Week in Review–Dec 17th, 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!

Sports Tech Deals of Note:

A bunch of sales started last Sunday, and most of them end later this week.  However, the one exception to both of that is a new (well, re-started) sale on all Suunto gear for 30% off almost everything except the new Baro variant that was recently announced.  The interesting thing here is that it goes till December 26th, so if you find a Garmin under your tree and really wanted a Suunto, you can still make the switcheroo before the sale period closes.

Details all below, plus my massive deals post that I still keep updating.

Wearables:

Current Deals Regular Price Sale Price Start End Amazon Clever Training Other site Sale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker – Updated December 16th, 2017 @ 6:26 pm
Fitbit Alta $129 $30 off! Dec 10 2017 Dec 24 2017 Link Link N/A
Fitbit Alta HR $149 $20 off! Dec 10 2017 Dec 24 2017 Link Link N/A
Fitbit Blaze $199 $50 off! Dec 10 2017 Dec 24 2017 Link Link N/A ⚡Not too shabby a deal on this unit. It requires your phone for GPS, but otherwise it’s a good option for a more full featured Fitbit.
Fitbit Charge 2 $149 $20 off Dec 10 2017 Dec 24 2017 Link Link N/A
Fitbit Ionic $299 $30 off! Dec 10 2017 Dec 24 2017 Link Link N/A ⚡About the best deal we’ll likely see for a while on Ionic (it was down a bit more for Black Friday, but that’s a rarity).
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 Forerunner 235 $329 $30 off Dec 10 2017 Dec 24 2017 Link Link N/A
Garmin Forerunner 35 $199 $30 off! Dec 10 2017 Dec 24 2017 Link Link N/A
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 $69 Nov 22 2017 Dec 23 2017 Link Link ⚡ This just came out 5 weeks ago, and so this is a solid deal. Note: This price was dropped $10 further on Dec 5th.
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.
Suunto Watches (Almost All Models) 30% off Dec 15 2017 Dec 26 2017 N/A Link N/A ⚡ The only exception is that it excludes the new Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR (that’s the $275 one) and the just released new colors for Spartan series.
TomTom Adventurer (Music + OHR + GPS) $50 off Dec 10 2017 Dec 31 2017 Link Link N/A Down to $299, includes music, optical HR, and GPS.

Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.

TomTom Spark 3 Product Line $149-$299 (Features Vary) Up to $100 off Dec 10 2017 Dec 31 2017 Link Link N/A 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 $129)
• Spark 3 Cardio + music + headphones: $20 off (from $249 to $199)

Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.

TomTom Touch Cardio $89 $69 Dec 10 2017 Dec 31 2017 Link Link N/A Normally $89 for the ‘Cardio’ version. Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.
TomTom Touch Cardio + Body Composition $89 $99 Dec 10 2017 Dec 31 2017 Link Link N/A This is the version that includes the body comp metrics as well. Note: TomTom wearables division is being shut down however.

Cycling:

Current Deals Regular Price Sale Price Start End Amazon Clever Training Other site Sale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker – Updated December 10th, 2017 @ 5:31 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.
PowerPod $299 Dec 10 2017 Dec 19 2017 Link Link N/A $249 for the ANT+ version, $279 for the BLE version, and $299 for the dual ANT+/BLE version
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 14th, 2017 @ 8:33 am
DJI Mavic Pro $999 $200 off!!! Nov 23 2017 Dec 20 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.
GoPro Hero5 Black + 32GB SD + $40 store credit $399 $100 off! Dec 10 2017 Dec 31 2018 Link Link N/A ⚡ This is technically a permanent price drop effective Dec 10th, but now the GoPro Hero 5 Black is $299! I’m listing it here for now since it’s a good deal if you don’t care about the new Hero6 features. Also, this edition on Clever Training includes a 32GB SD card and a $40 store credit (great for picking up a few extra batteries).
GoPro Hero5 Session $299 $100 off! Dec 10 2017 Dec 31 2018 Link Link N/A ⚡⚡⚡ This is technically a permanent price drop effective Dec 10th, but now the GoPro Hero 5 Session is $199! I’m listing it here for now since it’s a good deal, especially if you want a small camera that has 4K capabilities and is totally waterproof.
GoPro Karma Drone Hero5 & Hero6 Bundles $200 off Dec 10 2017 Dec 24 2017 Link Link N/A While I don’t generally recommend the GoPro Karma drone…if you really want it, it’s on sale for about 20% off. Instant price reduction for the Karma Hero5 and Hero6 bundles.

And again, keep checking the full list out!

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:

(In case you’re wondering why I had virtually no posts this past week, I had two products/updates that shifted announcement dates on me at the last second, thus delaying those posts.)

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) Apple launches GymKit…in exactly one gym in the country: This isn’t surprising, and is the exact same challenges that Garmin saw with the ANT+ gym integration nearly a decade ago (before Bluetooth Smart even existed).  The challenge with the gym space is that the cost of new commercial use machines is incredibly expensive ($5,000-$15,000 each), and the replacement cycle is incredibly long (many years), thus by time a company looks to check out new units that technology has long since passed.  And, don’t forget that this is actually Apple’s second attempt at this – as years ago they did the integration with iPod’s (and eventually iPhone’s).  I don’t expect this attempt to be any different, it’ll ultimately fail in the eyes of the consumer, even if technologically it’s cool and successful.  None of it will be Apple’s fault.  Ideally, they’d have approached it with some sort of external speed sensor that could be connected to existing treadmills.

2) The longest bike/pedestrian-only tunnels: This is pretty fascinating.  Also, be sure to check out the links for more international stats as well.

3) Final Cut Pro 10.4 now supports GoPro Hero 6 footage: Finally. If you’re like me and edit with FCPX, then this is a huge deal. Heck, I’ve got some unpublished videos because I got too tired of waiting for conversions to occur.  Note, there’s actually a boatload of other and far more important features, but supporting H.265 footage is huge.  This also supports VR footage too, which in theory fixes the other gap GoPro had whereby it supported Fusion quite well on Premier Pro, but not so well on FCPX. I haven’t had a chance to run my Fusion footage through FCXP 10.4 though and see what things look like.

4) Someone rode Zwift for 24 hours straight: And apparently did so on purpose as well. Details at the link, congrats!

5) Toronto Residents fix wonky intersection with chalk and leaves: Ahh yes, a very Canadian thing to simply fix the issue at no cost to the city…albeit in the most passive-aggressive leaf cleaning way ever.  Well played…well played.

6) Swimmer in San Francisco gets tasted by Sea Lion: Most definitely leaves a mark, though, decides not to finish the appetizer. (via Slowtwitch Forums)

7) ROTOR is apparently making a watch: Actually, to be more accurate, according to the tweet, ROTOR is making a “superior Swiss” watch that says ‘Made in Germany’ on the front.  As an interesting aside, did you know there’s an entire strict definition for what counts as ‘Swiss made’ in watches? It’s here.

8) Wahoo fitness signs on Bora to ride ELEMNT BOLT units this year: Cool to see BORA-hansgrohe and Wahoo link up.  As I’ve covered in years past, I’ll be doing a complete inventory of all the head unit suppliers (and all related sports tech on the bikes) for the cycling WorldTour pro teams this year, starting in January at the Tour Down Under in just a few weeks.

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: Like last week, another round of mostly beta updates across a crapton of devices: Most contained minor fixes., and most also contained Connect IQ updates.  This included the Edge 520/820/820 Explore/1000/1000 Explore/1030, Fenix 3/3HR/Chronos/5/5S/5X, Vivoactive HR/Vivosport/VivoNachoCheese, and a slew of the APAC variants of these too. I’d link to these all, but everything is linked in the link above and this one paragraph summarizes it all!

TomTom Spark 3/Runner 3: Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Polar M400 Firmware Update: Minor bug fixes.

Thanks all!

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