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:
Here’s a handful of the topics discussed in this past week’s podcast:
– It’s a 43-minute long episode!
– Posting schedules and posting regularity
– Upcoming products I’m unboxing and how I do photos/videos of them
– Fashion models mid-podcast
– The whole (business) world of unboxing videos online
– The Apple Watch Review
– Getting back someone’s stolen HR strap
– Power meters for single chainrings
– The DCR Analyzer is out!
– We end with about 10 minutes of hilarity from a conversation of ours recorded pre-podcast
Listen to the full podcast here on the Podcast player, or just download the audio file from the same spot.
February Sports Tech Sale Continue:
In case ya missed it a week or so ago (details here), here’s the list of active sports tech deals going on over the next week or so. One new one found this week is the Polar M450 GPS cycling unit for $129. That’s a sweet deal! Apparently, it had flirted sub-$110 a bit over the last few days too. Just some random Amazon.com thing.
|Current Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated February 20th, 2017 @ 11:47 am|
|1BandID||-||25% off||Nov 20 2017||Dec 01 2017||N/A||N/A||Link||This is a small emergency ID bracelet that attaches to Garmin/GPS watch bands. Pretty cool stuff and I've used them previously. They've got 25% off their latest design.|
|Anker 20,000mAh Portable Battery Pack||-||60% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||I use a very similar Anker model to this one and love it. I primarily use it for doing GoPro battery chargers out on a long day of shooting (skiing, hiking, etc...). Combined with a dual GoPro charger, it's super awesome. Note, the exact end date of this Amazon deal isn't super clear.|
|Apple Watch Sport (Series 1)||$249||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link|
|Black Diamond Gear||-||10-25% off||Nov 21 2017||Dec 01 2017||N/A||Link||N/A||10% off climbing gear, 25% off all the other goodness|
|Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones||-||$179 ($120 off)||Nov 19 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. Note: This deal is definitely the 23rd/24th, but Amazon is also offering it on and off till then.|
|CycleOps Trainers/Accessories||-||20% off||Nov 20 2017||Nov 27 2017||N/A||Link||N/A||This is 20% on some trainers (mostly low-end ones, not the Hammer/Magnus).|
|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||$499||$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||$99||Nov 23 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Very solid deal for this relatively new Fitbit activity tracker with optical HR.|
|Fitbit Charge 2||$149||$99||Nov 23 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Very solid deal for this relatively new Fitbit activity tracker with optical HR.|
|Fitbit Ionic||$299||$50 gift card included||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||Link|
|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||$249||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Forerunner 35||$199||$149||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Forerunner 735XT||$349||$299||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Down to $299 for the base unit, $349 for the HRM-RUN strap bundle (it has an optical HR sensor though), and $399 for the triathlon bundle.|
|Garmin Forerunner 920XT||$249||$199||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Awesome deal. The FR920XT HR bundle is available for $249, and the full tri bundle for $349. !!!Clever Training Only!!!|
|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 Vivoactive HR||$249||$119||Nov 22 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡ This price is an AMAZING deal for the product. Not sure how long this will last, minutes...hours...not sure.|
|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||-||$79||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||⚡ This just came out 5 weeks ago, and so this is a solid deal.|
|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 Vivosmart HR+||$199||$119||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||This is the variant that has GPS in it (as designated by the + after it)|
|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 Karma Hero5 & Hero6 Bundles||$200 off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||Instant price reduction for the Karma Hero5 and Hero6 bundles.|
|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!|
|Hero5 Black with 32GB SD card + $50 credit + $50 off||$399||$50 off + more||Nov 23 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Great deal if you don't need/want the Hero6 Black (since you're looking at basically a net price of $299 including your credit for future use), plus, you get the 32GB MicroSD card.|
|IceMule Coolers||-||20% off||Nov 20 2017||Dec 04 2017||N/A||Link||N/A|
|Inov-8 Shoes||-||20% off||Nov 18 2017||Dec 04 2017||N/A||Link||N/A|
|Kinetic Trainers - All Trainers/Accessories||-||20% off||Nov 11 2017||Nov 27 2017|
|Lezyne Cycling GPS Units (Most models)||$149||12% off||Nov 12 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||12% off most variants of bike computers and mounts and a few other random things. You'll need to click into a given product and use the drop-down to select the specific model to see the discount.|
|Lumos Cycling Helmet/Gear (Illuminated Helmet)||-||25% off||Nov 21 2017||Nov 27 2017||N/A||Link||N/A|
|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||⚡Must use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem - Clever Training only.|
|Polar M200||$149||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link||Must use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem - Clever Training only.|
|Polar M430||$229||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link||Must use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem - Clever Training only.|
|Polar M460||$179||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link||⚡ A pretty solid price for a great little unit that just came out this past spring.|
|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!!!|
|RunScribe Plus (V3)||-||15% off||Nov 20 2017||Nov 27 2017||N/A||N/A||Link||This is their current generation product, and one I'm currently working on a review on (so far I'm liking it!). Free US shipping is also included, so you save $73USD in total. Use coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY. International flat-rate shipping of $35USD.|
|RunScribe Pro (V2)||-||$99||Nov 20 2017||Nov 27 2017||N/A||N/A||Link||This is a closeout special for their previous generation product. This product is ideal if you don't care about real time data, running power or ANT+ connectivity. Free US shipping as well starting Nov 20th. International flat-rate shipping of $35USD.|
|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.|
|Saris Cycling Racks/Accessories||-||20% off||Nov 20 2017||Nov 27 2017||N/A||Link||N/A||Got a car? Got a bike? Seems like a solution here. This is a pretty typical sale we see every holiday period.|
|Smith Optics (Goggles, Helmets, Glasses)||-||20% off||Nov 21 2017||Nov 30 2017||N/A||Link||N/A|
|Stryd Running Power Meter Two-Pack||$199||Twofer deal||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||N/A||N/A||Link||They've got a deal where you can get two pods for $300 (so $150 each, thus, 25% off total). Unknown end dates.|
|Suunto Watches (Almost All Models)||-||30% off||Nov 20 2017||Dec 03 2017||N/A||Link||N/A||⚡ The only exception is that it excludes the new Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR (that's the $275 one) and the just released new colors for Spartan series.|
|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.|
|Varia Radar Bundle (front display too)||-||$199||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||Normally $299|
|Varia Radar Tail Light||-||$129||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||Normally $199, four day sale only|
And of course, using any of the links above helps support the site. Enjoy!
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) How Science Works – Techniques and Challenges of Doping Control: An interesting look behind the data and science of how dopers get caught, and how labs go about testing.
2) Outdoor Retailer set to leave Salt Lake City: While OR has historically flirted with such temptations in order to get better deals, this seems like a much more permanent thing – in large part because it’s more the key exhibitors rather than the organizer itself.
3) Bike computer meets action cam meets lights: Basically, everything but the kitchen sink. DCR reader Gunnar asks ‘What do you think?’: So…while their main site is a dearth of information, I did find one YouTube video they shot which actually shows some promise in terms of being more functional than their site lets on. So that’s good. It’s an interesting concept for city bikes, though would be too beastly for most race/road bikes. However, their use of Indiegogo instead of Kickstarter is a huge red flag.
4) The SHEcret Pro: On Australia’s Summer of Cycling. For those not familiar, this is the women’s version of the famed ‘The Secret Pro’ series. Always interesting.
6) Garmin Connect ‘Import’ Option Missing? At first, you might think so. But in reality it was just moved to the big “+” icon in the upper right corner. Hard to know if it was UI cleanup, or designed to break 3rd party apps leveraging it for various uploads. Either way…at least it’s still there thankfully. Almost had to pull out my ‘Watch what happens when DCR gets really pissed off!’ card late last week over it. It’s a feature I often use, because I don’t necessarily link all of my Garmin devices to Garmin Connect automatically (mostly because I hit the max allowable), so this allows me to manually upload files to share on occasion.
7) I’ve got no more items. My ‘Notepad’ list of items for the week was wiped out last night when my computer decided to restart. And no, I didn’t press save. Sorry!
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.
CycleOps Magnus Trainer Firmware: This came out a week or two ago, but I forgot about it.
CycleOps Hammer Trainer Firmware: Same as Magnus – definitely worthwhile if you’ve got either
CycleOps/PowerTap Virtual Training App: While I don’t normally include apps here, this is specifically notable because of the changes to displaying PowerTap P1 advanced metrics.
Garmin Fenix Chronos BETA firmware update: This continues to include updates for the Fenix5 series into the Garmin Chronos series. Again, this is a BETA firmware.
Polar Loop 2 Firmware Update: Minor bug fixes and phone compatibility fixes.
Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT Firmware Update: Increase in data fields per page, change in fonts, few other items.
Thanks for reading!