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Week in Review–July 9th, 2017

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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 1st, 2017
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Monday: Elite’s new Direto trainer–Hands on!
Monday: Tour de France 2017 Behind the Scenes: Stage 1
Tuesday: Tour de France 2017 Behind the Scenes: Stage 2
Wednesday: Power2Max NG Power Meter In-Depth Review
Friday: Tour de France 2017 Behind the Scenes: Stage 6

Sports Tech Deals This Week:

With the start of July brings a fresh wave of new sports tech deals.  More interestingly, some of these are actually Europe-specific, which is a rarity around these parts!  I’ve noted which ones specifically are Europe-focused.

Current DealsProductSale PriceAmazonClever TrainingOther siteSale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 14th, 2019 @ 5:40 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) - $15 off$144I 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.
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
Forerunner 935 - $100 Off $399
Forerunner 945 - $100 Off$499
Forerunner 945 Bundle - $100 Off$649
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 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 935 Tri Bundle- $100 Off$549
Garmin Forerunner 945 Bundle- $100 Off$649Note: Includes HRM-SWIM, HRM-TRI, Quick Release Kit
Garmin Instinct - $100 Off$199
Garmin Instinct Tactical - $100 Off$249
Garmin Instinct Tactical- $100 Off249
Garmin RTL510 Varia Radar - $50 Off$149
Garmin RTL510 Varia Radar Bundle (Radar + Display) - $50 Off$249
Garmin Tactix Charlie- $150 Off$599
Garmin Vector 3 - $200 Off$799
Garmin Vector 3S - $100 Off$499
Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Normally $24920% off
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 Hero7 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.
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 - 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 $99920% off⚡ 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!).
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 Baro GPS Multisport Watch - Normally from $59920% 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 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.
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 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

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.

The DCR Podcast:

It’s back baby!!!

We managed to coordinate for once in our lives, and even set a standing weekly time going forward.  Next thing you know we might even go as far as become presentable in public.  Nah, probably not.

Here’s the low-down on what was covered this past week in the DCR podcast:

– Catch-up of the top 3 product announcements in the month
– A recap of where cycling head units stand this year
– Detailed discussion of trainers of 2017, and where things are going
– A similar discussion of power meters and where things are going
– Discussion of the Tour de France and all the festivus that’s happening there.
– We even answered a reader question, and gave a bunch more detail than that person ever wanted. Like, probably TMI.

Thanks for listening! Subscribing and rating in iTunes is much appreciated, and be sure to send in your questions via the voice mail widget at the bottom of the podcast page!

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.

1) Velon/GoPro Daily Tour de France videos: While none of these are mixed to music, there are some great edits in here.  Also some astounding (and painful) crash footage).

2) Using body heat to power your gadgets: After my hot run a day or two ago, you could have powered half of Paris with my body heat. Sweltering!

3) TdF power file analysis: Like past years, Training Peaks is doing analysis of the power files of various pro athletes.  Here’s one from the sprint of the infamous elbow crash a few days ago.

4) Triathlon Bike Aero Testing: I meant to link to this study last week, as I linked to the fund-raising a long while back.  Be sure to dig into the linked data study though. There’s also a massive Slowtwitch thread where you can ask questions and be politely told why you’re probably wrong by a bunch of people smarter than you or me on the subject.

5) Orca whales visit swimmers: I’m reasonably certain I’d crap myself more if these showed up mid-swim than sharks. Mostly, because I’m cool with sharks.  As a side note, you should subscribe to Bradley’s channel – especially if you like amazing aerial footage and/are from the Pacific Northwest.  Warning: Some strong language early on in the video.

6) Jawbone is going out of business: No real surprise here.

7) Lifeguard focused drone: This is pretty darn interesting. While this is no substitute for lifeguards at beaches, it could be a great supplement to them.  Especially in cases where a secondary person could get a flotation device very quickly to an individual in need, while the primary lifeguard gets there physically.  Also could be useful in tough to reach areas (i.e. against rocks) or with challenging sea conditions.  With today’s drones easier and easier to operate, and with lifeguards generally trending towards younger generations – it’s actually kinda a perfect fit.

8) More pitfalls of crowd-funded products: This falls into my general theme of avoiding crowd-funded projects that try to do too many ‘firsts’ in a new product.  That usually means it’s not real or otherwise un-achievable within any realistic time frames.

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 Update (Desktop software): Largely bug fixes.

…otherwise, I think it was a pretty darn quiet week – likely driven by the holiday in the US and the start of general holidays in Europe.

Thanks for reading and have a good weekend!

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9 Comments

  1. Michael Swann

    Soon there will be one less player in the memory card game with Lexar stopping production.

  2. Arno

    I think the title must be July instead of June?

  3. Doug

    Shame the Mavic wheel video doesn’t show Dan Martin crashing on the next corner because the brakes didn’t work 🙂
    On a more positive note, great to have the podcast back, i’ve been looking longingly at the feed waiting for it to update!

  4. Stephane L.

    Look like 80$ link rebate on Elemnt does not work ???

  5. Alexander

    Don’t know if this is the right place to mention this, but anyway… Have you talked to the Stac Zero guys about the aero testing thingy they have? Slowtwitch has an article on it on the front page. Would be interesting to hear your take on it