Saturday, July 31

Massive Black Friday Sports Tech Deals Guide! – DC Rainmaker

Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) – $50 off
$159 $99 Amazon ⚡⚡ This is the lowest price AirPods have ever been – this is solid! I use AirPods primarily when I’m travelling just to listen in airports, planes, etc… I don’t tend to use these for workouts due to them falling out. Also, with the wireless charging case for $50 off. Personally, I just use the basic model. Apple Airpods Pro – $80 off!
$249 $169 Amazon ⚡⚡ This is the lowest AirPods Pro has ever been, even lower than the Amazon Prime Day Deals. ***NOTE: YOU MUST ADD IT TO YOUR CART TO SEE THE $169 SALE PRICE**** Apple Watch SE – $50 off
$279 $229 Amazon This is the first time we’ve seen the Apple Watch SE on sale, and $50 off is a heck of a solid deal considering the far more expensive Apple Watch Series tends to only be on sale for $15-$25 off at a time. Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm) – HOLY COW DISCOUNT!
$169-$179 $119 Amazon ⚡⚡⚡ Holy cow, this is an incredible deal for the Apple Watch Series 3, $119USD – it’s never been anywhere near this low. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the Apple Watch Series 3. While the Series 6 is the new one, the Series 3 has almost all the same features (and still gets all the updates). It’s dipped a few times to $169. Apple Watch Series 6 – (40mm)- $50 Off
$399/$499 (cellular) $349 Amazon This is now the best deal we’ve seen on the Apple Watch Series 6. FORM Swim Goggles (with heads-up display) – $20 off $179 Amazon ⚡ We don’t often see deals on the FORM swim goggle (last Black Friday was the last time). So if you’re looking to pick this up, this is the time to do so! Fitbit ACE 2 Activity Tracker for Kids – $20 Off $49 Amazon Fitbit Inspire 2 – 30% off
$99 $69 Amazon REI Fitbit Sense – $50 off!
$329 $279 Amazon REI This is the first time we’ve seen the brand new Fitbit Sense on sale. Not a bad deal at all! Fitbit Versa 2 – $50 off $129 Amazon REI ⚡ If you don’t need the new features of the Versa 3 (of which, there are almost none except for built-in GPS), then this is a great option. Garmin FR935 – $100-$200 off
$499 $299 Amazon ⚡ Sure, it’s not the latest edition, but the FR935 is the staple of many triathletes and runners, and it still an incredible solid watch. We saw this a bit lower last month on Amazon Prime Day ($239). Also, I say $100-$200 off, because the ‘base’ price fluctuates a bit these days. Sometimes it’s $399 sometimes $499. Garmin Fenix 5X – 50% off
$599 $299 Amazon ⚡ Down to $299 is a substantial deal for the Fenix 5X (non-Plus), so don’t expect much in the way of major firmware updates. But still, at that price it’s solid – incredible really. Note: The Fenix 5X in this series actually does include mapping, whereas the other Fenix 5 (non-Plus) units don’t have it. Garmin Fenix 6 Series – $150 all models
$599-$1,149 $150 off Amazon Backcountry ⚡⚡ This deal is back! This is a great deal that showed up last spring, and it also includes the newly launched Fenix 6/6S Solar units from this past summer Garmin Forerunner 235 Running Watch
$249 $119 Amazon ⚡Look, this isn’t the latest generation watch (the FR245 is, released last year). But, in terms of a damn-solid running watch, the FR235 absolutely fits the bill. You’ll find it on many runners wrists in running races (ya know, once those happen again). Garmin Forerunner 245 – $50 off
$299/$349 $249 Amazon REI Both the Forerunner 245 is on sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it’s actually the lowest we’ve seen either product priced to date. Garmin Forerunner 245 Music – $50 off $299 Amazon REI Both the Forerunner 245 Music is sale for $50 off. While not a huge sale, it’s actually the lowest we’ve seen either product priced to date. The FR245 Music supports Spotify, Amazon Music, and other streaming platforms. Garmin Forerunner 45/45S – $50 off
$199 $149 Amazon REI If you’re looking for a runners focused watch, there’s no better deal on the market than this. Period. The FR45 basically packs all the features of the previous generation FR235…just now in the FR45 series. Seriously, this is a solid deal. Garmin Forerunner 735XT
$349 $169 Amazon ⚡ If one were to have a ‘Yo mama’ joke in here somewhere, the FR735XT has been around longer than Yo Mama, however, at $169…that’s compelling if you just simply want a basic triathlon watch that still supports more sports features than most of its competitors. Garmin Forerunner 935 Tri Bundle- $100 Off $399 Amazon ⚡ Sure, it’s not the latest edition, but the FR935 is the staple of many triathletes and runners, and it still an incredible solid watch. This bundle includes the HRM-TRI and HRM-SWIM chest straps. Garmin Forerunner 945 – $70 off
$599/599EUR $529 Amazon This is a good deal, in fact, the best deal on the FR945 we’ve seen in 2020. I don’t anticipate this either lasting long, or being bested this weekend. Garmin Foreruuner 35 – $50 off
$169 $99 Amazon If you’re looking for a solid budget GPS running watch, it’s hard to go wrong here. Sure, it’s a few years old now, but it’ll track your race just fine and upload to Garmin Connect and all the other Strava-like sites as well. Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap) – $15 off
$69 $56 Amazon ⚡ This is one of my go-to straps these days (ANT+ & two concurrent BLE connections). It’s floated on and off being on sale, but this is about the lowest we’ve seen it. Garmin HRM-PRO – 15% off!
$129 $110 Amazon ⚡ If you’re in the market for the HRM-PRO, this seems like a no brainer to pickup on sale. Sure, it’s not a huge sale, but it just came out and it’s actually on the ‘approved’ list of Garmin sale items, so I suspect this is a short-term Amazon one-off. Take it while its there! Garmin Instinct – $80 off
$299 $149 Amazon ⚡ Sure, the new Solar variants came out this summer with a few new features, but at their core the Instincts are mostly the same. Still, $149 is the lowest price the Instinct has ever been at. Garmin Instinct Solar – $100 off
$399/$449 $299 Amazon Backcountry This is the first time we’ve seen a deal on the Garmin Instinct Solar, and the best deal I expect we’ll see for a while. Garmin Swim 2 – $50 off
$249 $199 Amazon This is only the 2nd time we’ve seen the Garmin Swim 2 on sale. And as part of my in-depth review I found it easily the most accurate openwater swim watch GPS-wise I’ve ever tested. Which, is good, since most pools seem to be closed these days. :-/ Garmin Tactix Charlie – $150 off $599 Amazon The Tactix Charlie is essentially a Fenix geared towards military folks (Amazon Prime Days) Garmin Venu GPS Smartwatch – $100 off!
$299 $249 Amazon REI This is about the lowest we’ve seen yet for the Garmin Venu GPS, which includes an AMOLED display as well as music (even Spotify offline). Solid deal. Garmin Vivoactive 3
$129 $129 Amazon ⚡ Obviously this is the previous edition, but dang, it’s still a good price for a great little GPS watch. This has mostly been on sale at this price range for a while now, however, I’ve included it in the list merely because if you’re looking for a deal then this is probably one of the best deals out there. Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music – $50 off
$169 $149 Amazon ⚡⚡ Very solid deal, and remember, this includes Spotify support too! Garmin Vivoactive 4/4S – $40 off
$299 $249 Amazon REI This is Garmin’s current offering to compete with the Apple Watch series (alongside the Garmin Venu), and this is a good price, though, not as low as we saw for Amazon Prime Day at $199. Garmin Vivofit Jr. 3 – 25% off $59 Amazon Sale includes all Vivofit Jr 3 variants. Polar H10 Chest Strap (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart) – 19% off
$89 $72 Amazon This is a great dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart (with two Bluetooth Smart connections) chest strap that you’ll often find me using as a reference strap in heart rate sensor testing. We only tend to see deals on it around Black Friday, always topping out around 20%. Polar Ignite GPS – $45 off!
$229 $183 Amazon This is a very solid deal for this unit, and about the lowest we’ve seen it. Note that the price varies slightly based on the exact color band you select. But either way, it’s a great deal. PowerBeats Pro Wireless Sport Headphones – $75 off!
$249 $174 Amazon ⚡⚡ These are my daily driver headphones that I use for all my trainer rides, and anything else sport related. While they’re not perfect (namely the charging case), it’s what I keep going back to every day because of the seamless Apple ecosystem integration (iPad/Apple TV/iOS/Mac). Samsung Galaxy Buds True Wireless Earbuds – 39% off $79 Amazon This are obviously super popular, and having them be 31% off ought to make them even more popular. Wireless Charging Case included. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 – $60 off $339 Amazon This is a pretty new watch, so $60 off is a solid discount! Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 – 28% off $179 Amazon Suunto 5 GPS Multisport Watch – 35% off
$329 $229 Amazon Backcountry ⚡ A very strong deal for this complete multisport watch that I really like. Well nailed on price here. Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch – 30% off
$499 $349 Amazon Backcountry ⚡ This is now the lowest price this watch has ever been at – and definitely a price to pick it up if you were in the market for it. Suunto 9 – 46% off!
$599 (non-baro is $499) $346 Amazon Backcountry This is about a good a deal as we’ve ever seen in the US for the Suunto 9.

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