Week in Review–October 22nd, 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–October 15th, 2017
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: Suunto Announces Slew of Spartan Firmware Updates, New Custom Watch Builder
Tuesday: Wiral LITE Cable Cam for Action Sports: How it all works
Wednesday: Strava Upload Insights: Ironman World Championships 2017
Wednesday: Garmin Vivoactive 3 In-Depth Review
Wednesday: Moxy offers trade-in deal for BSX Insight users
Thursday: Hands-on with The Sufferfest’s new 4DP Platform

Sports Tech Deals of Note:

Two new deals from Garmin this week, in what I would say is sorta the preamble to Holiday/Black Friday sales.

Current DealsRegular PriceSale PriceStartEndAmazonClever TrainingOther siteSale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated October 22nd, 2017 @ 9:15 pm
1BandID-25% offNov 20 2017Dec 01 2017N/AN/ALinkThis 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% offNov 19 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/AN/AI 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 offNov 23 2017Nov 24 2017Link
Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones-$179 ($120 off)Nov 19 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/AN/ALove 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% offNov 20 2017Nov 27 2017N/ALinkN/AThis is 20% on some trainers (mostly low-end ones, not the Hammer/Magnus).
DJI Goggles (for DJI Drones)$449$50 offNov 23 2017Nov 28 2017LinkN/A
DJI Mavic Pro$999$100 offNov 23 2017Nov 28 2017LinkN/AI 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 offNov 23 2017Nov 28 2017LinkN/AI 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 2017Nov 28 2017LinkN/ALOVE 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 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/AN/AI can't decide which mesh network system to get for the DCR Cave...it's gonna be one of these three!
Exploding Kittens Game (One-Day Amazon Sale!)-20% offNov 21 2017Nov 21 2017LinkTechnically not a gadget, but technically just as good. If you ever wanted to know what we play around the DCR household when friends are over - this game is it. It's awesome, obviously.
Fitbit Alta HR$149$50 off!Nov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkLink
Fitbit Charge 2$149$50 offNov 23 2017Nov 23 2017LinkLink
Fitbit Ionic$299$50 gift card includedNov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkLink
Garmin Fenix5 (5/5S/5X)$599$100 offNov 13 2017Dec 24 2017LinkLinkDefinitely the best deal you're going to see this year on this.
Garmin Forerunner 235$329$30 offNov 03 2017Dec 31 2017LinkLink$30 off - down to $299
Garmin Forerunner 735XT$349$50 offNov 03 2017Dec 31 2017LinkLinkFYI: Formal price drop from $399 to $349 for the FR735XT. This is the new price going forward.
Garmin Vivoactive 3$299$50 offNov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkLinkBlack Friday Only: $50 off the base unit (thus $249), or $30 off the Slate unit (thus $299). This is a superb deal for a unit that came out a mere 2 months ago.
GoPro Karma Hero5 & Hero6 Bundles$200 offNov 19 2017Nov 27 2017LinkN/AInstant price reduction for the Karma Hero5 and Hero6 bundles.
Google WiFi Mesh Router (3-pack)-$249 ($30 off)Nov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/AN/AI can't decide which mesh network system to get for the DCR Cave...it's gonna be one of these three!
IceMule Coolers-20% offNov 20 2017Dec 04 2017N/ALinkN/A
Inov-8 Shoes-20% offNov 18 2017Dec 04 2017N/ALinkN/A
Lezyne Cycling GPS Units (Most models)$14912% offNov 12 2017Nov 27 2017LinkLink12% 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 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/AN/AI 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 offNov 27 2017Nov 27 2017LinkLinkOne day sale only!!!
Polar H10$8925% offNov 19 2017Nov 25 2017LinkLinkMust use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem.
Polar M200$14925% offNov 19 2017Nov 25 2017LinkLinkMust use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem.
Polar M430$22925% offNov 19 2017Nov 25 2017LinkLinkMust use coupon code BFDEALS to redeem.
Polar M460$17925% offNov 19 2017Nov 25 2017LinkLink
Polar M600$329$100 off!Nov 26 2017Dec 02 2017LinkLinkPolar Webshop only!!!
Polar V800$449$100 off!Nov 26 2017Dec 02 2017LinkLinkPolar Webshop Only!!!
RunScribe Plus (V3)-15% offNov 20 2017Nov 27 2017N/AN/ALinkThis 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)-$99Nov 20 2017Nov 27 2017N/AN/ALinkThis 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 offNov 23 2017Nov 23 2017LinkN/A
Samsung Gear Sport$299$50 offNov 23 2017Nov 24 2017LinkN/ABlack 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% offNov 20 2017Nov 27 2017N/ALinkN/AGot 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% offNov 20 2017Dec 03 2017N/ALinkN/AThe 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 offNov 12 2017Dec 03 2017LinkLinkDown to $299, includes music, optical HR, and GPS.
TomTom Spark 3 Product Line$149-$299 (Features Vary)Up to $100 offNov 12 2017Dec 03 2017LinkLinkFull 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$69Nov 12 2017Dec 03 2017LinkLinkNormally $89 for the 'Cardio' version.
TomTom Touch Cardio + Body Composition$89$99Nov 12 2017Dec 03 2017LinkLinkThis is the version that includes the body comp metrics as well.

In addition, still a boatload of REI Clearance Sale Deals wrapping up week: Everything from some good deals on slightly older sports tech, including (all on the page linked above):

– Cycliq Fly12
– 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…).

One thing to note is that the REI Edge 1000 deal is for the bundle ($497), whereas Clever Training has the non-bundle available for $367.  Both are individually good deals, depending on what you’re looking for.

YouTube Videos I Made This Week:

Here’s what hit the tubes over on the You of Tube, definitely don’t forget to subscribe there to get notified of videos the second they hit!

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) La Course once again undercut: While ASO last year said they were trying to expand La Course by moving to a three stage format, in reality, it was such a stupidly designed format that barely more than a dozen athletes could compete in the final.  It was essentially them setting the stage to cut it.  And sure enough, for 2018 they’re scaling it back to a single-day event in a place where basically nobody will watch it.  And they wonder why it fails?  If the Tour Down Under can manage to pull off a 4-stage women’s race, then surely the Tour de France can do the same thing on a far grander stage than the TdU (no offense Australia, you’re awesome).

2) Wanna know which shoes people use at Kona? Actually, what’s more interesting here is that a manual shoe count was posted, and then Strava stats were used to roughly back up that data.

3) Google dumps calorie counts for walks: While I agree the whole no-option thing was a fail, as was the pink cupcake, I do think having it be on by default is not a fail. To show calories is a huge step for many people that simply don’t understand the impacts of the foods they choose.  And that yes, it means walking 6-10 MILES to clear out that Cinnabon.  Oh, Cinnabon…how come you’re so good?!? Said differently, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

4) Power Analysis – Lionel Sanders at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship: Always love when Training Peaks does these break-downs.

5) The Inside Story of how Slipstream Sports (aka Team Cannondale) was saved: Title says it all – definitely worth the read.

6) Samsung shows off 7-day battery life tiny cellular tracker: This could be used for a wide variety of things if the battery life could get a bit better and the package a bit smaller.  But even today, you could stick it in your saddlebag.  There are ‘better’ options that fit in the seatpost, but many have kinda weird sizing requirements.

7) Tour de France route for 2018 unveiled: While ASO undercut the women, they definitely delivered on what looks to be a very sweet race for next year for the men.  Looking forward to it!

8) Taping a GoPro inside a bike wheel: Actually, a unicycle.  Also, if you don’t follow Ed on YouTube, you really should.  He’s unicycling across Australia (he’s done other continents already), and his videos are always awesomely produced and fun to watch.

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 Varia Radar: Various bug fixes and improvements.

Garmin FR735XT BETA firmware update: New Connect IQ support, other fixes.

Garmin FR935 BETA firmware update: Boatload of new features, new CIQ, huge pile of other fixes.

Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X BETA firmware update: Basically same as FR935, since F5 got new features in beta firmware last week.

Garmin Edge 1030 Firmware Update: Fixes an issue introduced by 3.40 earlier in week.  Meanwhile, 3.40 adds a few minor things, but mostly fixes a bunch of bugs introduced at launch.

Garmin Vector 3 Firmware Update: First public firmware (V3 started shipping at Kona)

GoPro Hero5 Black Firmware Update: Bug fixes, and improvements with Quik Stories

Lezyne Updater Updated: For Y10 products.

ProShift Firmware Update: For those using the ProShift Automated Shifting system, this gives three new configuration options.

Suunto Spartan Series Firmware Updates: See my dedicated post on it.

With that – thanks for reading!

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  1. ReHMn

    Kona running shoes split: most of the athletes came from US, so they prefer US manufacturers (Saucony, Hoka).
    Just do not follow elites, find the best shoe for you.

    To the user who had issues with fluctuating speed:
    It is better and more exact to type the tire circumference manually, then let it calculated by the device. But if you prefer automatic calculation (accepting the bigger bias), then do not change gear, pedal constantly till you get the message “Wheel circumference calculated”.
    …and yes, there are differences between manufacturers also. For example, if we compare Mavic Yksion and Schwalbe Lugano (both 700x23C), the Mavic has a width 23mm and lower profile, where the Schwalbe is 24mm wide and with higher profile…

  2. Francisco Araujo

    Such a shame about La Course.
    Women’s cycling has produced some exciting racing.
    It was the best event of the last Olympics and World Championships.

  3. TC

    Ed’s videos – definitely awesome. Ed’s cycling all that way on a unicycle – doubly awesome.

  4. Mark

    Just to be pedantic, and it’s not your fault, but that’s not a GoPro. It’s a couple year old Yi Action Cam – cheap but one of the better Chinese GoPro knock off. That is the factory color scheme!

  5. Niklas

    Errata! Fenix 5 uppdates is a beta-uppdate…

  6. Eli

    New see sense bike lights with ant+ and AI link to kck.st

  7. Phil A

    I find it amusing to see aerobars and a BTA bottle on a unicycle.