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 this past week:
Episode 2 of the revival podcast is up, on the show this week:
– 8kg Zwift weight cheating in Zwift’s pro racing series – Thoughts on where the Fitbit Inspire series fits into things – And that MARQ price – eeks! – Will the IQ2 power meter happen? – And what’s up with the Tacx bike while we’re at it? – Plus plenty more in the sports tech realm!
A) iTunes: If you’ve got an Apple device, we’re there! B) Google Play Store: Yup, we’re here too! C) Spotify: Of course we’re on Spotify now – you can even cache it on your wearable too! D) RSS Feed: Following along using RSS feed
(Note: Final updated name TBD, seeking your input for sure! The above imagery just took me 8 seconds to update/correct…so…we went with it as a placeholder.)
2) Decathlon opening date for next month in US: Looking forward to this one. I was introduced to Decathlon while living in Paris, and it’s an astounding store for sports deals (including sports tech). Looking at the timing, it’s plausible I’ll get to check it out during my trip to Sea Otter. We’ll see if it works out to take a road trip that weekend.
3) A complete guide to 2019-2020 US Ski Passes: First off, I didn’t realize how crazy nuts ticket prices had become in the US. On the flip side, I also didn’t realize how wide reaching some of these passes are now. For example, some of them include weeks worth of time in the Alps, Japan, and beyond.
4) TrainerRoad discontinues super old KICKR firmware version support: If you’re on a 1st gen KICKR and have basically never updated your firmware on that KICKR, you might have some problems. Fear not, simply update the firmware and you’ll be good to go. Again – TrainerRoad is *not* discontinuing older KICKR support, but rather one of the initial way back in the day KICKR connectivity methods that has long since been updated.
5) SwitchLok expands crowdfunding campaign, offers non-iPhone and reduced pricing: I wrote a hands-on post about them back last month when they launched their Kickstarter. However, the feedback to the company was basically that they needed greater phone compatibility and lower prices – and they were able to slide delivery up to an earlier June timeframe. Since writing that post, I’ve been finding myself using the arm band phone case attachment far more than I’d expected. Though, I kinda wish in the options there was an athletes pack option (run band + bike mount).
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.
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.