Week in Review–Sept 26th, 2020


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:

Some nice little savings on the latest Apple Watch Series 6 in here, as well as the new iPad. Not major, but hey, if you were gonna pick one up…this be the way to save enough for an extra couple pints of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
4iiii Fliiiight Smart Trainer- 20% off
$439⚡ This is the totally silent trainer (it uses magnets). This is notable not only for the sale, but because it's basically the first time it's been back in stock in nearly a year.
4iiii Precision Ride-Ready Power Meters - 14% off$258This includes the Shimano DuraAce, Ultegra, and 105 units, at between 11-14% off depending on which exact model you select.
4iiii Viiiiva Heart Rate Strap - $25 off
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
$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
$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
$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).
Apple Watch Series 7 - 40mm - $20 off
$399/$499 (cellular)
$379This is the first time we've seen the Apple Watch Series 7 on sale. It's not a huge sale, but then again, I wouldn't expect major discounts here this season.
Beats PowerBeats Pro Wireless Sport Headphones - $100 off
$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
$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.
CORE Body Temp Sensor - 20% off$216The CORE Body temp sensor measures your body core, and is used by numerous Pro Cycling teams. I haven't gotten a full review up, but have been using it on/off over the last year. It's pretty fascinating stuff. I believe this is the first sale they've had. On the sale side, they also have a bundle with a chest HRM as well that's on sale.
COROS Trade-In Program: $200 Credit for trading in APEX 46mm, APEX Pro or VERTIX
$200 offIf you trade in COROS APEX 46mm, APEX Pro or VERTIX (1), you'll get a $200 credit towards the purchase of any COROS watch on the store. So you could apply that to the COROS Vertix 2, or equally, you could apply that to the COROS Pace 2 and pay nothing (since it's $199). This is in addition to the normal COROS trade-in program for $100 for any watch from any vendor.
COROS Vertix - $100 off
$499This is the original COROS Vertix, but keep in mind it just got full mapping support a couple weeks ago, and then over the next week gets another slate of solid features. That's pretty impressive. Also of note is that COROS has re-worked the packaging here to be more 'normal' (no crazy case anymore).
DJI FPV Combo - $250 off!$999This is the first time we've seen the FPV combo on sale, saving you $250. This includes the drone, FPV goggles, and controller.
DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo Kit - 24% off$399
DJI Mini SE Drone Bundle$355This is a bundle with an extra battery, bag, and MicroSD, saving about $35 or so. It's not a huge deal, but it's pretty much the only one I've seen on the Mini SE specifically.
Elgato Streamdeck - $50 off!$99I use the Elgato Streamdeck anytime I do any livestreams, as a way to control everything that's going on. It's super easy, and by far the most popular tool in the streaming world.
Elite Suito-T Smart Trainer - 10% off!
$799 (incl cassette)
$722Note: The Suito-T is the same exact trainer as the Suito, except without the cassette pre-installed.
Elite Tuo Smart Trainer - 7% off
FORM Swim Goggles (with heads-up display) - $20 off$179⚡ We don't often see deals on the FORM swim goggle (last Black Friday was the last time). So if you're looking to pick this up, this is the time to do so! Additionally, as part of this promo, you can then get 85% off their annual subscription plan (which isn't required to use the goggles) for $25, versus the normal $180. Note: You'll need to tap that little 'Coupon' checkbox on the Amazon page for the lower price.
Favero Assioma Duo Power Meter Pedals - $130 off!
$489⚡ This is a strong deal from Favero, who is offering their Favero Assioma Duo pedals for 80-110EUR off. You'll pay the current exchange rate. The exact deal will vary based on which country you're shipping to.
Favero Assioma Duo Power Meter Pedals - $90 off!$549⚡ This is a strong deal from Favero, who is offering their Favero Assioma Duo pedals for 80-110EUR off. You'll pay the current exchange rate. The exact deal will vary based on which country you're shipping to.
Fitbit Charge 5 - $50 off
$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
Fitbit Luxe - 30% off$99
Fitbit Sense - $100 off!
$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!
$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!
$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
$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
$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!
$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
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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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 HRM-SWIM Strap - $45 off!$54This is the slightly older pool-focused HRM-SWIM strap. It's really just designed for the pool and to get accurate HR data. These days it's been replaced by the HRM-PRO, though even that doesn't quite have the same stickiness level as the HRM-SWIM did.
Garmin Instinct Solar - $150 off
$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
$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 Swim 2 - 93EUR off!
156EURThis is another fantastic deal on Amazon Germany.
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
$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
Garmin Vivoactive 4S - $100 off$199
Garmin Vivofit Jr - 50% off
$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
$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 10 Black Extra Battery Accessory Bundle - $100 off$449⚡This is an AWESOME deal. Not only is it the $50 off of the other Hero 10 deal, but now you get an extra battery, the dual battery charge (which I use sitting on my desk right now), plus a lanyard you may or may not use (the case seen comes in every GoPro package). So basically, you get an extra battery and the dual charger for the same discount as the other deal. A no-brainer.
GoPro Hero 9 Black - $50 off
$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.
Hammerhead Karoo 2 - Up to $150 trade-in value
VariesHammerhead is doing a promo where you trade-in your older bike computer for up to $150/150EUR off your Karoo 2. You can trade-in some surprisingly old devices, like the 12 year old Garmin Edge 500 for example. Though, that almost has museum-grade potential these days... Either way, the Karoo 2 continues to impress me in terms of new features via its constant stream of firmware updates.
Insta360 GO2 Action Cam - 13% off$269Both the 32GB and newer 64GB versions are on sale, with the 32GB version being $269 as opposed to the usual $299
Insta360 One R Action Cam - 15% off$467The 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.
KOM Cycling Trainer Desk - 20% off!$69I bought and reviewed this desk earlier this year, and really like it. In fact, it's still the one I've been using lately (I also like the other ones too, but for no particular reason I never swapped back). It's especially great if you've got a small space.
Lezyne Mega-XL Cycling GPS - 30% off (Yellow Edition only)
$129If you're looking for a yellow submarine edition of the Mega-XL, this this bright bike computer is all yours for 30% off!
Little Tikes Pelican Explore & Fit Cycle - 11% off$129So, the Three Peanuts (girls ages 2/4/5) have been testing this the last week, and so far, they love it. It's silly simple (there's no real connectivity here), and the videos they ride with are also absurdly laughable. Yet, they love it. Seriously, they fight over it. In-Depth review coming very very shortly. Until then, it's on sale.
Lumen Metabolism Tracker - Free Device (with subscription)$230This deal is a bit complicated at first glance, but basically the device is normally $199, and now you get the device for free but still need the subscription. So if you purchase the 12-month subscription it's $259USD, but then you can get $30 off using code THE5KRUNNER30, getting you down to $229. Works in Euros/GBP too. Note: I have not tested this device, and am kinda wishy-washy on it. But if you're looking for a deal, there ya go.
NordicTrack S22i Indoor Cycle Bike - $700 off$1,499This is considered the primary competitor to Peloton, and is generally rated/reviewed very highly. Note that I have not reviewed this bike, or ridden it. But I figured I'd mention it here in case folks are looking for a deal on it. With Peloton's new pricing, the base prices are basically the same - $1,495 for the Peloton Bike. Sorta like politics, people prefer one brand or the other. Also like Peloton - it DOES NOT support any open standards for apps like Zwift, TrainerRoad, etc... Do NOT buy it (or Peloton) for that purpose.
NormaTec Pulse 2.0 Leg Recovery System - $150 off!$749While this isn't something I've personally used, I know a ton of you do very much love it. Go forth!
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.
Oura Ring Gen 3 - $50 off$249This is the just released Oura Ring Gen 3. If you buy on Black Friday you get $50 off the price, as well as the usual 6-month subscription included.
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
$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.
Polar Vantage M2 - 16% off!
$251This is the first time we've seen a deal on the new Polar Vantage M2!
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.
RunScribe Red Gait Lab FootpodsWhile RunScribe has transitioned from a consumer-focused running efficiency company to more of a pro/labs-focused company, consumers do still buy and use their products. They're offering 20% off for Black Friday. Use discount code RED20.
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 1-2TB Extreme PRO Portable External SSD - 48% off$129This is one of the two the high speed drives 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 traveling or at home. The 2TB version is $229 (50% off).
SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB MicroSD Card - 38% 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.
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - $240 off!
$860⚡⚡ 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!).
Skydio 2 - $400 off
$949⚡⚡ This is a pretty incredible deal. First, because it's really the first time it's been on sale. Second, because it's $400 off. And third, because it's actually in stock. It's by far the best drone for sports action footage, as it's fully autonomous. It's less ideal for general drone cinematography, however. So you kinda have to decide what you want out of a drone. But for sports, this is the one.
Stages Bike SB20 - $350 off!
$2,799⚡ A very solid deal, as virtually none of the smart bikes are actually on sale right now.
Stages Dash L50 - $75 off!
$225The Stages Dash M50 & L50 are both $75 off. The L50 is the largest of the two (hence the L in the name), while the M50 is the smaller unit (M for Medium).
Stages Dash M50 - $75 off!
$174The Stages Dash M50 & L50 are both $75 off. The L50 is the largest of the two (hence the L in the name), while the M50 is the smaller unit (M for Medium).
Stages Power Meters - Most 30% off Factory Install Units30% offStages is offering 30% off their factory install power meters (meaning, the power meter is installed on your existing crankset/crank arm). Plus also 30% off the Cannondale SI units too!
Stryd V2 Running Pod - $23 off$197Stryd pretty much only puts their items on once a year at Black Friday, so if you're in the market for one, now's the time.. Use coupon code blackfriday2021 to save 10%
Suunto 5 GPS Multisport Watch - 40% off!
$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
$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 Boost Trainer - $50 off$249This is a very budget trainer, without any smarts (unless you buy the bundle, and even then, it's still not very smart). It's not my favorite trainer, but if you were trying to find it onsale, this is your chance.
Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer - Normally $899
$799Also a rare sale on the Flux 2, albeit just a $100 off, it's still not a bad deal.
Tacx NEO 2T Smart Trainer - $200 off! (In Stock)
$1,199⚡ 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.
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...
Wahoo CLIMB Accessory - $65 off!
$539Note: Black Friday and Cyber Monday only (but not Saturday/Sunday).
Wahoo Headwind Fan - $25 off!
$225Note: Black Friday and Cyber Monday only (but not Saturday/Sunday).
Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Trainer- $90 Off
$809While not quite the 20% off deals we saw last week, this is as good as it's gonna get for a long while. So grab it if ya want a KICKR CORE! Note: Black Friday and Cyber Monday only (but not Saturday/Sunday).
Wahoo KICKR Desk - $25 Off
$224⚡ This is one of those units that is undoubtedly expensive - yet everyone who has one loves it. Including myself. Note: Black Friday and Cyber Monday only (but not Saturday/Sunday).
Wahoo KICKR SNAP - $50 Off
$449Note: Black Friday and Cyber Monday only (but not Saturday/Sunday).
Wahoo KICKR V5/2020 - $120 off!
$1,079While not quite the 20% off deals we saw last week, this is as good as it's gonna get for a long while. So grab it if ya want a KICKR! Note: Black Friday and Cyber Monday only (but not Saturday/Sunday).
Wahoo RIVAL GPS Watch - $80 ff
$299This is the lowest price we've seen to date on the Wahoo RIVAL GPS Watch, edging out the slight sale we saw last summer for a few days.
Wahoo TICKR FIT Optical Strap (Dual ANT+/BLE) - 20% Off
Wattbike Smart Bikes - Free HRM & trainer mat with purchase
VariesGet a free Wattbike heart rate monitor and floor mat (worth £75) with all Wattbike Atom purchases*
Wiral LITE Cable Cam with Remote - $100 off$299I've been using this nifty cable cam system for years with various action cameras, phones and small mirrorless cameras. It's not an everyday use item, but I do pull it out a handful of times per year for very specific/special shots through the trees (or the studio) where drones can't easily go. Defnitely more in the photo-geeky camp, but that's the camp I live in.
Withings Body WiFi Scale - 25% off
$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.
Withings Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch - $60 off$119
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.

DCRAINMAKER.COM Posts in the Past Week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page this past week, as noted last week, I planned for this past week to be pretty quiet as I prep for this upcoming week

Monday: Apple Watch Series SE: A Fitness First Impressions Untangled
Tuesday: Fitbit Sense In-Depth Review: All the Data Without the Clarity
Wednesday: Garmin Venu SQ In-Depth Review
Thursday: How to Get Fitbit Non-GPS Activities to Strava
Friday: It’s Coming Back! Strava Begins Bluetooth Sensor Beta Test

It’s been a busy last 10 days…yet hang tight, more goodness is inbound!

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:

1) Awesome article on accuracy of SpO2 sensors in watches today: While headlined as for the Apple Watch Series 6, the reality is this also applies to Fitbit, Garmin, Withings, and others. Super well written and detailed.

2) Tidbits and highlights from Peloton’s Investor & Analyst Session: Lots of interesting items in here and a few linked subsequent posts.

3) How to buy Apple Watch Faces in watchOS7…sorta: The reality is, as the article notes, the 3rd party watch face limitations on Apple Watch remain mostly a giant dumpster fire. It’s also surprised me, for a company so good at having a developer ecosystem for all other aspects of their hardware, this singular piece that is usually the easiest of things to accomplish watch-platform wise (where most brands start before offering full apps), has never really happened.

4) TrainingPeaks rolls out new notes feature: Kinda handy, the ability to add notes to a calendar back and forth with a coach.

5) Strava makes ‘Metro’ data free to urban city planners: This is the long-standing program that helps cities figure out where to invest in bike infrastructure. Previously Strava sold this, and while the price was reportedly high, the reality is this was a small revenue source in the grand scheme of things for Strava.

6) Echelon launches Amazon Prime Bike…then Unlaunches it: As I said in a tweet, I suspect there’s way more to this story than Amazon is letting on. And if nothing else, they just learned there’s a @#$#-ton of interest for such a thing (even if Walmart already sells the exact same bike for $500).

7) Polar adds HRV Export Option to Site: This was a week or two ago, but it’s definitely worth noting. Polar added this from their Polar Flow website. Cool stuff.

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, Wahoo, Polar, and a few other firmware updates.

Garmin Forerunner 245/Music BETA Firmware update: This adds new track mode, plus new recovery time.

Garmin Forerunner 945 BETA Firmware Update: This adds the new track mode, plus daily suggested workouts, and the new recovery time. Also adds Grit/Flow for MTB as well as Bouldering/Indoor Climb profiles.

Garmin Fenix 6 Series BETA Firmware Update: Same as FR945, plus new breathwork profiles (it already had Bouldering/Indoor Climb), and a bunch of other line items.

Garmin MARQ Series BETA Firmware Update: Same as Fenix 6.

Garmin Fenix 5 Series Firmware Update: Just bug fixes.

With that –thanks for reading!

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  1. Mark

    Any word from garmin on when they will add the sleep widget on 745 again ?


  2. Steve

    I’ve lost track, does the FR945 still have feature parity with the Fenix 6 Pro? Time for a new watch in the near future…

  3. Edwin Aerts


    Does Garmin have plans to introduce ECG on their sport watches?
    Thanks for answering.


  4. Brad

    Something planned about Abbot’s new “Libre Sense Glucose Sport Biosensor” ?

    link to supersapiens.com

    • Dan G

      Interesting, thats Abbott’s “Freestyle Libre” blood glucose sensor (used by some type 1 diabetics) but rebranded for sports use. Not sure I fancy having a ‘thin filament’ inserted through my skin.

      On their medical devices, Abbott make the following disclaimer: “A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels” — make of that what you will

      More about them here link to diabetes.org.uk

    • Yeah, I’ve been talking with them for a few months. They’re working to get me to try it, there’s just a lot of paperwork and logistics involved.

    • Stuart

      Actually, the Libre system is fantastic. If you’ve got diabetes, that is, I can’t see it having an application otherwise. If your beta cells are working perfectly, don’t worry about it! There is a hack using various extra bits of tech and your mobile phone for displaying your current blood glucose on a Garmin but as Abbot doesn’t release the code for their system they haven’t (IME) been as accurate as using Abbot’s flash reader. As I have T1D and use the Libre system, a development to get live blood glucose readings on a Garmin would be an immediate purchase for me!

    • Lahrs

      Hi Stuart,

      I’m using Dexcom G6, Android phone running xDrip and a Connect IQ data field for displaying CGMS data on a Garmin watch and head unit. It is truly amazing! Agree with you, if this could be achieved without the need for phone and third party apps, would be an easy sale to people like us! There is an ANT+ CGMS profile, but don’t know of any tech that makes use of it. DCR reported on a company waaaay back in 2014 that would offer ANT+ functionality, but nothing has come to market and it would rely on Garmin etc implementing the profile on their side. link to dcrainmaker.com

      Have often wondered if CGMS would be of a sporting advantage for ‘normal’ people. I tend to agree with your assessment if an athlete was following an optimised nutrition plan, 80g of carbs/hr or what have you. But could see it being an early warning system to an impeding ‘bonk’ if more food is not consumed or intensity reduced. Obviously using the CGMS data for insulin adjustment would not be applicable.

      Really, why not have blood sugar level data to go along with HR, power, SpO2 etc… other than the reality it requires a small sensor inserted under the skin to read levels. 🙂 Regardless, looking forward to seeing a DCR style review on the system, if Ray is able to get his hands on it.

      Sorry for the slight off topic everyone. Cheers.

    • frank1e

      Love to see this Ray. T1 here using Freestyle Libre > Garmin CIQ on my head unit. Probably always going to be niche for non-T1 but for me a little more important 🙂 Garmin watch and Apple Watch integration also could do with work but has implementations already.

      Good write up here on this and some other Abbott developments https://www.diabettech.com

  5. Jeffrey F.

    Regarding the Polar interwebs reference, have you noticed that GPX exports from Polar Flow have been screwed up for the last few months, with timestamps that inexplicably present local wall-clock time as GMT. (E.g. 5am in a GMT+5 timezone should have the time 00:00:00Z, but in the GPX file it’s 05:00:00Z).

    Considering that the only way to get your ride data off a Polar device is via their website and that export, this is a crippling error.

    I reported it to them. It took 28 days for them to even respond. Their response “yeah, we know. We’ll consider this ticket closed now”. ?

    • Hmm, I primarily (exclusively I guess), use the TCX export for data. Out of curiosity, why use GPX over TCX?

    • Jeffrey F.

      Polar provides three kinds of export (GPX, TCX, and CSV), but no one of them has all the data. Cadence data, for example, is, inexplicably, only in the CSV. So I have to combine the files, and I already have plenty of tools for working with GPX.

      (When the GPX bug started a couple of months ago, it never occurred to me that it might not have also happened with the TCX file, so I didn’t check it.)

      I’m a programmer so it’s easy enough for me to convert TCX to GPX, just as it’s easy enough for me to shift the times by the requisite number of hours, but these options are not as easily-available to most cyclists.

      (And seriously, 28 days for a response? It’s par for their course: a few years ago I did an 18-hour/408km ride, and their system couldn’t handle it… the sync to their server always crashed. My data was in Polar prison. It took more than a month to get even an initial response, and when it came, it was the same “we’ll work on fixing this some day” and that was it. It turns out, though, that if I was happy to abandon the data and just use the unit to record further rides, eventually the memory would fill and older data would be automatically deleted, and so once that long ride was deleted, the unit could sync again. )

  6. Lachlan Brown

    Measuring arterial oxygen saturation at the wrist is always going to be problematic since the wrist is just not that pulsatile compared to the usual sites for pulse oximetry measurement (a digit or an earlobe being the most common). Therefore the number coming from a wrist sensor is going to lie somewhere between arterial and venous oxygen saturation which will be a few percentage points lower than a true arterial oxygen saturation.

  7. Andrew

    Polar also added New power zones for cyclists
    link to support.polar.com
    and Training session HRV data downloadable.
    link to support.polar.com

  8. Florian

    Does anybody else have trouble with a Garmin Edge (530 in my case) after the 6.20 Update? Mine won’t connect to anything at all any more, not even USB-cable to Garmin Express.
    Garmin support wasn’t really helpful, other than asking for a lot of info in an email and saying engineers will look into this.

  9. Florian

    I did chat with them. The US support (contacted them first because it was midnight here in Austria) would have exchanged the unit right away. Unfortunately only for customers in US/Canada. Chatted with local Austrian support (I think they are based in Germany) and they asked a multitude of (useless) questions and followed that up with an email asking for a lot more info (stuff like which Garmin Express version etc.). Since replying to that email I haven’t heard back.

    Wonder how long it will take them to sort this out …