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.
Poor watch app is interfering with experience. 2/5
Have restarted and reinstalled app on phone and Watch multiple times -- watch app shows a map that you have to manually refresh. All other Watch functions broken. Unfortunate.
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.
Been a joy to use for years! 5/5
This app does so much. Make sure to read the user manual to get the most value out of it. They have been making updates for probably 6+ years and it just gets better!
Love the idea, but needs a lot of improvement 3/5
Encountered bugs after about 5 minutes of attempting to check out nearby trails, the app stopped loading the information on every trail I selected, and a few parks wouldn't even attempt to load. Many trails are marked, "unnamed" -including the largest trail in my city, which covers well over 10 miles. The overall appearance of the app looks outdated, and I think the trails should be more defined and able to be seen without having to zoom in so closely.
Sadly way worse than the original 2/5
I loved the original. Never once failed me. Used ridiculously low battery and helped me make amazing memories in the wilderness.
This new pro app has been nothing but trouble and that's before I even take it outside. Trying to prepare for trips is a nightmare. Won't download maps reliably. Won't add tracks from the public tracks on gaia online. Won't even start after it gets confused and crashes. Need to uninstall and reinstall and then try all over again. I am not prepared to try on this as my GPS.
I'm giving it two stars because customer support had been nothing but helpful. They got me going for one trip but now I'm preparing another and it's just broken again. Sadly customer support for basic functionality shouldn't be necessary.
I guess I'll just stick with classic. I'm glad I did not pay for the new app and had a free subscription for being a classic user. I may come back in a few months and try again.
Worth it! 5/5
Greatest app in my phone. Don't know what I would do without it. Gaia has definitely got me out of some tight spots. Worth every penny!
Looks great, but... 3/5
I can't use google satellite for my map? It's the most accurate and clear for my location.
Great for jeeping 5/5
Gaia is a superior solution for finding off road trails to run. I have used it for several hundred miles of old mining and logging roads plus defined Jeep trails.
Being able to download map blocks while in wifi coverage allows you to go anywhere have have highly accurate maps. If you pair this to a dedicated GPS, like a Dual 160, you have pinpoint accuracy.
The map layers work great to help you identify surrounding features and to give you multiple looks at what you are doing. The premium maps like the Forest Service MVUM are especially useful. With these I found a way across one NF near Teton NP that others said could not be crossed.
Gaia opens the door to thousands of new adventures. Keep up the good work and keep up your maps. I for one am glad to support your work. Thank you.
Replaced my Garmin Oregon 5/5
Gaia is the best. Used it on a 100 mi section hike of the AT. IT WAS PERFECT. My favorite feature is creating and importing custom overlay maps using state and local park maps. So easy and accurate. I see all local trails plus important local highlights like where the port-o-johns are. Lol
Why can't I buy this app? 1/5
Why can't I buy the app for $19.99 like before? It's too bad these guys are losing money to customers like me who prefer to pay one time for their apps and not subscriptions.
Best GPS Tracking App 5/5
I use this app to plan my hikes and backpacking trips. I also use it to record them. Well worth the money for the subscription. Highly recommended.
What's Up 3/5
I paid $9.99 when I downloaded the APP and now it says my trial has ended and I need to pay $9.99 for a one year subscription! What is up with this?
Totally unstable this version 1/5
Totally unstable this version; stops recording tracks. Previous build was stable.
Big upgrade 5/5
This is a significant upgrade to an app that was already superb. The menu is more streamlined and intuitive, the Maps load faster than before, and there are some great new features such as snap to trail route making. When you add to this the exceptional customer support from Gaia GPS, there is no reason to look further if you want the best GPS app for your next outdoor adventure, anywhere in the world. There are some good instructional videos on YouTube to use this app, search there to find them.
Awesome app 5/5
I'm safer in the back country with this app!!!
Pretty good, lacks features. 3/5
I have used Motion X GPS on my iPhone for over 8 years and recently decided to try Gia GPS because Motion X seems to have stopped being updated by its developers. I'm pretty impressed by Gia, especially the number of types of maps that are available, and the ability to layer them. That is by far it's strength, and why I'll keep using it and keep it on my phone. A feature that it lacks, that to me is essential, is a nav mode and/or a compass mode that will give you a pointer with distance and bearing to a waypoint. Perhaps to some Gia's thin feature set is a positive, because it's simple and easy to figure out. And it does what it does well, which is essentially show you where you are on a map and record your track. But that's about all it does. If I could blend Gia's user interface, humongous map selection and ability to layer maps with Motion X's feature set, I'd have the perfect GPS app. For now I'll just use both.
My fav mapping app 5/5
I use this every time I go for a hike, or just to browse maps. Best mapping app I've found. Def worth the price.
Runs great 5/5
Finally got to try this out in the field and it's as good as it ever was.
Battery performance beats a lot of other apps I was running, which is impressive considering they're logging a track.
Rather pay more for app and not have subscription 3/5
By Marks s
I do not like the change to subscription based app. I would rather pay more for one time purchase for gai gps instead.
I bought gai gps originally a year or so ago thinking it would be forever supported and and enhanced but now it is not unless we pay more.
Almost there! 3/5
This would be a perfect app if it was combined with the features of the All Trails app and the Washington Trail Association app features! As a beginner to hiking I find this app difficult to use.
1. Unless you're very experienced it's hard to find the trailhead for hikes, hike descriptions are lacking and lead you to descriptions on Google.
2. Searching for trails is confusing and once said trail is found it's not highlighted on the map.
3. No description on what pass is needed or description of how to get to the trailhead.
The best app worth the subscription fees 5/5
4 yr user of Gaia. I have spent plenty of money on other apps to compare. For me, they don't. Gaia listens to user feedback. They support the volunteer community (Search and Rescue, etc) and stand behind their product. Quality software which you use often is worth a few bucks a year. Plenty of ways to save elsewhere in order to have at least the base subscription.
There is no reason for this app to be subscription based. Premium features already existed in the old app, so this is just a stupid excuse to force "classic" users to pay again.
I keep looking but never find 5/5
I'm a avid app junky always searching for a better version. I'm a trek and back country snowboarder. I've used Gaia gps classic for years and I always test out new trail apps. I've not found one that has yet to come close enough without a subscription.
When the new Gaia released I waited a month to make sure the kinks like all new software where iron out. I like the new interface.
Suggestion: maybe add a ski/snow resort maps or avalanche markers or drop points.
Thanks for the hard work at Gaia see you guys in the backcountry.
Some good updates, but missing the tagged waypoints 3/5
I've been using Gaia for months to track my hikes and to help keep me oriented when bushwhacking. The new app is good in many ways but unfortunately I haven't found the (for lack of a better term) markers or waypoints that used to be there (such as mountains, shelters, creeks, national parks, etc...) They were all labeled and had special symbols that I used to identify falls and random points of interest in the area. Bring those back and I'll change my rating and actually start using the new app. Until then, I'm quite disappointed.
Great Upgrade 5/5
I've used the classic version for many years. This new app has improved on an already poweful GPS navigation system. I have tried many other GPS navigation apps but consistently find this to be the best. The depth of maps available, including the vector maps and now National Geographic maps, is impressive. Online generation of routes locks on mapped trails in detail rather than providing just a series of straight line segments.
An important bonus is the outstanding customer support. The developers respond quickly, and in contrast to the support for many other apps, it is clear they carefully read and answer your question, rather than providing a canned answer from a cursory reading of your inquiry.
I highly recommend this app.
Great improvements have been made 4/5
The new Gaia is superior in so many ways to the previous incantation of this app. My only beef so far is the map downloads start off quickly in xx MB/s but then grind to a trickle of xx KB/s soon thereafter. This happens with 150Mbps Internet link so it's not clear if the code needs tweaking or if there is throttling at the source that is making this happen. Please fix this!
Thanks for honoring us that paid for app with two years. 5/5
By Bad Ace!!!
Thank you for working hard on creating a great app. Keep it up.
Must have outdoors app 5/5
Gais is my favorite outdoors app. I love the ability to EASILY setup a hike on the very nice website.
I use this app on every hike.
One of the best GPS apps 5/5
By Xray it
Switched over to Gaia after my Trimble outdoors subscription expired over a year ago, I like the features that the Subscription/ premium version offered at the time and look forward to each revision and the additional map layers. I have been a backpacker for 40 years and used GPS systems back in the late mid to late 90's and Gaia is alien technology compared to those days.
The ability to overlay map layers and adjust the individual layers is genius. I especially like the contours layer to visually see my surroundings, works well with the topo layer to really provide detailed info on the terrain and when used with the routing function. The ability to quickly overlay a satellite image over my route and then remove the layer provides even more info on the terrain.
The routing function is a major time saver and easily accomplished via the iPhone screen. I use this feature to plan my hikes and if I am feeling adventurous I will increase my mileage by looking at different routes before committing.
I use this app daily and in various uses from short day hikes to longer week long hikes. I would not consider going back to a dedicated GPS device. The selection of map layers provide more than enough information regardless of my use. The ability to change the status types is perfect and one of my favorite features. Some days I am more interested in pace times other days more interested in miles and then some days total time is more important and the ability to make those quick changes on the fly works perfectly for my style of hiking. Saving tracks is a simple task with appropriate prompts and reviewing stats of saved trips I'd beneficial for my training regimens.
My subscription will renew in a 15 days and I will continue to use Gaia and recommend that you commit to the app and use the features for a miles while experimenting with the map layers. If you invest some time learning the app which is a simple task and finding the right layer combination for your use you will be amazed each time you use the app.
ditch the sign-in requirement 5/5
By Picasa user
[bumping to 5 stars b/c developer response!] happy to pay for this app, developer has made constant improvements over many years. but the requirement to create an account is unnecessary, and an unwelcome intrusion. will come back and rate 5 stars as soon as i can actually use the app without forking over yet more of my data.
Best Hiking/Mapping App 5/5
I've used a lot of different apps for hiking and maps. Nothing comes close to Gaia GPS. Where this app really excels is with battery life. Put your phone in airplane mode and GPS still works. You will get 8+ plus of teaching this way.
Improved rendering and search 5/5
Great job with the new version. Looks like you switched to using MapBox for rendering. Much smoother. Search is also much improved - the old version had useless search for features.
Subscription stings a little, but as a software developer myself I understand it's a more sustainable model for good software.
Cool interface and features but lacking too many local trails 2/5
By Steve Raker
I can't justify paying a subscription fee with the hope that the additional premium content will have more local trail info for the capital region of upstate New York when the trial version has so few (maybe 30%). iTunes native road map even has many trails this app doesn't. Would love this app to be 'the one', but it falls far too short of easily available trail content.
For Rent... 3/5
When I have TRIMBLE OUTDOORS giving me down to the very last detail and little unkown town (which your app do not have,) at one single price once, why would I want to pay a rent for this program far below in detail all over the world? nonononono, bad bad! Hey good design and all but a rent is a no go! give us one price, ONE once and for all.
Best hiking and topo app available. 5/5
This version definitely improves some performance and usability quirks. The National Geographic maps alone are, in my opinion, worth the price of the premium membership. Development is active and support is quick.
Best mobile route planning and tracking app 5/5
I've tried them all, and this is, hands down, the best app of its kind. :)