfing, music control and many others. The FR220/FR620 do support training plans, but I suspect we’ll see that implemented via Connect IQ on the Vivoactive anyway – either by a 3rd party or by Garmin themselves.
I could go on and on…but I think you get the point. About the only thing these two have that the Vivoactive doesn’t is that you can put one on your wrist today. But realistically that’s just a temporary problem that ideally will be solved by the end of the month once the Vivoactive starts shipping. But…that’s just my two cents.
10) Diana Nyad’s One-Woman Swim Show: I’m not sure I can really explain this in one line. It’s an actual theater show (remember, she’s the one to swim from Cuba to Florida). Just click.
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.
Pebble Time Launched: No big deal…just a million dollars in roughly 20 minutes on Kickstarter…and about $11 Million more since then. I spent some hands-on time with the watch today with founder Eric, really impressive how responsive it is. I’ll have a post for Tuesday with a bit more detail.
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?
Suunto adds TrainingPeaks Sync: Starting on Tuesday, Suunto will also roll out support for automatic sync to Training Peaks. This is similar to the support they added a year ago for Strava and last week added for Sport Tracks.
Thanks for reading, and have a good remainder of your weekend!
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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.