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.
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:
I spent a lot of time at the DCR Cave this week trying to move in, unboxing boxes of crap and cleaning/sorting it.
Reminder: Big 20% sale ends tonight!
If you were looking to pick up a power meter or a trainer at 20% off, or any number of other devices including the Suunto 9 series, Polar Vantage series, Lezyne head units, or all sorts of other gizmos and gadgets – that deal ends tonight at 11:59PM US Eastern Time.
You can get all the details over on my main sale post, or, via the video below. As far as a Black Friday post, that’ll drop sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, with new items automatically appearing as they are announced throughout the weekend.
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) Spotify comes to Apple Watch…sorta: Well, not exactly what we all hoped. As of now there’s no offline Spotify. Rather, it’s basically just for controlling Spotify. In all honesty, I’ve actually found the app kinda annoying – and I’m likely to remove it from my Apple Watch. Mostly because it just seems to be constantly trying to get in the way and make itself known. We use Sonos at home, but mostly as background music – so I don’t tend to interact with it once I’ve gotten the list I wanted started. Maybe it’s just my setup. Either way, looking forward to legit offline music down the road some day.
2) Zwift plans to add map choice: Kinda-sorta-maybe. The article is honestly a bit confusing and secret squirrel for something that should have been fairly straightforward. I think the history bits is great and useful, but seriously – how hard would it have been to say “We plan to allow Watopia plus one other map per day”, but when it gets to the important part it’s like they decided to go to Happy Hour instead. Which, to be fair, Happy Hour is good.
3) Rylo adds 5.8K capture, desktop app: This was a week or two ago – but is pretty darn cool. They decided to really up their game and add the ability to export substantially higher resolution than ever before (via desktop). I’m probably going to give this a whirl on the unit I bought this past spring, as it’s a heck of a lot easier to use Rylo’s tools than GoPro Fusion tools for quick videos, and I want to attach it to the WIRAL CableCam in the office for some fun shots.
4) Performance bike announces Ch 11, will close 40 stores: This is a shame. It’s a shame for a lot of reasons, with the most simplistic being it’s where I got my first road bike in the US. Sure, say what you will about Performance compared to LBS’s, but it’s a great gateway option for many. Plus, it’s accessible and I’ve historically found Performance shops far more welcoming to those newer to the sport And plus, removing consumer choice and options in the market is never good. Sad panda. (Via Eli)
5) Indiegogo to start offering guaranteed shipping refund: This is really interesting – especially coming from Indiegogo, which is known as the Wild West of crowdfunding (I strongly discourage legit companies from using it as their primarily/initial crowdfunding source for a variety of reasons). Of course, the details and nuances are still a bit fuzzy – but I’m a fan of the general concept.
6) Some of Garmin’s ANT+ Presentations are online: Generally speaking, aside from my ANT+ Keynote session and sometimes one or two others, most ANT+ Keynote presentations are rarely shown online (especially quickly). Garmin has put up their Connect IQ related ones though. If you’re a geek (or developer geek), you might find some of the tidbits in this interesting.
7) Capital Bikeshare data analysis: This whole thing is interesting. Note that the 99% number is for e-bike usage, which isn’t available to select on the rental stands unless you’re a member (only via the app for tourists). Kinda odd.
9) Skin UV Exposure sensor/device: I wonder if something like this could easily be built into watches or even cycling head units. Seems like something that would actually be good for quick reminders about sunscreen and the such.
10) Interesting CEO insights on WIRAL Cable Cam: I just got my Kickstarter backed device in the mail this past week, but concurrently the CEO presented at an investor conference in Finland. It’s only 12 minutes long, but it’s pretty interesting in terms of insights from her and their team.
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 and a few other firmware updates.
Garmin Edge 1030 Firmware Update BETA: Woah, Garmin quietly adds support for the official ANT+ Cycling Dynamic Metrics (which will open the door for Favero to release their update for Assioma pedals). Also, Galileo satellites added as an option. And you can now add social media networks for smartphone notifications (previously just texts/calls). Plus a crapton of fixes. This is actually a big update.
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 2018 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.