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:
3) There’s currently a deal on the Tacx NEO 2 for $200 off, down to $1,199. This reduces down last year’s Tacx NEO 2 by a considerable bit, whereas the new NEO 2T takes its place as the top-spot. And heck, at the moment I’d actually take the one-year-old NEO 2 over the NEO 2T (until they fix the 2T firmware anyway).
– Elite’s new ‘Upgrado’ App: Firmware upgrades with Italian flare – GoPro Max: Do you get Max or the Hero 8? An explainer – Leomo Type-S: Full Android ‘Sports Performance Computer’ – Hammerhead Karoo gets ANT+/Varia Radar Connectivity! – Garmin Edge 530/830/1030 to inReach and a bunch of other updates – Bowflex bike: A Peloton competitor that works on Zwift?!? – The 2019-2020 Trainer Recommendation Guide: So much to discuss!
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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 (and in this case, some of these are from the past few weeks…as my backlog is a bit longer coming out of summer):
1) Laptop capable holder for indoor cycling on Kickstarter: This is a neat little Kickstarter project that appears to have the strength to hold your laptop while connected to your bike frame. So if you’re running Zwift/TrainerRoad/etc via that, this might be an easier solution for you when you need better access to a keyboard.
2) How Pebble Watches were granted an afterlife: Despite Fitbit purchasing Pebble back a few years ago, none of that meant anything for Pebble users. The platform was basically shut down. However, not entirely – thanks to some community support.
5) Fake reviews are only going to increase: What will surprise you though is why the FTC is mad at itself about it. Fwiw, in our little sports tech world I very rarely see fakery trends in comments/reviews around trainers and cycling GPS units. I see a bit more as we get into the wearables segment, though rarely from legacy players like Garmin/Suunto/Polar, but more some of the newer companies. Meanwhile, drone and action cam reviews/etc are pretty much rampant with fakery, and paid reviews that don’t mention they’re paid.
6) Magnetic GoPro Mount for both vehicles and clothing: This kinda reminds me of the running lights people often use that snap between two magnets to your clothes. But, it also works for any metal surface like a car or building. I’m tempted, though, honestly might just spend a bit of time on Amazon and see what else is already available. I often use GoPro’s on cars during testing, and I’m always leery I’ve got the suction cup right (I’ve never lost one). But I also want something proven here.
7) Super cool world mountain bike jump attempt: Albeit, it ends horrifically crash-wise. But FPV drone here is amaze-balls. I really want to get into doing FPV stuff. It’s on my to-do list for this winter. The only downside is my inability to fly it where I live/work, I’d have to bike about 25 mins away. Albeit, with the warehouse-like size of the DCR Cave, I can probably do some learning there too. I’m hoping my past RC and real-world flying work carries over (as it’s totally different than regular drone flying).
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.