Great app/needs bug fixes 3/5
I like the functionality of the app, which I would rate 5 stars. I’m not crazy about the relative lack of topographic details on the maps, which I’d rate 3 stars. The saved trips keep crashing the app when attempting to open them on iPhone SE.
Owned this app once before. Yet after paying good money($29.99) the developer decided to create a new app. Thirty dollars wasted. Could this happen to you?? Time will tell.
No scale reference when downloading 3/5
Why wouldn’t you put any info as to the scale and area being selected when downloading maps? Seems like such a basic feature that your competition has, making it difficult to download maps..and I just forked over for premium before realizing this. Ugh
Replaced my GPS 5/5
I have used Gaia for several years on backpacking trips. I find it more versatile and easier to use than my GPS.
Not a fan 1/5
Bailed on us that used the old app, not updating something I paid $20 for!
I had hoped to travel in my RV and find hikes along the way. Instead, I’d arrive at a destination , check the app and simply see an arrow pointing to where I was. For the life of me, I cannot figure what makes this app worth $20!!!
Awesome application 5/5
I use this app for everything, from work to my mountain hiking trips to seeing where I stand in flood locations during storms. This app is perfect for hikers, preppers, campers and many fields of work.
Overall good but has issues 3/5
Issues with this app:
- I have routes saved but some aren't showing up when I zoom in. They'll show zoomed out but to a certain point some just disappear
- when making some routes, the locking will sometimes decide to go way out of the way off where I'm trying to go. Like I'll try going a mile from a way point and it'll end up taking a route that backtracks and goes miles around rather than straight ahead. Idk what the deal is but it's annoying
Great for hunting and fishing In the backcountry without cell service. Highly recommended.
Very Simple Very Accurate 5/5
By Sparky of SoCal
No matter the outdoor activities this mapping app makes researching and finding the location once you hit the road or trail easy and less stressful. If you’re into documenting your trips this is also top notch. Using this mostly nowhere near the internet the tools available to use off line are great. I think another thing not talked about much is the simplicity to import data from other sources.
Best app! 5/5
This app allows me to download a multitude of maps specific to the area I’m working with no cell service. Tracking and then reviewing the altitude, speed, etc is very helpful. Also being able to send your track log to a SAR coordinator is also amazing. Very cool app!
Fun to use on a plane 5/5
Fun to use on a plane, best near a plane window for GPS antenna reception. The picture taking=waypoint is cool. Great work Gaia.
Fantastic application 5/5
I have nothing but praise for Gaia. The maps on iPhone are crystal clear.
If you’re reading this do yourself a favor and buy it!
Best backpacking app 5/5
By Smudge 714
This app is reliable and tracks where other apps seem to fail. If you like to go off trail in the woods/mountains this is a great option. Never get lost. Thanks for the constant updates!
I find things 5/5
This helps quite a bit. I still wonder if I’m using battery power when I’m not in the app.
Wildland Fire 5/5
Awesome resource while being on assignment. I am a Hotshot Captain for the USFS and I use this GPS constantly while in my he field. I highly recommend using this over regular GPS units.
EXELENTE , muy bueno lo utilizo para todo , trabajo , viajes , puntos de interés , navegación , todo en uno
Lots of map overlays 5/5
It's just what I was looking for!
GAIA saved my backside! 5/5
The Gaia gps app has helped me EASILY plan routes and find areas as well as guided me out of some pretty wild and remote country. The map overlays are super helpful. I still haven’t discovered everything this powerful app has to offer but what I do use is far better than any stand alone gps unit.
I’m an avid hiker and trail runner. I’ve used this app on several multi-day backpacking trips. This app is amazing and has saved me so many times from getting lost. It is simple to use and works in airplane mode. It is worth every cent!
Highly functional planning and mapping app 5/5
Gaia is my go to app for backcountry trip planning and navigation. It’s served me well on backcountry skiing and climbing trips all over the world. Well worth the download!
Great tool for mapping motorcycle trips that use lots of off-road. 5/5
I’ve been using GAIA to map my rides for a couple of years now. I use it to note where I’ve been, and to mark places I’d like to go, rather than mapping out routes beforehand. I like the detail available in the layers of maps available, (just purchased membership so as to be able to download and utilize Canada backroads layer) the ability to run the app while phone is in airplane mode, and the relatively low power use in that mode.
I’ve ridden across the country west to east and back again, and from south to north, and largely off-road. And have records of each day’s ride.
I use it to map mountain bike rides and bicycle commutes, and keep multiple parent-folders current with each ride. I also like being able to share a link to my rides with family and friends. I know there are features I don’t use, but feel confident that their use would be pretty intuitive given the ease of use I experience with the features I do use.
Never lost. 5/5
Been using this app for a while now. It’s as important to us as the vehicle we use to navigate. It’s made exploring super simple.
Better than Garmin 4/5
Been using this app on 14er hikes in Colorado. Not 100% accurate. Some of the elevations and peak summit locations aren’t accurate. Tested it multiple times against Garmin topo/location devices and this app is more accurate. I keep an extra battery pack with me on hikes but even in -5 degree winter temps over 16-20 hour hikes, this app doesn’t completely drain my phone’s battery with it constantly running in the background while taking video and pictures. Totally worth the $$!
Crashes immediately every time you try to download a map 1/5
Just paid for the subscription so I could download maps and it’s worthless. The app crashes every time you try to download a map. Immediately exits to home screen. Don’t pay for a subscription until this is fixed.
Best iPhone GPS app! 5/5
I’ve been using this app for over 6 years and love it. 👌
Wizard Worthy 5/5
A true guide to the land for those who seek it. Yet be wary, adventure begins when you leave the map behind:)
Reliable, powerful, endlessly useful 5/5
We have use this for years for weeklong backpacking trips in the Smokies, Olympics, Pecos wilderness.
Also for bicycle trips.
Every month they have a fantastic new feature.
Having multiple maps says (and even multiple blended overlays) makes reliability even greater.
Good battery stewardship.
Fantastic for planning as well
Must Have App 5/5
By Chris 737381
This app is a must have if you go off-roading. It’s great for importing GPX files and recording your own tracks. I love how it syncs to their servers so that you can log in on a computer and view the tracks you record on your mobile device.
No need for separate GPS Device 5/5
I have tried several other GPS apps with USGS maps. Gaia is by far the best. I thought about buying a separate GPS device but they do not offer any advantage over using Gaia with my iPhone 6s. Battery life is no problem with an iPhone and external batteries for recharging are cheap and light in weight. Save yourself several hundred dollars and use Gaia.
I left my old review below but have talked to someone at gaia They listened and I felt confident my issues will be addressed.I sent 3 emails and waiting to see if I get a response. they are the best app out there for your phone they will get 5 stars after I receive answers to my emails
Old review below
Even though i can use it for 2 years free unless their going to go back and take that away to . I am disappointed in the new app and in management of the buiness . There are so many maps that are worthless have no purpose . I have called them with suggestions of maps to add and to point out a mistake on one map and all i got was someone very defensive no help at all . I will not pay a monthly or yearly fee i will drop the app and use my dependable garmin rhino
This app is pretty useless. Bunch of paid reviews.
Raising the Bar Again 5/5
Gaia continues to be the best mobile app for anything GPS. Very well done and intuitive.
It is a great map app with many features!
Great for Snowmobiling! 5/5
I use this app for snowmobiling in the Sonora Pass area in the Sierras. Maps and trails are accurate, can be downloaded and used in Airplane Mode using just the GPS. I like being able to see my elevation.
So much better than a handheld 5/5
I’ll gladly pay for annual subscriptions to the GaiaGPS premium app to avoid having to buy an expensive and unfriendly dedicated handheld GPS with a small screen. For hiking in the mountains of North Carolina, where cell signals are hard to come by, all I need is a tough case for my iPhone, cached maps from GaiaGPS, and Airplane Mode. Oh, and paper maps and a compass for backup. I have never been happier with a mobile app.
Good app 4/5
UPDATE: I am very happy to see the developer’s response. It is important to me to see that the developer cares and is working on fixing the issues. I will email the developer with details of the issues I am experiencing shortly. Meanwhile, I wanted to update my review with a few things that I love about Gaia, because I do believe it is a gps app that is worth sticking with.
- Crucial: It has never quit on me in the most important situations. When offline (as long as I remember to download the maps, of course) Gaia has never failed to provide the information that gets me back to civilization.
-I love the fact that I can edit the recorded tracks in case I forget to hit “stop” when I get back to my car. That has happened more times than I am comfortable admitting 😬.
-Even though I don’t use the feature yet, the ability to create folders to file the stuff I save is convenient.
-Gaia has multiple map layers, including a 1930 Topo map. Proves to be useful when looking for old things in the middle of the desert.
-I love the new feature that lets me do more with it when offline (read the recent update info)
-Not entirely sure how that works, but I really appreciate the suggestion names for waypoints I save. For example, if I come across mine remains and go to save the coordinates, Gaia has the mine name on the suggested names. Which enables me to look up information about it when I get back to civilization.
My use of the app is somewhat limited, I just use it to plan my trips and save the coordinates of stuff I find. And the app does a very decent job for me.
OLD: Gaia gps has been with me for a little while and I’ve been happy with it on the trail. (With some updates) I’ve had no complaints. However the inability of Gaia to search correctly is very inconvenient. I can’t search for the places I have saved, half the time when I enter the coordinates and search, the app just doesn’t not respond. This isn’t just an issue of the app, I use the web version to plan for trips and the inability of Gaia to search coordinates (especially decimal degrees, since that’s what google spits out so is convenient!) is a big problem for me.
Without subscription not so useful 2/5
Loaded this and quickly found that there is little use without paying the monthly or annual fee. No access to USGS maps w/o subscribing. Considering the maps are public domain the subscriptions seem steep. Am going to look for something else.
This app Saves your bacon! 5/5
By JH Dietrich
I’ve been using Gaia for around 2 years, and it’s become my right hand man on backcountry outings. This app while being used as a GPS enabled device allows me to navigate efficiently and quickly in the mountains with a high degree of certainty.
It’s easy to use and I love the tracking feature for not only backcountry trips, but also just running around town. I was living in Spain this summer and Gaia worked fantastically all over Europe. During a spontaneous 23 mile run/accidental sufferfest Gaia got me out of a pickle in the Chamonix area because I was able to use a “trail” that was totally unused but showed up.
This app is fantastic, and super customizable. I love it.
A great App to get off the grid 5/5
I’ve been using this app for about 5 years and gotta say this is the best of the best. Record your trek before hand and save it to your device, no signal no problem.
I’m going back to the old version 5/5
I use this app mainly for backcountry skiing. Just updated to the newest version (1.6) and so far so good. I will update with a more detailed review after further field use.
Awesome App 5/5
I use this all the time for snowman the back country and it's really great. Easy to use and very helpful.
Excellent Tracking App 5/5
By IS Gramps
For two years I have used this app for Nordic skiing, biking, hiking and walking. It is far superior to any other GPS app in providing extensive data for post activity analysis of activity, such as elevation gain, moving vs stopped time. It’s especially superior with accuracy of location which is important when in back country woods. My daughter recently switched to it and was equally impressed.
Worth it 5/5
Great app. Worth the money, just remember to download maps before you head into the backcountry.
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.
For years the elevation graph for hikes uphill, for example the base of the mountain is 1200 feet and the summit is 4100 feet, the elevation graph does not work. Sometimes it shows no elevation incline at all, sometimes half of it is filled in, sometimes most of it is filled in. I always create a separate track for my hikes downhill and the downhill hikes always show a perfect elevation profile for the downhill hike. This is a strange bug and I don’t know how it has existed for so many years without being fixed. The elevation graph for these uphill hikes look just fine on the Gaia website. It is only the app that has the problem.
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.
Bad*ss App 5/5
This is a very useful tool for any outdoor enthusiast. I used it to determine to put my house on an acreage that was so overgrown I couldn’t walk through it. Based on this map I cut my way to exactly where I needed to be without removing any extra trees used for privacy. It’s great for hinting too! Money well spent!
Great Divide MTB Route 5/5
I’ve used Gaia through Wyoming and Montana on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. It is so good to map each section ahead of time with multiple maps. I can use it when out of cell service and in Airplane mode. I have also used it to mark trails I plan to ride this next summer. Five Stars!!!!!
Excellent for training and planning long trek. 5/5
I started using the app to train for the PCT and I am very happy with its low battery usage and excellent statistics on my hikes.
Gaiagps totally replaces handheld gps! 5/5
By Trail boss girl
The app is super powerful but still easy to use and share. It is a resource for my Trail-riding(horseback) groups and a great way for me to track stats(moving speed/elevation et al). Love it and use on every ride. I have had no problem with impact to iPhone battery life even on 5-6 hr rides.