By The only one to play
I am a log truck driver and this app has been the best yet. If you know say the forest service road you need to be on just enter it and this app will take you there. It gives you all the info you will ever need. Drive time, stopped time, elevation etc. this is a must have app if you are doing anything outdoors.
Great app 5/5
Best backcountry off in the woods app. I must for every from hiking to backwoods motorcycling
My go to activity tracking app 5/5
This app is very good
These are the things I like most about it:
1. It is extremely stable. This is important in an activity tracking app. When you’re hiking in the winter and the windchill is -40 you don’t want to have to check on the app to see if it is still running. With Gaia I know it’s still tracking. It has never crashed on me.
2. It is extremely energy efficient. I’ve used a lot of tracking apps. Some will drain your battery too quickly. Gaia has always amazed me. I’ve used it to track 5 hours straight and my phone battery only drops by a few percentage points. Of course if you are constantly checking the map then it will drain faster but that is just the display, out of their control. When the screen is locked it is so efficient it’s amazing.
3. So many map sources. When hiking in the mountains it is very useful to have different maps at your disposal such as satellite maps and topo or contour maps from multiple sources as different sources sometimes have different trails. Gaia provides so many maps, and they are downloadable for offline use.
4. Very good meaningful updates with release notes! Gaia constantly improves and takes advantage of new frameworks and hardware when apple releases them. Continuous improvements are important with software on mobile platforms to maintain stability and Gaia is always on their game.
Something that I think can be better:
Speed and elevation graphs that can be interacted with. Like a way pinch to zoom in on the graphs, swiping to scrub forward and backward in time, and maybe a tap and hold gesture on the data line to show the ‘Y’ value at position ‘X’ as you drag your finger along the line so you can really analyze your data later.
By Blair Johnson
Took me across the country from NC to CO on almost nothing but dirt trails. I use it to track hikes, off road trails, hunting locations, almost everything. Never loses me even without service. Fantastic app.
Go-to Navigation APP 5/5
This quickly became my go-to navigation APP. Accuracy, ease of use, great assortment of map layers...perfect APP for all of my outdoor activities. I use this APP exclusively for hiking, mountaineering, backpacking and now hunting. The Developers frequently provide timely updates and tweaks that continue to improve the APP. I have permanently retired the GPS and now only use this APP with a paper map and compass as a backup. I have found the clarity on an iPhone 6s to be superb. Downloading maps for offline use is quick and easy. So easy in fact that I don’t feel a need to accumulate downloaded information; use it, delete it...download again if needed. Thanks Gaia for constantly making improvements!
Great For Hunting! 5/5
I use this app to mark every tree I climb when I hunt. Once t is marked I can return the next morning without fumbling around in the dark trying to find a decent tree to attach my climber to. I am hoping they incorporate a few more features specified toward hunters using the app, such as wind direction at a marked location.
Some Nat Geo maps missing in Paid Version, but still has some great features. 3/5
By Dude in the nude
I use this app for backpacking, and for the most part it works good, but I upgraded to the full version to get access to the Nat Geo maps only find out that the Maps for the Ozark Trail Maps aren’t available as a layer; it makes me wonder how many other maps are missing.
Highly recommend 5/5
My go to offline mapping app. Some of the best base map selections available. I’ve used it in Utah, along the Arizona Trail and on a trip to the Alps (offline Swiss Topos!). National Geographic trails illustrated maps are a nice addition. Wish the file structure was a little more intuitive.
Backpacking tested 5/5
I gave this app a live test on a 4 day backpacking trip off the grid. Subscribed to the premium membership so i could download maps offline.
It was fast and smooth even on my old iPhone 6, which has otherwise slowed to a crawl since iOS 11 was released. Only crashed once in 4 days. Ideally it wouldn't crash at all but given the age of my phone I couldn't complain.
Looking forward to this new update. It looks big!
The Most Amazing app I have ever owned 5/5
A friend told me about the app on the trail and showed it to me. Before I got home I had downloaded it. It has so many options and overlays. Absolutely wonderful
Poor iOS11.1.1 Integration 1/5
By Dr. Krane
Multitasking window on iPad 13” is horribly buggy.
Feature request: you know how you can select factors to track, like sunset speed etc. PLEASE ADD: altitude from which you’re looking from above. AND relative sunset/sunrise times depending on the Center of the map. ALSO please add relative time according to cosmic time, I believe this feature was present at one point, so it would not adhere to time zones, but would calculate actual astronomical time. If in nyc it’s 13:00 then in New Jersey it’s 13:02, you get the point.
Simply the best! 5/5
This app has been a total game changer for me. Makes navigating in the backcountry so very easy...
It turns your smartphone into a powerful gps tool that you can use virtually anywhere!!!
Easy to use, good support 5/5
Best GPS app I have found. Excellent background maps and quick map downloads to use when going to areas with no cell service.
Great to plan routes for off-road riding 5/5
By Julien velo
Downloaded the app and tested it for off-road motorcycle. The automatic tracing of a route over existing marked trails is an awesome feature that makes planning the route considerably easier than with Google Earth or Garmin Basecamp. I downloaded satellite image and usgs topo maps of the area I was riding in so I didn't need to rely on having network or not during the ride. Battery usage was reasonable and it can certainly last for 12 hours or more with every app turned off and airplane mode. The website is fairly good too. Only small complain is that the web app folder system is a little convoluted - it's not obvious at first where things go at first. The mobile app occasionally crashes while managing files, yet nothing was lost. Compare to a Garmin gps unit the only limitation is the device's gps accuracy and recording rate but it's no issue for off-road riding/driving, likely not an issue for hiking neither.
By Plumbing Contractor
Because this app worked pretty good with downloaded maps ( I did pretty large areas )
It was supper accurate
Love it and I will recommend it to anyone
Decent app 4/5
Nice app if you have premium membership
Awesome for backpacking 5/5
Used this on the Pacific Crest Trail and the Eastern Sierra’s this past year. Works amazingly. Training videos are really helpful and the staff was able to answer a couple questions I had. I plan to use this app for years to come.
Best Maps App 5/5
By Zach from Bend
Great App for mapping. I use it for trail running, hunting, camping and everything. Love the layers (private/public lands, USGS Topo, hunting units, and more). Great app and well worth the pro upgrade.
Fixed the watch app to top off a great phone app 5/5
I complained a few months ago about a buggy watch app but the team responded and provided a fix that puts the watch app in tow with the phone app.
I was able to chronicle an epic 3-day hike with this app— with my iPhone in airplane mode, it lasted 1.5 days (tracking for 10hrs/day). Was able to share the adventure with my family and friends. Great GPS app!
Camino De Santiago++ 5/5
Gaia was amazing during the entirety of the Camino De Santiago. There are a dozen or so alternate scenic routes that have haphazard trail markings, and Gaia saved the day. The Spain IGN maps even have the route annotated. The stats are detailed, got me to speed up when I was being slow, and it was amazing to see my daily progress over 500 miles.
I recently downloaded Gaia to my cellphone and IPad. Compared to my handheld gps it outshines. Great application and I can access it on my PC.
Totally satisfied, exceeded my expectations.
Absolutely the best 5/5
Of the many GPS programs, GAIA has been the most accurate. Thanks.
Over the moon customer service 5/5
Chris Kracht (I hope you don’t mind me using your name Chris) helped me get your incredible app on a different device with a different platform. The last few years, after dealing with some health issues, I have rediscovered the joys of the outdoors. And your app has helped me make the most of every adventure.
Chris helped me promptly and efficiently and did it with the heart of a fellow outdoorsman. Thank you for your professionalism.
Saved by GAIA 5/5
Amazed by all this app does. Especially for the price. Last month while hiking backcountry in a very remote area of Boquilles Canyon, the GAIA GPS guided us right back to our boat, while others in our group disagreed with our path back, they were all relieved that I had set a waypoint, and in a short hour, we were back on the river.
Thanks for a truly awesome product GAIA.
HotDamn! This is awesome! 5/5
This app is near perfect!!
Very intuitive GUI especially if you know and use CALtopo or SARtopo desktop.
It covers so many bases to make life easy for SAR planning. Create or define sectors in seconds, with boundary distances! Same with search paths... distance and elevation immediately available! Most of the navigation data you need is on the screen or a couple of taps away.
"Near" perfect because it's important to have the ability to download sectors or tracks onto the map and to easily get a track onto ICP laptops, which has not yet been achieved. I would also love quicker access to UTM or similar coordinates, on the waypoint fly out if possible.
If this last functionality is achieved I swear I'll ditch the infuriating handheld GPS use my phone and Gaia in conjunction with a battery pack or two instead !
Awesome app 5/5
By Catlett chicken
This app is very accurate!!
best mapping app for outdoors 5/5
By 'Valued' customer
If you go outdoors, buy this app
The best GPS application thus far 5/5
By The OldBlackBird
I have over thirty GPS applications, 6+ handheld units, and years of experience installing stationary GPS for wireless systems. I have to say that this little app works better than anything short of survey grade equipment.
It is not perfect, but it is very user friendly, and loading maps for off-line use is quite easy.
I do not think that anyone would regret installing this app.
Only works on iOS 11 1/5
This version of Gaia only works on current hardware and software. If you are using and older iPad, new Gaia cannot reliability connect to GPS or give you speed data. Also, there is no way to transfer the maps you downloaded to the old version, which works flawlessly. Unless you have the latest hardware running iOS 11, stay with the classic version of Gaia.
App refuses to save my password and attempting to reset does nothing. Crashes when using the search function. Incredibly slow to load and stutters when trying to scroll. Worthless, junk app that wants you to pay for a subscription! Are you kidding? Virtually impossible to use on ios11.
Surprised to find how buggy this app is. Downloaded the trial and for three days poking around in it, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time fighting it. Crashes at least 5x a day. The search window frequently kicks me out. Also wonder why there isn’t robust support for paddlers- no choice for plotting routes. Looks like there are a lot of nice features but so what if it crashes? I was planning to get the premium membership but will wait to see if it gets more stable.
I'm always reluctant buying apps but this one is awesome. Flawless on hikes. Minimal battery usage. No complaints.
Easy and reliable 5/5
I used this more on my hikes than my Garmin. This is really easy to use make a track, record a track or just want to see what is close by or to find a shortcut. Love this gps.
Awesome, but saying maps offline on watch? 4/5
This is an amazing app and super accurate and helpful so far for planning and tracking my Adirondack high peaks hikes. My only issue it that even though I saved my areas for offline use, the Apple watch mini map (series 3) would say that the map is not available offline- even though it was working on my phone. Hopefully this is just user error or a result of me using the free trial subscription, but otherwise super impressed with this app and definitely considering buying the full year subscription once my free trial is up! Really great job on this app.
Great data collection + SHTF MAP 5/5
Really enjoying the app. Love the data collection to learn more about the over landing I’m doing.
Great to have a large detail map to use offline not only for when in a remote location. but also if the network is ever down in case SHTF situation.
Scrap the handheld GPS, use this instead. 5/5
This is a fantastic app. Pretty accurate tracking and it's always fun to look at all your past trips with the amount of data this app records.
I was very impressed by the limited battery usage (iPhone 6S airplane mode + low power mode). I'd recommend carrying an external battery pack on longer backpacking trips.
By SJiPhone Fan
Can't say enough good things about this app. Used it and relied on it for a hike in a remote area of Wyoming on a trip recently and it came through with flying colors.
Fantastic: simple & reliable 5/5
After trying several GPS apps on my iPhone 7, I committed to Gaia GPS. Used it for the first time on a five-day backpack into the remote east side of Mt. Adams, Washington. The app performed flawlessly. Importing high-quality maps was easy, as was importing a previous 'packers GPS tracks from 2014. There were a number of times when the trail was indistinct, having Gaia GPS provided the confidence that I'd find my way. The backpack was a great adventure, and this app was a key component of that.
This app will not work for me I tried every thing it does not help me at all with offline maps
Best outdoor app. Subscriptions "kill." 3/5
By Mr. Luigi
I understand developers wanting to make a buck, or two, or more. But devs, listen, so many of you are making the move to the subscription monitizing scheme it is getting totally out of control. Gaia, you have a nice app. I paid $20 for the non-subscription version and would have paid another $20 if you have issued a major update after about 3 years. But I can't stand keeping track of all these subscriptions and the increased cost they carry with them. Having Apple bury subscription information so deep in settings just adds insult to injury.
Update: Kudos to the developer for their response. That alone is worth a 2 star bump. By itself, Gaia moving to a subscription scheme would not be a problem. The problem is so many of the apps I use are doing the same. Taken as a whole the situation is untenable. I must be in the vast minority as I would absolutely prefer paying $20 every 3 years or so for significant new versions of Gaia rather than RENTING the app...which is really what subscriptions are IMO.
Having said all this, Gaia is the best app for outdoor enthusiasts and would be a solid 5 star app for me MINUS the Rental payment scheme.
Looking forward to the developer eventually taking advantage of ARKit to provide augmented reality functionality for Gaia. :-) Was in the Linville Gorge Wilderness area of NC this past week. Got to an intersection of 3 trails (6 potential paths). Was raining cats and dogs while I tried to decipher which trial to take. Now, if Gaia could overlay an arrow on the correct trail while using the camera on my iPhone...that would be a game changer.
GPS off line 5/5
This app is what iPhone needed to be really functional as a stand alone unit
Hands down the best! 5/5
Download it. Try it out. You'll quickly discover that this is the most intuitive, informative and accurate off-road gps and offline map reader available. I spend a great deal of time off road and away from any cell coverage. I use this app on my iPad mini to navigate, find and explore new roads and places! I can't say enough good things about this app!
Getting better and better 4/5
Gaia GPS on my iOS devices has completely replaced Garmin for me. (I am a premium subscriber, and it is still much cheaper than the Garmin model.) It needs further refinements on the GUI, but each major revision is improved and overall I'm quite happy with it. The ability to download and layer multiple types of maps is absolutely amazing. Keep up the great work!
Fantastic app 5/5
If you're planning on heading out into the backcountry, you need this app. Accuracy is impressive, and it does a great job of tracking Hike metrics such as elevation gain, pace, and etc. Even though I have a nice Garmin watch that I use for hiking, I'll also have GaiaGPS track the route. It has much better topo map capabilities for seeing just where you are. Premium membership is a no brainer, too. Well worth it.
Great for remote off-road exploration 5/5
By SoCal Rob OC
I have been using this app for several years and it keeps getting better. I primarily rely on it for large-screen mapping on an iPad while exploring off-road in areas where there is no data service. Being able to download satellite view map data for offline use was what made me purchase the app originally. Pre-planning routes was the icing on the cake at the time. While I don't use all of the features all of the time, while hiking it comes in handy on my iPhone for logging the route and stats.
Regarding newer features, being able to pre-plan routes with just a few waypoints along established off-road trails automatically is a real time-saver for me compared to the old straight line segment method. The companion watch app and data sharing among devices are both great additions, too. Finally, I also like the new ability to define areas when I am looking at vacant land parcels with no clear boundaries.
Recently finished up a week in Grand Teton park and am even more impressed with this app. I downloaded maps for the entire park prior to the trip since I needed to be flexible during the heavy tourist season. Route finding, even with unusual snow this late in season, was easy and saved me time on several approaches.
A no-brainer 5/5
By Optimus Prime!
I use Gaia GPS Pro exclusively when I am backcountry traveling. Between layer options, the ability to pre-plan routes, and to download maps for when you're out of cell service (which is a great thing in itself), Gaia has proven to be a crucial tool for me on my adventures. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a remote mapping app.
Works great 4/5
The app works great and helped out on my last trip. I want to upgrade to the subscription but I noticed my email was wrong. I tried to change and update it but I keep getting an error. Hoping an admin could help me resolve this asap. I have another trip coming up. Thanks in advance.
Long Time User 5/5
Love this app. I am happy to pay a subscription fee in order to keep this app improving.
Excellent app 5/5
This app is perfect, I work on the oil field and use it every day. I just have a question, do you think that it is possible to add a pen tool?, this will be very useful to draw on maps. THANK YOU.