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Headed to ISPO this weekend, got tech companies to see?
This Sunday kicks off the annual ISPO sports trade show in Munich. This show is all about the outdoors and sports, with a chunk of it dedicated to sports tech. The convention is massive – spanning the entire convention grounds and making most other sports shows look like elementary school bake sales.
It’s a bit unusual in that it starts on a Sunday, versus a weekday. But that works out for me, as the flights are cheaper. Each year I’ve gone I fly in early Sunday morning before the sun rises, and then back to Paris again in the evening when the show closes for the day. This year I’ll be doing the same.
Now we don’t tend to get many announcements from major sport tech players at ISPO, but rather, we see smaller announcements and find hidden jewels. The biggest announcement we’ve seen recently out of the show in recent years has been the announcement of the Polar V650 a few years back. Beyond that, it’s mostly updates from companies like WatTeam a few years back, Airdog, Kuai, or last year the sneak peak of FINIS’s new devices.
What’s cool about it though is that I generally stumble on startups I’ve never heard of before (they’ve got a dedicated startup section), so that’s what I’ll focus on. I have a handful of meetings and demo’s scheduled – including one with a new sports action drone entrant (Staaker), but I’m certainly looking to hear of any companies you want me to check in on that are attending the show.
So if you’re a company going to ISPO, or if you know of a company you want me to check out – drop a note below or get in touch via the contact form!
Finally – merely as a general overview of the biggest sports tech announcement events during the year, here’s how things generally shake out:
Early January: CES – Consumer Electronics Show (Las Vegas, NV) Early January: Outdoor Retailer Winter – Very few sports tech announcements there (Salt Lake City, UT) Early February: ISPO – European Heath and Fitness Show (Munich, Germany) Late February: MWC – Mobile World Congress, mobile and some health (Barcelona, Spain) Mid-April: Sea Otter – Focused on cycling, growing in importance (Monterey, CA) Early August: Outdoor Retailer Summer – Occasional tech announcements (Salt Lake City, UT) Late August: Eurobike – Cycling show – (Friedrichshafen, Germany) Early September: IFA – Consumer electronics show – used by Garmin/Fitbit/TomTom this year for announcements (Berlin, Germany) Mid-September: Interbike – Cycling show (Las Vegas, NV)
Note that the biggest push is really in that August-September timeframe, right before the holiday buying season. At the same time, for sports products, you also see a good sprinkling of new releases between March and early May. After May, it’s generally considered too late for the outdoor sports gadget realm to hit summer usage.
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 2021 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 Gear Guide too.