We had big plans to get the WiR out early today, but we got caught up watching the finale to the Tour of Utah. Congratulations to Tom Danielson on his repeat GC win and to Cadel for his incredible descent and sprint to take his second stage win.
This week we got a chance to finish our review of the Garmin 910XT. While the 910XT has been out for a few years now, it is still the gold standard of the multisport watch market. We also got a chance to share our thoughts on CamelBak’s newly updated Podium Chill bottles. The Chill is a regular on AG workouts, so we wanted to see how its replacement stacked up.
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This Week’s Posts
Thursday – Garmin 910XT – Final Thoughts
Strava \ Garmin Connect Integration
It’s not always easy to admit an addiction, but here it goes…the AG crew are Strava addicts. While not every workout is an attempt to set a new CR (yes, we do know how to recover); that doesn’t mean that we don’t take every opportunity to integrate segments into our regularly scheduled workouts. The one bump in the road has always been getting our data transferred over to Strava. After all, with the 910xt, 510 and Fenix2; getting data onto Garmin Connect could not be simpler. However, getting that data to Strava involved either a tedious manual process or a third party sync site.
Thankfully Strava has now announced Garmin Connect integration. Once configured (log in to Strava and choose “Garmin” on the upload screen), all future Garmin Connect uploads are automatically moved to Strava. While we did notice some lag time and duplicate uploads immediately following the launch of this new feature, we’re now seeing our syncs complete in under one minute with no data lost. Our prayers (or at least Strava requests) have been answered!
Ogio Ironman M9
Ogio recently announced a successor to their Ogio Endurance 9.0 Athletic bag, a bag that we have become quite fond of here at AG HQ. The new bag, the M9, is the result of a partnership with Ironman and takes everything that makes the 9.0 great and brings it up a level. The M9 is made out of quadruple-coated weather- and abrasion-resistant double ripstop fabric and includes an additional armored tech vault (instead of the single vault on the 9.0). Ogio has also added a hideaway rain cover, which is a nice addition for the many hours your bag may spend in transition weathering the elements. Definitely a bag worth checking out if you are on the hunt for something new to lug your gear to T1.
- TriRig Alpha – The Alpha’s pads are extremely comfortable. While they may not seem to have a huge amount of lateral support at first glance, we are already finding the opposite to be true. So far the only issue we’ve found remains with the pursuit handles—they’re a smidge smaller than other bars we’ve tested. And for those with larger hands, you may want more area to grip.
- Giro Selector – We got our last ride in with the Selector this week before sharing our thoughts. Even in 90+ degrees our head still stayed cool during a 40km workout this week – a testament to the cooling technology found within.
- Wahoo RPM – Like the Selector, we finished our last ride with the RPM this week. We actually tested it by simply strapping it to our shoe—no need to even zip tie it to the crank. It worked great, and we are ready to share our thoughts with you.
- Pearl Izumi Octane Tri Suit- We enjoyed our first workout in the Octane this week. One of the big questions we had was how would the sleeved design affect cooling? On the 40km ride mentioned above, it was a complete non-issue.