Week in Review – December 4th, 2017

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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!

DCRainmaker.com posts in the past week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this past week:

Sunday: Week in Review–Nov 26th, 2017
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Thursday: Garmin Vector 3 Power Meter In-Depth Review

Sports Tech Deals of Note:

Despite what you might think – the sports tech deals are cruisin’ on!  In fact, especially for Europe, which has seen the lowest prices ever for many items, much of which is still matching Black Friday sales.  All of these are detailed on the massive deals post that I still keep updating.

Still, here’s the rundown of major deals still cookin’:

Wearables:

Current Deals Regular Price Sale Price Start End Amazon Clever Training Other site Sale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker – Updated December 1st, 2017 @ 5:14 am
Garmin Fenix5 (5/5S/5X) $599 $100 off Nov 13 2017 Dec 24 2017 Link Link ⚡ Definitely the best deal you’re going to see this year on this.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 $299 $50 off Nov 22 2017 Dec 23 2017 Link Link ⚡ Awesome deal $50 off the base unit (thus $249), or $50 off the Slate unit (thus $279). The slate has an extra resistant coating on the band which his why it costs more. This is a superb deal for a unit that came out a mere 2 months ago.
Garmin Vivofit Jr $79 $49 Nov 22 2017 Dec 23 2017 Link Link The lowest we’ve seen this unit. Was super popular last year (the most popular item ordered via DCR actually).
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 $99 $79 Nov 22 2017 Dec 23 2017 Link Link ⚡ This just came out 5 weeks ago, and so this is a solid deal.
Garmin Vivosmart 3 $139 $99 Nov 22 2017 Dec 23 2017 Link Link ⚡ Note this just came out earlier this year, if looking for an activity tracker as opposed to a GPS watch, this is a great deal.
Garmin Vivosport $199 $149 Nov 22 2017 Dec 23 2017 Link Link This just came out back in September, so a pretty good deal.

Cycling:

Current Deals Regular Price Sale Price Start End Amazon Clever Training Other site Sale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker – Updated December 4th, 2017 @ 4:58 am
Garmin Edge 520 $299 $219 Nov 28 2017 Dec 20 2017 Link N/A N/A ⚡ ⚡ Note: This has an unknown end date. Could be in 2 minutes, or in 2 weeks. No idea, it’s an Amazon specific deal.
PowerTap Refurb Sale 25-40% off Dec 02 2017 Dec 15 2017 n/A N/A Link ⚡ This is a great sale for refurb items. Incredible deals. And here’s the thing, some folks will ignore this because they are refurb, but realistically, they go through the same QA process as other items (just with fancy new exteriors). Seriously, you won’t beat these deals, and if I was buying a PowerTap unit right now, I’d take up some of these deals (unfortunately, I bought a unit two weeks ago…).
Wahoo ELEMNT MINI $99 20% Off! Dec 01 2017 Dec 11 2017 Link Link Down to $79 on Clever Training, also includes free shipping.
WatTeam PowerBeat Gen2 From $259 20% off! Nov 26 2017 Dec 24 2017 N/A Link N/A ⚡⚡ This brings it down to $207 for a single sided unit and $319 for the dual-sided unit – by far the cheapest direct force power meter out there.

Action Cams & Drones:

Current Deals Regular Price Sale Price Start End Amazon Clever Training Other site Sale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker – Updated December 4th, 2017 @ 5:04 am
DJI Mavic Pro $999 $100 off Nov 23 2017 Dec 10 2017 Link N/A N/A I love my Mavic and use it anytime I’m not using my DJI Spark. Simple line in the sand is quick vacations/cycling I’ll take DJI Spark with me. Whereas for really cool destinations with lots of flying I’ll take DJI Mavic Pro.
DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo $1,299 $100 off Nov 23 2017 Dec 10 2017 Link N/A N/A I love my Mavic and use it anytime I’m not using my DJI Spark. Simple line in the sand is quick vacations/cycling I’ll take DJI Spark with me. Whereas for really cool destinations with lots of flying I’ll take DJI Mavic Pro.
DJI Spark $499 $399 ($100 off!) Nov 20 2017 Dec 10 2017 Link N/A N/A ⚡⚡⚡ LOVE MY SPARK! This deal is available upon checkout at Target. Else, for $399 at Amazon. When you check-out it’ll automatically add a 15% coupon to your cart.

Europe:

Current Deals Regular Price Sale Price Start End Amazon Clever Training Other site Sale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker – Updated December 4th, 2017 @ 5:03 am
DJI Spark – One Day Sale Only $499 399EUR (100EUR off!) Nov 24 2017 Dec 10 2017 Link N/A N/A ⚡ LOVE MY SPARK!
Garmin Edge 25 $169 79GBP Dec 01 2017 Dec 31 2017 Link Link N/A 29% Off and more! Also, the Edge 25 bundle version is available for 129GBP. Free shipping too!
Garmin Edge 520 Bundle $299 299GBP/341EUR Dec 01 2017 Dec 31 2017 N/A Link N/A 14% Off!!! Note: Includes HR Strap as well as the speed sensor and cadence sensors.
Garmin Edge 820 Bundle $399 389GBP/376EUR Dec 01 2017 Dec 31 2017 Link Link N/A 11% off via Clever Training. Bundle includes cadence sensor, HR strap, speed sensor. Also includes free shipping.
Garmin Forerunner 235 $329 210GBP/234EUR Dec 01 2017 Dec 31 2017 Link Link n/a 31% OFF!
Garmin Index WiFi Scale $149 99GBP/113EUR Dec 01 2017 Dec 31 2017 N/A Link N/A ⚡ 50GBP off!!! Clever Training Only Sale – Free Europe Shipping!
Garmin Varia Bike Radar 129GBP/148EUR Dec 01 2017 Dec 31 2017 N/A Link N/A 24% off via Clever Training! Also, the full bundle with a display unit is also available via the same link. Free shipping too.
Garmin Varia UT800 129GBP/148EUR Dec 01 2017 Dec 31 2017 N/A Link N/A 13% off via Clever Training. Also includes free shipping too!
Garmin Vivofit3 $99 49GBP (40% off!) Dec 01 2017 Dec 31 2017 Link Link N/A
Garmin Vivosmart 3 $139 84GBP/95EUR Dec 01 2017 Dec 31 2017 Link Link N/A
WatTeam PowerBean Gen 2 – Dual Sided From $259 20% off Dec 01 2017 Dec 20 2017 N/A Link N/A ⚡⚡This brings it down to 300GBP/342EUR for a single sided unit – by far the cheapest direct force power meter out there.
WatTeam PowerBean Gen 2 – Single Sided From $259 20% off Dec 01 2017 Dec 20 2017 N/A Link N/A ⚡⚡This brings it down to 204GBP/232EUR for a single sided unit – by far the cheapest direct force power meter out there.

And again, keep checking the full list out!

YouTube Videos I Made This 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!

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:

Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet.

1) The most incredible bike share photo: This photo shows what happens when you fill an entire football field with discarded bike share bikes…and stack it as high as some buildings.  Unbelievable, you really need to see this photo.

2) Jumping into an airplane with a wingsuit: Undoubtedly, many of you have seen this by now.  But if not, enjoy.  And if you have already, enjoy it again. It’s worth it, as you know.

3) Getting the GoPro Shot (further details): Last week I shared a GoPro video on the behind the scenes of just one brief sequence in the launch video.  This post however details that out even further in a more textual manner.

4) SoulCycle now offered as benefit on a points credit card: For those in Europe, the whole credit card points thing is illogical.  But for those in the US/Canada, you know it’s all about the points card.  This card apparently offers free days at SoulCycle. I thought it was interesting (I’ve never done SoulCylce however).

5) Fitbit selected for long-term national health study: Regardless of which vendor is selected, it’s good to see some long term studies being down with vast numbers of people.  Let’s just hope that there’s at least a few people that understand technology helping with this study, so that we don’t end up with all the flawed ones we see recently on wearables.

6) GlovePay, it’s a thing: Forget Garmin Pay and Fitbit Pay, for the upcoming winter Olympics, you’ll be able to pay by rubbing your gloves against the payment terminal.

7) FDA approves first EKG reader for Apple Watch: This is an interesting one, but one you shouldn’t be misled by the main headlines about it.  This is NOT the FDA approving the Apple Watch as an EKG reader.  Instead, it’s the FDA approving an accessory for the Apple Watch by a 3rd party company as an EKG reader.  The cool part here though is that it’s doing it via an Apple Watch band/strap that you then place your finger on.  I’ve gotta believe the company will look to make straps for other devices like Fitbit and Garmin, since it’d be easy for them to leverage app platforms on both companies devices.

8) Study looking at accuracy of the CycleOps Hammer trainer: Not too shabby.  Though personally I would have liked to have seen wattages above 500w, since that’s pretty low by most testing standards.  (via Tim)

Sports Technology Software/Firmware Updates This Week:

Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one-liners are perfect, or Tweet it at me is even better) and I’ll make mention of it here. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good?  Oh – and if you want to get a head start on things, this page is a great resource for watching Garmin firmware updates.

Garmin Edge 520 and 820 Firmware Updates: Adds latest Connect IQ support, tweaks some indoor trainer stuff, other fixes.(both units identical here on update)

Garmin Edge 1000 Firmware Update: Adds latest Connect IQ support.

Garmin Edge 1030 Firmware Update: Adds latest Connect IQ support, boatload of other tweaks and some new features.

Garmin Fenix Chronos BETA firmware update: Bunch of fixes/tweaks.

Garmin Forerunner 735XT Firmware Update: Adds latest Connect IQ support, some Varia Vision tweaks.

Garmin VIRB 360 Firmware Update: Apparently resolves random things that were too random to list.

Wahoo ELEMNT/ELEMNT BOLT Firmware Update: Mostly bug fixes, but a smattering of new features including zero averaging calculations.  GPLama also did a more detailed piece on it here.

Zwift update: You can now control the camera with far more granularity, allowing you to rotate it around you like drone shots.  Also a pile of other new features and stuff, but the camera one stood out to me as nifty.

With that, thanks for reading!

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