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:
– Garmin Vivosmart HR and Polar A360 thoughts – Garmin Index Scale thoughts – FitLinxx’s decision to yank the Ampstrip – How to track resting heart rate, and what it means – A whole bunch of questions on optical HR (this episode should have been named “The Optical HR Show”) – Power meters with a triathlon bike – How Quarq handles broken power meters behind the scenes – First Ironman device decisions – Some initial thoughts on Black Friday sales
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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) First footage from GoPro’s new Drone: Interesting, but note: Nothing earth shattering shown. I’m just as excited as the next guy for GoPro’s drone (as I’ve covered lots of stuff at the intersection of drones and sports), but I’d point out that nothing shown is beyond the norm. They showed gimbal footage. Drone footage with a gimbal is a dime a dozen these days (more like a penny a thousand). What matters is what we don’t know: How big is the unit? What functions does it have? Battery life? Safety features? Follow-me mode? Also, I did think it was peculiar that they only uploaded 1440p footage. I say this because the footage at the end implies via the logo it was shot on a Hero4 unit (Black/Silver), which also does 2.7K/4K. So why wouldn’t they upload and shoot in that for maximum effect? That omission makes me wonder if it was actually shot with something else, or heck, even the Hero4 Session instead (which does have a 1440p limitation). That in and of itself has a whole pile of implications.
9) Our CupCakery is the epicenter of Paris scary:So – #2 on the list is of course the CupCakery itself (where bodies used to be chopped up and fed to people). But #7 is actually where we have lots of CupCakery related storage. No worries…right?
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.
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?
Polar Strava Update: Polar has pushed back Strava integration. I’ll be honest – I don’t get it. This isn’t rocket science. Strava has a simple API that dozens (if not hundreds) of other apps have implemented in less than a morning. This shouldn’t take 6 months. I don’t think Polar understands how many cycling-specific sales are lost here because of this.
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.