Garmin Venu SQ In-Depth Review

Roughly a year after Garmin introduced their first AMOLED display unit, the Garmin Venu, the company is back at it with a stripped down rectangular version – the Venu SQ. This less expensive variant still packs the vast majority of | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 6 hours ago

Fitbit Sense In-Depth Review: All the Data Without the Clarity

The Fitbit Sense is both a departure from the norm and not, for Fitbit. On one hand, it’s vastly more expensive any any recent Fitbit smartwatch with vastly more sensors. Yet on the other end, the interface and day to | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 21 hours ago

Apple Watch Series SE: A Fitness First Impressions Untangled

At first glance, the Apple Watch SE seems like a straight-forward Apple Release with SE branding: Take a roughly year old model, cheapen out some materials, and call it the SE. But in reality, it’s far more complex than that, | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 day ago

Apple Watch Series 6: First Run Accuracy & SpO2 Sensor Data

While I already posted earlier this week on the new features of the Apple Watch Series 6, I figured I’d share some quick first run Friday data for ya. As well as some initial thoughts on the handful of other | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 4 days ago

Garmin HRM-PRO In-Depth Review

Garmin has (finally) announced and started shipping the HRM-PRO chest strap, bringing Bluetooth to their higher end heart rate strap that also transmits advanced running metrics and has memory onboard for watch-less activities. This of course follows the HRM-DUAL strap | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 5 days ago

GoPro Hero 9 Black: Every New Feature Detailed & Tested Video

Today GoPro announced the new GoPro Hero 9, which adds a front facing screen and 5K resolution, though also slightly increases the price. Sorta, kinda, not really…it depends. It’s complicated. While I’m still a few days away from a final | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 6 days ago

Garmin Forerunner 745 In-Depth Review

Garmin has announced the new Forerunner 745, a successor to the now four-year old FR735XT. This multisport watch essentially takes just about everything from the FR945, except leaves the maps by the side of the road, saving you $100. Also, | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 7 days ago

Apple Watch Series 6/SE, and Apple Fitness+ Service Launched: Complete Details

Today Apple has launched the new Apple Watch Series 6 with some modest fitness/health focused upgrades, while also launching a new fitness subscription service, Apple Fitness+. In addition to the Apple also launched a new variant, the Apple Watch SE. | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 7 days ago

Peloton’s New Bike+ (Plus): Everything you ever wanted to know

Last week Peloton announced their newest bike – the Peloton Bike+. This new unit includes a slightly larger (and now movable) screen, as well as an auto-follow resistance mode (what smart trainer/bike companies would call ERG mode). Additionally, they added | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 8 days ago

Suunto 7 and New Routes Features: Hands-on Details & Explainer

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@dcrainmaker.com | 12 days ago

Suunto Rolls Out Pile of New SuuntoPlus Widgets to Suunto 3/5/9 Watches

Good things come in threes, and today is the second in a line of updates Suunto is making. You’ll remember back last month they started with the app side of the house, adding in a bunch of popularity routing type | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 16 days ago

Week in Review–September 6th, 2020

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 | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 16 days ago

COROS Pace 2 In-Depth Review: A $199 Multisport watch with Running Power

It’s been a while since there’s been a watch that could cause Garmin heartache, and the COROS Pace 2 is unquestionably it. No, it’s not a ‘Garmin Killer’, but it will easily siphon off sales. This multisport watch packs in | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 19 days ago

Garmin Launches Clipboard App For Coaches: Here’s how it works

Garmin has dipped its toes into the coaching platform realm with the release of a new app today, called Garmin Clipboard. This app allows coaches, teams, organizations, and other athletic groups of socially distant people to have both their workouts | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 22 days ago

Week in Review–August 30th, 2020

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 | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 24 days ago

Garmin Rolls Out Ability to Pause Training Status

Here’s an interesting one for you – Garmin has announced today the ability for your to ‘pause’ your training status on newer devices. Training status would be bits like the watch telling you that you’re overtraining or undertraining, or just | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 27 days ago

COROS Pace 2 Hands-On: A $199 Multisport watch with Running Power

I was perhaps half-way through my first run with the Pace 2 after they enabled running power when I realized what COROS had just done. They’d just made a simplistic choice for people: Buy a Stryd running power meter for | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 29 days ago

Fitbit Announces Fitbit Sense Smartwatch: Dives far deeper towards health metrics

When the winds of change bring you a pandemic, you respond with the most health and almost-but-not-medical focused Fitbit you’ve ever seen. Which is essentially the gist of today’s sweeping pile of new feature and hardware announcements. In a virtual | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 29 days ago

Hammerhead Karoo 2: Hands-On Details & First Rides

Long teased, and long awaited…it’s finally here – the Hammer Karoo 2. And by ‘here’, I mean here in this post - and you can order it. It won’t actually ship till October. But hey – what’s a month or | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 29 days ago

Behind The Scenes: Super League Pro Triathlon on Zwift–How it all works

Yesterday I went for a quick meander down to Rotterdam to check out the first major Super League Triathlon Arena Games event. Of course, unlike a typical Super League Triathlon Series event, there were virtually no spectators, no cheering crowds, | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Week in Review–August 23rd, 2020

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 | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Suunto Rolls Out New Popular Routes & Starting Points App Features

Suunto has begun a Summer update release cycle, starting this week Suunto App updates – rolling out to iOS and Android smartphones near you. While today’s updates might seem like merely a minor app update, I’d argue Suunto has really | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Garmin Shows Off Smart Trainer Integration on Fenix 6 & Forerunner 945

Sometimes, I just stumble on things. Which, was exactly the case last a number of weeks ago when I went to start a Zwift race, using the Fenix 6 as a background recording device for some trainer/power meter testing. As | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Week in Review–August 17th, 2020

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 | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Hands-on: CORE’s New Skin/Body Temp Sensor with Garmin/Wahoo integration

It’s rare for there to be meaningful heat in the Netherlands, often only a handful of times each summer. However, as luck would have it – one of those times is right now. And, for the last couple weeks I’ve | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Wahoo KICKR V5 (2020) Smart Trainer In-Depth Review

Wahoo has just announced their latest generation KICKR, now in its 5th iteration. This new unit adds compressing feet to reduce vibrations on hard floors as well as slightly increase motion. It also eliminates the need for calibration by adding | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Hands-on: Zwift Rolls Out In-Race Steering with Elite Sterzo Smart

It took a year. No, not just for steering to finally make it from semi-announced Elite/Zwift products, but for me to be convinced there’s value there. And last night, a mere two turns into a race I had my ‘Holy | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Zwift Considering $45/Month Plans and Huge List of New Features in Latest Survey

Zwift has sent out a survey to numerous members (including myself) that indicates they’re pondering multiple membership tiers, steering + braking, hosted audio-video workouts, premium racing leagues, and many more features. While the survey is of course meant to gather | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Hands-on: FORM Goggles Openwater Swim Mode Released for Apple/Garmin Watches

As previously announced back in May, FORM has released their new openwater swim mode that connects their heads up display swim goggles to certain Garmin or Apple Watches, enabling you to see details of your swim in real-time while openwater | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Elite Direto XR Smart Trainer In-Depth Review

The Elite Direto XR continues the lineage of the Direto trainer brand, by significantly ramps up the capabilities of the trainer. For example, it’ll now replicate grades of 24%. But in doing so, this more powerful Direto kills off the | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 1 month ago

Specialize Quietly Launches New Tarmac SL7 Using Augmented Reality

I initially was going to ride about some new and increased functionality changes with the Specialized Ride app and Wahoo’s bike computers, building upon what they launched earlier this year. But then I got distracted trying to take a photo | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

How To Upload Your Garmin Workout During the Outage

For the last 18 or so hours, Garmin.com has been unavailable. And, if we know anything about endurance sports – if that if a workout isn’t uploaded to Strava, it definitely didn’t happen. So, I’m here to help you get | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Tuesday Tidbits: Starbucks Card on Garmin Edge/Watches, COROS Mojito, Zwift Hardware Survey

It’s Tuesday, and there’s been a handful of things I’ve been meaning to post some quick tidbits about. Items that slipped out over the last few days (or weeks) but didn’t really deserve a full post of their own. But | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

We’re cresting the mid-point of the typical summer months here (I know, technically summer goes into September, but everyone mentally counts summer as June/July/August). Plus, by September I’m sure it’ll be raining again. Which, in retrospect it did yesterday too.In | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Week in Review: July 19th, 2020

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 | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Behind the Scenes on Zwift’s Tour de France TV Broadcast, Plus Zwift’s New RaceView

Over the years I’ve often dug into the behind the scenes technical aspects of the biggest cyclist races in the world. From rider live tracking to the facilities that TV broadcasters use to get that race coverage to you. And | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer (2020 Edition) In-Depth Review

Wait, didn’t this trainer come out two years ago? And the answer to that is…sorta, but not exactly. See, while the Flux 2 was announced in July 2018, it didn’t actually start shipping till late December 2018, and wasn’t really | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Summer marches on! Sometimes that includes indoor activities, and sometimes that’s including the great outdoors. But more importantly, sometimes that includes pizza. Here’s what I was up to this past weekend. 1) Zwift L'Étape du Tour Stage 2 Well….right. As | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Week in Review–July 12th, 2020

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 | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

GoPro Adds Webcam Feature to Hero 8 Black: How to guide

Today GoPro has launched a beta feature for the Hero 8 Black that allows you to use it as a tethered USB webcam for apps like Zoom, Teams, Twitch, and basically any other app that can use a USB webcam | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Garmin Fenix 6/6S Pro Solar Review: What’s new & different

Today Garmin has extended the solar option on the Fenix 6 series to include the Fenix 6S Pro and Fenix 6 Pro units, completing the family that started last year with the Fenix 6X Pro Solar. Now all three Pro | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Garmin Instinct Solar Review: What’s New & Different

Today Garmin announced the Instinct Solar lineup. At first glance this might just look like an existing Instinct with a solar panel slapped atop it. But in reality, this Instinct is totally different on the inside. Also, it’s the first | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

5 Random Things I did This Weekend

As we usher in July (already?), here’s what I was up to this past weekend. Overall, for the most part here in the greater Amsterdam region, unless you were planning on partaking in some event, things are mostly back to | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Week in Review–July 6th, 2020

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 | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Stages Bike (SB20) In-Depth Review

The Stages Bike becomes what I’d argue is the ‘final’ competitor to land in the indoor smart bike space for probably some time. Last summer we saw Wahoo, Tacx, and Stages all launch their first smart bike offerings at Eurobike, | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Polar’s Unite Fitness Watch: Hands-on Details and First Run

Almost exactly a year after announcing the Polar Ignite GPS watch, the company is back with another wearable – the similarly named Unite, which takes all the Polar Ignite features, slashes the internal GPS and drops the price by $50. | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

Garmin Acquires Firstbeat Analytics: A Quick Analysis of the Winners and Losers

It was about that time of year for Garmin’s fitness or outdoor business to acquire someone else. It seems to be roughly a yearly tradition, for example last year was Tacx. The year prior, the remains of a bankrupt solar | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago

DCR Video: Riding Zwift on the Actual Champs-Élysées

You know what happens when you’ve got terabytes of old and unused video footage sitting on your recently expanded server? You make a video for DCR Supporters, that’s what you do. And three months ago – I did just that. | Continue reading


@dcrainmaker.com | 2 months ago