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 10th, 2018 @ 6:44 am|
|Favero Assioma Pedals||$519/$799 (single/dual)||$649||Nov 23 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡⚡Effective Nov 23rd, 2018 the Favero Assioma pedals will be effectively $649USD going forward (likely with the DCR discount). That's a pretty substantial price-drop. Note, it may take a few more hours for Clever Training to updating pricing.|
|Fitbit Ace||$99||$79||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Alta||$99||$79||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Alta HR||$129||$99||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Charge 3||$149||$129||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ This unit also just came out, and this is a great deal for it.|
|Fitbit Ionic||$269||$229||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ Remember this includes music, GPS, and contactless payments. Note technically this is $40 off, so higher end variants will be slightly more.|
|Fitbit Versa||$199-$229||$149||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ This is a great deal on this unit. Remember, it supports offline music too! Note that technically this is $50 off, so special variants will be slightly more.|
|Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)||$599||$100 off||Dec 01 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This applies to both Fenix 5 and 5 Plus, all variants.|
|Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)||$699/699EUR||$100 off||Dec 01 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This applies to both Fenix 5 and 5 Plus, all variants.|
|Garmin Forerunner 235||$249||$199||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Forerunner 35||$169||$139||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Varia Bike Radar||$199||$119||Nov 22 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link|
|Garmin Varia UT800||-||99GBP/111EUR||Nov 21 2018||Dec 30 2018||N/A||Link||N/A||⚡ This is a great deal for this awesome little light, especially for 50GBP off!|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3||$269||$199||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡ Great deal on this - aside from a one-day sale last year, this is the lowest we've seen this.|
|Garmin Vivofit 3||$69||$49||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||This is the lowest price we've seen on this unit.|
|Garmin Vivofit 4||$79||$59||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr||$79||$49||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||The lowest we've seen this unit. Was super popular the first year it this price point for Black Friday (the most popular item ordered via DCR actually).|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 - Incl Disney/Avengers/Star Wars variants||$79||$59||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivosmart 3||$119||$69||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||Well then, that's one way to sell these products quickly - 42% off!|
|Giro Helmets and Shoes||-||33% off||Dec 09 2018||Dec 20 2018||N/A||Link||N/A|
|GoPro Fusion 360* Action Cam||$599||$499||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||$100 off|
|GoPro Hero 7 Silver Bundle (incl 32GB card)||$299||$229||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||$70 off|
|GoPro Hero 7 White||$199||$179||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||$20 off!|
|GoPro Karma Grip Gimbal||$299||$249||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||N/A||$50 off|
|PowerPod||$299||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||N/A||$249 for the ANT+ version, $269 for the BLE version.|
|Suunto 3 Fitness||$199-$229||$159||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||Note: Technically 20% off, so some premium variants will be more than $159|
|Suunto Spartan Sport||$449||$314||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link|
|Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR||$499||$384||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||Note: The Baro variant is also available on sale as well.|
|Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR||$279 ($329 for metal bezels)||$194||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡ This is a great deal for this multisport watch - definitely one you should consider. Technically it's 30% off, so the fancy material variants will cost a bit more.|
|Tacx NEO Smart||$1,369||$1,199||Nov 23 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡ The price drops to $1,199USD (due to new Neo 2). Most notable, you can combine this with the 8hr Clever Training VIP deal, so you can get the Tacx Neo 1 for $959USD. Holy balls.|
|Topeak Cycling Tools/Gear||-||20% off||Nov 22 2018||Dec 14 2018||N/A||Link||N/A|
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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.
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!