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 Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated July 9th, 2017 @ 11:27 am|
|1BandID||-||25% off||Nov 20 2017||Dec 01 2017||N/A||N/A||Link||This is a small emergency ID bracelet that attaches to Garmin/GPS watch bands. Pretty cool stuff and I've used them previously. They've got 25% off their latest design.|
|Anker 20,000mAh Portable Battery Pack||-||60% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||I use a very similar Anker model to this one and love it. I primarily use it for doing GoPro battery chargers out on a long day of shooting (skiing, hiking, etc...). Combined with a dual GoPro charger, it's super awesome. Note, the exact end date of this Amazon deal isn't super clear.|
|Apple Watch Sport (Series 1)||$249||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link|
|Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones||-||$179 ($120 off)||Nov 19 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||⚡ Love love love my Bose headphones. Seriously, don't touch my headphones. I'm likely to pickup this deal, since my existing headphones are going on about 7-8 years at least now. Note: This deal is definitely the 23rd/24th, but Amazon is also offering it on and off till then.|
|CycleOps Trainers/Accessories||-||20% off||Nov 20 2017||Nov 27 2017||N/A||Link||N/A||This is 20% on some trainers (mostly low-end ones, not the Hammer/Magnus).|
|DJI Goggles (for DJI Drones)||$449||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 28 2017||Link||N/A|
|DJI Mavic Pro||$999||$100 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 28 2017||Link||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.|
|DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo||$1,299||$100 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 28 2017||Link||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.|
|DJI Spark||$499||$399 ($100 off!)||Nov 20 2017||Nov 28 2017||Link||N/A||⚡ LOVE MY SPARK! Note: Combo package available for $599 ($100 off) as well, which is personally what I'd choose. Having the remote is awesome.|
|Eero Mesh WiFi Router (3-pack)||-||$249 ($50 off)||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||I can't decide which mesh network system to get for the DCR Cave...it's gonna be one of these three!|
|Fitbit Alta HR||$149||$99||Nov 23 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Very solid deal for this relatively new Fitbit activity tracker with optical HR.|
|Fitbit Charge 2||$149||$99||Nov 23 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Very solid deal for this relatively new Fitbit activity tracker with optical HR.|
|Fitbit Ionic||$299||$50 gift card included||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||Link|
|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||$249||Nov 03 2017||Dec 31 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Forerunner 35||$199||$149||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Forerunner 735XT||$349||$299||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Down to $299 for the base unit, $349 for the HRM-RUN strap bundle (it has an optical HR sensor though), and $399 for the triathlon bundle.|
|Garmin Forerunner 920XT||$249||$199||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Awesome deal. The FR920XT HR bundle is available for $249, and the full tri bundle for $349. !!!Clever Training Only!!!|
|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||-||$79||Nov 22 2017||Dec 23 2017||Link||Link||⚡ This just came out 5 weeks ago, and so this is a solid deal.|
|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 Vivosmart HR+||$199||$119||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||This is the variant that has GPS in it (as designated by the + after it)|
|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 Karma Hero5 & Hero6 Bundles||$200 off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||N/A||Instant price reduction for the Karma Hero5 and Hero6 bundles.|
|Google WiFi Mesh Router (3-pack)||-||$249 ($30 off)||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||I can't decide which mesh network system to get for the DCR Cave...it's gonna be one of these three!|
|Hero5 Black with 32GB SD card + $50 credit + $50 off||$399||$50 off + more||Nov 23 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡ Great deal if you don't need/want the Hero6 Black (since you're looking at basically a net price of $299 including your credit for future use), plus, you get the 32GB MicroSD card.|
|IceMule Coolers||-||20% off||Nov 20 2017||Dec 04 2017||N/A||Link||N/A|
|Inov-8 Shoes||-||20% off||Nov 18 2017||Dec 04 2017||N/A||Link||N/A|
|Lezyne Cycling GPS Units (Most models)||$149||12% off||Nov 12 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||12% off most variants of bike computers and mounts and a few other random things. You'll need to click into a given product and use the drop-down to select the specific model to see the discount.|
|Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi Router (3-pack)||-||$329 ($150 off)||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||N/A||I can't decide which mesh network system to get for the DCR Cave...it's gonna be one of these three!|
|Polar A370||$179||$50 off||Nov 27 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||⚡One day sale only!!!|
|Polar H10||$89||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link||⚡Must use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem - Clever Training only.|
|Polar M200||$149||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link||Must use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem - Clever Training only.|
|Polar M430||$229||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link||Must use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem - Clever Training only.|
|Polar M460||$179||25% off||Nov 19 2017||Nov 25 2017||Link||Link|
|Polar M600||$329||$100 off!||Nov 26 2017||Dec 02 2017||Link||Link||Polar Webshop only!!!|
|Polar V800||$449||$100 off!||Nov 26 2017||Dec 02 2017||Link||Link||Polar Webshop Only!!!|
|RunScribe Plus (V3)||-||15% off||Nov 20 2017||Nov 27 2017||N/A||N/A||Link||This is their current generation product, and one I'm currently working on a review on (so far I'm liking it!). Free US shipping is also included, so you save $73USD in total. Use coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY. International flat-rate shipping of $35USD.|
|RunScribe Pro (V2)||-||$99||Nov 20 2017||Nov 27 2017||N/A||N/A||Link||This is a closeout special for their previous generation product. This product is ideal if you don't care about real time data, running power or ANT+ connectivity. Free US shipping as well starting Nov 20th. International flat-rate shipping of $35USD.|
|Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro||$199||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 23 2017||Link||N/A|
|Samsung Gear Sport||$299||$50 off||Nov 23 2017||Nov 24 2017||Link||N/A||Black Friday Deal Only: Down to $249, which is a really solid deal for a unit that just started shipping a mere 3 weeks ago! That said, it's not exactly the best performing unit either.|
|Saris Cycling Racks/Accessories||-||20% off||Nov 20 2017||Nov 27 2017||N/A||Link||N/A||Got a car? Got a bike? Seems like a solution here. This is a pretty typical sale we see every holiday period.|
|Suunto Watches (Almost All Models)||-||30% off||Nov 20 2017||Dec 03 2017||N/A||Link||N/A||⚡ The only exception is that it excludes the new Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR (that's the $275 one) and the just released new colors for Spartan series.|
|TomTom Adventurer (Music + OHR + GPS)||-||$50 off||Nov 12 2017||Dec 03 2017||Link||Link||Down to $299, includes music, optical HR, and GPS.|
|TomTom Spark 3 Product Line||$149-$299 (Features Vary)||Up to $100 off||Nov 12 2017||Dec 03 2017||Link||Link||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)|
|TomTom Touch Cardio||$89||$69||Nov 12 2017||Dec 03 2017||Link||Link||Normally $89 for the 'Cardio' version.|
|TomTom Touch Cardio + Body Composition||$89||$99||Nov 12 2017||Dec 03 2017||Link||Link||This is the version that includes the body comp metrics as well.|
|Varia Radar Bundle (front display too)||-||$199||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||Normally $299|
|Varia Radar Tail Light||-||$129||Nov 22 2017||Nov 27 2017||Link||Link||Normally $199, four day sale only|
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!