/ Route plotters
I'd like to get people opionins on route plotters/trackers.
Id ideally be after something that tracks and shows where to turn left and right on trails
I belive map my run and strava allow to plot routes and download them gpx files if you want or run them via the app.
But i rarely run with my smart phone and would mean needing to keep my phone in my hand ( take out my vest/belt to keep my phone i when finding new routes)
2nd option is upgrade my watch again to something like forerunner 235/245and use dw maps but im not sure if (you can still track like normal gps mode if that make sense) or maybe upgrade to soemthing even higher..
Yeah I just use the route plotter on strava and my phone. Its cheap and easy but it means having your phone out.
have you tried a paper map? Much cheaper, and doesn't usually break when dropped.
Does your current watch have the capability to program in waypoints and then give you a bearing/direction to the next waypoint?
Obviously not as good as a full track but if it saves you upgrading.
Otherwise the ability to follow tracks has been a feature of GPS watches for a long time (my Forerunner 305 from 2008 has this functionality) so maybe you could buy a second hand watch to use for following routes.
I currently have a forerunner 35. The nect one up tha 235 has an app you use but cant find any reviews if its actually any good.
Sttava route is the cheaper way to go. I guess i can check it every so often untill i learn the routes/ trail maps a bit better.
Nirmal map is the simplest way but its a pain to carry.
I bought a garmin 800 edge off ebay for about 60 quid to replace my old one which was stolen. It's not the most intuitive bit of kit but once you've got your head round it itll do the job nicely- plot routes on ridewithgps, drag and drop into device and go. Battery lasts about 10 hours, and is much smaller than most phones.
I'm sure there are better options, but difficult to beat at that price imo.
Could be s good middle ground. Rather then having to take mt phome out.
Could be s good middle ground. But tbe the smae issue of having to store to somewhere then getting it out to check where i am.
Fair enough. I just run with it in my hand. I've done an 11 hour ultra carrying and I'm just used to it i guess.
I only really plan on getting myself up to a half marathon. So it would be too bad. Gonna have a look at strava routes today vs the edge. I think either way unless i want to spent load more money im gonn ahve too deal with carrying somthing and check it every so often.
Is the egde complicated to use?
Suunto have a pretty good sale on just now. £89 for the ambit 3 vertical-older model but still good. Can follow a route and record at the same time.
in the past i've photocopied relevant sections of a map onto a series a4 sheets and inserted them in a plastic sleeve - a bit less faff than carrying a full map. not sure the os/crown copyright would approve but as her maj hasnt come knocking yet i think it's ok.
Unless I'm running a really long way, I just remember where I'm going. It's not that hard with practice and even if you're only vaguely familiar with an area it's surprisingly easy to head in the right direction without going too wrong, even if you have no idea where you are at any one moment in time.
I personally think a paper map (or printed section) properly used, is best if you need something. So much information, so little weight and you can tuck it in a waist band so no need for bags, belts, straps.
Relying on an electronic gadget to tell you left or right sounds like a recipe for disaster. Like all the worst bits of GPS (battery, fragile screen, heavy, unreliable in woods) but with none of the good bits. My experience of running on the line traces on Garmins is that it's really hard, you have to zoom in and out to get the scale right and if you're not moving fast enough it's not quite sure what direction you were heading, so you have to kind of 'try each way' for a bit and see if you're still on the line.
This may be the best option as mentioned above there is less to go wrong and Im not expecting to get lost on my routes i just want it as back up incase i do get lost while out exploring new woods and trails.
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