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Week in Review–January 1st, 2017

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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.

Saturday: Week in Review–December 24th, 2016
Monday: The Didn’t Get What You Wanted $500 Gadget Giveaway
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Friday: CycleOps Hammer Trainer In-Depth Review
Sunday: The Didn’t Get What You Wanted $500 Gadget Giveaway Winner!

Sports Tech Deals (new ones!)

The fitness companies want you to lose weight. And spend some money.  Albeit, less money than you would have had to last week.  The non-Garmin ones kicked off today, joining Garmin.  Here are all the weight scales

Fitbit Aria WiFi Scale (23% off): Down to $99 from $129 [Clever Training or Amazon]
Garmin Index WiFi Scale (13% off): Down to $129 from $149 [Clever Training or Amazon]
Withings Body Cardio WiFi Scale (40% off): Down to $107 from $179 [Clever Training or Amazon]
Withings Body Composition WiFi Scale (40% off): Down to $77 from $129 [Clever Training or Amazon]

My full WiFi weight scale showdown is here!

Note that in general for weight scales I recommend you pick whichever one you’re on already from a platform standpoint.  Given these prices are all fairly similar, it’s less of a chore to decide.  Also, note that normally I wouldn’t recommend the Garmin one (simply because of price) unless you really wanted the additional metrics, but at this price point, it’s probably worth it to not have to deal with the conversion mess of trying to get the Withings and Fitbit data into Garmin Connect.

If you have no loyalties to any of the above brands (meaning, you don’t already have a device from them), then I’d likely get the Withings one given the price point and it has the most connectivity to other platforms than any other brand.

While we’re on the sales front, Garmin has a bunch of other devices on sale, largely activity trackers in various forms:

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - $70 off!$269I use my iPad primarily for TrainerRoad as well as Zwift when not with a larger display. I also occasionally use it for other apps, namely Wahoo SYSTM, Rouvy, and Peloton. But I pretty much test every smart trainer app on it. For all these cycling apps, the graphics capabilities is really pretty irrelevant, so having the absolute top-end/latest model won't make any difference. I prefer the budget options.
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14", M1 Pro) - 20% offFrom $1,599This is the exact model I have and use for almost all my video editing (2021 MacBook Pro with 1TB space,). I actually initially bought a 16" M1 Max variant, and then quickly realized it was totally overkill both in size and spec, so I went back and got the 14" M1 Pro and have been super happy with it - even while editing complex drone/action cam videos with 3-4 concurrently 4K streams in a multicam configuration, it has zero issues.
4iiii Precision Ride-Ready Power Meters - 15-25% off$242This includes the Shimano DuraAce, Ultegra, and 105 units, at between 15-25% off depending on which exact model you select.
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $50 off!
$159
$79⚡These aren't the latest anymore, that's the newer 3rd gen units. But if budget is in mind, it's hard to beat these - seriously, at $79 it's the lowest price these have ever been.
Apple Airpods Pro (2nd Gen) - $50 off!
$249
$199
Apple TV 4K (32GB) for Zwift - $50 off$79⚡⚡ I use this for almost all my Zwifting. This is a fantastic deal, which runs Zwift, RGT, FulGaz, Rouvy, and more. While Apple just released their newest version (2022), virtually no cycling apps have taken advantage of it yet. And thus for now, the edition on sale for $79 seems like a steal.
Apple TV Elago R1 (2021 Edition) Remote Case- 64% offfrom $6.39I use Apple TV for Zwift the vast majority of the time, but also just for watching YouTube/Netflix/etc on the trainer. The Apple TV remote sucks though. This $10 case fixes that, it's a silicone strap that makes it easy to grab, but also has a strap to easily place on the edge of your handlebars. Boom! Note: This one is for Apple TV 4K 2021 Edition!
Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen/2022) - 8% off
$279
$229⚡This is the first time we've seen the new Apple Watch SE (2nd gen) on sale!
Apple Watch Series 8 - $50 off!
$399/$499 (cellular)
$349⚡This is only the 2nd time we've seen the new Apple Watch SE (2nd gen) on sale!
Apple Watch Ultra - 8% off!$739⚡This is the very first sale we've seen on the Apple Watch Ultra, and appears to be for all band styles as well! And it's not only in-stock, but even for same-day delivery in some areas.
Apple Watch Ultra - 8% off!$739⚡This is the very first sale we've seen on the Apple Watch Ultra, and appears to be for all band styles as well! And it's not only in-stock, but even for same-day delivery in some areas.
Beats Fit Pro - 20% off$159While I haven't used this myself, they are super popular, and realistically, it's the fitness-focused upgrade variant of my Beats Studio Buds I use.
Beats PowerBeats Pro Wireless Sport Headphones - $100 off
$249
$149⚡ I like the PowerBeats Pro with the over-the-ear design, for more security in workouts, than my Beats Studio Buds. I use these as well as my Beats Studio Buds (and have used the PowerBeats Pro ones longer). $100 off is a solid deal.
Beats PowerBeats Studio Buds - $60 off
$149
$89⚡I've been using these since last summer (2021), primarily on my indoor workouts, but also on some of my runs (for example, in testing out most watches with music). I like them and they've become my go-to buds.
CORE Body Temp Sensor - 20% off$214The CORE Body temp sensor measures your body core, and is used by numerous Pro Cycling teams. I haven't gotten a full review up, but have been using it on/off over the last year. It's pretty fascinating stuff. I believe this is the first sale they've had. On the sale side, they also have a bundle with a chest HRM as well that's on sale.
Cycliq Fly6 & Fly12 Sport (Bundle) - 25% off$530This is a bundle with both the Fly6 (2021 edition), and the Fly12 Sport (2022 edition), along with some cases/SD cards/etc... There is also single-unit bundles too.
DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo Edition - 31% off$359
DJI FPV Combo - $300 off!$899⚡This deal is on DJI's larger FPV drone, the original one. They've also got the smaller but less powerful one too - Avata, which isn't on sale. This is for the FPV combo deal, saving you $400. This includes the drone, FPV goggles, and controller.
DJI Mavic 3 - $150 off
$999
$2,049This is the second time we've seen the DJI Mavic 3 on sale (for a non-bundled deal). With all the firmware improvements since the fall, it's finally getting to a more stable place in terms of features. Of course, you can also now get the DJI Mavic 3 Classic for a fair bit cheaper, minus the zoom lens. Albeit, I personally think the zoom lens is handy (if used correctly).
DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo Kit - 40% off$299This is a very solid deal, albeit for an older product. Note the price seems to be fluctuating a bit between $299 an $399 - so just keep an eye out for it.
DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo - 20% off ($90 off)$509This is a great little drone for quick shots that doesn't weigh much, or take up much space. While the Active Tracking capabilities (for sports) are fairly limited, you can make it follow briefly for creative shots. I've got an entire video on that in my review. Note: Ths is a one-day-only sale.
Elite Direto XR Smart Trainer- $400 off!
$1,000
$599⚡This is by far the lowest price we've seen on this trainer to date!
Elite Sterzo Smart - 40% off$74This is Elite's steering block, for steering in apps like Zwift.
Elite Suito-T Smart Trainer - $340 off!
$799 (incl cassette)
$509This is by far the lowest price we've ever seen on the Elite Suito or Suito-T trainers. Note: The Suito-T is the same exact trainer as the Suito, except without the cassette pre-installed.
Elite Tuo Smart Trainer - $233 off!
$580
$347⚡This is by far the lowest price we've seen on the wheel-on Tuo. While most trainers have shifted towards direct drive, this is a good option at the lower end.
FORM Swim Goggles (with heads-up display) - 20% off$182This includes both the goggle, and a 1-year membership to their training/coaching platform.
Fitbit Ace 3 Activity - 38% off$49
Fitbit Charge 5 - 33% off
$149
$99
Fitbit Inspire 3 - 33% off!$69⚡⚡This is a really good deal. First, it's only like 2 months old. Second, it's actually a legit good product. Arguably the best product Fitbit has made in years, in terms of functionality/accuracy/etc... and 3rd, it's priced super well if you want all the features of a Fitbit, without the cost. Note - You don't need a subscription, I did my entire review without one, so you can see what that looks like.
Fitbit Sense 2 - 33% off199
Fitbit Versa 2 - 34% off$99
Fitbit Versa 4 - 35% off$149
Frontier X2 Smart Heart Monitor - 26% off$405Note: I haven't reviewed this yet. It's on my eventual list.
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus - $200 off
$599
$391⚡While the newer Edge 1040 came out this past summer, the Edge 1030 Plus is still an incredibly solid bike computer - arguably the 2nd best bike computer (behind the Edge 1040).
Garmin Edge 1040 Solar - $50 off$695This is the first time we've seen the Edge 1040 Solar on sale, so while $50 isn't a huge amount off this device, it is notable. This is Garmin's top-end and just released this past summer, cycling GPS bike computer.
Garmin Edge 530 Cycling GPS - $50 off!
$299
$249⚡ This matches last year's Black Friday sale, and is the lowest price to date on the Edge 530. This is one of the main units I use for my day-to-day riding and testing.
Garmin Edge 830 Cycling GPS - $50 off
$399
$349⚡ While this isn't a big sale, it's actually the lowest price the unit has been offered in the 3 years since release - matching Black Friday from this past year.
Garmin Enduro 2 - $200 off!
$1,099
$901⚡⚡This is an incredible deal, since this watch just came out three months ago, and is basically the highest end Fenix 7X variant, but with even longer battery life. This is an Amazon-specific sale, not a Garmin one, so I don't expect this to last.
Garmin Epix (Gen 2) - $100 off
$899/$999
$799⚡This is the first time we've seen the Epix on sale! This is Garmin's AMOLED equivalent to the Fenix 7 series, and people continue to be super happy with it since it announced earlier this year.
Garmin Epix Sapphire Black Titanium (Gen 2) - $130 Off$869⚡This is the first time we've seen the Epix on sale! This is Garmin's AMOLED equivalent to the Fenix 7 series, and people continue to be super happy with it since it announced earlier this year. This Sapphire edition includes multiband GPS, for higher levels of accuracy.
Garmin Epix Sapphire White Titanium (Gen 2) - $100 Off$899⚡This is the first time we've seen the Epix on sale! This is Garmin's AMOLED equivalent to the Fenix 7 series, and people continue to be super happy with it since it announced earlier this year. This Sapphire edition includes multiband GPS, for higher levels of accuracy.
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar - 49% off$382
Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire - $280 off$470
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro - 43% off$339
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar - 43% off$339⚡This is really an incredible deal. You've got a full mapping capable and everything-else unit for $339. When you compare that to their competitors, even their newest products - some of which cost $500-$600, it's not even close. Sure, this is last year's model, but man, it's insane.
Garmin Fenix 6S Sapphire - 53% off$331
Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar - 40% off$538
Garmin Fenix 7 Series (All Models/Styles) - $100 off!
$699+
From $599⚡This is the first time we've seen the Fenix 7 series on sale! This sale is $100 off all Fenix 7 series models, be it in the Fenix 7S/7/7X or any of the Sapphire/Solar variants.
Garmin Fenix 7 Solar Sapphire - $250 off!$751⚡⚡ While most of the Fenix 7 series is $100 off, this particular unit is $250 off, which is a massive savings!
Garmin Fenix 7X Solar Sapphire - $150 off!$849⚡⚡ While most of the Fenix 7 series is $100 off, this particular unit is $250 off, which is a massive savings!
Garmin Forerunner 245 - $80 off
$299/$349
$220
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music - $100 off$249
Garmin Forerunner 45/45S - $40 off
$199
$129
Garmin Forerunner 735XT - $220 off
$349
$129.99
Garmin GPSMAP 66i with inReach - $100 off$499
Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap) - 36% off!
$69
$45⚡ This is one of my go-to straps these days (ANT+ & two concurrent BLE connections). It's floated on and off being on sale, but this is about the lowest we've seen it.
Garmin HRM-PRO Plus - 22% off
$129
$101⚡This is the first time we've seen this on sale - and so it's actually pretty notable. I don't even think it's supposed to be on sale, but this is just Amazon doing Amazon. This is one of the two main HR straps i use these days (alongside the Polar H10). Either way, definitely take this and run!
Garmin Instinct 2 Series - $100 OffFrom $249⚡This is the first time we've seen the Garmin Instinct 2 series devices (all variants) on sale. The Instinct 2 base is from $249 (on Amazon), a very solid deal - especially with all the major software updates it's had over the last year.
Garmin Instinct 2/2S Solar - $50 OffFrom $399
Garmin Instinct 2/2S Surf - $100 OffFrom $299
Garmin Quatix 7 Multisport Marine Smartwatch - all models- $100 offFrom $596
Garmin Varia RCT715 Camera Radar - $50 off$349This is the first time this product has been on sale, since announcement earlier this year.
Garmin Varia Radar (RTL515) - $50 off
$199
$149This is Garmin's standalone radar/taillight option, and $149 is pretty much the standard sale-price. This product is universally loved, and works with Garmin/Wahoo/Stages/Hammerhead/Bryton, and other bike computers.
Garmin Venu 2 - $100 Off
$399
$299
Garmin Venu 2 Plus - $100 off!
$449
$349This is the first sale we've seen on the Venu 2 Plus since it launched earlier this year.
Garmin Venu 2S - $100 off$299
Garmin Venu GPS Smartwatch - $100 off
$299
$199Officially this is 50% off, but realistically this is like $50-$100 off on a good day. It's now a few revisions behind, but it's still a solid little watch.
Garmin Venu SQ & Venu SQ Music - 40% off
$199/$249 with Music
From $119
Garmin Vivoactive 4 - $150 off
$299
From $176
Garmin Vivoactive 4S - $150 offFrom 176
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 - Incl Disney/Avengers/Star Wars variants - 25% off
$79
$60These are Garmin's kids activity trackers, which all of our kids use (mostly our 5yo, the 6yo uses the Vivofit Jr. 3)
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 3 - 22% off$69My oldest daughter (6yo) uses this as her daily watch. She's happy with it.
Garmin inReach 2 Mini Satellite Communicator (2-way) - $75 off$327This is the first time we've seen this unit on sale, as it only came out earlier this year. It's my defacto satellite communicator when out of coverage area, and I've used it on a number of major treks this year out of cell range already.
GoPro HERO11 Black Creator Edition - $150 off$549Includes HERO11 Black, Volta (Battery Grip, Tripod, Remote), Media Mod, Light Mod, Enduro Battery, and Carrying Case.
GoPro Hero 11 Black - $100 off
$499
$399⚡ Amazon now has the Hero 11 Black for $100 off the retail price of $499. This does *NOT* require the GoPro subscription (previously called GoPro Plus). The Hero 11 has become my daily action cam (well, actually, I bought two of them).
GoPro Hero 11 Black - $100 off$449GoPro HERO11 Black Accessory Bundle - Includes Extra Enduro Battery (2 Total), The Handler (Floating Hand Grip), Headstrap + Quick Clip, and Carrying Case.
Google Nest Cam Indoors - 30% off$69We have more Nest cam's than I can count. No really, we have half a dozen at the DCR Cave alone, plus more at home. We love them. Nest Cam's really only go on sale about 1-2x per year.
Google Pixel Buds Pro - Noise Canceling Earbuds (All Colors) - $50 off!$149⚡This is the first time we've seen a sale on these, given they were just announced about 5 weeks ago.
Google Pixel Watch - 15% off!$299⚡This is the first time we've seen the (just released) Google Pixle Watch on sale!
Indoor Cycling Desk - 14% off$102This is one of my favorite trainer desks, easily beating the Wahoo KICKR Desk, because it's got wheel locks and water bottle holders. Simple things.
Jackery Portable Power Station - $50 off$299This is something I use frequently when shooting out and about and I need to re-charge a crapton of drone batteries, action cameras, or just cameras and such. I also use it on trips to Eurobike and elsewhere to keep equipment charged. I've even bought a solar panel to hook up to it (surprisingly effective). Heck, I've even powered a KICKR trainer ride from it!
Lasko High Velocity Pro-Performance Fan (U15617) - 19% off$77This is one of the most popular indoor trainer fans out there, which rivals the Wahoo Headwind fan but cost a fraction of the price. Of course, it lacks ANT+/Bluetooth integration, but realistically if you really want that you can add a smart outlet for $10 to toggle it on/off from your phone if need be. I've actually got this fan in the DCR Cave recently on advice of many people.
Little Tikes Pelican Explore & Fit Cycle - 38% off$59⚡So, the Three Peanuts (girls ages 3/5/6) have used this for over a year now, abd they love it. It's silly simple (there's no real connectivity here), and the videos they ride with are also absurdly laughable. Yet, they love it. Seriously, they fight over it.
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee & Espresso Kit - 30% off$118⚡ Let's be honest: This place runs on Nespresso (or, well, the knock-off pods we buy). But, the machine is Nespresso. Without it, reviews most definitely would not get done (and certainly not on time). This is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me!
Nest Cam Outdoors - $60 off$119We use one of these and so far after I think just about four years, it's working great for us. Love it, and works better than trying to stick a regular Nest Cam out the window (since it'll reflect both during daytime and at night with the IR sensor).
Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Fired Outdoor Portable Pizza Oven - $70 off!$279⚡ I know, I know, I still owe everyone a review. Nonetheless, more than a year later, I love this thing. We use it for more than pizza too, notably steaks (to get a really crispy sear). But a lot of pizza. It's completely portable, even easily fitting on our cargo bike. Note that I went with this model, the cheapest one they make, as I realized that buying the higher-end models that that support gas didn't make much sense for me. I have a gas grill already (and could easily just put a stone on it). Similarly, while a large 16" is appealing, realistically I've found this 12" more than enough for pretty substantial personal pizzas (and it makes it easier to handle). Full in-depth review pretty soon...probably.
Panasonic LUMIX GH6 Digital Camera - $500 off!$1,697I use two of the previous edition of this (the GH5) as the workhorses for all of the video production I do in the DCR Cave. One is my main camera (A-cam), and one is my overhead/b-roll camera (B-cam). I'm not quite ready to upgrade those cameras yet, but, the last time I did, I did it with a Black Friday sale. It was an expensive day.
Peak Designs Out-Front Bike Mount - 10% off$62This i the out-front bike mount we use on our cargo bikes for the Peak Designs case.
Peak Designs Phone Case - 30% off$27⚡This is the phone case both my wife and I use for our phones, and it's got a bike-mount compatible system. I used to use the Quadlock cases, and those are fine, but I just like how slim these ones are, as well as the fact there's no rotation when unlock it from the handlebars. Plus, I like the cloth-look to it.
Peak Designs Phone Case Tripod - 10% off$71.95
Peak Designs Universal Bar Mount - 10% off$44⚡We use this as a floater bike mount for the Peak Designs case. Sometimes i use it on my road bike, mountain bike, and just commuter bikes.
Peloton Bike - $300 off!$1,145This deal is direct with Amazon, rather than Peloton. It doesn't include the weights like the bundle from Peloton directly, though, it does offer basically next-day free delivery.
Peloton Bike Bundle - $600 off$1,145This is the base Peloton Bike, plus some $600 in accessories. Even if you exclude the accessories, it's still about $300 cheaper than the bike by itself. The accessories include the shoes, water bottle, bike mat, workout mat, and two weights. I use the base Peloton Bike quite a bit, in fact, just an hour ago before adding this to the list.
Peloton Heart Rate Band - 30% off
$89
$63Previously, I'd have said the Peloton Heart Rate Band wasn't really worth it at $90 compared to most other options. But at $67 it's basically the same as others, except has the integration with Peloton's Heart Rate Zone (if you have the Peloton app/gear).
Peloton Row - Bundle with $300 in accessories free$3,320While the Peloton Row just started shipping last week, Peloton has already put a bundle on for sale, inclusive of about $300 in accessories. Well, technically speaking you have to pay $20 extra for those accessories, but hey...close enough.
Philips Hue Smart Lighting - 20% offVariesAlmost all Hue stuff is 20% off, and what's not seems to have the 15% coupon option offered. So this is a good deal. We use a surprising amount of Philips Hue lights - both at home and at the DCR Cave. Albeit, I'd say it's surgically 'strategic' in how we use them. At home, the entire outside garden is Hue, mainly because it's frankly the easiest way to control a bunch of lights illuminating specific areas/plants from inside our house. Inside the house, we mainly use them in a few rooms that are street-facing, to fake being away. The kids room also have a single color light too, for fun every once in a while. Meanwhile, at the DCR Cave, I use them for set lighting. Both a static set (the Gondola for the QC Corner Series), but also behind trainers for certain scenes, as well as behind various product shots. Again, not everything is Hue, it's highly strategic, and color-focused. White-only stuff is usually the cheaper Ikea. In any case, with this sale I picked up the Hue Go, and some 5-meters of lightstrip for a fun idea.
Polar Grit X - 17% off
$429
$357
Polar H10 Chest Strap (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart) - 40% off
$89
$54⚡So this has been fluctuating all day between $54 and $75. So it's a bit of luck of the draw. Either way- these are super low prices and great straps. This is one of my main chest straps I use as a reference device in testing. Works great!
Polar Ignite 2 - 22% off
$229
$179While the Polar Ignite 3 just came out, this is a reasonable deal on the older model.
Polar Pacer - 15% off!$170I believe this is the first time we've seen the Polar Pace (base unit) on sale. Note - specifically the black/grey people.
Polar Pacer Pro - $80 off!
$299
$219⚡I believe this is the first time we've seen the Polar Pace Pro on sale. Note - specifically the red/white one is $219, the others are $230-$240.
Polar Vantage M2 - 20% off!
$299
$240
Quarq DZero DUB (Road) PM Spider - 40% off$250⚡This is a major deal. SRAM has allowed retailers to put things on sale that were never allowed before, including power meters. This is the road/gravel variant of the MTB one I use (the XX1).
Quarq DZero DUB XX1 PM Spider - 40% off$449⚡This is a major deal. SRAM has allowed retailers to put things on sale that were never allowed before, including power meters. This is the same exact model I use on my mountain bike. Works well.
RunScribe Red Gait Lab Footpods - 20% offWhile RunScribe has transitioned from a consumer-focused running efficiency company to more of a pro/labs-focused company, consumers do still buy and use their products. They're offering 20% off for Black Friday. Use discount code RED20.
SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Earbuds - $40 off!$199
Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro - $100 off!$399⚡This is the first time we've seen the new Galaxy Watch5 Pro on sale this low!
Samsung T7 Portable SSD 1-2TB - 36% off$89I use a small fleet of these T7 SSD's for various video projects, alongside the Sandisk SSD's. I literally have one of each color, just to keep things simple. They work great for quick storage. Note: Different colors have different sale prices - I don't understand why.
SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SD Cards - 18% off$51I use the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards exclusively for all my video/photo shooting on my Panasonic GH5 and Nikon cameras (video and stills), including up to 6K recording with the GH5. I've mostly used 128's, but more and more lately I'm filling up cards faster with higher bitrates, so this sale is gonna have me pickup a bunch of the 256GB ones instead. The 128GB/ 512GB/1TB ones are also on sale too viathe same link. Note that usually I wait till these are about $40-45, so this is a good, but not yet fantastic deal.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB MicroSD Card - 20% off!$40⚡I use this card in both 128GB and 256GB variety (but mostly 256GB nowadays), and it's perfect for all my drones and action cams, easily recording 4K/60 and 5K/30, as well as 5.7K without trouble. I often pick up these cards when on sale like this, so I have them for later in the year when not on sale. // Update: Since this sale has begun, I've bought 6 of these cards to stockpile for future action cam/drone testing.
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - $260 off!
$1,099
$639While not quite as low as some of the crazy clearance deals this past summer, this is still a good deal overall.
Saris H3 Bundle - $280 off!$719While not quite as low as some of the crazy clearance deals this past summer, this is still a good deal overall. Bundle includes pre-installed cassette, sweat guard, and ANT+ USB stick.
Saris H4 (Hammer 4) Smart Trainer - $200 off!
$999
$799This is their newest model that came out this past fall, though, I still don't have a unit to test, due to them having some issues with it. Thus, a bit of buyer beware.
Saris MP1 NFinity Motion Platform - $440 off!$759⚡This is by far the lowest normal sale price we've seen to date, save for their 'everything must go' clearance sale
Scosche RHYTHM+ 2.0 - 44% off!
$79
$49
Skydio 2+ Battery - Buy one/Get One Free (+$25 discount)$90This is a pretty impressive deal. This is a $25 discount to $90, then it's buy one, get one free. So $45. Drone batteries are never $45. This is solid!
Skydio 2+ Starter Kit - $200 off!
$999/$1349
$899In terms of autonomy and self-following from a drone, nothing beats Skydio today.
Stages Bike SB20 - $700 off!
$2899
$1,799⚡ A very solid deal, making it the least expensive smart bike out there, despite being probably the best built one. (Note: While this sale is marked as 43% off, the reality is most of the time the price hovers around $2,300-2,500) - still, by far the lowest price we've ever seen).
Suunto 5 Peak - $60 off!
$299
$239This is Suunto's mid-range/budget multisport GPS unit, and at $239 it's a solid deal.
Suunto 9 Peak - $170 off
$569
$399While Suunto recently released the newer Suunto 9 Peak Pro, this existing model still benefits from many of the software updates.
Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer - $180 off
$899
$719
Tacx Flux S Smart Trainer - $150 off!
$749USD
$599
Tacx NEO 2T Smart Trainer - $280 off!
$1,399
$1,120⚡This is Tacx's top-end trainer, and while sales have been more frequent in 2022, this is still a solid deal for a solid trainer.
Tacx NEO Bike Smart V1 - $470 off!
$3,199
$2,719This is the V1 version, whereas the new Tacx NEO Bike Plus came out this past week with some very minor tweaks, however, that bike is $3,999 ($1,300 more than this!). Thus, this kinda looks like a steal.
Therabody Theragun Elite - $100 off$299⚡ This is arguably my wife's favorite sports tech gadget. She uses it pretty much daily. Thus, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this deal. Also, please don't tell her, she might just buy another one...
Therabody Theragun Mini - 21% off$159My wife uses the Theragun Elite, which is a bit larger than this Mini model, and also includes more tips. But, as noted - people seem happy with all these models.
Therabody Theragun Prime - 34% off$198My wife uses the Theragun Elite, which is just slightly more expensive than this model at $299 on sale right now. But hey, I hear good things about all of these.
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM V1 - $200 off
$379
$199⚡This is the slightly older ROAM V1, which isn't quite as fancy as the new V2. Still, $200 off is a very solid deal, and it, recently got the new Wahoo Summit Segments feature, as well as other features - so it's still getting the majority (if not all) new firmware features.
Wahoo KICKR AXIS Feet - 40% off$47This is the lowest price we've ever seen on the Wahoo KICKR AXIS feet, which, if on a hard surface like concrete, will give your KICKR bike slightly more movement side to side. Note these come built-in to the KICKR 2020/2022, but you can install the AXIS feet on all Wahoo KICKR units (not CORE/SNAP).
Wahoo KICKR Bike - $500 off!
$3,499
$1,999⚡⚡⚡ This is an incredible deal, by far the lowest the KICKR Bike has ever been. Especially given the just-announced V2 bike is even more expensive now at $4,000. And frankly, aside from built-in WiFi, there's not much otherwise on the newer V2 bike. I plan to take advantage of this deal and finally buy one for myself, this is astounding.
Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Trainer - $200 off!
$899
$699⚡This is the lowest price we've actually ever seen on the KICKR CORE. While the new Zwift Hub came out that's relatively similar and cheaper, the KICKR CORE is a better option if you want to combine it with the Wahoo CLIMB, or, if you need multichannel Bluetooth.
Wahoo KICKR SNAP - 40% off
$499
$299This is lowest we've ever seen the KICKR SNAP priced. While the trend has moved towards wheel-off/direct drive trainers, this is still really solid deal if your budget it tight.
Wahoo KICKR V5/2020 - $400 off!
$1,199
$799⚡This is by far the lowest price any Wahoo KICKR has ever been (excluding CORE/SNAP obviously). If you don't care about built-in WiFi, there's little reason to spend $1,299 for the newer V6 unit that came out a few months ago.
Withings ScanWatch - Hybrid Smartwatch & Activity Tracker - 20% off$239
Withings Sleep Tracking Pad - 31% off$89Fun tidbit: I actually use this. Well, more specifically, I use the far older bedside clock version, but, the sensor is essentially the same. Simply that the new sensor doesn't require a bedside clock anymore. But, if you don't like wearing a wearable to bed, then this will still track all your nighttime stats.

Finally, note that Garmin permanently dropped the price of their Fenix3 series this past week (all models) by $50.  Though, not substantially.  Given CES is nearly upon us (this week!), I don’t think this barely tangible drop is worth it.

YouTube Videos I Published:

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) Fitbit has dropped its lawsuit against Jawbone: Not that it really mattered much, Jawbone isn’t actually a player in this game anymore.  Sure, they could always announce something this week at CES, but given their current financial predicament, I wouldn’t expect the result to be any different.

2) Freezing one’s balls off as a sport: Yes, for real – it’s not just for polar bear plunges anymore, but rather apparently an actual trainable sport. (via Coach Alan)

3) US looks to create fitness equipment tax deduction: This would be nice and handy.  Kinda reminds me of the fitness equipment annual credit I used to get in my day job.

4) Training log survey: The folks behind the popular (and free) Golden Cheetah are doing a survey to gather feedback on features.  Even if you’re not a user today, they’re looking for how you use your training platforms as a way to make their platform more user-friendly (it’s open-source and free, so no commercial interest here from them).  One of my main critiques (ok, my only critique) of the platform has been the user-friendly aspect, so hopefully this will help!

5) US State Department Races Around The World: This was actually more interesting than I expected it to be, and more impressive too, both in numbers of participants in various countries and the diversity of countries that put on races. (via friends at State)

6) Bike Tech Hack Night (for DC folks): Cool stuff, it’s a cycling-focused bike related app/data/gadgets hacking night.  It’s being hosted by the annual conference put on by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.  Details in the link. (via Eli).

7) Apple yanks Withings products from Apple Store: Maybe it’s just me, but this seems like a perfectly reasonable response to getting sued.  If I owned a store, and someone sued me, I certainly wouldn’t be keeping their products in there.  Too bad though, because Withings makes great stuff.  That said, I’m not sure this move hurts their wearables sales too much, but probably does impact their weight scale sales. (via Ian)

8) Training Peaks had 40 million uploads in 2016: I thought this stat was randomly interesting, along with knowing it had 25 million in 2015.  Will have to dig around and see if other platforms have shared their total upload stats.

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.

(I’m not aware of any updates that occurred in the past week for hardware. Seems everyone was – rightly – taking some time off!)

Thanks for reading – and Happy New Year!

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24 Comments

  1. Scott Buchanan

    Re: Apple pulling Withings products….. can’t imagine that Nokia (Withings owner) is to happy at Apple (allegedly at the mo) stealing its IP. Then again Steve Jobs had quite a bit to say about stealing…..

    • Yeah, the whole lawsuit thing itself is interesting.

      Though, I think that most in the industry would agree that software patents need an overhaul at this point (along with other patent types). Patents are being given for things that they shouldn’t be given for, and effectively being used to make money(hence the name patent troll).

  2. Milt MacFarlane

    Maybe TrainingPeaks might be telling porky perhaps, they told me they had 400 paid up coaches using there platform…from Australia, after I complained again to deaf ears of there pricing model over here at the moment it cost me $1-37 AUD for 1 USD making TrainingPeaks premium account a ridiculous price to pay after they more than doubled it last year

    • Well, 400 paid coaches is really only a fraction of the users. If you did simple math and assumed 10 clients per coach (many have far more), than that’s 4,000 paid users right there. Assuming coached clients likely upload more frequently, I’d say 5 workouts per week is reasonable.

      So, 4,000*5*52 = 1 Million-ish right there. All of which ignores all the non-coached athletes (or, at least separate system). Still, I think that 400 number is low.

      On the flipside, At 40mil a year, that works out to 110K uploads per day (roughly). Hmm, which, does seem like a lot. tThat implies having at least that many active users to make that work, probably 1.5x that in reality. Which, also seems like a heck of a lot of users.

    • Gear Fisher

      No porky here. Just the cold hard results of a SQL statement testifying to the effort of thousands of athletes training hard all over the world.

    • Sean

      I wonder if they are counting metrics such as weight and HRV that may be posted every day as an upload. The more connected services and apps could account for an increase, as well as a (slightly) increased user base.

    • Anonymous Coward

      If only Training Peaks / WKO4 could analyse Garmin multisport workouts properly. And deal with HRM-Swim data, too.

    • JulianM

      I guess that individual file upload figures don’t mean a great deal in isolation and how you are defining users. Since the ability to automatically push files from Garmin Connect and others into TP it’s a no brainer to do it whether you are an ‘active user’ or not. I know that I’ve recommended to a good number of people to do that in case they decide to use TP in the future. Those uploads may never actually get looked at in TP currently

      Likewise there are almost certainly a good number of duplicate uploads – I record rides for example on both an Edge and a Fenix 3 both of which end up on TP. You might be very guilty of that too Ray!

      All my files still get pushed to TP despite me letting my Premium subscription lapse a few months ago partly down to the API changes and partly cost related, so am not the active user I used to be.

    • Mark

      My use case for TrainingPeaks is also exactly as described by JulianM above. A while ago, I let my Premium subscription lapse, but all my activities are still being uploaded to TP via Garmin Connect – “just in case”. So presumably I am still being counted as a TP user in the numbers, even though I don’t actually make use of it.

      So, as pointed out, how you define “user” is pretty important. What you really want to know is how many active users, or more importantly how many paying customers. As someone who regularly invests in early stage companies, I usually make an effort to dig as deeply into numbers as I can.

  3. Kyle

    Ray, when can we expect new product announcements from you? Wednesday?
    Also, do you think this will be a down year or bigger year in term of fitness products at CES?

    • CES officially kicks off on Thursday morning. But you’ll see most major fitness brands announcing on a blend of Wednesday and Thursday morning.

      There’s press events starting Tuesday however, so some things from some brands will hit then, likely later in the evening closer to the first of the major semi-public press events that start then. I’ll have stuff trickling out starting Monday, but reaching full blast by Wednesday & Thursday morning.

      I think the year will be about average, but with more noise. Meaning, you’ll see the big announcements you expect from the big companies, but will see lots of smaller announcements from smaller companies that you’ll have to sift through more than in the past. Take heart-rate stuff, I’ve got a folder full of companies pitching HR related products at CES this year, lots of HRV/RR type stuff too. Some of it is valid, and some of it is junk/unsupported. My job is to try and do that sifting.

  4. Scott E

    Now there is a DCR giveaway opportunity. 24 hour sports gear tech hacking event with winner take all cred.

  5. Kevin

    Is the scale table outdated or does the Withings 50 still not support water percent, bone mass and muscle mass? Looking at the descriptions on Clever Training these metrics are supported but I tend to believe the information on this site so was not sure if I was missing something.

  6. CS Lee

    For some reason the Withings Body Cardio (black) went down to $86.99 on Amazon. Got one in through your link. Thank you!!

    • Kevin

      Thanks for posting this. Was able to cancel my Body scale purchase and pick up the Cardio for basically the same price.

  7. Michele

    I’ve read your original review on both the Garmin and the 2 Withings scales and am still kind of undecided. I have a 630 but the only thing I need weight for in Connect is for the calorie burn and who knows how accurate that is anyway. I think I’d be fine with the Withings app and updating my weight occasionally on the watch or in Connect, I do use MFP but not consistently. Now that the Body Cardio has dropped to $86 I’m seriously thinking about getting that one instead of the Garmin. My main issue is that my bathroom is pretty small so my old Tanita scale sits under the bureau and I pull it out and put in the bathroom when I check my weight and then put it back. Being able to use one on the carpet would be much more convenient and it would get used more often. From the reviews of the Garmin it seems the Withings is much better at more than $40 cheaper. Is the reason for staying with one platform just to avoid having to use more than 1 app?

    • CS Lee

      I’m with you – I have a Garmin watch, but I don’t mind to use two apps for recording activities and monitoring body composition. I don’t think I would even use a 3rd app to sync weight data to Garmin Connect; it just doesn’t matter to me at all. Working on carpet is the #1 reason I chose the Body Cardio over Garmin. With the huge price drop down to $87, I just had to click on the checkout button. Looking forward to getting the new toy!

    • Michele

      I did read a review on Amazon that said it didn’t work on carpet so we’ll see

    • CS Lee

      Interesting. I’m on Ray’s side, but yes we’ll see. Even if it doesn’t work on carpet, I think I will still keep it.

    • Michele

      I’m sure it depends on how thick the carpet is. I would likely keep it also at that price.

    • CS Lee

      Mine was delivered today. It works on my carpet!! Happy, and good luck!

    • Michele

      Mine does too! I just finished setting it up. A difference of .1 from tile to carpet. It was really easy to set up too.

  8. Hi Ray,

    Thanks for mentioning the survey. We’ve closed it now, its had a stack load of responses since you posted so thank you so much.

    A huge spike in multisport athletes right after you posted this in fact. So thanks to all your readers too.

    I will make sure you get early sight of the results, they are /really/ interesting (and quite surprising to say the least).

    CHEERS!

    Mark