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:
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 Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 11th, 2017 @ 4:49 pm|
|DJI Mavic Pro||$999||$200 off!!!||Nov 23 2017||Dec 20 2017||Link||N/A||N/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||$499||Almost 50% off||Dec 11 2017||Dec 11 2017||N/A||N/A||Target.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 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|Fitbit Alta HR||$149||$20 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|Fitbit Blaze||$199||$50 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/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 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|Fitbit Ionic||$299||$30 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/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||$219||Nov 28 2017||Dec 20 2017||Link||N/A||N/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 off||Nov 13 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Definitely the best deal you're going to see this year on this.|
|Garmin Forerunner 235||$329||$30 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|Garmin Forerunner 35||$199||$30 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|Garmin VIRB 360||$799||$100 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 16 2017||Link||Link||N/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 off||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||⚡ 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||$49||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||The lowest we've seen this unit. Was super popular last year (the most popular item ordered via DCR actually).|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2||$99||$69||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||⚡ 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||$99||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||⚡ 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||$149||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||This just came out back in September, so a pretty good deal.|
|GoPro Hero5 Black||$399||$100 off!||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||N/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 2017||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||N/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 Card||Dec 10 2017||Dec 16 2017||Link||Link||N/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 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 24 2017||Link||Link||N/A||While 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% off||Dec 04 2017||Dec 13 2017||N/A||Link||N/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||$299||Dec 10 2017||Dec 19 2017||Link||Link||N/A||$249 for the ANT+ version, $279 for the BLE version, and $299 for the dual ANT+/BLE version|
|PowerTap Refurb Sale||-||25-40% off||Dec 02 2017||Dec 15 2017||n/A||N/A||Link||⚡ 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||$59||Dec 10 2017||Dec 13 2017||Link||Link||N/A|
|TomTom Adventurer (Music + OHR + GPS)||-||$50 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link||N/A||Down 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 off||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link||N/A||Full 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||$69||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link||N/A||Normally $89 for the 'Cardio' version. Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.|
|TomTom Touch Cardio + Body Composition||$89||$99||Dec 10 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link||N/A||This is the version that includes the body comp metrics as well. Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.|
|Wahoo ELEMNT MINI||$99||20% Off!||Dec 01 2017||Dec 11 2017||Link||Link||Down to $79 on Clever Training, also includes free shipping.|
|WatTeam PowerBeat Gen2||From $259||20% off!||Nov 26 2017||Dec 24 2017||N/A||Link||N/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!
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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.
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 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!