The Because It’s Friday $500 Gadget Giveaway!


Today is Friday – you made it to the end of the week. But more importantly, today is also Australia Day. I only know that because I’m in Australia, and the beaches are more crowded than the starting line of a marathon (still, I pretended to workout and went for a short swim).  Thus, it seems reason enough to give away some gadget goodness.  But fear not, I won’t be restricting this to those in Australia, or any other country.  Anyone, anywhere on earth, is welcome to join as always.

Somehow it’s been far too long since we’ve last done a giveaway.  I seriously don’t know how, because I talk about it almost every month with the Clever Training crew, and then somehow it slips off my radar.  Perhaps we just need more holidays to have faux reasons for me to give stuff away.

The winner will get a $500 credit to, my most excellent partner in this giveaway crime.  By supporting the site through Clever Training you also can save 10% on almost anything they sell (or get points instead).  If you win, you can use that credit for anything from the GoPro Hero6 Black, to a Suunto Spartan Ultra, to a random pair of socks, to the Garmin Vector 3 power meter, or heck, even towards a new trainer.  Whatever floats your boat (note: they don’t sell boats).  Also note, your credit is in US dollars, not Australian – otherwise you’d get less.  Nobody wants less.

How to enter:

Simply leave a short description of what product you’d get and why (but don’t worry, you can change your mind later if you win).

The reason you need a short description of ‘why’ is that if you just put a simple product name (I.e. F5), you’ll likely get caught up in my SPAM filters.  And nobody wants to be sandwiched between two pieces of SPAM.  Got all that?

Good luck!

The giveaway entry period will run through Monday, January 29th, 2018 until 11:59PM US Eastern Time.  Winner will be selected randomly.  One entry per person.  The selected product/products will then be ordered immediately and shipped immediately, assuming they’re in stock.



  1. Martyn Short

    I’d probably go for either a Garmin Vector power meter, or a running watch that’s a bit better than my old TomTom! To be honest, any excuse to buy gadgets is a good excuse…

  2. Sylvain Michaud

    Elite Direto Trainer because of the long and cold Canadian winters

  3. Scott S

    I would want to upgrade my Forerunner 230 to a 735xt. I actually moved away from a 920 setup to a 230/edge 520 in order to look good feel good and have a dedicated bike computer. However, the cheaper band and lack of swim functionality are missed more than I thought they were going to be.

  4. Karla

    i would get a smart trainer so I can ride with Zwift!!

  5. MyriamSP

    Garmin 5x

  6. Paul Modern

    Would buy a shiny new Wahoo to cheer up my January training 🙂

  7. bharath v ram

    Elite direto

  8. Erik

    I would like to replace my Fenix 3 with a Vivoactive 3.

  9. Patrick

    Definitely the Forerunner 645. I need some training status help!

  10. Leo

    A Garmin 935 or 645 Music as I embark on my first triathlon and need all the help I can get! PS: thanks for all your reviews – incredibly useful in understanding all the tech.

  11. Shaun H

    As I just purchased a new MTB, I’d like to pick up a new Garmin Edge 520 to start tracking my rides better with a cadence sensor as well.

  12. Kees

    I think i would like the Garmin FR935 – after a difficult period i switch a mentally button and set goals for myself. I realized that sports helps me a lot, but still figuring things out and a big noob. I’m focusing on running, cycling and swimming. I think this watch would be a big help in understanding how i’m going on with my body, make clear what i’m doing en help reach my goals.

    Sorry for the bad English.

    Kind regads

  13. Reinaldo Pulido

    I would like the new Garmin Fenix 5x to upgrade my old 910 for my triathlons, I loved the new maps and applications.

  14. Steven Brown

    I’m in the market for a new watch, looking between the Spartan Ultra or the Spartan Sport HR+Baro. Seems like the only benefit of going the Ultra route would battery? Have a thought on which you would recommend?

  15. Gabe Raff

    I’d love an F5 to train for Wildflower.


  16. Mike

    A new trainer for me…

  17. Brian

    So tough to pick. I’m torn between one of the Fenix 5’s or maybe the Forerunner 935. Those watches have everything I could possibly want and then some. Plus they are incredibly stylish. And you can’t beat style.

  18. Jasmin Zeger

    The new garmin running watch would be good for my runs around the lake here.

  19. Chris D.

    Either Stages L/R or Garmin Edge 1030

  20. I would buy a Wahoo Bolt because I want to try something different than Garmin.

  21. Ricardo HR

    Definitely a Go Pro 6 or maybe a Garmin 645 for my wife.

  22. Ron

    Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt, to replace my ooooooold edge 500!

  23. Ty

    I think I’d upgrade my Fenix3 to either the Fenix5 or the Forerunner 935. I’m still not sure which would make more sense… The Fenix5 has a lot of bells and whistles that I’m used to with my current watch but it may be a bit of overkill as I don’t use all of those features.. but it just looks better than the Forerunner series… anyway its a nice problem to have if I win!

  24. Jordan B

    If I win I would look into buying a GoPro Hero6. I love the idea, and convenience of having a great camera, packed with features in a small and easy to carry package.


  25. Tofan

    I would get garmin vector 3, because knowing my power output would be great.

  26. Brad S

    Vector 3. The road bike needs a power meter

  27. Greg

    Wahoo Kickr! Why? To train better and more efficiently when the weather is rotten outside.

  28. Chris Nelson

    Garmin Fenix watch

  29. Corey

    Thanks Ray! I would get the Garmin Vector 3 pedals to elevate my outdoor training to the same level as my indoor training with the Tacx NEO.

  30. Mrwolf78

    Mm, I want a Vivomove HR for myself and a Vivoactive 3 for my wife, should be possible 🙂

  31. Amie

    I’d love to try out the new Garmin 645 Music!

  32. Sara Herbert

    I’d definitely get a Go Pro camera to take with me on my running adventures! I love the photos and videos I see friends post & it would be fun to capture some great moments myself!

  33. Kaj

    Garmin 5x or vector 3.. or both.

  34. Fabio Pires

    Right now I would love to put my hands on a new trainner!

  35. Bryan

    Fenix 5s… for the wife

  36. Abby

    Fenix 5x… for my husband (not really, I’d get a 5s for me!)

  37. Kenneth Riess

    A Garmin VIRB, to be sure. If it is not on video, it didn’t happen.

  38. Piotr

    I’d like Garmin Fenix 5x because it’s the ultra running/hiking watch I need

  39. Helder Rodrigues

    935 xt. Because I like trathlon it is a really nice watch.

  40. Jeff Wamser

    I’d definitely get a Fly 12 . I have an ultra tri coming up and would like to push it’s battery and recording to the limits, as well as have some footage from the race. Plus the added safety of another light during the expected 14 hours in the saddle. The rest I’d probably use for a Go Pro.

  41. ibisxin

    I would go for a Garmin Fenix 5 … as a motivation for European winter outdoor activities … no beach, but snow.

  42. Pete lawlor

    I would definately buy the spatan watch, superb and would help in my training this year to full fitness after my hip replacement

  43. Esther

    A Garmin because it’s my birthday!

  44. Jacob

    Need a new bike computer, probably a Wahoo Elemnt! Can’t wait to get out there this summer!

  45. Pauline

    A powermeter for my bike would be fantastic

  46. Donce

    I’d go for smart trainer and drop the winter to get some rides in before spring.

  47. Achilles

    That GoPro Hero6 Black would be great!

  48. Richard Blanchard

    I’d like a powermeter, either Garmin Vector or Powertap wheelset.



  49. Michael Black

    I’d put it towards a smart trainer!

  50. Jared Wilson

    I’d by a Wahoo KICKR to replace my $50 ALDI magnetic trainer!

  51. Scott C

    I would get a new Garmin watch to replace my old Forerunner 305. Not sure what model yet, but it’s time for an upgrade. Although it still works so I’d have to think about it.

  52. Adam

    I need a new Garmin! My FR620 is antiquated, time for an update. Thx!

  53. Jamie

    I’d buy the a Garmin Forerunner 935 with the triathlon bundle to take my training to the NEXT LEVEL!

  54. Kevin

    Fenix 5x. Because it looks like fun.

  55. Jorge D.

    I might update my F3 with a new F5.

  56. Mark Kline

    I’d get a triathlon gps watch for my daughter.


    The great Wahoo Bolt for the Wife

  58. Josh miller

    New Scosche sensor and Fenix 5. Love the old scosche and the fenix 3–who doesn’t love a better version of what they already love.

  59. Sander Kommeren

    Oeeh I would really like those new sleek Garmin Vector 3 pedals!?

  60. Dav Nadz

    Rolling for GoPro!
    Because my current camera is hard to hold in 60mph summit winds.

  61. Tom

    I would love the Garmin Fenix 5 — My Forerunner 410 is 6 years old, and the smartwatch features look great!

  62. Jason Uhlrich

    I have always wanted a fenix 5. This is pretty much my only shot at getting one!

  63. Tim Stevens

    I think I would finally get that Power Meter I’ve been lacking, maybe the Garmin Vectors.


  64. Jared Sale

    I’d go for the GoPro Hero6. I’m a mountain biker and have held off getting a GoPro due to the shaky footage (unless you’re using a gimbal that is). The EIS looks primo!

  65. Rogge

    Probably one of the Garmin watches.

  66. Rafal

    The Assioma- or Garmin Vector Power Meter’s would fit the bill perfectly!

  67. Frank

    fenix 5 so I can make gains

  68. Josef B.

    I would get a new smart trainer, be it wahoo or tacx neo!

  69. Derek Paton

    Any of them!

  70. Maia

    Fenix 5 because my Forerunner has died on me

  71. Jacob Dewispelaere

    PowerTap pedals 😉

  72. Kate

    I’d go with an edge 820 because my edge 500 is getting long in the tooth.

  73. Steph

    Garmin 5s!

  74. Tom Scanlon

    I would get the FR 935 as a replacement for my 920XT.

  75. Iuriy

    I’d get the new garmin 645!

  76. Savio A

    I’d like to get the Garmin Fenix 5X. Now that’s a gorgeous looking watch. It’ll also tell me how far, how much, where, at what heart rate, and the map of where I’ve run and cycled.

  77. james shea

    I want a Garmin Vector 3 power meter. I do not truly need one or even deserve on but I still want one.

  78. Daniel Lipsher

    I’d put it toward a Stages PM on account of … well, just ’cause.

  79. Ura

    Definitely the Garmin FR935!

  80. Jonathan Tan

    a garmin watch- my old one is lacks a HR monitor.

  81. Greg K

    Garmin 935 to replace my aging Fenix 2 with battery issues. Rhythm 24 to monitor HR while swimming? Pedal based power meter to replace PowerTap hub. Oh, I could go on. Have I exceeded the $500 limit?

  82. Mike

    Vector 3 for me, need a PM!

  83. Edoardo Silvi

    Garmin MK1

  84. Gouke

    I would buy a Gopro hero 6 black for my snowboard holiday.

  85. Mike Richie

    I am lusting after the new Mavic Air, but since CT doesn’t sell that, I would probably put the money toward either a power meter or trainer.

  86. steve

    A garmin as my new 820 has frozen and we have no agents in botswana!!

  87. Naomi

    garmin 935 because its wonderful

  88. Ryan Nelson

    I would absolutely spend the money on a Garmin Fenix 5, my last garmin was a 310 and it bit the bullet roughly 2 years ago!

  89. Dow

    Garmin 935 or PM.

  90. Reinier

    i would buy the garmin 935

  91. Peter

    I would go for a GoPro Hero6 Black

  92. Aaron T

    I’m up for a triathalon watch, though a power meter might sneak in there.

  93. Nontas

    I would buy the Fenix5

  94. Ruth Z

    garmin 5s to run in the dessert

  95. Maria

    I would get a Garmin FR645

  96. Minos

    I would get Garmin FR935 as a replacement for my old watch

  97. Jonathan

    I would pre-order a Garmin 645 Music, since I think I’ve passed the point where I’m ready to invest a little more than my current secondhand Forerunner15. Either that or I’d put it toward an Elite Direto, just because haha.

  98. Patrick

    I would buy 10 pairs of the Bubba Blade Fishing Pliers now that I know where I can buy them.

  99. Duje

    Either a new trainer, but we’ve already made it this far into Winter with the old one, so my splurge on a set of Vector 3’s

  100. Marcin

    I’ll buy Garmin Edge for my new gravel bike.