Leikr GPS Sportswatch
The Leikr GPS Sportswatch is a unique device that was the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign. The Danish company involved in producing the watch created a unique design and functionality for this watch. The bulky computer-like construction looks more like a car’s GPS than a sleek sports watch, and in many ways, it’s similar to a traditional GPS for vehicles. Its ability to help the user navigate using full-color maps is something quite unique and the large screen makes deciphering data easy. The watch certainly does offer something different from other GPS units on the market, but is it enough to make it worth buying?
- Ability to view large street maps that help with navigation on a run
- Large color screen that's easy to read
- GPS signal quickly acquired
- Sturdy construction with medical grade materials
- Device is not too heavy and is comfortable to wear
- Company actively releases updates for the unit
- Set up is overly complicated
- Poor battery life
- Data screens are not customizable
- Often has issues syncing
- No dedicated app for the device
- UI is not super attractive
- Watch is not very stylish
- No ability to download extra apps
- DST (daylight savings time) not supported
The watch does not provide the ability to track steps, so it's not a daily fitness tracker. It's really more for recording specific activities. It does feature the handy ability to auto count laps and auto pause for those times when you're running with your dog and he needs to stop to relieve himself.
The watch also works with various social sports-related apps like Strava and MapMyFitness. A few reviewers found the incorporated link to these platforms a little annoying. It gets in the way if you're not really into sharing your workouts via social media. This is another update that could greatly improve the device. If Leikr provided the option to opt-out of this feature, more users might feel more comfortable using the watch.
The watch is not waterproof, so it's not a good idea to go lap swimming with it. Instead, it's water resistant, so it can probably make it through a quick shower at the gym.
Map data is accurate, but it does need to pre-loaded before you go out on a run.
One strange drawback of the Leikr GPS Sportswatch is that it doesn't support Daylight Savings Time. Sure, it would probably better if we ditched DST altogether, but the fact that the watch doesn't automatically update itself when the time change comes is really odd. It seems like a small quirk but for many this small feature omission can cause a lot of headaches.
The watch was also designed to automatically be compatible with Strava and others fitness apps for those who use these types of platforms regularly. Many reviewers who weren't users of these apps and sites found this integrated feature a little annoying.
Another note is that you cannot download apps for the device. What you see is what you get.
Reviewers did find that wearing the watch was comfortable. It's a large bulky device but there's no need to wear it outside training sessions. For one, it's kind of ugly, and it's not a 24/7 fitness tracker so there's little need to wear it all day.
In terms of how well it will hold up as other technology improves and gets released, it's probably not as likely to stick around compared to other watches. It already looks like something from the past and its UI design looks even older. Most people won't choose something with an old school design when there are flashier, trendier options out there.
The watch isn't customizable like other sports watches on the market so don't expect to have control over what your watch face looks like.
Ease of Use
Set up was a nightmare for many users. Those who are not tech savvy will probably want to choose a more user-friendly device option. The watch buttons also tend to get stuck easily which reviewers found annoying. The lack of customization options helps to simplify things a bit but most reviewers were unhappy with this.
Leikr also doesn't have their own app so the watch, if a user wants to link it with a Smartphone, needs to use Endomondo or Strava type apps. Users mentioned they would have preferred a native app or the ability to upload data to whatever platform they wanted.
One saving grace is that since the Leikr's release, the company has been committed to coming out with updates to improve the watch's software.
The device's battery is probably one of its biggest drawbacks. It only lasts a few hours when in use. It's simply not enough to last through the average marathoners race. Because of this, it's not really a good watch for most endurance athletes. You'll probably end up constantly having to charge it. For those who are running shorter distances, a map function is a bit frivolous since training likely won't take you too far from home.
The watch band can also be swapped out for other options.
- Tracks various activities (run, bike, etc.)
- WIFI connectivity for wireless upload of data
- Street maps that allow the user to zoom in up to 5X
- Big 2-inch color screen displays maps beautifully
- Fairly lightweight considering its size
- Lithium ion battery (rechargeable)
- Compatible with Strava and other sports apps
- ANT+ compatible
- Auto lap and auto pause features
- Water resistant
Despite its large clunky design, most reviewers had very little to say regarding its size. Most found it comfortable to wear. Although it's not the most attractive option out there, it does offer a sturdy construction. The large screen is also great for those with reading difficulties.
If you're not interested in the map feature, it might be wise to go with another option that's similarly priced. Keep in mind, the Danish company that makes the watch is consistently releasing updates to improve their product.