Massive Deals Round-Up! Hit up the link below for all the best sports tech deals. From huge savings on the Garmin Forerunner 945, Fenix series, Venu AMOLED smartwatch – to the latest Apple (Watch/Airpods/Beats), DJI (Drones/Action Cams), Fitbit, GoPro (Hero 8!), Suunto, and Polar deals. Drones to action cams, activity trackers to smart trainers, watches to cycling GPS units – and plenty more – tracked daily this holiday deals season!
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.
It’s come to my attention that I may have never noted that there’s actually a weekly DCR Newsletter. Even better, is that the The Girl actually writes it. For real. You can check out all her past newsletter missives here in the archive.
Or, you can sign-up for the newsletter here. It goes out every Tuesday, and thus far – y’all seem to be enjoying it!
The Girl’s Baby Gear Guide:
The Girl has also been busy lately putting together a bit of baby/kid gear that we use. I get a ton of questions about this, so we decided to consolidate this together. Some of this is tech, but a lot of it is just day-to-day life stuff. Obviously, we’re only experts in the 0 to 6 month range. And by ‘experts’, I mean we have a sample size of one. Still, it’s neat to see others’ suggestions on child/kid gear.
The vast majority of sports tech deals end at 11:59PM Eastern US time tonight (Dec 24th). So even though these won’t make it in time for Christmas, you could buy them now in case you aren’t getting good vibes for what’s under the tree. Almost no company would be shipping on the 24th/25th, so one could technically cancel Sunday morning before anything ships.
Outside of deals related to cheaper/older activity trackers and weight scales that we typically see in early January (for New Years Resolutions), I wouldn’t expect any major/coordinated sports tech deals for at least a few months. Usually spring is the next stop (around April/May) for such deals.
6) Garmin has a school program for kids: File this under the ‘things I didn’t know’ category. Interesting stuff, though, somewhat common for tech companies, especially larger ones, to have various programs with schools in their communities. Would be neat to have a list of the CIQ apps made by kids from the program and published online somewhere (obviously kids names can be omitted). Like a gallery of sorts.
7) BarFly team launches CO2/Tire Lever combo package: The folks at Tate Labs have launched a combination tire lever/iron tool with a CO2 inflator on Kickstarter. Cool stuff, especially since I keep managing to lose my CO2 inflators. I decided to go for the 2-pack on Kickstarter (one for each of my main bikes). Plus, it ships in January.
8) Canyon kills off Smart Bike Computer concept: You may remember this from Eurobike a year back. Not surprising to me really. Making bike computers is *really hard*. As a bike manufacturer, you’re in a spot where only a fraction of people would even consider your product due to the assumption that it’s limited to that bike brand (regardless of whether it actually is).
9) GoPro’s 2016 Review Video: This is one of those ones you just sit back and enjoy the impressiveness of some of the shots taken. Even that split-second shot of the GoPro attached to the helicopter blade. In any other video that’d last more than a split-second, here, that’s all the room it gets.
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 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.