Week in Review: October 18th, 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:

There’s still some leftover deals from Amazon Prime Day. Plus, you can always access all deals at dcrainmaker.com/deals

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - $70 off!$269I use my iPad primarily for TrainerRoad as well as Zwift when not with a larger display. I also occasionally use it for other apps, namely Wahoo SYSTM, Rouvy, and Peloton. But I pretty much test every smart trainer app on it. For all these cycling apps, the graphics capabilities is really pretty irrelevant, so having the absolute top-end/latest model won't make any difference. I prefer the budget options.
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14", M1 Pro) - 20% offFrom $1,599This is the exact model I have and use for almost all my video editing (2021 MacBook Pro with 1TB space,). I actually initially bought a 16" M1 Max variant, and then quickly realized it was totally overkill both in size and spec, so I went back and got the 14" M1 Pro and have been super happy with it - even while editing complex drone/action cam videos with 3-4 concurrently 4K streams in a multicam configuration, it has zero issues.
4iiii Precision Ride-Ready Power Meters - 15-25% off$242This includes the Shimano DuraAce, Ultegra, and 105 units, at between 15-25% off depending on which exact model you select.
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $50 off!
$79⚡These aren't the latest anymore, that's the newer 3rd gen units. But if budget is in mind, it's hard to beat these - seriously, at $79 it's the lowest price these have ever been.
Apple Airpods Pro (2nd Gen) - $50 off!
Apple TV 4K (32GB) for Zwift - $50 off$79⚡⚡ I use this for almost all my Zwifting. This is a fantastic deal, which runs Zwift, RGT, FulGaz, Rouvy, and more. While Apple just released their newest version (2022), virtually no cycling apps have taken advantage of it yet. And thus for now, the edition on sale for $79 seems like a steal.
Apple TV Elago R1 (2021 Edition) Remote Case- 64% offfrom $6.39I use Apple TV for Zwift the vast majority of the time, but also just for watching YouTube/Netflix/etc on the trainer. The Apple TV remote sucks though. This $10 case fixes that, it's a silicone strap that makes it easy to grab, but also has a strap to easily place on the edge of your handlebars. Boom! Note: This one is for Apple TV 4K 2021 Edition!
Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen/2022) - 8% off
$229⚡This is the first time we've seen the new Apple Watch SE (2nd gen) on sale!
Apple Watch Series 8 - $50 off!
$399/$499 (cellular)
$349⚡This is only the 2nd time we've seen the new Apple Watch SE (2nd gen) on sale!
Apple Watch Ultra - 8% off!$739⚡This is the very first sale we've seen on the Apple Watch Ultra, and appears to be for all band styles as well! And it's not only in-stock, but even for same-day delivery in some areas.
Apple Watch Ultra - 8% off!$739⚡This is the very first sale we've seen on the Apple Watch Ultra, and appears to be for all band styles as well! And it's not only in-stock, but even for same-day delivery in some areas.
Beats Fit Pro - 20% off$159While I haven't used this myself, they are super popular, and realistically, it's the fitness-focused upgrade variant of my Beats Studio Buds I use.
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, than my Beats Studio Buds. 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 - $60 off
$89⚡I've been using these since last summer (2021), primarily on my indoor workouts, but also on some of my runs (for example, in testing out most watches with music). I like them and they've become my go-to buds.
CORE Body Temp Sensor - 20% off$214The 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.
Cycliq Fly6 & Fly12 Sport (Bundle) - 25% off$530This is a bundle with both the Fly6 (2021 edition), and the Fly12 Sport (2022 edition), along with some cases/SD cards/etc... There is also single-unit bundles too.
DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo Edition - 31% off$359
DJI FPV Combo - $300 off!$899⚡This deal is on DJI's larger FPV drone, the original one. They've also got the smaller but less powerful one too - Avata, which isn't on sale. This is for the FPV combo deal, saving you $400. This includes the drone, FPV goggles, and controller.
DJI Mavic 3 - $150 off
$2,049This is the second time we've seen the DJI Mavic 3 on sale (for a non-bundled deal). With all the firmware improvements since the fall, it's finally getting to a more stable place in terms of features. Of course, you can also now get the DJI Mavic 3 Classic for a fair bit cheaper, minus the zoom lens. Albeit, I personally think the zoom lens is handy (if used correctly).
DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo Kit - 40% off$299This is a very solid deal, albeit for an older product. Note the price seems to be fluctuating a bit between $299 an $399 - so just keep an eye out for it.
DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo - 20% off ($90 off)$509This is a great little drone for quick shots that doesn't weigh much, or take up much space. While the Active Tracking capabilities (for sports) are fairly limited, you can make it follow briefly for creative shots. I've got an entire video on that in my review. Note: Ths is a one-day-only sale.
Elite Direto XR Smart Trainer- $400 off!
$599⚡This is by far the lowest price we've seen on this trainer to date!
Elite Sterzo Smart - 40% off$74This is Elite's steering block, for steering in apps like Zwift.
Elite Suito-T Smart Trainer - $340 off!
$799 (incl cassette)
$509This is by far the lowest price we've ever seen on the Elite Suito or Suito-T trainers. Note: The Suito-T is the same exact trainer as the Suito, except without the cassette pre-installed.
Elite Tuo Smart Trainer - $233 off!
$347⚡This is by far the lowest price we've seen on the wheel-on Tuo. While most trainers have shifted towards direct drive, this is a good option at the lower end.
FORM Swim Goggles (with heads-up display) - 20% off$182This includes both the goggle, and a 1-year membership to their training/coaching platform.
Fitbit Ace 3 Activity - 38% off$49
Fitbit Charge 5 - 33% off
Fitbit Inspire 3 - 33% off!$69⚡⚡This is a really good deal. First, it's only like 2 months old. Second, it's actually a legit good product. Arguably the best product Fitbit has made in years, in terms of functionality/accuracy/etc... and 3rd, it's priced super well if you want all the features of a Fitbit, without the cost. Note - You don't need a subscription, I did my entire review without one, so you can see what that looks like.
Fitbit Sense 2 - 33% off199
Fitbit Versa 2 - 34% off$99
Fitbit Versa 4 - 35% off$149
Frontier X2 Smart Heart Monitor - 26% off$405Note: I haven't reviewed this yet. It's on my eventual list.
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus - $200 off
$391⚡While the newer Edge 1040 came out this past summer, the Edge 1030 Plus is still an incredibly solid bike computer - arguably the 2nd best bike computer (behind the Edge 1040).
Garmin Edge 1040 Solar - $50 off$695This is the first time we've seen the Edge 1040 Solar on sale, so while $50 isn't a huge amount off this device, it is notable. This is Garmin's top-end and just released this past summer, cycling GPS bike computer.
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 3 years since release - matching Black Friday from this past year.
Garmin Enduro 2 - $200 off!
$901⚡⚡This is an incredible deal, since this watch just came out three months ago, and is basically the highest end Fenix 7X variant, but with even longer battery life. This is an Amazon-specific sale, not a Garmin one, so I don't expect this to last.
Garmin Epix (Gen 2) - $100 off
$799⚡This is the first time we've seen the Epix on sale! This is Garmin's AMOLED equivalent to the Fenix 7 series, and people continue to be super happy with it since it announced earlier this year.
Garmin Epix Sapphire Black Titanium (Gen 2) - $130 Off$869⚡This is the first time we've seen the Epix on sale! This is Garmin's AMOLED equivalent to the Fenix 7 series, and people continue to be super happy with it since it announced earlier this year. This Sapphire edition includes multiband GPS, for higher levels of accuracy.
Garmin Epix Sapphire White Titanium (Gen 2) - $100 Off$899⚡This is the first time we've seen the Epix on sale! This is Garmin's AMOLED equivalent to the Fenix 7 series, and people continue to be super happy with it since it announced earlier this year. This Sapphire edition includes multiband GPS, for higher levels of accuracy.
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar - 49% off$382
Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire - $280 off$470
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro - 43% off$339
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar - 43% off$339⚡This is really an incredible deal. You've got a full mapping capable and everything-else unit for $339. When you compare that to their competitors, even their newest products - some of which cost $500-$600, it's not even close. Sure, this is last year's model, but man, it's insane.
Garmin Fenix 6S Sapphire - 53% off$331
Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar - 40% off$538
Garmin Fenix 7 Series (All Models/Styles) - $100 off!
From $599⚡This is the first time we've seen the Fenix 7 series on sale! This sale is $100 off all Fenix 7 series models, be it in the Fenix 7S/7/7X or any of the Sapphire/Solar variants.
Garmin Fenix 7 Solar Sapphire - $250 off!$751⚡⚡ While most of the Fenix 7 series is $100 off, this particular unit is $250 off, which is a massive savings!
Garmin Fenix 7X Solar Sapphire - $150 off!$849⚡⚡ While most of the Fenix 7 series is $100 off, this particular unit is $250 off, which is a massive savings!
Garmin Forerunner 245 - $80 off
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music - $100 off$249
Garmin Forerunner 45/45S - $40 off
Garmin Forerunner 735XT - $220 off
Garmin GPSMAP 66i with inReach - $100 off$499
Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap) - 36% off!
$45⚡ 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-PRO Plus - 22% off
$101⚡This is the first time we've seen this on sale - and so it's actually pretty notable. I don't even think it's supposed to be on sale, but this is just Amazon doing Amazon. This is one of the two main HR straps i use these days (alongside the Polar H10). Either way, definitely take this and run!
Garmin Instinct 2 Series - $100 OffFrom $249⚡This is the first time we've seen the Garmin Instinct 2 series devices (all variants) on sale. The Instinct 2 base is from $249 (on Amazon), a very solid deal - especially with all the major software updates it's had over the last year.
Garmin Instinct 2/2S Solar - $50 OffFrom $399
Garmin Instinct 2/2S Surf - $100 OffFrom $299
Garmin Quatix 7 Multisport Marine Smartwatch - all models- $100 offFrom $596
Garmin Varia RCT715 Camera Radar - $50 off$349This is the first time this product has been on sale, since announcement earlier this year.
Garmin Varia Radar (RTL515) - $50 off
$149This is Garmin's standalone radar/taillight option, and $149 is pretty much the standard sale-price. This product is universally loved, and works with Garmin/Wahoo/Stages/Hammerhead/Bryton, and other bike computers.
Garmin Venu 2 - $100 Off
Garmin Venu 2 Plus - $100 off!
$349This is the first sale we've seen on the Venu 2 Plus since it launched earlier this year.
Garmin Venu 2S - $100 off$299
Garmin Venu GPS Smartwatch - $100 off
$199Officially this is 50% off, but realistically this is like $50-$100 off on a good day. It's now a few revisions behind, but it's still a solid little watch.
Garmin Venu SQ & Venu SQ Music - 40% off
$199/$249 with Music
From $119
Garmin Vivoactive 4 - $150 off
From $176
Garmin Vivoactive 4S - $150 offFrom 176
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 - Incl Disney/Avengers/Star Wars variants - 25% off
$60These are Garmin's kids activity trackers, which all of our kids use (mostly our 5yo, the 6yo uses the Vivofit Jr. 3)
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 3 - 22% off$69My oldest daughter (6yo) uses this as her daily watch. She's happy with it.
Garmin inReach 2 Mini Satellite Communicator (2-way) - $75 off$327This is the first time we've seen this unit on sale, as it only came out earlier this year. It's my defacto satellite communicator when out of coverage area, and I've used it on a number of major treks this year out of cell range already.
GoPro HERO11 Black Creator Edition - $150 off$549Includes HERO11 Black, Volta (Battery Grip, Tripod, Remote), Media Mod, Light Mod, Enduro Battery, and Carrying Case.
GoPro Hero 11 Black - $100 off
$399⚡ Amazon now has the Hero 11 Black for $100 off the retail price of $499. This does *NOT* require the GoPro subscription (previously called GoPro Plus). The Hero 11 has become my daily action cam (well, actually, I bought two of them).
GoPro Hero 11 Black - $100 off$449GoPro HERO11 Black Accessory Bundle - Includes Extra Enduro Battery (2 Total), The Handler (Floating Hand Grip), Headstrap + Quick Clip, and Carrying Case.
Google Nest Cam Indoors - 30% off$69We 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 1-2x per year.
Google Pixel Buds Pro - Noise Canceling Earbuds (All Colors) - $50 off!$149⚡This is the first time we've seen a sale on these, given they were just announced about 5 weeks ago.
Google Pixel Watch - 15% off!$299⚡This is the first time we've seen the (just released) Google Pixle Watch on sale!
Indoor Cycling Desk - 14% off$102This is one of my favorite trainer desks, easily beating the Wahoo KICKR Desk, because it's got wheel locks and water bottle holders. Simple things.
Jackery Portable Power Station - $50 off$299This is something I use frequently when shooting out and about and I need to re-charge a crapton of drone batteries, action cameras, or just cameras and such. I also use it on trips to Eurobike and elsewhere to keep equipment charged. I've even bought a solar panel to hook up to it (surprisingly effective). Heck, I've even powered a KICKR trainer ride from it!
Lasko High Velocity Pro-Performance Fan (U15617) - 19% off$77This is one of the most popular indoor trainer fans out there, which rivals the Wahoo Headwind fan but cost a fraction of the price. Of course, it lacks ANT+/Bluetooth integration, but realistically if you really want that you can add a smart outlet for $10 to toggle it on/off from your phone if need be. I've actually got this fan in the DCR Cave recently on advice of many people.
Little Tikes Pelican Explore & Fit Cycle - 38% off$59⚡So, the Three Peanuts (girls ages 3/5/6) have used this for over a year now, abd 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.
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee & Espresso Kit - 30% off$118⚡ Let's be honest: This place runs on Nespresso (or, well, the knock-off pods we buy). But, the machine is Nespresso. Without it, reviews most definitely would not get done (and certainly not on time). This is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me!
Nest Cam Outdoors - $60 off$119We use one of these and so far after I think just about four years, it's working great for us. Love it, and works better than trying to stick a regular Nest Cam out the window (since it'll reflect both during daytime and at night with the IR sensor).
Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Fired Outdoor Portable Pizza Oven - $70 off!$279⚡ I know, I know, I still owe everyone a review. Nonetheless, more than a year later, 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...probably.
Panasonic LUMIX GH6 Digital Camera - $500 off!$1,697I use two of the previous edition of this (the GH5) as the workhorses for all of the video production I do in the DCR Cave. One is my main camera (A-cam), and one is my overhead/b-roll camera (B-cam). I'm not quite ready to upgrade those cameras yet, but, the last time I did, I did it with a Black Friday sale. It was an expensive day.
Peak Designs Out-Front Bike Mount - 10% off$62This i the out-front bike mount we use on our cargo bikes for the Peak Designs case.
Peak Designs Phone Case - 30% off$27⚡This is the phone case both my wife and I use for our phones, and it's got a bike-mount compatible system. I used to use the Quadlock cases, and those are fine, but I just like how slim these ones are, as well as the fact there's no rotation when unlock it from the handlebars. Plus, I like the cloth-look to it.
Peak Designs Phone Case Tripod - 10% off$71.95
Peak Designs Universal Bar Mount - 10% off$44⚡We use this as a floater bike mount for the Peak Designs case. Sometimes i use it on my road bike, mountain bike, and just commuter bikes.
Peloton Bike - $300 off!$1,145This deal is direct with Amazon, rather than Peloton. It doesn't include the weights like the bundle from Peloton directly, though, it does offer basically next-day free delivery.
Peloton Bike Bundle - $600 off$1,145This is the base Peloton Bike, plus some $600 in accessories. Even if you exclude the accessories, it's still about $300 cheaper than the bike by itself. The accessories include the shoes, water bottle, bike mat, workout mat, and two weights. I use the base Peloton Bike quite a bit, in fact, just an hour ago before adding this to the list.
Peloton Heart Rate Band - 30% off
$63Previously, I'd have said the Peloton Heart Rate Band wasn't really worth it at $90 compared to most other options. But at $67 it's basically the same as others, except has the integration with Peloton's Heart Rate Zone (if you have the Peloton app/gear).
Peloton Row - Bundle with $300 in accessories free$3,320While the Peloton Row just started shipping last week, Peloton has already put a bundle on for sale, inclusive of about $300 in accessories. Well, technically speaking you have to pay $20 extra for those accessories, but hey...close enough.
Philips Hue Smart Lighting - 20% offVariesAlmost all Hue stuff is 20% off, and what's not seems to have the 15% coupon option offered. So this is a good deal. We use a surprising amount of Philips Hue lights - both at home and at the DCR Cave. Albeit, I'd say it's surgically 'strategic' in how we use them. At home, the entire outside garden is Hue, mainly because it's frankly the easiest way to control a bunch of lights illuminating specific areas/plants from inside our house. Inside the house, we mainly use them in a few rooms that are street-facing, to fake being away. The kids room also have a single color light too, for fun every once in a while. Meanwhile, at the DCR Cave, I use them for set lighting. Both a static set (the Gondola for the QC Corner Series), but also behind trainers for certain scenes, as well as behind various product shots. Again, not everything is Hue, it's highly strategic, and color-focused. White-only stuff is usually the cheaper Ikea. In any case, with this sale I picked up the Hue Go, and some 5-meters of lightstrip for a fun idea.
Polar Grit X - 17% off
Polar H10 Chest Strap (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart) - 40% off
$54⚡So this has been fluctuating all day between $54 and $75. So it's a bit of luck of the draw. Either way- these are super low prices and great straps. This is one of my main chest straps I use as a reference device in testing. Works great!
Polar Ignite 2 - 22% off
$179While the Polar Ignite 3 just came out, this is a reasonable deal on the older model.
Polar Pacer - 15% off!$170I believe this is the first time we've seen the Polar Pace (base unit) on sale. Note - specifically the black/grey people.
Polar Pacer Pro - $80 off!
$219⚡I believe this is the first time we've seen the Polar Pace Pro on sale. Note - specifically the red/white one is $219, the others are $230-$240.
Polar Vantage M2 - 20% off!
Quarq DZero DUB (Road) PM Spider - 40% off$250⚡This is a major deal. SRAM has allowed retailers to put things on sale that were never allowed before, including power meters. This is the road/gravel variant of the MTB one I use (the XX1).
Quarq DZero DUB XX1 PM Spider - 40% off$449⚡This is a major deal. SRAM has allowed retailers to put things on sale that were never allowed before, including power meters. This is the same exact model I use on my mountain bike. Works well.
RunScribe Red Gait Lab Footpods - 20% offWhile 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 2 Pro Earbuds - $40 off!$199
Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro - $100 off!$399⚡This is the first time we've seen the new Galaxy Watch5 Pro on sale this low!
Samsung T7 Portable SSD 1-2TB - 36% off$89I 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. Note: Different colors have different sale prices - I don't understand why.
SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SD Cards - 18% off$51I 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. Note that usually I wait till these are about $40-45, so this is a good, but not yet fantastic deal.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB MicroSD Card - 20% off!$40⚡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 - $260 off!
$639While not quite as low as some of the crazy clearance deals this past summer, this is still a good deal overall.
Saris H3 Bundle - $280 off!$719While not quite as low as some of the crazy clearance deals this past summer, this is still a good deal overall. Bundle includes pre-installed cassette, sweat guard, and ANT+ USB stick.
Saris H4 (Hammer 4) Smart Trainer - $200 off!
$799This is their newest model that came out this past fall, though, I still don't have a unit to test, due to them having some issues with it. Thus, a bit of buyer beware.
Saris MP1 NFinity Motion Platform - $440 off!$759⚡This is by far the lowest normal sale price we've seen to date, save for their 'everything must go' clearance sale
Scosche RHYTHM+ 2.0 - 44% off!
Skydio 2+ Battery - Buy one/Get One Free (+$25 discount)$90This is a pretty impressive deal. This is a $25 discount to $90, then it's buy one, get one free. So $45. Drone batteries are never $45. This is solid!
Skydio 2+ Starter Kit - $200 off!
$899In terms of autonomy and self-following from a drone, nothing beats Skydio today.
Stages Bike SB20 - $700 off!
$1,799⚡ A very solid deal, making it the least expensive smart bike out there, despite being probably the best built one. (Note: While this sale is marked as 43% off, the reality is most of the time the price hovers around $2,300-2,500) - still, by far the lowest price we've ever seen).
Suunto 5 Peak - $60 off!
$239This is Suunto's mid-range/budget multisport GPS unit, and at $239 it's a solid deal.
Suunto 9 Peak - $170 off
$399While Suunto recently released the newer Suunto 9 Peak Pro, this existing model still benefits from many of the software updates.
Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer - $180 off
Tacx Flux S Smart Trainer - $150 off!
Tacx NEO 2T Smart Trainer - $280 off!
$1,120⚡This is Tacx's top-end trainer, and while sales have been more frequent in 2022, this is still a solid deal for a solid trainer.
Tacx NEO Bike Smart V1 - $470 off!
$2,719This is the V1 version, whereas the new Tacx NEO Bike Plus came out this past week with some very minor tweaks, however, that bike is $3,999 ($1,300 more than this!). Thus, this kinda looks like a steal.
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...
Therabody Theragun Mini - 21% off$159My wife uses the Theragun Elite, which is a bit larger than this Mini model, and also includes more tips. But, as noted - people seem happy with all these models.
Therabody Theragun Prime - 34% off$198My wife uses the Theragun Elite, which is just slightly more expensive than this model at $299 on sale right now. But hey, I hear good things about all of these.
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM V1 - $200 off
$199⚡This is the slightly older ROAM V1, which isn't quite as fancy as the new V2. Still, $200 off is a very solid deal, and it, recently got the new Wahoo Summit Segments feature, as well as other features - so it's still getting the majority (if not all) new firmware features.
Wahoo KICKR AXIS Feet - 40% off$47This is the lowest price we've ever seen on the Wahoo KICKR AXIS feet, which, if on a hard surface like concrete, will give your KICKR bike slightly more movement side to side. Note these come built-in to the KICKR 2020/2022, but you can install the AXIS feet on all Wahoo KICKR units (not CORE/SNAP).
Wahoo KICKR Bike - $500 off!
$1,999⚡⚡⚡ This is an incredible deal, by far the lowest the KICKR Bike has ever been. Especially given the just-announced V2 bike is even more expensive now at $4,000. And frankly, aside from built-in WiFi, there's not much otherwise on the newer V2 bike. I plan to take advantage of this deal and finally buy one for myself, this is astounding.
Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Trainer - $200 off!
$699⚡This is the lowest price we've actually ever seen on the KICKR CORE. While the new Zwift Hub came out that's relatively similar and cheaper, the KICKR CORE is a better option if you want to combine it with the Wahoo CLIMB, or, if you need multichannel Bluetooth.
Wahoo KICKR SNAP - 40% off
$299This is lowest we've ever seen the KICKR SNAP priced. While the trend has moved towards wheel-off/direct drive trainers, this is still really solid deal if your budget it tight.
Wahoo KICKR V5/2020 - $400 off!
$799⚡This is by far the lowest price any Wahoo KICKR has ever been (excluding CORE/SNAP obviously). If you don't care about built-in WiFi, there's little reason to spend $1,299 for the newer V6 unit that came out a few months ago.
Withings ScanWatch - Hybrid Smartwatch & Activity Tracker - 20% off$239
Withings Sleep Tracking Pad - 31% off$89Fun 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.

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 Forerunner 245 BETA Firmware Update: Bug fixes

Garmin Forerunner745 BETA Firmware Update: Bug fixes.

Garmin Forerunner 945 BETA Firmware Update: Bug fixes.

Garmin MARQ & Fenix 6 Series 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!

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  1. Juri

    Will you pusblish a write up of the Garmin dev Conference? And detail the CIQ 4.0 /Ant+ news and such? 🙂

  2. Andrew

    My Movescount activities have stopped syncing with Sports Tracker?
    Is Sports Tracker also part of the transition to the Suunto app?

  3. Benjamin

    The Bear and Wolf centre in West Yellowstone is really good. Shame West Yellowstone is a bit of a dump, but it’s a natural entry point for anyone coming from the west.

  4. Kevin

    Re: the Spinco outbreak in Hamilton: I’m pretty sure this fiasco is going to lead to updated guidance from the public health authorities on gyms, requiring masks to be worn at all times. Hell, the gym I’m a member at does require them, and I’m still not going out of an abundance of caution.

  5. Karl Brumund

    Up here, the guidelines for gyms (Spinco falls under that category) is that you need to be masked entering/moving between equipment/exiting, but not while actually working out. The idea is that the mask might interfere with your breathing during a high intensity workout. It both makes sense (harder to breath) and doesn’t (you can be spreading more, if infected, when you are breathing heavily). YMMV if you agree or disagree.

    Like the other poster, I’m not venturing back to local gyms; just not comfortable enough. And my local gym closed down months ago. 🙁
    (Though as of tomorrow, all gyms/fitness and more are closed again in my region for at least 28 days).

    • George Pajari

      In Vancouver (BC/Canada) we have conflicting advice on masks in gyms. The local health authority states “While the use of masks for prevention of COVID-19 among people without symptoms in non-healthcare settings is generally not recommended by Vancouver Coastal Health, some people using the facility (including staff and customers) may prefer to wear masks.” but the local occupational safety authority (WorkSafeBC) states “Fourth level protection (PPE): If the first three levels of protection aren’t enough to control the risk, consider the use of masks.”.
      I see a personal trainer for 1:1 strength sessions once a week. The two of us are the only people in his studio, and we’re both wearing masks and maintaining 2m physical separation. My trainer recommends the UnderArmour mask because it works well even when breathing heavily (it’s stiff enough to stay away from the mouth even when inhaling forcibly – but as it’s strength training, there’s not as much heavy respiration as in a spin class.)

    • Yeah, I think ultimately everything is about balancing risk (with reward, I suppose). I think there’s a reasonably significant difference between two individuals in an otherwise empty facility/room (masked), whilesocially seperate…versus having a class with umpteen people unmasked in a single room, breathing heavily for 45-60 minutes.

  6. Neil Jones

    I feel like I’m not getting something with the GoPro Max Lens Mod. If I’m understanding this correctly, Horizon Lock is meant to be a unique feature of the Mod which isn’t available on the standard GoPro HERO9. However, as there’s no electronic or physical authentication involved in the Mod, all I need to do is lie to my GoPro and say I’ve attached a Max and suddenly the Horizon Lock option is available, and what’s more, it even seems to work perfectly fine from my quick test just now. That can’t be right, can it?

    • Everything you wrote is correct. However, the challenge is that depending on the exact resolution you’re in, then you’ll see wonkiness. For example, kick it up to 5K, and it all goes weird, because it needs that extra space.

      Whereas, 1080p in narrow is probably fine. I did some early toying without it a month ago, but haven’t dug into all the use cases, or the lens clarity aspects.

  7. Brandon

    Hi DC quick question if you don’t mind about some of these Garmin devices that have training effect etc on them (like 645, Fenix etc). If you record a workout using a connect IQ app will you still get training effect and some kind of training volume from that workout? Or does the workout have to be completed in one or Garmins preloaded activities? I’m thinking more about Will anything show for training effect or volume on the connect phone App as I assume the watch won’t show anything during or post workout as it relates to training effect on another developers app.

  8. Stanislav Radkov

    Would there be a recording from your State of the union (or whatever it was called) this year? I really enjoyed your talks from previous years! I know it was available to stream but unfortunately could not watch it live.

  9. Artem

    Just noticed that Garmin recently unveiled D2 Air watch (with Amoled screen). Any plans for reviewing it? If D2 Delta is kinda Fenix for aviators, what is the D2 Air then?

    • Indeed. It looks cool, but no plans to review it. It’s basically just Venu hardware. And since I lack an airplane, it’d be hard to test unfortunately. 🙁

    • Artem

      Ray, thanks for the quick answer. Venu software means no mapping…a bit disappointing since D2 Air costs 500 EUR, and Venu ~ 300 EUR.
      Regarding the lack of airplane, I think in one of the previous reviews you mentioned something about being aviation geek and getting pilot licence at some point. I hope this point is getting closer and closer to you every day!

    • No mapping to my knowledge. I suspect we’ll get there, but I’d imagine Garmin would launch that on a higher end watch.

      I am definitely a huge aviation geek, and started my private pilots license many years ago, but wasn’t able to finish it before moving to DC (where it’s far more difficult to complete due to the ADIZ). Someday…

  10. Alan James White

    Watch and equipment reviews are useful. I am wanting something more. I need help improving my metrics. Such as: stride length, run cadence, vertical ratio, ground contact time balance, and, of course, V02 max. I would like for Mister Rainmaker to discuss these variables, one at a time in a series of in depth videos. I need to know exactly what these numbers mean and what I can do do improve my results.

  11. Chris Capoccia

    for the SpinCo case, lots of gyms operate classes that way, so I wonder if there isn’t something special going on in this case. Maybe a contagious instructor was walking between bikes yelling without a mask? Spin classes without music sound pretty boring. Also found an update story with a good infographic about the spread link to cbc.ca

    • Raul V

      In the say 5 pieces about this case no mentioning of the air circulation aspect. Does the rest of the world not know about this? In Europe (at least some countries) we do!
      It’s still not fully accepted by the people responsible for all policies since the early days but that’s considered to be fear of being held responsible for all that has gone wrong.
      A closed circuit system works like a distributor!!

  12. TK B.

    There isn’t an option for me to reply to your post for the backcountry give away. Maybe you’ve reached you maximum amount of comments allowed?

    Anyways, here are my weekend workout plans:

    Saturday: 2 hour 30 min endurance bike
    Sunday: 1 hour run followed by a 1 hour bike

    • Hi TK!

      The entry period ended on Monday evening unfortunately. Doh!

      Fear not, I’m hoping to get back into the previous monthly rhythm of things with them going forward. Also, I usually have 1-2 DCR Supporter Only giveaways as well each year. 🙂


    • TK

      Totally missed that! Lol. Love your content. It’s so helpful, informative and funny too. Look forward to reading and watching for many years to come.

  13. Larry Marshall

    Put me down for the giveaway, will be doing a 6 mile esy run and planning for a backpacking trips to Arkansas the following weekend. Larry

  14. balandreau

    Hi Ray, I came across frontier X product which should be the first medical HR chest strap for athlete? They apparently tested vs Holter monitor. Any plans on reviewing it ?

    • Hmm. I think it’s honestly a bit niche for me, especially at that crazy price point.

      Generally speaking, HR straps are pretty reliable these days – and I’m honestly not seeing anything in this strap that makes it more accurate than others. Instead, it appears the bulk of their pitch is around the software platform, training load/etc type stuff – which I think most athletes are getting from their watches these days.

      It does have ECG functions, though, unlike an Apple Watch/Fitbit/etc…the disclaimer notes it’s actually not a medical grade/approved device. In fact, no part of their device is.

      So while I think they might be doing some interesting bits for the training ‘extras’, I’d struggle to see there being that much interest in a device like this in 2020, since virtually everyone that would want a device like this already has a HR strap that does all of it.

      Perhaps there’s a market for a de-bundled version of it. Such as a $99 HR strap without all the software features people aren’t going to need.

      Just my two cents…

    • Balandreau

      Thanks for the reply. They told me they are getting it fda approved.
      Agreed not for the hobby runner but competitive athlete.
      I believe more than anything is the data that could show any heart malfunction. We know in endurance long term effect might induce heart damage as well as viruses can trigger it too. Might not replace the cardiologist but be a complement to it.

    • Drew

      It is being heavily marketed on social media but quickly reading the blurb it is not clear to me what it does. It seems to be a mishmash of quasi-medical and sporting features and the cost is crazy (because its medical … but it isn’t). Optical HR devices for sport have come so far that I have stopped using a chest strap. They can even make a stab at beat to beat variability at rest. The only reason I can see for using a strap would be for real time R-R variability during exercise as an alternative intensity measure, perhaps with R-R variability zones. These would be cool as they would adapt naturally to your state of recovery and also in exercise fatigue. FirstBeat have some algorithms based on R-R variability. It is not clear to me that Frontier-X does this. The Garmin CIQ API does not expose a field with R-R variability during an activity. It is not available on my old FR935. I suspect Frontier X is all mouth and no trousers!

  15. Kasha Williamson

    Fourth frontier? Cardiac issues and would like to see your thoughts on this new product.