It’s way too easy to stop a track recording inadvertently on the new watch integration, would be better if it used a long press to access the pause and stop menu. Also using the digital crown to select the data that is shown while recording a track means that if you wear a long sleeve shirt you constantly need to reselect the data you want to see since your sleeve will rotate the crown on you. A welcome addition with the new update, but the controls need to be more robust for the kind of activities people will be using this on their watch.
Awful at route creating. Told it I was doing a bike route but would use the bike path no matter how many way points I tried to create. Kept putting me on the road even it required backtracking to go around the bike path to join it later. Definitely not worth spending money on when you can’t plan a safe route!
I want to love this app, and in many ways I do, but it needs a UI/UX overhaul. Much of the app is just ugly, and some text is not formatted correctly, with numbers and stats crowding each other out on the iPad. Warning! If you like to take a lot of photos and you accidentally agree to associate all the photos from your recording with that recording, it will eat gobs and gobs of storage, and you will sit there for an hour deleting those photos one by one so as not to have to delete the whole recording, as I just did. Incredibly frustrating.
I found out my tracks are public by default. I was able to disable one by one on the website but not from the app despite looking exactly where the help said. The option was missing. How do I set the default to private? If this cannot be done, I will be requesting a subscription refund. This is a dangerous issue to both individuals and the (private) places they may be tracking.
Excellent for exploring California deserts in out 4wd truck. Working on preplanning trips. Like it very much
Now I have an application on the phone and one on the watch that no longer do the same track at the same time. If I start a hiking or backpacking track on the phone (the device with the battery to handle it) there is no longer a way to see that track in the watch at a quick glance. One is now either required to record a completely separate track on the watch (why and the battery isn’t going to last very long) or to pull the phone out to see progress for the main track. I get that they really needed to have a way for the watch to be useful without the phone but this is terrible. Even the free applications give me a way to use the watch to quickly check the progress of the tracking being recorded on the phone. 🤬😡🤬😡🤬😡🤬😡🤬😡🤬😡 So thank you for ruining the applications best feature and then simply confirming it when I contact you for help. I refused my money back when you changed the terms of service in the middle of our contract but now I think I might actually want my money back. I can spend it on another application that allows me to quickly start a track on my phone but to monitor that track on my watch. I don’t get why you feel like you needed to take that away when you added to other features??? (And really how many people are going to go backpacking with the watch but NOT the phone?!?!?)
I used this to plan my first trip to Joshua Tree NP. I used it mostly from the CarPlay interface. It worked great when Apple Maps or Subaru Navigation showed no path on some of the back country roads. One issue I had with CarPlay was trying to get the heading of the vehicle marker to point in the direction we were heading. I had to tap the compass button multiple times. Also sometimes the vehicle marker would go off the view as the view would sometimes not follow.
Glad I found this app since it works off line and independently from the phone. I’m not using data on my phone plan while I hike trails far from any WiFi signals.
Gaia GPS is a great app and I love being able to organize waypoints and maps into folders. I also love the Gaia Topo map as it shows details that local hikers have put into OSM, such as tent sites, leantos, outhouses, stream crossings, etc. I have paid subscriptions to both GaiaGPS and VwRngr. GaiaGPS is missing two critical features that VwRngr has and I use almost daily: 1. No way to quickly measure distance and elevation from current location to a given location. This is very important for choosing rest stops and water breaks. Efficiently choosing breaks has a *huge* impact on the day’s progress. If I pan the map around, VwRngr immediately gives me crow-flies distance and elevation delta to the point under the crosshairs on the center of the maps. This is sufficient for me to quickly estimate route distance and time to get to that point. GaiaGPS does not have an easy way to do this without a lot of squinting and mental math. When it’s 20 degrees out and falling snowflakes are messing with the phone touchscreen, this is downright painful and tortuous. 2. No way to easily update downloaded maps. VwRngr has a feature to “update map data” for downloaded maps. Trails are being rerouted all the time, leantos get moves, details get added to OSM, new trails are built. Right now I need to delete downloaded maps and download them again. I active hike and recreate in numerous areas and this is very tedious. VwRngr for the win. Cheers, T.
We went all over the sierras and Baja this year and this is by far the best app for gps. The ability to download the google earth map layer is pretty incredible!!