Activity trackers and suchI'm always interested in how technology can assist hikers, so I was excited to try out the Strava app. For the past 3 hikes, I turned on my phone, started the application, pressed record, then pressed end when I was back to the trailhead. Surprisingly (to me) it captures data even when there is no cell signal -- I saw this first hand at Dawn Falls. Back home, I emailed my hike's data to myself and then opened a Strava webpage to see the hike on a topo map, as well as the hike's elevation profile and distance.
It's all a great idea, but not implemented successfully, in my eyes. The most compelling plus is very good data collection -- the app worked in heavy tree cover, which is usually a dead zone for all but the strongest GPS units. But there is no option to see your hike on a topo as you are hiking, so if you're in danger of getting lost or just wondering where you are in relation to other trails, Strava will not be helpful. Maps displayed on the Strava webpage are just too small -- I can't zoom in close enough to check the location details. And lastly, although this is a minor point, I am annoyed by Strava's persistent cycling emphasis. If the app is intended for cycling, fine, make it a cycling app, but since the app lets me save my activity as a hike, they might want to acknowledge the hikers could be using the app -- as it is their corporate chatter is heavily bike-weighted. For example I don't really want to challenge my friends to hike my latest hike (as you might want to for a bike ride), but I might want to share it with them.
I have been using the free app -- a premium status is available as well, but it doesn't look that that would address my issues.
Does anyone have an iPhone activity-tracking/gps app they like?