Week in Review–April 16th, 2023


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!

DCR Posts in the Past Week:

Here’s all the latest on the site:

Tuesday: Garmin Edge 840 Cycling GPS In-Depth Review
Wednesday: Garmin Instinct 2X Solar In-Depth Review: Bigger and Flashlight-Equipped!
Thursday: Strava Launches Spotify Integration: Hands-On Quick Overview
Thursday: Zwift Outlines Summer Features, Plus Zwift Hub Firmware Update
Friday: Quick Video: Using the Edge 840 Touchscreen With Rain & Gloves

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!

Sports Tech Deals:

A few other things have popped up this week to add to the pile, so here’s a quick mention:

ProductSale PriceAmazonSale Notes
Nespresso Vertuo Pop+ Deluxe Kit - 35% off!$129⚡ 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!
9th Gen Apple 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - $75 off!$249⚡ This is an awesome deal. I 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 Indievelo, Kinomap, 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.
Amazon Echo Dot Kids - 50% off$27Despite being a tech-focused dude, our kids don't actually get much tech in their lives. However, we got these last Christmas for them in their rooms, to play music. They do lots of other things, but our kids mostly just use it to play music (from Spotify and Apple Music too), and occasionally they ask it questions. It has all the parental controls I want, so it locks it down from bedtime/etc...For $27? Solid deal (The coolest 'nice touch' feature is that if you whisper to it, it'll whisper back...in the owl kids voice it has.)
Anker Prime Battery Bank (27,650mAh) - $60 off$119I've been using this on my hikes/treks/daily life since this winter, and have been super happy with it. I can charge drones from it on treks, as well as just a crapton of other devices (wathces/action cams/etc), but it's not too terrible on weight. For day to day life, I use it on planes and such as a laptop battery bank (supports 100w charging). Super happy with it.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen with USB-C) - $90 off$168⚡ I've been using these since last fall, after years of using the Beats Studio Buds...man, these things rock. Sure, they're good for sports, but frankly, I use them on planes, editing, and such more than anything else.
Apple AirTags (4-Pack) - 11% off!$88⚡I make no secret how much I utilize AirTags, mainly, cause they've saved my butt numerous times already. We have them in every suitcase, and every backpack, and every bike bag. They're also hidden in most of our bikes (sometimes two of them). We were able to get our cargo bike back when it disappeared, as well as figure out when all our suitcases went missing during an annual family vacation where they were (for 5 days), and plan appropriately. Seriously, just get them...for everything.
Apple Airpods (3rd Gen) - $40 off!$119
Apple Watch SE (2022/2nd gen) - $70 off
$249/$299 (cellular)
$169⚡⚡This is now the lowest price we've ever seen the Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen) - a very solid deal, especially with the new WatchOS 11 features around Training Load, Vitals, offline mapping, and more.
Apple Watch Series 9 - $120 off
$399/$499 (cellular)
$279⚡This is the lowest price to date we've seen on the Apple Watch Series 9, and notable, given the huge slate of software updates just annoucned at WWDC last month, coming to the Series 9
Apple Watch Ultra 2 - $100 off$699⚡ This is by far the lowest price we've seen an Apple Watch Ultra 2, to date. Very solid deal, and like the Apple Watch Series 9, it too is getting a huge slate of new features just announced last month for WatchOS 11.
Balega Comfort Running Socks - 34% off
$10This is the singular piece of apparel that's lasted the longest in my collection - some 15-16 years of buying the same socks. Heck, some of them are probably half that old. EIther way, this be the ones I use. Love them (well, except for hiking and trail running, then I use other stuff that goes higher).
Beats Fit Pro - 25% off$149
Beats Studio Buds - 47% off
DJI Action 4 - $100 off$299
DJI Air 3 Combo Package - $300 off$1,239If you're looking for an extra zoom lens on the drone (beyond a Mini series drone), and full obstacle avoidance, then the Air 3 is your best bet.
DJI Mini 3 with RC-N1 Remote -$70 off!$349
DJI Mini 4K Drone - $60 off$229This is an incredible deal. I actually picked up one of these back a few months ago to test (haven't quite finished that review), but I've used it in a boatload of review shots since then. Despite me owning all the DJI drones (seriously), this is by far the best value there is.
FORM Smart Swim 2 Goggles - $20 off$229
FORM Swim 1 Goggles (with heads-up display) - $30 off$140
Fitbit Ace LTE Kids Activity Smartwatch - 22% off$179⚡This was just announced last month, and this is the first sale we've seen on it. I've (via my kids) been testing it, and am kinda mixed on it. But if you're looking for a deal - it's here!
Fitbit Charge 6 - 38% off!
$99This is the go-to sale price for the Fitbit Charge 6. It happens often, but it still doesn't take away from the fast that it's argueably the best bang for your buck fitness tracker out there.
Fitbit Sense 2 - $70 off$179This is the lowest price we've seen to date for the Fitbit Sense 2, surpassing the previous low record of $199
Fitbit Versa 4 - $40 of$159This is an OK deal. I'd probably just spend the extra $20 to get the Fitbit Sense 2 currently on sale.
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus Bundle with all Sensors - 44% off$389I'm a bit conflicted on this one. First up, it's a sensor bundle with HR strap, speed sensor, and cadence sensor. But at the same time, it's the Edge 1030 Plus, which isn't receiving updates anymore. Whereas the deal for the Edge 1040 (no sensors) is incredible at $449, and that's still getting *new features updates* and likely will for the next year or so. Your choice, but I'd personally skip the sensors (since your watch likely already can broadcast HR).
Garmin Edge 1040 Cycling GPS - $150 off!$449The deal is back! After we saw this deal in May, it's returned for Amazon Prime Day. This is notable because the Edge 1050 has launched and with it, the Edge 1040 got plenty of new features as well, kept largely in sync between the two. Definitely a steal.
Garmin Enduro 2 - $300 off
$599I'm not really sure if I'd call this $500 off like Amazon, as this is on sale a fair bit. That said, if battery life is your key concern - this solves that concern. I did a 8-day 180km trek (with navigation and all features enabled) on this watch on a single charge. Note: This is still available, simply select the 'Other Sellers on Amazon' on right side of product page, and you'll see it there, new from Amazon, for delivery next week. Amazon will automatically prioritize faster shipment over lower price. Enjoy!
Garmin Epix (Gen 2) - $400 off!$499⚡⚡⚡ This is a crazy super strong deal. Note that the Epix Gen 2 has continued to receive virtually all of the Epix Pro new features firmware updates, including new bits just this weekend. ***Note: This is still available, simply select the 'Other Sellers on Amazon' on right side of product page, and you'll see it there, new from Amazon, for delivery next week. Amazon will automatically prioritize faster shipment over lower price. Enjoy!***
Garmin Epix Sapphire Titanium (Gen 2) - $400 off!$544⚡⚡⚡ This is a crazy super strong deal (insane), and this unit is the Sapphire edition, which has multi-band GNSS on it. Note that the Epix Gen 2 has continued to receive virtually all of the Epix Pro new features firmware updates, including new bits just this weekend. ***Note: This is still available, simply select the 'Other Sellers on Amazon' on right side of product page, and you'll see it there, new from Amazon, for delivery next week. Amazon will automatically prioritize faster shipment over lower price. Enjoy!***
Garmin Fenix 7 Solar Sapphire - $250 off!$549⚡⚡ This continues to be a crazy deal, since this is the sapphire edition, which has multiband/dual-GNSS, and also still gets all the latest firmware/feature updates of the newer Garmin Fenix 7 Pro.
Garmin Forerunner 255 Music - 45% off$219⚡⚡This is argueably one of the best budget deals there is, this go around!
Garmin Forerunner 955 - $180 off!$319This is one of Garmin's most popular running watches, and it's down to an absoultely insane price. 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...). ***Note: This is still available, simply select the 'Other Sellers on Amazon' on right side of product page, and you'll see it there, new from Amazon, for delivery next week. Amazon will automatically prioritize faster shipment over lower price. Enjoy!*** Also, check both color options for non-solar.
Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap) - 32% off!
$47This is Garmin's ideal strap if you just want an affordable dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart option, especially when it's on sale like this - it really becomes one of the best deals out there right now for a multi-connection strap.
Garmin Instinct Crossover Solar - $200 off!$299This is by far the lowest price we've seen this.
Garmin Varia RCT715 Camera Radar - $50 off$349
Garmin Varia RVR315 Radar - $50 off$99⚡ This is Garmin's radar without the light, so it's a bit smaller as a result. Same radar tech though, and compatible with Garmin/Stages/Hammerhead/Wahoo bike computers.
Garmin Varia Radar (RTL515) - $50 off$149This is Garmin's standalone radar+taillight option, and $149 is pretty much the standard sale-price.
Garmin Vivoactive 5 - $35 off!
$265This is Garmin's newest unit in the Vivoactive 5 realm, and is essentially a mini Venu 3.
Garmin inReach Messenger - $70 off$229
GoPro Hero 12 Black - $100 off!$299This is the lowest price we've seen on the Hero 12 Black to date, easily surpassing Black Friday last year. It's what I use for all my action cam shots.
Google Pixel Watch 2 - $100 off!$299While Google has already announced an early August date for new Pixel devices, the company has also largely brought every feature of the Pixel Watch 2 to the Pixel Watch 1, so I'm not super worried about them cutting off support soon.
HoverAir X1 Drone - $160 off!$309⚡⚡ This has become one of my favorite drones, given it's tiny size (fits in my running shorts pockets) and ease of use. The further updated price of $309 (from $359 at start of sale) is incredible, and by far the lowest price to date.
Insta360 Ace Pro Action Cam - $100 off$349I've been using this a fair bit over the past winter, and it's a solid little contender. In particular, the Garmin/Apple integration to overlay data onto your videos is silly easy to use, and super quick as well.
Jackery Portable Power Station - $80 off!$198This 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) - 27% off$47This is one of the most popular indoor trainer fan companies 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. It's one of the ones in my rotation.
Nest Cam 2-Pack (Indoor/Outdoor using batteries)$249I use a fleet of Nest Cam's, both at the DCR Cave and at home. They obviously do the security thing, but I've also used them countless times when something incredibly stupid-hilarious happens at the DCR Cave, and this is the only proof of it!
Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Fired Outdoor Portable Pizza Oven - $60 off!$239⚡ I know, I know, I still owe everyone a review. Nonetheless, nearly 3 years 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. Also, $239 appears to be the lowest price ever.
Oura Ring Gen3 Horizon - $75 off$425
Peloton Bike+ is $400 off$1,995This is a solid deal for the Bike+, albeit largely the normal sale/deal price. Both my wife and I use both the Peloton Bike+ and the regular Bike (one at home, one at office) on a weekly basis. We like both. The Bike+ is more accurate than the regular bike, and also has a bigger screen and automatic resistance control. That said, the core Peloton experience isn't any different between the two - it's the same platform there.
Peloton Tread - $300 off!$2,695This is my main treadmill at home, and I really like it. I've got no complaints about it, and am happy I went with the smaller Peloton Tread versus the bigger unit.
Polar H10 Chest Strap (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart) - 25% off
$75This 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 H9 Chest Strap - $10 off$50If you're looking for a good solid high-quality strap, that does both ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart, for a reasonable price...look no further than the Polar H9
Polar Verity Sense - 15% off
SHOKZ OpenFit - Open-Ear Headphones - 31% off$124
SHOKZ OpenRun Pro - Open-Ear Bluetooth Bone Conduction Headphones - 31% off$124
SONOS Roam 2 - 20% off$143We have a few SONOS speakers around the house and DCR Cave (the Ikea variants at DCR Cave), but by far our favorite is the Roam, which we take outdoors into the garden during the summer, beach vacations, AirBNB's, etc... It has a battery in it, and also connects to both WiFi and Bluetooth. Love, love, love. I think the main reason I love it, is that we heavily use it in summer, so...kinda reminds me of summer.
Samsung Galaxy Watch6 - 47% off$159
Samsung T7 Portable SSD 1-2TB - 50% off$79I 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. Also, the 1TB are only $79, 50% off.
Samsung T9 SSD (1-4TB) - up to 43% off$126I use a literal flotilla of these small SSD's for all my photo/video projects until they get moved off to the NAS system (Synology) for longer term storage. I have T5/T7 units, and are picking up a few of the larger T9 ones given the sale prices. Love them, incredibly fast and reliable.
SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SD Cards - 49% off$31⚡I 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 fantastic deal and I'll be filling up.
Scosche RHYTHM+ 2.0 ANT+ & Bluetooth HR Monitor
$23This isn't the newest chicken on the block, but for $23?!?! That's a crazy good price for something that's actually pretty darn accurate. Really accurate.
Therabody Theragun Mini - $50 off!$149My 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 - 20% off$239My wife uses the Theragun Elite, which is relatively similiar to this newer model.
Wahoo BOLT V2 - $45 off
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM V2 - 15% off
Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Trainer - $75 off!
$425This is technically the lowest price we've ever seen for this traine as far as I know. It's still a very solid trainer, and the cornerstone to the new Zwift Ride bike as well (it uses the KICKR CORE as the base). It works with the Wahoo KICKR CLIMB too.
Wahoo KICKR ROLLR - $90 off
Whoop 4.0 with 1-year subscription - 17% off$199This brings down the 1-year price to $17/month, which is the lowest it's been (only way to get that is normally a 24-month membership).
Withings Body Comp WiFI Scale - 25% off$149
Withings Body Smart WiFI Scale - 20% off$79

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) University of Calgary looking for Zwift study participants: Check out the linked post for details, but essentially it involves a bit of suffering on a bike indoors from your home with a heart rate strap and power meter. If that’s the sort of thing you’d like, hit it up.

2) Google says Fitbit to Google account migration begins this summer: Albeit, the migration period will last a very, very, very long time.

3) Wahoo’s Credit Rating Downgraded, but, a silver lining: Sure, the credit rating downgraded them, but the key thing happened here that everyone kinda assumed would happen, specifically this part: “We are actively collaborating and moving forward positively with the support of our lenders and our private equity partner Rhone”. In other words, their private equity partners basically let them flail in the wind for the last 5-8 months, and then ultimately finally stepped in when things got truly dire. As with before, I don’t have any real issues recommending the purchase of a Wahoo product per my existing reviews (meaning, if the review says it’s good, go forth, if the review says it’s bad, don’t). Meanwhile, what’s *FAR* more interesting is waiting on the judge to decide on Wahoo’s injunction request against Zwift from the hearing last week…

4) Paris-Roubaix Bike Tech: Only The Escape could manage to make a bike tech gallery almost exclusively about where pro riders place their remote shifter buttons, interesting. And this is why I subscribe.

5) Rumors of Apple Glasses a few years out: Undoubtedly, eventually, we’ll get back to glasses-based wearables that don’t generally suck. Today is still not that timeframe (yes, I’ve tried a few recently, I can’t justify recommending any except perhaps FORM). If we look back historically, numerous elements of the stack was just too early. Be it clunky hardware, or half-baked software relative to non-glass features. It really has to be a seamless software experience (feature-wise) on hardware that feels no different than regular glasses. All for a price that’s reasonable. Anything will fail, again.

6) 200-mile Running Race in Tunnel: I’d never heard of this craziness until this weekend. The most recent edition two weekends ago, and it’s entirely bonkers.

7) Peloton & Hilton expand partnership to more countries: Cool to see this expanding to the UK, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Germany. Basically, more Hilton brand hotels will have Peloton bikes in them.

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  1. Max

    Hi Ray, is there anything like a Garmin Edge 540 / 840 / 1040 comparison coming?

    I’m sort of pretty much sitting on the fence between the 840 and the 1040, as they’re the same price in Europe right now and I could need some decision help…

    • Hi Max-

      Garmin’s goal is that once the current beta firmware for the Edge 1040 releases, the Edge 840 and 1040 will be identical feature/software-wise.

      The hardware differences then will be:

      1) Edge 840 has extra buttons 1040 doesn’t
      2) Edge 1040 has a bigger screen/bigger unit
      3) Edge 1040 has a bigger battery/battery life

      And…that’s it.

      Thus, you can use the Edge 540/840 video up above as a proxy for Edge 540 vs 1040.

      Personally, if they’re the same price, I’d go 1040. I like the bigger screen these days, and the lack of buttons hasn’t bothered me at all given how good the touchscreen is. Also, wouldn’t do solar, just not worth it unless you live in Arizona or something (which doesn’t sound like it).

    • Max

      Thanks for the fast and extensive reply! Seems I got it right then. I waited around for the 840 but now that it’s out, I’m just not sold on the screen size anymore (coming from an 830). In the videos it also looks like the new interface is better geared for the bigger 1040 and to me it seems a bit compressed on the smaller units. Good for Garmin that they are finally consolidating firmwares. I still hope to live to the day when they start doing that with the Fenixes / Forerunners.

      Going to get my 1040 tomorrow then.

    • Paul S.

      I just replaced my 830 (after almost 4 years it developed a balky start/stop button) with a 1040. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the smaller size.

    • Dave Lusty

      4) the 1040 solar has 64GB storage which can be useful for map shenanigans with extra layers and info, or just installing full world mapping to save that sinking feeling when you get to your holiday and realise you didn’t install the map and now you have to use crappy hotel wifi to install overnight and hope it doesn’t fail like it often does…

    • Good point. I sat there thinking there was on more…that’s it!

  2. David

    Hi Ray,

    For anyone who’d like to know more about the 200 mile tunnel race, here’s a BBC longform article that I found really interesting.

    link to bbc.co.uk

  3. Bruce Burkhalter

    So far escapecollective.cc has been awesome. They covered Paris-Roubaix from all the angles: going with a team on a recon ride, talking the family of rider who died several years ago, on course reporting, tech stuff, and, the actual races themselves. I highly recommend you subscribe.

  4. Kemal

    Any info about VIRB support (it pairs, but no widget or any other way to control it) being removed from the 1040 (and probably other x40) firmware? I’ve sent a support request to Garmin recently about this but haven’t heard back.

    • okrunner

      I do hate that Garmin is starting to remove some support for legacy equipment. I still have a VIRB and used it diving in Key Largo last month. I haven’t used in on the bike or with my Fenix or 1030 in a long time but like knowing the support is there. Likewise, I notice the 540/840 no longer supports Varia Vision. I have one and haven’t used it in awhile but usually use it if I’m biking with just the Fenix, for instance, when I forget to charge my 1030.

    • VIRB is supported on the Edge 540/840 (see attached). But, I also see it just fine in the Edge 1040 too as a pairable sensor (16.14).

      Garmin’s support article shows the control widget being there on the 540/840/1040: link to support.garmin.com

      I haven’t charged up an old unit myself to validate, but that screenshot is from an Edge 540/840/1040 style device based on the UI elements.

    • Kemal

      Thanks for taking the time to respond to this. Unfortunately VIRB options in the Controls widget (which is shown in your link) isn’t there in the latest (last week’s) betas. I fear it’s getting silently phased out. Also the VIRB widget on the 1030 series was nice with the recording time info and all that (which is also shown in your link in the 1030 option). What bugs me is they haven’t even considered to make it available as an optional download.

    • Hmm…ok, now you’ve got me curious. I’ll do some charging, then poking.

      I would *highly* suggest though, since this is sorta the point of the beta, to raise a bug on the Edge 1040 beta. I wouldn’t even phrase it as “oh, it seems to be removed”, but rather just phrase it as a bug “Paired VIRB is not enumerating in controls widget”


    • Kemal

      Good idea, just did that… Before that the “VIRB record” was broken for months on the 1040, so I suppose it was easier to hide the options temporarily rather than taking time to fix it :)

    • Ok, grabbed it out of the bin and plugged it in. It won’t hold a charge anymore, but works plugged in.

      In any case, yeah, it’s missing from the controls menu after paired. It shows up as a sensor in the top bar thingy (next to GPS signal/etc…).

      I checked adding more widgets, but none of them did the trick either. So…umm…yup.

    • Volker

      Good catch, have missed it, because didn’t use my old virb for a long time. Checked it on my Fenix 7x, there the virb widget is luckily still available (in case I want to use it someday again). I hope it is only an issue for the 540/840/1040 series, but …

    • okrunner

      Any idea if Garmin will continue to support Varia Vision with the Fenix series. Obviously, phasing it out of the Edge series. Thanks.

    • Volker

      Is it really still compatible with a Fenix 6 or 7 series device? There is no Varia Vision listed at the selectable sensors or does the sensor only become visible in the sensor list if you pair it?

  5. gingerneil

    With regards to the Tunnel – I ran a different race with Karl Baxter (featured in the article) earlier in the year and was chatting to him about the race. Its just utter nonsense. Its amazing what the mind and body can acheive – and all without GPS reception! ;)

  6. Of course the Tunnel is bonkers, it’s organised by Brits! Remember only “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”. I think it’s genetic.

  7. Mark Kenning