The feature set of this GPS and mapping app make it functional and reliable. I use it as my primary map on day hikes all over the world, as well as paddling trips and bike rides. The most amazing aspect of Gaia is all of the available maps you can download. I’m a premium member and really love the NatGeo maps. I also use the layering feature most of the time, too. It’s not only functional, but you can compose some really spectacular visual maps with layers like Watercolor and shaded relief on top of your other base maps. The feature set is fairly simple, which makes it easy to figure out and use. The drawback of that simplicity, though, is that it lacks some features you might find in a dedicated handheld unit. Most notably a rotating dial compass with a pointer towards the waypoint you are navigating to. (Though there is a tiny strip-compass window and you can set the map to rotate and there will be a line on the map drawn to the waypoint—which in my opinion, even though that works, it isn’t as effective as a big dial-and-pointer screen. When you’re on the water and conditions are rough, you need to be able to look down and see the information you need in an instant and not have to squint at a tiny compass window and a moving map.) Also, a separate data page with customizable, large-font data fields would be nice. When you’re hiking, it’s easy to stop and look at the tiny data fields to see distance, etc. But when your phone is mounted to your kayak or handle bars and you don’t want to stop, it’s impossible to read your speed, distance, etc. But like I said, the feature set it does have is otherwise very functional for most of the outdoor activities I do. And it appears the developers do routine updates addressing bugs and improving features. If there was something else I would improve with Gaia, it would be the files/folder system. I know with iOS it can be pretty difficult to do file management from within an app, but I’ve got a huge number of tracks and waypoints, many imported from other apps, and getting everything organized is absurdly difficult. I suppose if you just have a handful of data to organize, the current system would work fine. They do have a website the app syncs with, but even that uses the same difficult file management and doesn't help matters much. I saw somewhere that there is a limit of 1,000 tracks that you can save. That is really a limiting number. I have over 11 years of hikes, bike rides, runs, canoe and kayak trips, and other boating that I have saved in various gps apps that I’d love to plot on the beautiful Gaia maps, but I think I will end up maxing out its storage.
For the most part a good app that works well, could stand for some improvements and would benefit with the addition of CarPlay
Used this app for backing. Really helped for washed out or snow covered trails. Thanks.
If you are interested in exploring outdoors this is the app for you. This app has high quality mapping sources and tools. I recommend it to everyone I meet.
Takes forever for the app to find my location and when I zoom in on my location it’s blurry af and never gets clear. Not worth the $19.99.
I really enjoy this app. Seems to be well designed and supported and reasonably accurate. Use it at home for information, seeing more about areas you find interesting and possibly plan your next outing.
One of the best mobile apps hands down. The app has easily saved me from getting lost several times. It might have even saved my life. The interface may not be the most intuitive but once I got used to it, I was fine. The app has ALWAYS worked without cellular service. I’ve used it in this manner over a dozen times for a total of about 30 days in two countries. The key is to download an area map to your device before you leave cellular coverage and load it when you are ready. It’s also helpful to establish known waypoints before but no biggie if you don’t. Two negative observations some of Colorado’s 14ers are listed at the wrong altitude and if you cache equipment and use this app to waypoint the arrow that shows your location to the waypoint will continuously move location even though you are standing still. It still, in my opinion, a 5 star app!
Premium subscription is well worth it. Map layers provided are excellent and ability to add your own map sources is awesome.
I use Gaia to track my bike rides, hikes and horseback trail rides. The extra details for the course is condensed but clear. The interface is easy to use and not cluttered. Multiple layer maps are available. The maps are for purchase but I think are reasonably priced. You can purchase them singly or buy a block of downloads.
Have been using the app for years. Had membership issues recently and was able to get quick professional response.