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  1. #1
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    Best all around GPS app?

    Iíve used Gaia, maplets, All Trails, Trailforks MotionX, OnX, Earthmate, and am currently exploring BaseMap. I backcountry ski, hunt, mountain bike, hike, and climb. Each app has its own strengths but also requires too many subscriptions for essentially the same thing and Iíd really like an app that crosses genres well. I think OnX has what they need, but theyíve split it across multiple apps (can you run the slope meter layer on their hunting app or hunting units on their backcountry app?)

    What are you guys currently running for multiple sports and are there some layer importing tricks I might be missing?

  2. #2
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    I switched to Gaia from Backcountry Navigator for hiking/skiing/back country rambling. All I really want to take with me in to the field is a good topo map and the ability to see my location on the map, make waypoints, and follow a route.

    I also use fatmap (app and PC) for its superior satellite imaging + terrain modeling, and Caltopo on the PC for trip planning and research.

    Trailforks seems to get the job done for MTB trails, I mostly just use the free version to find new trails, and I'll pull it out occasionally to find a trailhead or confirm I'm still going where I was planning to go.



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  3. #3
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    I've been a Gaia premium subscriber for years while dabbling in most of the others. It is pretty much perfect except for 2 major flaws: their slope angle shading and route building features are crap. Luckily Caltopo is great in both regards so I use both.

  4. #4
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    I use the free version of Fatmap on my phone and caltopo on my computer. I think they both work well, though I only use them for skiing

  5. #5
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    Locus is incredibly powerful, but I'm not sure if it's available to those stuck in the Apple cult. They now have a subscription version, but the OG standalone app is still available.
    ride bikes, climb, ski, travel, cook, work to fund former, repeat.

  6. #6
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    Just got a 30% off email for BaseMap and decided to spring for the pro version. The 3D earth function is pretty cool. I donít think itís quite as good as the laptop version of Google Earth, but lots of detail for a mobile app. Built in weather, wind, land owner layers, plus distance tools are all pretty cool. Liking it for the most part, but it seems to be lacking route building capabilities and I havenít found a slope angle layer yet.

    Seems like a few of these apps are just a few open source map layers and a a tool or two away from being cross genre powerhouses.

  7. #7
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    Been using OnX for dirt bike riding but havenít gone beyond that with this app yet.

  8. #8
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    I've used Gaia for trail running and ski mountaineering and it's worked well. However, a runner/backpacker that I trust, Andrew Skurka, just recently posted how he has converted to 100% CalTopo, so I feel like I might investigate that further: https://andrewskurka.com/review-calt...ps-navigation/

    For the FatMap users, what's the reason/benefit of it? I downloaded it but couldn't see a situation where I would rather pull that up compared to Gaia.

  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by fool View Post
    I've used Gaia for trail running and ski mountaineering and it's worked well. However, a runner/backpacker that I trust, Andrew Skurka, just recently posted how he has converted to 100% CalTopo, so I feel like I might investigate that further: https://andrewskurka.com/review-calt...ps-navigation/

    Great blog post. Thanks for sharing.

  10. #10
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    Gaia for me, with the occasional use of Maplets/Avenza for OHV trails.

  11. #11
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    I use caltopo -> Gaia. I bought Gaia years ago before it was a subscription service. This means I don't have to pay, but I also don't get some new features, like slope angle shading. I don't really care. Slope angle shading is useful for planning, I don't really see how it's all that useful in the field. It's not granular enough to trust for micro terrain decisions. Plus I go out with a a plan, along with my eyes and multiple other tools for measuring slope angle.

  12. #12
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    CalTopo's app has gotten much better. I was already using the site for desktop planning, and now that the app has improved I've been happy with it as my primary backcountry mapping tool. For a lot of the same reasons in the linked blog, above.

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