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:
There’s still some leftover deals from Amazon Prime Day. Plus, you can always access all deals at dcrainmaker.com/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:
Monday: Week in Review–October 12th, 2020
Tuesday: Amazon Prime Days Sports Tech Deals Round-Up!
Wednesday: Garmin Index S2 Smart WiFi Connected Scale In-Depth Review
Thursday: Strava Turns Off Flyby Feature For All Users, Have to Opt Back In
Friday: New US Partnership + $500 Gadget Giveaway: Backcountry.com & Competitive Cyclist!
Things I’m glad about: Only a handful of major product announcements remaining. And as such, some normalization and catching up with a few backlogged reviews (looking at you SRM X, Elite Tuo, Wattbike Atom 2020, and Peloton Bike+ reviews, among others…).
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) Bears Testing Coolers: For realz.
2) Suunto delays Movescount changes: Remember those planned Movescount functionality disablements that were slated for this month? Nah, now next year sometime. That’s good news for consumers. Also good news is that the 30% loyalty discount for older units remains.
3) The physical effort & training that goes into doing the original esports: No, not Zwifting, but…playing games behind a computer.
4) Peloton sued by Icon Fitness over existing technology: It’s pretty much a right of passage in the sports tech industry to be sued by Icon Fitness, the king of suing companies for supposed patent violations (Icon does make hardware, but mostly buys up other patents from companies, also known as a Patent Troll). A brief look at this one and I’m pretty sure it won’t stand up in court. For example, Auto Follow, which is essentially ERG mode, has been around well before the timeframes mentioned, by RacerMate and numerous others. But again, Icon’s business is about buying patents to litigate. That said, Peloton is no stranger to the ‘litigate first, ask question later’ realm…so, takes one to know one. Or something like that.
5) Canadian Spin Class Studio Infects Over 60 people with COVID: Yes, this studio is somehow confused on why their COVID measures didn’t work. Oh, wait, I know: “It states masks must be worn indoors by everyone and cannot be removed until all riders are clipped into their bikes. Face coverings must be put back on before riders get off the bikes.” Seriously folks. Not kidding. They didn’t wear them during the actual high-intensity class indoors.
6) Rouvy Fall 2020 Updates Recap: They’ve added drafting, running, TT bikes, and of course…a price increase. The drafting was noted as a biggie this past spring when Rouvy held the Tour de Swiss virtually, which essentially just became a giant concurrent time trial (without drafting). Tariq runs through all the changes below.
7) MicroUSB Cable Tester: This is brilliant. Essentially you can plug any cable into it, and it’ll tell you whether it’s a charge-only cable, or a data+charge cable. This is useful if like me, you’ve got 9,283 micro-USB cables lying around. Funny enough, I just use the gazillion ‘Garmin’ branded ones that come with their Edge devices over the last near-decade, simply because I *KNOW* all of those are data+charge.
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 Forerunner745 BETA Firmware Update: Bug fixes.
Garmin Forerunner 945 BETA Firmware Update: Bug fixes.
Garmin Instinct & Instinct Solar Firmware Update: Adds concurrent ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart HR broadcast, plus some bug fixes
Garmin Venu & Vivoactive 4 Series Firmware Update: GPS Improvements.
Polar Vantage V2 Firmware Update: Just bug fixes.
Wahoo ELEMNT/BOLT/ROAM Firmware Update: Bug fix related to Di2.
With that – thanks for reading all!