Massive Deals Round-Up! Hit up the link below for all the best sports tech deals. From huge 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!
It’s that time of year again when there are tons of sales on all sorts of sports technology items. Everything this year is pointing to earlier sales than normal, as manufacturers and retailers alike try to lock in your dollars ahead of time.
The typical ebb and flow of this time period is:
Pre-Thanksgiving deals: These are everything ahead of the US Thanksgiving (which is today, Nov 28th). These were pretty solid this year. Black Friday deals: These are tied to Black Friday (BF), on Nov 29th. Some span this entire weekend, some even starts Thursday the 28th. Generally speaking, most retailers have access to the same major deals (i.e. Garmin, Fitbit, GoPro, etc…). Cyber Monday deals: These are on Monday, Dec 2nd. Occasionally they spill into that Tuesday the 3rd as well General December deals: We tend to see ‘repeats’ of some deals in the mid-December time-frame (usually around the 10th-15th). These are rarely better than BF deals, but usually quite good if you missed something.
This year virtually every deal has leaked already for Black Friday, so don’t expect any surprises. However, what you will see is Amazon going wild occasionally and just offering astounding deals on new things (like 40-50% off deals). So keep your eye on my Twitter feed, I’ll constantly be listing the best deals.
Watches & Wearables:
This covers anything you can wear that’s watch-like or activity band-like, including sensors. 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).
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 12th, 2019 @ 3:32 pm
⚡ 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.
This is a simple bundle of the Wahoo KICKR 2018 + the KICKR CLIMB, for $1,599.
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 November 29th, 2019 @ 12:29 pm
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.
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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!
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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 duplicated across the sites.
Remember these deals 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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