Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

Garmin HRM-PRO In-Depth Review

The HRM-PRO brings together everything a Garmin user could want in a chest strap, from higher accuracy to offloading of workouts when in the water, plus daily activity data when a watch can’t be worn. Read More Here

GoPro Hero 9 Black: Every New Feature Detailed & Tested Video

Today GoPro announced the new GoPro Hero 9, which adds a front-facing screen and 5K resolution, though also slightly increases the price. Sorta, kinda, not really…it depends. It’s complicated. While I’m still a few days away from a final written … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 745 In-Depth Review

Garmin has announced the new Forerunner 745, a successor to the now four-year-old FR735XT. This multisport watch essentially takes just about everything from the FR945, except leaves the maps by the side of the road, saving you $100. Also, it’s … Read More Here

Apple Watch Series 6/SE, and Apple Fitness+ Service Launched: Complete Details

Today Apple has launched the new Apple Watch Series 6 with some modest fitness/health focused upgrades, while also launching a new fitness subscription service, Apple Fitness+. In addition to the Apple Watch 6, Apple also launched a new variant, the … Read More Here

Peloton’s New Bike+ (Plus): Everything you ever wanted to know

Here’s everything you could possibly ever want to know about the Peloton Bike+, detailed on every new feature and change, and how well it performs in real life. Read More Here

Suunto 7 and New Routes Features: Hands-on Details & Explainer

Over the coming days Suunto will roll-out a new update for the Suunto 7 which adds the ability to follow a course/route on the Suunto 7 app. Of course, with the watch being Wear OS based, there were other apps … Read More Here

Suunto Rolls Out Pile of New SuuntoPlus Widgets to Suunto 3/5/9 Watches

Good things come in threes, and today is the second in a line of updates Suunto is making. You’ll remember back last month they started with the app side of the house, adding in a bunch of popularity routing type … Read More Here

Week in Review–September 6th, 2020

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 … Read More Here

COROS Pace 2 In-Depth Review: A $199 Multisport watch with Running Power

How does this $199 GPS multisport watch perform, and can it compete with the biggest names in the endurance sports industry? I dive into all the details and accuracy in-depth. Read More Here

Garmin Launches Clipboard App For Coaches: Here’s how it works

Garmin has dipped its toes into the coaching platform realm with the release of a new app today, called Garmin Clipboard. This app allows coaches, teams, organizations, and other athletic groups of socially distant people to have both their workouts, … Read More Here

Week in Review–August 30th, 2020

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 … Read More Here

Garmin Rolls Out Ability to Pause Training Status

Here’s an interesting one for you – Garmin has announced today the ability for you to ‘pause’ your training status on newer devices. Training status would be bits like the watch telling you that you’re overtraining or undertraining, or just … Read More Here

COROS Pace 2 Hands-On: A $199 Multisport watch with Running Power

I was perhaps half-way through my first run with the Pace 2 after they enabled running power when I realized what COROS had just done. They’d just made a simplistic choice for people: Buy a Stryd running power meter for … Read More Here

Fitbit Announces Fitbit Sense Smartwatch: Dives far deeper towards health metrics

When the winds of change bring you a pandemic, you respond with the most health and almost-but-not-medical focused Fitbit you’ve ever seen. Which is essentially the gist of today’s sweeping pile of new feature and hardware announcements. In a virtual … Read More Here

Hammerhead Karoo 2: Hands-On Details & First Rides

Long teased, and long awaited…it’s finally here – the Hammer Karoo 2. And by ‘here’, I mean here in this post – and you can order it. It won’t actually ship till October. But hey – what’s a month or … Read More Here

Behind The Scenes: Super League Pro Triathlon on Zwift–How it all works

Yesterday I went for a quick meander down to Rotterdam to check out the first major Super League Triathlon Arena Games event. Of course, unlike a typical Super League Triathlon Series event, there were virtually no spectators, no cheering crowds, … Read More Here

Week in Review–August 23rd, 2020

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 … Read More Here

Suunto Rolls Out New Popular Routes & Starting Points App Features

Suunto has begun a Summer update release cycle, starting this week Suunto App updates – rolling out to iOS and Android smartphones near you. While today’s updates might seem like merely a minor app update, I’d argue Suunto has really … Read More Here

Garmin Shows Off Smart Trainer Integration on Fenix 6 & Forerunner 945

Sometimes, I just stumble on things. Which, was exactly the case a number of weeks ago when I went to start a Zwift race, using the Fenix 6 as a background recording device for some trainer/power meter testing. As I … Read More Here

Week in Review–August 17th, 2020

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 … Read More Here

Hands-on: CORE’s New Skin/Body Temp Sensor with Garmin/Wahoo integration

It’s rare for there to be meaningful heat in the Netherlands, often only a handful of times each summer. However, as luck would have it – one of those times is right now. And, for the last couple weeks I’ve … Read More Here

Wahoo KICKR V5 (2020) Smart Trainer In-Depth Review

Wahoo has just announced their latest generation KICKR, now in its 5th iteration. This new unit adds compressing feet to reduce vibrations on hard floors as well as slightly increase motion. It also eliminates the need for calibration by adding … Read More Here

Hands-on: Zwift Rolls Out In-Race Steering with Elite Sterzo Smart

It took a year. No, not just for steering to finally make it from semi-announced Elite/Zwift products, but for me to be convinced there’s value there. And last night, a mere two turns into a race I had my ‘Holy … Read More Here

Zwift Considering $45/Month Plans and Huge List of New Features in Latest Survey

Zwift has sent out a survey to numerous members (including myself) that indicates they’re pondering multiple membership tiers, steering + braking, hosted audio-video workouts, premium racing leagues, and many more features. While the survey is of course meant to gather … Read More Here

Hands-on: FORM Goggles Openwater Swim Mode Released for Apple/Garmin Watches

As previously announced back in May, FORM has released their new openwater swim mode that connects their heads up display swim goggles to certain Garmin or Apple Watches, enabling you to see details of your swim in real-time while openwater … Read More Here