Best Trail Navigation App

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by koerk, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. koerk macrumors regular

    koerk

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    Hi.

    Currently not in possession of an Apple Watch but contemplating getting one again in the near future.

    I am a mountainbiker and sometimes like to look up gpx tracks on the internet and let me navigate along these routes, sometimes even as a vacation over multiple days.

    I have a stem mount for my iPhone which is not ideal in the way that I miss turns when I'm riding at higher speeds and cannot look at the route or hear the navigation voice.

    I use an app called komoot (don't know if internationally available, i am from Germany) which does offer navigation on imported tracks. They offer an Apple Watch app that shows the navigation and taps your wrist if you need to pay attention - which is what gets me exciting, in theory.

    ViewRanger and OutdoorActive seem to offer similar functionalities with Watch support.

    I just would like to know if anyone has any experience in using those apps with the watch in similar scenarios.
    Does it work in practice and is it a superior experience?

    Thank you very much.

    koerk
     
  2. dallison13 macrumors regular

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    I have used Viewranger, GPS Tracks, RunGo, Trails and a few other apps with mixed reviews for biking, hiking, running and walking.

    Viewranger isn't bad. The app interface is crap on the phone, but does allow you to download maps and customize your gps experience. The watch app is "meh". Used it on a 15 miler in Yosemite and it compared favorably to my Garmin. You can use it to navigate but it's rather cumbersome in my opinion.

    RunGo allows you to create route or run/ride along routes. You can create them on the phone or on the web. Works fairly well.

    GPS Tracks is similar to Viewranger with a better interface, but I have Distance accuracy concerns. Same with Trails. Both apps offer a ridiculous amount of customization however.

    There doesn't seem to be a perfect app. Even Strava's app doesn't work with the phone any longer, so that option is out too.

    Wish I had better news. I run/ride with my Garmin and AW2 and will continue until the AW2 apps are better.
     
  3. koerk thread starter macrumors regular

    koerk

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    Gps tracks doesn't seem to display the navigation on the watch, does it?

    The ideal thing would be to let the phone in my backpack do the heavy lifting, maybe connected to a powerbank, and just let the watch be my interaction device, telling me with taps when to pay attention not to leave the route.
    Hoped there would be this kind of app

    ViewRanger kind of disappointed me at their AW keynote that there all that info crap about the location I'm currently hiking, I don't need that when I'm on my bike. Or is that a misconception?

    Thanks for your reply!!
     
  4. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    Well,I use viewranger or motion-x gps for outdoor activities. Both has their drawbacks,but if used the right way,they seem to be ok. Of course it's easier when navigating on public roads,there Apple maps works best.
    As people say,there is no such thing as the perfect app.
     
  5. Craiguyver macrumors member

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    I use Gaia GPS and have come to really like it. They just changed their pricing model to an annual subscription. Believe $9.99/year
     
  6. Der Keyser macrumors regular

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    Forget about the wrist tap's when mountainbiking. When you are being bounced about on your bike on a gravel road or other uneven surface you won't allways notice the subtle taps the watch makes.
     
  7. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    I love Gaia for hiking, not sure the watch app will do the tap to guide you, and like Der Keyser said seems like you never notice it. It has a watch app that I sometimes use to mark Waypoints, but that's all.
     
  8. koerk thread starter macrumors regular

    koerk

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    Thanks for your input, that could actually be the case
    It's strange, I got an AW in December and returned it three days later and now I'm looking for scenarios where it could make sense again. I'm weird
     
  9. Craiguyver macrumors member

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    You're right. I was thinking of the waypoints feature but that's not what the OP was asking...
     
  10. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

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    Good discussion... How about track recording and exporting? Do any of these allow you to save a track during an activity and then review it later? How about exporting it to a standard format or allowing viewing on the phone or a computer afterwards?
     
  11. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    Gaia does all of this
     
  12. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

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    Another question, can any of them record tracks on the watch when the iPhone is out of range?
     
  13. koerk thread starter macrumors regular

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  14. cfc macrumors 6502

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    I have written a workout app called WorkOutDoors that shows a fully functional map whilst exercising. It is particularly useful when hiking.

    I am in the process of adding the ability to review the route on the iPhone and export it for use elsewhere. It is not in the current version but will be in the version to be released in the next few weeks. The route is stored on the watch and transferred to the iPhone when they are next paired. The screenshot below shows the current development state of this functionality.

    If you want more information then see www.workoutdoors.net or check out the dedicated thread on this forum.

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  15. dallison13 macrumors regular

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    Just purchased! Doesn't show up on my watch though. Is that a bug?
     
  16. cfc macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for buying the app. Have you used the "Watch" app on the iPhone to set it to be installed on the watch? It may be that it defaults to new apps not being installed on the watch.
     
  17. dallison13 macrumors regular

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    It finally showed after a restart. I do have a few questions, however, which I will email you about. Thanks!
     

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