Week in Review – June 10th, 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:

Monday: Week in Review: June 4th, 2018
Monday: SIGMA ROX 12.0 Sport Cycling GPS In-Depth Review
Tuesday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: Hands-on: The New Suunto 9 Multisport GPS Watch

Sports Tech Deals:

Here’s what’s currently still chugging along on sale:

Current Deals

ProductSale PriceAmazonClever TrainingOther siteSale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 3rd, 2019 @ 9:10 am
4iiii Fliiiight Smart Trainer with Viiiiva dual ANT+/BLE HR strap bundle - Normally $599$499⚡ This is a solid deal. Normally the trainer (which doesn't even start shipping till next week) is $599, now it's $499 and includes the Viiiiva dual ANT+/BLE HR strap (which probably doesn't get as much street cred as it should for all the features it has). Note I've included both 4iiii Fliiight sale deals (the 20% deal you see next to this). This deal here ends Nov 27th.
Amazon Echo Dot - 56% off!$22We'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 at
Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)$169⚡ 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⚡ 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$379It'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.
BOB Revolution Pro Jogging Stroller - 20% off$399There's just no competition in our minds on the best running stroller - it's what we use. In fact, we actually have two of them - one at home in Europe, and one with family in Canada that we picked up used. Go Bob Go!
Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones - $70 off!$129These are my jam - and The Girl's too. I know, they're not the newest. Nor are they wireless. But that's why I love them. They just work, all the time.
Fitbit ACE 2 - $10 Off$59
Fitbit Inspire - $10 Off$59
Fitbit Inspire HR - $20 Off$79
Fitbit Versa - $50 Off119
Garmin Cadence Sensor Gen2 (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth) - $5 off$35Note: 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 Descent MK1 - $200 Off$799
Garmin Edge 530 Cycling GPS - 11% off!$265⚡ ⚡ 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 Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) - $150 Off$449⚡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⚡ 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
Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $349$219-$236⚡ 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$79This 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!)$139Another rare Amazon sale on the HRM-TRI & HRM-SWIM straps. Also individually for 30% off too at same link.
Garmin Instinct - $100 Off$199
Garmin Instinct Tactical- $100 Off$249
Garmin RD Pod (Running Dynamics) - 17% off$57Allows you to get not just Running Dynamics metrics, but also running power, on Garmin devices.
Garmin Speed Sensor Gen2 (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth) - $5 off$35⚡ 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'.
Garmin Tactix Charlie- $150 Off$599
Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Normally $249$126-$144⚡⚡⚡ 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⚡⚡ Very solid deal, and remember, this includes Spotify support too!
Garmin Vivoactive 4 First Avenger Smartwatch- $50 Off$349
Garmin Vivoactive 4 Legacy Saga Darth Vader - $50 Off$349
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 - $20 Off$49Sale includes all Jr 2 Disney and non-Disney variants
Garmin Vivomove HR - $50 Off$149
Garmin Vivosmart 4 - $30 Off$98** Amazon currently $98 ; Clever Training $109
GoPro Hero 7 Black with 32GB- $30 Off$299
Google Nest Mesh WiFi Router - 12% off$149These 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.
Nest Cam Indoors - 20% off$159We 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. I'll be picking up another with this sale, mostly to replace some much older Dropcam's (Nest before Nest was renamed). Nest Cam's really only go on sale about once per year. Update: I bought three more of them this year.
Nest Cam Outdoors - 23% off$228We use one of these and so far after I think just about two years, it's working great for us.
Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera$700 offI've often rented this camera (or stole friends) over the last year or so, but I finally bit the bullet on a variant of this sale last week. These are now my main shooting cameras for video (they make great stills too, but I mainly got this for video). $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 OH1 Plus Optical Sensor - 14% off$68⚡ 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⚡⚡⚡ 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⚡ 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).
Power2Max NG Power Meter Sale - Free chainringsPower2Max 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).
SanDisk SD & MicroSD Cards - 50% off50% offLook, I have a storage problem. As in, I constantly buy SD & MicroSD cards. Mostly because I'm constantly sticking new MicroSD cards in new cameras/drones/etc to test. So when I see deals like this for 50% off - I jump. Generally speaking I use 128GB cards for action cameras, and a blend as 128GB & 256GB cards for my main DSLR/etc cameras. I almost exclusively use SanDisk cards, though you'll find a few other brands from time to time.
Tacx NEO Bike Smart - $700 off (brand new but scratched units)$2,499⚡⚡⚡ 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!$1,599This is a simple bundle of the Wahoo KICKR 2018 + the KICKR CLIMB, for $1,599.

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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) Yup, the most awesome thing you’ll see this weekend: No explanation needed.

2) A complete listing of 50 new Apple Watch features: It is pretty impressive, no doubt about it. The rolling last-mile pace averaging is also particularly interesting, though, I’d prefer to see a variable time parameter instead (just like power meter smoothing), to perhaps show the pace average for the last 30-seconds or 60-seconds.  Timex had this way back in the day, but mind-bogglingly nobody else has ever implemented it.

3) Hot Wheels makes a GoPro car mount: Pretty sweet, and it only costs $1! Oddly though, it’s for the Hero Session lineup (cube camera), which has since been discontinued. (via Graham)

4) Apple Watch blood pressure monitor patent: I’d say this falls in line with the numerous small advancements by historically non-medical companies towards offering medical certified wearables. Fitbit has done this, and expect others soon as well.

5) Class action lawsuit claims all Apple Watches are defective: Seems like a bit of a stretch. Also, apparently this was the week of Apple Watch news (not surprising given Apple’s annual WWDC developer conference).

6) Uber may look to acquire Citi Bike: Will be interesting to see what comes of this. Partially for Citi Bike, but also for other ride share programs nationwide (and beyond).

7) Some good thoughts on brand ambassadorship: Worth a thought, especially if you’re looking to try and cultivate such a relationship (from either side of the transaction).

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.

All the Garmin’s! Seriously, hit the link above. Almost every recent Garmin device got a firmware update. Many are related to Physio True-Up, but some are actual new beta features like the Extended Display option (Edge 520 Plus).

Wahoo BOLT/ELEMNT Firmware Update: This fixes Assioma issues, as well as a few other things.

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  1. Patrick

    Any updates on how the 520 Plus is working? Garmin emailed that they were “available” but the only reason I would upgrade is for the navigation (mostly rerouting).

  2. Anonymous Coward

    The Polar Beat v2.6 update now includes all the previous paid upgrades when connected to a Polar sensor: “Your Polar Bluetooth heart rate sensor is now your all-access pass to Polar Beat’s premium features: Fitness Test, Running Index, EnergyPointer and Benefit Target!”

    • Victor

      Curious how this changes the app as a recommendation or even their services. Do other HRT Straps enable those special features?

  3. Jvr

    I know ypu can’t say either way but I’m hoping your silence on the 5 plus news all over the web means you have one under NDA and a preview/review will be avail soon after release. News so far looks really exciting..if pricey.

  4. Jeremy Churcher

    I guess the Fenix 5 Sale is an attempt to shift stock before the launch of the 5 Plus. A worthy upgrade or wait for the 6? Personally very happy with the 5x and can live without the features touted for the 5 Plus, especially as the underlying infrastructure is still immature. Music – limited options. Garmin Pay – limited banks. Or is this just all rumour?

    • Patrick Utrecht

      The all F5 plus models will come with topo maps (according to the rumors) got me excited. The 5x was a bit too big and pricey, but a 5 or 5s with the same features (mapping / navigation wise) would seem nice to me. But I guess Ray will give his in depth / sneak preview once he is allowed to do so. (looking forward to it ray)

    • Patrick

      Keep in mind that WAHOO was supposed to announce their “Rival” watch on May 25th. If it was going to be a higher end watch to ‘rival’ Garmin, I would think Garmin would want to sell as many units as they could ahead of time for those on the fence. Selling a unit for $100 off instead of not-at-all makes sense to me.

      I was one of those waiting for a competitor (with ant+) and ended up buying the Fenix 5 after it was announced the Rival was being delayed a few months.

  5. Firmware updates for all the Garmin’s, except the 1000.
    It’s seems to they have finally given up on it to encourage users to get the 1030.

    • Perhaps, or, perhaps an update hasn’t come out for it yet. The most recent firmware update was only 3 months ago.

      And, it is now 4 years old, which is fairly impressive to still be receiving functionality/feature updates.

    • GIan Camillo

      Not complaining with Garmin. The problem is that I can’t see a reason to get a new bike computer. After 4 years my Garmin 1000 is still a solid device, no electronic or physical issues, battery can still do 8 hours with navigation on, no features I miss. I think Garmin made a too good and long lasting device actually. It will be hard to convince users to shell out money for something that doesn’t add too much.


    ray, now that extended display is out, could you write a short article about it?

  7. Dan G

    It’s all about a new 2.4 GHz antenna, so WiFi, Bluetooth and ANT+ play nice.

    Garmin rumours always seem to be pretty wild and fall short of reality. I don’t think you’re going to see a 5+ with topographic maps, for example. That’s the job of the 5X.

    The addition of Galileo and Garmin Pay; more likely.

  8. Andrew

    So it looks like the Fenix 3hr won’t get the true up, but my edge 820 will, which means that my bike computer (purchased at the same time the fenix 3hr was being sold as new) is now a better source for my daily activities than my watch. I’m sure this makes sense to someone at garmin

  9. Bledar

    @Ray #DCRainmaker
    I wanted to ask you which of these 2 Garmin watches will you recommend:
    Fenix 5X $549.99 USD
    Forerunner 935 $499.99 USD

    Main use will be for running, training for half ironman and eventually training and doing my firs ironman 2 years down the road…
    Your reply is greatly appreciated.

    • Dr. D

      @Bledar – I am not Ray but here goes:

      Think of the F935 as a plastic (read: lighter) version of the Fenix 5. They are identical in terms of functionality and based on your requirements either will work fine. The Fenix 5X has maps and that is the only difference I can recall. You can use Ray’s Product Comparison Tool too.

      My opinion: Go with the 935 and pocket the change.

    • roland

      I got 935 for one simple reason, it is light weight while full functions.
      Fenix 5S weight less (still heavier), but it has less battery life as well.

    • John B

      I had the same question. Thanks for the unsolicited clarifications.

  10. Jacob Stanosheck

    Has anyone had any issues with the new 935 or Fenix 5 software 9.10? My 935 sends workouts to Garmin Connect but won’t send any other data, e.g. HR data, steps, sleep, training status

  11. Bruce Burkhalter

    Garmin 520 is still on sale for $199 USD at REI.

    link to rei.com

  12. Tim B.

    Any news on upcoming release on Garmin Fenix 5 Plus range? I assume this is the reason for the sale price’s of the current Fenix 5.

    There are plenty of rumors out there but I only like to rely on solid sources such as yourself.

    I was about to plunge on a 5x but may wait a bit longer now….