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Week in Review–May 22nd, 2017

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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–May 14th, 2017
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: The DCR Analyzer Is Now Available For You To Use!
Wednesday: Giro d’Italia 2017–The Trainers, Power Meters and Gadgets of the Pro Peloton
Thursday: Giro d’Italia 2017: Spectating and behind the scenes!
Saturday: The Day in May DCR $500 Gadget Giveaway!

Sports Tech Deals This Week:

We’re into the final push of solid May sales – with many new ones this week returning.  As I’ve noted in more detail on my sales landing page, May sales are very common.  One of the best deals here is the Garmin FR735 for $315 (normally $450).  It’s still receiving Connect IQ and feature updates and is just barely one year old.  Great little lightweight tri/running watch.

Oh – and for some weird reason an entry in the table for ‘All Suunto gear is 25% off’ isn’t showing up.  I’ve got some techies trying to figure it out, but FYI.  Note that the only watch excluded is the Wrist HR model on that one.

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
4iiii Precision Ride-Ready Power Meters - 14% off$258This includes the Shimano DuraAce, Ultegra, and 105 units, at between 11-14% off depending on which exact model you select.
Amazon Halo View - 38% off$49Look, this thing isn't even shipping yet and it's already 38% off. But hey, if you want a good deal on a pre-order product that we don't know much about yet, then here ya go! I have ordered one, and will review it once it comes in.
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $44 off
$159
$114These aren't quite the newest generation (those came out a month or so ago), but they are $44 off, and the one I personally use myself.
Apple Airpods Pro - $53 off
$249
$197Though, this price fluctuates as low as $159, so double-check the latest price to be sure it's now ower right now.
Apple Airpods Pro - $60 off
$249
$159⚡ By far the lowest price to date for this unit. Previously hovered around $179-$199
Apple Watch SE - $40 off
$279
$239This isn't quite the lowest price, but is close for the Apple Watch SE. And perhaps more interestingly, my testing over the last year (I continue to use it, including much of the late summer/early fall timeframe), shows that Apple has clearly worked on improving accuracy of it, with it being far more accurate in GPS than a year ago (HR continues to be very good as it was a year ago).
Beats PowerBeats Pro Wireless Sport Headphones - $70 off
$249
$179⚡ I like the PowerBeats Pro with the over-the-ear design, for more security in workouts. I use these as well as my Beats Studio Buds (and have used the PowerBeats Pro ones longer). $70 off is a solid deal.
DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo Kit - 24% off$399
Elite Direto XR Smart Trainer- $140 off! (In Stock)
$1,000
$849
Elite Suito-T Smart Trainer - 10% off!
$799 (incl cassette)
$722Note: The Suito-T is the same exact trainer as the Suito, except without the cassette pre-installed.
Elite Tuo Smart Trainer - 7% off
$529
$492
Fitbit Charge 5 - $50 off
$179
$129This is the first time we've seen the newly released Charge 5 on sale. Also of note is that just this week it got ECG support via a firmware update, and Fitbit Daily Readiness score via firmware update.
Fitbit Sense - $100 off!
$329
$199This is the lowest price to date for the Fitbit Sense, and makes it a deal you should definitely consider versus the Fitbit Versa 3 for the same price (no, really, there's no reason to get the Versa 3 at the same price).
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Series - $250+ off
$549-$1,149
$399⚡⚡ This is the biggest deal we've seen on the Fenix 6 Series to date, making it an incredible deal for a watch this full-featured. the base units start at $349, and the Pro units start at $399 (seriously). Pro models have maps/music/wifi, while the base doesn't.
Garmin Forerunner 745 - $100 off
$499/499EUR
$399⚡ This is a solid deal on a very capable watch. More notably, it's also the watch I primarily use as my daily sports tracking watch. While it doesn't have the onboard maps of the FR945, since I'm not traveling as much, it doesn't bother me. Of course, keep in mind that with all the Garmin units on sale, the price differences to map-inclusive units aren't very much.
Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap) - $15 off
$69
$56⚡ This is one of my go-to straps these days (ANT+ & two concurrent BLE connections). It's floated on and off being on sale, but this is about the lowest we've seen it.
Garmin HRM-SWIM Strap - $45 off!$54This is the slightly older pool-focused HRM-SWIM strap. It's really just designed for the pool and to get accurate HR data. These days it's been replaced by the HRM-PRO, though even that doesn't quite have the same stickiness level as the HRM-SWIM did.
Garmin Instinct - $85 off
$299
$165⚡While this isn't quite as good as the $149 prices we saw a week or so ago, it's still pretty solid. Note that different colors vary slightly in prices.
Garmin Instinct Solar - $87 off
$399/$449
$312There's also the non-solar version for $169, but keep in mind that's got significantly different features. In many ways, the Garmin Instinct Solar is kinda like a Garmin Instinct 2.0.
Garmin RD Pod (Running Dynamics) - 11% off
$69
$62Ok, this is a pretty minor deal, but I noticed it so...figured I'd pass it along. Allows you to get not just Running Dynamics metrics, but also running power, on Garmin devices (not all devices, but most devices).
Garmin Varia RVR315 Radar - $25 off$125This variant doesn't have a taillight, so it's a bit smaller as a result. Same radar tech though, and compatible with Garmin/Stages/Hammerhead/Wahoo bike computers.
Garmin Venu 2S - $50 off$349This is the first time the Venu 2 has been on sale since its announcement this past spring. It's not a huge deal, but hey, $50 is $50.
Garmin Venu SQ - $30 off!
$199/$249 with Music
$169
Garmin Venu SQ - $70 off
$199/$249 with Music
$129This is by far the lowest price we've seen, at $129USD, or $179 for the music version.
Garmin Vivoactive 4 - $70 off
$299
$229
Garmin Vivoactive 4S - $80 off$219
GoPro Hero 10 Black - $50 off
$449
$449Amazon now has the Hero 10 Black for $50 off the retail price of $499. This does *NOT* require the GoPro subscription (previously called GoPro Plus). However, if you want to subscribe to that, then you can get the camera for $399 instead. Food for thought. Either way, the Hero 10 has become my daily action cam (well, actually, I bought two of them).
GoPro Hero 9 Black - $50 off
$399
$349This price makes it a reasonably good deal, and about $100 cheaper than the lowest GoPro Hero 10 price (if you're not a GoPro subscriber). The changes between the Hero 9 and Hero 10 for most people are fairly minor. Whereas if you're pushing the limits (either spec-wise or sport-wise), then the Hero 10 can be worth it.
Google Nest Mesh WiFi Router - 30% two-pack$200These are the WiFi mesh access points I use both at home and the DCR Cave. Love them - I don't need to dork with them, they just work. Ironically enough, I literally just installed another one at home tonight (Nov 20th, 2021) to provide better coverage in a dead spot in our 100 year-old home, for realz.
Insta360 GO2 Action Cam - 13% off$269Both the 32GB and newer 64GB versions are on sale, with the 32GB version being $269 as opposed to the usual $299
Insta360 One R Action Cam - 15% off$467The entire lineup of Insta360 One R action cams are 15% off, including the 1" and 360 variants. Overall it's a good cam with good picture clarity (I've mainly used the 1" 5.3K variant), but I find the software really lets it down.
Little Tikes Pelican Explore & Fit Cycle - 15% off$134So, the Three Peanuts (girls ages 2/4/5) have been testing this the last week, and so far, they love it. It's silly simple (there's no real connectivity here), and the videos they ride with are also absurdly laughable. Yet, they love it. Seriously, they fight over it. In-Depth review coming very very shortly. Until then, it's on sale.
NordicTrack S22i Indoor Cycle Bike - $700 off$1,499This is considered the primary competitor to Peloton, and is generally rated/reviewed very highly. Note that I have not reviewed this bike, or ridden it. But I figured I'd mention it here in case folks are looking for a deal on it. With Peloton's new pricing, the base prices are basically the same - $1,495 for the Peloton Bike. Sorta like politics, people prefer one brand or the other. Also like Peloton - it DOES NOT support any open standards for apps like Zwift, TrainerRoad, etc... Do NOT buy it (or Peloton) for that purpose.
NormaTec Pulse 2.0 Leg Recovery System - $100 off!$799While this isn't something I've personally used, I know a ton of you do very much love it. Go forth!
Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Fired Outdoor Portable Pizza Oven - 20% off$279⚡ I love this thing. We use it for more than pizza too, notably steaks (to get a really crispy sear). But a lot of pizza. It's completely portable, even easily fitting on our cargo bike. Note that I went with this model, the cheapest one they make, as I realized that buying the higher-end models that that support gas didn't make much sense for me. I have a gas grill already (and could easily just put a stone on it). Similarly, while a large 16" is appealing, realistically I've found this 12" more than enough for pretty substantial personal pizzas (and it makes it easier to handle). Full in-depth review pretty soon.
Peloton Bike+ is $200 off$2,295This is a solid deal for the Bike+, following a $350 off deal over Black Friday. Both my wife and I use both the Peloton Bike+ and the regular Bike (one at home, one at office) on a weekly basis. We like both. The Bike+ is more accurate than the regular bike, and also has a bigger screen and automatic resistance control. That said, the core Peloton experience isn't any different between the two - it's the same platform there.
Polar Grit X - $110 off
$429
$340This is for certain editions (namey the white ones at the moment). Keep in mind the Grit X Pro came out a month or so ago, so that may limit new features for the Grit X going forward.
Polar H10 Chest Strap (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart) - 11% off
$89
$78This is one of my main chest straps I use as a reference device in testing. Works great!
Rode Microphones Wireless GO II Mics - 20% off$279These are the mics that I use day in and day out for virtually everything, but most notably, when out running/riding (and all my crazy drone wind tests). I used to use the Wireless Go (original) system, but this is great because it has memory in it. So I can record audio on this, and then match it up with the footage later - ideal if I've got GoPro's or drones or such that may not have great on-board audio by themselves. Note that Amazon says this is 20% off, but I think it's more like $20-$30 off the regular price, unless the price has gone up substantially. Either way, I love them.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus Wireless Earbuds - 33% off$99
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic - $50 off$299This is the latest edition that came out this past summer/fall, now on Wear OS, and the first time we've seen a notable sale on it. While the Watch 4 Classic has a few quirks, I'd argue it's the best wearable Samsung has made to date.
Samsung T7 Portable SSD 1-2TB - 24% off$129I use a small fleet of these T7 SSD's for various video projects, alongside the Sandisk SSD's. I literally have one of each color, just to keep things simple. They work great for quick storage.
SanDisk 1-2TB Extreme PRO Portable External SSD - 50% off$129⚡This is one of the two the high speed drives I use to store the footage I'm actively video editing so that I can edit it on both my iMac at the office, and then my MacBook when traveling or at home. The 2TB version is $229 (50% off).
SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB MicroSD Card - 39% off!$43⚡I use this card in both 128GB and 256GB variety (but mostly 256GB nowadays), and it's perfect for all my drones and action cams, easily recording 4K/60 and 5K/30, as well as 5.7K without trouble. I often pick up these cards when on sale like this, so I have them for later in the year when not on sale. // Update: Since this sale has begun, I've bought 6 of these cards to stockpile for future action cam/drone testing.
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - $240 off!
$1,099
$860⚡⚡ One of the top three trainers, but by far the top trainer on the market for ERG mode (so if you're a TrainerRoad user - this be the one!).
Skydio 2 - $400 off
$999/$1349
$949⚡⚡ This is a pretty incredible deal. First, because it's really the first time it's been on sale. Second, because it's $400 off. And third, because it's actually in stock. It's by far the best drone for sports action footage, as it's fully autonomous. It's less ideal for general drone cinematography, however. So you kinda have to decide what you want out of a drone. But for sports, this is the one.
Suunto 5 GPS Multisport Watch - 40% off!
$329
$179⚡ A very strong deal for this complete multisport watch that I really like. Well nailed on price here.
Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch - 42% off
$399
$229⚡ This is basically the lowest sale price we see for the Suunto 7 Wear OS powered watch. At this price, I'd say it's worth picking up, assuming you know the battery limitations and Wear OS version end of life limitations (meaning, this unit won't see any new versions of Wear OS).
Suunto 9 Baro Series - 40% off
$599 (non-baro is $499)
$369At this point the Suunto 9 Baro has been surpassed by the Suunto 9 Peak. Still, if you prefer a bigger watch, it got most of the firmware updates of the Suunto 9 Peak anyway.
Tacx NEO 2T Smart Trainer - $150 off! (In Stock)
$1,399
$1,249⚡ This is a very rare sale for this trainer, if you're in the market, I wouldn't wait around for these units to disappear. Note it was slightly less on Black Friday at $200 off, but hey, a deal is a deal at this point.
Wiral LITE Cable Cam with Remote - $100 off$299I've been using this nifty cable cam system for years with various action cameras, phones and small mirrorless cameras. It's not an everyday use item, but I do pull it out a handful of times per year for very specific/special shots through the trees (or the studio) where drones can't easily go. Defnitely more in the photo-geeky camp, but that's the camp I live in.
Withings Body WiFi Scale - 12% off
$59
$52I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the Withings WiFi Scale, they were the first in this category a gazillion years ago, and frankly, they're still basically the best in terms of partnerships and simplicity. It just works.

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YouTube Videos I Published!

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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) Kickstarter adds hardware studio offering to help creators: This is a good step towards trying to minimize the countless delayed hardware projects on Kickstarter.  But a better step would be Kickstarter adding repercussions for hardware startups that don’t have realistic plans to begin with.  You know, accountability and all that.  Still far too many projects pass through Kickstarter’s supposed filters that just aren’t viable with the timelines they set out.

2) Secrets of a Pro Photographer: Maven has done some awesome Giro vlogs, especially in the last few days.  Between this one and the one yesterday – he’s really finding his groove.  I would say on the photographer one that yes, it’s a bit long.  And it might seem a bit ‘cold’ earlier on in the first few minutes, but then it feels like Jered warms up a bit and the content is really interesting.

3) Tour of California Data Numbers: While many teams publish pro data as part of larger compilations, this blog series is actually fairly detailed with a Q&A with the rider themselves on different data aspects.  Cool stuff.

4) Inside the Race Caravan at the ToC: Speaking of the Tour of California, this is an awesome piece by Neal Rogers written in real-time from inside one of the Team Sky vehicles.  I think this could turn into a great series.

5) Sniper vs GoPro: And I now know how I’m going to justify any future GoPro purchases to The Girl: “But it could save my life!!!”. Seriously though, glad this guy is (mostly) OK. (sent in via Ken)

6) Tidbit on a Runners World vs Nike feud: Interesting post outlining what happened when Runners World published a piece that said Nike wasn’t the best shoe model one year. Looks a bit like Lance Armstrong tactics.  On the flipside, when you (a publisher) bite the hand that feeds you (advertising)…and that’s what’s wrong with that model when it comes to reviews. (via Steve Magness)

7) Endless pool swimming file creator: This is pretty nifty.  If you’ve got an endless pool you can insert your time and pace, and then the app will automatically determine distance.  From there it creates a .TCX file you can upload to various swim platforms.  Brilliant.  Would love to see this in some sort of watch-app form as well.

8) Heli mountain biking? Why yes, I’d be happy to complete a detailed review of your rack (done in flight of course). I’m glad you asked!

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.

Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X/Chronos BETA firmware update: New features, plus some fixes.

Wahoo KICKR: Bug fix related to units locking up on performing a spindown.

Thanks for reading, have a great week ahead!

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  1. Josh

    With the big Suunto sale happening, for pure running (26.2 training) with a Stryd footpod and the occasional bike ride without a power meter, Suunto spartan sport or Suunto ambit 3 sport?

    • Josh

      To clarify, the goal is to get pace and distance from the footpod while still being able to get a gps track after the run to view where you ran, i.e., ability to keep gps on. If the m430 is an option that is fine as well, but from what I understand the garmin 230 cannot get pace and distance from the footpod unless you turn gps off.

    • I thought the FR230 order of precedence is footpod if connected over GPS, no? I’ll have to double-check if something is different in recent firmware.

    • Josh

      I dont know, im going with what fellrnr wrote and also what it seems the guys at stryd have told me. To me it is confusing because how would gps need to be shut off if you have footpod set to control pace/distance? Seems then that live track would also become nullified. That makes it pretty useless.

    • Angus from Stryd

      Disclaimer: I am with Stryd

      Hi Josh,

      The FR230 can be configured to always get pace from the foot pod. This means you can view and record pace from the foot pod whether the GPS is on or off.

      However, the FR230 watch defaults to GPS for distance. It is necessary to disable GPS to force the watch to get distance from the foot pod.

      Best,
      Angus

  2. Simon

    Interested in the Sports Tech Deals however, how to order with these discounts and terms from Europe as do not wish to pay import duties and VAT upon delivery – thought Clever Training have European centre now for this but I cannot see this ?

    • International stuff is tricky (no matter the direction). Take the Garmin deals for example, Garmin only offers those to US retailers, and not UK retailers. And a company like Clever can’t cross-ship items from the US to UK to bridge that gap, it’s considered a no-no.

      That said, I was talking to CT about this very thing today on how to potentially offer Europe-specific deals. There have been a few, but it’s challenging to get manufs on board.

      Inversely though, within the US retailers have to get permission to discount, whereas the rest of the world considers that practice illegal.

  3. Michael Coyne

    Awesome to see that there’s finally a way to get a file for endless pool swims. Is there a way to get stroke info at all? I’m guessing not…

    Still, cool stuff. I wonder if someday we’ll see a Connect IQ app for it – maybe the people from Endless Pool would be interested in making their own?

    Also wow… I wonder if that GoPro still worked in any capacity, since they said (only the case got damaged). That’s crazy.

    And heli-biking looks AWESOME, but I do wonder how you make sure that people don’t lose/drop their bikes holding onto them on the way down?

    Thanks again for all the awesomeness. Good stuff.

    • Yeah, that’d be ideal. It’s funny, when I saw that I thought to myself: How on earth is this not a mode in a Garmin watch already? It seems like it’d be simple just like the Swimming Drill mode. Simply set the pace/speed and then press start. Then it automatically takes stroke and time information and boom – perfect files.

      Considering all the silly sport modes we have, this seems like an easy one.

    • Tony Goncalves

      I have an Endless Pool, and this is how I use my F3HR to record my swims: I set lap length to 100m, and then I set Alerts to whatever pace I have the pool set to, ie: 2:15. That way after 2 minutes and 15 seconds, I get an alert on my watch, then I hit my lap button to mark 100m and continue on, repeating every 2:15 minutes. At the end of my swim, I get the correct distance, time, and stroke analysis, assuming I don’t pause and accidentally trigger a lap count.

      But, if anyone ends up making a proper Connect IQ app for the endless pool, let me know! 😀

  4. Adam

    Ray,

    Any thoughts on a optical heart rate sports/running watch/tracker for a smaller wrist? The 13 year old could use one but the vivoactive HR and the vivosmart(s) look big on him. Wants to record his training runs, etc.

    thanks,
    Adam

  5. Tim

    Is the Garmin 935 likely to keep feature parity with the Fenix 5 variants? It seems that it is not included in the feature updates.

    • They actually have been maintaining feature parity to date. It’s simply that the Fenix team is releasing more betas than the Forerunner team. So it probably looks a bit skewed. But if you go back to the most recent FR935 update, it matches that of the corresponding Fenix 5 updates (though the release notes don’t quite match, the actual content does).

  6. hdb

    The Heli bike rack guys need to travel a bit – people have been doing it for several years in NZ, such as Helibke Nelson link to helibikenelson.co.nz (Disclaimer, this is a good friend’s company)
    If you want to see how to move a lot of bike via chopper at once, here is a option 😉 : link to goo.gl

  7. Jason

    Any idea when the Tacx Neo Smart will actually be available? I’ve been following the seemingly predictable availability-delays on CT and a bunch of other sites, and am starting to lose faith that they’ll ever be back and available to purchase (not talking about the initially released model…talking about the “newer” one designed to address the initial bugs). I keep reading how it’s one of the best trainers out there, and the lack of an actual flywheel is a big plus for me (no vibrations), but I just can’t find where it’s actually available. Even your REI link says it’s not available.

    Thanks.

  8. Long Run Nick

    Ray, I am a car guy. What did you think of your Fiat Abarth Spider 124? It is referred to as a Fiata because it is built at the same plant in Japan where the MX5 Miata ND model is built. Miata has NA engine while the Fiat is a turbo. Well that is enough about that.
    Nick:)

  9. Blayne

    Hi, really appreciate your reviews. I use Garmin products, i.e. Edge 1000 and radar. Do you know if Garmin are developing an accessory battery pack? I find the radar is good and useful, especially when riding country roads by oneself, but limited battery life. I envisage an external battery that has the male versions of the 1/4 turn mount on the back with the female version of the 1/4 mount on the front. Hope that makes sense.

    Regards,

    Blayne

  10. Ed

    Was just wondering if you were planning to review the new Favero Assioma pedals. The information provided available on the net is limited at best, however indicates that they should be easier to install (assumed like the P1’s) with the only information on pricing being a price hidden on a website but shown in Google for $1200 Australian dollars for the dual sided version. Should all of this be correct, they would have to be going to five the P1’s a bit of a shake.

    • Yup, though, it sounds like it won’t be till later this summer that it’s available.

    • gabor

      The price will be the same as the BePro, 799€ according to their website. Sounds very promising, if all the description is true, it will definitely start a price drop among the pedal power meters

  11. Lars Ejaas

    STRYD FootPOD got a new firmware update to!!

    Stryd Firmware version 1.1.2 gives you improved power on downhills due to improved capturing of eccentric loading, giving you the power to attack the downhill!

  12. Jeroen V

    Ray, what are your thoughts on the ( Decathlon) Géonaute Onmove 500 ?. It’s cheap ( €99.99) and apparentely has a philips OHR. For that price I can imagine it being an interesting choice for people in Europe. (I’d personally think this watch is probably crap… knowing previous geonaute watches… )

    • Richard

      Hello Ray, can You answer this question about Geonaute onmove 500, can You test it? Or You do test only expensive trade marks like Garmin, Suunto, TomTom. Thank You for reaction. Richard

    • I don’t at present have any plans to test it.

      The main reason is I try and focus on items that have global availability (or at least North American + Europe availability). Or planned availability anyway.

      With Geonaute, it’s largely the arm of Decathlon, which is mostly just available in Europe. 🙁

  13. Eli

    Pioneer has a new deal, free computer with the power meter. Ok, same as the deal last year. link to pioneerelectronics.com