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: Suunto Vertical GPS Watch In-Depth Review: Solar, Mapping, WiFi, and More!
Thursday: Suunto Vertical: The Complete User Guide
Friday: Peloton’s Seatpost Recall, Zwift’s Curious Steering Rebirth, and GoPro Price Drop
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:
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Sale Notes|
|Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap) - 35% off!|
|$45||Amazon||This 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 the best deal out there right now for a multi-connection strap.|
Stuff I Found Interesting around the Interwebs:
Here’s a smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet:
1) Zwift now natively supports Apple Metal graphics engine 4K profiles: This is notable. Like, hugely notable. Tariq did a good video on it, that’s worthwhile watching (or, worthwhile watching if you want to know how much the Burrito just changed by). Given that Zwift dragged their heels on this for basically nearly 2 years, some have speculated that there might be some tie-ins here between Zwift finally releasing this, and Apple’s upcoming WWDC conference in a few weeks, where the company will announce an AR/VR headset (which would require Metal as a starting point for any game). I guess we’ll just have to see…
2) Peloton expands seat-post recall to Canada: And interestingly, they specified the weight/height combos that resulted in breakages for the 35 cases to date. Note that statistically speaking, you’re actually more likely to get hit by lightning than break a Peloton seat post (1 in 62,857 for Peloton, vs 1 in 15,300 for lightning). Also notable, the UK/EU/AUS units are still oddly excluded from the recall. I find it exceptionally hard to believe those seat posts are any different.
3) Security Researcher Deep-Dive into Connect IQ Security Bugs (and Fixes): This is an incredibly deep-dive article, from a security researcher that has been working with Garmin (via industry standard responsible disclosure) to find and get Garmin to fix a number of Connect IQ security issues over the years. Most of these are pretty much standard bugs that cause overflows which allow access to other areas on the watch. The process outlined here is also standard-issue stuff in the IT world (both the issues, and the fixes). In other words, responsible disclosure of security bugs and a company’s response worked exactly as it should here – and also, exactly as it does with other big-name companies day in and day out (Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc…). (H/T to Brian R. for sending over)
4) The Giro Never Disappoints: No, I’m not talking about the on-course racing – but rather, all the theatrics that happen at the event.
5) Wear OS 4 Hopes for Better Battery Life: If there’s one constant in Wear OS, it’s the hope for better battery life. And to be fair, Wear OS 3 actually isn’t that bad compared to their competitors in that realm. This post outlines what’s coming, but the big ticket item aside from battery life is the ability to finally backup and restore your watch (versus a factory reset).
6) Meanwhile, Samsung outs some of their planned updates: This includes customizable heart rate zones, more detailed sleep tracking, and emergency notifications for falls.
7) Polar’s New Outlet Store: I’ve been quietly watching this for the last month or so, since Polar half-announced it on their blog. Since then, I’ve gotten a number of e-mails of Polar Outlet deals. It’s a little perplexing to me, as it seems like Polar is actually discounting basically all of their budget to mid-range products on the site, at varying rates of 20-50% (including the Polar Pacer Pro). Effectively, the only thing not discounted thus far has been the Grit X Pro. Albeit, Amazon can take care of that for you. It’s an interesting approach, undoubtedly aimed at reducing commissions paid out to retailers by offering deals direct to consumers.
With that – thanks for reading!
Polar Outlet looks interesting. At least for some items, the discount is applied to some colors but not all. Also, the FAQ says that the outlet is not available for deliveries to the US.
Will a graphics upgrade for Zwift on Apple TV follow zoon?……👀
You said regarding the Polar Outlet Store, ‘It’s an interesting approach, undoubtedly aimed at reducing commissions paid out to retailers by offering deals direct to consumers.’
I’ve noticed that neither the FR965 nor the 265 have (yet?) appeared on Amazon UK. I wonder if it is just a supply issue or if something else is going on? You can order them in the UK direct from Garmin and from some other retailers.
It seems to be a clear Garmin decision to not launch it on Amazon for some reason, likely to appease running-specific retailers. It hasn’t been launched on any Amazon sites (either the FR265 or FR965). It was never launched on Amazon, so not even a case of out of stock.
It’s easily available from Garmin themselves, as well as other retailers (even same-day pickup in my area).
Inversely, Garmin has launched other products recently on Amazon day-zero. So, not sure exactly what the full strategy is there. And yet further, some products like the Garmin Bounce remain Garmin.com exclusive (perhaps to try and mitigate confusion with the LTE contract piece, but that seems like a pretty thin excuse – my guess is actually margins).
That’s what I suspected. Oh well, no crazily cheap Amazon Warehouse deals then!
I imagine at some point it’ll show up. I just don’t know what that point is. Garmin has done retailer exclusive stuff here and there in the past. Usually it’s on a 60/90/etc day timeframe.
Honestly, it’s never really made sense to me business-wise. Certainly, I benefit from it being on Amazon – but realistically, I also benefit when it’s on REI/Wiggle/etc (as it is). Still, I’ve never understood why *any company* thinks removing the world’s biggest channel to purchasing products will somehow increase sales. Sure, if we were talking a highly constrained product, then go forth. But we’re not. It’s easily stocked elsewhere.
The easy-button of tapping an Amazon button and trusting the system to show up the next day is something a lot of consumers gravitate towards, especially for impulse type purchases. Such as having a race this weekend and deciding ‘sure, I’ll buy it, cause I know it’s here tomorrow from Amazon’.
Meanwhile, Garmin is taking a cue from Apple and starting to dump inventory on Woot, an Amazon subsidiary. How does that make sense?
Polar is discounting here as well
link to sport.woot.com
“Also notable, the UK/EU/AUS units are still oddly excluded from the recall.”
I would cynically point out that personal injury judgements are typically much lower.