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?
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.
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.
- 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