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Week in Review–November 8th, 2020

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The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and Facebook, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!

So with that, let’s get into the action!

Sports Tech Deals of Note:

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

Also – Backcountry.com has a 20% off one item sale right now. While it’s not valid for most of the sports tech products you might want, it is valid on plenty of other supporting gear you probably buy. Using this link you’ll see the 20% coupon on the homepage to add to your cart. Plus, it helps support the site here.

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
Amazon Echo Dot - 35% off!$38We've got a couple of these, both at home, and the office, and mostly just use it to play music for the kids. I don't have a specific need to pickup another one this year, but it's kinda incredible what kind of technology they can pack into that price.
Amazon Echo Dot - 53% off$18I use these around the studio and home - and for $18, it's kinda incredible what kind of technology they can pack into that price.
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $50 off
$159
$99⚡⚡ This is the lowest price AirPods have ever been - this is solid! I use AirPods primarily when I'm travelling just to listen in airports, planes, etc... I don't tend to use these for workouts due to them falling out. Also, with the wireless charging case for $50 off. Personally, I just use the basic model.
Apple Airpods Pro - $80 off!
$249
$169⚡⚡ This is the lowest AirPods Pro has ever been, even lower than the Amazon Prime Day Deals. ***NOTE: YOU MUST ADD IT TO YOUR CART TO SEE THE $169 SALE PRICE****
Apple Watch SE - $50 off
$279
$229This is the first time we've seen the Apple Watch SE on sale, and $50 off is a heck of a solid deal considering the far more expensive Apple Watch Series tends to only be on sale for $15-$25 off at a time.
Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm) - HOLY COW DISCOUNT!
$169-$179
$119⚡⚡⚡ Holy cow, this is an incredible deal for the Apple Watch Series 3, $119USD - it's never been anywhere near this low. This is the lowest price we've ever seen for the Apple Watch Series 3. While the Series 6 is the new one, the Series 3 has almost all the same features (and still gets all the updates). It's dipped a few times to $169.
Apple Watch Series 6 - (40mm)- $50 Off
$399/$499 (cellular)
$349This is now the best deal we've seen on the Apple Watch Series 6.
Apple iPad - Latest Model 8th Gen (32GB) - 10% off$299I 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 The SufferFest - but I pretty much test every smart trainer app on it. This is the latest iPad that was just announced barely two weeks ago, so not too bad to see it on sale already (US AMAZON DEAL ONLY).
Apple iPad - Latest Model 8th Gen (64GB) - $64 off!$334I 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 The SufferFest - but I pretty much test every smart trainer app on it. This is the latest iPad that was just announced barely two weeks ago, so not too bad to see it on sale already (US AMAZON DEAL ONLY).
DJI Mavic Mini - 10% off
$499 ($549 combo)
$359
DJI OSMO Action (Action Cam) - Normally $329
$349
$199⚡ This is a very solid price for the DJI OSMO Action, and it's a very strong first contender from DJI to compete with the Hero 7 Black (realistically, except for the dual-screen, it simply doesn't compete with the Hero 8 or Hero 9). I really like a lot of elements on the OSMO Action, but especially the dual-screen. Check out my full review for comparative thoughts. While I would have said that maybe we'd see a new OSMO Action sometime this past spring (an annual refresh cycling), I'm pretty sure COVID19 has killed any chance of that happening for a while.
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!
Fitbit ACE 2 Activity Tracker for Kids - $20 Off$49
Fitbit Charge 4 - 33% off!
$149
$99⚡ This just came out earlier this year, so this is a pretty solid deal for sure!
Fitbit Inspire 2 - 30% off
$99
$69
Fitbit Sense - $50 off!
$329
$279This is the first time we've seen the brand new Fitbit Sense on sale. Not a bad deal at all!
Fitbit Versa 2 - $50 off$129⚡ If you don't need the new features of the Versa 3 (of which, there are almost none except for built-in GPS), then this is a great option.
Garmin Edge 1030 - $150 off!
$499
$399-$469⚡ This is a pretty solid deal for this unit, especially since it's getting a number of the recently announced 1030 Plus features later this year. Note: This price keeps floating up/down hourly.
Garmin Edge 530 Cycling GPS - $50 off!
$299
$249⚡ This is the the lowest price we've ever seen on the Edge 530, and only from a handful of retailers. This is one of the main units I use for my day to day riding and testing. It's also an B&H specific sale and is highly unlikely to last long (B&H is the largest photo gear retailer out there, but also does a strong Apple & Garmin side business).
Garmin Edge 830 Cycling GPS - 8% off!
$399
$369⚡It's a rare day to see the Garmin Edge 830 on sale - so rare to date in fact that I don't have any record of it being on sale previously. This appears to be an Amazon-specific sale, so I don't expect it to last long.
Garmin FR935 - $100-$200 off
$499
$269⚡ Sure, it's not the latest edition, but the FR935 is the staple of many triathletes and runners, and it still an incredible solid watch. We saw this a bit lower last month on Amazon Prime Day ($239). Also, I say $100-$200 off, because the 'base' price fluctuates a bit these days. Sometimes retail is $399 sometimes $499.
Garmin Fenix 5X - 50% off
$599
$299⚡ Down to $299 is a substantial deal for the Fenix 5X (non-Plus), so don't expect much in the way of major firmware updates. But still, at that price it's solid - incredible really. Note: The Fenix 5X in this series actually does include mapping, whereas the other Fenix 5 (non-Plus) units don't have it.
Garmin Fenix 6 Series - $150 all models
$599-$1,149
$150 off⚡⚡ This deal is back! This is a great deal that showed up last spring, and it also includes the newly launched Fenix 6/6S Solar units from this past summer
Garmin Forerunner 235 Running Watch
$249
$119⚡Look, this isn't the latest generation watch (the FR245 is, released last year). But, in terms of a damn-solid running watch, the FR235 absolutely fits the bill. You'll find it on many runners wrists in running races (ya know, once those happen again).
Garmin Forerunner 245 - $50 off
$299/$349
$249Both the Forerunner 245 is on sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it's actually the lowest we've seen either product priced to date.
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music - $50 off$299Both the Forerunner 245 Music is sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it's actually the lowest we've seen either product priced to date. The FR245 Music supports Spotify, Amazon Music, and other streaming platforms.
Garmin Forerunner 45/45S - $50 off
$199
$149If you're looking for a runners focused watch, there's no better deal on the market than this. Period. The FR45 basically packs all the features of the previous generation FR235...just now in the FR45 series. Seriously, this is a solid deal.
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music - 51% off
$399/$449 (with music)
$219This isn't a bad price per se, but for $20 more you'll get so much more watch out of the FR935 deal. However, that doesn't include music, whereas this FR645 Music Deal Does. Also, the 51% off is per list, but realistically we're talking about $70 off normal prices.
Garmin Forerunner 735XT
$349
$169⚡ If one were to have a 'Yo mama' joke in here somewhere, the FR735XT has been around longer than Yo Mama, however, at $169...that's compelling if you just simply want a basic triathlon watch that still supports more sports features than most of its competitors.
Garmin Forerunner 935 Tri Bundle- $100 Off$399⚡ Sure, it's not the latest edition, but the FR935 is the staple of many triathletes and runners, and it still an incredible solid watch. This bundle includes the HRM-TRI and HRM-SWIM chest straps.
Garmin Forerunner 945 - $70 off
$599/599EUR
$529This is a good deal, in fact, the best deal on the FR945 we've seen in 2020. I don't anticipate this either lasting long, or being bested this weekend.
Garmin Foreruuner 35 - $50 off
$169
$99If you're looking for a solid budget GPS running watch, it's hard to go wrong here. Sure, it's a few years old now, but it'll track your race just fine and upload to Garmin Connect and all the other Strava-like sites as well.
Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap) - $15 off
$69
$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-PRO - 15% off!
$129
$99⚡ If you're in the market for the HRM-PRO, this seems like a no brainer to pickup on sale. Especially since it just came out and isn't actually on the 'approved' list of Garmin sale items, so I suspect this is a short-term Amazon one-off. Take it while its there!
Garmin Instinct - $80 off
$299
$149⚡ Sure, the new Solar variants came out this summer with a few new features, but at their core the Instincts are mostly the same. Still, $149 is the lowest price the Instinct has ever been at.
Garmin Instinct Solar - $100 off
$399/$449
$299This is the first time we've seen a deal on the Garmin Instinct Solar, and the best deal I expect we'll see for a while.
Garmin Speed Sensor V2 - 18% off!$32This is Garmin's latest ANT+/Bluetooth Smart speed sensor, but notably, it's also one that can record your rides without being connected to a bike computer, making it perfect for tracking mileage on a commuter bike. I'm super tempted to pickup a few of these and outfit all our commuter/cargo bikes for 2021 to see what the mileage/breakdown by trip/etc looks like at the end of the year. Yes, I'm a geek.
Garmin Swim 2 - $50 off
$249
$199This is only the 2nd time we've seen the Garmin Swim 2 on sale. And as part of my in-depth review I found it easily the most accurate openwater swim watch GPS-wise I've ever tested. Which, is good, since most pools seem to be closed these days. :-/
Garmin Tactix Charlie - $150 off$599The Tactix Charlie is essentially a Fenix geared towards military folks (Amazon Prime Days)
Garmin Venu GPS Smartwatch - $100 off!
$299
$249This is about the lowest we've seen yet for the Garmin Venu GPS, which includes an AMOLED display as well as music (even Spotify offline). Solid deal.
Garmin Vivoactive 3
$129
$129⚡ Obviously this is the previous edition, but dang, it's still a good price for a great little GPS watch. This has mostly been on sale at this price range for a while now, however, I've included it in the list merely because if you're looking for a deal then this is probably one of the best deals out there.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music - $50 off
$169
$149⚡⚡ Very solid deal, and remember, this includes Spotify support too!
Garmin Vivoactive 4/4S - $65 off
$299
$235This is Garmin's current offering to compete with the Apple Watch series (alongside the Garmin Venu), and this is a good price, though, not as low as we saw for Amazon Prime Day at $199.
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 3 - 25% off$59Sale includes all Vivofit Jr 3 variants.
Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator (2-way) - $100 off$249⚡ This is a great deal on this unit which can send messages back and forth when there's no cellular service. It also connects to the Garmin Edge devices plus the Forerunner & Fenix devices for sending urgent messages sans-cell signals
GoPro Hero 8 Black Camera Bundle - $70 off!$279-$299⚡ The Hero 8 is still a great camera, so if you don't need the extra bits of the newer Hero 9, this saves you a $100 in comparison. Plus, this includes an extra battery, shorty stick/tripod, head mount, and 32GB MicroSD Card. Note: Price seems to fluctuate a bit between $279 and $299.
GoPro Hero 9 Black - $50 off$399⚡ This is actually the first time we've seen the Hero 9 on sale. Note that if you're a GoPro Plus Subscriber, then it's a bit cheaper at $349 from GoPro directly, but otherwise, it's $449.
Google Nest Mesh WiFi Router - 18% off$139These are the WiFi mesh access points I use both at home and the DCR Cave. Love them - I don't need to dork with them, they just work.
Insta360 One R Action Cam - 15% off$466The entire lineup of Insta360 One R action cams are 15% off, including the 1" and 360 variants. Overall it's a good cam with good picture clarity (I've mainly used the 1" 5.3K variant), but I find the software really lets it down.
Jaybird Vista Wireless Headphones - 44% off!
$179
$99⚡ I like these headphones quite a bit, and tested them a while back. A very solid deal for sure here!
Kinetic Smart Control Trainer Resistance Unit - 20% off$279So this is a smart trainer (ANT+/BLE) resistance unit that fits on *ANY* Kinetic trainer frame, even those ones that are like 15 years old. It's a great way to turn an old 'dumb trainer' Kinetic frame into a new smart trainer frame - especially for 20% off.
Lacie 2TB & 4TB Ruggedized USB Drives - 27% off$109These are the drives I primarily use for large piles of storage with my laptop and daily use before offloading to a file server. I also sometimes edit videos off these too (though, for multiple 4K streams in video it can be a tiny bit slower than SSD drives). But still, definitely recommend these.
Manfrotto Compact Tripod (MKCOMPACTACN) - 34% off
$69
$51This is my main tripod I use day in and day out, and during all my travelling. It's probably got 500,000-800,000 miles of travel on it, and it still looks like new - despite the fact that I treat it like crap. It's out in the salt spray waves often, in the mud and rain, etc... It just rocks. I just bought another one to have one permanently setup in the studio (+ one for traveling).
NPE CABLE - $5 off!
$59
$44This sensor is rarely on sale...so take any cash off ya can! Note the base sale price is 10% off, and then you'll add coupon code THE5KRUNNER to get another 10% off that price.
NPE Heartbeatz - $10 off!$39This little pod will re-transmit out your Apple watch heart rate as standard ANT+/Bluetooth Smart, Note the base sale price is 10% off, and then you'll add coupon code THE5KRUNNER to get another 10% off that price.
NPE Runn Treadmill Sensor for Zwift - 19% off$80This sensor is rarely on sale, and my favorite for treadmill use. Love it. Note the base sale price is 10% off, and then you'll add coupon code THE5KRUNNER to get another 10% off that price.
Nest Cam Indoors - 23% off$99We have more Nest cam's than I can count. No really, we have half a dozen at the DCR Cave alone, plus more at home. We love them. Nest Cam's really only go on sale about once per year.
Nest Cam Outdoors - 10% off$185We use one of these and so far after I think just about three 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).
Nurvv Running Insoles - 30% off
$299
$199This is a pretty new product, just launched this past fall that sits inside your shoe and even has GPS built into the pod sidewalls. I'm still in the midst of testing it currently, and expect a review sometime in December.
Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera - $700 off!This is my main shooting cameras for video (they make great stills too, but I mainly got this for video), and I've bought two of them. $700 off is an awesome deal. In my case I got the kit. And in case it's even more of an endorsement, both GPLAMA & DesFit also use this camera too!
Polar H10 Chest Strap (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart) - 19% off
$89
$72This is a great dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart (with two Bluetooth Smart connections) chest strap that you'll often find me using as a reference strap in heart rate sensor testing. We only tend to see deals on it around Black Friday, always topping out around 20%.
Polar Ignite GPS - $45 off!
$229
$183This is a very solid deal for this unit, and about the lowest we've seen it. Note that the price varies slightly based on the exact color band you select. But either way, it's a great deal.
PowerBeats Pro Wireless Sport Headphones - $75 off!
$249
$174⚡⚡ These are my daily driver headphones that I use for all my trainer rides, and anything else sport related. While they're not perfect (namely the charging case), it's what I keep going back to every day because of the seamless Apple ecosystem integration (iPad/Apple TV/iOS/Mac).
Samsung Galaxy Buds True Wireless Earbuds - 39% off$79This are obviously super popular, and having them be 31% off ought to make them even more popular. Wireless Charging Case included.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 - $60 off$339This is a pretty new watch, so $60 off is a solid discount!
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 - 28% off$179
SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable External SSD - 39% off$169This is the high speed drive I use to store the footage I'm actively video editing, so that I can edit it on both my iMac at the office, and then my MacBook when travelling or at home.
SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SD Cards - 43% off$56I 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.
SanDisk 256GB MicroSD Card - 38% off!$29I use this card in both 128GB and 256GB variety, and it's perfect for all my drones and action cams, easily recording 4K/60 and 5K/30, as well as 5.7K without trouble. I often pickup these cards when on sale like this, so I have them for later in the year when not on sale.
Stages Dash L10 - $75$75⚡ This is a fantastic price on this unit. This is a full featured power-meter supporting cycling GPS unit, packed with structured-workout features. Seriously, nothing comes close at this price.
Stages Dash L50 - $90 off!
$299
$209The Stages Dash M50 & L50 are both 30% off, in addition, all Stages Dash accessories are 30% off.
Stages Dash M50 - $75 off!
$249
$174⚡ The Stages Dash M50 & L50 are both 30% off, in addition, all Stages Dash accessories are 30% off.
Stryd V2 Running Pod - $20 off$199Stryd 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.
Suunto 5 GPS Multisport Watch - 35% off
$329
$229⚡ A very strong deal for this complete multisport watch that I really like. Well nailed on price here.
Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch - 30% off
$499
$349⚡ This is now the lowest price this watch has ever been at - and definitely a price to pick it up if you were in the market for it.
Suunto 9 - 46% off!
$599 (non-baro is $499)
$346This is about a good a deal as we've ever seen in the US for the Suunto 9.
Synology 4 bay NAS DiskStation DS920+ (Diskless) - $110 off$439I use Synology NAS units for all my file storage at the DCR Cave. This unit is a slightly smaller variant of what I use (DS1817), but mainly just with less storage space. The DS920+ linked here is a solid deal at $110 off, though, keep in mind if just using for simple storage, the DS418 is cheaper (but doesn't support expansion units). Also, remember you'll need to add disks. I currently find 8TB units are the sweet spot on price vs capacity. (P.S - Thanks to Jose down below in the comments for finding this deal and asking my thoughts - more discussion there.)
Withings Body WiFi Scale - 20% off
$59
$47I'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 - 30% off$69I'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/Nokia Health Body Cardio WiFI Scale - 20% off
$149
$119This is the highest end scale that Withings makes, which includes additional metrics - specifically heart rate. Though, honestly, I'm not sure why you need to know your heart rate standing on your scale.

DCRAINMAKER.COM Posts in the Past Week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page this past week:

Tuesday: Tuesday Tidbits: Quarq Bitter Battery Warning, COROS Major Firmware Update, Garmin Major FR245/FR945 Updates
Wednesday: DJI Mini 2 In-Depth Review

A bit of a quieter week on the site, busier week on YouTube, and working behind the scenes on posts for next week. Enjoy!

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) Full presentations from Garmin Developer Virtual Conference Now Available: You can watch most of them, and while I haven’t yet had the opportunity to listen to them all, there’s usually some solid behind the scenes nuggets in these presentations. Often especially from the business track ones (like this one). Also, semi-related, it’s cool to see nearly 30,000 people have streamed my full 45-minute-long ‘State of Sports Tech’ presentation. But even cooler is the intelligent comments in the comments section there. YouTube often has the (usually correct) reputation of the comments section being a dumpster fire. But this is a nice example of that not being the case. Also, somewhat astoundingly, assuming people made it past the first 60 seconds, almost 60% made it then the full 45 minutes. That’s crazy for YouTube. Which isn’t to be like ‘Oh, people liked it’ – but to point out that there is an audience for some long-form fitness tech on YouTube. Kinda like last year when DesFit and I did a 34+ minute long video together discussing the year in smartwatches…that now has 300,000 views!

2) AI Camera System Continuously Mistakes Bald Football (Soccer) Ref for Ball: To be fair, the guys head does look like a soccer ball.

3) Spotify Can Now Stream On Apple Watch Without Phone: But somehow, impossibly, you still can’t offline music on the Apple Watch app. Thus, you do have to be connected for this to work (such as cellular).

4) Panasonic makes gadget to rescue AirPods/etc from train tracks: This isn’t sporty tech per se, but it’s related enough that I found it super interesting.

5) Magene P325 CS Power Meter Kickstarter Launches: I generally think Magene actually makes good products. They primarily focus on the Asian market, with most depth in China. But they also partner with some major western sports tech companies for OEM of equipment.  Thus, I’m a bit surprised to see a very well established company on Kickstarter. All about marketing. I haven’t tested this unit yet. Maybe soon.

6) Fitbit posts pretty good Q3 results: Of note is that this actually wouldn’t have likely included any meaningful number of their newest Sense/Versa 3 units, since those only started shipping the last few days of the quarter.

7) And yes, Peloton posted strong Q3 results: As did Garmin, but in the case of Peloton, they managed to ship some 243,000 smart bikes out to consumers. Yet the waiting list is mostly into the December to January timeframe right now. Kinda crazy. Still, for the next quarter they’re expecting to ship roughly the same number of units out – which tells you that they haven’t quite found a way to add additional manufacturing capacity yet.

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8) Livestream with Dave from Chase The Summit: Since there was no ‘Week in Review’ last week, I didn’t have a place to stick this. But you can sit back and listen to an hour-long chat on sports tech geekery, plus lots of random historical DCR bits and bobs.

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 Edge 530/830/1030/1030 Plus Series BETA Firmware update: Mostly just minor fixes, and CIQ additions.

Garmin Venu & Vivoactive 4 Series BETA Firmware Update: Mostly just fixes, but I did notice the ability to set/calibration elevation from Garmin Connect Mobile, which is definitely new across the Garmin world.

Garmin FR245/745/945 BETA Firmware Update: Just bug fixes.

Hammerhead Karoo Series Firmware Update: Added navigation cues, quick-action menu, in-ride banners, battery saver mode, and a bunch of other things.

With that – thanks for reading all!

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21 Comments

  1. John

    Do you know when you’ll be able to post your review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3? Trying to decide between it and the Venu since the Sense has not gotten great reviews. Thanks for all your in-depth analysis of these products!

  2. Ihsan

    Sorry to read Peanut 2’s mishap guys. Hope the recovery is easy and fast.

  3. Nighthawk700

    For your point about ‘if people make it past 60 seconds” of your YouTube video, I hope I’m not skewing the stats. I check every few days to see if YouTube has yet added the autocraptions so I can follow the video. (Still a no). On a slightly related note, I got the Edge 1030 and Varia 510 from the Amazon Prime Day. The 510 refused to pair with the 1030. I went through the process with Garmin support, still no dice. I sent it to Garmin HQS, and they sent me a Varia 515 as a replacement. Sweet! Pairing went without a hitch. I did a ride the other day, and found that “seeing” the multiple cars behind me, and just about to pass me, make me much more comfortable out on the road, where I can’t hear them and have sometimes been caught by surprise when they whiz pass.

    • Yeah, the auto-caption situation sucks. It’s been escalated within YouTube support and is now with engineering somewhere. Essentially, I can’t get any auto-captions generated for really any of my videos since late September. Which means I can’t then correct/fix them like I often do.

      🙁

  4. Docmax

    Hi Ray – thanks for all the exhaustive reviews. Really enjoy the long format articles – such a rare pleasure in a world of 280 characters and listicles.

    I’ve noticed that Wiggle have started their Black Friday deals and have the Garmin 1030 at £299. Seems like a steal, but will I miss not having the ‘+’?

    • klaus

      I think you will miss the + ? The + has the newer low energy GPS Chip from Sony and is really faster for Route calculation.

  5. Pawel

    Thoughts on the Descent MK2?

  6. Derek Chan

    Not impressed with Magene’s quality. Got a heart rate sensor that would stop transmitting after 40mins.

    • Israel Lima

      Good to know! Did you buy the magene’s cadence sensor? I wish to know if it is good, because it is very cheap!

    • Tomasz

      I’ve used two cadence sensors from magene. The first one failed pretty quickly (after about 300 km), I think because the battery cover thread was very fragile, and it was impossible to close the battery cover tightly. Now I use the slightly updated model (called 210 I believe), and after one full season of cycling it is still good.

  7. I think the bald chap was the linesman not the ref but minor detail, still funny.

  8. Sam

    am i the only one who missed the podcast with shane ?

  9. Daryl

    I always enjoy your keynote and I can usually get my wife to listen to some of it, too. Now I have to figure out how to get her interested in the year in review videos you do. It is always fun to see you with Des or Shane.

  10. Arkie Marquez

    Am I the only one missing the Fit file podcast???

  11. Andrew

    About £227 to get a genuine dual-sided powermeter – the 40% discount is a lot so I guess retail it’ll sit nearer £400 but if they pull it off the likes of Stages charging £700 for an inaccurate Shimano based PM are going to have to have a rethink you would suspect. Whilst pedals will always be able to command a premium for their installation and portability ease, this seems like a bit of a shot across the bows of the likes of Favero as well at £600.

    Could this be a little bit of a prod that, if they get something accurate to market, we start to see another little downward jump in PM pricing (the fact that you can get an early bird single sided for £120 is mind boggling!)

    • “if they get something accurate to market”

      And thus, the most important question.

    • Bill O'Hara

      A mention of IQ squared should be made. We have seen no reviews of the actual production unit. Until a manufacturer actually ships the product being sold can we consider buying it. Too often the product being offered changes during the solicitation period. They will downgrade the offerings or it will not actually happen.

      IQ sent a product to DCR, which was entirely operable but they have subsequently changed it according to their posts.

  12. Frank Goehner

    Hmmm, another kickstarter power meter, I will put down money that it goes as well as IQ2 and Limits