Tis the season for holiday deals, and today a short term 20% sale started on Wahoo KICKR trainers/accessories as well as the rarely-discounted Favero Assioma pedals (plus other trainers and power meters too)!
Plus savings on the Garmin Forerunner 945, Fenix series, Venu AMOLED smartwatch – to the latest Apple (Watch/Airpods/Beats), DJI (Drones/Action Cams), Fitbit, GoPro (Hero 8!), Suunto, and Polar deals. Drones to action cams, activity trackers to smart trainers, watches to cycling GPS units – and plenty more – tracked daily this holiday deals season!
As promised from yesterday’s post, a slate of new deals are live as of today, including Garmin’s holiday deals, as well as Suunto’s deals. These encompass a huge swath of wearables from both companies, but also cycling items from Garmin. And a few other sports like golf stuff or something. Oh, and inReach devices. Those are cool.
These deals that start today, in conjunction with a handful of Vivo-line deals that have been listed by various Black Friday outlets, encompass all of Garmin’s holiday deals. Said another way – no, there are no Fenix 6 deals on tap this year. But hey…there’s always 2020!
There’s a ton of items down below all sorted super pretty, but here’s the gist of the biggies:
$100 off Garmin Forerunner 945 and 935
$200 off Garmin Vector/$100 off Vector S
$100 off Garmin Instinct
$150 off all Garmin Fenix 5 PLUS variants
$100 off Garmin Venu (Black Friday Weekend only)
$150 off Garmin Edge 1030
$50 off Garmin Edge 130
The Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, Flux S, and Flow Smart Trainers have all been added to 20% sale
The Saris H3 (Hammer 3) is now at 25% off instead of 20%. Boom!
$70 off Suunto 3
$170 off Suunto 9
Because it’s late and I’m tired of typing long preambles this week, we’re just gonna get right into things – sorted by categories.
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.
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 11th, 2019 @ 6:01 pm
⚡ This is a pretty darn strong deal. While the Series 4 doesn't have the always-on display of the Series 5, it has everything else, including a heck of a lot better battery performance/life. Note: Like the other Apple deals, this seems to come and go - so I'm leaving it here since it's like an every other day thing.
⚡ These are what I've been mostly using lately for workouts, primarily indoors. They're great, though, I'm not a huge fan of the charging case. The fact that they're $50 for getting a factory reconditioned seems like a solid deal to me.
⚡⚡⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series from Clever Training. This is for all models/variants. Obviously, the Fenix 6 came out two months ago, so don't expect major new feature updates on the Fenix 5 Plus - but still, it's a strong option. Add coupon code FENIX50 to save an additional $50 (bringing it down to $399
⚡ Down to $299 is a substantial deal for the Fenix 5S & 5X (non-Plus), so don't expect much in the way of major firmware updates. But still, at that price it's solid. Heck, the 5S for $299 is actually the exact rose gold version that The Girl has (and still wears to this day).
⚡ This is a fantastic deal right now. The price on Amazon is fluctuating a bit, but either way - by far the lowest we've seen. Awesome if you're looking to get into triathlon or just want a really capable running/cycling/swimming watch.
This is the odd (and unheard of) Amazon sale. This strap includes Running Dynamics, but is ANT+ only. Honestly, unless you really want Running Dynamics, I'd recommend getting the HRM-DUAL instead (it's dual ANT+/BLE).
⚡⚡ This is a very good deal - and the first time we've seen the Venu on sale. I've been using it for more than two months now, and it's largely pretty stable for me at this point and working well. It's Garmin's first go at a high-end AMOLED display.
⚡⚡⚡ Woah - this is probably the deal of the year for wearable tech. This is a great little watch that includes full multisport mode (for triathletes), as well as things like full power meter support and more. Very very solid deal.
⚡ This is a reasonably good deal for the Vantage V, which has seen a number of updates over the last year (and more slated in December).
In addition, per a pile of Black Friday deal sites I’ve confirmed the following additional Vivo related deals for Black Friday sales specifically (Nov 28th+):
Garmin Venu will be $100 off, down to $299USD
Garmin Vivofit Jr 2’s will be $20 off, down to $49USD
Garmin Fenix 6 will most definitely not be on sale. Neither will the Fenix 7 or Fenix 8.
I’ll tidy up the above listings to actual reviews/etc in the coming days. And hey, I might even get myself together enough to drop my Garmin Venu review prior to that sale. Pretty solid chance in fact, since I’ll be able to stop playing data entry dude for the last few 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.
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 14th, 2019 @ 8:45 am
⚡ This is a solid deal. Normally the trainer (which doesn't even start shipping till next week) is $599, now it's $499 and includes the Viiiiva dual ANT+/BLE HR strap (which probably doesn't get as much street cred as it should for all the features it has). Note I've included both 4iiii Fliiight sale deals (the 20% deal you see next to this). This deal here ends Nov 27th.
Note: This is a random Amazon deal that will probably disappear. But, it's a great sensor for Zwift usage as it's not just dual ANT+/BLE, but dual-BLE atop that (so it can do two concurrent Bluetooth connections and unlimited ANT+ connections).
⚡ ⚡ This is the first sale we've seen on this unit, which only came out this past spring. It's also an Amazon-specific sale and is highly unlikely to last long. This is one of the main units I use for my day to day riding and testing.
⚡ This isn't a huge deal per se, but it is my favorite speed sensor for a commuter bike as it just quietly tracks all your mileage in the background and syncs it to your phone. Also, this falls in the bucket of 'random Amazon deals that will probably disappear'.
Note: Clever Training is now including an 11-speed cassette in the bundle as of Nov 22nd. I've just begun my in-depth review testing on this unit, after a substantial firmware update and one more I expect in the next 24hrs or so. I hope to have more clarity in the coming days.
⚡⚡ One of the top three trainers, but by far the top trainer on the market for ERG mode (so if you're a TrainerRoad user - this be the one!). Last sale of the year likely. Use coupon code HOLIDAY20 to reduce price to $799.
⚡ Last sale of the year likely. Use coupon code HOLIDAY20 to reduce price to $399.
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.
There are no deals currently.
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.
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 14th, 2019 @ 9:06 am
⚡ This is 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.
⚡⚡⚡ This is an amazeball deal. You've got not only the new Hero 8 at $50 off, but the GoPro Shorty Stick (my favorite accessory, Then you get an extra battery, and a headmount you won't ever use. Oh, and the 32GB card you might use before you buy a bigger card.
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!
There are no deals currently.
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 mostly 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 duplicate 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!
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 29th, 2019 @ 12:30 pm
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