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:
We’re currently in the lull between Amazon Prime Day a few weeks back, and the start of Black Friday type sales in November. Still, there’s some decent options out there. Oh, you can always access all deals at dcrainmaker.com/deals
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Apple AirPods Pro - $50 off!|
|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 Watch Series 6 - 40mm RED - $70 off|
|$329||Amazon||This is a very solid deal on the Apple Watch Series 6.|
|Fitbit Charge 4 - $50 off!|
|$99||Amazon||REI||Currently the best deal we've seen to date, matching only the Black Friday deal last fall.|
|Fitbit Versa 3 - $50 off|
|$179||Amazon||REI||This is the first time the Versa 3 has been on sale.|
|Garmin Forerunner 245 - $50 off|
|$249||Amazon||REI||Both 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||$299||Amazon||REI||Both 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|
|$149||Amazon||Backcountry||If you're looking for a runners focused watch, this is a pretty good deal, about 25% 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 Forerunner 945 - $50-$80 off|
|$519||Amazon||Backcountry||Not a bad deal, the price seems to fluctuate between $50 off (official Garmin sale price currently), and $75-$80 off (unofficial sale price).|
|Garmin Instinct - $80 off|
|$169||Amazon||This is a pretty strong price, though over time the pricing norms have as slowly dipped further and further.|
|Garmin Vivoactive 4/4S - $80 off|
|$269||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).|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 - Incl Disney/Avengers/Star Wars variants ($20 off)|
|$49||Amazon||These are Garmin's kids activity trackers, and what both of my two oldest daughters wear daily (princess and Disney edition variants).|
|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.|
|Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 - 43% off||$238||Amazon||This is the lowest price I've seen on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, which typically is 'only' on sale for about 30% off.|
|Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch - $60 off|
|$339||Amazon||The Suunto 7 floats on and off sale occasionally, but usually not more than 20% off.|
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: October 18th, 2020
Monday: DC Rainmaker State of Sports Tech 2020 Keynote
Tuesday: Garmin’s Virtual Developer Conference News Tidbits for Connect IQ 4.0 and Garmin Connect Platform
Wednesday: Garmin Instinct Esports Edition with Special Software: An Explainer of Sorts
Friday: Wattbike ATOM 2020 Smart Bike In-Depth Review
Saturday: Here’s the DCR $500 Gadget Giveaway Winner!
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) DCR on ChaseTheSummit LiveStream: Just a heads up I’ll be doing a livestream with Dave of ChaseTheSummit, chatting about all sorts of things from wearable tech to behind the scenes geekery. You can click below and hit the bell to be notified. The livestream is this Thursday at 5PM US Eastern Time/10PM Central European Time.
2) Zwift outage scheduled for Monday Night/Tuesday Morning: Just a heads up that Zwift has a four-hour scheduled outage planned for 7PM-11PM US Pacific Time, or 3AM-7AM European Central Time, or 1PM-5PM Sydney time.
3) Tokyo 2020…er…2021 Olympic Swimming Pool Opens Up: Some pretty cool behind the scenes photos in this tweet stream of both the building process and just the pure size/scale of it.
4) Doping Tests are Returning, but it Might Be Too Late: The article dives into how COVID-19 has created a vacuum with respect to doping tests, which normally occur continuously for professional athletes, including out of competition testing to detect training related doping (which can then benefit racing).
5) Canyon Bicycles up for sale: And, from what appears to be roughly the same investment group compilation that recently took a $500M stake in Zwift. No surprise here, Canyon is set for huge growth if they can figure out logistics (and competitive pricing) for countries outside of Europe. As a two-time Canyon buyer now (road and mountain), I’d happily buy another frame given I live here in Europe. But looking at US pricing, it’s just a non-starter.
6) Impact of COVD-19 on Professional Athletes: A study by Stanford University with Strava takes a look at all the stats and data. This includes everything like changes to pace or HR intensity levels, as well as mental related aspects.
7) Peak Design’s new bike mount system: I like the looks of it. I’m a big Quadlock buyer/user, but I appreciate that I don’t have to rotate this. CyclingTips has a good hands-on look too. And based on what I see here, I like it a lot – including the mini-tripod concept. Though, two thoughts. First, I’m simply not joining a Kickstarter for something that I don’t get till next May (best case scenario). Second, this is super similar to the concept that I tested two years ago from another crowd-funded company, SwitchLok. I validated they didn’t license the IP from SwitchLok, so will be interesting to see how that shakes out. Still, I’ll likely be a buyer for it once it reaches retail.
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 MARQ Series Firmware Update: Massive pile of new features including track mode, daily suggested workouts, improved recovery time, and a boatload more things.
Garmin Fenix 6 Series Firmware Update: Same as MARQ.
Garmin FR945 Firmware Update: Essentially same as MARQ/Fenix 6.
Garmin FR745 Firmware Update: Adds indoor climb/bouldering, plus MTB Grit/Flow metrics
Garmin FR245 Firmware Update: Adds track mode & advanced recovery time
Garmin Fenix 5 Series Firmware Update: Bug fixes
Garmin Edge 530/830/1030/1030 Plus Firmware Update: Adds Tacx Road Feel, new Varia All Clear tone, and a bunch of other tweaks.
Wahoo ELEMNT/BOLT/ROAM Firmware Update: Bug fix related to old workouts appearing as new workouts
With that – thanks for reading all!