Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, Suunto, Polar, Trainers and more! There’s two huge sales going on – first is a major Garmin sale, including $100 off new Forerunner 945 and $150 off the Fenix 5 Plus. Along with the Varia Radar, Garmin Edge 130 & 1030, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with virtually all major trainers and power meters included. Wahoo KICKR’s, Tacx NEO’s, Elite Direto’s and Suito’s, Saris H3, Kinetic, R1 4iiii Fliiiight, Stages, and many more. Not to mention the GPS units from Garmin, Polar, COROS, Lezyne, Suunto, Apple and others.
Now technically the deals last a bit longer than today, into the first half of tomorrow too – but that’s a bit more of a technicality than anything. What matters here is the deals themselves. Like most flash in the pan Amazon deal days, there’s some fantastic deals to be had. But also, a lot of has-been stuff too. And even more importantly is understanding that the deals don’t all last equally. Some last a few hours, some the entire duration.
In any event, I’m going to keep this post quick and tidy. I’ve leveraged my internet surfing capabilities to the maximum today, and here’s what I’ve found that’s sports tech related. I’ve made occasional notes for my favorite things.
Generally speaking for sports tech products, with Eurobike behind us last week, you won’t see any meaningful product announcements till the first week of September or so (usually mid-range running/fitness watches). Then GoPro historically the last week of September, along with new drones around then too and maybe some leftover cycling products timed to Interbike then.
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Note: I’ve separated out the European deals down below too!
Wearables and Cycling:
Definitely don’t expect any deals here on the Suunto 9 or Fenix 5 Plus series that were just announced. Nor likely anything on the Apple Watch 3. Instead, shift your expectations towards products announced from 2017 and prior. So expect things like the existing Fenix 5 series, probably most of Suunto and Polar’s existing lineup, probably most of Fitbit’s lineup, and then a bunch of Android Wear and related watches.
Fitbit Versa Smartwatch for $159 (20% 0ff): I believe this is the best deal we’ve seen on this unit, which just launched this past winter. It doesn’t have built-in GPS, but instead uses your phone. It does have music storage though and app support.
Fossil Watches – 25% off: These are more swanky watches, but also many (most/all?) are now Bluetooth Smart connected as well.
Garmin Watches – up to 30% off: This is a smattering of random watches including the Vivoactive HR, Vivoactive 3, Vivofit Jr, Vivofit 4, Vivosport and even the odd golf watch too.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 for $209 (regular $269): That’s a very solid deal for this watch, and I think the best deal we’ve seen since Black Friday last year. Includes contactless payments and GPS, no music in this edition though.
This section will include action cameras and drones (duh), and any sort of accessories that I tend to use. Generally speaking I would expect deals on the GoPro Hero 5 lineup rather than the Hero 6 Black…but at the same time GoPro is also pretty desperate to show some good numbers, and during the earnings call last August they noted how massive Amazon Prime day was for them.
Here are some drone deals we do know of ahead of time, they are:
DJI Mavic Pro Combo – $300 off: They’ve got the DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo down to $999, which includes the extra batteries and charging bits along with the drone itself. It’s an awesome drone, and what I’d generally use prior to the newer Mavic Air coming out. The stand-alone (non-combo kit) is down to $799 from $999, so $200 off. Full review here.
DJI Spark Fly More Combo: Meanwhile, the smaller non-4K Spark is down to $499 for the full combo. This one fits much better in the back jersey pocket while cycling, and if I didn’t have the Mavic Air, it’s what I would have had in my jersey while cycling the Stelvio last week. I think the Spark is the best all around drone for 95% of people. Full review here.
SanDisk MicroSD Cards – 30-50% off: I use these constantly in tons of action cameras, drones, and cameras. Always solid. I tend to go for 64GB and 128GB cards, merely so I don’t end up with an even larger pile of cards than I already have. But there’s a few 256GB cards in there that at 50% off is a sweet-sweet deal!
This is my geeky section of things that mostly don’t have to do with sports tech but are stuff I have and will probably be suckered into buying more of. Shh…don’t tell The Girl about this category though – it’ll get me in (more) trouble!
Anker 20,100mAh Battery Pack – $30 ($17 off): I’m all about the battery packs. Seriously, I never leave home without one or three of them. I have a slightly older variant of this model. Love it. The Girl often steals it from me as well.
(The rest of the things I add here once they go live this afternoon will likely be totally tech focused…but last year you guys found this section interesting, so I’ll update it with all the things we won’t tell The Girl about.)
European Deals – Already Live!:
The European deals are a bit harder to track, because they’re across nearly half a dozen sites (Amazon France, Amazon Italy, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain, and Amazon UK). But, one thing to remember is that Amazon allows cross-shipping to other countries for most products. And while many times the deals are similar between countries, there’s a long history of other country sites (cough cough, Amazon Italy) offering far better deals.
Here’s my best go at things – but definitely keep an eye on this page throughout the day and the comments section below. So if you find something, drop a note in the comments.
Withings Activite watches up to 60% off: These are the stylish watches that double as an activity tracker. Like the Garmin deal, all of these are slightly older – mostly because Nokia was busy screwing up Withings and they didn’t make anything newer. Hopefully, with the recent re-sale of Withings back to itself, it’ll find its way again.
SanDisk – Up to 60% off MicroSD/SD Cards: Fantastic deals here for cards for action cams. Most of my microSD cards are SanDisk and they work well for me. Also some moderate deals on SSD’s as well in there.
Suunto GPS watches up to 60% off: This includes the Suunto Traverse, Suunto Spartan Wrist HR Trainer, Suunto Spartan Ultra, and Suunto Spartan Sport. My favorite deal here though is easily the Suunto Spartan Wrist HR Trainer at 149EUR. For a full multisport watch with optical HR? That’s flippin’ incredible and may be the best deal overall on this entire list.
GoPro Hero 5 Black Package – $90 off (Amazon Italy): This is a so-so package. It includes a Hero 5 Black, plus a deep-dive case and a floating stick. Honestly, unless you’re a diver this probably isn’t worth it. Amazon Germany has some sort of GoPro deal today, but the page is currently returning an error that says they’re trying to fix it. Will update as soon as I see.
Polar Watches and Bike Computers up to 60% off: This includes the Polar M430 GPS watch, Polar M200 GPS watch, Polar OH1 Optical HR sensor, and the Polar V650 bike computer. The Polar M430 and OH1 are reasonably new devices, with the OH1 being a solid piece of kit.
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