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.

Current DealsRegular PriceSale PriceStartEndAmazonClever TrainingOther siteSale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 11th, 2017 @ 4:49 pm
DJI Mavic Pro$999$200 off!!!Nov 23 2017Dec 20 2017LinkN/AN/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$499Almost 50% offDec 11 2017Dec 11 2017N/AN/ATarget.com⚡This is a good deal, if you can get it to work. Sent in by DCR Reader Tony: "Target is running a sale today where the Spark is $349 when you add it to your cart. On top of that Target is running a sale for $20 off every $100 spent, for additional $60 in savings. and if you have the red card you still get the 5%, so bringing it roughly to $275."
Fitbit Alta$129$30 off!Dec 10 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLinkN/A
Fitbit Alta HR$149$20 off!Dec 10 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLinkN/A
Fitbit Blaze$199$50 off!Dec 10 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLinkN/A⚡Not too shabby a deal on this unit. It requires your phone for GPS, but otherwise it's a good option for a more full featured Fitbit.
Fitbit Charge 2$149$20 offDec 10 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLinkN/A
Fitbit Ionic$299$30 off!Dec 10 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLinkN/A⚡About the best deal we'll likely see for a while on Ionic (it was down a bit more for Black Friday, but that's a rarity).
Garmin Edge 520 $299$219Nov 28 2017Dec 20 2017LinkN/AN/A⚡ ⚡ Note: This has an unknown end date. Could be in 2 minutes, or in 2 weeks. No idea, it's an Amazon specific deal.
Garmin Fenix5 (5/5S/5X)$599$100 offNov 13 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLink⚡ Definitely the best deal you're going to see this year on this.
Garmin Forerunner 235$329$30 offDec 10 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLinkN/A
Garmin Forerunner 35$199$30 off!Dec 10 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLinkN/A
Garmin VIRB 360$799$100 offDec 10 2017Dec 16 2017LinkLinkN/A⚡This is the first US sale we've seen on this unit, and likely done to edge you to purchase it over the GoPro Fusion or Rylo cameras. While Rylo is in a different (lesser) category, Fusion is similar, but not yet as mature as the VIRB 360.
Garmin Vivoactive 3$299$50 offNov 22 2017Dec 23 2017LinkLink⚡ Awesome deal $50 off the base unit (thus $249), or $50 off the Slate unit (thus $279). The slate has an extra resistant coating on the band which his why it costs more. This is a superb deal for a unit that came out a mere 2 months ago.
Garmin Vivofit Jr$79$49Nov 22 2017Dec 23 2017LinkLinkThe lowest we've seen this unit. Was super popular last year (the most popular item ordered via DCR actually).
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2$99$69Nov 22 2017Dec 23 2017LinkLink⚡ This just came out 5 weeks ago, and so this is a solid deal. Note: This price was dropped $10 further on Dec 5th.
Garmin Vivosmart 3$139$99Nov 22 2017Dec 23 2017LinkLink⚡ Note this just came out earlier this year, if looking for an activity tracker as opposed to a GPS watch, this is a great deal.
Garmin Vivosport$199$149Nov 22 2017Dec 23 2017LinkLinkThis just came out back in September, so a pretty good deal.
GoPro Hero5 Black$399$100 off!Dec 10 2017Dec 31 2018LinkLinkN/A⚡ This is technically a permanent price drop effective Dec 10th, but now the GoPro Hero 5 Black is $299! I'm listing it here for now since it's a good deal if you don't care about the new Hero6 features.
GoPro Hero5 Session$299$100 off!Dec 10 2017Dec 31 2018LinkLinkN/A⚡⚡⚡ This is technically a permanent price drop effective Dec 10th, but now the GoPro Hero 5 Session is $199! I'm listing it here for now since it's a good deal, especially if you want a small camera that has 4K capabilities and is totally waterproof.
GoPro Hero6 Black$499$50 off + 32GB CardDec 10 2017Dec 16 2017LinkLinkN/A⚡ Awesome deal ! Also includes a 32GB micro-SD card tossed in. Amaze-ball deal for a brand new unit! CLEVER TRAINING ONLY
GoPro Karma Drone Hero5 & Hero6 Bundles$200 offDec 10 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLinkN/AWhile I don't generally recommend the GoPro Karma drone...if you really want it, it's on sale for about 20% off. Instant price reduction for the Karma Hero5 and Hero6 bundles.
Polar Gadgets - 20% off everything!!!-20% offDec 04 2017Dec 13 2017N/ALinkN/A⚡ Only valid on Clever Training, and only with coupon code MERRY20. This includes watches, bike computers, sensors (like the Polar OH-1), and more!
PowerPod$299Dec 10 2017Dec 19 2017LinkLinkN/A$249 for the ANT+ version, $279 for the BLE version, and $299 for the dual ANT+/BLE version
PowerTap Refurb Sale-25-40% offDec 02 2017Dec 15 2017n/AN/ALink⚡ This is a great sale for refurb items. Incredible deals. And here's the thing, some folks will ignore this because they are refurb, but realistically, they go through the same QA process as other items (just with fancy new exteriors). Seriously, you won't beat these deals, and if I was buying a PowerTap unit right now, I'd take up some of these deals (unfortunately, I bought a unit two weeks ago...).
Scosche RHYTHM+$79$59Dec 10 2017Dec 13 2017LinkLinkN/A
TomTom Adventurer (Music + OHR + GPS)-$50 offDec 10 2017Dec 31 2017LinkLinkN/ADown to $299, includes music, optical HR, and GPS.Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.
TomTom Spark 3 Product Line$149-$299 (Features Vary)Up to $100 offDec 10 2017Dec 31 2017LinkLinkN/AFull 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)Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.
TomTom Touch Cardio$89$69Dec 10 2017Dec 31 2017LinkLinkN/ANormally $89 for the 'Cardio' version. Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.
TomTom Touch Cardio + Body Composition$89$99Dec 10 2017Dec 31 2017LinkLinkN/AThis is the version that includes the body comp metrics as well. Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.
Wahoo ELEMNT MINI$9920% Off!Dec 01 2017Dec 11 2017LinkLinkDown to $79 on Clever Training, also includes free shipping.
WatTeam PowerBeat Gen2From $25920% off!Nov 26 2017Dec 24 2017N/ALinkN/A⚡⚡ This brings it down to $207 for a single sided unit and $319 for the dual-sided unit - by far the cheapest direct force power meter out there.

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YouTube Videos I Published!

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

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!

    • 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.