My Favorite Backpacking Map and GPS App – AllTrails – Review

My Favorite Backpacking Map and GPS App – AllTrails – Review

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Today Luke is reviewing his favorite backpacking/GPS app which is called AllTrails. This is what he personally uses for his adventures and has been in testing for a full year now.

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Cost : Free limited Version ; $2.50 a month, $30 a year, Lifetime $100
This is my second year of using this app and I was able to renew for $20 thanks to a promotion email which I received.

Available on : Apple and Android – I’ve only used it on IOS so I can’t comment on the Android part.

Who this is for : Hiker, Backpacker, Trail Runner, even Mountain Biker
This is an extremely popular app for a good reason; it’s awesome!

On IOS alone it has an average rating of 4.9 with over 67K+ ratings!

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  1. Les Baker on February 18, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Hi Luke, thanks for the review! I use Gaia and Earthmate for Garmin inReach. Looks like a fun app I may need to give it a try.

  2. Big Al on February 18, 2020 at 9:53 am

    I bought the pro version and tested it yesterday after watching this review . It’s just what I was looking for. Thanks for putting this on Youtube.

  3. Nancy Johnson on February 18, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Well done and very informative.

  4. Gavin Mock on February 18, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Thank you for your review. Found it to be fair and useful.

  5. TheOutdoorGearReview on February 18, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Who is ready for Military Surplus Wednesday?
    – Luke

  6. Bill Reeves on February 18, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Great review.Thank you. What are you using to shoot your videos. They are awesome.

  7. Lynn G on February 18, 2020 at 10:00 am

    I use this App too! Love it!

  8. benjune17 on February 18, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Thank you, this was helpful

  9. Duppy King on February 18, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Great. Gonna try, but doesn’t this remove some of the joy of discovery? Wanna run from a few wild boars or grizzlies even. Feel alive! 😉

  10. Mark Cooke on February 18, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Great review but I wouldn’t pay the life time price has your not guaranteed future support or updates has there will not be any guarantee the company will be about in the future….thanks for this

  11. Dade King on February 18, 2020 at 10:02 am

    About to upgrade to Pro for my move to Denver…love this app, thanks for the video!

  12. Karen Toews on February 18, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Thanks – I’ve used the free version this app until now – sounds like it’s well worth it to upgrade to PRO.

  13. David Evans on February 18, 2020 at 10:05 am

    “Two is one and one is none!”

  14. Uriah Graves on February 18, 2020 at 10:06 am

    You spelled Guthook a weird way.

  15. Assaf Feldmar on February 18, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Thanks man. Great review for a great app !

  16. Michael Kohner on February 18, 2020 at 10:09 am

    If you are out of cell range, is there a compatible GPS unit that can be tied to Alltrails so that your position will still be updated. I am considering adding the Garmin Explorer and associated hardware, but would rather keep it simple. Please advise or post link to same

  17. Steve Malone on February 18, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Why can’t see the check in button? Yes it is a pro edition paid for till May 2019

  18. pgreenx on February 18, 2020 at 10:12 am

    I like Gaia too

  19. Janet Cook on February 18, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Very well done review. Thank you. Now a new subscriber. Hubby and I will use this weekend.

  20. akbar geberal on February 18, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Out West in the National Forests they miss many trails. Just a heads up. Sure it will improve.

  21. South Leeds Buzz on February 18, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Excellent video thanks. I use the ramblr which is pretty similar to the one you are using.

  22. Eric Brito on February 18, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Thank you for sharing this app info. Great review!!!!

  23. pjwlk on February 18, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Great review, thanks for sharing

  24. Syrtis Major on February 18, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Hi, this sounds like a great app but I need help choosing handheld garmin device. I have my choices narrowed down to the Foretrex 601, or the eTrex 32x. I want to use my gps device for hiking, city exploring, light geocaching, and mountain biking and I need something that uses AA or AAA batteries and that is rugged and I figured that if anyone knew about these devices it would be you. Thank you in advance for any advice you could give me and thank you for letting me know about this awesome app, it is great as long as your phone battery lasts 🙂

  25. Indiana sport shooter on February 18, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Great review. I like All Trails and I have used it but the one I use the most is GPS TRACKS. It gets a 4.7 rating on the app store and it is so easy to use. Thanks for the review.

  26. Robby Stafford on February 18, 2020 at 10:25 am

    "i have no idea" lol

  27. Anthony Galluccio on February 18, 2020 at 10:25 am

    I have been through a few apps now, viewranger so far is my favorite. seems to run the smoothest out of all of the ones i have tried

  28. Patrick ODuinn on February 18, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Great review. Thank you

  29. DoubleDuce on February 18, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Do you use this instead of a GPS only device?

  30. MR ME on February 18, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Great video. Good job. You should get a kick back from all trails.

  31. Warren Davidson on February 18, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Hi Luke I typically only section hike the AT and for that I use Guthook which is a fantastic App. Sometime ago I did download the AllTrails app but never used it. I am planning to use it for some upcoming hikes in the NJ Pine Barrens. Thanks for a great review.

  32. Nino Tani on February 18, 2020 at 10:28 am

    No doubt, Gaia GPS is the best.

  33. Alexander Weaver on February 18, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Thank you to ALL of the technicians who invented the smart phone! Great review, Luke. I love this app and others I use for planning adventures. All Trails is my favorite (android version) along with Guthook, GAIA, WAZE and there’s another one I use but its name escapes me. It provides several useful tools such as a compass, flashlight, etc. Before the advent of smart phones I had to do mountains of research to find information, directions, maps and so on even just to plan a simple hike. My first few years of hiking maps actually were hand-drawn from our family’s set of encyclopedias, either Collier or Britannica. Some of you out there are probably saying WTF?! For decades I used reference materials at home, local libraries and stores like Dick’s to acquire information. Now I pick up my S10e, go to All Trails and within seconds I have nearly all the information I need. Did I ever thank the technicians who invented the smart phone?

  34. Paulette Clements on February 18, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for a great review….Can you talk about using Lifeline? It says others can watch your progress. I’d love to hear you directions on Lifeline.

  35. T K on February 18, 2020 at 10:31 am

    The rating was not "53"…that was the number of people who completed a rating. The number of stars is the average rating.

  36. EvanArti1991 on February 18, 2020 at 10:31 am

    so just to be clear. If I pay for the pro version I will be able to use the gps on my phone and follow myself on the trail in the app when I don’t have service. correct?

  37. simontgreat on February 18, 2020 at 10:32 am

    I have used Galileo pro for the last two years for hiking/backpacking, also AllTrails. Great apps

  38. Shirley Hall on February 18, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Thank you!! Thank you!!!. I have been researching and researching like crazy trying to find trails in my area. I couldn’t find much of anything. I was becoming very discouraged. Then….in one fell swoop….i find this video. I downloaded the all trails app. BAM!! Suddenly it listed all these trails around me. The biggest surprise was about a trail I had been hiking which was 2.5 miles, the longest I could find, was actually 5.5 miles. The map showed where I had been missing out. LOVE IT!!. Thank you so much for posting this. It is extremely helpful.

  39. GamedOut Gamer on February 18, 2020 at 10:34 am

    The trail line on the screen is too narrow. Wish it was more bold. Is there a way to download area maps, not just one trail at a time? The user interface is clearly focused on ‘one trail at a time’ which is not good for my type of trips.

  40. Joseph Tucker on February 18, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Gaia GPS will automatically charge me through Apple each year unless I let them know not to charge me within 24 hours of being charged. Who is going to remember after a year. I won’t be getting a membership from them. I will try AllTrails,

  41. Espen Haug on February 18, 2020 at 10:38 am

    I have been using Alpine Quest (for android) for some years now, and it has all the features i ever heard about that can be found on a GPS app or device (except sending SOS messages and SMS in places without regular mobile network coverage, which i think you only find on GPS devices, and not GPS apps…). Its a relatively cheap (maybe $20) one time purchase (none of that "subscription" stuff), and have a pretty decent selection of maps to choose from. Including a bunch of the "Google Maps" (which i think is the only one that is NOT downloadable), various Bing Maps, open topography maps, hikebike map, and various other maps. You can also "layer" several maps, and choose the opacity, so you have your favorite map as a base, and add other layers like "terrain", "heights", "hillshade layer", or "slopes". There is also a "track recorder" function which enables you to record the trail you are on, and export it as a GPX file or whatever, so you can store them for later, or share them with friends. If you use the track recorder, it will show how far the trail is, as well as all kinds of detailed information about the speed and elevation…

  42. Blank Name on February 18, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Can you use this app to map trails that have not yet been added?

  43. Fire Power on February 18, 2020 at 10:38 am

    FYI….If you subscribe to the free app, almost every holiday you will get an offer via email for a year subscription for $14.99.

  44. Rgoodin51 on February 18, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Use AllTrails and Guthook

  45. Alexis Mansperger on February 18, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Best review of the app i’ve seen. Thank you

  46. Claude C on February 18, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Thumbs up for this review. I first downloaded the app Trailforks but had trouble figuring it out and couldn’t find a useful Youtube tutorial. I’m a total newby. After listening to this review I downloaded "AllTrails" and I was instantly up and running. Thanks.

  47. Georgia Hunter on February 18, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Anyone using open source maps?

  48. Alexandra Ashley on February 18, 2020 at 10:47 am

    I read there was a way for the app to notify you if you go off the trail, is this true?

  49. Graham Dunne on February 18, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Excellent review sir.

  50. Graham Dunne on February 18, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Brilliant app 👍

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