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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:
And…to give you a bit of a preview till the end of the month, here’s what’s on the near-term radar: Suunto 9 In-Depth Review, Scosche 24 In-Depth Review, plus Eurobike leftover coverage of aero sensors, the Lezyne Mega C and XL units, and a more detailed post of my Stelvio ride outlined in the video below. Oh, and of course – the Annual DCR Eurobike RV Tour!!! Plus whatever else I stick in there like the Wahoo CLIMB In-Depth Review soon likely too! Glad to be done travelling till September (!), and back to knocking out things.
(Actually, I published a crapton on YouTube these past two weeks – so instead of putting all the videos here, hit up the link above to see them all, or, my favs below)
Again, I’ve released some 15 videos in the last two weeks – so definitely hit up the YouTube videos landing page for all the goodness! And of course whack that subscribe button – slowly closing in on 100,000 YouTube subscribers (thus allowing me to do an entirely unique unboxing!)
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.
3) Nikon appears to have discontinued making 360° cameras: No surprise here. Nikon’s mostly dismal software was really this camera’s major downfall, along with the fact that both GoPro and Garmin quickly more than doubled the resolution of their 360° cameras, leaving Nikon in an odd spot. Also, 360° video is still confusing for most people.
5) Upcoming tariffs could impact Fitbit and other wearables: One thing to keep in mind on this though, is that there’s wide latitude as to how tariffs are applied within a given device. Meaning, it’s not just a 10% or 15% penalty on retail, but rather subcomponents of devices can be tariffed, making the effective tariff much lower in reality.
8) Dynastream quietly renames itself ‘Garmin Canada’: A message was sent to various ANT+ members, but you’ll notice the change at the bottom of the ANT+ page. Personally, I think this is a mistake. At least with the Dynastream corporate branding, they appeared more as non-Garmin than Garmin (ANT+ employees work in a bit of a silo compared to Garmin employees – given they were a wholly owned subsidiary). But this branding essentially reminds non-Garmin ANT+ members (of which there are hundreds of companies) that ‘At the end of the day, you’re still competing with Garmin’. While that was certainly true prior to the rename, at least it wasn’t in your face. Just my two cents.
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.
You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.