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 Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 11th, 2017 @ 4:46 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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.
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).
GoPro Hero5 & Hero5 Session Firmware Update: Adds new QuikStories feature to have autocreated movies ready to go. Also adds some performance tweaks.
Thanks for reading!