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 11th, 2017 @ 4:46 pm|
|DJI Mavic Pro||$999||$200 off!!!||Nov 23 2017||Dec 20 2017||Link||N/A||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.|
|Fitbit Alta||$129||$30 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|Fitbit Alta HR||$149||$20 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|Fitbit Blaze||$199||$50 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A||⚡Not too shabby a deal on this unit. It requires your phone for GPS, but otherwise it's a good option for a more full featured Fitbit.|
|Fitbit Charge 2||$149||$20 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|Fitbit Ionic||$299||$30 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A||⚡About the best deal we'll likely see for a while on Ionic (it was down a bit more for Black Friday, but that's a rarity).|
|Garmin Edge 520||$299||$219||Nov 28 2017||Dec 20 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||⚡ ⚡ Note: This has an unknown end date. Could be in 2 minutes, or in 2 weeks. No idea, it's an Amazon specific deal.|
|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||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|Garmin Forerunner 35||$199||$30 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|Garmin VIRB 360||$799||$100 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 16 2017||Link||Link||N/A||⚡This is the first US sale we've seen on this unit, and likely done to edge you to purchase it over the GoPro Fusion or Rylo cameras. While Rylo is in a different (lesser) category, Fusion is similar, but not yet as mature as the VIRB 360.|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3||$299||$50 off||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Awesome deal $50 off the base unit (thus $249), or $50 off the Slate unit (thus $279). The slate has an extra resistant coating on the band which his why it costs more. This is a superb deal for a unit that came out a mere 2 months ago.|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr||$79||$49||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||The lowest we've seen this unit. Was super popular last year (the most popular item ordered via DCR actually).|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2||$99||$69||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||⚡ This just came out 5 weeks ago, and so this is a solid deal. Note: This price was dropped $10 further on Dec 5th.|
|Garmin Vivosmart 3||$139||$99||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Note this just came out earlier this year, if looking for an activity tracker as opposed to a GPS watch, this is a great deal.|
|Garmin Vivosport||$199||$149||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||This just came out back in September, so a pretty good deal.|
|GoPro Hero5 Black||$399||$100 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||N/A||⚡ This is technically a permanent price drop effective Dec 10th, but now the GoPro Hero 5 Black is $299! I'm listing it here for now since it's a good deal if you don't care about the new Hero6 features.|
|GoPro Hero5 Session||$299||$100 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||N/A||⚡⚡⚡ This is technically a permanent price drop effective Dec 10th, but now the GoPro Hero 5 Session is $199! I'm listing it here for now since it's a good deal, especially if you want a small camera that has 4K capabilities and is totally waterproof.|
|GoPro Hero6 Black||$499||$50 off + 32GB Card||Dec 10 2017||Dec 16 2017||Link||Link||N/A||⚡ Awesome deal ! Also includes a 32GB micro-SD card tossed in. Amaze-ball deal for a brand new unit! CLEVER TRAINING ONLY|
|GoPro Karma Drone Hero5 & Hero6 Bundles||$200 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A||While I don't generally recommend the GoPro Karma drone...if you really want it, it's on sale for about 20% off. Instant price reduction for the Karma Hero5 and Hero6 bundles.|
|Polar Gadgets - 20% off everything!!!||-||20% off||Dec 04 2017||Dec 13 2017||N/A||Link||N/A||⚡ Only valid on Clever Training, and only with coupon code MERRY20. This includes watches, bike computers, sensors (like the Polar OH-1), and more!|
|PowerPod||$299||Dec 10 2017||Dec 19 2017||Link||Link||N/A||$249 for the ANT+ version, $279 for the BLE version, and $299 for the dual ANT+/BLE version|
|PowerTap Refurb Sale||-||25-40% off||Dec 02 2017||Dec 15 2017||n/A||N/A||Link||⚡ This is a great sale for refurb items. Incredible deals. And here's the thing, some folks will ignore this because they are refurb, but realistically, they go through the same QA process as other items (just with fancy new exteriors). Seriously, you won't beat these deals, and if I was buying a PowerTap unit right now, I'd take up some of these deals (unfortunately, I bought a unit two weeks ago...).|
|Scosche RHYTHM+||$79||$59||Dec 10 2017||Dec 13 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|TomTom Adventurer (Music + OHR + GPS)||-||$50 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link||N/A||Down to $299, includes music, optical HR, and GPS.Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.|
|TomTom Spark 3 Product Line||$149-$299 (Features Vary)||Up to $100 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link||N/A||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)Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.|
|TomTom Touch Cardio||$89||$69||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link||N/A||Normally $89 for the 'Cardio' version. Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.|
|TomTom Touch Cardio + Body Composition||$89||$99||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link||N/A||This is the version that includes the body comp metrics as well. Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.|
|WatTeam PowerBeat Gen2||From $259||20% off!||Nov 26 2017||Dec 24 2017||N/A||Link||N/A||⚡⚡ This brings it down to $207 for a single sided unit and $319 for the dual-sided unit - by far the cheapest direct force power meter out there.|
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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