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!
Sports Tech Deals of Note:
Here’s some continuing sports tech deals.
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case - $50 Off!||$149||Amazon||⚡ I use AirPods primarily when I'm travelling just to listen in airports, planes, etc... I don't tend to use these for workouts due to them falling out. Personally, I just use the basic model.|
|Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $30 off|
|$119||Amazon||I use AirPods primarily when I'm travelling just to listen in airports, planes, etc... I don't tend to use these for workouts due to them falling out.|
|Apple Airpods Pro - $30 off!|
|Garmin Edge 130 Plus - 25% off!|
|$149||Amazon||REI||This is the first time we've seen the Edge 130 Plus on sale. The 'Plus' variant is notable compared to the regular unit for having ClimbPro on it, plus a handful of other tweaks. $149 is a good deal for it.|
|Garmin Edge 130 Plus Bundle - 20% off!||$199||Amazon||Competitive Cyclist||This is the first time we've seen the Edge 130 Plus on sale. The 'Plus' variant is notable compared to the regular unit for having ClimbPro on it, plus a handful of other tweaks. This bundle includes a heart rate chest strap as well.|
|Garmin Forerunner 45/45S - $40 off|
|$160||Amazon||If you're looking for a runners focused watch, this is a pretty good deal, about 20% off. The FR45 basically packs all the features of the previous generation FR235...just now in the FR45 series.|
|Garmin Forerunner 935|
|$269||Amazon||⚡ Sure, it's not the latest edition, but the FR935 is the staple of many triathletes and runners, and it still an incredibly solid watch. We saw this a bit lower last summer on Amazon Prime Day ($239) - but beyond that, this is pretty darn low. Also, I say $100-$200 off, because the 'base' price fluctuates a bit these days. Sometimes retail is $399 sometimes $499.|
|Garmin Instinct - $100 off|
|$189||Amazon||Sure, the new Solar variants came out last summer with a few new features, but at their core the Instincts are mostly the same. $189 is still a strong price for this watch.|
|Garmin RVR315 Varia Radar - Save 20%||$120||Amazon||Competitive Cyclist||I believe this is the first sale of the Garmin Varia RVR315 cycling radar. This unit doesn't have a taillight, so it's a bit smaller as a result. Same radar tech though, and compatible with Garmin/Stages/Hammerhead/Wahoo bike computers.|
|Garmin Vivoactive 4/4S - $100 off|
|$249||Amazon||This is Garmin's current offering to compete with the Apple Watch series (alongside the Garmin Venu), and this is a good price, though, it does go lower from time to time (not since Black Friday 2020).|
|GoPro Hero 9 Black - $50 off||$399||Amazon||REI||⚡ This is the camera I use for all my daily shooting during sports. Actually, I've bought a few of them. Note that if you're a GoPro Plus Subscriber, then it's a bit cheaper at $349 from GoPro directly, but otherwise, it's $449.|
|GoPro Max - $50 off|
DCRAINMAKER.COM Posts in the Past Week:
Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page this past week:
Hahahaha…nothing! I had grand plans. But those got wiped away by enjoying a ski vacation with the kiddos, and enjoying wine at night when they fell asleep. Fear not, that avalanche of content will arrive this week instead!
Stuff I Found Interesting Around The Interwebs:
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):
1) How Lego streets would look with bike lanes added: I like it!
2) The UCI and the teams are locked in a power struggle: A great explainer from CyclingTips.
3) Peloton competitor Flywheel’s bikes get bricked by Peloton: I’m never a fan of competition via litigation. It basically means a company is too afraid to compete on their merits (functionality/price/brand/etc…), even when ripped off. So on one hand, it’s pretty dirty to effectively brick (via lawsuit) a competitor’s devices. Yet on the other, giving those users a replacement bike is probably a pretty good deal for most Flywheel users. Heck, an even better deal for those Flywheel users that might have wanted to offload a Flywheel bike, since a Peloton bike rarely loses much value 2nd-hand (thus, sell the Peloton bike).
4) Pandora Apple Watch App allows offline use: Slowly but surely we’re seeing more music streaming apps add true offline caching support for the Apple Watch (where you don’t have to have a phone nearby). Spotify, notably, is still missing.
5) A study on what happens to your weight if you get a free car: While there is some debate on the nuances of the study – I think the overall trend is quite clear: It certainly doesn’t help your health.
6) The impact of Coronavirus on tech companies: After having multiple calls over the last two weeks with companies on this matter, I’m pretty confident this report will, in time, dramatically underestimate the impact on the tech sector. The key aspect over and over is the underlying components/chips that make up a given product. Many products have dozens if not hundreds of underlying components from just as many manufacturers.
7) Strava adds yet another new feature: This time, activity cropping to mobile. Note that there has always been activity cropping on web, but not mobile. Nice! I’m just waiting for when I can see which device was used for a given activity (i.e. showing ‘Wahoo BOLT’ or ‘Garmin Fenix 6’) on mobile, which is currently on web.
Sports Tech Device 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.
Garmin Vivosmart 4 Firmware Update: Simply listed as ‘stability improvements’.
Wahoo BOLT/ROAM/ELEMNT Firmware Update: This adds instant torque display for certain power meter types, as well as fixes a Di2 issue.
With that – have a great week ahead!