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.
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 and Facebook, 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.
Here’s the low-down on what was covered this past week in the DCR podcast:
(The interwebs were not strong enough for a Skype call at our little spot in the Arctic Circle, just horrible quality, sorry. We’ll double-down this week though!)
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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:
1) Man climbs Eiffel Tower with GoPro: These days, this stunt unapproved would probably get you shot off the side of the Eiffel Tower. Based on the tree cover though, this definitely wasn’t in the last few weeks (the leaves turned here about a month ago).
2) New Balance 3D prints running shoe: And apparently they’re going to go into production with this setup next year. The idea here is being able to offer far more customization on-demand. Sorta like Dell does for computers.
3) Garmin on track to get denied expansion: It’s always crazy to me when folks in smaller cities/towns try to limit growth in companies that disproportionally make up the majority of employment in that town. Never ends well for that locale. (via David)
5) “I’ve always liked to run and drink beer”: Yes, that’s the actual quote from the runner that Brooks just signed a sponsorship deal with, also happens to be Beer Mile World Record holder. (via Randy)
8) FirstBeat Athlete Software Discontinued: A few of you sent this in to me a week or two ago. Semi-surprising, but also somewhat expected. Simply put: There just isn’t a market for HRV type apps these days. I think if the company had done more to simplify the process (such as making it online, integrating with Garmin/Polar/Suunto back ends for instant-access, etc…), it would be more attractive.
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 Beta Firmware Update: This adds in Gen2 Running Dynamics support, among a few other things. No, I don’t know when/if this will come to the FR920XT, but typically the FR920XT/Fenix3/Epix stay pretty tightly coupled together feature-wise.
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 2018 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.