Leikr GPS Sports Watch Review

by GTSTRUTTER on May 31, 2014

The Leikr GPS Sports Watch was first seen by many when the company went on Kickstarter to raise funds to develop and mass produce their watch. The Leikr team is made up of ex-Nokia engineers who are also active runners, swimmers, cyclist, marathoners, and triathletes. Basically athletes who wanted a GPS sports watch that would fit their needs perfectly. I contacted the Leikr group so that I could get my hands on one of their watches for a review and they kindly sent me one. My reviews are of my own opinion and are not influenced in anyway by the Leikr company.

The Leikr watch retails for $329.00 which is definitely set to compete with the big boy high end GPS watches out there. Let’s see what it has to bring to the table.

Here is an the unboxing video I did for the Leikr when I first got it out of the box. It is a nice presentation upon opening the box and the contents include:

  • The Leikr watch itself
  • Manuals (Product Safety information and Quick Guide)
  • USB cord
  • Charging Cradle

DESIGN

I really like the look of the watch. It has a high-end sleek look to it and the first thing that is noticed about this watch is how large the display is. It’s a 2” TFT color 320×240 pixel 65K color with 11% reflectance display. It is the largest GPS watch display of all the current GPS watches out on the market right now.

The Leikr’s casing and strap are both made out of medical thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) plastic and rubber. This is to ensure that you will not have any type of allergic skin reactions while wearing the watch.

GPS watches are usually bulky thick watches but the Leikr is quite slim with the dimensions being 57.20 x 40.40 x 10.65 mm. When compared to some of my other GPS watches its definitely the slimmest but also the widest.

On the wrist it feels light with it being only being 75 grams and while not uncomfortable on the wrist it does get some getting used to because of the length of the watch. I wear it a little further back on the forearm because of this.

INITIAL SETUP

While you can use the the Leikr watch right out of the box you will really want to setup your watch first which can only be done by heading to their website on your laptop/desktop to configure your watch. These steps are necessary to configure your wi/fi, upload maps, and update the Leikr to the latest firmware. It’s not a complicated process but it does take a bit before you can take advantage of all the features of the watch.

After downloading the wifi driver all you have to do to update/sync your watch is to simply press the two buttons on the left side of the watch simultaneously.

As the map for the united states is not downloaded into the watch you’ll have to do so through the website as well by selecting the areas you run in and then downloading those maps into your watch. The process for this is quite time consuming and I could see how this could get annoying if you do much traveling.

Alright now that the setup is complete lets get to running.

ON THE RUN

GPS Acquisition

The watches GPS is always on unless you turn off the watch or set the watches “Sport Mode” to “Running Indoor” which will turn off the GPS. There is no way of turning off the GPS otherwise.
Leikr’s website claims that it has a “10 second assisted GPS locking” I found it to be more or less similar to other GPS watches when acquiring satellites which was about 2 minutes. The one feature that I did like was when a satellite is acquired the watch would vibrate to let you know.

STARTING THE RUN

To start your run after your satellite is acquired all you do is press the upper right button and you’re good to go.

You have three screens to toggle in between during your run.

  1. Overall metrics screen.
  2. Lap metrics screen.
  3. Maps

The measured metrics are:

  • Time
  • Distance
  • Calories
  • Average Pace
  • Pace
  • Heart Rate

Again the watch was comfortable on my wrist on the run and the screen was easily seen especially when the screen was backlit. I do wish they gave an option to customize the screen to my preference. Some of the metrics are not needed during my run such as the measurement for calories and heart rate (I don’t use one).

UPLOADING WORKOUT

To upload your workout all you have to do is sync it by pressing the two left buttons simultaneously which will then sync it directly through wifi to Strava, MapMyRun, and Endomondo.

OTHER FEATURES

MAP DISPLAY FEATURE

The map feature is a nifty little feature. I could see it being useful for those running in a new area and needing to find their way around. The Maps screen is also the only screen to take advantage the color screen of the watch. Be sure to update your maps so you can actually see the maps.

WORKOUT EDITOR

The workout editor allows you to input your workout or training program into the watch. It’s pretty basic but gets the job done.

WILL IT WORK IN THE WATER?

Unfortunately the watch was not able to get a IPX-8 rating so although it is water resistent it’s not water proof. So there will be no swimming with this watch.

BATTERY LIFE

In my experience when conserving the battery life to the max meaning turning it off when not in use. I was able to get just about the stated 5 hours of life. They are working on this and hopefully a future update will address this.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Processor – 300MHz Arm Cortex A8
On-board Software – Leikr custom software on Linux OS
GPS – Leikr optimized high-performance GPS
Display – 2” TFT color 320×240 pixel 65K color with 11% reflectance
Data and Map storage – 8 GB
Connectivity – WIFI 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0
Accessory support – ANT+ enabled accessories
Buzzer/vibra – Yes/yes
Battery – Build in Lithium Polymer
Battery time (active mode) – 5 hrs (current software)
Casing – Medical PC/TPU plastic
Waterproof rating – IPX-6 (water resistent)
Strap – Exchangeable, medical TPU rubber
Dimensions – 57,20 x 40,40 x 10,65 mmWeight75 gr
PROS & CONS

PROS

  • Large 2” screen
  • Low profile watch
  • Nice backlight
  • Once setup, easy to use
  • Vibrating alerts
  • Maps
  • Updates and good support

CONS

  • Price – $329
  • Lack of waterproofing – No IPX-8
  • Lack of customizable data fields
  • Short battery life

OVERALL

As a GPS watch, it does everything that you would expect it to do and does it well. The watches large display is a big plus and the Leikr team does a great job of updating it’s firmware. For the price of $329 the Leikr team really needed to make the watch waterproof and fix the short battery life, especially when trying to compete with watches at the same price point. It is a solid GPS watch but not for the price point that it is currently at.

To purchase the Leikr for yourself you can do so by following this link: https://leikr.com/shops.html

If you have any questions or comment please leave them below.

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GTS Runners Spotlight: Aimee Smith

by GTSTRUTTER on May 2, 2014

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Getting to meet all of the runner’s in the community is one of the many reasons I love the Golden Triangle Strutters. I remember meeting Aimee when she first came out to run with us. She happily let me run with her and we had a great time but little did I know that she was Aimee from Aimee’s Corner whose page brings inspiration to thousands of people. So I’m really very  happy to share some of her story with y’all. Enjoy.

1. What got you into the sport of running?

I had a particularly stressful day at work one day, and I guess my trainer could see that I was in a terrible mood and said, “Go run.” I balked and he said it again. I jumped on the treadmill and never looked back! Running has so many benefits, and they’re not all physical. 

2. How did you achieve the amazing transformation to the athlete you are now?

One day at a time, and one step at a time. It didn’t happen overnight, and I’m still learning about myself. I tried to make small changes that I could live with forever, instead of temporary fixes. It really is a lifestyle change, and it’s not easy to do it in one fell swoop. It’s really nice to be able to get in some exercise with my friends too! I have found a few activities that I really enjoy doing, and that makes it easier to keep going.

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Aimee has lost a total of 150 lbs

 

3. How did you find about GTS and what makes you keep coming back to run with us?

Several of my friends are in GTS, and they all told me about it. What struck me about GTS was the very first time I went, I was VERY intimidated. I’m not a “fast” runner, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be good enough to run with a group. Jeremy came right up to me and introduced himself, and asked if he could run with me at my pace. Whoa! That really made an impression on me. He took the time to get to know me, and he stayed with me that whole run. What keeps me going, is the spirit of camaraderie, the encouragement from other runners, not only to me, but to everyone else that’s out there. You won’t find a better group of people to hang out with!

4. You have a popular Facebook page Aimee’s Corner what was the inspiration for you to make it.

I was inspired to make my page, because so many people were coming up to me at work, or sending me private messages on FB to ask how I got myself from being over 300 pounds, to half that size. I wanted to have a place where everyone felt safe from judgement, to compare ideas, and to feel encouraged. I know what it feels like to be the biggest girl in the room, and to feel hopeless about it. I also know what it feels like to win that war, and I want everyone to know they can win too! I called it Aimee’s Corner, because I wanted people to know that I would always be in their corner.

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5. Favorite distance and why?

My favorite distance is probably the 10K, because it’s a decent challenge, but you don’t have to train for months to run one. Training for a half marathon (the furthest distance I’ve run) takes a big commitment, one I’ve made 3 times now. I do enjoy the half marathon, I just seemed to like the 10K a little more.

6. What are your running goals or races for next year? 

My goal is very simple: to keep running races that I enjoy doing. I will be doing my first duathlon in May, which I’m very excited about! I plan to do the EverGlow 5K, Calder Twilight, Sabine Causeway 5K, Pleasure Island Bridge 10K (or maybe the half marathon), and the Turkey Trot 10K. Next year, I’ll do the Gusher Half Marathon again because I love that race!

What is something people might not know about you?

People may not know that I’m actually pretty quiet. I’m very much a homebody and I’m perfectly content hanging out all by myself.

You can join Aimee and the other runners/walkers in the GTS group every Monday and Wednesday. Check our FB page for current times.

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