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.
Keep an eye out on Monday (on this page) for the latest round of sports tech details and plans for Black Friday/Cyber Monday to hit! At the same time, a bunch of Garmin deals end Monday as well. They are:
Here’s some YouTube goodness that I published this past week:
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) Dog races mountain biker: Seriously, this is impressive. Both this year’s video, as well as last year’s video. Both the dog and the rider have got skillz. (via JMW)
2) Samsung Gear S3 will allow Samsung Pay on other Android phones: This is the sign of another company expanding contactless payments. I’ve gotta believe we’ll see the fitness majors (Garmin, Fitbit, and maybe Polar) expand into contactless (i.e. NFC) payments. The ease of use on wearables, such as the Apple Watch, is silly simple.
3) Training Peaks rolls out workout builder: Somewhat interesting, especially with the ability to plan forward looking load. Similar to what other platforms like Xert can do. However, it doesn’t appear to let you transfer these workouts to devices such as your Garmin unit.
4) Intel looks to be shutting down wearables division: Or at least, some element of layoffs. While Intel denied parts of this (and certainly, I’m hearing plenty from the Oakley Radar Pace folks), I’ve found that in general where there’s smoke…there’s fire. Plus, this would certainly go inline with everything else we’ve seen since the Intel acquisition of Basis and Recon.
5) Barbed wire stretched across mountain biking trail: A rider went through it, and the wire ended up in his throat. Really disgusting stuff. Though, I’m almost more amazed/saddened at the half-ass response from the various city officials. Their comments seemed more like “It’d be nice if someone didn’t do that again” versus “We plan to charge this individual with attempted murder.” (via Slowtwitch)
6) Amazon Italy to offer car purchases: I only note this because if you’re in Italy and plan to purchase a Fiat via Amazon, it’d be much appreciated to use that nifty Amazon Italy link on the sidebar first. Deal? And for everyone else not purchasing a car, you’ll see both the main US link, but also all of the Amazon country links right below it on the right sidebar of DCR!
8) ASO attempts to justify shortened and moved La Course event for this year: Sorry, I just don’t buy any of these excuses. Moving to a shorter stage in the mountains is not what anyone wanted. They wanted to see a multi-stage race (even just 2-3 days). There were many proposals last year on how that could have occurred. I see this as a cop-out, and likely the end of La Course after this year.
9) GoPro gives Karma drone owners free Hero5 Black for recall: This is actually a very solid gesture on their part, especially as it’ll include the Best Buy Karma purchasers, whose drone only came with a Hero4 Black. Of course, all Karma purchasers had to return the drone + the camera, and only bundles had been sold to date. Now ideally, once GoPro starts selling the drones again, they’ll actually allow people to buy just the drone vs the whole package including camera.
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.