Every once in a while the sports tech sales world syncs up. Kinda like one of those crazy synchronized spin bike performances (yes, you need to check that out if you haven’t). For whatever reason, today kicked off a wide swath of sales from numerous folks: Garmin, GoPro, Fitbit, TomTom, and Scosche.
So why the sales? Well, I think we’re seeing some of those companies adopt slightly different sales strategies for 2017 – aiming for less ‘big bang’ type sales, and more frequent smaller sales. If you look, for example, at these deals, they virtually identically match what was offered over the Black Friday-Christmas sales just two months two. Like Groundhog Day. And then there’s TomTom, which is basically perpetually putting products on sale. They’ve conditioned all of us to never buy their stuff unless it’s on sale (to be clear though, the Spark 3 watch series is a great lineup).
None of these products are considered old, and nobody would expect any replacements of these specific products anytime soon. This is purely drawing in interest in the traditionally quiet February time period.
In any case, here’s the listing of active sales over the next few weeks – all of which started earlier today. Note that different companies have different end dates, with the Scosche sale ending soonest, on Wednesday.
|Current Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 10th, 2018 @ 6:44 am|
|Favero Assioma Pedals||$519/$799 (single/dual)||$649||Nov 23 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡⚡Effective Nov 23rd, 2018 the Favero Assioma pedals will be effectively $649USD going forward (likely with the DCR discount). That's a pretty substantial price-drop. Note, it may take a few more hours for Clever Training to updating pricing.|
|Fitbit Ace||$99||$79||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Alta||$99||$79||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Alta HR||$129||$99||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Charge 3||$149||$129||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ This unit also just came out, and this is a great deal for it.|
|Fitbit Ionic||$269||$229||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ Remember this includes music, GPS, and contactless payments. Note technically this is $40 off, so higher end variants will be slightly more.|
|Fitbit Versa||$199-$229||$149||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ This is a great deal on this unit. Remember, it supports offline music too! Note that technically this is $50 off, so special variants will be slightly more.|
|Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)||$599||$100 off||Dec 01 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This applies to both Fenix 5 and 5 Plus, all variants.|
|Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)||$699/699EUR||$100 off||Dec 01 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This applies to both Fenix 5 and 5 Plus, all variants.|
|Garmin Forerunner 235||$249||$199||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Forerunner 35||$169||$139||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Varia Bike Radar||$199||$119||Nov 22 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link|
|Garmin Varia UT800||-||99GBP/111EUR||Nov 21 2018||Dec 30 2018||N/A||Link||N/A||⚡ This is a great deal for this awesome little light, especially for 50GBP off!|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3||$269||$199||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡ Great deal on this - aside from a one-day sale last year, this is the lowest we've seen this.|
|Garmin Vivofit 3||$69||$49||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||This is the lowest price we've seen on this unit.|
|Garmin Vivofit 4||$79||$59||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr||$79||$49||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||The lowest we've seen this unit. Was super popular the first year it this price point for Black Friday (the most popular item ordered via DCR actually).|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 - Incl Disney/Avengers/Star Wars variants||$79||$59||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivosmart 3||$119||$69||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||Well then, that's one way to sell these products quickly - 42% off!|
|Giro Helmets and Shoes||-||33% off||Dec 09 2018||Dec 20 2018||N/A||Link||N/A|
|GoPro Fusion 360* Action Cam||$599||$499||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||$100 off|
|GoPro Hero 7 Silver Bundle (incl 32GB card)||$299||$229||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||$70 off|
|GoPro Hero 7 White||$199||$179||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||$20 off!|
|GoPro Karma Grip Gimbal||$299||$249||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||N/A||$50 off|
|PowerPod||$299||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||N/A||$249 for the ANT+ version, $269 for the BLE version.|
|Suunto 3 Fitness||$199-$229||$159||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||Note: Technically 20% off, so some premium variants will be more than $159|
|Suunto Spartan Sport||$449||$314||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link|
|Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR||$499||$384||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||Note: The Baro variant is also available on sale as well.|
|Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR||$279 ($329 for metal bezels)||$194||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡ This is a great deal for this multisport watch - definitely one you should consider. Technically it's 30% off, so the fancy material variants will cost a bit more.|
|Tacx NEO Smart||$1,369||$1,199||Nov 23 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡ The price drops to $1,199USD (due to new Neo 2). Most notable, you can combine this with the 8hr Clever Training VIP deal, so you can get the Tacx Neo 1 for $959USD. Holy balls.|
So basically – consider the above some Valentine’s Day sales or something. Just to provide some brief insights on a few of these products:
Garmin: This sale is somewhat modest, though does touch on more of the broader reaching products for them. The Vivofit 3 being the baseline Garmin activity tracker, whereas the Vivosmart HR+ is their GPS-enabled activity tracker band with full smartphone notifications, music control, etc…. The Vivofit Jr. is the kids variant, which is surprisingly cool (and the feedback I’ve been getting from parents with kids old enough is also surprisingly strong). Unfortunately, The Peanut is still a bit too young at 7 months to be using it. The best deal here, in my opinion, being the Vivosmart HR+.
TomTom: I wrapped up testing of the Spark 3 over the last few weeks, and just need to write up my thoughts and take some pretty pictures. But overall I’m pretty happy with the usage of it. The new 24×7 HR pieces added with a firmware update last year are much cleaner now with the updated app. The optical HR seemed OK at a glance, but I haven’t run the numbers through the analyzer yet to dig into any nuanced issues. More on that in my in-depth review. Still, the baseline watch especially is really the best deal out there in sports tech at $99.
GoPro: These deals are ‘credit’ deals, meaning you get back credit at a retailer. GoPro isn’t a fan of straight-up discounts on their products. Out of the three cams on offer, my favorite here being the Hero5 Black. It’s more or less my day to day action camera, except when I’m shooting something with data overlays (in which case I use the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30). The reason for siding with GoPro as my daily driver? Simple: Fully waterproofed without a case. I just don’t have to think about it. Though, from a sports-focused standpoint, the VIRB Ultra 30 pretty much slaughters it in functionality. In any case, you could pick up that Hero5 Black and then with the $60 credit you’d only be a couple of dollars short in picking up my favorite GoPro 3-way Pole, or three extra Hero5 batteries. Not too shabby.
Fitbit: The Blaze got some nice updates over the past little while, including legit smartphone notifications (finally!), as well as a pretty solid update on the mobile app side. Both of which are worth noting. Of course with the Blaze you’re really buying into the Fitbit social ecosystem more than anything else. Do keep in mind the Fitbit Blaze doesn’t have GPS built-in, but rather uses your phone’s GPS (which Fitbit cleverly calls ‘Connected GPS’). In either case, if you pick up a Fitbit unit, the winner deal here is that accessories are 50% off for both the Blaze and Alta.
Scosche: This is simple – it’s $20 off, and remains my ‘most favored nation’ status for an optical HR sensor. The fact that it’s dual ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart means it works with basically everything out there these days. And the accuracy is unbeatable from an optical HR standpoint (in part because it’s typically strapped on your upper arm).
So there ya go – just a quick bit of coverage on these sales, in case folks are looking to pick things up following the frenzy of the holidays. And for everyone else, I return you to your normally scheduled postings. Except, you know, minus any actual schedule. I mostly just float with the wind.
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