Week in Review–August 5th, 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 30th, 2017
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: Wahoo ELEMNT MINI In-Depth Review
Wednesday: In Just 7 Days….
Wednesday: Investor Call Tech Tidbits: Garmin Q2 2017 [Fenix, future products, and activity tracker tidbits]
Wednesday: Investor Call Tech Tidbits: Fitbit Q2 2017 [Upcoming smartwatch, other products insight]
Thursday: Interbike moves to Reno (and Tahoe) in 2018, opens to consumers
Thursday: Investor Call Tech Tidbits: GoPro Q2 2017 [Hero 6, Fusion, and Karma insight]

Well that week turned out busier than I expected.  Ironically, most of my time was actually spent on prep of other things as I noted last week.  With Eurobike looming, there’s a lot to get tested, photographed, videoed, and written about!

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

Not a lot this week, and I don’t expect much more till we get to September.

YouTube Videos I Published:

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

YouTube & Podcast Cameos:

With the Tour de France in town last week I had a small gaggle of visitors to the cave.  For example, Cycling Maven and Hannah came through and we had a chat at a café as well (the full interview will be published a bit later), but there’s a short tidbit in here in the meantime:

And then the folks from the Zwift Podcast also stopped by as well.  We chatted about trainers and what to expect at Eurobike.  A second and longer section is coming up soon as well:

Here’s the full Zwiftcast notes about the episode as well.

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) Another motor found in competitors bike: And just imagine how many bikes aren’t being tested out there… (via Slowtwitch)

2) Why UCI’s detection method isn’t all encompassing: This is a pretty cool video and highlights some of the challenges.  Note that I don’t believe however some that say using heat is the answer either. There’s just too much radiant heat on a hot summer day in many places that it likely won’t show up (all thermal images I’ve seen of bikes with motors are taken on cooler fall/spring days).  But, happy to be proven wrong there as I do have a thermal imaging camera but lack a motorized bike. Maybe at Eurobike I can find one to demo on a hot summer day.  In unrelated news, the YouTube channel this video is from is geek heaven.  Not totally sports-tech geek, but like 10GB Ethernet adapters geek.  Never seen it before, but definitely subscribed now!

3) SportTracks is now integrated with Polar: Well then, that took a long time (through no fault of SportTracks).  Really hoping this will enable Polar to move faster in adding in 3rd party sync partnerships…like the Nike+ Run Club integration they also announced.

4) Man swims to work each day: And the kicker? He’s not living in a warm place either! And he even takes his laptop along. (via Matt)

5) Las Vegas-Reno/Tahoe now wants the Olympics: Not content with just getting Interbike in 2018, they want the Winter Olympics in 2030.  Yes, I said Winter.  Btw – they’re almost 500 Miles/700 KM miles apart.  If there’s anything I hate more in any Olympic games bid is where venues are spread on the other side of the country.  It’s a *city bid*, and thus events should be roughly in that city.  Drove me nuts at London 2012 that you had to take a train more than 2 hours away out of the city to see a football match.  Or that in Beijing 2008, some events (equestrian) was held in Hong Kong – 2,000 KM away.  Grr…

6) Wanna be a Quarq product manager? There’s now an opening for you.  This position wears a lot of hats.  It’s the person that actually works with me to get me products, hear my feedback (which is really your feedback), as well as deal with other media too.  It’s a pretty cool job.  The previous person moved out of state, opening this position.  (Note: I often include interesting/unique sports tech job positions in the Week in Review, if you have one, send it along.)

7) Deliveroo using GoPro’s due to acid attacks: First of all, WTF!?!, who is acid attacking bicycle delivery people? Don’t f with my Phad Thai delivery girl please.  But second, GoPro cameras to catch the people (hopefully).  Interesting.

8) US Army issues order to immediately cease DJI drone usage: Due to concerns around how the location and photo/video data is being streamed back to DJI (live or delayed).  This is actually totally understandable, and perhaps this action will lead to DJI offering more options to consumers in the same vein.  I think DJI would be mistaken to take this action lightly, as this is something that could quickly spiral out of control for them from a PR standpoint.  A few national newscasts about it, then every local TV station is mentioning it (because they love to talk about fear of drones), and before you know it other governments are issuing the same thing. (via Sunny)

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.

DJI Spark Firmware Update: Adds new gesture video recording modes, a few other new features.

Garmin FR230/235/630 Firmware Update: Handful of bug fixes.

Garmin Fenix 3/3HR BETA Firmware Update: Single bug fix for apps/widgets.

Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X/Chronos BETA firmware Update: Whole pile of bug fixes, plus some new minor features, and support for latest version of Connect IQ.

Garmin FR935 BETA firmware update: Umm…balls that’s a massive firmware update. It more or less matches what the Fenix series has had over a while, just in one gigantic drop. Seriously, just go read the list.

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  1. Dr. D

    Ray – there was also a Garmin Forerunner 935 BETA firmware update on August 4th – link to www8.garmin.com

    Many thanks.

    • Ahh, nice catch. I had written the post on Friday (and then realized it didn’t actually publish Saturday evening), so didn’t catch that one. Thanks!

    • Ben

      A long list of updates but nothing particularly exciting. I’m hoping they add the 24×7 stress tracking mentioned in Ray’s Vivosmart 3 review soon.

  2. Jim

    Great stuff again Hi Ray, lot’s of rumours around the upcoming Garmin Edge 1030 release. Any chance that we’ll get news/insights from you on this anytime soon?

  3. Robert

    Ray – Don’t get too cross but for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the equestrian events were held in Stockholm five months earlier…

  4. Dave Cochrane

    Test to pay my $20!

  5. Kyle Polansky

    Looks like you have 2 items labeled as #2 in the “Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs” section.

  6. Charlie Anderson

    You’re going to ‘love’ the 2022 winter Olympics. In Beijing …

    • Indeed. Crazy reading about the average depth of snow (5cm) in that region the ski areas are going to be made. link to businessinsider.fr

      Still, I see this more of an IOC issue than a Beijing issue, as odd as that may sound. The fact that there were only two bidding cities is core to it – the entire ‘thing’ that is the Olympics has become too big, primarily due to commercialization – not necessarily athlete/spectator aspects (especially the winter games).

      And I think IOC sees that too. With them doing the dual-awarding of Paris 2024 and locking in LA for 2028 – that’s them saying ‘Please someone take 2028, else we’re hosed’.

      Having been to a number of Olympic games now (2002/2006/2010/2012) – you see just how much waste and overhead goes into the entire sponsor aspect. Both in terms of money, but also just space. All of these supposed sponsor events take up space, which in turn require more housing/hotels and more people to support it. It’s an endless cycle. All of which then requires bigger and bigger cities. The number of athletes in the summer games actually hasn’t much changed in 20+ years (roughly 10,000).

  7. Patrick

    It looks like Power2Max has sales in both Europe and North America right now.

  8. Phil A

    On the man swimming to work, the interesting point would be to find out if he got fined or anything after the news article, since there was a sign stating that swimming was not allowed.

  9. Aldo

    It’s a shame you couldn’t make it for last year Rio Games (for obvious reasons). All events were inside the city, even rowing and sailing which usually are held far away from Olympic city. Everything in my backyard was just perfect.

    On the other hand, if you stay in Paris until 2024 it will be in your backyard. 😀

  10. Keith

    At Beijing the equestrian events were in Hong Kong for quarantine reasons.

    All Olympics have events outside the city when you look at the football competition, although you would have thought with the number of stadia in London they could have managed to keep that event just in London. For London’s case, I think taking the football tournament around the country was a sweetener for the UK tax payer who had to foot the bill….

    Football in the Olympics though? That’s a whole other argument….

  11. Bogdan Vreuls

    I wonder wether there are any other sports which have mechanical doping issues.

    I’m watching the London 2017 Worldcup atletics especially the Javilin Trow (I’m dutch and we call it speer-trouwring thaught it was the same in english) . I noticed how the speer was not floating nicely. I’m not technical or so but can imagine a weight which can move and stabilize the whole thing…

    • Bob

      @Bogdan: In F1 racing Renault used a “mass damper” which was basicly a weight suspended by two springs. It was tuned so that it prevented the car moving/vibrating the car in vertical direction. With a little bit of ingenuity one could build a miniature version of that in a javelin, keeping the total weight the same of course. It was later banned.

      link to formula1-dictionary.net

  12. Mike Serago

    I hear good things about its features.