Diving with the Apple Watch Ultra & Oceanic+ App: Everything You Need to Know
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by DC Rainmaker
1d ago
Huish Outdoors, in conjunction with Apple, has today launched the new Oceanic+ dive app for the Apple Watch Ultra. As you may remember, the Apple Watch Ultra has built-in depth gauge hardware that’s certified to 40m/130ft. However, the also built-in Apple app (software) called ‘Depth’ is super limited to just giving you the current depth, and skips most of the dive computer-related features, including important bits like ascent warnings, safety stops, and other safety features. For that, Apple has partnered with Huish Outdoors, which has its Oceanic+ app. This app has been heavily highlighted ..read more
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The Massive Sports Tech Deals List!
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by DC Rainmaker
1w ago
Here’s your complete guide to sports tech deals, sorted by category and updated constantly throughout the day, often hourly with new deals. Most links here help support the site – which I greatly appreciate! These four DC Rainmaker partner sites here are also running huge Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on sports gear to supplement your sports tech addition – Backcountry.com, CompetitiveCyclist.com, REI, and Wiggle: If you know of a sports tech deal (gadget-focused), feel free to drop a note in the comments or in the contact form. As long as it’s not spam-like, I’m more than happy to sha ..read more
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DCR Cave Winter Open House Registration Is Now Open! December 3rd, 2022
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by The Girl
1w ago
Yup, you read the title right! It’s the annual winter DCR Cave Open House! With the event right around the corner, we have lots to do, but first, we need to know how many beers to buy! So don’t wait around, go ahead and get registered now! This is our 7th annual winter open house (plus the summer one we did this past July). Here’s the first, second, third,  fourth, fifth, 1st summer edition, and sixth DCR Open Houses! The last open house (2019, pre-Covid) was massive! Nearly 200 people showed up, despite strong and windy sideways rain (in other words, just another Saturday in Amsterdam ..read more
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Tacx NEO Bike Plus In-Depth Review
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by DC Rainmaker
2w ago
Tacx has just launched their newest smart bike, the Tacx NEO Bike Plus. This new model is a modest update to the previous edition, but does significantly overhaul the handlebar shifters, making them virtually identical to real road bike shifters. With this they allow you to configure them as Shimano, SRAM, or Campagnolo shifting styles. As well as keeping the existing ability to simulate different chainring/cassette configurations. The new bike also increases the USB port output power, making it easier to sustain more power-hungry tablets, while also making a slew of minor internal changes fr ..read more
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Apple’s Satellite Emergency SOS Feature: A Review & Deep-Dive Explainer
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by DC Rainmaker
2w ago
Starting today, users in the US & Canada will be able to use their iPhone 14 units to trigger an emergency SOS, even in areas without cellular coverage. It does this using a network of 24 low-earth orbit satellites that the iPhone can connect to. This allows you to send very short low-bandwidth emergency text messages to earth-based ground stations, which in turn get routed directly to either emergency responders or to Apple relay centers, which coordinate with emergency responders. While today’s launch is limited to the US & Canada, starting next month it’ll open up to certain countr ..read more
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Peloton Bike In-Depth Long Term Review: Three Years Later
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by DC Rainmaker
2w ago
It’s been nearly three years since I bought the original/base Peloton Bike, and lucky for you it’s still the same model being sold now. Sure, there’s the newer and more expensive Peloton Bike+ (for which I have a review on too here), but ironically, the original Peloton Bike actually gets the most usage in our family. Not because it’s better, but simply because we have the Peloton Bike at home, and the Peloton Bike+ at the DCR Cave/Office. And most of the time we ride the Peloton is weeknights or weekends. Both my wife and I ride the bike, and like most endurance athletes, our indoor workouts ..read more
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Polar Ignite 3 In-Depth Review: AMOLED Display & Multiband GPS!
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by DC Rainmaker
2w ago
Polar has just announced their newest watch – the Ignite 3. And despite being a watch typically focused on the mid-range price bucket, they’ve gone ahead and put their most advanced technology to date into it. It features a stunningly beautiful AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3, while even more notably adding in multiband/dual-frequency GNSS, making the Ignite 3 the first Polar product to have it, and joining the likes of Apple, Garmin, COROS, and more. Beyond that Polar has added a smaller slate of updates and tweaks, mostly long-running requests from previous Polar Ignite models. These in ..read more
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Garmin Instinct Crossover Series In-Depth Review: It’s Got Hands!
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by DC Rainmaker
3w ago
The Garmin Instinct 2 apparently shacked up with a prettier colleague from the Vivomove series division, resulting in this new hand-laden Garmin Instinct edition, aptly called the Instinct Crossover. As with most Instinct things, whether or not it’s pretty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people love this style, others hate it. However, setting aside fashion considerations – what I can tell you is that this thing has all the power of the Instinct 2 series inside it. Except, in areas it has more powerful things, like a new expanded GPS chipset. As well as the mind-bogglingly large slate of ..read more
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Suunto 9 Peak Pro In-Depth Review
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by DC Rainmaker
3w ago
The Suunto 9 Peak Pro is both a modest update and a major update, depending on how you look at it. Internally, the Suunto 9 Peak Pro is substantially different – with almost everything revamped: Processor, GPS chipset, heart rate sensor, and memory. Even the user interface and software. In other words, all the things that matter. However externally, it basically looks the same as the previous Suunto 9 Peak. Tied with this internal revamp are further extended 3rd party integration options, and expanded ‘app store’ capabilities. However, while the above is a good list to start from, it’s tricky ..read more
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DJI Mavic 3 Classic Active Track Sports Review: Highspeed Versus a Tree
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by DC Rainmaker
3w ago
Just a quick note that I’ve published a fun long-form, basically unedited cycling test ride with the newly announced DJI Mavic 3 Classic and its autonomous follow-me Active Track mode, up on YouTube. After the first 2-3 minutes of explaining some pro tips on setting up Active Track and such, I begin cycling. First, I start easy in more open areas, before taking it through some tree tunnels and more complex terrain, then I kick it up a notch and try and outrun…errr…outride, the drone. All of which (temporarily) ends when the drone tries to inspect a tree at high-speed, without stopping. This v ..read more
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