Posts by DC Rainmaker Visit Site

Follow Site

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 …

Tags:
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 …

Tags:
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 …

Tags:
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 …

Tags:
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 …

Tags:
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 …

Tags:
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 …

Tags:
Blog YouTube

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. …

Tags:
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.

Tags:
Activity Trackers Fitbit Sports Technology News and Reviews Fitbit Inspire Fitbit Inspire HR

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 …

Tags:
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 …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

Today Fitbit launched their least expensive smartwatch to date – the Fitbit Versa Lite. This newish watch essentially takes the existing Fitbit Versa smartwatch and removes the music playback, along with a handful of smaller features like stair counting (and …

Tags:
Fitbit Sports Technology News and Reviews Fitbit Versa Fitbit Versa Lite

It’s been almost exactly 4 years to the week since PowerTap first announced their PowerTap P1 pedals, and it didn’t take long for them to rocket to popularity. The installation required nothing more than a simple hex wrench, and the …

Tags:
Power Meters PowerTap Sports Technology News and Reviews PowerTap P2 PowerTap P2 Pedals

And just like that, I’m back in Amsterdam. Well, sorta. By time you read this I’ve already left the continent in search for…umm…colder weather, apparently. But more on that at the end. Let’s dive into what was happenin’ this past …

Tags:
Blog 5 Random Things Peloton

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 …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

Two weekends ago I managed to drop my GoPro while out mountain biking. Actually, technically I wasn’t mountain biking anymore, but rather had hiked a hundred or so meters from the end of the mountain bike trail to the peak …

Tags:
Sports Technology News and Reviews Find Lost GoPro GoPro How to

Ok, a bit belated on this ‘5 Random Things’ post – but it’s been a whirlwind of a last few days, and I finally have a few minutes to write out some stuff as we complete our last flight of …

Tags:
Blog 5 Random Things Cape Town South Africa

It’s been some four months since Garmin first announced Spotify integration for their music enabled wearables. This allowed those with music enabled devices to download Spotify playlists and music to their watch and play it back sans-phone, using just Bluetooth …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Garmin Vivoactive 3 Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Spotify

It was almost exactly two months ago that Zwift announced they received a whopping $120 million USD in new funding, whereby a large chunk of that would be spent on digital racing – known as esports. Since then, the company …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews esports Zwift Zwift Racing

We’re down to our last 9 or so days here in Cape Town, and working to make the most of them! Here’s what we were up to over this past weekend. 1) Mountain Biking Morning Early Friday morning I headed …

Tags:
Blog 5 Random Things Africa Cape Town

I’m sure there’s many creative ways I could have titled this post, but I’m going with what I believe to be the most accurate representation of this new feature, despite my desire to channel my inner 5-year old boy self. …

Tags:
Sports Technology News and Reviews Routes Routing Strava

It’s funny how I’m always on the lookout for a good bike phone mount system, despite rarely using a phone as a head unit on my road bike. Instead, I’m more practical in my phone and bike relationship: It’s primarily …

Tags:
Sports Technology News and Reviews Cases SwitchLok

In what is unquestionably the biggest sports tech news of the year, Garmin announced today the acquisition of Tacx – the privately held Dutch company that makes trainers, water bottles, and tools. This news no doubt will have people turning …

Tags:
Sports Technology News and Reviews Acquisitoins Garmin Tacx

Oh yes, you’re getting a race report. Mostly because I slacked off on doing race reports last year on my races and y’all called me on it. So now you’re getting a race report for anything I’ll have a bib and/or …

Tags:
Race Report Cape Town Race Reports South Africa Stroller

This was definitely a very busy weekend. It was jam-packed with sporting related goodness! Plus, each day I managed to walk over 10 miles (15KM) in steps, plus whatever other random activities I did. Well, I think I still get …

Tags:
Blog Cape Town ITU Mountain Biking Pro Triathlon

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 …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

Earlier this week RunScribe announced two news tidbits to the world. First, that they’re going to shift focus away from the direct to consumer market, and instead focus more of business to business interactions, such as clinics and related groups. …

Tags:
Sports Technology News and Reviews running efficiency RunScribe

Today SRAM announces their latest RED groupset lineup, SRAM RED eTAP AXS for road and off-road. This groupset shifts from a more traditional 11-speed cassette arrangement to a 12-speed cassette configuration. It also eschews any mechanical only version of the …

Tags:
Sports Technology News and Reviews Quarq SRAM SRAM AXS SRAM AXS eTAP SRAM eTAP

I don’t think there’s any sports technology GPS watch startup that’s being watched as closely by GPS watch industry giants as COROS is. Now as you’ll see, it may not be entirely for the reasons you think, but no matter …

Tags:
product reviews Sports Technology News and Reviews Coros COROS APEX

As we continue our South African winter relocation, here’s the pile of sporty and non-sporty goodness we’ve been up to this weekend. It was a fairly busy one, so a bunch of things didn’t quite make the cut for this …

Tags:
Blog Cape Town South Africa Week in Review

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 …

Tags:
Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

It’s been nearly five months since Polar first announced the Vantage series watches, including the Vantage M and Vantage V.  You probably saw my Vantage V review a couple months back. Since then I’ve transitioned to using the less expensive …

Tags:
Polar Sports Technology News and Reviews Polar Vantage Polar Vantage M Polar Vantage Series

Today Garmin announced their second dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart transmitting sensor, the HRM-DUAL heart rate strap. Wait, what’s the first you ask? Actually it was the Garmin Vector 3, about 18 months ago. This new HRM-DUAL is about as simple as …

Tags:
Garmin Sports Technology News and Reviews Garmin HRM Garmin HRM-DUAL Heart Rate Sensors Heart Rate Straps

Back a few weeks ago while at CES 2019 I met up with the crew at Strava to catch-up on a variety of topics. While Strava doesn’t do booths or even off-floor suites, they do get a lot of miles …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Strava

With our first full weekend here in Cape Town in the books, we went all-in on seeing animals with the kids and getting our fill of touristy related things. Of course, with tons more to see in the region and …

Tags:
Africa Blog Cape Town Safari

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 …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Week in Review

Finally, one of the most wanted features is now live in Zwift as of this morning. If you’ve got yourself a Mac or PC and Zwift, you can now select which world (map) you’re going to ride that day. As …

Tags:
Sports Technology News and Reviews Zwift

This past summer at Eurobike, CycleOps somewhat quietly announced their new Hammer 2 trainer, more officially known as the H2. This trainer would take the existing Hammer 1 that the company released a few years back, apply a new coat …

Tags:
CycleOps (Saris) Trainers CycleOps H2 CycleOps Hammer CycleOps Hammer 2

It’s been almost two months since the DCR Open House, when nearly 200 folks descended on the DCR Cave to take their first look at things. And while I’d like to say that things are dramatically different – the reality …

Tags:
Blog DCR Cave

Since the Wahoo KICKR 2018 and KICKR CORE were announced back at Eurobike 2018 (in July), it hasn’t entirely been smooth sailing for either product. While both have been enormously popular, and certainly the vast majority of people haven’t had …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Trainers Wahoo KICKR Wahoo KICKR 2018 Wahoo KICKR Core

It’s a sunny day here in Cape Town, and we’re ready to enjoy all the outdoors offerings this city and beyond hold. As we’ve done for the last three years, we’ve migrated south a bit for a month or so. …

Tags:
Blog Cape Town

Two days ago Suunto announced plans to retire their online training platform, Movescount, sometime around Summer 2020 (~18 months from now). Instead, users will use the newer Suunto online platform (previously called Sports Tracker – no relation to SportTracks). That’s …

Tags:
Blog Suunto Suunto Movescount Training Platforms

In the indoor cycling space, it’s becoming clear that money is a key easy button to success. Lots of money that is. We have Zwift with its $165.5 million, or Peloton with its $994.7 million (yes, $1 billion dollars). Of …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Apps CVRcade Trainer Apps

While most of the cycling focus this week may be on the Tour Down Under in Australia, the reality is that most sports tech companies are busy cookin’ away trying to get products ready for the spring, when most cyclists …

Tags:
Sports Technology News and Reviews CES CES2019 Stages Stages Dash Stages Dash L10 Stages Dash L50 Stages Dash M50

With CES behind us, I’ve wrapped up and published almost everything that I plan to talk about from CES 2019 on the site already. While it was a bit of a quieter year for sports tech and wearables at CES, …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews CES CES2019

The easy title for this post would simply be “Suunto adds TrainingPeaks support”, but that’d be both confusing and only half-correct. First, Suunto as a company has actually long sync’d to TrainingPeaks from their Movescount platform. That’s the platform that …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews CES CES2019 Suunto Suunto API Suunto Movesense

Sitting innocently enough in a booth for Tile-competitor Chipolo sits a 4iiii dual-sided power meter. To say it’s out of place in this booth at CES would be an understatement. But, it’d also be missing the point of a fascinating …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews 4iiii 4iiii Power Meters CES CES2019 Theft

Each year at CES people invariably ask me what’s the most interesting thing I’ve seen on the show floor. Some years, there’s many options to choose from. This year? Not so much. Still, my answer this year oscillates between this …

Tags:
Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews CES CES2019 Matrix PowerWatch Matrix PowerWatch 2 Solar

It seems that Withings finally has its mojo back. After they were bought by Nokia, they entered what was more or less the dark ages for the company. We saw little to no innovation, and in fact, moving backwards in …

Tags:
Sports Technology News and Reviews Withings CES CES2019 ECG Withings Move Withings Move ECG

Today Garmin begins their journey with cellular enabled wearables, announcing the first device the Vivoactive 3 Music Cellular/LTE. Actually, technically it’s called the Garmin Vivoactive 3 connected by Verizon, leaving zero doubts about who exactly it’s available for. And while …

Tags:
Garmin Sports Technology News and Reviews Garmin Vivoactive 3 Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Cellular Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Verizon