Heads-up: Huge Sports Tech Sale Underway – 20% Off All Smart Trainers!
There’s a massive sales on smart cycling trainers right now, plus plenty other sports tech. There’s 20% off the Wahoo KICKR, KICKR CORE, CLIMB, Headwind, 20% off the Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, and Flux S, 20% off Saris Hammer 3 trainer and Saris MP1 Motion Platform. Plus also 20% off the Elite Direto X and Suito too, even the new Sterzo. Plus even steeper deals including with the Kinetic trainers at 30% off.
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:
Really just one deal this week – the PowerTap P1 dual-sided pedals are down to $499. This is PowerTap clearancing out these pedals, due to the arrival of their newer PowerTap P2 pedals back in October. The thing is, the P2 pedals frankly don’t bring much to the plate above/beyond the P1 pedals. I probably would have called them PowerTap P1.5 or PowerTap P1 Plus. Just some minor internal weight savings and a bit of a battery life increase.
I see this as probably the power meter deal of the year. Or the last 12 months, or really the power meter deal of anytime recently. However you want to phrase it, it’s a fantastic deal. Note that it’s only till stock disappears. Hard to say exactly. Could be days, maybe a week. Not sure.
2) Google pays Fossil $40 million for smartwatch tech: It’s still a bit fuzzy on what exactly Fossil managed to convince Google to pay $40 million for, but obviously this seems to signal Google’s longer term intentions here to keep WearOS chugging, and these features are apparently going to be offered to the platform at large. Whether or not that saves WearOS (aka Android Wear) is an entirely different question. Note that I could see a scenario where the direction of WearOS is eventually focused on the Fossil-type watches of the world, rather than a more widespread watch platform.
3) How ski/snowboard mode works with your Garmin Fenix 5 Series: Good quick video from Des on this. And in fact, this same tech works on most of Garmin’s barometric altimeter equipped watches. So things like the Vivoactive 3 for example. A good tutorial if you’re headed to the mountains to enjoy the snow.
6) Garmin quietly rolls out Connect IQ support over LTE connectivity: Certainly with Garmin announcing the Vivoactive 3 Music LTE back at CES, the path is paved for any future watches. And Garmin’s Connect IQ developer notices are often the company’s best indicators of what’s coming down the pipeline. In fact, upcoming watch hints in CIQ announcements have predated almost all watch related announcements since CIQ itself was announced. But don’t assume it always means tomorrow or even next month. Sometimes these are to ensure the pipeline is ready for products 6-9 months down the road.
7) GoPro seems to breath new life into Fusion cameras: Maybe new life is too strong a term, but GoPro did far more than just release a minor firmware update, they also released a press release alongside it – a rare move for GoPro as a company when it comes to mere updates. To me, that probably indicates the Fusion cameras may have a longer lineage than most seem to assume. Of course, it’d be ideal if GoPro made Fusion studio less of a nightmare to use (reliability/stability/speed primarily)…but gotta start somewhere I guess.
9) The Performance Bike bankruptcy action details are unreal: As the company sells off various assets, each week ends up reading like some sort of crazy short-story collection. Note: I’m actually quite sad that Performance is in this situation – they were my ‘first bike shop’ when I got into the sport, and I think they serve an important place in getting people onto affordable bikes.
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.
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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.