Gadgets I’m Using Right Now

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Here are most of the gadgets I’ve been using for me over the last month or so. I’m not sure they are my ‘favourite’ ones per se but I’m using them ‘properly’ for meaningful training stuff rather than just trying to break them or seeing if the GPS is accurate or not.

Garmin 935 Wahoo Tickr Fit
Not shown with mystery watch 😉

There is nothing too new on the list but I’m hoping the new products will start flowing very soon.

My regular reader will know that this is the point where I pretend not to be using Garmin products. So, without further ado, let’s go.

  1. Garmin Forerunner 935 – I’m using it a lot for running and swimming. Honestly the thing I like the most with Garmin stuff is that they attach to my computer as a windows drive letter. Simple as that – it helps with SportTracks and other things. Next up comes the 3rd party vendor CIQ apps that work on high-end Garmins. And then, of course, is all the workout, lap and fancy stuff that I take as a given for a ‘proper’ triathlon watch. Does the Garmin bias here never end? Apparently not…
  2. Garmin HRM-TRI – the old ones are sometimes a bit boring. But sometimes they just work. Mine has got some horrible green mould growing on the inner side of it which is particularly disgusting. I thought the chlorine in my local pool would have got rid of it from once or twice weekly usage; but, no.
  3. Wahoo KICKR – Let’s face it if it’s not cold then it’s wet. My shed is very nice as sheds go. And I have been enjoying some box sets rather than Sufferfest or Zwift.
  4. Wahoo Elemnt Bolt – it works. Which is probably the ultimate accolade.
  5. Wahoo Tickr Fit – sometimes in use with the Bolt. Also works.
  6. Cervelo S3 Shimano di2Adamo ASM ShimanoSTRYD – I hit some power duration PBs/PRs over the last few days so I’m pleased with that. Easy really. I just found a slightly longer and slightly steeper hill to run up HARD.
  7. RunScribe – RS still keeps telling me I’m whacking the ground too hard with my feet. I’m waiting to do some pace and power tests with Sensor Fusion. (I’ve given up with Garmin Running Power for now)
  8. Suunto Spartan Sport WHR Baro – I’m wearing it now. It’s my go-to typing watch. Oh yes, and I’ve also been using it as my go-to occasional navigation watch. Essentially I have got bored with running where I live and am venturing further afield and this stops me getting lost. And it IS pretty (IMO) with a great, big awesome screen.
  9. Favero ASSIOMA – I’ve been trying out some new firmware but I can’t tell you about it yet. Oops. Just did.
  10. My sweet new bike (link to: the5krunner.com) – I’ve been getting out for the odd 90 minute ride here and there in between the aforesaid days of horrible weather. I think I’ve already worn out the rear derailleur though, I’m just loving the Di2 so much that I can’t stop changing gears as it’s so easy. This might sound somewhat ‘unusual’ behaviour but if you’ve used oval chainrings for as long as me then you might appreciate why I am now enjoying changing gears, frequently and in relative silence.
  11. LIVALL Smart Helmet – It’s a helmet with clever lights, speakers and a mic built into it. All of which link to a smartphone and clever handlebar controller. It looks like a cool well-ventilated helmet (because that is what it is). Here’s a sneaky visual preview – its the one in the middle.

LIVALL Helmet Review – BH60SE Smart Helmet

 

I’m trying to see if I’ve used any of the other gadgets sprawled over my desk but I don’t think so. It’s quite tidy for once and ‘other work’ (#PayTheBills) has been busy. There is a BSX Insight staring me in the face but, ironically, that has died and won’t charge up at all. Did Alanis Morissette ever get to grips with what ironic really meant? I suspect not.

Here is another interesting product coming up soon: AURA. Unfortunately it might have a tricky inception as it is aiming to be another HYDRATION MONITOR. Not to be confused with the OTHER Ring which is also new, although definitely not a hydration monitor.

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Ned Boultings Dog

You joke about garmin but you do seem biased towards garmin

Julien

That is so funny – this is starting to be the same war as Apple vs Android !

John+Kissane

Another hydration meter, excellent. Should be a good show 🙂

tfa

it turned out a second DCR aka Garmin sales&marketing agent that lives out from Garmin sale subsidiaries and pretend to be objective … you use two watches regular, a Garmin crap and a suunto spartan … that makes my day …

ekutter

Have you used a 935? Polar used to be it, rock solid in any condition, pre built in GPS. Garmin has plenty of problems, and I’ve personally posted plenty of complaints, but the 935 really has been hands down the most stable and feature full watch I’ve ever used. Sure it has problems with wrist base OHR, just like every other wrist base OHR out there. But feature and stability, no-one else compares right now. After a year of near full time wearing including trail running, mountain biking (crashes and all), and just day to day, there is no sign of wear and tear period.

Justin

You do understand that Garmin’s market share is by far the highest of ALL the companies making sport watches? That doesn’t mean the user is bias to a company (reviewer or not) but because they literally ARE the most dominate option in the sector. I personally loathe plenty of Garmin’s products and their software development/implementation of bug fixes (they break more than they fix), but you know what I use? -Forerunner 935 -HRM-Tri -Index Scale -Tempe Pod -Speed/Cadence sensor for bike Of all the companies making products right now Garmin is the most malleable of them all. Connections to external devices, connections to 3rd party apps, file distributions to external programs and online platforms, not to mention just how much stuff the watch(s) actually are able to track. They don’t all work, but that’s a lot more than ANY other company does. It’s the reason I haven’t jumped to Polar or Suunto (and i’m looking for a reason to do so) they just haven’t given me a reason to. There’s also the sheer amount of device releases Garmin put out a year. How many watches did Polar release last year for example? Two–and both were just refresh models from prior… Read more »

Boris

Re #discuss

I find that there are no really accurate reviews out there. Every reviewer has it own ‚strength‘ (e.g. bias, favorite, point of view, dependency).

But if I read several of my prefered reviews about the same product, I get a pretty much good picture about what to expect from the product – nor not.

Unfortunately all those ‚very positive‘ reviews won‘t change the ‚crap-level-iteration‘ of current and future products – that‘s how the market works. As long as reviewers live (e.g. financially, mentally, ego) from that market too and as long consumers (e.g. me too 😔) buy this ‚shit‘, it won‘t change.

It would be great, if certain reviewers would coop together and create something really independent – payed by the croud (e.g. patreon) instead of trying to sell via a review.

DCR

The ‘problem’ if you will, is essentially that one can’t have it both ways. People complain when companies don’t release detailed information to press/media at a products launch. Meaning, the company just issues a press release and we have to hope/pray it does what it says it does. The solution to that has long been for reputable companies to loan/preview/whatever media units ahead of release. That gives 3rd parties the chance to ask objective questions, and give feedback on the state of the product. Inversely, people complain when media have access to products ahead of launch because then it’s seen as reliance on that company for access and then they assume you’ll only write good things. One only has to look at my post this fall on the Garmin Vivomove HR to see that’s very much not the case. I had it for weeks ahead, and my opening line effectively calls it a useless POS. I have no problem with TFK having pre-release access to Suunto, Polar, and whatever else as he does, because I think it’s useful that other viewpoints are expressed at launch. I don’t really know why he doesn’t have Garmin pre-release access (though, I suspect it’s… Read more »

Justin

Look, my only concern isn’t “How” you come by the product, but “IF” you’re intention is to cover it to the best of your ability AND that you are coverining honestly. In the case of DCR that gets pre-release products from Garmin and is *dependent of them, I would point to a time when he may not have, yet did reviews all the same. He built a reputation and with that garnered him some preferential treatment from the company. Like DCR said above me, I don’t know why TKR doesn’t get these items but that (to me) isn’t a point or an issue. Stating DCR is dependent on the pre-release rings hollow. And he’s here in this thread speaking, but does this mean he’s on their “payroll” or “under contract” to the company? If no and simply is getting preferential treatment because he is synonymous with Sportstech reviews (and the sheer amount of hits he gets), then fine. If he is working for the company, i’d have to question not his reviews of Garmin’s products….but why they’d allow him to review ANY other companies product, and review them fairly. And yes, I personally think the both of you are judging… Read more »

Joop

Every now and then in a market a call for independent advice comes up (for mortgages and insurances for example). However, when a government decides that practices with kick-back fees or other hidden fees for the advising party are not allowed anymore, the advice needs to be paid. Then suddenly independent advice isn’t sought for as it used to be by the general public. We saw that in the Netherlands. I’ve bought stuff based on the opinions of the 5k runner and DCR. The strong points and weaknesses were in general described well in their reviews, was my conclusion. For me a saying in Dutch counts: trust comes by feet (trust builds up slowly) and goes by horse (can vanish very quickly). The handling of the the Vivomove clearly did build trust, as Ray even didn’t supply the link to Clever training to buy it. PS: I know that long term quality isn’t regarded when a product is reviewed after a month. That’s what I always keep in mind when reading reviews. I don’t blame Ray that my Scosche Rythm plus isn’t working very well anymore during winter; that’s a risk of live I have.

Active JR

Why are some people hell bent on pulling reviewers down. I got into this because the likes of Wearable and others just put up a review that didn’t go into the details of the device based on a few days or at most a weeks use. I also get access to some pre release products and get invited to company events to look at products, but does that mean I give the product special treatment? No it does not.. if its rubbish its rubbish and I will say it. The only thing I do take exception to is when some reviewers say “I will package it up and send it back like I do with all products. Most of the loan products we get HAVE to be sent back and in my case if they don’t I give them to friends of family. I don’t like it when reviewers make a special thing about not keeping products to show independence. At the end of the day, it gets dark and we all review different. We will all have some bias towards a brand. But my advice is look at different reviews to get the best view you can before buying… Read more »

Active JR

Yes I agree if you keep saying things are “rubbish” you will lose that channel of product, but it should not deter us and I will just go out and buy something to review if I don’t get it.

DCR

The reason I call it (returning products) out specifically is that most ‘social influencers’ (or popular YouTube people or what-not), actually don’t return products. It’s effectively considered payment. The vast majority of YouTube ‘review’ channels work that way. Further, while more journalistic focused entities like The Verge and the NYT will return products (and have strict policies around it), many other tech/gear sites actually don’t. It’s just a one-way shipment. And that even ignores the underhanded sponsored posts that aren’t listed as such on major outdoor-lifestyle sports gear review sites. In fact, I’ve found getting products back to companies that aren’t super familiar to how I operate, always a funny surprise. They don’t really want or care to have them back. Only a single company has ever asked me for a product back (ironically, after merely a week with it), the rest just get them back when I ship them back on whatever elongated timetable it is (I usually bunch things together to save on shipping and logistics, or hand-off plastic bags full of stuff at trade shows. Half my suitcase to CES this year was gadgets going back to companies since it costs so darn much to ship overseas… Read more »

Active JR

Don’t get me wrong Ray, I like your reviews and style and it was not aimed at you. (even thought you say it) I have seen lots more reviewers perticular on YouTube actually making a point of this about returning products, when they have to anyway.

If you think the cost of shipping is bad, Apple had me travel to London last week to pick up a HomePod for a briefing and I am still having to return it!

DCR

“I shall have to challenge you to a ‘what is the most weird thing somewhat has bought from amazon” competition”

I thought a long time ago (like, 5+ years ago) I wrote a post listing 5 or 10 totally random things people purchased that month on Amazon. But I can’t find it, Google assistance or otherwise.

But let me tell you…there’s some crazy specific adult toys I never even knew existed out there. Yikes.

Most random purchases today include:
A) Giant sea turtle exterior sticker
B) Cockroach exterminator service
C) Showtime (yes, the TV channel)
D) Significant quantities of personal lubricant

I did not know you could buy Showtime via Amazon…go figure.

bondcrash

Tfk is anything but a Garmin shill, if you had been around here a little longer you would know that by now…. talking of making people’s day junior…

Boris

About “whacking the ground too hard with my feet”: If you mind to tell that, what’s your inseam (and overall height)?

TringGremlin

Love my Spartan Baro, use as regular watch also. Strange though as I think my old Polar M400 has better GPS accuracy.

Suraj

I’ve been using RunScribe Plus for the last few weeks and I have two main issues with it.
1) More often than not, one pod fails to collect any data and as such I have metrics from one pod only. Seems completely random.
2) RunScribe thinks I am a midfoot runner. I am most definitely a heel striker and both Milestonepod and ARION correctly tell me that I heel strike.

Have you had any similar observations? I’m still figuring out how to use the Power metric.