Updated Dec 24th, 2016: Last day for many sales, especially Garmin ones!
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 24th. 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 25th. 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 28th. Occasionally they spill into that Tuesday 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!
With that – let’s get into it! I’ll update the list and cross things off as we move through the season:
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.
Garmin 2016 Holiday Deals
Note I do not expect any further Garmin deals this season beyond these. And obviously, don’t expect any new product announcements from anyone at this point. The time is over for new products. The next time that train arrives at the station is CES 2017 (first week of January).
Here’s my very brief notes on why you see some of these products and whether they make sense to purchase.
Forerunner series: With the FR230/235/630 only a year old, I don’t see a near term replacement there. This to me just seems like a typical Black Friday type sale of a 1yr+ old product. With the FR920XT, that’s two years old. Given the FR735XT came out this past summer (not an exact replacement, but kinda close), I think we’ll see Garmin continue to wait on a direct FR920XT replacement for the near-medium term.
Fenix3 series: Garmin has pretty much established a yearly cadence of Fenix series units. 2014 saw the Fenix2, 2015 saw the Fenix3, 2016 saw the Fenix3 HR, and I suspect 2017 will bring whatever is next. In all recent cases, these products were announced at CES in early January, but not available until the February-April timeframe (depending on exact product).
Vivo Series: These are Garmin’s favorites to discount, since they have a much wider appeal. I see these sales as ‘simply keeping up with everyone else’s sales’, and by ‘everyone else’, I mean Fitbit. I wouldn’t read into these too much other than being good deals. Oh, and for Vivofit Jr, that was just announced last month – so these sales are just a vehicle to get more exposure there.
Edge Series: While the Edge 1000 may be due for an update, any release cycle there would likely be tied to late Spring (i.e. Sea Otter announcement), which Garmin has favored in recent years for announcing products. In the meantime, it continues to get new features on a near monthly basis. As for the Edge 20, not sure there, seems like it just came along for the ride.
TomTom Runner – $69 (normally $129)
*TomTom Spark – $89 (normally $149)
TomTom Spark Music – $129 (normally $199)
*TomTom Spark Music + Cardio – $174 (normally $249)
TomTom Spark Music + Cardio w/headphones – $224 (normally $299)
Note that the ‘Cardio’ version means it has optical HR in it. My review of all these watches can be found here (Runner) and here (Spark). Note, I see absolutely no logical reason why you’d get the older Runner vs the Multisport Spark, given they are the same price and the Spark has more features.
And then there’s a ton more things:
|Current Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training - Save a bunch with Clever Training VIP program||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 24th, 2016 @ 4:57 am|
|Garmin Forerunner 235||$329||$269||Feb 16 2017||Feb 28 2017||Link||Link||Amazon only deal - unknown end date, could end any moment.|
|Polar M450||$169||$129||Feb 19 2017||Feb 28 2017||Link||Link||Amazon only - unknown end date!|
Top Deals You Ordered Weekend:
I thought it’d be fun to list the Top 10 Sports Tech items people ordered over the weekend, using links from the site. They are:
Fitbit Charge 2
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin Vivofit Jr. (WTF?)
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
PowerTap P1s power meter pedals
PowerPod power sensor
Scosche Rhythm+ optical HR sensor
The major pattern was basically the most heavily discounted options. The Vivofit Jr was definitely the surprise there, as was the P1s (which is the left-only one). The others made sense, as they were all major discounts on things. All of these are linked above, and all of them as of Monday, are still on-sale for quite a discount.
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.
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Clever Training 20% VIP Sale: In this sale, each CT VIP member is given a coupon code (GIVETHANKS) that’s good for 20% off a single non-sale item. It doesn’t matter if that item is the Wahoo KICKR2, or gel packets. Your choice, but it’s only available to CT VIP members. Sale through Nov 19th, 2016 – details here.
|Past Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training - Save a bunch with Clever Training VIP program||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 24th, 2016 @ 4:57 am|
|360Fly 4K 360* Action Cam||$499||$399||Nov 20 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||This is a sweet little 4K camera 360* camera, see my review for the original non-4K variant (identical otherwise).|
|CEP Compression Gear||-||20% off||Nov 21 2016||Dec 11 2016||Link||All CEP - All items 20% off|
|CycleOps PowerBeam Pro||$799||$639||Nov 21 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||All CycleOps Stuff 20% off, except Hammer/Magnus|
|CycleOps PowerSync||$809||$575||Nov 21 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||All CycleOps Stuff 20% off, except Hammer/Magnus|
|CycleOps Trainer Gear||-||20% off||Nov 21 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||All CycleOps 20% off (except Magnus/Hammer)|
|Cycliq Fly12 Bike Camera/Light||$349||$279||Nov 28 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link|
|Cycliq Fly6 Bike Camera/Light||$169||$149||Nov 28 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link|
|DJI Phantom 3 Professional (with 4K camera)||$999||$799||Dec 11 2016||Dec 24 2016||Link||N/A|
|DJI Phantom 4||$1,059||$999||Dec 11 2016||Dec 24 2016||Link||N/A|
|Fitbit Alta||$129||$119||Dec 11 2016||Dec 24 2016||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Alta||$129||$99||Nov 24 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Alta||$129||$99||Feb 05 2017||Feb 20 2017||Link||Link||Also - 50% off most Fitbit Alta Accessory bands!|
|Fitbit Aria WiFi Weight Scale||$129||$99||Jan 01 2016||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Aria WiFi Weight Scale||$129||$109||Dec 11 2016||Dec 24 2016||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Blaze||$199||$149||Feb 05 2017||Feb 20 2017||Link||Link||Also - 50% off most Fitbit Blaze Accessory bands!|
|Fitbit Blaze||$199||$129||Dec 11 2016||Dec 24 2016||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Blaze||$199||$149||Nov 24 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Amazon only - $50 off! Unknown end date|
|Fitbit Charge 2||$149||$129||Nov 24 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Charge 2||$149||$129||Dec 11 2016||Dec 24 2016||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Charge 2||$149||$129||Feb 05 2017||Feb 20 2017||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Flex 2||$99||$69||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Amazon only - Unknown exact end date|
|Fitbit Flex 2||$99||$79||Dec 11 2016||Dec 24 2016||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Surge||$249||$179||Nov 24 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Amazon Only - $70 off. Unknown end date|
|Garmin Edge 1000||$599||$374||Nov 11 2016||Nov 21 2016||Link||Link||Edge 1000 Bundle On Sale - Normally $599|
|Garmin Edge 20||$129||$99||Nov 11 2016||Nov 21 2016||Link||Link|
|Garmin Edge 520||$299||$263||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Amazon only!|
|Garmin Edge Explore 1000||$449||$337||Nov 11 2016||Nov 21 2016||Link||Link|
|Garmin Index WiFi Scale||$149||$129||Dec 25 2016||Jan 14 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivoactive HR||$249||$199||Nov 01 2016||Nov 21 2016||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivoactive HR||$249||$219||Feb 13 2017||Feb 25 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivoactive HR||$249||$199||Dec 11 2016||Jan 14 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr||$79||$69||Feb 05 2017||Feb 18 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivofit3||$99||$79||Nov 27 2016||Jan 14 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivofit3||$99||$79||Feb 05 2017||Feb 25 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivomove||-||$99||Nov 27 2016||Jan 14 2017||Link||Link||Note: Price varies by model/style|
|Garmin Vivosmart HR||$149||$119||Nov 01 2016||Nov 21 2016||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivosmart HR||$149||$99||Dec 11 2016||Jan 14 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivosmart HR||$149||$69||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Amazon.com only (Unknown end date)|
|Garmin Vivosmart HR+||$199||$169||Feb 05 2017||Feb 25 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivosmart HR+||$199||$149||Dec 11 2016||Jan 14 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivosmart HR+||$199||$179||Nov 01 2016||Nov 21 2016||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivosmart HR+||$199||$119||Nov 27 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Amazing deal!|
|GoPro Hero (Base)||$129||$89||Nov 25 2016||Nov 26 2016||Link||N/A||Amazon Only!|
|GoPro Hero4 Session||$199||$20 credit back||Feb 05 2017||Feb 18 2017||Link||Link||$20 in Clever Training Points back on the purchase of a Hero Session|
|GoPro Hero4 Session Bundle||$199||$179||Dec 01 2016||Dec 24 2016||Link||Link||Includes bunch of accessories, still cheaper than camera-only|
|GoPro Hero5 Black||$399||$60 credit back||Feb 05 2017||Feb 18 2017||Link||Link||$60 in Clever Training Points back on the purchase of a Hero 5 Session (enough for a few extra batteries or mounts)|
|GoPro Hero5 Black||$399||$399||Nov 25 2016||Nov 25 2016||Link||Link||Link||Target Only: $399 with $60 gift card|
|GoPro Hero5 Session||$299||$45 credit back||Feb 05 2017||Feb 18 2017||Link||Link||$45 in Clever Training Points back on the purchase of a Hero 5 Session|
|Mio Fuse||$149||$54||11/25/2016||11/28/2016||Link||Link||Unknown exact end date|
|Mio Link||$79||$60||11/25/2016||11/28/2016||Link||Link||Unknown end date|
|Newton Running Shoes||-||25% off||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||All Newton Running Shoes 25% off|
|Niterider bike lights||-||25% off||Nov 11 2016||Dec 29 2016||Link||All Niterider bike lights 25% off|
|Pebble 2 HR||-||$30 off||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Pebble 2 HR at $30 off, starts at $99. This is a solid deal for a brand new product.|
|Pebble Classic||-||From $29||Nov 24 2016||Nov 25 2016||Link||Amazon only - Pebble Classic at $29 and $39|
|Pebble Time||-||$50 off||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Pebble Time models $50 off, starts at $149|
|Polar A360||$199||$116||Nov 27 2016||Nov 27 2016||Link||Link||Note: Sale seems to be certain sizes only|
|Polar Balance||-||$58||Nov 27 2016||Nov 27 2016||Link||Link|
|Polar Bluetooth Smart Running Footpod (Bluetooth Smart Only)||$79.00||$40||Nov 27 2016||Nov 27 2016||Link||Link|
|Polar Loop||$55||$27||Nov 27 2016||Nov 27 2016||Link||Link|
|Polar Loop 2||$99||$63||Nov 27 2016||Nov 27 2016||Link||Link|
|Polar M400||$179||$85||Nov 27 2016||Nov 27 2016||Link||Link||Amazon Sunday Deal only!|
|Polar M600||$329||$299||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Note that this includes wireless music storage/playback|
|Polar Speed & Cadence Sensors Package||-||43% Off!||Nov 27 2016||Nov 27 2016||Link||Listed at $45 on sale, pretty good deal for two Bluetooth Smart sensors.|
|Polar V650||$253/€220||$162||Nov 27 2016||Nov 27 2016||Link||Link|
|Polar V800 Bundle (HR Strap/Cadence Sensor/Mount)||$449||$279||Nov 27 2016||Nov 27 2016||Link||Link|
|Polar V800 Bundle Deal||-||Nov 27 2016||Nov 27 2016||Link||Contains: V800 GPS watch, H7 Bluetooth Smart HR strap, Cadence Sensor, Bike Mount, Magical Javier Gomez red color.|
|Power2Max NG Deals||-||It's complicated||Nov 01 2016||Dec 15 2016||Link||This is a complex deal, but essentially if you have a friend, you can purchase two power meters (one NG, one Type-S) for a massive discount. Hit up link for details.|
|PowerPod||$299||$199||Nov 25 2016||Nov 25 2016||Link||Link||The $100 off deal is Black Friday only!|
|PowerPod||$299||$249||Nov 26 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Note: While supplies last|
|PowerPod||$299||$199||Dec 12 2016||Dec 12 2016||Link||Link||One-day sale only!|
|PowerTap C1 Chainring||$699||$559||Nov 21 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||All PowerTap Gear 20% Off!|
|PowerTap Everything||-||20% off||Nov 21 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||All PowerTap Power Meters 20% off|
|PowerTap G3 Hub||$599 (no wheel)||$479||Nov 21 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||All PowerTap 20% Off! Note this also includes complete wheel sets, this link shows all PowerTap Options.|
|PowerTap P1||$1,199||$959||Nov 21 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||All PowerTap gear 20% off!|
|PowerTap P1S||$699||$559||Nov 21 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||All PowerTap gear 20% off!|
|PowerTap PowerCal (Dual ANT+/BLE)||$99||$95||Nov 21 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||All PowerTap Gear 20% Off!|
|Runscribe Pro||-||$20 Off||Nov 24 2016||Dec 04 2016||Link||Use coupon code RSBLACK to save $20|
|Samsung Gear 360 Camera||-||$225||Feb 01 2017||Feb 15 2017||Link||N/A||Samsung has dropped the price about $75, down to $225 - pretty solid. Note: Unknown end date.|
|Saris Bike Racks||-||20% off||Nov 21 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||All Saris Bike Racks 20% Off|
|Scosche RHYTHM+||$79||$59||Feb 05 2017||Feb 08 2017||Link||Link|
|Scosche RHYTHM+||$79||$59||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||My favorite optical HR sensors by far|
|Scosche RHYTHM+||$79||$59||Dec 17 2016||Dec 19 2016||Link||Link||My favorite optical HR sensors by far|
|TomTom Runner||$99||$69||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Without question the best deal on a (solid) GPS watch out there. Period.|
|TomTom Spark||$149-$199 (Features Vary)||$99||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Spark Music Edition is only $99 (from $199), with optical HR and music, it's $149 (from $249)|
|TomTom Spark 3 Series||$149-$299 (Features Vary)||$20 off||Feb 05 2017||Feb 20 2017||Link||Link||Inclusive of Music, Cardio, and Bundle options|
|TomTom Spark 3/Runner 3||$149-$299 (Features Vary)||$99||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Full list of options: • Spark 3 Basic: $30 off (from $129 to $99) • Spark 3 Cardio: $40 (from $189 to $149). • Spark 3 Music + headphones: $20 off (from $169 to $149) • Spark 3 Cardio + music + headphones: $20 off (from $249 to $229)|
|TomTom Touch||$129||$119||Feb 05 2017||Feb 20 2017||Link||Link|
|Training Peaks||-||25% off!||Nov 28 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Coupon code: cyberpremium|
|WKO4 Software Suite||-||25% off||Nov 28 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Coupon code: cyberwko4|
|Wahoo Blue SCv2 - Bluetooth Smart/ANT+ Speed/Cadence Sensor||$59||$44||Nov 25 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Link|
|Wahoo Blue SCv2 - Bluetooth Smart/ANT+ Speed/Cadence Sensor||$59||$53||Dec 12 2016||Dec 12 2016||Link||Link||One-day sale only!|
|Wahoo ELEMNT||$329||$279||Nov 25 2016||Nov 25 2016||Link||Link|
|Wahoo ELEMNT||$329||$296||Dec 12 2016||Dec 12 2016||Link||Link||One-day sale only!|
|Wahoo Fitness KICKR2 (2016)||$1,199||$1079||Dec 12 2016||Dec 12 2016||Link||Link||One-day sale only!|
|Wahoo Fitness RPM2 (Bluetooth Smart/ANT+ Cadence Sensor)||$49||$35||Dec 12 2016||Dec 12 2016||Link||Link||One-day sale only!|
|Wahoo RFLKT||$79||$29||Nov 25 2016||Nov 25 2016||Link||Link||Link||WAHOOFITNESS.COM SALE ONLY!|
|Wahoo RFLKT||$79||$71||Dec 12 2016||Dec 12 2016||Link||Link||One-day sale only|
|Wahoo RPM+SPEED Bundle (Dual ANT+/BLE)||$69||$49||Nov 25 2016||Nov 26 2016||Link||Link||Amazon only|
|Wahoo RPM+SPEED Bundle (Dual ANT+/BLE)||$69||$54||Dec 18 2016||Dec 18 2016||Link||Link|
|Wahoo SPEED ANT+/BLE Sensor||$39||$35||Dec 12 2016||Dec 12 2016||Link||Link||One-day sale only!|
|Wahoo TICKR||$59||$44||Dec 12 2016||Dec 18 2016||Link||Link||One-day sale only!|
|Wahoo TICKR X||$99||$69||Nov 25 2016||Nov 25 2016||Link||Link||Link||WAHOOFITNESS.COM SALE ONLY!|
|Wahoo TICKR X||$99||$79||Dec 12 2016||Dec 18 2016||Link||Link|
|Withings Activité||$450||$294||Nov 24 2016||Nov 26 2016||Link||Link||Amazon only - $157 off!|
|Withings Activité Pop||$149||$59||Nov 24 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Amazon only - $70 off!|
|Withings Body Cardio||$179||107||Nov 24 2016||Nov 28 2016||Link||Link||Amazon only - $72 off!|
|Withings Body Cardio WiFi Scale||$179||$107||Jan 01 2017||Link||Link|
|Withings Body WiFi Scale||$129||$77||Jan 01 2017||Link||Link|
|Withings Body WiFi Scale||$129||$74||Nov 24 2016||Nov 26 2016||Link||Link||Amazon only - $55 off!|
Suunto 2016 Holiday Deals
|Item||Regular Price||Sale Price||Savings||Sale End Date||DCR Post|
|Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire HR Bundle||$649||$412||37%||12/9/2016||DCR Post Here|
|Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire||$599||$374||38%||12/9/2016||DCR Post Here|
|Suunto Ambit3 Peak HR Bundle||$549||$337||39%||12/9/2016||DCR Post Here|
|Suunto Ambit3 Peak||$499||$299||40%||12/9/2016||DCR Post Here|
|Suunto Ambit3 Run HR Bundle||$349||$172||51%||12/9/2016||DCR Post Here|
|Suunto Ambit3 Run||$299||$150||50%||12/9/2016||DCR Post Here|
|Suunto Ambit3 Sport HR Bundle||$449||$217||52%||12/9/2016||DCR Post Here|
|Suunto Ambit3 Sport||$399||$195||51%||12/9/2016||DCR Post Here|
|Suunto Ambit3 Vertical HR Bundle||$519||$389||25%||12/9/2016||DCR Post Here|
|Suunto Ambit3 Vertical||$469||$352||25%||12/9/2016||DCR Post Here|
Suunto Ambit3 Series: Suunto virtually always puts the previous edition of their Ambit lineup on sale at Black Friday each year. This year is no exception. With the Spartan series being the new variant, the Ambit3 becomes the old variant, thus the sale variant. The Ambit3 Sport at sub-$200 is very solid for that particular device. For the Ambit3 Peak (which nets you barometric altimeter access), it’s a good deal, but not a great deal in light of the FR920XT being at $199 above.
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