Sports Technology News and Reviews

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

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. Oh, and they’ve changed the sensors, bands, screen, and thickness. But wait – while it lacks internal GPS, it can still leverage your phone’s GPS if that’s nearby.And thus, I’ve explained…

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Everything You Need to Know – Running Fitness Article

Everything You Need to Know Today ASO and Zwift have announced a Virtual Tour de France, which will start taking place this weekend with 23 Men’s UCI WorldTour teams, and 16 Women’s UCI WorldTour teams racing. The truncated event won’t quite mirror that of the real Tour de France. After all, it’s only 6 hour-long stages over three weekends instead of the usual 21 stages that are usually 3-5 hours in length each. Plus, riders can only compete in a…

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Quick Tidbit: Garmin Adds Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart HR Broadcasting to Fenix 6 – Running Fitness Article

Quick Tidbit: Garmin Adds Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart HR Broadcasting to Fenix 6 Slipped into yesterday’s most recent Garmin Fenix 6 series public beta is a new feature that slightly revamps heart rate re-broadcasting. This is where you can broadcast the heart rate from your optical HR sensor, on the back of your watch, to 3rd party apps. Up until this point, Garmin has only supported ANT+ broadcasting (and has done so forever), with the exception of the new Virtual Run…

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Apple watchOS 7 New Features Outlined: Finally includes sleep tracking – Running Fitness Article

Apple watchOS 7 New Features Outlined: Finally includes sleep tracking As part of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), held each June – though this year totally virtual, the company has outlined numerous aspects of their platforms (iOS, iPad OS, watchOS, and tvOS). However, for this post I’m going to purely focus on the wearables side of the house.Now while today’s event outlined new software, they didn’t announce any new Apple Watch hardware. But that’s normal. Historically that comes instead…

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Hammerhead Refreshes Karoo User Interface ahead of Karoo 2 – Running Fitness Article

Hammerhead Refreshes Karoo User Interface ahead of Karoo 2 Hammerhead has begun rolling out a refreshed user interface to existing Karoo users, ahead of the Karoo 2 unveiling. Hammerhead has previously announced their intention to announce the Karoo 2, but hasn’t actually made the announcement yet. Or, something like that. However, in their user interface post on their site, they do give some hints as to the screen aspect ratio of the new Karoo 2. More on that in a…

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Strava Rolls Out New Local Legends Feature: Here’s how it works in action – Running Fitness Article

Strava Rolls Out New Local Legends Feature: Here’s how it works in action Strava has rolled out a new feature today to a subset of the population that lets all Strava users earn a new type of crown equal to that of the KOM/QOM, simply for doing a given segment more times than everyone else. If you, like me, aren’t likely to take the KOM anytime soon – then you too can win an award for failing the most times.And…

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A Look at EatMyRide: Automated Nutrition Planning with Strava/Garmin Integration – Running Fitness Article

A Look at EatMyRide: Automated Nutrition Planning with Strava/Garmin Integration While at CES last week I had the chance to get a bit of a demo from one of the companies within startup pavilion. This pavilion is a bit like speed dating for companies. They’ve got a very small stand (as in, about the size of a cafeteria tray) within a larger grouping of companies, in this case, the Dutch tech pavilion. Ironic that I’d fly 6,200 miles to stumble…

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Week in Review: January 12th, 2020 – Running Fitness Article

Week in Review: January 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 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.…

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First Look: Amazfit’s Crazy Treadmill & Wall Display System – Running Fitness Article

First Look: Amazfit’s Crazy Treadmill & Wall Display System The most common question I get while walking around the CES show floor each year is: What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen here?Every…single…person asks me that. Every hour, every day, every year.And generally speaking this year it was a wishy-washy answer. There just wasn’t anything super cool, sports tech space or otherwise. Maybe I’m getting old, or jaded, or what-not. But, it was all mostly shrug.Until I randomly stumbled on the…

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Stages Further Lowers Power Meter Pricing to $299 – Running Fitness Article

Stages Further Lowers Power Meter Pricing to $299 No matter how you feel about single-sided power meters, there’s zero denying that Stages and their timing of the decade deal with then Team Sky, dramatically increased power meter consumption. In the rising tide lifts all boats department, they took with them not just (at the time) the budget end of the power meter spectrum, but also the mid and high end too. Not to mention aiding in the smart trainer realm…

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Suunto 7 with Wear OS–Maps, Music, Payments: Everything you ever wanted to know – Running Fitness Article

Suunto 7 with Wear OS–Maps, Music, Payments: Everything you ever wanted to know There’s only two words to describe the just announced Suunto 7 GPS watch: Hail Mary.How this story ends will take a few years to flesh out, but just as most Hail Mary attempts, it only ends in one of two ways: Astounding success or utter failure. It’s no secret that Suunto has struggled to compete lately, primarily in the last two years. They’ve been sandwiched out by…

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Coming Up Next Week: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020! – Running Fitness Article

Coming Up Next Week: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020! If I had to summarize what I expect I’ll see next week at CES into three words it’d be: Huh, that’s different.CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is of course the annual gathering of the world’s tech companies to show off their consumer wares. Held in Las Vegas, it attracts thousands of exhibiting companies and usually hundreds of thousands of attendees. Actually, 4,400 exhibiting companies and 175,212 people to be exact…

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Zwift’s Running Track Is Open: Here’s what a structured track workout is like – Running Fitness Article

Zwift’s Running Track Is Open: Here’s what a structured track workout is like Yes, I just ran in Zwift. For real. On purpose.And somehow, someway…it didn’t suck this time.Earlier this week in an apparent New Year’s Eve ‘let’s do this’ moment, Zwift rolled out its last course edition of this year: A 400m running track. You may have even seen a few screenshots of people taking it for a loop over the last day or two.But for this post –…

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GoPro Light Mod Accessory In-Depth Review – Running Fitness Article

GoPro Light Mod Accessory In-Depth Review Way back when the GoPro Hero 8 was announced, the company also announced a series of ‘Mods’, err…accessories as the rest of the world calls them? In any case, there were three announced accessories at the time:1) The Media Mod: This was essentially a frame around the GoPro that added mic/charging/HDMI/adapter ports, and a built-in shotgun mic2) The Light Mod: A small light that attached to the Media Mod accessory, but also has a…

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Just Got A New Sports Gadget? 37 Tips To Get You Started – Running Fitness Article

Just Got A New Sports Gadget? 37 Tips To Get You Started So, you just got a new gadget under the tree (or, perhaps for some other holiday – or random sale – in the last while). Congrats! Now, you’ve gotta figure out how to channel your inner sports geekdom to get the most out of that device.This year I’ve refreshed this annual tradition of a post with all the latest tips – packed full of everything you need to…

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Friday Tidbits: Trainer App news, FR245/FR945 gets major update, KICKR Bike gets profiles – Running Fitness Article

Friday Tidbits: Trainer App news, FR245/FR945 gets major update, KICKR Bike gets profiles Here’s your quick round-up of news that I didn’t quite get to this past week. Or, that wasn’t quite worth of an entire separate post. Either way, it’s Friday, let’s get on with it.Rouvy & RGT (Road Grand Tours) News:No, they haven’t merged. Though, that would be interesting (albeit, confusing). Still, both apps have got news.Officially as of yesterday, Road Grand Tours is out of beta…and now…

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DJI Mavic Mini In-Depth Review – Running Fitness Article

DJI Mavic Mini In-Depth Review The DJI Mavic Mini is DJI’s first drone under 249 grams. It’s a fact you’ll see and hear a lot when anyone talks about this drone. And in some more limited than people realize situations, that means something. For example, in Canada it means you can fly the drone without taking a test. And in Japan, where the Mavic Mini is actually even less heavy (199g, at the cost of a smaller battery), it means…

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A 2019 Sports Wearables Recap with DesFit (Video) – Running Fitness Article

A 2019 Sports Wearables Recap with DesFit (Video) Okey doke, happy Sunday! Here’s a quickie of a post for you. Albeit, not a quick video. But that’s alright, quality over quantity. Or something like that.As you may remember, DesFit was over here for the DCR Open House earlier this month, and last weekend we filmed this video chat-through of some 19 watches of 2019. If it came out in 2019 and was geared towards sports – we probably covered it…

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Zwift Begins First Day of New Crit City Race Course: My first go of it – Running Fitness Article

Zwift Begins First Day of New Crit City Race Course: My first go of it To my surprise, that was more fun than I expected.Also, it hurt my lungs more than I had planned for this Saturday afternoon.But more importantly – I could actually see doing it again. Which is not something I would have said (or did say) earlier in the week on the FIT File Podcast. At the time, I figured I’d do it once and be done.…

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Fisher-Price Smart Cycle Trainer In-Depth Review – Running Fitness Article

Fisher-Price Smart Cycle Trainer In-Depth Review We have arrived: The pièce de résistance of my five consecutive days of indoor smart trainer reviews. We started the week at $3,500 with the Wahoo KICKR Smart Bike, and yet we’re going to finish the week with an $89 smart trainer that somehow, inexplicably, has more features and broader app compatibility than that bike. No really, I’m not kidding.I’ve been wanting to review this smart trainer/bike for quite a while, but getting it…

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Elite Suito Smart Trainer In-Depth Review – Running Fitness Article

Elite Suito Smart Trainer In-Depth Review It’s been about five months since the Elite Suito was first announced back in July. The Suito made a name for itself by essentially copying the same Elite formula as a few years ago: Offer a good medium-range product that undercuts everyone else on price. With the Suito the main selling point was that the cassette was included (saving you $50-$70 in costs, depending on whether you had tools) – plus the savings in…

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Garmin Venu GPS Smartwatch In-Depth Review – Running Fitness Article

Garmin Venu GPS Smartwatch In-Depth Review It’s been a bit over three months since the Garmin Venu came out, and since even before the announcement day it’s been on my left wrist – day in and day out. It’s definitely been one heck of a long review cycle, largely elongated due to it being in the middle of indoor trainer review season. So these last few weeks I’ve been circling back to getting some of these leftover wearables reviews knocked…

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2019 Sports Tech Deals Round-Up! – Running Fitness Article

Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2019 Sports Tech Deals Round-Up! It’s that time of year again when there are tons of sales on all sorts of sports technology items.  Everything this year is pointing to earlier sales than normal, as manufacturers and retailers alike try to lock in your dollars ahead of time.The typical ebb and flow of this time period is:Pre-Thanksgiving deals: These are everything ahead of the US Thanksgiving (which is today, Nov 28th). These were pretty solid…

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Sports Technology Buyers Guide & Recommendations: Winter 2020 – Running Fitness Article

Sports Technology Buyers Guide & Recommendations: Winter 2020 Each year around this time I publish my complete guide of sports tech recommendations, covering a wide range of sport gadget areas.  My goal here being to give my specific recommendations – exactly the same recommendations I’d give to my own friends and family.  This post isn’t here to list every option on the market in an effort to make every manufacturer happy.  Of course, as more and more companies get into…

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Tacx NEO Bike Smart: $700 off, Scratch & Dent Sale – Running Fitness Article

Tacx NEO Bike Smart: $700 off, Scratch & Dent Sale [Story time: Simply skip the end of you want the deal]You know when you hear a story, raise an eyebrow, shrug, and then continue along your day? That’s roughly what happened back about a month ago when I heard that a huge shipment of Tacx NEO Smart Bike’s got delayed after having already arrived in the US. But not your average delay – rather, the slightly quirky 4-6 week delay.…

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The Best Garmin Charger: Only $9 for a Two-Pack of These Pucks – Running Fitness Article

The Best Garmin Charger: Only $9 for a Two-Pack of These Pucks The Girl hates the standard Garmin charging cable. And I can’t really disagree with her. While I appreciate Garmin has mostly managed to standardize on the little four-pin connector for most wearable products in the last 3 years, it’s still not a great cable from a usability standpoint.It’s mainly the fact that the @#$#@ cable doesn’t always want to stay stuck in the hole. Especially either older cables…

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Elite Zumo Smart Trainer In-Depth Review – Running Fitness Article

Elite Zumo Smart Trainer In-Depth Review One. Year. Later.Some trainers arrive on the scene happy as a clam (though virtually none in 2019). Others take a few weeks to mature. Some take months. The Zumo though – it decided to take its time like an Italian wine . But nearly a year after I first wrote about it, it’s finally unlocked the ‘Happy Clam’ achievement level. Of course, I’ll explain that history more later. Ultimately, that’s all historical water under…

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All The Garmin & Suunto Holiday Deals Are Now Live (plus a few others) – Running Fitness Article

All The Garmin & Suunto Holiday Deals Are Now Live (plus a few others) As promised from yesterday’s post, a slate of new deals are live as of today, including Garmin’s holiday deals, as well as Suunto’s deals. These encompass a huge swath of wearables from both companies, but also cycling items from Garmin. And a few other sports like golf stuff or something. Oh, and inReach devices. Those are cool.These deals that start today, in conjunction with a handful…

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Zwift Confirms New Hardware Division: Posts Job Positions To Build Indoor Smart Bikes – Running Fitness Article

Zwift Confirms New Hardware Division: Posts Job Positions To Build Indoor Smart Bikes Ahh yes, the rite of passage for any tech company is posting job positions that give away your future plans. Be it Apple posting autonomous car engineering positions or Uber trying to build flying things, eventually companies have to show their hands on what their plans are.Today’s episode of this is brought you by the Zwift Career page, which just showed they’re working on an indoor smart…

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Tacx NEO 2T Smart Trainer In-Depth Review – Running Fitness Article

Tacx NEO 2T Smart Trainer In-Depth Review It’s been just over two months since Tacx announced their NEO 2T smart trainer, the latest in the line of high-end NEO trainers. You may remember back in my launch post, it wasn’t all sunshine and unicorns for the new trainer. It, like many trainers in this 2019 indoor training season of new devices, lacked the accuracy I’d expect – especially from a top-end unit. I basically said don’t buy it yet.So Tacx…

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