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:
Sunday:Week in Review–February 6th, 2017
Monday:5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday:ISPO 2017 Roundup: Kuai Fit, Coros, Garmin, Salming RunLAB, Digitsole, LG, Casio, Kettler, Bonx Grip, Wiralcam
Thursday: Hands-on: Staaker Action Sports Drone
Here’s a handful of the topics discussed in this past week’s podcast:
– Ben’s selling the Airstream
– My Dad and LinkedIn
– Will we see new metrics like blood saturation level on Garmin devices?
– Quantifying left/right leg balance on trainers
– Swappage of cassettes on trainers or not?
– Where the heck is my Garmin Edge 820 review?
– And the Edge 820 touch screen
– A new and cheap Bluetooth Smart footpod
– Where the heck is Recon?
– What about a new Polar V800?
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.
|Current Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated February 12th, 2017 @ 3:05 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.|
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) NBA bans teams from using wearable data in contract negotiations: Seems like a bit of an odd ruling to me, and one that likely won’t stand the test of time. Plenty of other sports use sports tech data in hiring, such as cycling with power meter data, or even the speed a pitcher throws a ball in baseball. Not sure why this would be categorized any differently.
2) Verizon announces their own Android Wear watch: Kinda comes out of nowhere…yet not surprising at the same time. The carriers are constantly trying new wearables, and have an entire division of folks dedicated to trying to stock just the right ones. I’d look at this as a random experiment the company is doing, more than any strategic direction.
3) Suunto opens up Summit 2017 application site: This is the summit I mentioned a week or two ago, designed for ‘passionate’ Suunto users/fans. Note that this would be a bit different than a media event.
4) Baby Climbing Mockumentary: A short and funny video about competitive infant climbing. Any new (or probably even old) parents will enjoy and likely relate.
5) AirDog opens up funding round: With SeedInvest you can actually put down your money for a stake in the company. So it’s like Kickstarter…except you actually have ownership vs just a project reward. Interesting to see the numbers of units shipped. I hope that’s early Q3 2016, but would have expected it to be higher by now.
7) Paris offers runners a way to water plants: Or…something like that. These public urinals will in turn water the flowers. One probably needs to understand that in Paris it’s completely normal to see folks peeing on the side of buildings/windows. We *see* it happen at least once a week at the DCR/Bertie’s Cake Studio locale. And that’s only the times we witness it.
8) Jawbone to pivot to medical space: In a move that should surprise no one, Jawbone will likely soon end their consumer focus of activity trackers and instead focus on the medical side of the house
9) TrainingPeaks updates on API, and backtracks a bit on WKO closures: TrainingPeaks has made a bunch of API changes, and then they had previously announced that older WKO+ users would no longer be able to install the software they bought on new computers (i.e. moving to a new computer). Since that announcement, they’ve come to their senses and will now allow users to install for another year.
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.
Stryd Power Meter Update: Some improvements to the cadence algorithm, as well as other tweaks. This is good, because I haven’t seen the indoor accuracy previously being all that great. As an aside, TrainingPeaks now offers running power zones with an update this week.
Tacx Neo Firmware Update: This one isn’t really detailed anywhere yet. But, it includes what they call ‘Smart’ Cadence, which will calculate the gear ratio and store the values. They’ll in turn use that data to cross-check speed and then allow more accurate cadence calculations. Next, there’s been changes within Erg mode, which should both increase the speed of power adjustment but aimed to minimize overshooting the power goal during large shifts, they did this by decreasing the virtual mass (in ERG mode specifically) to minimize the overshoot. Lastly, for downhill simulation, they increased the limit from 30KPH to 40KPH, including adding this when unpowered. Also, they made tweaks here that ensure that if you accelerate during downhills, that it’s accelerating from 40KPH and not from 0KPH (in terms of power).
Thanks for reading!