The saddle and beyond.
Like you, our lives in the outdoors extend beyond the saddle. Camping, hiking—whatever, we spend almost as much time on foot in the mountains of Northern Utah as we do on our bikes. Almost. Lezyne's Micro GPS HR Loaded Watch equips us for that lifestyle with a wrist-based GPS unit and an included heart rate monitor, giving us the flexibility to enjoy exploration by foot or bike but the glut of data we've come to expect for training. The included Heart Rate Flow Monitor takes advantage of the Micro GPS Watch's Bluetooth capabilities to send biometric data from your chest to the display, so you can track your effort during intervals on the bike or ignore it while taking in natural vistas on foot.
Though its name suggests otherwise, the Micro GPS Watch enjoys an expanded list of features that put it on par with Lezyne's more robust GPS units. The Micro picks up features that the Macro drops, including Glonass connectivity, ANT+, and a built-in barometer and accelerometer. It still connects to the GPS network and broadcasts via Bluetooth, but the added features make it even more effective. This is especially true of the barometer and accelerometer, which reduce the dead spots and wonky readings that occasionally result when a handheld device is communicating on a sub-meter scale with a positioning satellite some 12,550 miles removed from your handlebars. By cleaning up the data, the Macro GPS provides more pinpoint accuracy; in a sport where centimeters often make the difference, that clean data matters.
As with all of Lezyne's latest generation of GPS units, the Micro GPS Watch uses smartphones as portals to link up with Lezyne's new Ally app, which addresses one of the only critiques we had of the previous generations. By syncing with a smartphone via Ally, you're able to create or dial up pre-programmed routes. The Micro GPS will then give turn-by-turn directions to keep you on track, letting you switch your brain off and just ride, no stem notes required. If you're into just free roaming, then a bread crumb feature handles out-and-back training jaunts or lets you ignore everything but the scenery, letting you get "lost" on a stroll through the woods without actually getting lost.
Lezyne Ally also keeps tabs on Strava segments, displaying live updates on the watch when you're on the hunt, and it autosyncs with Strava and other popular third party sites like TrainingPeaks. It can also provide text and call notifications—but we'd often just as soon avoid that particular feature while we're out on the bike. After we've returned and sifted through all of those unanswered texts, Lezyne's GPS Root makes for one of the easiest data-dump processes in the industry: just head to the company's homepage, plug the Micro GPS in, and transfer the ride with the click of a mouse.
Even without a smartphone, the Micro GPS reads, displays, and records ANT+ and Bluetooth broadcasts from heart rate monitors, power meters, cadence sensors, and whatever other ancillaries you've got hanging on your frame or body. This data is all packaged for tidy transfer to Lezyne's Root GPS program, which is accessible through the brand's homepage and which provides an upload interface every bit as intuitive as the Micro's four button navigation. If you're already established on a third party program, the Micro GPS probably has you covered; through Lezyne Ally, it connects to popular training programs like Strava—as mentioned above—and TrainingPeaks.
- Explore your world by bike or on foot with GPS and heart rate
- Wrist-based unit transitions between outdoor disciplines
- Provides GPS navigation prompts and route mapping
- Wirelessly connects with included data accessories
- Automatically uploads to Lezyne's online data manager
- Syncs with popular third party training sites and apps
- Keep you in touch or escape with optional smartphone notifications
- Includes heart rate monitor strap