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Week in Review–June 28th, 2020

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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 a smattering of current sports tech deals. The Apple Watch Series 5 one is probably one of the most solid ones.

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
Amazon Halo View - 38% off$49Look, this thing isn't even shipping yet and it's already 38% off. But hey, if you want a good deal on a pre-order product that we don't know much about yet, then here ya go! I have ordered one, and will review it once it comes in.
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $44 off
$159
$114These aren't quite the newest generation (those came out a month or so ago), but they are $44 off, and the one I personally use myself.
Apple Airpods Pro - $60 off
$249
$159⚡ By far the lowest price to date for this unit. Previously hovered around $179-$199
Apple TV 4K (2021 Edition) for Zwift - $10 off$159I use this for almost all my Zwifting, and while $20 isn't huge...hey, a sale is sale.
Apple Watch SE - $60 off
$279
$219This is the lowest price to date for the Apple Watch SE. And perhaps more interestingly, my testing over the last year (I continue to use it, including much of the late summer/early fall timeframe), shows that Apple has clearly worked on improving accuracy of it, with it being far more accurate in GPS than a year ago (HR continues to be very good as it was a year ago).
Beats PowerBeats Pro Wireless Sport Headphones - $100 off
$249
$149⚡ I like the PowerBeats Pro with the over-the-ear design, for more security in workouts. I use these as well as my Beats Studio Buds (and have used the PowerBeats Pro ones longer). $100 off is a solid deal.
Beats PowerBeats Studio Buds - $58 off
$149
$99⚡⚡ I've been using these since this summer, primarily on my indoor workouts, but also on some of my runs (for example, in testing out the COROX Vertix 2's music capabilities). I like them and they've become my go-to buds.
Fitbit Charge 5 - $50 off
$179
$129This is the first time we've seen the newly released Charge 5 on sale. Also of note is that just this week it got ECG support via a firmware update, and Fitbit Daily Readiness score via firmware update.
Fitbit Inspire 2 - 40% off
$99
$59
Fitbit Luxe - 30% off$99
Fitbit Sense - $100 off!
$329
$199This is the lowest price to date for the Fitbit Sense, and makes it a deal you should definitely consider versus the Fitbit Versa 3 for the same price (no, really, there's no reason to get the Versa 3 at the same price).
Garmin Edge 130 Plus - $50 off!
$199
$149The '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 530 Cycling GPS - $50 off!
$299
$249⚡ This matches last year's Black Friday sale, and is the lowest price to date on the Edge 530. This is one of the main units I use for my day-to-day riding and testing.
Garmin Edge 830 Cycling GPS - $50 off
$399
$349⚡ While this isn't a big sale, it's actually the lowest price the unit has been offered in the 2.5 years since release.
Garmin Enduro - $100 off
$799-$899
$699.This is the first time we've seen the Garmin Enduro on sale since its launch last winter. This is a watch purely focused on long battery life, at the expense of maps and music. The $899 version with the Titanium material is on sale for $799, while the regular $799 version is on sale for $699.
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar Series - $250 off!
$849
$549⚡⚡ All of the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar series watches get an additional $50 off - so a total of $250 off, making it easily the best prices we've ever seen on a Fenix solar-series watch.
Garmin Fenix 6 Series - $200 all models
$549-$1,149
From $349⚡⚡ This is the biggest deal we've seen on the Fenix 6 Series to date, making it an incredible deal for a watch this full-featured. Last year for Black Friday it was 'only' $150 off. This will also be the most you'll see the Fenix 6 discounted, as Garminnever undercuts their own sale later in the holiday (since that'll lead to returns/swaps). The base units start at $349, and the Pro units start at $499. Pro models have maps/music/wifi, while the base don't.
Garmin Forerunner 245 - $50 off
$299/$349
$199Both the Forerunner 245 & 245 Music are on sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it's actually the lowest we've seen either product priced to date. So, that's worth considering.
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music - $50 off$249Both the Forerunner 245 & 245 Music are on sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it's actually the lowest we've seen either product priced to date. So, that's worth considering. The FR245 Music supports Spotify, Amazon Music, and other streaming platforms.
Garmin Forerunner 745 - $100 off
$499/499EUR
$399⚡ This is a solid deal on a very capable watch. More notably, it's also the watch I primarily use as my daily sports tracking watch. While it doesn't have the onboard maps of the FR945, since I'm not traveling as much, it doesn't bother me. Of course, keep in mind that with all the Garmin units on sale, the price differences to map-inclusive units aren't very much.
Garmin Forerunner 945 - $100 Off
$599/599EUR
$499Officially this is $100 off, but realistically the FR945 (non-LTE) floats at about $520 most of the year, so it's really only about $20 off the norm.
Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE - $100 off
$649
$549This is the first time we've seen the new FR945 LTE on sale. The unit came out back this summer, focused primarily on safety and tracking features via LTE connecton.
Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap) - $15 off
$69
$56⚡ This is one of my go-to straps these days (ANT+ & two concurrent BLE connections). It's floated on and off being on sale, but this is about the lowest we've seen it.
Garmin Instinct Solar - $150 off
$399/$449
$249⚡ A strong price for the unit, besting last year's Black Friday sale. There's also the non-solar version for $169, but keep in mind that's got significantly different features. In many ways, the Garmin Instinct Solar is kinda like a Garmin Instinct 2.0.
Garmin Quatix 6 Multisport Marine Smartwatch - $200 off$499This is the variant of the Fenix 6 that's aimed towards boaters, and includes connectivity to various Garmin marine gear.
Garmin RD Pod (Running Dynamics) - 11% off
$69
$62Ok, this is a pretty minor deal, but I noticed it so...figured I'd pass it along. Allows you to get not just Running Dynamics metrics, but also running power, on Garmin devices (not all devices, but most devices).
Garmin Varia RVR315 Radar - $50 off$99⚡ This is the lowest price to date on this radar. This variant 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 Venu 2 - $50 off
$399
$349This is the first time the Venu 2 has been on sale since its announcement this past spring. It's not a huge deal, but hey, $50 is $50.
Garmin Venu 2S - $50 off$349This is the first time the Venu 2 has been on sale since its announcement this past spring. It's not a huge deal, but hey, $50 is $50.
Garmin Venu SQ - $70 off
$199/$249 with Music
$129This is by far the lowest price we've seen, at $129USD, or $179 for the music version.
Garmin Vivoactive 4 - $100 off
$299
$199
Garmin Vivoactive 4S - $100 off$199
Garmin Vivofit Jr - 50% off
$79
$39⚡While sometimes we see this down to $29, it's still a good deal at $39. Both my two older girls wear them, with my oldest always having it on, and the middle child mostly having it on. They both love them.
GoPro Hero 10 Black - $50 off
$449
$449Amazon now has the Hero 10 Black for $50 off the retail price of $499. This does *NOT* require the GoPro subscription (previously called GoPro Plus). However, if you want to subscribe to that, then you can get the camera for $399 instead. Food for thought. Either way, the Hero 10 has become my daily action cam (well, actually, I bought two of them).
GoPro Hero 9 Black - $50 off
$399
$349This price makes it a reasonably good deal, and about $100 cheaper than the lowest GoPro Hero 10 price (if you're not a GoPro subscriber). The changes between the Hero 9 and Hero 10 for most people are fairly minor. Whereas if you're pushing the limits (either spec-wise or sport-wise), then the Hero 10 can be worth it.
Google Nest Mesh WiFi Router - 30% two-pack$200These are the WiFi mesh access points I use both at home and the DCR Cave. Love them - I don't need to dork with them, they just work. Ironically enough, I literally just installed another one at home tonight (Nov 20th, 2021) to provide better coverage in a dead spot in our 100 year-old home, for realz.
Lezyne Mega-XL Cycling GPS - 30% off (Yellow Edition only)
$199USD
$129If you're looking for a yellow submarine edition of the Mega-XL, this this bright bike computer is all yours for 30% off!
Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Fired Outdoor Portable Pizza Oven - 20% off$279⚡ I love this thing. We use it for more than pizza too, notably steaks (to get a really crispy sear). But a lot of pizza. It's completely portable, even easily fitting on our cargo bike. Note that I went with this model, the cheapest one they make, as I realized that buying the higher-end models that that support gas didn't make much sense for me. I have a gas grill already (and could easily just put a stone on it). Similarly, while a large 16" is appealing, realistically I've found this 12" more than enough for pretty substantial personal pizzas (and it makes it easier to handle). Full in-depth review pretty soon.
Peloton Bike - $200 off Accessory Bundle$1,495Essentially Peloton isn't lowering the price of the bike itself, but is throwing in the accessories for free (saving you $200). Thus making them the most expensive pair of cycling shoes and 5lbs weights known to man. But hey, if you were gonna buy them - then now you get them for free. Note that Peloton DOES NOT support any open standards for apps like Zwift, TrainerRoad, etc... Do NOT buy it for that purpose. It's a great bike that I and my wife use numerous times a week, but just use it for the Peloton platform.
Peloton Bike+ is $350 off$2,145This is a solid deal for the Bike+, and the first time we've seen it on discount. Both my wife and I use both the Peloton Bike+ and the regular Bike (one at home, one at office) on a weekly basis. We like both. The Bike+ is more accurate than the regular bike, and also has a bigger screen and automatic resistance control. That said, the core Peloton experience isn't any different between the two - it's the same platform there.
Peloton Tread - $250 off accessory bundle$2,515Like with the base Peloton Bike deal, this isn't lowering the base price, but just included $250 worth of accessories with it (weights, resistance bands, mat, and heart rate monitor). I picked up this model about a month ago and have begun testing. Thus far, I like it. I'm not sure I enjoy it as much as the bike, merely because I enjoy running even on colder and/or wetter days, more than I like cycling on cold/wet days.
Polar Grit X - $110 off
$429
$320This is for certain editions (namey the white ones at the moment). Keep in mind the Grit X Pro came out a month or so ago, so that may limit new features for the Grit X going forward.
Rode Microphones Wireless GO II Mics - 20% off$279These are the mics that I use day in and day out for virtually everything, but most notably, when out running/riding (and all my crazy drone wind tests). I used to use the Wireless Go (original) system, but this is great because it has memory in it. So I can record audio on this, and then match it up with the footage later - ideal if I've got GoPro's or drones or such that may not have great on-board audio by themselves. Note that Amazon says this is 20% off, but I think it's more like $20-$30 off the regular price, unless the price has gone up substantially. Either way, I love them.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus Wireless Earbuds - 33% off$99
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 - $50 off$229This is the latest edition that came out this past summer/fall, now on Wear OS, and the first time we've seen a notable sale on it.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic - $50 off$299This is the latest edition that came out this past summer/fall, now on Wear OS, and the first time we've seen a notable sale on it. While the Watch 4 Classic has a few quirks, I'd argue it's the best wearable Samsung has made to date.
Samsung T7 Portable SSD 1-2TB - 24% off$129I use a small fleet of these T7 SSD's for various video projects, alongside the Sandisk SSD's. I literally have one of each color, just to keep things simple. They work great for quick storage.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB MicroSD Card - 39% off!$43⚡I use this card in both 128GB and 256GB variety (but mostly 256GB nowadays), and it's perfect for all my drones and action cams, easily recording 4K/60 and 5K/30, as well as 5.7K without trouble. I often pick up these cards when on sale like this, so I have them for later in the year when not on sale. // Update: Since this sale has begun, I've bought 6 of these cards to stockpile for future action cam/drone testing.
Suunto 5 GPS Multisport Watch - 40% off!
$329
$199⚡ A very strong deal for this complete multisport watch that I really like. Well nailed on price here.
Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch - 42% off
$399
$229⚡ This is basically the lowest sale price we see for the Suunto 7 Wear OS powered watch. At this price, I'd say it's worth picking up, assuming you know the battery limitations and Wear OS version end of life limitations (meaning, this unit won't see any new versions of Wear OS).
Suunto 9 Baro Series - 25% off
$599 (non-baro is $499)
$449At this point the Suunto 9 Baro has been surpassed by the Suunto 9 Peak. Still, if you prefer a bigger watch, it got most of the firmware updates of the Suunto 9 Peak anyway.
Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer - Normally $899
$899USD/€799
$799Also a rare sale on the Flux 2, albeit just a $100 off, it's still not a bad deal.
Therabody Theragun Elite - $100 off$299⚡ This is arguably my wife's favorite sports tech gadget. She uses it pretty much daily. Thus, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this deal. Also, please don't tell her, she might just buy another one...
Withings Body WiFi Scale - 25% off
$59
$45I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the Withings WiFi Scale, they were the first in this category a gazillion years ago, and frankly, they're still basically the best in terms of partnerships and simplicity. It just works.
Withings Body+ WiFi Scale - 39% off$60I've long been a fan of the Withings WiFi scales, especially since they can connect/push data to so many platforms, including Zwift! Note that the Body+ simply includes more data.
Withings Sleep Tracking Pad - 32% off$67Fun tidbit: I actually use this. Well, more specifically, I use the far older bedside clock version, but, the sensor is essentially the same. Simply that the new sensor doesn't require a bedside clock anymore. But, if you don't like wearing a wearable to bed, then this will still track all your nighttime stats.
inReach Mini Satellite Communicator - $50 off$299This is the second year in a row the inReach Mini has gone on sale for Black Friday, though last year it was $100 off. Solid deal for a great little unit if you travel beyond cellular coverage. Plus, integration with Garmin watches has improved lately too.

Oh, and here’s some Europe-specific deals:

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
Peloton Bike - 150€ off Accessory Bundle (European Site)€1,495Essentially Peloton isn't lowering the price of the bike itself, but is throwing in the accessories for free (saving you 150€). Thus making them the most expensive pair of cycling shoes and 5lbs weights known to man. But hey, if you were gonna buy them - then now you get them for free. Note that Peloton DOES NOT support any open standards for apps like Zwift, TrainerRoad, etc... Do NOT buy it for that purpose. It's a great bike that I and my wife use numerous times a week, but just use it for the Peloton platform.
Peloton Bike+ is €300 off with Accessory Bundle€2,495While Peloton is lowering the US price of the Peloton Bike+, they're only offering what is effectively free accessories on the European edition - thus saving 300EUR there.
Peloton Tread - €250 off accessory bundle€2,495Like with the base Peloton Bike deal, this isn't lowering the base price, but just included €250 worth of accessories with it (weights, resistance bands, mat, and heart rate monitor). I picked up this model about a month ago and have begun testing. Thus far, I like it. I'm not sure I enjoy it as much as the bike, merely because I enjoy running even on colder and/or wetter days, more than I like cycling on cold/wet days.
Tacx NEO 2 SE (Special Edition) - 33% off (Europe)
~€1,100
£799⚡ This is a great deal! The Tacx NEO 2 SE is basically just a NEO 2 but with added native thru-axle compatibility. That's it. The UK price is 33% off, whereas the EU price will vary from about 21% off based on exact country.
Tacx NEO 2T Smart Trainer - £200 off! (In Stock)
$1,399
£999⚡ This is a very rare sale for this trainer, if you're in the market, I wouldn't wait around for these units to disappear.
Tacx NEO Bike Smart - £400 off
$3,199
£1,899⚡ If you're in the market for one of these indoor bikes, this is a solid deal. We *NEVER* see this onsale. Ever-never-ever-never on sale.

DCRAINMAKER.COM Posts in the Past Week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page this past week:

Sunday: Week in Review–June 21st, 2020
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Monday:  Apple watchOS 7 New Features Outlined: Finally includes sleep tracking
Wednesday: A First Night with Apple’s New Sleep Tracking Feature
Thursday: Quick Tidbit: Garmin Adds Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart HR Broadcasting to Fenix 6

YouTube Videos This Past Week:

Here’s what hit the tubes over on the You of Tube, definitely don’t forget to subscribe there to get notified of videos the second they hit!

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 to clear out the backlog):

1) Study finds Whoop can detect 80% of COVID19 cases, 20% for those asymptomatic: And a few days later, this tweet about an asymptomatic pro golfer seeing respiratory rate spiking, getting a test and finding out they were positive. It’s definitely interesting stuff, and virtually all wearables companies are working on studies or related, though, Whoop by far was the earliest in this realm.

In this case, the study focused heavily on respiratory rate: “Using the training dataset, a model was developed to estimate the probability of SARS-CoV-2 infection based on changes in respiratory rate during night-time sleep.” – That’s notable, because respiratory rate is hardly unique to Whoop. You’ll find it in Garmin, Polar, and other devices. Certainly after the study/golfer tweet I went back and looked at my respiratory rate over the last 5 months out of curiosity. No spikes (which, doesn’t mean anything other than satisfying a curiosity). Also, I’d point out that in this scenario Whoop does a *FAR* better job of making it clear what your baseline respiratory rate is by having the shading seen in that tweet.

2) And, a great COVID19 & Wearables Round-Up: This piece really puts it all together into one cohesive well-written story, points out the pros and cons of the different solutions companies are using for some extra PR.

3) What’s that, you want saddlebags for your…Mac? Well, I guess even the most meandering of cyclists need to settle down eventually.

4) The Danny MacAskill Trailer Flip – 6 Months of Perfecting it: This video gives a bit more behind the scenes to one of his viral videos from last year where he barrel rolled a bike with a kids trailer behind it.

5) Study looks at Strava historical Critical Speed data to predict marathon times: This concept isn’t new per se, though, doing it for 25,000 runners on Strava is.

6) New York City Council *FINALLY* allows e-bikes: Good lord that took a long time. Though, it’s funny, having a top speed of 25MPH seems so fast in comparison to the top speed of 25KPH (15.5MPH) allowed here in the EU (without additional requirements).

7) A Swift Zwift Companion Events Tip: Yup, I’ll add myself to those that never knew this existed. Holy cow. So much faster! Don’t worry, the video is only 87 seconds long.

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 Edge Explore Firmware Update: Ability to customize activity track, and also a pile of bug fixes

Garmin Fenix 5 Series Firmware Update: Bug fixes

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Series Firmware Update: Bug fixes

Garmin Fenix 6 Series BETA Firmware Update: Tweaks to the existing beta that adds a ton of features (see my post up above)

Garmin Forerunner 935 Firmware Update: Bug fixes

Garmin Instinct BETA firmware update: Bug fixes

Garmin Vivomove 3 Series firmware update: Bug fixes

Wahoo KICKR 18 & KICKR CORE: This came out two weeks ago but I missed it, but it adds cadence over ANT+ power profile. While cadence was added to ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth Smart nearly a year ago, if you paired your KICKR as an ANT+ power meter to your watch or such, you didn’t get cadence. Now you do. Go forth and update!

Thanks for reading!

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15 Comments

  1. Alex

    Why do you scroll the articles at the top of the page? Most people who come to your site do so regularly and want to see the latest post. By the time they (me) start to open that post, the page has scrolled to the next post and you have to go back to the newest post. I say, stop the scrolling.

    • Onno

      That’s been bugging me for ages as well. It would be less annoying if the smaller photos below the main one were always clickable, because then you could use those to deterministically go to a specific article, but the selected one isn’t clickable!

    • Hmm, that’s odd – what browsers are you on?

      Those little pictures below the main picture are clickable for me on Chrome?

    • mjciv

      I just tried on Chrome + Win10 and Edge + Win10:

      At any moment, 4 of the 5 mini pics are clickable. The mini pic of the featured post is not clickable. Not a massive issue, but annoying when the featured post changes every few seconds, as the clickability of the icons below is also constantly changing.

      I can’t test on macOS this second, but I believe the issue exists on Chrome there as well.

    • Eric Tiffany

      Same problem on Chrome Mac Version 83.0.4103.106 — the thumbnail with the orange triangle is not clickable.

    • GLT

      Safari too. Think the “modern” site has always had that glitch. Far from a big deal though.

    • JD

      Hadn’t noticed that quirk before but I bookmarked the blog not home page so I always go here first:
      link to dcrainmaker.com

    • Giles Levy

      Different thing for me on Chrome in Windows – they’re all clickable, but they disappear if I shrink the window horizontally too much. (I lose the little pictures and the rest of the page, although it does cycle.)

    • Bruce Burkhalter

      Yeah, I have this exact problem as well. Mac Chrome/Safari. Nothing happens if you click on the mini-pic of the highlighted post. As it cycles through them, each mini-pic can’t be clicked on. When it moves to the next story, then you can click on it.

      Here are some screenshots. My cursor is over the “Week in Review” mini-pic and the Apple Watch story is shown. You can see the hyperlink to “Week in Review”.

      But when “Week in Review” appears above, the hyperlink goes away.

    • Randy Cantu

      Hmmm, I’d never noticed this either, but on closer examination, I found that even though the thumbnail with the orange triangle is indeed not clickable…that triangle is indicating that the thumbnail is also promoted to the larger preview window above the thumbnails…and that is definitely clickable there. So the orange triangle thingy is merely showing which thumbnail is in the preview window, where you can click/select it. Otherwise all the other thumbnails are quick links to those posts.

    • Bruce Burkhalter

      Ray –

      This is now fixed! Thank you!

      Bruce

    • Great, glad to hear!

  2. Walter H

    Any idea when Garmin is going to Launch the Fenix 7?

    I am thinking you already have one that you are testing and playing with by now ( :

  3. Kevin

    Hi Ray.

    Any thoughts on the Wattbike Atom (next gen)? If I recall you have an Atom X in the pain cave and, from what I can tell, they look like similarly spec’d machines.

    Thanks.

  4. Eli

    Looks like Android Wear might get better
    link to anandtech.com