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Week in Review–May 28th, 2017

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 22nd, 2017
Wednesday: Garmin VIRB 360 5.7K Action Cam In-Depth Review
Sunday: The Day in May DCR $500 Gadget Giveaway Winner!

Kinda a quiet week. Putting together that VIRB 360 review took quite a bit of processing time (video is my slow spot).

Sports Tech Deals This Week:

We’re into the final push of solid May sales – with many wrapping up tomorrow (Monday).  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.  Many of the trainers listed below have sold out, but if you really want one of these I highly recommend checking frequently.  I keep seeing inventory pop in for a few hours here and there, even as recently as a few hours ago for most models.  So…FYI.

Current DealsRegular PriceSale PriceStartEndAmazonClever TrainingOther siteSale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated May 28th, 2017 @ 7:11 pm
1BandID-25% offNov 20 2017Dec 01 2017N/AN/ALinkThis 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% offNov 19 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/AN/AI 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 offNov 23 2017Nov 24 2017Link
Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones-$179 ($120 off)Nov 19 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/AN/ALove 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% offNov 20 2017Nov 27 2017N/ALinkN/AThis is 20% on some trainers (mostly low-end ones, not the Hammer/Magnus).
DJI Goggles (for DJI Drones)$449$50 offNov 23 2017Nov 28 2017LinkN/A
DJI Mavic Pro$999$100 offNov 23 2017Nov 28 2017LinkN/AI 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 offNov 23 2017Nov 28 2017LinkN/AI 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 2017Nov 28 2017LinkN/ALOVE 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 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/AN/AI can't decide which mesh network system to get for the DCR Cave...it's gonna be one of these three!
Exploding Kittens Game (One-Day Amazon Sale!)-20% offNov 21 2017Nov 21 2017LinkTechnically not a gadget, but technically just as good. If you ever wanted to know what we play around the DCR household when friends are over - this game is it. It's awesome, obviously.
Fitbit Alta HR$149$50 off!Nov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkLink
Fitbit Charge 2$149$50 offNov 23 2017Nov 23 2017LinkLink
Fitbit Ionic$299$50 gift card includedNov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkLink
Garmin Fenix5 (5/5S/5X)$599$100 offNov 13 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLinkDefinitely the best deal you're going to see this year on this.
Garmin Forerunner 235$329$30 offNov 03 2017Dec 31 2017LinkLink$30 off - down to $299
Garmin Forerunner 735XT$349$50 offNov 03 2017Dec 31 2017LinkLinkFYI: Formal price drop from $399 to $349 for the FR735XT. This is the new price going forward.
Garmin Vivoactive 3$299$50 offNov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkLinkBlack Friday Only: $50 off the base unit (thus $249), 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 Karma Hero5 & Hero6 Bundles$200 offNov 19 2017Nov 27 2017LinkN/AInstant price reduction for the Karma Hero5 and Hero6 bundles.
Google WiFi Mesh Router (3-pack)-$249 ($30 off)Nov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/AN/AI can't decide which mesh network system to get for the DCR Cave...it's gonna be one of these three!
IceMule Coolers-20% offNov 20 2017Dec 04 2017N/ALinkN/A
Inov-8 Shoes-20% offNov 18 2017Dec 04 2017N/ALinkN/A
Lezyne Cycling GPS Units (Most models)$14912% offNov 12 2017Nov 27 2017LinkLink12% 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.
Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi Router (3-pack)-$329 ($150 off)Nov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/AN/AI 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 offNov 27 2017Nov 27 2017LinkLinkOne day sale only!!!
Polar H10$8925% offNov 19 2017Nov 25 2017LinkLinkMust use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem.
Polar M200$14925% offNov 19 2017Nov 25 2017LinkLinkMust use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem.
Polar M430$22925% offNov 19 2017Nov 25 2017LinkLinkMust use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem.
Polar M460$17925% offNov 19 2017Nov 25 2017LinkLink
Polar M600$329$100 off!Nov 26 2017Dec 02 2017LinkLinkPolar Webshop only!!!
Polar V800$449$100 off!Nov 26 2017Dec 02 2017LinkLinkPolar Webshop Only!!!
RunScribe Plus (V3)-15% offNov 20 2017Nov 27 2017N/AN/ALinkThis 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)-$99Nov 20 2017Nov 27 2017N/AN/ALinkThis 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 offNov 23 2017Nov 23 2017LinkN/A
Samsung Gear Sport$299$50 offNov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/ABlack 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% offNov 20 2017Nov 27 2017N/ALinkN/AGot a car? Got a bike? Seems like a solution here. This is a pretty typical sale we see every holiday period.
Suunto Watches (Almost All Models)-30% offNov 20 2017Dec 03 2017N/ALinkN/AThe 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 offNov 12 2017Dec 03 2017LinkLinkDown to $299, includes music, optical HR, and GPS.
TomTom Spark 3 Product Line$149-$299 (Features Vary)Up to $100 offNov 12 2017Dec 03 2017LinkLinkFull 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$69Nov 12 2017Dec 03 2017LinkLinkNormally $89 for the 'Cardio' version.
TomTom Touch Cardio + Body Composition$89$99Nov 12 2017Dec 03 2017LinkLinkThis is the version that includes the body comp metrics as well.

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YouTube Videos I Published!

Here’s some YouTube goodness that I published this past week, don’t forget to subscribe!

Pro Tip: This very first video I just published three minutes ago, based on popular request from all of you!

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) Apple’s Needleless Blood Glucose Monitor’s Challenging Road Ahead: A good write-up of the challenges faced.  Obviously I really hope Apple can crack this nut, but it’s a hard road.  A really hard road, even more so than Apple Watch in so many ways – most notably FDA approval.  That requires far more accuracy than Apple Watch comes anywhere near today with more simplistic HR measurements.

2) Concept 2 Adds Strava Support: If you’ve got a supported Concept2 rower, you can actually now sync your workouts to Strava. Nifty…and thanks to Richard for sending this in!

3) What it costs to bike sponsor a WorldTour Team: In case you have some spare cash lying around.  On the bright side, smaller sponsorships are far far cheaper.  For example, a company with a trainer might pay $100-125K for a major/well known team, or they might pay only $10-15K for a ‘lesser known’ team (talking WorldTour teams only here).  And some power meter sponsors for major teams might pay nothing at all, but are selected for technical reasons too.  While others are again up in the $50-$100K range.  But my name isn’t Paolo.

4) DJI announces their new DJI Spark: This is definitely an interesting one. With the size of the body the same as a cell phone, it makes it even better for sports (taking cycling, hiking, xc-skiing, even trail running).  I did a lot of that with my DJI Mavic before, which is still really small.  But…umm…size matters…more?  Either way, review coming sometime in June.  Oh, and purchasing pro tip: Don’t order the white version if you plan to use in the snow…I’d argue red is easiest to find if SNAFU occurs.

5) A study on wearables was released: Until I get around to writing a post on it tomorrow, my tweet will suffice.

6) Runners get married half-way through half-marathon: Well then, that’s an entirely different setup than your average water station. (via Casey Neistat)

7) Did the Tesla make or break the Nike marathon record attempt? Pretty cool and detailed aerodynamic analysis of it all. (via Sweat Science)

8) In unrelated Nike news: More doping details/revelations from the Nike Oregon Project.  Not surprising of course.  (via TRS Triathlon)

9) GoPro open-sources their metadata video format: I missed this a few weeks ago, but stumbled on it today while looking for something totally unrelated.  It’s good to see this spec out there now.  Previously only certain partners got access to it.  This should help more 3rd party companies start to use GoPro’s GPS and ancillary data streams within their Hero5 generated videos.

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: Small bug fixes.

Garmin FR735XT BETA firmware update: New Connect IQ update, swim fixes/tweaks, other bug fixes.

Polar M430 Production Firmware release: Yes, I’m actively testing this, and yup, a review should be out in 7-10 days.

Stryd running power meter firmware update: Improvements to downhill running.

Endless pool .FIT file app adds Strava integration: Remember that endless pool app/site I mentioned last week? They’ve added Strava integration. Nifty.

Thanks all!  Have a good week ahead!