Heads-up: Huge Sports Tech Sale Underway – 20% Off All Smart Trainers!
There’s a massive sales on smart cycling trainers right now, plus plenty other sports tech. There’s 20% off the Wahoo KICKR, KICKR CORE, CLIMB, Headwind, 20% off the Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, and Flux S, 20% off Saris Hammer 3 trainer and Saris MP1 Motion Platform. Plus also 20% off the Elite Direto X and Suito too, even the new Sterzo. Plus even steeper deals including with the Kinetic trainers at 30% off.
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:
Not much in the way of deals right now. The DJI Mavic one is interesting though, for those looking for one of my favorite drones out there! Saves about $125 for the bundle. Else, I think we’ll have to wait till November for Black Friday/Holiday deals.
2) A shift in action cam imagery chips: While they still make great imagery sensors, it used to be that even the cheapest of action cameras used them just like a higher end GoPro. So in many ways the image quality would be identical (save some minor GoPro exclusives), but now as companies start to diversify here, we might actually see legit differences in quality going forward…for better or worse. (via Tyler R.).
3) AETNA in talks for Apple Watch deal: This is interesting in that it’s a major health insurance provider (23 million people) looking to arm people with either free or heavily discounted Apple Watches in hopes of increasing health levels. Note, a cynic would assume that AETNA could use it to price premiums, but there’s no evidence they’d have any access to the data. Rather, it’s far more likely they’re wanting to do what most other corporate wellness programs are doing and simply encourage people to be active, which in turn lowers claim costs.
4) How Sigma Sport uses Google Analytics: Coming from the tech world, I saw case studies and white papers all the time. But it was interesting to see a sports tech company publish a case study on how they use Google Analytics.
6) Google Maps rolled out elevation feature for walking: Kinda nifty. Obviously, various 3rd party sites have had this for years, but that was mostly for either workout planning or post-workout. This is just handy for quick trips around town (if your town isn’t flat).
7) More TomTom leaving wearables rumors: The Google Translate game isn’t super strong on this one, but I think this is mostly a re-hash of earlier summer stuff alongside some speculation. Given TomTom just announced a slew of new wearable features two weeks ago. During my conference call with them at the time, they talked pretty extensively about remaining committed to the category. So we’ll see, but until something changes they generally represent the best value out there for a GPS smart watch with optical HR and music.
8) It probably won’t kill you: That’s what the latest study finds about consumer drones bonking you on the head. And this was actually done with a relatively large drone by 2017 standards. Still, I wouldn’t exactly go trying to eat one as a snack. Especially if you’re eyeing one of the blades.
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.
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The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.