It’s that time of year again when there are tons of sales on all sorts of sports technology items. Everything this year is pointing to earlier sales than normal, as manufacturers and retailers alike try to lock in your dollars ahead of time.
The typical ebb and flow of this time period is:
Pre-Thanksgiving deals: These are everything ahead of the US Thanksgiving, on November 22nd. These were pretty solid this year. Black Friday deals: These are tied to Black Friday (BF), on November 23rd. Some span this entire weekend. Generally speaking, most retailers have access to the same major deals (i.e. Garmin, Fitbit, etc…). Cyber Monday deals: These are on Monday, November 26th. Occasionally they spill into that Tuesday the 27th as well. General December deals: We tend to see ‘repeats’ of some deals in the mid-December time-frame (usually around the 10th-15th). These are rarely better than BF deals, but usually quite good.
There are many deals that don’t go live until tomorrow, Friday, Black Friday (like Bond, James Bond). As such, you won’t find them listed here. But at 12:01AM US Eastern Time they’ll automatically show up in the listings below.
Some deals have a specific quantity of items attached, which may be a few or a ton. And others are very time-limited, like Amazon deals. Note that while many deals are US-focused, in recent years we’ve seen Europe really get into the Black Friday/Cyber Monday side. So definitely good news there!
Here’s what’s currently active. The ones I feel are the best bang for the buck, have a little * at the front of them. Of course, many of these are great deals if you’re in the market for it already. It’s just the ones with the stars are exceptionally unusual.
This year I’ve split them into categories of products, to make them a bit easier to sift through. Oh, and the list is updated constantly (upwards of 20-30 times a day during Black Friday weekend!).
Watches & Wearables:
This covers anything you can wear that’s watch-like or activity band-like. Generally speaking, you’ll mostly find deals here that are on things I’ve written about in the past. So you won’t find a deal on some random non-sports tech watch here, or on socks. Unless the socks have some crazy sensor or something in them.
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.
This is a solid deal, and I think the best deal to date on the Fenix 6 series. Note, I would not take this as a sign of some new Fenix unit. Instead, Garmin has *every year* put the Fenix series on sale in May, leading into people (normally) heading outdoors.
Both the Forerunner 245 & 245 Music are on sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it's actually the lowest we've seen either product priced to date. So, that's worth considering. The FR245 Music supports Spotify, Amazon Music, and other streaming platforms.
If 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.
This is a solid deal on a solid watch. This sale timeframe is identical to last year's Instinct sale, however last year it was only $50 off (ahead of Father's Day). This year they're matching the Black Frida ydeal of $100 off.
This is the first 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. :-/
Cycling Gear & Trainers:
Got a bike? Then this section is for you. Everything from bike computers to bike lights to trainers, it’s all here. I won’t generally be adding things like brake cables or bike seats here, but if I find a good deal on a cassette to stack on that new direct drive trainer you just bought, I’ll probably list it here.
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Action Cameras & Drones:
Wanna record it? No better way than an action camera. Anything that’s action camera related or drone related you’ll find here. That’s especially true of action camera mounts, which are often found for great deals around the holidays. Same goes with drone and drone accessories. Usually a great time to pick up an extra battery or extra props.
⚡ This is by far the lowest price we've seen on 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). 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 spring (an annual refresh cycling), I'm pretty sure COVID19 has killed any chance of that happening.
⚡ This is a great deal - and the lowest we've ever seen the GoPro Hero 8 down to. Of course, I don't expect a new version anytime soon (GoPro always release late Sept/early Oct). But, the Hero 8 is my go-to cam these days.
⚡ There's some great deals in here. The base GoPro Hero 8 Black is down to $299, but this adds in two extra batteries, plus an SD card, plus a microSD card reader. Food for thought.
Other Sports & Fitness:
Anything else that’s sports and fitness related that I think is interesting will be here. It may not be super techy – but it’s stuff that most readers will be using in pursuit of their running/cycling/swimming/hiking/whatever.
This is the second year in a row the inReach Mini has gone on sale ahead of Fathers Day. The only other time it was on sale was during Black Friday. Solid deal for a great little unit if you travel beyond cellular coverage. Plus, integration with Garmin watches has improved lately too.
DCR’s Random Gadget List
This is basically the mostly totally unrelated gadgets and things I think are cool deals that I’ve likely bought one or five of (you can never have too many, right)? Some of it’s probably photography stuff. Some of it’s random stuff like chargers and battery packs that I use daily, fun camera gear I use to make videos like sliders and turntables, and well…just random things you’ll find around the DCR Cave. It’s all random…but it’s all awesome randomness!
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What’s that? You’re not in the US and still want a deal? No problem! First off, you should note that some retailers do send some items overseas. For example, Clever Training can send many products overseas, and do so at a flat-rate $29USD shipping cost. You’ll want to check the individual item. For some deals, that could be a huge savings!
Beyond that, I’ll be tracking Euro-specific deals here. These will include both Clever Training Europe (UK) as well as Amazon European deals.
Woot – important! The Clever Training Europe deals below can be combined with the DCR 10% discount coupon code DCR10BTF. Boom! So yes, another 10% savings on top of these prices! Plus free shipping in Europe for orders over 75EUR (almost everything in the list from CT).
Note: On Amazon Europe deals, generally speaking, you can order from any Amazon European country site (i.e. Amazon France) and have it shipped within the EU (i.e. Spain). Thus, many times deals are duplicates across the sites.
Remember these days refresh each day for the most part, and usually only last a few hours. Jump if you see something you like!
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