Week in Review–July 30th, 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 23rd, 2017
Sunday: Tour de France 2017- The Finish in Paris
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: Best Bike Computer 2017: Garmin Edge 520 vs Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Thursday: DCR Facebook Live Q&A Tomorrow –July 28th!
Sunday: In case ya missed it: DCR Live Q&A Recording Available

In general, this week would definitely be categorized as a ‘prep week’ ahead of a busy week. It’ll actually flip-flop like this for the next 3-4 weeks till Eurobike. August is gonna be full of goods!

Sports Tech Deals This Week:

Below is the current list of deals in the sports tech realm.

Current DealsProductSale PriceAmazonClever TrainingOther siteSale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 17th, 2019 @ 5:19 pm
4iiii Fliiiight Smart Trainer - Normally $59920% offNote: I've just begun my testing on this device - I hope to have a review out the week of Nov 18th
4iiii Power Meters - From $399 Normally20% off
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $20 off$139I use AirPods primarily when I'm travelling just to listen in airports, planes, etc... I don't tend to use these for workouts due to them falling out.
Apple Airpods Pro - $15 off$234Yup, these are the new noise-cancelling ones that don't fall out of your ears. I haven't tried them yet, but lots of people seem happy with them.
Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)$169⚡ This unit recently got reduced to $199, and now it's down to $169. Walmart is also offering it for $129 on Black Friday weekend.
COROS APEX GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $29920% off
COROS Vertix GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $59920% off
Elite Drivo II Smart Trainer - Normally $1,19920% off
Elite Suito Smart Trainer - Normally $79920% offRemember - this also includes the cassette pre-installed, which saves you another $50 in cassette costs, plus another $10-$20 in
Elite Tuo Smart Trainer - Normally $49920% offNote: I haven't gotten this trainer in to test yet. It's one I'm super excited about after trying it at Eurobike, but I have no idea on things like accuracy yet.
Feedback Sports Omnium Over-Drive Portable Trainer - Normally $39920% off
Garmin Cadence Sensor Gen2 (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth) - $5 off$35Note: This is a random Amazon deal that will probably disappear. But, it's a great sensor for Zwift usage as it's not just dual ANT+/BLE, but dual-BLE atop that (so it can do two concurrent Bluetooth connections and unlimited ANT+ connections).
Garmin Descent MK1 - $200 Off$799
Garmin Edge 1030 - $150 Off$449
Garmin Edge 1030 Bundle - $150 Off$549
Garmin Edge 1030 Bundle- $150 Off$549Note: Includes Extended Mount, Standard Mount, Speed Sensor, Cadence Sensor, and Premium HRM
Garmin Edge 130 - $50 Off$149
Garmin Edge 130 Mountain Bike Bundle - $50 Off$199
Garmin Edge 130 Sensor Bundle - $50 Off$199
Garmin Edge 530 Cycling GPS - 11% off!$265⚡ ⚡ This is the first sale we've seen on this unit, which only came out this past spring. It's also an Amazon-specific sale and is highly unlikely to last long. This is one of the main units I use for my day to day riding and testing.
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) - $150 Off$449⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This is for all models/variants. Obviously, the Fenix 6 came out two months ago, so don't expect major new feature updates on the Fenix 5 Plus - but still, it's a strong option.
Garmin Fenix 5 Series - 34% off$399Down to $399 is a substantial deal. It's the Fenix 5 (non-Plus), so don't expect much in the way of major firmware updates. But still, at that price it's solid.
Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $34920% off
Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $349$219-$236⚡ This is a fantastic deal right now. The price on Amazon is fluctuating a bit, but either way - by far the lowest we've seen. Awesome if you're looking to get into triathlon or just want a really capable running/cycling/swimming watch.
Garmin Forerunner 935 - $100 Off $399
Garmin Forerunner 935 Tri Bundle- $100 Off$549
Garmin Forerunner 945 - $100 Off$499⚡⚡ This is a super hot deal - first time we've seen the FR945 on sale.
Garmin Forerunner 945 Bundle- $100 Off$649⚡⚡ This is a super hot deal - first time we've seen the FR945 on sale. Note: Includes HRM-SWIM, HRM-TRI, Quick Release Kit
Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap)- $10 off$59⚡ This is my favorite chest strap these days (ANT+ & two concurrent BLE connections). It's never on sale, so this is basically just Amazon offering it at a discount for fun. Take it and run - probably won't last long.
Garmin HRM-RUN (with Running Dynamics) - $20 off$79This is the odd (and unheard of) Amazon sale. This strap includes Running Dynamics, but is ANT+ only. Honestly, unless you really want Running Dynamics, I'd recommend getting the HRM-DUAL instead (it's dual ANT+/BLE).
Garmin HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIM Bundle (30% off!)$139Another rare Amazon sale on the HRM-TRI & HRM-SWIM straps. Also individually for 30% off too at same link.
Garmin Instinct - $100 Off$199
Garmin Instinct Tactical- $100 Off249
Garmin RD Pod (Running Dynamics) - 17% off$57Allows you to get not just Running Dynamics metrics, but also running power, on Garmin devices.
Garmin RTL510 Varia Cycling Radar - $50 Off$149⚡⚡ These days this isn't just a Garmin thing anymore. Wahoo and Hammerhead also support the radar, with Stages coming soon! Also, fun fact: This is *by far* the most ordered item on this page on the opening day (Friday, Nov 15th, 2019).
Garmin RTL510 Varia Radar Bundle (Radar + Display) - $50 Off$249
Garmin Speed Sensor Gen2 (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth) - $5 off$35⚡ This isn't a huge deal per se, but it is my favorite speed sensor for a commuter bike as it just quietly tracks all your mileage in the background and syncs it to your phone. Also, this falls in the bucket of 'random Amazon deals that will probably disappear'.
Garmin Tactix Charlie- $150 Off$599
Garmin Vector 3 - $200 Off$799⚡ This is the lowest price we've ever seen Garmin Vector 3 at. I don't expect a new version anytime soon - just a good holiday deal.
Garmin Vector 3S - $100 Off$499
Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Normally $24920% off
Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Normally $249$169⚡⚡⚡Amazon only - who knows how long it'll last!!!
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music - Normally $27920% off
Garmin Vivoactive 4 - Normally $34920% off⚡ This is the first discount we've seen on the Vivoactive 4 since it launched about two months ago - so definitely a hot deal!
Garmin Vivosport GPS Band - Normally $16920% off
GoPro Hero 7 Black with 32GB - Normally $32920% off⚡ ⚡ While the newer Hero 8 Black is great, for the price inclusive of the 20% discount - this Hero 7 Black is an incredible deal.
GoPro Hero 8 Black - $53 off$347This deal is available now!!! (For those that don't want to wait).
GoPro Hero 8 Black with $50 REI card$400This is the best deal we've seen on the new Hero 8 Black for purchase today (if you're an REI customer). You get a $50 REI gift card to spend.
GoPro Hero 8 Black with 32GB card, Head Mount, Shorty Stick $329BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND ONLY! This is a huge deal, as the GoPro Hero 8 Black itself is $399, and then the Shorty Stick is another $40 (my favorite GoPro accessory), and the head mount in the $30 range, and the 32GB card in the $10 range. Again, deal doesn't start till Nov 28th.
Kinetic R1 Smart Trainer with Motion - Normally $1,05020% offNote: I've just begun my in-depth review testing on this unit, after a substantial firmware update. I hope to have more clarity in the coming days.
Lezyne Mega-C Cycling GPS - Normally $19920% off
Pioneer Power Meters - From $499 Normally20% off
Polar H10 Chest Strap (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart) - Normally $8920% off
Polar Ignite GPS - Normally $22920% off
Polar OH1 Plus Optical Sensor - 14% off$68⚡ This is one of my favorites, and I use it constantly for HR accuracy testing comparisons. Note that the CT VIP deal is a better deal, but since you can only redeem that for one product - this is handy if you still want a nice little deal. Deal varies based on which color you get.
Polar OH1 Plus Optical Sensor - Normally $7920% off⚡ This is one of my favorites, and I use it constantly for HR accuracy testing comparisons.
Polar Vantage M GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $27920% off⚡ This is a solid little unit for those wanting to get into triathlons
Polar Vantage V GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $49920% off
PowerPod Lite - Normally $19920% off
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - Normally $99925% off ($750)⚡⚡ REI Deal: 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!). Note: CT has them for 20% off, while REI has them at 25% off, the 'Other' link is REI. Enjoy!
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - Normally $99920% off ($800)⚡ Clever Training Deal: 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!). Note: CT has them for 20% off, while REI has them at 25% off, the 'Other' link is REI. Enjoy!
Saris M2 Smart Trainer - Normally $49920% off
Saris MP1 NFinity Motion Platform - Normally $1,19920% offNote: While I have ridden prototypes and recent pre-production units, I have no yet received the final unit in for testing in the DCR Cave
Saris TD1 Trainer Desk - Normally $32920% off
Scosche RHYTHM 24 Optical HR Sensor (Dual ANT+/BLE with memory) - $10 off$69
Scosche RHYTHM 24 Optical HR Sensor (Dual ANT+/BLE with memory) - normally $9920% off
Scosche RHYTHM+ Optical HR Sensor (Dual ANT+/BLE) - $10 off$69This unit is one of the most trusted optical HR sensors and I find it has better performance than the Scosche 24.
Scosche RHYTHM+ Optical HR Sensor (Dual ANT+/BLE) - Normally $7920%
Stages LR (Dual-sided Power Meter) - Normally $99920% off
Stages Power Meters (left and right) - From $45020% off
Suunto 3 Fitness - $70 off$139Note: All editions are discounted, including the copper/gold/etc ones. Those are down to $160 from $229
Suunto 5 GPS Multisport Watch - Normally from $32920% off
Suunto 9 G1 Baro GPS Multisport Watch - $170 off$419In addition, other color/material variants are also $170+ off too!
Suunto 9 G1 GPS Multisport Watch - $120 off$279
Tacx Flow Smart Trainer - Normally $36920% offThis is a great little starter unit that supports full control in Zwift/TrainerRoad/etc... It's not super powerful (meaning, it won't without a 500w ERG mode session), but if you're just getting into things it's not a bad place to start at all - especially on sale. Note: REI Members-only sale.
Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer - Normally $89920% off *Deal with REI or Clever Training - Members save 20%, with the link here! I don't expect it to last (but hope it does!).
Tacx Flux S Smart Trainer - Normally $74920% off *Deal with REI or Clever Training - Members save 20%, with the link here! I don't expect it to last (but hope it does!).
Tacx NEO 2 Smart20% off⚡ This is the lowest price we've ever seen on the Tacx NEO 2 - definitely one of the best deals of this year's VIP sale.
Tacx NEO 2T Smart - Normally $1,40020% off⚡⚡ *Deal with REI or Clever Training - Members save 20%, with the link here! This is a super-hot deal. I don't expect it to last (but hope it does!).
Velocomp AeroPod Aero Sensor - Normally $49920% off
Wahoo CLIMB Accessory - Normally $59920% off
Wahoo Headwind Fan - Normally $24920% offThis is one of those units that is undoubtedly expensive - yet everyone who has one loves it. Including myself.
Wahoo KICKR + CLIMB Bundle - $200 off!$1,599This is a simple bundle of the Wahoo KICKR 2018 + the KICKR CLIMB, for $1,599. Pro Tip: Keep in mind that if you have two people in your household, both CT VIP members (which is free), you could achieve this same thing for less by purchasing both units individually at 20% off. However, if you lack friends, then this is a solid deal!
Wahoo KICKR 2018 Smart Trainer - Normally $1,19920% off⚡ One of the top three trainers out there. There's no better deal on it anytime of the year except the VIP sale.
Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Trainer - Normally $89920% off⚡ A solid deal on one of the best trainers at this price range.
Wahoo KICKR SNAP - $499 normally20% off
Wahoo TICKR (Dual ANT+/BLE HR Strap) - Normally $4920% off
Wahoo TICKR FIT Optical Strap (Dual ANT+/BLE) - Normally $7920% off
Wahoo TICKR X (Dual ANT+/BLE HR Strap) - Normally $7920% off
inReach Mini Satellite Communicator - $75 Off$274.99⚡ This is a great little deal on this unit, which now as of recently also connects to the Garmin Edge devices plus the Forerunner & Fenix devices for sending urgent messages sans-cell signals

New this week include $20 off the GoPro Hero5 Session, and 20% off GoPro accessories (except Karma accessories for some bizarre reason.)

Also of note is that the Wahoo ELEMNT rebate ends tomorrow, as does the $100 off the Edge 1000.  And the Cycliq sale ends Tuesday.

YouTube Videos I Published:

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

Well…no YouTube this time, but on Facebook instead (you don’t need an account to watch).

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) GoPro’s Tour de France 2017 Final Edit: They did a bunch of mini-edits throughout the Tour (see the full playlist here), but here’s the final edit for this year’s Tour.  It’s a bit different in tone than past years, but more of a storyline this time.  I saw the small team of these guys around often, and they hustled their ass off on every stage.

2) Wait, TomTom’s dead too? This is definitely not the best month for sports tech.  With Recon bowing out last week, insinuations from TomTom’s own investor call says they may be exiting the sports tech portion of their business.  This would definitely be a blow to the inexpensive end of the market (for which TomTom thrives).  Their challenge though is gaining interest in North America, alongside finding ways to get mainstream/tech press excited about their products (which again, are incredibly good values for the prices).

3) Fitbit’s app store will be based on Pebble’s SDK: No real surprise here, but nice to see the confirmation of it.

4) Chief Commissaire who disqualified Sagan calls for video reviews: Well then, don’t be bringing in logic too fast now!

5) Another look at the tracking airplanes of the Tour de France: I talked a little bit about this during my TdF Dimension Data behind the scenes post, but this video showing the trace of the airplane as it follows the route is pretty darn cool. (via Rodrigo)

6) Tour de France Speed and Distance Trends – 1947 – 2017: Super interesting stuff, from where this race sits as far as overall speed, to overall distance per stage.  Fascinating plots by Alex.

7) Rapha set to go for $262 Million USD! Potential buyers include Aston Martin.  It’ll be interesting to see what it actually goes for though, as this seems a bit…over the top…to me. (Via Race Radio)

8) Suunto sees financial recovery in Q2 compared to Q1: Some interesting tidbits in their just released Q2 financial report, which shows them tracking 7% higher than last year. That’s logical, since last year would have been pre-Spartan, whereby people were waiting for new products.  However, what was most interesting was going back to the Q1 report, which I hadn’t seen before to see the huge hit they took in Q1, being down 27% YoY.  But they’ve done good work in 2017 addressing many of the Spartan shortcomings, and so they’re seeing the results of that.  All of the quarterly reports are available here, including full presentations.  Suunto is categorized as ‘Sports Instruments’.

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 360 Firmware Update: Improved photo quality, and streaming 4K options (for the co-announced Facebook 4K live streaming functionality).

Garmin Fenix3/Fenix3 HR BETA Firmware Update: Yup, it actually got an update.mostly fixes, though one additional new feature for recording HR data into the files.

Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X BETA Firmware Updates: A pile of fixes, and some new features.

GoPro Hero5 & Hero5 Session Firmware Update: Adds new QuikStories feature to have autocreated movies ready to go.  Also adds some performance tweaks.

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  1. giorgitd

    Sorry to see negative news about Tom Tom. I’ve been on Garmin for many years, but have almost bought TT just out of curiosity. Products seem solid and the value continues to go up relative to escalating Garmin pricing. Hope that they can find a way forward.

    • the5krunner

      Yep, I think they will find a way forwards.

      As Ray, others (and me) point out the runner/spark IS good and IS good value.

      I don’t think ANYONE who has commented on the TomTom statements knows exactly what products might be the root of the ‘issue’.

      One scenario could be the ‘all the future R&D eggs in the runner/spark basket’ then we might see great things come out of this in 2018 with a runner/spark5

      As Robert (Black?) points out further below, there are still some peripheral bit of functionality that need adding. BUT, as Ray said recently, every user/athlete has similar such peripheral areas of functionality that are important to them. All those little dents of missing functionality add up to a hole in the overall functional offering.

  2. Adriaan

    …question on this Garmin updates…
    Is Garmin done with sw version at 920XT for good? No further updates?
    The sensor settings are really annoying!
    Before starting multi sport activity, all sensors must be enabled. So the device is searching for Speed and Cadence sensor at Swimming leg up to the running leg. And in T1 (after swimming) the device is dropping the connection to HRM-Tri/HRM-Swim, so that one must be reconnected.
    If Garmin exterminated bike profiles, they should set up automatic detection for previously paired sensors and keep those connected till activity is not sent to history…

    • I don’t expect to see any further updates, at least feature updates. Usually you still see some random bug updates here or there, things that might be caught on other platforms and ported back. But at nearly 3 years old, it’s run its course.

    • Adriaan

      Thanks for the answer Ray. And I am sorry for trolling…
      In my opinion, 920XT as a device is much better then 735/935XT together.
      And I got it – it came out 3 years ago.
      But it was and still being used by Pro and hobby triathletes around the globe.
      Nobody found that functionality annoying since then? Or they did and it is just Garmin’s approach to customers?

      Thanks again…and please make a separate section/quick link to the Week in Review series…

    • I think the challenge is that the FR920XT is only better if one likes the larger screen. But if the rectangle screen isn’t ones thing, then I’m not aware of anything it actually does better to be honest.

      Nothing wrong with the FR920XT, as you point out, many triathletes use it. But if we fast forward to a year from now, there will be less triathletes using it and more and more using the Fenix5/FR935/FR735 (which as a lineup are the real successors).

      I do think some people (including myself) found the attempted pairing during the swim (or run to power meters) thing weird – but it never really did anything aside from being an annoyance. Meaning that come the bike it connected properly to sensors, and come the run the same. Not saying Garmin shouldn’t have fixed it, but also just being realistic on what they consider a sunsetted product.

    • Mr T

      It’s interesting. Look at Nike’s Breaking2. All the athletes wear 920xt. There must be something there

    • ekutter

      Adriaan, I’d be interested in knowing what you think is “much better” about the 920 than the 935. I’ve had several friends that won’t switch because of the round screen. I too thought that would be a problem years ago when I got the 620 for running because of the light weight. I quickly grew to love the round face over the rectangular one. Partly because you could put longer fields on the top/bottom for things like time and distance. HR, Cad, Speed fit perfectly side by side in the middle. Add in totally customizable CIQ fields and its even better. And now with the 935/F5 actually having a larger total area than the 920 with a very crisp screen, I can’t imagine going back. And for tri’s, the quick release kit for the 935 is definitely superior, IMO.

  3. Robert

    TomTom could have had it all, the watch had Bluetooth, why not throw in support for a footpod? But the deal breaker for me was it’s restricted intervals. I had the original runner and offloaded it a week later. Had it worked with footpods and had pace targets i wouldn’t own the 3 Polar watches I do now

    • Mr T

      Agree but my issue was the inability to change the screen metrics. It was limited.

      Garmin is pricing itself out of the casual market.

  4. simon

    fenix 3 beta firmware update ! – gasp, wasn’t expecting that. Seems like they broke something on this so they’re promising another one in a week or so

  5. Ryan M.


    Have you gotten to try out the new Beta for Garmin Connect on iOS that has a new My Day view? A huge improvement from the prior layout in my opinion. Have been a fitbit user for my day-to-day tracking as I like to wear a normal watch, and wasn’t a fan of Garmin’s UI, but the new layout could be enough to get me to switch.

  6. Steve Aitken

    Awesome video of the tracking planes from the tour. Another insight into just one of the behind the scenes aspects that we pretty much take for granted. I reckon that the pilots may have grown up as track riders. Fairly hand at turning left…

  7. ZeSweets

    Hero5 Session is actually 20% off ($239.20) on Amazon!

    link to amazon.com

  8. Tim Lambie

    Awesome depth, inspiring, personable and entertaining ecosystem. All the best. Tim

  9. MTB

    New Wahoo Element Mini was released today. Anyone else intrigued?