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Today Suunto took one more step towards filling in their Wheel of Fortune naming scheme mystery series, by announcing the Suunto 5. The unit’s numerals are slotted a step above the Suunto 3, but gapped with the Suunto 9 a …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Suunto Suunto 5 Suunto GPS

It’s not really getting any warmer in our neck of the woods – though, it is at least getting slightly sunnier. So I’ll take what we can get. Here’s what I was up to the last few days. Sorry for …

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Blog Amsterdam Cycling Amsterdam Swimming Di2 eTAP Ikea

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 …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

Like clockwork, it’s that time of year again! The now semi-annual 20% off sale.  That’s because it happens now and in the fall.  But I don’t think anyone’s complaining about the chance to buy a brand new just trainer or …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Clever Training Sales

The day has finally arrived that everyone predicted would eventually come: DJI has announced an action camera. For realz this time, not a small hand-held gimbal that’s sorta like an action camera but not, not another drone that can be …

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Today COROS announced their new VERTIX multisport GPS device, which adds in SpO2 measurement for high-altitude adventures, while also bringing with it a more premium feel that apparently demands an equally premium price – from $599 to $699 depending on …

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Coros product reviews Sports Technology News and Reviews COROS GPS COROS VERTIX

Ahh yes, finally getting some re-warmth into the springtime weather her in Amsterdam. Not a massive amount of warmth, but I’ll take any bit I can get. Here’s what I was up to this weekend, with family in town as …

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Blog 5 Random Things Windmills

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 …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

Earlier this week Zwift announced that their new course would be a short time trial route mirroring the 2019 Giro d’Italia Stage 1, which starts today with the pros riding the real thing in Bologna. But it wasn’t until now …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Giro Giro d'Italia Zwift

The consolidation in the power meter and trainer industry continues this year,with 4iiii announcing today they’ve completed the acquisition of STAC Performance, which you’ll remember makes the virtually silent trainer that I rode inside our baby nursery.  STAC also though …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews 4iiii Acquisitions Stac STAC Performance Stac Zero Trainers

After countless non-stop tech weekends, it was finally a little bit more relaxing on the sports tech gadget testing front. Still, I was carrying out some less critical tests over the course of the weekend which I suspect some of …

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Blog 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

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 …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

While this was a busy week when it came to new product reviews, there was a small undercurrent of notable sports tech news this past week that my brain couldn’t quite squirt onto the page. But…now that time has come. …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Polar Vantage M Polar Vantage V Suunto Xert

On the list of things coming down the pipeline this Friday, I didn’t see the day wrapping up this way. IQ2 just announced that their belated power meter project (which was essentially a small spacer in between the pedals and …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews IQ2 Power Meters

Sometimes, I don’t quite know how to start a product review. And unfortunately, today is one of those days. See, the thing is, when I review products – price is an important piece of the equation. Just as it is …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Wahoo Fitness Wahoo ELEMNT Wahoo ROAM

It's the most comprehensive look at Garmin's top multisport watch out there - the FR945 In-Depth Review. From accuracy to music, real-life usage, and more.

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Here's everything you could ever want to know about the Forerunner 245/245 Music, from loading Spotify, to Running Dynamics, to GPS accuracy and plenty more.

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Trying to decide on the best sub-$200 sport and running watch? This review dives into all the details you need to know to nail your next running race.

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Garmin Sports Technology News and Reviews FR45 Garmin Forerunner 45 Garmin Forerunner 45S Garmin FR45 Garmin FR45S

It’s been a crazy busy last week, and this weekend was no exception. So let’s dive right into it! 1) Cycling The Tulip Fields Friday afternoon The Girl and I grabbed our bikes and headed 1-2 hours south. To tulip …

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Blog Amsterdam photography Tulips

In the highly unlikely event that you didn’t get enough Garmin news today with the announcement of two brand new head units (the Edge 530 and Edge 830, see reviews at those links), you’ve also got yourself some new sensors …

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Garmin Sports Technology News and Reviews Garmin Cadence Sensors Garmin Sensors Garmin Speed Sensors

Your complete rundown and review on the new Garmin Edge 530 and all the new features, from ClimbPro to mountain bike metrics, and how it compares to the Edge 830.

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Here's everything you need to know about the new Edge 830 after a month of usage. Plus, how it compares to the Edge 530 and other Garmin cycling units.

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Garmin Sports Technology News and Reviews Garmin Cycling GPS Garmin Edge Garmin Edge 830

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 …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

Last week TrainerRoad semi-quietly announced outside workouts for some of their structured workouts. I say ‘semi-quietly’ as they announced it on their popular forums. It’s there that they detailed how it works, as well as allowed anyone to join the …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Garmin Connect Structured Workouts TrainerRoad

Last week was the annual Sea Otter Classic cycling festival. It’s part trade show, part consumer show, and part bike racing scene. Also, there’s free beer at sunset at the CLIF bar booth…and you get a free metal cup for …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Sea Otter Sea Otter 2019

I’m just wrapping up my long weekend here in Monterey, CA hanging out at the Sea Otter Classic bike festival/event. While I’ve got a couple of tech-focused posts coming up over the next 24-36 hours, I figured I’d dive into …

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Blog 5 Random Things California gravel Monterey Mountain Biking Sea Otter Sea Otter 2019 Zwift HQ

SRAM has just announced the acquisition of PowerTap, inclusive of their entire lineup of power meters (wheel hubs, pedals, and chainrings). The acquisition is not inclusive of the CycleOps trainer brand, nor of the Saris rack brands. Both of those …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Acquisition Quarq SRAM

We’re onto the second day of announcements here at the Garmin Connect IQ Summit. The list from Day 1 is over on my previous post, though as noted the majority of those were developer focused (except the new iOS/Android Connect …

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Today kicked off the annual Garmin Connect IQ Summit. This event takes place at Garmin’s headquarters in Olathe, KS and attracts sports and non-sports partners, and 3rd party software developers for their Connect IQ teams. You’ll find everyone from TrainingPeaks …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Connect IQ Summit Garmin Connect IQ

The last few weeks, well…months really, I’ve been spending an excessive amount of time wearing optical HR sensor straps. It mostly started back in January as I was preparing my Polar Vantage M and COROS APEX reviews, with the optical …

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Polar product reviews Sports Technology News and Reviews Wahoo Fitness Optical HR Optical Sensors Polar OH-1 Polar OH1 Polar OH1 Plus Scosche Scosche Rhythm 24 Wahoo TICKR FIT

Here’s what I was up to this past weekend as I prepped for a bit of time across the pond. Enjoy! 1) Getting the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active post out Friday was the day that never quite ended. I got …

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Blog 5 Random Things Cargo Bike Flights Goats

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 …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

Each year for a number of years now, Samsung has released fitness-focused smartwatches. Correspondingly, each year they seem to be getting closer and closer to sorting out the right combination of features and price. Finally, here in 2019 – they …

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product reviews Samsung Sports Technology News and Reviews Samsung Galaxy Active Samsung Gear Sport Samsung GPS

There’s been plenty of chatter in recent weeks and months about whether this weekend’s upcoming GPS Week Number Roller (WNRO) will impact various GPS devices. In short, on April 6th, 2019 some older devices could effectively reset their knowledge of …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews GPS Watches

While the company is no longer in business (and still, nobody seems to know who purchased the CompuTrainer assets specifically from RacerMate), there are undoubtedly many CompuTrainers left in service out there. And aside from a handful connected with the …

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First up, since I don’t have a ‘Week in Review’ post this week, if you didn’t catch the latest podcast episode that went up late Friday, here’s the skinny: We dive into left-only power meters, Apple Watch ECG expansion, early …

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Blog 5 Random Things Amsterdam Data Running Stroller

I’ve been down in Mallorca since earlier this week, for a jam-packed slate of daily swim/bike/run workouts, with a side boatload of photo and video shooting. This trip was almost exclusively about testing a slate of devices set for review …

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Blog cycling Mallorca Spain

There’s been lots of interesting tidbits in the sports tech world over the past week that’s worth a quicker dive into…but as always with my tidbit posts, not quite a full-on standalone post. Here’s what happened in the week that …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Apple Watch Series 4 Coros COROS APEX ECG Stages Stages Power

For each of the last three years or so, I’ve started the review process of a Samsung GPS watch, all variants of either the Samsung Galaxy line or Samsung Gear lineup. And each of those years I get a few …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Export Data Samsung Samsung Galaxy Active Samsung Galaxy Gear Samsung Gear Sport

Here’s what I was up to this past weekend in surprisingly sunny Amsterdam. Apparently a lot of gadget shopping now that I look at the list. Enjoy! 1) Samsung Galaxy Active Unboxing: Friday afternoon I got busy unboxing the Samsung …

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Blog 5 Random Things

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 …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

And just like that, Polar now makes ANT+ devices. The Polar OH1 is one of two devices today that Polar has announced that are getting ANT+ compatibility. The other being the H10. But I cover that (and thoughts around possible …

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Polar Sports Technology News and Reviews ANT+ Optical HR Polar OH-1 Polar OH1

When you woke up this morning, I’m pretty sure the title of the post was the last bit of news you expected today in the sports technology realm. And if you weren’t at the ANT+ Symposium last fall, that surprise …

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Polar Sports Technology News and Reviews Polar ANT+ Polar H10 Polar OH1 Polar OH1 Plus

That’s right folks, you may have seen the tidbits or nuggets here and there – but I’m happy to report the DC Rainmaker Podcast is back in full steam, and now back on more platforms than ever before! For those …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Podcast

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 …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

It’s Friday, and late Friday for me in particular. Heck, it’s already Saturday for those of you on the other side of the globe. As such, it’s quickie post time.  Usually I just include my various YouTube videos in the …

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Today Garmin raised the stakes and announced their most expensive watch to date – the Garmin MARQ, at upwards of $2,500. Actually, it’s five watches. Five different units that mirror Garmin’s existing product lines across all of the company’s divisions. …

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Garmin Sports Technology News and Reviews Garmin MARQ Garmin MARQ Athlete

Here's everything you need to know about the Fitbit Inspire lineup, including what's new, what's unique, what works, and what doesn't. I dive into all the details.

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Here’s what I was up to this past weekend, enjoying all the rain and wind that Amsterdam has to offer. 1) Riding the fields First up on the docket was an outside ride to take advantage of a few pockets …

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Blog Amsterdam Cycling Vanmoof

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 …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review