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. Sorry, been a bit slammed this past week or two with travel:
Here’s the low-down on what was covered this past week in the DCR podcast:
– My thoughts on the Intel acquisition (in more detail than down below) – Current state of power meter pricing – Fitbit IPO (and lawsuits) – Garmin Fenix3 Updates – Whether or not I’d be an early adopter of technology if not for the blog – Calories within the Apple Watch and how it works with the optical sensor ….and a ton more!
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Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:
Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet:
3) YouTube now hosts 8K resolution videos: So yes, your fancy 4K footage is sooooo yesterday. Of course, I don’t seem to have anything in my house capable of playing such 8K videos – but that’s not the point…right?
4) The Secret Pro: As always, a must read column for any fan of the pro scene in cycling.
10) Intel buys out Recon Instruments: I tweeted about this a little bit earlier in the week, but figured I’d mention it here. While obviously both Recon and Intel say this is the next greatest thing…I’m not so sure. In general, when massive companies like Intel/Google/Microsoft/Apple swallow up little companies (especially hardware companies), it’s rarely good for an existing consumer. Those products often get quickly left by the wayside as the acquiring company usually has other plans. In the case of Intel, they did buy Basis last year, but from a consumer standpoint we haven’t seen much beneficial coming out of that. Mostly because Intel hasn’t historically been a consumer-facing company. Instead, the vast majority of their products are within other products. Now while Recon did release the ANT+ Power Meter support the next day, that’s long since been planned – so hardly indicative of future plans. I’d really like the company to stake out a bit of a public timeline software update roadmap for Jet specifically (their heads up display aimed at cycling/running). Otherwise, I’ll be very hesitant to recommend it going into my In-Depth Review.
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.
KUAI – World’s First Multisport Biometric Headphones: Well, “World’s First” is sorta a misnomer, since there have been many others. For example, Dash, also a Kickstarter project. As to why I didn’t post about them separately – the answer is simple: They are unable to prove to me in person the product actually exists. That proof is required in the form of a physical product that I can touch (at any stage, functional or otherwise). That’s sorta my rule (95% of the time anyway). It sounds like the first opportunity for that won’t be till October. Which tells me there isn’t a chance in heck they’ll hit November shipping timelines.
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?
Garmin Fenix3 firmware updates: Bug fixes, some minor feature adds, but not yet a fix for the GPS shortening issue (On a semi-unrelated note, I saw that Garmin released their aviation variant this week using the same base hardware as the Fenix3. This is very common for the company. Just thought it was worth noting. Note that separate teams work on that software.)
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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.