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Week in Review–May 13th, 2018

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 – May 6th, 2018
Monday: Tech Tidbits: Withings becomes Withings again, Favero’s Assioma 1% Update, AIRhub Core, and FirstBeat HRV Summit
Wednesday: TrainerRoad now pulls in outside rides, adds training log and load analysis
Thursday: Fitbit Versa In-Depth Review

Sports Tech Deals This Week:

There’s a smattering of sports tech deals out there right now, here’s what’s cookin’:

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
Amazon Echo Dot - 35% off!$38We've got a couple of these, both at home, and the office, and mostly just use it to play music for the kids. I don't have a specific need to pickup another one this year, but it's kinda incredible what kind of technology they can pack into that price.
Amazon Echo Dot - 53% off$18I use these around the studio and home - and for $18, it's kinda incredible what kind of technology they can pack into that price.
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $30 off
$159
$119I use AirPods primarily when I'm travelling just to listen in airports, planes, etc... I don't tend to use these for workouts due to them falling out.
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $50 off
$159
$99⚡⚡ This is the lowest price AirPods have ever been - this is solid! I use AirPods primarily when I'm travelling just to listen in airports, planes, etc... I don't tend to use these for workouts due to them falling out. Also, with the wireless charging case for $50 off. Personally, I just use the basic model.
Apple Watch Series 6 - (40mm)- $50 Off
$399/$499 (cellular)
$349This is now the best deal we've seen on the Apple Watch Series 6.
Beats PowerBeats Pro Wireless Sport Headphones - $50 off
$249
$199⚡ These are my daily driver headphones that I use for all my trainer rides, and anything else sport related. While they're not perfect (namely the charging case), it's what I keep going back to every day because of the seamless Apple ecosystem integration (iPad/Apple TV/iOS/Mac).
DJI OSMO Action (Action Cam) - Normally $329
$349
$199⚡ This is a very solid price for the DJI OSMO Action, and it's a very strong first contender from DJI to compete with the Hero 7 Black (realistically, except for the dual-screen, it simply doesn't compete with the Hero 8 or Hero 9). I really like a lot of elements on the OSMO Action, but especially the dual-screen. Check out my full review for comparative thoughts. While I would have said that maybe we'd see a new OSMO Action sometime this past spring (an annual refresh cycling), I'm pretty sure COVID19 has killed any chance of that happening for a while.
Fitbit ACE 2 Activity Tracker for Kids - $20 Off$49
Fitbit Charge 4 - 33% off!
$149
$99⚡ This just came out earlier this year, so this is a pretty solid deal for sure!
Fitbit Inspire 2 - 30% off
$99
$69
Fitbit Sense - $50 off!
$329
$279This is the first time we've seen the brand new Fitbit Sense on sale. Not a bad deal at all!
Fitbit Versa 2 - $50 off$129⚡ If you don't need the new features of the Versa 3 (of which, there are almost none except for built-in GPS), then this is a great option.
Garmin Edge 1030 - $150 off!
$499
$399-$469⚡ This is a pretty solid deal for this unit, especially since it's getting a number of the recently announced 1030 Plus features later this year. Note: This price keeps floating up/down hourly.
Garmin FR935 - $100-$200 off
$499
$289⚡ Sure, it's not the latest edition, but the FR935 is the staple of many triathletes and runners, and it still an incredible solid watch. We saw this a bit lower last month on Amazon Prime Day ($239). Also, I say $100-$200 off, because the 'base' price fluctuates a bit these days. Sometimes retail is $399 sometimes $499.
Garmin Fenix 6 Series - $150 all models
$599-$1,149
$150 off⚡⚡ This deal is back! This is a great deal that showed up last spring, and it also includes the newly launched Fenix 6/6S Solar units from this past summer
Garmin Forerunner 245 - $50 off
$299/$349
$249Both the Forerunner 245 is on sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it's actually the lowest we've seen either product priced to date.
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music - $50 off$299Both the Forerunner 245 Music is sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it's actually the lowest we've seen either product priced to date. The FR245 Music supports Spotify, Amazon Music, and other streaming platforms.
Garmin Forerunner 45/45S - $50 off
$199
$149If you're looking for a runners focused watch, there's no better deal on the market than this. Period. The FR45 basically packs all the features of the previous generation FR235...just now in the FR45 series. Seriously, this is a solid deal.
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
$399/$449 (with music)
$257This isn't a bad price per se, but for $20 more you'll get so much more watch out of the FR935 deal. However, that doesn't include music, whereas this FR645 Music Deal Does. Also, the 51% off is per list, but realistically we're talking about $70 off normal prices.
Garmin Forerunner 735XT - $70 off
$349
$219This is still a really good deal for a full featured triathlon watch. Sure, it got down to $169 for Amazon Prime Day, but this is still a solid price.
Garmin Forerunner 945 - 5% off
$599/599EUR
$568Hey...some discount is better than no discount!
Garmin Forerunner 945 Bundle (with HRM-TRI & HRM-SWIM) - $80 off$669This is a good deal, in fact, the best deal on the FR945 we've seen in 2020. I don't anticipate this lasting long
Garmin Foreruuner 35 - $50 off
$169
$92If you're looking for a solid budget GPS running watch, it's hard to go wrong here. Sure, it's a few years old now, but it'll track your race just fine and upload to Garmin Connect and all the other Strava-like sites as well.
Garmin HRM-PRO - $10 off!
$129
$119
Garmin Instinct - $80 off
$299
$149⚡ Sure, the new Solar variants came out this summer with a few new features, but at their core the Instincts are mostly the same. Still, $149 is the lowest price the Instinct has ever been at.
Garmin Instinct Solar - $100 off
$399/$449
$299This is the first time we've seen a deal on the Garmin Instinct Solar, and the best deal I expect we'll see for a while.
Garmin Magnetless Sensors Cadence/Speed Bundle - 24% off$53This bundle includes both the dual ANT+/BLE Speed & Cadence sensors (V2), and is notable because the speed sensor not only transmits like any other, but also records your rides even when you don't have a bike computer/watch paired to it - making it perfect for commuter bikes. Both sensors are fully compatible with basically every app/watch/bike computer out there.
Garmin Speed Sensor V2 - 18% off!$32This is Garmin's latest ANT+/Bluetooth Smart speed sensor, but notably, it's also one that can record your rides without being connected to a bike computer, making it perfect for tracking mileage on a commuter bike. I'm super tempted to pickup a few of these and outfit all our commuter/cargo bikes for 2021 to see what the mileage/breakdown by trip/etc looks like at the end of the year. Yes, I'm a geek.
Garmin Swim 2 - $50 off
$249
$199This is only the 2nd time we've seen the Garmin Swim 2 on sale. And as part of my in-depth review I found it easily the most accurate openwater swim watch GPS-wise I've ever tested. Which, is good, since most pools seem to be closed these days. :-/
Garmin Tactix Charlie - $150 off$599The Tactix Charlie is essentially a Fenix geared towards military folks (Amazon Prime Days)
Garmin Venu GPS Smartwatch - $100 off!
$299
$249This is about the lowest we've seen yet for the Garmin Venu GPS, which includes an AMOLED display as well as music (even Spotify offline). Solid deal.
Garmin Vivoactive 3
$129
$119⚡ Obviously this is the previous edition, but dang, it's still a good price for a great little GPS watch. This has mostly been on sale at this price range for a while now, however, I've included it in the list merely because if you're looking for a deal then this is probably one of the best deals out there.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music - $50 off
$169
$149⚡⚡ Very solid deal, and remember, this includes Spotify support too!
Garmin Vivoactive 4/4S - $65 off
$299
$235This is Garmin's current offering to compete with the Apple Watch series (alongside the Garmin Venu), and this is a good price, though, not as low as we saw for Amazon Prime Day at $199.
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 3 - 25% off$59Sale includes all Vivofit Jr 3 variants.
Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator (2-way) - $100 off$249⚡ This is a great deal on this unit which can send messages back and forth when there's no cellular service. It also connects to the Garmin Edge devices plus the Forerunner & Fenix devices for sending urgent messages sans-cell signals
GoPro Hero 8 Black Camera Bundle - $70 off!$279-$299⚡ The Hero 8 is still a great camera, so if you don't need the extra bits of the newer Hero 9, this saves you a $100 in comparison. Plus, this includes an extra battery, shorty stick/tripod, head mount, and 32GB MicroSD Card. Note: Price seems to fluctuate a bit between $279 and $299.
GoPro Hero 9 Black - $50 off$399⚡ This is actually the first time we've seen the Hero 9 on sale. Note that if you're a GoPro Plus Subscriber, then it's a bit cheaper at $349 from GoPro directly, but otherwise, it's $449.
Google Nest Mesh WiFi Router - 18% off$139These are the WiFi mesh access points I use both at home and the DCR Cave. Love them - I don't need to dork with them, they just work.
Insta360 One R Action Cam - 15% off$466The entire lineup of Insta360 One R action cams are 15% off, including the 1" and 360 variants. Overall it's a good cam with good picture clarity (I've mainly used the 1" 5.3K variant), but I find the software really lets it down.
Jaybird Vista Wireless Headphones - 12% off!
$179
$159
Manfrotto Compact Tripod (MKCOMPACTACN) - 34% off
$69
$51This is my main tripod I use day in and day out, and during all my travelling. It's probably got 500,000-800,000 miles of travel on it, and it still looks like new - despite the fact that I treat it like crap. It's out in the salt spray waves often, in the mud and rain, etc... It just rocks. I just bought another one to have one permanently setup in the studio (+ one for traveling).
Nest Cam Indoors - 23% off$99We have more Nest cam's than I can count. No really, we have half a dozen at the DCR Cave alone, plus more at home. We love them. Nest Cam's really only go on sale about once per year.
Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera - $700 off!This is my main shooting cameras for video (they make great stills too, but I mainly got this for video), and I've bought two of them. $700 off is an awesome deal. In my case I got the kit. And in case it's even more of an endorsement, both GPLAMA & DesFit also use this camera too!
Polar Ignite GPS - 12% off!
$229
$201It's a good watch, and the 12% brings it down to roughly where it should be priced at anyway. :)
Polar OH1 Plus Optical Sensor - 20% off!
$79
$63⚡ I love this little sensor, and you'll see it in almost every one of my watch/HR sensor reviews as a comparison/reference strap. It's just so darn accurate and so easy to use. Every optical HR sensor (and app with it) should aspire to be what this thing is.
Samsung Galaxy Buds True Wireless Earbuds - 39% off$79This are obviously super popular, and having them be 31% off ought to make them even more popular. Wireless Charging Case included.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 - $60 off$339This is a pretty new watch, so $60 off is a solid discount!
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 - 28% off$179
SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable External SSD - 39% off$169This is the high speed drive I use to store the footage I'm actively video editing, so that I can edit it on both my iMac at the office, and then my MacBook when travelling or at home.
SanDisk 256GB MicroSD Card - 38% off!$29I use this card in both 128GB and 256GB variety, and it's perfect for all my drones and action cams, easily recording 4K/60 and 5K/30, as well as 5.7K without trouble. I often pickup these cards when on sale like this, so I have them for later in the year when not on sale.
Suunto 5 GPS Multisport Watch - 35% off
$329
$199⚡ A very strong deal for this complete multisport watch that I really like. Well nailed on price here.
Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch - 30% off
$499
$349⚡ This is now the lowest price this watch has ever been at - and definitely a price to pick it up if you were in the market for it.
Suunto 9 - 46% off!
$599 (non-baro is $499)
$346This is about a good a deal as we've ever seen in the US for the Suunto 9.

Also, I’d highly encourage you to check back in tomorrow (wouldn’t impact any of the three above items though). Just sayin’.

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!

A user of the DCR Analyzer? Here’s a nifty tutorial I put together.  Not a user of the DCR Analyzer? Then here’s what it’s all about. It’s actually been out for anyone to use for almost 18 months now! Crazy!

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) A Google-branded ‘Android Wear’ (Wear OS) device on the horizon? Perhaps, but then again, we’ve also seen these rumors numerous times over the years.  Still, I do agree with the concept here. As I said in one of my recent keynotes – Android Wear/Wear OS won’t gain meaningful market share (or app resources) until there’s specifically a ‘Google Pixel watch’, or something with Google-specific branding. It’s as simple as that.

2) GoldenCheetah Open Data program now hits over 140,000 workouts to analyze: Super cool project, and can’t wait to see this become part of non-developer builds.

3) GoPro Snow: Jesper Tjäder’s Forest 2 – Return to Åre! Once again, always awesome to watch Jesper ski, but more interesting to me in this video is how little (virtually none) post-production appears to have been done in terms of editing color/clarity/etc… It’s normal for his videos to be a single take, but it doesn’t appear there’s much more in the way of video work here aside from just pressing upload and briefly shifting into slow-mo in some sections.

4) Pre-teens apparently buy $500 swimming tech suits: Woah, the fact that this is a thing for 7-year-olds is nuts. I totally agree with the planned ban.

5) SportTracks Connect IQ Developer Fields: Really cool to see them add support for this, gives folks so much flexibility in analysis of files.  Read up their whole thing on all the uses for this, but it includes analysis of sensor data like Stryd, RunScribe, and more.

6) A whole lot of cycling apps to consider: A pretty comprehensive pile of apps to consider from the folk at Road.CC. Worth of a browse to see if something fits your needs.

7) An Open Letter About Female Coaches In the NBA: Yes, just yes.

8) 2.1KM bike tunnel opens up located inside a sewage tunnel. That’s kinda cool, looks very fancy too!

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 Vivofit Jr. 2 Firmware Update: A smattering of tweaks, many to do with Toe-to-Toe challenge

Garmin Vivofit 4 Firmware Update: Inclusive of Toe-to-Toe challenge tweaks, and a few more for good measure

Garmin Edge 1030 BETA firmware update: One minor bug fix

Garmin Edge Explore 820 Firmware update: A large number of new features added.

That’s it for firmware updates! Apparently all the engineers were out enjoying the weather last week instead!

With that – thanks for reading!

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4 Comments

  1. sabeard

    Garmin also released the FR935 beta version 8.99 on Friday. It is listed on the device page, but has not been posted in the Forum or on the other typical FW listings yet. This brings the 935 in line with the F5 series.

  2. Mark U

    Interesting apps on #6. One I did not see on their list or find on your site is “Epic Ride Weather”. Link it to your routing software account (RWGPS, Strava, etc), select a route, give it a start date & time and average overall speed and it gives weather along the entire route based on when you should be cycling through. Including wind direction and speed. I have found this useful on shorter loops of only a few hours as the winds tend to change direction a fair amount in my area so I know whether I’m better off going clockwise or counter-clockwise. Even more helpful when trying to figure out what to wear and pack for 400 & 600k brevets.

  3. Calibrated

    I can only imagine what the bottom of Jesper’s skis look like.

  4. Eli

    Qualcomm finally releasing a new SoC for watches is probably even bigger news in some ways. The last update they made was 2 years ago and wasn’t very good when it was new which greatly held back the market. link to arstechnica.com