It’s that time of year again when there are tons of sales on all sorts of sports technology items. Everything this year is pointing to earlier sales than normal, as manufacturers and retailers alike try to lock in your dollars ahead of time.
The typical ebb and flow of this time period is:
Pre-Thanksgiving deals: These are everything ahead of the US Thanksgiving, on November 23rd. These are and will be more pronounced this year than in past years.
Black Friday deals: These are tied to Black Friday (BF), on November 24th (though many are now also Nov 23rd). Some span that weekend. Generally speaking, most retailers have access to the same major deals (I.e. Garmin, Fitbit, etc…).
Cyber Monday deals: These are on Monday, November 27th. Occasionally they spill into that Tuesday the 28th as well.
General December deals: We tend to see ‘repeats’ of some deals in the mid-December time-frame (usually around the 10th-15th). These are rarely better than BF deals, but usually quite good.
Most deals aren’t announced until a few days prior, if any prior announcement at all. Some deals have a specific quantity of items attached, which may be a few or a ton. And others are very time-limited, like Amazon deals. Note that while many deals are US-focused, in recent years we’ve seen Europe really get into the Black Friday/Cyber Monday side. So definitely good news there!
Here’s what’s currently active. The ones I feel are the best bang for the buck, have a little * at the front of them. Of course, many of these are great deals if you’re in the market for it already. It’s just the ones with the stars are exceptionally unusual.
This year I’ve split them into categories of products, to make them a bit easier to sift through. Oh, and the list is updated constantly (upwards of 20-30 times a day during Black Friday weekend!).
Watches & Wearables:
This covers anything you can wear that’s watch-like or activity band-like. Generally speaking you’ll mostly find deals here that are on things I’ve written about in the past. So you won’t find a deal on some random non-sports tech watch here, or on socks. Unless the socks have some crazy sensor or something in them.
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 3rd, 2019 @ 9:10 am|
|Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)||$169||Amazon||N/A||⚡ This unit recently got reduced to $199, and now it's down to $169. Walmart is also offering it for $129 on Black Friday weekend.|
|Apple Watch Series 4 - $100 off!||$299||Amazon||N/A||⚡ This is a pretty darn strong deal. While the Series 4 doesn't have the always-on display of the Series 5, it has everything else, including a heck of a lot better battery performance/life.|
|Apple Watch Series 5 - $20 off||$379||Amazon||N/A||It's a note a huge deal, but I also don't think we're going to see any huge deals this season on the new Series 5.|
|Fitbit ACE 2 - $10 Off||$59||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Fitbit Inspire - $10 Off||$59||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Fitbit Inspire HR - $20 Off||$79||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Fitbit Versa - $50 Off||119||Amazon||N/A|
|Garmin Descent MK1 - $200 Off||$799||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) - $150 Off||$449||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This is for all models/variants. Obviously, the Fenix 6 came out two months ago, so don't expect major new feature updates on the Fenix 5 Plus - but still, it's a strong option.|
|Garmin Fenix 5 Series - 50% off||$299 and up||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡ Down to $299 is a substantial deal for the Fenix 5S & 5X (non-Plus), so don't expect much in the way of major firmware updates. But still, at that price it's solid. Heck, the 5S for $299 is actually the exact rose gold version that The Girl has (and still wears to this day).|
|Garmin Forerunner 35 - $60 Off||$99||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $349||$219-$236||Amazon||N/A||⚡ This is a fantastic deal right now. The price on Amazon is fluctuating a bit, but either way - by far the lowest we've seen. Awesome if you're looking to get into triathlon or just want a really capable running/cycling/swimming watch.|
|Garmin HRM-RUN (with Running Dynamics) - $20 off||$79||Amazon||N/A||N/A||This is the odd (and unheard of) Amazon sale. This strap includes Running Dynamics, but is ANT+ only. Honestly, unless you really want Running Dynamics, I'd recommend getting the HRM-DUAL instead (it's dual ANT+/BLE).|
|Garmin HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIM Bundle (30% off!)||$139||Amazon||N/A||Another rare Amazon sale on the HRM-TRI & HRM-SWIM straps. Also individually for 30% off too at same link.|
|Garmin Instinct - $100 Off||$199||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Instinct Tactical- $100 Off||$249||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin RD Pod (Running Dynamics) - 17% off||$57||Amazon||N/A||Allows you to get not just Running Dynamics metrics, but also running power, on Garmin devices.|
|Garmin Tactix Charlie- $150 Off||$599||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Normally $249||$126-$144||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡⚡⚡ This was as low as $99 over Black Friday weekend, which is absolutely crazy. However, even at sub-$150 it's still an incredible deal.|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music - 30% off||$199||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡⚡ Very solid deal, and remember, this includes Spotify support too!|
|Garmin Vivoactive 4 First Avenger Smartwatch- $50 Off||$349||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Vivoactive 4 Legacy Saga Darth Vader - $50 Off||$349||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 - $20 Off||$49||Amazon||Clever Training||Sale includes all Jr 2 Disney and non-Disney variants|
|Garmin Vivomove HR - $50 Off||$149||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin Vivosmart 4 - $30 Off||$98||Amazon||Clever Training||** Amazon currently $98 ; Clever Training $109|
|Polar OH1 Plus Optical Sensor - 14% off||$68||Amazon||N/A||⚡ This is one of my favorites, and I use it constantly for HR accuracy testing comparisons. Note that the CT VIP deal is a better deal, but since you can only redeem that for one product - this is handy if you still want a nice little deal. Deal varies based on which color you get.|
|Polar Vantage M GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $279||$167||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡⚡⚡ Woah - this is probably the deal of the year for wearable tech. This is a great little watch that includes full multisport mode (for triathletes), as well as things like full power meter support and more. Very very solid deal.|
|Polar Vantage V GPS Multisport Watch - 30% off||$349||Amazon||Clever Training||⚡ This is a reasonably good deal for the Vantage V, which has seen a number of updates over the last year (and more slated in December).|
Cycling Gear & Trainers:
Got a bike? Then this section is for you. Everything from bike computers to bike lights to trainers, it’s all here. I won’t generally be adding things like brake cables or bike seats here, but if I find a good deal on a cassette to stack on that new direct drive trainer you just bought, I’ll probably list it here.
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 29th, 2019 @ 5:06 pm|
|4iiii Fliiiight Smart Trainer with Viiiiva dual ANT+/BLE HR strap bundle - Normally $599||$499||Clever Training||⚡ This is a solid deal. Normally the trainer (which doesn't even start shipping till next week) is $599, now it's $499 and includes the Viiiiva dual ANT+/BLE HR strap (which probably doesn't get as much street cred as it should for all the features it has). Note I've included both 4iiii Fliiight sale deals (the 20% deal you see next to this). This deal here ends Nov 27th.|
|Garmin Cadence Sensor Gen2 (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth) - $5 off||$35||Amazon||N/A||Note: This is a random Amazon deal that will probably disappear. But, it's a great sensor for Zwift usage as it's not just dual ANT+/BLE, but dual-BLE atop that (so it can do two concurrent Bluetooth connections and unlimited ANT+ connections).|
|Garmin Edge 530 Cycling GPS - 11% off!||$265||Amazon||N/A||⚡ ⚡ This is the first sale we've seen on this unit, which only came out this past spring. It's also an Amazon-specific sale and is highly unlikely to last long. This is one of the main units I use for my day to day riding and testing.|
|Garmin Speed Sensor Gen2 (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth) - $5 off||$35||Amazon||N/A||⚡ This isn't a huge deal per se, but it is my favorite speed sensor for a commuter bike as it just quietly tracks all your mileage in the background and syncs it to your phone. Also, this falls in the bucket of 'random Amazon deals that will probably disappear'.|
|Power2Max NG Power Meter Sale - Free chainrings||N/A||N/A||Power2Max Site||Power2Max is running a sale on their site where if you buy one of their power meter units you'll get either free chainrings (which you'll need), or 25% off electronics they carry (such as the Wahoo GPS units or Cycliq units).|
|Tacx NEO Bike Smart - $700 off (brand new but scratched units)||$2,499||N/A||Clever Training||N/A||⚡⚡⚡ If you're in the market for one of these indoor bikes, this is a steal of a deal. Normally $3,199 - Garmin/Tacx are marking $700 off after a batch of them got sent (brand new) across the pond with some "cosmetic" scratches. You can see the pictures in the sale link, and honestly, I'd take that $700 for a couple of very minor scratches. Plus, they ship within a few days.|
|Wahoo KICKR + CLIMB Bundle - $200 off!||$1,599||N/A||Clever Training||This is a simple bundle of the Wahoo KICKR 2018 + the KICKR CLIMB, for $1,599.|
Action Cameras & Drones:
Wanna record it? No better way than an action camera. Anything that’s action camera related or drone related you’ll find here. That’s especially true of action camera mounts, which are often found for great deals around the holidays. Same goes with drone and drone accessories. Usually a great time to pick up an extra battery or extra props.
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 29th, 2019 @ 12:29 pm|
|GoPro Hero 7 Black with 32GB- $30 Off||$299||Amazon||Clever Training|
Other Sports & Fitness:
Anything else that’s sports and fitness related that I think is interesting will be here. It may not be super techy- but it’s stuff that most readers will be using in pursuit of their running/cycling/swimming/hiking/whatever.
There are no deals currently.
DCR’s Random Gadget List
This is basically the mostly totally unrelated gadgets and things I think are cool deals that I’ve likely bought one or five of (you can never have too many, right)? Some of it’s probably photography stuff. Some of it’s random stuff like chargers and battery packs that I use daily, fun camera gear I use to make videos like sliders and turntables, and well…just random things you’ll find around the DCR Cave. It’s all random…but it’s all awesome randomness!
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 29th, 2019 @ 7:04 pm|
|Amazon Echo Dot - 56% off!||$22||Amazon||We've got a couple of these, both at home, and the office, and mostly just use it to play music for the kids. I don't have a specific need to pickup another one this year - but at|
|BOB Revolution Pro Jogging Stroller - 20% off||$399||Amazon||There's just no competition in our minds on the best running stroller - it's what we use. In fact, we actually have two of them - one at home in Europe, and one with family in Canada that we picked up used. Go Bob Go!|
|Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones - $70 off!||$129||Amazon||These are my jam - and The Girl's too. I know, they're not the newest. Nor are they wireless. But that's why I love them. They just work, all the time.|
|Google Nest Mesh WiFi Router - 12% off||$149||Amazon||These are the WiFi mesh access points I use both at home and the DCR Cave. Love them - I don't need to dork with them, they just work.|
|Nest Cam Indoors - 20% off||$159||Amazon||We have more Nest cam's than I can count. No really, we have half a dozen at the DCR Cave alone, plus more at home. We love them. I'll be picking up another with this sale, mostly to replace some much older Dropcam's (Nest before Nest was renamed). Nest Cam's really only go on sale about once per year. Update: I bought three more of them this year.|
|Nest Cam Outdoors - 23% off||$228||Amazon||We use one of these and so far after I think just about two years, it's working great for us.|
|Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera||$700 off||Amazon||I've often rented this camera (or stole friends) over the last year or so, but I finally bit the bullet on a variant of this sale last week. These are now my main shooting cameras for video (they make great stills too, but I mainly got this for video). $700 off is an awesome deal. In my case I got the kit. And in case it's even more of an endorsement, both GPLAMA & DesFit also use this camera too!|
|SanDisk SD & MicroSD Cards - 50% off||50% off||Amazon||Look, I have a storage problem. As in, I constantly buy SD & MicroSD cards. Mostly because I'm constantly sticking new MicroSD cards in new cameras/drones/etc to test. So when I see deals like this for 50% off - I jump. Generally speaking I use 128GB cards for action cameras, and a blend as 128GB & 256GB cards for my main DSLR/etc cameras. I almost exclusively use SanDisk cards, though you'll find a few other brands from time to time.|
What’s that? You’re not in the US and still want a deal? No problem! First off, you should note that some retailers do send some items overseas. For example, Clever Training can send many products overseas, and do so at a flat-rate $29USD shipping cost. You’ll want to check the individual item. For some deals, that could be a huge savings!
Beyond that, I’ll be tracking Euro-specific deals here. These will include both Clever Training Europe (UK) as well as Amazon European deals.
Woot – important! The Clever Training Europe deals below can be combined with the DCR 10% discount coupon code DCR10BTF. Boom! So yes, another 10% savings on top of these prices! Plus free shipping in Europe for orders over 75EUR (almost everything in the list from CT).
Note: On Amazon Europe deals, generally speaking you can order from any Amazon European country site (I.e. Amazon France) and have it shipped within the EU (I.e. Spain). Thus, many times deals are duplicates across the sites.
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 29th, 2019 @ 12:32 pm|
|Fitbit Charge 3 HR Fitness Band - 38% off||£79/39EUR||Amazon||N/A||N/A|
|Garmin Edge 130 Cycling GPS||109EUR||Amazon||N/A||⚡ This is a fantastic deal - for 109EUR?!?! Damn.|
|Garmin Fenix 6X Pro||666EUR||Amazon||N/A||A slight discount, but one nonetheless on this new unit, where it's still hard to find both in stock, but in stock with a discount.|
|Garmin Forerunner 45 - 20EUR off||€179||Amazon||N/A||N/A|
|Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS Multisport Watch||169EUR||Amazon||N/A||⚡ This is a fantastic deal right now. The price on Amazon is fluctuating a bit, but either way - by far the lowest we've seen. Awesome if you're looking to get into triathlon or just want a really capable running/cycling/swimming watch.|
|Garmin Instinct - 30% off||£186/218EUR||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Garmin RTL510 Varia Radar||£99/116EUR||Amazon||N/A||N/A||⚡⚡ These days this isn't just a Garmin thing anymore. Wahoo and Hammerhead also support the radar, with Stages next week! Also, fun fact: This is *by far* the most ordered item on this page on the opening day (Friday, Nov 15th, 2019).|
|Garmin Vivosport GPS Band - 48% off||£88/103EUR||Amazon||N/A||N/A|
|GoPro Hero 8 Black w/32GB card, GoPro Shorty Stick, Extra Battery, Headstrap- $50 Off||329GBP/385EUR||Amazon||N/A||⚡⚡⚡ This is an amazeball deal. You've got not only the new Hero 8 at $50 off, but the GoPro Shorty Stick (my favorite accessory, Then you get an extra battery, and a headmount you won't ever use. Oh, and the 32GB card you might use before you buy a bigger card.|
|Polar Vantage M GPS Multisport Watch - 42% off||160EUR||Amazon||N/A||N/A||⚡⚡⚡ Woah - this is probably the deal of the year for wearable tech. This is a great little watch that includes full multisport mode (for triathletes), as well as things like full power meter support and more. Very very solid deal.|
|Polar Vantage V GPS Multisport Watch - 30% off||316EUR||Amazon||N/A||N/A||⚡ This is a reasonably good deal for the Vantage V, which has seen a number of updates over the last year (and more slated in December).|
|Suunto 9 GPS (both Baro and Non-Baro) - 30% off||From 279EUR||Amazon||N/A||N/A|
|Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT - 10% off||£182/213EUR||Amazon||Clever Training|
|Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM - 10% off||£281/329EUR||Amazon||N/A||We don't tend to see discounts on Wahoo stuff - so if you want to pickup a ROAM, I'd hit this.|
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