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.
For real. Somehow, pre-Black Friday deals have actually begun as of today. On the bright side, at least Garmin delivered on a very solid deal with the FR920XT at $199. Seriously, that’s a sweet deal. In any case, you can hit up my holiday landing page for 2016 here (my old 2015 one was here for those looking for a taste of the season). I’ll be updating it as soon as new things release. Expect many deals pre-Black Friday this year, plus of course goodness on that date. That page explains the three ‘seasons’ of the holidays deals.
*Garmin FR920XT – $199 (normally $449): Available on Amazon and Clever Training. This is an incredible deal for a triathlon watch. Obviously, the FR920XT is two years old now, but it still holds its own quite well. The only downside here is that going forward you may see some newer Connect IQ apps that won’t run on it. But none of those apps have been released yet, so it’s not something I’d fret about at this price point. Note that while the FR920XT is overdue for replacement, I don’t see that as being near term. Full In-Depth Review here.
Garmin Vivoactive HR – $229 (normally $249): Available on Amazon & Clever Training. Somewhat like the Vivosmart HR, I’d put this in the ‘OK deal’ camp. It’s an enormously popular GPS watch, and is actually pretty full featured compared to most options in this price range. Probably why Garmin is only lowering the price 8%. Full In-Depth Review here.
Here’s a handful of the topics discussed in this past week’s podcast:
– A long chat about Brim Brothers announcing they’re ceasing operations – The difference between bone conduction audio and noise cancellation technologies – Very deep discussion around my review of the Suunto Spartan Ultra that released – All about writing bad reviews – DCR Open House Registration opens! – DCR Stalkers in Paris – A Random Guy from Italy calls, girls goes wild – Playing Spotify without internet connectivity – Understanding waterproof standards – And of course, more other goodness
2) Tour of Yorkshire towns named: Well, sorta. The towns have been named, but the exact route hasn’t been released yet. Still, good stuff! (via Marc)
3) Outside Magazine sensationalizes ski lift risks: As it seems the trend lately, Outside Magazine has disappointingly gone a bit towards the click-bait headlines. This story kinda doubles down on it. I found it interesting that there hasn’t been a death from a US ski lift since 1993 (that’s 23 years ago). Yet somehow they are death traps now.
6) CyclingTips – Road Tripping Bali: Love their road tripping series. Plus, the drone shots are well done and integrated here. Note full article and photos above (with video). Solo video below.
7) Alton Brown to do Internet show next year: This of course has everything to do with endurance sports, since all endurance sports athletes love eating. And anyone who loves eating (or at least cooking), probably loved the sciences behind the old Good Eats series. Same goes for anyone that loved gadgetry (as long as it was a multi-purpose gadget).
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 are 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? Oh – and if you want to get a head start on things, this page is a great resource for watching Garmin firmware updates.
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.