Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, Suunto, Polar, Trainers and more! There’s two huge sales going on – first is a major Garmin sale, including $100 off new Forerunner 945 and $150 off the Fenix 5 Plus. Along with the Varia Radar, Garmin Edge 130 & 1030, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with virtually all major trainers and power meters included. Wahoo KICKR’s, Tacx NEO’s, Elite Direto’s and Suito’s, Saris H3, Kinetic, R1 4iiii Fliiiight, Stages, and many more. Not to mention the GPS units from Garmin, Polar, COROS, Lezyne, Suunto, Apple and others.
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:
All sales run through April 1st, 2017. I’m not really expecting anything of note here beyond Garmin continuing their newly rolled out 2017 mantra of ‘always have something kinda-sorta on sale’. Basically, following a page from the TomTom playbook.
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) Adidas has a new fitness plan: But I don’t think it’ll work – for the same reason that Under Armour’s digital health plan struggles. You need 1st party devices. Sure, MapMyFitness (UA) is great and all – but that’s totally on a different level than Adidas. Adidas isn’t even in the same ballpark here.
3) GoPro editing tutorial (from a GoPro employee): While there are countless tutorials on YouTube, none are put together by one of the GoPro leads that works on many of the promo videos. Abe’s content is always awesome, and this course is taught internally to GoPro folks. I’d love to see more of this type of stuff!
4) Lily says they still plan to refund…but haven’t yet: My bet here is that they never do refund. At this point they’re in Ch 11 bankruptcy court, and I find it hard to believe that backers will somehow get priority over what are likely larger entities owed money. Still, I filled out my little form nonetheless.
5) 10 Streets to Cycle Down in Paris: Not sure I totally agree with these being the top 10 – but it’s still a good list. Given the list was put together by a bike tour group, they’d have an aim for choosing streets that are super-safe to ride, versus just normal streets that more athletic cyclists would ride.
6) Super League Triathlon Goodness on YouTube: If you haven’t been following this, you can jump right in with a two-hour long video on YouTube from the first day. Cool stuff. Interestingly, this is the same tiny little island I stayed on in January while in Australia.
7) GoPro lays off another 300 staff: 🙁 Hopefully this will wrap up the layoffs. Though I don’t think it would surprise anyone that the organization was just too large for the number/variety of products they were making.
8) Apple to include power meter in next Apple Watch: Probably not, but patents are always fun. Would be semi-interesting to know how this was granted, at least in comparison to longstanding patents for very similar technology from Velocomp (maker of the PowerPod and iBike).
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.
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 2018 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 2018 Gear Guide too.