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Week in Review–April 18th, 2022

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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:

We’ve got a handful of new deals this week, a pile from Garmin in the cycling realm, and then a pile from DJI in the everything realm. Garmin does often put cycling gear on sale this time of year, albeit it’s far more rare for DJI to do the same this time of year.

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
Garmin Edge 1040 - $100 off$499The is the lowest price we've ever seen on the Edge 1040, and only the 2nd time it's ever been on sale in two years. It's still Garmin's top-end units, and still receiving new features via quarterly firmware updates.
Garmin Edge 1040 Solar - $100 off$649
Garmin Edge 540 - $50 off$299First time this has been on sale, and the lowest price to date. I personally prefer the Edge 840 due to the menus being a bit easier to use with a touchscreen. Both Edge 540/840 have identical buttons though for days you don't want the touchscreen.
Garmin Edge 540 Solar - $50 off$399
Garmin Edge 840 - $50 off$399This is, best I can tell, the first time Garmin has put the Edge 840 on sale.
Garmin Edge 840 Solar - $50 off$499
Garmin Epix (Gen 2) - $200 off!
$899/$999
$499⚡⚡ This is an incredibly strong deal. Especially viewed in light of all the non-Garmin AMOLED competitors charging far more for far fewer features. This non-sapphire edition doesn't have multiband, but testing has pretty clearly shown that Garmin's Epix non-multiband GPS is basically on-par with their competitors multiband config (see my NYC tests for that).
Garmin Epix Pro Series (All variants) - $200 off!
$899/$999
$699⚡ This is only the second time we've seen these on sale. This is probably my go-to watch these days (middle-sized one), with the singular reason I tend to choose it over the Forerunner 965, being the built-in flashlight for night.
Garmin Fenix 7 Pro (All variants) - $200 off (7S/7/7X Pro) - $200 off!
$799+
$599+⚡ This is only the second time we've seen the new Fenix 7 Pro series on sale, and it's a nice strong sale. The smaller Fenix 7S Pro watch has become my wife's go-to watch since it came out, for all of her training and 24x7 usage.
Garmin Fenix 7 Series (All Models/Styles) - $200 off!
$699+
$449+⚡This is a strong deal if you don't care about the new optical heart rate sensor (including ECG) of the newer Fenix 7 Pro, especially given the Fenix 7 series has received virtually all of the Fenix 7 Pro's new software features, keeping them essentially identical. $449 is the lowest price I've seen to date.
Garmin Forerunner 255/255S Music - $100 off!
$349/$399
$299This is Garmin's mid-tier running watch, and is a very polished option with good multi-band GPS, and of course, a boatload of running metrics. This model also includes offline music such as Spotify and Amazon Music.
Garmin Forerunner 955 - $100 off!$399This is one of Garmin's most popular running watches, and it's back down to the lowest price ever. I often use this in my accuracy testing comparisons when validating other watches, due to it's very strong GPS performance. Note this is the base edition without solar. It'd be hard to find any better deal in sports watches today, from any company (given this has full mapping, tons of new features even this week, etc...)
Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar: $100 off!
$499/$599
$499See everything I said above on the Forerunner 955 base, except this one also has solar.
Garmin Varia Radar (RTL515) - $50 off
$199
$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/etc, and other bike computers.
Garmin Venu 3 - $50 off!
$449
$399
Garmin inReach 2 Mini Satellite Communicator (2-way) - $100 off$299⚡ This is my defacto satellite communicator when out of coverage area, and I've used it on a number of major treks over the past two years when well outside of cellular service, both in a 24x7 tracking mode for friends and family, but also there in case of emergency. Would strongly recommend for anyone doing anything in the wilderness.
Google Pixel Watch 2 - $70 off!$329
Suunto Veritcal (Solar edition) - $50 off$699

DCR Posts in the Past Week:

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

Sunday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Wednesday: Polar Pacer Pro GPS Running Watch In-Depth Review
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

I also have a GoPro Bones written post I need to finish dragging some photos into, but for now there’s the video below instead. I also had an accuracy deep-dive/rabbit hole post planned for Friday, but you’ll get that tomorrow instead. During the creation of this rabbit hole I went deep down another visual effects rabbit hole, all very much distracting me for many hours. But, it’ll look pretty!

YouTube Video 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) How the pavé is prepared for Paris-Roubaix: A good behind-the-scenes look at the steps the race organization and associated organizations take prior to race day to try and keep the pavé somewhat sensible.

2) Fitbit gets medical approval for passive Afib detection: This is a pretty big advance, since it takes what was previously a manual capture process that the user had to manually trigger and wait 15 seconds, to being something that’s just happening 24×7 behind the scenes. The technicalities of this are a tiny bit fuzzy still, though it sounds like this will occur when the user is still or sleeping (which, is logical). Rollout will occur to US users first, “soon”. The definition of soon is part of the fuzzy bits. Still, this is a huge deal.

3) Apple Watch Rumors Be Apple Watch Rumors: There’s not much that doesn’t eventually make it into an Apple Watch rumor. The most popular rumor mill the last few years are new medical features/advances. Of course, these are virtually never true. Here’s a tip to quickly decide whether the rumor is true or not? Has this medical technology been systematically proven elsewhere in the wearables industry first? If not, then it’s not likely to debut on an Apple Watch. That’s simply not Apple’s style – hard stop. So yes, Samsung did roll out blood pressure sensing tech last year, but it was heavily caveated and required calibration on you, against known devices. Omron has these sort of things in their wearables, but without the battery drain of other features. Apple isn’t going to risk rolling out a feature that has a slew of accuracy caveats and would embarrass them (because while GPS tracks don’t embarrass them, the mainstream media would happily pick up on bad blood pressure data that misdiagnoses someone).

4) eBike injuries increased in the Netherlands: Albeit, not because cars were at blame, but because riders were often at blame. The explosion of ebikes in the last few years here is insane. In fact, a non-trivial portion of teenage cyclists we see in Amsterdam are now riding ebikes (and a ton of the older population too). But one does have to keep things in perspective. No country on earth rides bikes (per capita) as much as the Netherlands, and ultimately, I’d much rather have our neighborhood teens on ebikes than mopeds or cars. While ebikes are largely unnecessary for teens doing short-haul trips to the hockey fields, it also inversely makes long trips way more accessible than getting an Uber or owning a car.

5) More Pixel Watch pieces starting to fall into place: The nice part about the Pixel Watch rumor train is that Fitbit and Google have been crystal clear from the day they announced the acquisition that they intend to eventually make a Wear OS watch of their own with Fitbit aspects. So it’s really just a matter of time.

6) A look at Peloton hardware pricing over time: This past week Peloton announced a $5 increase of their monthly subscription from $40 to $45, while concurrently reducing their hardware costs (again). Various forums were alit with upset users about the $5 increase, though I think like any service of scale, it’s largely overblown. Meaning, it’s the YouTube problem. Which, in YouTube’s case, when you have a billion users, even if 0.5% of them are upset, that’s still 5 million upset people. With Peloton, and their 3 million hardware subscribers, even if 1% of them are upset, that’s a lot of angry Facebook posts – despite 99% of people being ‘shrug’ about it. In any case, more interesting is the Peloton hardware costs. Because despite the seemingly never-ending Peloton price shifts, in reality, it’s mostly been about rebucketing the shipping costs. Yes, prices have finally declined, but many of the sales were just moving shipping to be included or not.

With that, thanks for reading!

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13 Comments

  1. I-hate-micro-USB

    Garmin sent me an email this weekend pointing to sales on the Canadian web-shop for Varia Radar, Edge computers etc.

    Made me wonder if they’re about to release new versions sometime soon. (USB-C, please)

    link to garmin.com

  2. Bruce Burkhalter

    Ray –

    I am flying to Amsterdam from SF next week. Will be working from Amsterdam for six months. Let me know if you want anything from the US.

  3. brent sword

    I have a problem in general with the subscription model of Bike trainers and things like peleton. For a casual user like myself that may want to ride the trainer in doors every now and then they just don’t make sense. They only target the high users and leave casual users like me to give it a miss.

    • There’s still apps that are free (like RGT) to use though, and others that cost far less (e.g. $8-$10/month). And the trainer hardware themselves doesn’t have a monthly subscription revenue charge.

    • Peter Z.

      Also remember if you have a cycling head unit, some of them can control the trainer for workouts on their own. I think that’s what ERG mode is for

  4. Neil Jones

    “I also had an accuracy deep-dive […] post planned for Friday”

    That’s either a clue or a missed opportunity.

  5. Dimple

    I’ve been a Ftbit Charge user for years and find they typically last 2 years before dying. What would you say is the typical life of a Garmin watch (looking at venu vs venu2). Thanks!

    • Which part is dying on you? The strap, or something else?

      I wouldn’t say it’s typical though of any watch, Garmin Venu/etc, or otherwise.

    • Neil Jones

      My Fenix 3 is still going strong from 2015. Admittedly not as my daily driver, but I still use it when I want to wear something that doesn’t matter if it gets damaged. Battery life will have degraded (to what extent I don’t know), but it’s still good enough to do multi-hour GPS activities.

      The only Garmin device I’ve had die on me has been an original Vivofit, but that’s only when I came to try and use it after it had been left uncharged and unused for over a year; batteries don’t like being left like that.

    • Dimple

      I’ve had the original fitbit, the charge 3 and the charge 3 with paying abilities and they all literally stopped working. The first charge 3 startednover heating ad the second’s screen stopped working. I wore them everyday and typically sweat a lot during daily hiit workouts.

      Thanks!

    • John B

      I have a Garmin FR15 that I wished would die so that I can justify buying an upgrade. Other than having to replace the band every six months or so it keeps on ticking, so to speak.

    • Marklemcd

      My Garmin Forerunner 310xt still works fine and it first came out in 2009. The only reason I don’t use it anymore is the form factor. But it still does everything very well, maybe even more accurate on GPS than the current ones.

  6. ReHMn

    eBikes are more dangerous than mopeds…
    They are silent, unable to spot when they are approaching.
    The speed limiter can be disabled, reaching a 40-50 km/h speed.