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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 Echo Dot - 35% off!$38We've got a couple of these, both at home, and the office, and mostly just use it to play music for the kids. I don't have a specific need to pickup another one this year, but it's kinda incredible what kind of technology they can pack into that price.
Amazon Echo Dot - 53% off$18I use these around the studio and home - and for $18, it's kinda incredible what kind of technology they can pack into that price.
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $30 off
$159
$119I 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 (2nd Gen) - $50 off
$159
$99⚡⚡ This is the lowest price AirPods have ever been - this is solid! 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. Also, with the wireless charging case for $50 off. Personally, I just use the basic model.
Apple Watch Series 6 - (40mm)- $50 Off
$399/$499 (cellular)
$349This is now the best deal we've seen on the Apple Watch Series 6.
Beats PowerBeats Pro Wireless Sport Headphones - $50 off
$249
$199⚡ These are my daily driver headphones that I use for all my trainer rides, and anything else sport related. While they're not perfect (namely the charging case), it's what I keep going back to every day because of the seamless Apple ecosystem integration (iPad/Apple TV/iOS/Mac).
DJI OSMO Action (Action Cam) - Normally $329
$349
$199⚡ This is a very solid price for 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 or Hero 9). I really like a lot of elements on the OSMO Action, but especially the dual-screen. Check out my full review for comparative thoughts. While I would have said that maybe we'd see a new OSMO Action sometime this past spring (an annual refresh cycling), I'm pretty sure COVID19 has killed any chance of that happening for a while.
Fitbit ACE 2 Activity Tracker for Kids - $20 Off$49
Fitbit Charge 4 - 33% off!
$149
$99⚡ This just came out earlier this year, so this is a pretty solid deal for sure!
Fitbit Inspire 2 - 30% off
$99
$69
Fitbit Sense - $50 off!
$329
$279This is the first time we've seen the brand new Fitbit Sense on sale. Not a bad deal at all!
Fitbit Versa 2 - $50 off$129⚡ If you don't need the new features of the Versa 3 (of which, there are almost none except for built-in GPS), then this is a great option.
Garmin Edge 1030 - $150 off!
$499
$399-$469⚡ This is a pretty solid deal for this unit, especially since it's getting a number of the recently announced 1030 Plus features later this year. Note: This price keeps floating up/down hourly.
Garmin FR935 - $100-$200 off
$499
$289⚡ Sure, it's not the latest edition, but the FR935 is the staple of many triathletes and runners, and it still an incredible solid watch. We saw this a bit lower last month on Amazon Prime Day ($239). Also, I say $100-$200 off, because the 'base' price fluctuates a bit these days. Sometimes retail is $399 sometimes $499.
Garmin Fenix 6 Series - $150 all models
$599-$1,149
$150 off⚡⚡ This deal is back! This is a great deal that showed up last spring, and it also includes the newly launched Fenix 6/6S Solar units from this past summer
Garmin Forerunner 245 - $50 off
$299/$349
$249Both the Forerunner 245 is on sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it's actually the lowest we've seen either product priced to date.
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music - $50 off$299Both the Forerunner 245 Music is sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it's actually the lowest we've seen either product priced to date. The FR245 Music supports Spotify, Amazon Music, and other streaming platforms.
Garmin Forerunner 45/45S - $50 off
$199
$149If you're looking for a runners focused watch, there's no better deal on the market than this. Period. The FR45 basically packs all the features of the previous generation FR235...just now in the FR45 series. Seriously, this is a solid deal.
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
$399/$449 (with music)
$257This isn't a bad price per se, but for $20 more you'll get so much more watch out of the FR935 deal. However, that doesn't include music, whereas this FR645 Music Deal Does. Also, the 51% off is per list, but realistically we're talking about $70 off normal prices.
Garmin Forerunner 735XT - $70 off
$349
$219This is still a really good deal for a full featured triathlon watch. Sure, it got down to $169 for Amazon Prime Day, but this is still a solid price.
Garmin Forerunner 945 - 5% off
$599/599EUR
$568Hey...some discount is better than no discount!
Garmin Forerunner 945 Bundle (with HRM-TRI & HRM-SWIM) - $80 off$669This is a good deal, in fact, the best deal on the FR945 we've seen in 2020. I don't anticipate this lasting long
Garmin Foreruuner 35 - $50 off
$169
$92If you're looking for a solid budget GPS running watch, it's hard to go wrong here. Sure, it's a few years old now, but it'll track your race just fine and upload to Garmin Connect and all the other Strava-like sites as well.
Garmin HRM-PRO - $10 off!
$129
$119
Garmin Instinct - $80 off
$299
$149⚡ Sure, the new Solar variants came out this summer with a few new features, but at their core the Instincts are mostly the same. Still, $149 is the lowest price the Instinct has ever been at.
Garmin Instinct Solar - $100 off
$399/$449
$299This is the first time we've seen a deal on the Garmin Instinct Solar, and the best deal I expect we'll see for a while.
Garmin Magnetless Sensors Cadence/Speed Bundle - 24% off$53This bundle includes both the dual ANT+/BLE Speed & Cadence sensors (V2), and is notable because the speed sensor not only transmits like any other, but also records your rides even when you don't have a bike computer/watch paired to it - making it perfect for commuter bikes. Both sensors are fully compatible with basically every app/watch/bike computer out there.
Garmin Speed Sensor V2 - 18% off!$32This is Garmin's latest ANT+/Bluetooth Smart speed sensor, but notably, it's also one that can record your rides without being connected to a bike computer, making it perfect for tracking mileage on a commuter bike. I'm super tempted to pickup a few of these and outfit all our commuter/cargo bikes for 2021 to see what the mileage/breakdown by trip/etc looks like at the end of the year. Yes, I'm a geek.
Garmin Swim 2 - $50 off
$249
$199This is only the 2nd time we've seen the Garmin Swim 2 on sale. And as part of my in-depth review I found it easily the most accurate openwater swim watch GPS-wise I've ever tested. Which, is good, since most pools seem to be closed these days. :-/
Garmin Tactix Charlie - $150 off$599The Tactix Charlie is essentially a Fenix geared towards military folks (Amazon Prime Days)
Garmin Venu GPS Smartwatch - $100 off!
$299
$249This is about the lowest we've seen yet for the Garmin Venu GPS, which includes an AMOLED display as well as music (even Spotify offline). Solid deal.
Garmin Vivoactive 3
$129
$119⚡ Obviously this is the previous edition, but dang, it's still a good price for a great little GPS watch. This has mostly been on sale at this price range for a while now, however, I've included it in the list merely because if you're looking for a deal then this is probably one of the best deals out there.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music - $50 off
$169
$149⚡⚡ Very solid deal, and remember, this includes Spotify support too!
Garmin Vivoactive 4/4S - $65 off
$299
$235This is Garmin's current offering to compete with the Apple Watch series (alongside the Garmin Venu), and this is a good price, though, not as low as we saw for Amazon Prime Day at $199.
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 3 - 25% off$59Sale includes all Vivofit Jr 3 variants.
Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator (2-way) - $100 off$249⚡ This is a great deal on this unit which can send messages back and forth when there's no cellular service. It also connects to the Garmin Edge devices plus the Forerunner & Fenix devices for sending urgent messages sans-cell signals
GoPro Hero 8 Black Camera Bundle - $70 off!$279-$299⚡ The Hero 8 is still a great camera, so if you don't need the extra bits of the newer Hero 9, this saves you a $100 in comparison. Plus, this includes an extra battery, shorty stick/tripod, head mount, and 32GB MicroSD Card. Note: Price seems to fluctuate a bit between $279 and $299.
GoPro Hero 9 Black - $50 off$399⚡ This is actually the first time we've seen the Hero 9 on sale. 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.
Google Nest Mesh WiFi Router - 18% off$139These 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.
Insta360 One R Action Cam - 15% off$466The entire lineup of Insta360 One R action cams are 15% off, including the 1" and 360 variants. Overall it's a good cam with good picture clarity (I've mainly used the 1" 5.3K variant), but I find the software really lets it down.
Jaybird Vista Wireless Headphones - 12% off!
$179
$159
Manfrotto Compact Tripod (MKCOMPACTACN) - 34% off
$69
$51This is my main tripod I use day in and day out, and during all my travelling. It's probably got 500,000-800,000 miles of travel on it, and it still looks like new - despite the fact that I treat it like crap. It's out in the salt spray waves often, in the mud and rain, etc... It just rocks. I just bought another one to have one permanently setup in the studio (+ one for traveling).
Nest Cam Indoors - 23% off$99We have more Nest cam's than I can count. No really, we have half a dozen at the DCR Cave alone, plus more at home. We love them. Nest Cam's really only go on sale about once per year.
Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera - $700 off!This is my main shooting cameras for video (they make great stills too, but I mainly got this for video), and I've bought two of them. $700 off is an awesome deal. In my case I got the kit. And in case it's even more of an endorsement, both GPLAMA & DesFit also use this camera too!
Polar Ignite GPS - 12% off!
$229
$201It's a good watch, and the 12% brings it down to roughly where it should be priced at anyway. :)
Polar OH1 Plus Optical Sensor - 20% off!
$79
$63⚡ I love this little sensor, and you'll see it in almost every one of my watch/HR sensor reviews as a comparison/reference strap. It's just so darn accurate and so easy to use. Every optical HR sensor (and app with it) should aspire to be what this thing is.
Samsung Galaxy Buds True Wireless Earbuds - 39% off$79This are obviously super popular, and having them be 31% off ought to make them even more popular. Wireless Charging Case included.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 - $60 off$339This is a pretty new watch, so $60 off is a solid discount!
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 - 28% off$179
SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable External SSD - 39% off$169This is the high speed drive I use to store the footage I'm actively video editing, so that I can edit it on both my iMac at the office, and then my MacBook when travelling or at home.
SanDisk 256GB MicroSD Card - 38% off!$29I use this card in both 128GB and 256GB variety, 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 pickup these cards when on sale like this, so I have them for later in the year when not on sale.
Suunto 5 GPS Multisport Watch - 35% 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 - 30% off
$499
$349⚡ This is now the lowest price this watch has ever been at - and definitely a price to pick it up if you were in the market for it.
Suunto 9 - 46% off!
$599 (non-baro is $499)
$346This is about a good a deal as we've ever seen in the US for the Suunto 9.

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

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
Fitbit ACE 2 Activity Tracker for Kids - 44% Off44EUR
Fitbit Charge 4 - 29% off!
$149
119EUR
Fitbit Versa 2 - 22% off139EUR
Garmin Forerunner 45/45S - 42% off
$199
116EURIf you're looking for a runners focused watch, there's no better deal on the market than this. Period. The FR45 basically packs all the features of the previous generation FR235...just now in the FR45 series. Seriously, this is a solid deal.
Garmin Instinct Solar - $50GBP off
$399/$449
299GBPThis is the first time we've seen a deal on the Garmin Instinct Solar, and the best deal I expect we'll see for a while.
Garmin Swim 2 - 39% off
$249
151EURThis is only the 2nd time we've seen the Garmin Swim 2 on sale, and by far the lowest price. And as part of my in-depth review I found it easily the most accurate openwater swim watch GPS-wise I've ever tested. Which, is good, since most pools seem to be closed these days. :-/
Garmin Venu GPS Smartwatch - 31% off!
$299
229GBP
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 - 42% off192EUR
SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable External SSD - 42% off139EURThis is one of my DCR Gadget things that you'd see down in that section, but for Euro folks it's up here. This is the high speed drive I use to store the footage I'm actively video editing, so that I can edit it on both my iMac at the office, and then my MacBook when travelling or at home.
SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SD Cards - 37% off67EURI use the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards exclusively for all my video/photo shooting on my Panasonic GH5 and Nikon cameras (video and stills), including up to 6K recording with the GH5. I've mostly used 128's, but more and more lately I'm filling up cards faster with higher bitrates, so this sale is gonna have me pickup a bunch of the 256GB ones instead. The 128GB/512GB/1TB ones are also on sale too viathe same link.

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