Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

Hands-on with The Sufferfest’s new 4DP Platform

Earlier this week The Sufferfest rolled out a pretty significant change to its indoor trainer app.  The platform has been around for a number of years, but has really honed its focus in the last 1-2 years and reinvented itself.  In … Read More Here

Moxy offers trade-in deal for BSX Insight users

A bit of backstory: This past summer BSX ceased sales of their BSX Insight monitor to focus on their LVL hydration sensor.  In addition to discontinuing the Insight product line, they also laid off the sales and marketing staff associated … Read More Here

Garmin Vivoactive 3 In-Depth Review

It’s been about 6 weeks since Garmin first announced the new Vivoactive 3 GPS watch.  This watch builds upon the Vivoactive HR by adding in more features including things like contactless payments with Garmin Pay, as well as structured workouts.  … Read More Here

Wiral LITE Cable Cam for Action Sports: How it all works

Over the last month or so you’ve probably seen a few action clips of mine using a funky length of 50 meters of cable and a doohicky zip across it like something out of crazy ziplining video.  That is Wiral, … Read More Here

Suunto Announces Slew of Spartan Firmware Updates, New Custom Watch Builder

Just under a month ago, when Suunto announced the new barometric altimeter equipped Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro (yes, that’s really the name), it also hinted at some upcoming firmware updates.  Some of these were casually referenced within the … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

An amazing weekend of perfect weather here in Paris, more like summer than fall.  Here’s all the goodness that went down this weekend! 1) Friday Evening Delivery and Visitors After a fairly busy day, I wrapped up things with a … Read More Here

Week in Review–October 15th, 2017

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

Kona Bike Count 2017 Power Meter Analysis

For those in the triathlon world, today’s the big day: Kona.  Or more accurately called – the Ironman World Championships.  It’s when the fastest long-course triathletes in the world gather on a small island to collectively consume a hundred-thousand gel packets.  … Read More Here

Annual Winter 2017-2018 Bike Trainer Recommendations

And just like that, it’s already fall.  The summer season is past us (well, unless you’re in Australia), and it’s time to pick out that trainer for the weekend.  Sure, the weather in much of the US and Europe right … Read More Here

BSX LVL Hydration Sensor: Does it actually exist? Oh, and BSX Insight is dead.

A year ago when BSX announced they were launching a new product – LVL – it seemed like the company might have shifted from a relatively niche market of muscle oxygen sensors, to what would have been a far more … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend in Île de Ré

We’ve long had on the docket plans to head out to a smallish island off the French coast with friends.  But finding time to do so over the busy summer schedule was tricky.  So we squished it in this weekend, … Read More Here

Week In Review–Oct 9th, 2017

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

My 2017 ANT+ Symposium Keynote Video

Each of the last 7 years I’ve gone to the ANT+ Symposium held in the mountains outside of Calgary.  As always, this annual event caps off the busy sports tech conference season (following Interbike & Eurobike).  But unlike those two … Read More Here

First Run: Garmin’s New Running Power Capabilities

Last week at the ANT+ Symposium, Garmin opened up the curtains on their planned entrance into the running power market, which they’ll soon make available on many running and multisport devices they make.  This app will require only a barometer-equipped … Read More Here

First Look: Minoura’s New Kagura Smart Trainer

While at Interbike I got the chance to check out and ride Minoura’s new smart trainer, the Kagura.  The Japanese firm was on-hand at the Las Vegas show, including their founder and CEO (Koji Minoura) to show off the $599USD … Read More Here

Week in Review–October 2nd, 2017

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

GoPro Hero6 Black In-Depth Review

Today GoPro announced their latest action cam – the GoPro Hero6 Black.  While it may look the same from the outside, it’s packed with tons of huge changes on the inside.  Some of those changes are headliner options like 4K … Read More Here

Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2: Everything you ever wanted to know

Today Garmin announced the Vivofit Jr. 2, which takes their surprisingly successful Vivofit Jr. kids-focused product line and adds in a few features. But most importantly it cements a Disney partnership for branded variants of the activity trackers covering Star … Read More Here

First Look: STAC’s New Resistance Controllable Silent Trainer

While at Interbike the company behind the STAC Zero silent trainer, previewed their resistance controllable trainer that they’ll be pushing out next year.  This trainer builds upon many of the same core concepts as the first one, which used magnets … Read More Here

Hands-on: Garmin’s New Forerunner 30 Running GPS Watch

Hold on, I know what you’re thinking: Didn’t the Forerunner 30 come out last year? Nope, that was the Forerunner 35. At which point you’re wondering how we’re going back in numbers – but that’s just how the cards fell … Read More Here

Hands-on: Suunto’s new Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro

Certain countries are known to have residents with exceedingly long names – in some cases 5-6 words/parts long.  Finland however, is not typically one of those countries.  But it appears that Suunto is aiming to grab that title in any … Read More Here

Fitbit Ionic GPS Smartwatch In-Depth Review

Last month Fitbit announced their latest device – the Fitbit Ionic.  This would be a significant step forward for the company, as it would represent them stepping into a slightly different (and higher end) market.  While it was previously difficult … Read More Here

Week in Review–September 24th, 2017

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

Into Thin Air: Bkool’s New 2017-2018 Trainer Lineup

While it’s traditional that most European trainer companies announced their new wares at Eurobike, Spain-based Bkool decided to eschew that for a few more weeks of prep and then launch their new trainer products at Interbike instead.  Unfortunately, that didn’t … Read More Here

Garmin rolls out 5.7K stitching support to VIRB 360, new HyperFrame director mode

When the VIRB 360 was announced this past spring, it was one of the first single-device 360° action cameras to actually produce higher than 4K resolution video files that looked good.  Previously, even 4K, 360° action cameras didn’t look all that spectacular, … Read More Here