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:
Monday: Week in Review – December 4th, 2017
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: The 4th Annual DCR Open House– 2017 Recap and Photos!
Tuesday: Hands-on: The COROS Omni Smart Helmet
Wednesday: Fitbit rolls out slew of apps to Ionic…and…umm…virtual cats
Friday: Garmin Running Power App: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Sports Tech Deals of Note:
A huge pile of *new* deals started yesterday, especially in the GoPro/action camera realm – plus a handful of new wearables ones. Notable in the list that’s new is the GoPro Hero 5 Session down to $199USD (that’s a 4K camera in a tiny cube!), along with the Garmin VIRB 360 down $100 (first US discount we’ve seen on it). Details all below, plus my massive deals post that I still keep updating.
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 3rd, 2019 @ 9:10 am|
|Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)||$169||Amazon||N/A||⚡ 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.|
|Apple Watch Series 4 - $100 off!||$299||Amazon||N/A||⚡ This is a pretty darn strong deal. While the Series 4 doesn't have the always-on display of the Series 5, it has everything else, including a heck of a lot better battery performance/life.|
|Apple Watch Series 5 - $20 off||$379||Amazon||N/A||It's a note a huge deal, but I also don't think we're going to see any huge deals this season on the new Series 5.|
|Fitbit ACE 2 - $10 Off||$59||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Fitbit Inspire - $10 Off||$59||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Fitbit Inspire HR - $20 Off||$79||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Descent MK1 - $200 Off||$799||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) - $150 Off||$449||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡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 - 50% off||$299 and up||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡ Down to $299 is a substantial deal for the Fenix 5S & 5X (non-Plus), so don't expect much in the way of major firmware updates. But still, at that price it's solid. Heck, the 5S for $299 is actually the exact rose gold version that The Girl has (and still wears to this day).|
|Garmin Forerunner 35 - $60 Off||$99||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $349||$219-$236||Amazon||N/A||⚡ 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 HRM-RUN (with Running Dynamics) - $20 off||$79||Amazon||N/A||N/A||This 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!)||$139||Amazon||N/A||Another rare Amazon sale on the HRM-TRI & HRM-SWIM straps. Also individually for 30% off too at same link.|
|Garmin Instinct - $100 Off||$199||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Instinct Tactical- $100 Off||$249||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin RD Pod (Running Dynamics) - 17% off||$57||Amazon||N/A||Allows you to get not just Running Dynamics metrics, but also running power, on Garmin devices.|
|Garmin Tactix Charlie- $150 Off||$599||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Normally $249||$126-$144||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡⚡⚡ This was as low as $99 over Black Friday weekend, which is absolutely crazy. However, even at sub-$150 it's still an incredible deal.|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music - 30% off||$199||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡⚡ Very solid deal, and remember, this includes Spotify support too!|
|Garmin Vivoactive 4 First Avenger Smartwatch- $50 Off||$349||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Vivoactive 4 Legacy Saga Darth Vader - $50 Off||$349||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 - $20 Off||$49||Amazon||Clever Training||Sale includes all Jr 2 Disney and non-Disney variants|
|Garmin Vivomove HR - $50 Off||$149||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Vivosmart 4 - $30 Off||$98||Amazon||Clever Training||** Amazon currently $98 ; Clever Training $109|
|Polar OH1 Plus Optical Sensor - 14% off||$68||Amazon||N/A||⚡ 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 Vantage M GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $279||$167||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡⚡⚡ Woah - this is probably the deal of the year for wearable tech. This is a great little watch that includes full multisport mode (for triathletes), as well as things like full power meter support and more. Very very solid deal.|
|Polar Vantage V GPS Multisport Watch - 30% off||$349||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡ This is a reasonably good deal for the Vantage V, which has seen a number of updates over the last year (and more slated in December).|
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 28th, 2019 @ 5:01 pm|
|Garmin Cadence Sensor Gen2 (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth) - $5 off||$35||Amazon||N/A||Note: 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 Edge 530 Cycling GPS - 11% off!||$265||Amazon||N/A||⚡ ⚡ 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 Speed Sensor Gen2 (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth) - $5 off||$35||Amazon||N/A||⚡ 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'.|
|Power2Max NG Power Meter Sale - Free chainrings||N/A||N/A||Power2Max Site||Power2Max is running a sale on their site where if you buy one of their power meter units you'll get either free chainrings (which you'll need), or 25% off electronics they carry (such as the Wahoo GPS units or Cycliq units).|
|Tacx NEO Bike Smart - $700 off (brand new but scratched units)||$2,499||N/A||Clever Training||N/A||⚡⚡⚡ If you're in the market for one of these indoor bikes, this is a steal of a deal. Normally $3,199 - Garmin/Tacx are marking $700 off after a batch of them got sent (brand new) across the pond with some "cosmetic" scratches. You can see the pictures in the sale link, and honestly, I'd take that $700 for a couple of very minor scratches. Plus, they ship within a few days.|
|Wahoo KICKR + CLIMB Bundle - $200 off!||$1,599||N/A||Clever Training||This is a simple bundle of the Wahoo KICKR 2018 + the KICKR CLIMB, for $1,599.|
Action Cams & Drones:
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 29th, 2019 @ 12:29 pm|
|GoPro Hero 7 Black with 32GB- $30 Off||$299||Amazon||Clever Training|
And again, keep checking the full list out!
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!
If nothing else you should watch the first video because my intro for it is pretty damn cool.
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) GCN & Wahoo Fitness given warning from UK Advertising Authority: I had wondered why GCN was all of a sudden starting to properly disclose recently which videos were ads (most product/tech content ones). I actually don’t have a problem with media entities doing sponsored content, as long as it’s disclosed. For example, the next item in my list below (more on that in a second). I’d also argue that GCN walked away with barely a poke to the pinky on this one compared to what they could have received. But I’m happy to see they’ve changed their ways here going forward, as I love most of their videos as much as the next guy. (H/T: Derek T.)
2) Zwift Pro Rider Contract Finals: Many know that Zwift has been running a deal with Dimension Data for a pro rider contract, whereby the finalists come from Zwift. This video is the culmination of that. In my opinion, this video is a great example of what properly disclosed sponsored content can look like. It’s detailed, incredibly interesting, and well executed upon. Oh, and the relationship is disclosed.
3) More than 1000 bikes found in LA hidden tunnel: Well then, I’m pretty sure whichever officer found these didn’t expect that when they started their day that morning. (Thanks J.M.W.)
4) A funky little way to tilt your GPS watch on your wrist: While not exactly for me, I’m sure some here will find this interesting.
5) Google releases Android Wear Oreo Update list of watches: In short, this is the list of watches that either have the update already available, or should be shortly getting the update. Good to see the Polar M600 on the list, as well as the Casio units. Unsurprisingly, the New Balance RunIQ isn’t on the list, likely because the team at Intel that’s responsible for it no longer exists.
6) A very detailed look at Stryd’s recent whitepaper: Stryd recently published a white paper on their accuracy indoors. This post takes a deeper look at it. Note: Like any of these sorta studies (or study-ish pieces), I’m sharing mostly because it’s fascinatingly detailed. I haven’t had enough cups of coffee yet to put together an opinion on whether it’s right or wrong. And I would note that I think it’s important that all companies that are making technical accuracy claims about anything in this space should put together such white papers – even if I or others disagree with them. (via Nuno)
7) How Brands Buy Their Way Into Major Publications: Fascinating story. While pay for play is rampant in the sports industry (especially cycling/triathlon), that’s a wee bit different than this. Typically pay for play is related to advertising payments, equally coverage. Whereas this is just straight up buying ‘journalists’ off. Crazy. What’s also moderately interesting here is how low these numbers are. If you look at typical ‘influencer’ type payment costs (linked to audience size), these numbers are actually dirt cheap. (via Caley Fretz)
8) PowerTap/Saris opens up ambassador programs: I’ve long argued that these types of programs, when executed correctly and with the right ambassadors, are often more successful from an ROI standpoint than sponsoring pros. This is the time of the year (actually, slightly towards the end of it), when these programs open up. While ambassador programs certainly do skew towards faster athletes, that’s not always the case…and again, someone with more influence that is less speedy is far more valuable than a speedy person nobody follows. As always though, both sides should be clear about the relationship (first, because it’s the right thing to do…and second, because it’s required by law in most places).
9) Apple Watch Series 1 versus Fitbit Charge: A short study on this, though, I didn’t access the full text as my desire to pay was low. The summary roughly matches what I’d expect though, as well as what I saw in my tests. Of course, both devices are now like 3+ years old, so, take this with a grain of salt. It’s really too bad studies don’t actually use modern devices….they’re hopelessly outdated by the time they release to the public. (via Tim P.)
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.
A crapton of Garmin device updates: Ok, Garmin got all busy this past week and released updates for a boatload of devices. A ton of these were beta updates, all containing minor fixes. The non-beta updates though for the Fenix 5/Vivoactive 3/FR935/Chronos were with the new Connect IQ version 2.4 that you need for new apps like Garmin’s running power. Those watches also got some additional functionality too, like new sports and off-course alerts. In addition, there were updates for the Edge 1000/1030/820/520 that each fixed a minor Connect IQ bug. Normally, I’d link to these all, but everything is linked in the link above and this one paragraph summarizes it all!
I haven’t seen any other firmware updates of note this past week.
Thanks for reading!