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:
– Cycliq Fly12 – Mio SLICE – Garmin Edge 1000 – Kinetic inRIDE – Polar A360 – Mio Fuse – 360FLY Action Camera – Random Fitbit bands and action camera mounts
Of course, keep in mind that there’s actually even better deals for just general sports stuff there – so definitely do some wandering. If it didn’t cost so much to ship to Europe, I’d likely have bought a ton of stuff (things like clothing, etc…).
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) These WiFi access points can detect your breathing: Personally, I’m not impressed until it can detect my exact HR accurately . Can you imagine though, sitting on a trainer or treadmill and just having the thing sense your HR from afar as you step into the room, and then it show up on Zwift or other app? Of course, there have been semi-afar sensors (Xbox Kinect) that have looked at this in the past, but nothing to the degree of this.
4) Garmin Skiing Power Meter? Sometimes the USPTO has the darndest things. Garmin filed this application to capture skiing power (like cycling power, but skiing). I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, but huh. (Thanks to Sam for sending in.)
5) Stelvio pass shot on new DJI drone cameras: If you’re a photo geek, you were likely salivating at the new 6K capable Zenmuse X7 lenses that were announced for the even more expensive DJI Aspire 2 drone (I lack all of these). But their choice of using the famed Stelvio pass to film the below video definitely makes me want to ride it even more. Though, the speeding cars not so much. One of these days…
7) Polar decides to delay closing of Polar Personal Trainer (and various devices): After a boatload of ‘feedback’ (read: angry people’s communications), Polar has backed away from their plan to close down PPT, and cut-off older watches from being usable (since you have to upload to PPT). At present they’ve moved the date from May 2018 to December 2019. I think that’s a good start, but I really want to see Polar shift from their uploaders only uploading to Polar Flow, to also putting a copy of the files locally on the hard drive – thus ensuring that users will always have a copy of their activities down the road if they need to.
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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You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
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.