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:
– Longer discussion on Apple Watch waterproofing tests – Discussion of the new Garmin FR225 – ANT+ vs Bluetooth Smart and why it might matter to you – My thoughts on how long we’ll stay in Paris – Random other goodness!
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Clever Training Sports Tech Deals: Garmin Vector (+ a bunch of other things expiring tomorrow)
There’s currently a $300 rebate on the full Garmin Vector pedals, and a $150 rebate on Vector S. This CAN BE combined with the DCR/CT Clever Training VIP program that saves you 10% (plus free shipping, with the discount pre-rebate price). So you’re looking at a final cost of about $1,050. Note, this is the original Vector, and not Vector2 systems – and only while supplies last (meaning, they aren’t making original Vector anymore).
In addition, as with last week, the following deals expire tomorrow. The rebates go a fair bit longer, but not the sale prices:
Garmin FR220: Down to $175 including rebate ($249 normally > $199 on sale > $25 mail-in rebate = $175) Garmin FR620: Down to $299 including rebate ($399 normally > $349 on sale > $50 mail-in rebate = $299) Garmin Fenix2: Down to $239 ($399 normally > $239 on sale)
If you click on any of those links, you can also see the heart rate bundles too, as well as the various colors/versions. Note that the DCR Clever Training discount is not eligible on the Garmin items, though the free shipping is.
Additionally, you’ve got Saris/CycleOps getting into the action, this time with the DCR reader discount still eligible (plus free shipping):
2) Apple Watch might get some new features: This is separate from the firmware update that came last week (I cover that in the ‘updates’ section). I’d really expect at some point it’ll get some of the basics like sleep tracking – since everyone else has it. While battery life is a concern there, you might as well give folks the option to decide when to charge (such as at their desk at work).
5) Spotify unveils running focused features: This will select music that matches your running cadence. As a Spotify user, I might be tempted to actually run with headphones (I generally dislike doing so). While there are other apps that do this, Spotify’s library is the key here.
9) 50 Ironmans, one a day in every state: Well then, don’t I feel lazy. Will be interesting to watch. As others have noted, his major blockers/issues will primarily be logistical/travel in nature. Just so many ways that a single trip-up can slow things down. (via Slowtwitch Forums)
My YouTube Videos of Note:
I plopped up a new unboxing video this weekend, of the Garmin Epix unit:
Expect more Epix videos over the next month (roughly) as I work towards an in-depth review in late June.
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.
(Hmm…I’m going with not much of interest to me here this week. A few semi-bike related things out there – but nothing core sports tech that I thought was really worthwhile.)
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?
I swim, bike and run. Then, I come here and write about my adventures. It’s as simple as that. Most of the time. If you’re new around these parts, here’s the long version of my story.
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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.