Week in Review–July 23rd, 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–July 17th, 2017
Tuesday: Wahoo Rolls Out ELEMNT/BOLT Live Tracking with Data & Routes
Wednesday: Xert rolls out free real-time FTP app on Garmin devices
Thursday: Garmin Acquires Cycling Aerodynamics Company Alphamantis
Thursday: Hands-on: Airdog’s new ADII sports-tracking drone
Friday: Wahoo’s New 2017 KICKR SNAP Trainer: Hands-on
Friday: Strava will now fix your Garmin or phone when you break it riding…or not.

Sports Tech Deals This Week:

Below is the current list of deals in the sports tech realm.  Of note is the addition this week of the Cycliq Fly6 (back-light/camera combo) and Fly12 (front-light/camera combo) at $97 and $199.  That’s a solid deal, especially for the Fly6.

Current DealsRegular PriceSale PriceStartEndAmazonClever TrainingOther siteSale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 14th, 2017 @ 8:33 am
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.
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 + 32GB SD + $40 store credit$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. Also, this edition on Clever Training includes a 32GB SD card and a $40 store credit (great for picking up a few extra batteries).
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.
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...).
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.
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.

Also of note is that ELEMNT $80 rebate for the larger unit.  Helps to equalize the price compared to the smaller BOLT.  Both contain the same software, though the larger unit has an additional LED stripe.

Oh…and ProTip: Swing back by this page sometime mid-morning on Monday US Eastern time for a very time-limited deal on some products.

YouTube Videos I Published:

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

DCR Podcast:

By the time you read this, another episode will hopefully have dropped.  If not, I suggest keeping an eye out on your feed.  We recorded one Friday night so it should be out as soon as Ben finishes golfing or something.

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) It’s dead, Jim: This will come as no surprise, but Intel has killed off their wearables division.  What remains slightly unclear is if Recon is technically part of that or not.  Of course, they previously pseudo-killed Basis by recalling the product and then shutting down the site.  It’d be interesting to know how this impacts New Balance, who worked closely with Intel on their Run IQ Android Wear watch, whereby Intel did much of the work (including ongoing updates).

2) Alaska Airlines now charges $25 for bikes: Sweet! Far more reasonable than the $150USD (one-way) that United or others charge.  I still have really good luck with my bike bag, but if you get pinched, I’d rather only pay $25. (via Race Radio)

3) Well that was cold: I was looking forward to seeing how the Alaskaman triathlon (first year) went last weekend.  The pics don’t disappoint!

4) A different look at the Tour de France live tracking platform: A week or so ago I showed you a behind-the-scenes on Dimension Data’s live tracking platform.  This past week Cycling Maven put together a video during his TdF Vlog about it.  Cool stuff.

5) What’s on Team Cannondale-Drapac’s bike computers? Ask and you shall receive. Each rider lists what data fields/pages they use. (via Harald)

6) Why ‘the unicorn’ shouldn’t be used for health startups: Interesting perspective on health startup valuations from a business angle.

7) Tesla is paying employees to commute by bike: File this into the list of things you didn’t expect.

8) Update on this: GoPro water bottle mount: Last week I mentioned this, and my skepticism that it would arrive within the previously stated August timeframe, or that it might arrive at all for the price.  Astoundingly it actually came on Wednesday this past week.  Seriously, fastest crowd funding thing ever for me.  Quality seems just fine, though I haven’t really done any super detailed testing.

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 FR735XT Beta Firmware Update: Added swimming countdown timer, also some other tweaks/fixes.

Garmin Varia Radar Firmware Update: Radar and LED improvements, some other bug fixes.

Garmin VIRB Edit update: Minor tweaks and fixes.

Garmin Vivosmart 3 Firmware Update: Actually a whole pile of tweaks and new things.

PowerTap P1 Firmware Update: Minor bug fixes, some additional fixes for the P1S

Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT/ELEMNT BOLT Firmware Update: Added live tracking and a few other tweaks (discussed in full post up above).

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Kelly

    Participating in the Alaskaman race was an amazing experience! Every swim stroke, pedal revolution, and running then hiking step was a challenge. The course was very well organized, despite being an inaugural event in a relatively remote location. Weather was great. Views were breathtaking. Ahhh… Hard to believe it’s been a week since my husband and I crossed the finish line.

  2. Robin

    Podcast still hasn’t dropped.

    Either Ben is a poor golfer, or he’s stuck on the 19th. I suspect both :)

  3. ReHMn

    Good report on Alaska trithlon… The race is now part of the X-tri world tour, with 2 more newbies…

  4. Paul

    Hi, I’d be interested in your thoughts on the ongoing Withings/Nokia debacle. It seems a textbook example of how to upset customers for no discernible benefit.

    • Yeah, it’s been on my list to look at, just been travelling a bunch lately w/o a lot of access to my scale. As of this morning I have no more travels till the end of August, so going to dig into it more.

      But I do agree, they really seemed to have F’d this one up in an impressive way.

    • gingerneil

      Do that many people actually use the withings app rather than integrating the data within 3rd party platforms? My scale still measures my weight, and other bits bobs, and squirts the details to sporttracks.

    • Paul

      I used to use the Withings app a lot as I have a number of pieces of Withings hardware (Go, BP, Scales, Thermo) which I bought as it brought everything together on one platform. The weight graph was particularly useful as it allowed a quick check of trends (or for inspiration/reassurance). The new graph is useless as it isn’t possible to set axes to meaningfully depict the data. All very basic stuff. It should also be possible to fix very quickly once they accept the problem exists.

  5. Chris

    Do you know if the Fly12 discount will be available in UK/Europe?


    Any word on when F5 will get the Stress tracking update?

  7. Marcio

    What bike computers could be traded-in by Wahoo Element?
    Must it be GPS computer or any type?
    I could not find this information anywhere…just found about the condition of the computer must be.

  8. Bob

    Great link to the Alaskan tri Ray. Your Week in Reviews are among my favorite posts.

  9. Nedim

    I wonder how much the RunIQ debacle has contributed to the final downfall of the intel division. What will New Balance (and TAG Heuer) now do with their new digital division?

    Interestingly, we still have not seen a DCRainmaker RunIQ review yet! For a while it sounded like it may be released any moment and it would be an epic fail. While I like New Balance (they are helping maintain running trails in the Winter in Boston!), I was looking forward to the review, out of pure schadenfreude :))) Ray, any chance for a RunIQ review being published?

    • Yeah, I may take another look at it now that it’s on Android Wear 2.0 (I’d guess about 30-40% of the problems were attributed to AW1). But it’s not going to solve the dismal optical sensor they borrowed from Basis (via Intel). That’s not a sensor for workouts, it’s for non-fitness use.

  10. Is the mid-morning on Monday deal the wahoo sale?

  11. David Manley

    Seems the @recon twitter account is gone (or I’m going mad)

  12. Ray

    The alaskaman was a lot of fun, the swim was not all the bad but I had my longest t1 trying to get my arm warmers on as I couldn’t close my hands enough.

    The longest part was the hike up the mountain twice

    Fun times for sure.


  13. Brendan

    Hi Ray,

    Power2Max have some fairly big discounts on their type S line at the moment.

  14. MAGNUS

    Ray – Fly6 or Garmin Varia?

    I like the price point and the camera feature of the Fly6 is nice but it’s not a deal sealer for me… I feel like the radar feature of the Garmin unit is far more useful. Thoughts?

    • If you live in the city, I’d go Fly6, if you live more in the country (or plan to ride there), I’d go Garmin Radar.

      For me, the radar is totally useless in the city (just too much traffic), whereas it’s at its best out on the countryside.

  15. Alex

    Did the podcast ever get posted? I still can’t find it..