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Old 04-04-2015, 04:30 PM
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Default Favorite mapping apps for 4wheeling?

As I mentioned in Ken's "good deal on a tablet" thread, he inspired me to get a Bluetooth GPS receiver for use with my Android-based HP Slate 7 tablet. Now that I've done that, what mapping apps do you like for 4wheeling? I'd be perfectly happy if I could have the equivalent of Google Maps satellite view, with the ability load waypoints and tracks for trails. Are there other features I should be thinking about?

What do you like? What have you tried and not cared for?

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Old 04-04-2015, 07:29 PM
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Default Gaia

gaia or offline topo maps.
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:50 AM
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I use an app called TopoMaps, which pairs up with the internal GPS on my iPad and shows where you are on the topo in real time. It also couples with my aviation GPS receiver if I want it to have even more reliability.

You have to download the topo prior to getting into the backcountry though.

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Old 04-05-2015, 12:39 PM
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I'm a fan of Oruxmaps.
You can preload garmin vector maps, that use very little storage space compared to cached maps.

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Old 03-02-2016, 08:16 AM
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I'm reviving this thread. I know there's another out there with apps in general, but I'd like to know what you use.

First I need an external GPS. The two options I'm seeing in my budget are the Bad Elf and the Dual Bluetooth receivers

Bad Elf GPS for Lightning Connector https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G2BX616..._7iW1wb4RFP77B

Dual Electronics XGPS150A Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver for Portable Devices https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006M49G80..._GmW1wbNAV70EJ

Second, what apps do you use? I've tried Gaia and OfflineTopo, but can never seem to get them to work well on my phone. Am I missing something? Is there a better map app life out there for me?
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:19 AM
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+1 on BadElf. I love mine.

Big fan of MotionX over Gaia.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:21 AM
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i suck at computers, but thanks to trailsoffroad.com, i hang with people who map and most all of them prefer gaia
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Old 03-02-2016, 10:02 PM
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I've been using MotionX for the last couple of years. Download the track from Trail Damage, select your map set, and go. Pretty easy.
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:22 AM
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TopoMaps. However, I suggest getting USGS and BLM papermaps for any area you might go. When you get outside urban areas, electronic maps tend to be unreliable when you most need them in remote locations.
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:59 AM
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http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ on iphone 6. Does require subscription to get all the features. Download high res topos of the area before I leave and the internal phone gps does a good job at putting the dot in the right place. First choice is still paper maps.

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