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:
|Current Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated January 1st, 2017 @ 10:02 pm|
|Apple Watch Sport (Series 1)||$249||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link|
|Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones||-||$179 ($120 off)||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||Love love love my Bose headphones. Seriously, don't touch my headphones. I'm likely to pickup this deal, since my existing headphones are going on about 7-8 years at least now.|
|DJI Goggles (for DJI Drones)||$449||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 28 2017||Link||N/A|
|DJI Mavic Pro||$999||$100 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 28 2017||Link||N/A||I love my Mavic and use it anytime I'm not using my DJI Spark. Simple line in the sand is quick vacations/cycling I'll take DJI Spark with me. Whereas for really cool destinations with lots of flying I'll take DJI Mavic Pro.|
|DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo||$1,299||$100 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 28 2017||Link||N/A||I love my Mavic and use it anytime I'm not using my DJI Spark. Simple line in the sand is quick vacations/cycling I'll take DJI Spark with me. Whereas for really cool destinations with lots of flying I'll take DJI Mavic Pro.|
|DJI Spark||$399 ($100 off!)||Nov 20 2017||Nov 28 2017||Link||N/A||LOVE MY SPARK! Note: Combo package available for $599 ($100 off) as well, which is personally what I'd choose. Having the remote is awesome.|
|Eero Mesh WiFi Router (3-pack)||-||$249 ($50 off)||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||I can't decide which mesh network system to get for the DCR Cave...it's gonna be one of these three!|
|Fitbit Alta HR||$149||$50 off!||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Charge 2||$149||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 23 2017||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Ionic||$299||$50 gift card included||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Edge 820||$399||$299||Nov 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||Incredible deal for this unit.|
|Garmin Fenix5 (5/5S/5X)||$599||$100 off||Nov 13 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||Definitely the best deal you're going to see this year on this.|
|Garmin Forerunner 235||$329||$30 off||Nov 03 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link||$30 off - down to $299|
|Garmin Forerunner 735XT||$349||$50 off||Nov 03 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link||FYI: Formal price drop from $399 to $349 for the FR735XT. This is the new price going forward.|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3||$299||$20 off||Nov 12 2017||Nov 18 2017||Link||Link||$20 off the base unit (thus $279), or $30 off the Slate unit (thus $299).|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3||$299||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||Link||Black Friday Only: $50 off the base unit (thus $279), or $30 off the Slate unit (thus $299). This is a superb deal for a unit that came out a mere 2 months ago.|
|GoPro Hero6 Black||$499||$75 credit + 32GB card||Nov 10 2017||Nov 20 2017||Link||Link||CLEVER TRAINING ONLY: You'll get $75 in Clever Training points credit to spend instantly, plus a 32GB micro-SD card tossed in. Amaze-ball deal for a brand new (41 day old) unit.|
|Google WiFi Mesh Router (3-pack)||-||$249 ($30 off)||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||I can't decide which mesh network system to get for the DCR Cave...it's gonna be one of these three!|
|Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi Router (3-pack)||-||$329 ($150 off)||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||I can't decide which mesh network system to get for the DCR Cave...it's gonna be one of these three!|
|Polar A370||$179||$50 off||Nov 27 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||One day sale only!!!|
|Polar H10||$89||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link|
|Polar M200||$149||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link|
|Polar M430||$229||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link|
|Polar M460||$179||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link|
|Polar M600||$329||$100 off!||Nov 26 2017||Dec 02 2017||Link||Link||Polar Webshop only!!!|
|Polar V800||$449||$100 off!||Nov 26 2017||Dec 02 2017||Link||Link||Polar Webshop Only!!!|
|Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro||$199||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 23 2017||Link||N/A|
|Samsung Gear Sport||$299||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||Black Friday Deal Only: Down to $249, which is a really solid deal for a unit that just started shipping a mere 3 weeks ago! That said, it's not exactly the best performing unit either.|
|TomTom Adventurer (Music + OHR + GPS)||-||$50 off||Nov 12 2017||Dec 03 2017||Link||Link||Down to $299, includes music, optical HR, and GPS.|
|TomTom Spark 3 Product Line||$149-$299 (Features Vary)||Up to $100 off||Nov 12 2017||Dec 03 2017||Link||Link||Full list of options: • Spark 3 Basic: $30 off (from $129 to $99) • Spark 3 Cardio: $40 (from $189 to $149). • Spark 3 Music + headphones: $20 off (from $169 to $129) • Spark 3 Cardio + music + headphones: $20 off (from $249 to $199)|
|TomTom Touch Cardio||$89||$69||Nov 12 2017||Dec 03 2017||Link||Link||Normally $89 for the 'Cardio' version.|
|TomTom Touch Cardio + Body Composition||$89||$99||Nov 12 2017||Dec 03 2017||Link||Link||This is the version that includes the body comp metrics as well.|
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.
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!