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.
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Sale Notes|
|Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $25 off|
|$125||Amazon||⚡ I 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. Also, with the wireless charging case for $50 off. Personally, I just use the basic model.|
|Apple Airpods Pro - $30 off|
|Amazon||Yup, 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 Airpods Pro - $50 off|
|$199||Amazon||⚡ This is a very strong deal - by far the lowest price the Airpods Pro have ever been. Note: Also flirting occasionally at $189 ($60 off).|
|Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)|
|$169||Amazon||This is the lowest price we've ever seen for the Apple Watch Series 3. While the Series 5 is the new one, the Series 3 has almost all the same features (and still gets all the updates). It's dipped a few times to $179, but only once ever for Black Friday to $169.|
|Apple iPad - Latest Model 8th Gen (32GB)||$30 off (10% off)||Amazon||I use my iPad primarily for TrainerRoad as well as Zwift when not with a larger display. I also occasionally use it for other apps, namely The SufferFest - but I pretty much test every smart trainer app on it. This is the latest iPad that was just announced barely two weeks ago, so not too bad to see it on sale already (US AMAZON DEAL ONLY).|
|DJI OSMO Action (Action Cam) - Normally $329|
|$249||Amazon||This is a solid price for the DJI OSMO Action, and it's a very strong first contender from DJI to compete with the Hero 7 Black (realistically, except for the dual-screen, it simply doesn't compete with the Hero 8 or Hero 9). I really like a lot of elements on the OSMO Action, but especially the dual-screen. Check out my full review for comparative thoughts. While I would have said that maybe we'd see a new OSMO Action sometime this past spring (an annual refresh cycling), I'm pretty sure COVID19 has killed any chance of that happening for a while.|
|Garmin Fenix 6 Pro - 10% off|
|$630||Amazon||The Fenix 6 Pro (not the S or X variants) is on sale by Amazon for 10% off, or basically saving $70. This is a good deal, though obviously not an incredible deal. The last time we saw Fenix 6 deals was back in May 2020, for $150 off.|
|Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap) - $15 off|
|$56||Amazon||⚡ This is one of my go-to straps these days (ANT+ & two concurrent BLE connections). It's floated on and off being on sale, but this is about the lowest we've seen it.|
|Garmin Instinct - $30 off|
|$220||Amazon||Sure, the new Solar variants came out this summer with a few new features, but at their core the Instincts are mostly the same. This was quite a bit lower on Amazon Prime Days ($149), so $30 off isn't really a huge deal (it's normally $250ish).|
|Garmin Tactix Charlie - $150 off||$599||Amazon||The Tactix Charlie is essentially a Fenix geared towards military folks (Amazon Prime Days)|
|Jackery Portable Power Station - $50 off||$249||Amazon||This is something I use frequently when shooting out and about and I need to re-charge a crapton of drone batteries, action cameras, or just cameras and such. I also use it on trips to Eurobike and elsewhere to keep equipment charged. Technically you can even hook a solar panel up to it. Heck, I've even powered a KICKR trainer ride from it!|
|Lasko High Velocity Pro-Performance Fan (U15617) - 16% off||$59||Amazon||This is one of the most popular indoor trainer fans out there, which rivals the Wahoo Headwind fan but cost a fraction of the price. Of course, it lacks ANT+/Bluetooth integration, but realistically if you really want that you can add a smart outlet for $10 to toggle it on/off from your phone if need be. I've actually got this fan in the DCR Cave recently on advice of many people.|
|Samsung Galaxy Buds True Wireless Earbuds - $20 off||$109||Amazon||This are obviously super popular, and having them be 31% off ought to make them even more popular. Wireless Charging Case included.|
|SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable External SSD - 32% off||$189||Amazon||This is the high speed drive I use to store the footage I'm actively video editing, so that I can edit it on both my iMac at the office, and then my MacBook when travelling or at home.|
|SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SD Cards - 34% off||$66||Amazon||I use the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards exclusively for all my video/photo shooting on my Panasonic GH5 and Nikon cameras (video and stills), including up to 6K recording with the GH5. I've mostly used 128's, but more and more lately I'm filling up cards faster with higher bitrates, so this sale is gonna have me pickup a bunch of the 256GB ones instead. The 128GB/512GB/1TB ones are also on sale too viathe same link.|
|Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch - $50 off|
|$449||Amazon||The Suunto 7 floats on and off sale occasionally, but usually not more than 20% off.|
|Suunto 9 Baro Series - $100 off|
$599 (non-baro is $499)
|$449||Amazon||This isn't quite as good a deal as for Amazon Prime Day when it was 46% off (basically $200 off), but it's still a deal nonetheless.|
|Withings Body+ WiFi Scale - 11% off||$89||Amazon||I've long been a fan of the Withings WiFi scales, especially since they can connect/push data to so many platforms, including Zwift! Note that the Body+ simply includes more data.|
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.
This drone could save countless lives pic.twitter.com/00g8Xu3NG4
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) July 6, 2017
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!