Week in Review–June 4th, 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 28th, 2017
Tuesday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Friday: A few quick thoughts on the bePro Gen2…err…Favero Assioma

Sports Tech Deals This Week:

Hello June.  And hello random sales.  At this point these are just sales to get you to buy stuff.

Once you pass the first week or so of June, you won’t see any new wearables products until the last week of August/first week of September.  At least, any new products from companies that actually want your money this year.  As almost any wearable company can tell you – launching a product mid-summer is basically a fail-boat scenario.  Either before, or after…not in the middle.  Alternatively, ask GoPro how that went two summers ago.  Note that historically speaking bike trainer announcements and some minor bike stuff is expected around the Tour de France, but usually most announcements for bike things are saved to Eurobike/Interbike.

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
$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
$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
$159⚡ By far the lowest price to date for this unit. Previously hovered around $179-$199
Apple Watch SE - $40 off
$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
$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)
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
Fitbit Charge 5 - $50 off
$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!
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
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
Garmin Vivoactive 4S - $80 off$219
GoPro Hero 10 Black - $50 off
$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
$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
$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
$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!
$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
$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!
$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
$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)
$1,249⚡ 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
$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) House of Cards has running playlists: Well, Spotify has them in a partnership with House of Cards.  One for Claire Underwood and one for Frank Underwood.

2) Ironman buys Competitor Group: This includes the Rock & Roll series, as well as some publishing titles/sites/brands.  It’ll be interesting to see how those publishing entities fair after this.  In some ways I hope they end up being sold off to other buyers.  I generally don’t find event-driven companies owning media brands as a successful thing.

3) New medical study out on Moxy sensor: I haven’t had a chance to buy/whatever the full text study, but this might be interesting to some.  As for the Stanford study on wearables last week, I’ve spent some time chatting with the authors on that and am tweaking my piece before publishing slightly to include their responses. Should be out in the next day or two. (via Tim)

4) Are GoPro’s biggest new product hopes dashed? I’d generally agree with this.  They need another basket with better eggs.  More eggs.  I think whatever they do for Hero6 this fall really has to take the wind out of people.  I’d hope to see basically three levels of cameras.  A higher-end prosumer action cam (i.e. $800-$1000 that drives crazy nuts like me to purchase), a Hero5 Black replacement at $299 (yes, $100 cheaper), and then a budget option at $119 (like they used to).  And probably a Session replacement, even though Session isn’t really my thing, lots of others like it.  Oh, and kill off the drone unless they can get something the size of the DJI Spark shipping *early* this fall.  They have to shock and awe to stop the slide. (via Dragon Devil)

5) If you’re a pro rider, don’t shoot your gun on a ride: As one UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling team athlete found it.  It doesn’t end well for your career.

6) There’s apparently going to be an RFID show at Interbike: Or at least, an RFID course for bicycle retailers. Not entirely sure what to make of it, but figured it was notable.

7) Wanna broadcast your running pace from phone to Zwift? No problem, this Android app will do the trick.

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 VIRB Edit Software Update: Adds support for VIRB 360, among other tweaks/improvements.

Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X/Chronos BETA firmware update: Small bug fixes.

Garmin FR935 BETA firmware update: Connect IQ update, other tweaks.

Garmin FR735XT BETA firmware update: More or less same as FR935 update.

Garmin Vivosmart 3 Firmware Update: Minor tweaks.

Thanks all!  Have a good week ahead!

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  1. Michael Coyne

    Speaking of Moxy, I just saw this: link to apps.garmin.com while browsing for new apps on ConnectIQ, which is for a similar oxygen sensor coming out later this year. Will you be reviewing it when it comes out/you get it?

    Thanks again for all the posts man!

  2. Jilani zeribi

    To be fair, shooting at a residential hillside from a bike (or anything else) is generally not a great idea, pro rider or not. 🙂

  3. Changren Y.

    There’s a bug in the latest version (5.1.0) of the Garmin VIRB Edit for Mac. Specifically, the app will crash as soon as you try to import a FIT or GPX file. The previous version 4.2.3 (which I was fortunate enough to be able to restore) has no such issue.

  4. Richard Sudworth

    When you say “you won’t see any new wearables products until the last week of August/first week of September”, is there any sense about what Garmin might launch for runners? I bought my 225 a few years ago about a month before they released the 235. If they launched a running focused watch with basic mapping I’d be a happy chap.

    • Bob

      Richard – why not give the FR935 a look? It has all the navigation features of the fenix line but is intended more for runners/triathletes. Just used the TracBack feature this morning for the heck of it and had a nice little map to follow back to my starting point.

    • Richard Sudworth

      A 935 would be awesome, but I’m not sure if my wallet would agree.

  5. Tim Grose

    > Garmin FR735XT BETA firmware update: More or less same as FR735 update.
    Do you mean FR935 update?

  6. Toni

    Any news for a Garmin edge 1010 or 1000 replacement… My Garmin 1000 needs a new revision!!

  7. Henning

    There is one thing I cannot understand if 935 is “Fenix5P” why do they make a different firmware tracks for Fenix5 and 935. Could it be that they will give more features to Fenix 5 over time or?

    Also there as been a lot of talks about bugs in Fenix 5 series and non i 935. Are Fenix 5 and 935 different than we thought from the start?
    link to the5krunner.com

    Or is it all due to that 935 was released latter?


    • Because the Fenix and Forerunner teams are separate. Though they both access the same codebase, they do run as separate product groups (although reporting up the same chain).

    • Henning

      Hi Ray

      Thanks for the answer.

      So will the Fenix and the 935 endup with equal featuers or will they be different?


  8. Marco

    On amazon.it today (5/6/2017) the Garmin Forerunner 735XT at 299€.
    I do not know how long the offer will last.

  9. okrunner

    I’m an NRA member and owner of dozens of guns who lives in Western Oklahoma. But, to carry and shoot a gun from a bike in a more populated portion of Colorado. What a freakin’ moron!! What is it with guns and Colorado? He makes doping look good. “If you’re a pro rider, don’t shoot your gun on a ride” How about, “Unless you are a complete moron and drain on society, don’t shoot your gun on a ride” Yo dude, are you down with this, let’s go gang bangin and do a drive by on our Orbeas. WT*

  10. Joe

    Any known issues/fixes for E1000 or FR935 power dropouts when paired with P1’s? I see 60-70 drops in a 70 min Zwift ERG workout. First started seeing it in April right after the E1000 firmware was updated from to Still seeing it with firmware I also pair an E810 w/ KICKR1 and see 15-20 drops during the same workout, but don’t think that firmware has been updated as recently as the E1000, so don’t know if that’s always been there or not.

  11. Carl T

    Hi Ray,

    What has happened to the Podcast? Will it be back soon as we really miss it!

    • Chris

      +1 for missing the podcast. It was a regular one for me to listen to.

      Also, if we’re doing requests … have you thought of having a page like the macbuyersguide which lists cycle since last update for Mac items. So for example, Garmin, you’d say Gamin 305 released 2008, then 740 days later, the 500 came out, then 432 days later the 510 etc. So once it approaches the average lifecycle, your page would say ”don’t buy, update expected soon” etc?


    • Podcast is coming back. We’ve have 2-3 attempts in the last week trying to get it recorded, but ended up like Craigslist Missed Connections. Timing is always tricky.

      As for the guide, I’ve actually thought about doing something similar. For now what I do in the product comparison tool is list the announcement and actual shipping date of all products. I find that to be a pretty good indicator.

      The challenge with a buy now/update expected soon is two fold. First is that unlike Apple, product names don’t tend to stay the same. So for example people have to know that the FR935 is the successor to the FR920, which is the successor to the FR910, which is the successor to the FR310XT, which is the successor to the FR305. You and I might know that, but the average consumer won’t.

      The second issue is simply that I know too much. I know what all these companies plans are (under embargo/NDA’s), so I have to balance that a bit and talk to historical trends for replacement (i.e. every year, every two years, etc…).

  12. highside57

    Hi DC,

    I wondered if you were aware that Strava is trialing a new algorithm for the activities feed. This is apparently based by social media factors rather than the traditional chronology. There is no option to have one’s feed in the standard reverse chronological order.
    It is dreadful, there is no apparent reasoning behind the order. I have a friend who does a commute, bike, train, bike twice a day and logs 4 rides. Sometimes all his rides for the week come at the top of my feed despite the fact he entered them daily!
    Feedback has been overwhelmingly negative but as yet elicited no response from Strava.
    link to support.strava.com

    Some of what I believe are insightful comments have highlighted the fact that Strava raised $70m from venture capital funds who are seeking to maximize their return. To this end the new CEO and a new main board director have been brought in from the Facebook/Instagram side of the industry to try and obtain a valuation of Strava similar to these types of company. This would require providing the right sort of metrics to a potential buyer.
    Personally I think they risk damaging what value they have as a wonderful data performance data source but they can never hope to make to make as much money from tiered premium subscriptions than they might do if they persuaded somebody to pay a LinkedIn type price for them.
    I am aware RidewithGPS, who I use for route planning, are watching the situation closely. They claim they remain wedded to being a data source funded by a tiered premium service, although I do notice social media type items appearing on their site.
    It just struck me that if Strava render their site very difficult to use you could become a focal point in a search for viable alternatives

  13. Simon

    RE. App for treadmill speed into Zwift. A similar app called “Treadmill Smart Speed” is available in iOS

  14. Must say I don’t like the latest windows version of VirbEdit. Is it my imagination or have they moved things around just for the hell of it? And why is there no proper help file or online help resource? /rantover

    • I thought it felt a tiny bit different when I started using it with the VIRB 360, but I got used to it pretty quickly. I don’t use it a ton otherwise (mostly use FCPX).

  15. Sven Sverdling

    The story about a pro rider with a gun has to be bogus. There are probably super light guns made of unobtainium but a cyclist carrying lead bullets? No way!

    • Dom

      Five minutes googling tells me that half a dozen handgun rounds weigh maybe 100g, and the whole package can be as light as 500g. Carrying that much extra weight wouldn’t be the worst decision he made that day.

    • okrunner

      +1 An airweight model S & W .38 weighs about as much as a couple granola bars. Far less than a bottle of water. But still, what an idiot.