For us lovers of the great outdoors, there’s a new guide in town - komoot.
For us lovers of the great outdoors, there’s a new guide in town. Whether you’re going on a gentle afternoon ramble or a hardcore endurance hike, the free komoot route-planning app lets you create a new route or customise an existing one to individual preferences.
The brainchild of seasoned outdoor enthusiasts in Germany, komoot is intuitive and simple to use. It will not only pick out the best trails for you, but will also tap into recommended detours, hidden gems and insider knowledge from other hikers and cyclists and present those to you on the map as ‘Highlights’.
Once you’ve entered your preferred activity and entered a start and endpoint, the app will map your route along a path that suits your discipline best. It is smart enough to recognise the difference between hikers and trail runners, or mountain bikers and road cyclists, so it will make sure you’re on the right kind of trail surface. If you want to adjust the route, you simply point and drag on the map as you go.
Knowledge on tap
Komoot summarises information such as whether a trail is gravel or asphalt, or features busy roads – so you know exactly what to expect. Difficulty and fitness levels are also highlighted, so you’re not going to find yourself stuck on a trail you can’t handle – a feature that’s particularly useful for amateur enthusiasts.
You get straightforward turn-by-turn navigation, as well as information about elevation, average, minimum and maximum speeds and total metres climbed. But perhaps the standout feature of komoot – and the reason why it has become so successful in Europe – is the community-led aspect of the app. Its social media element means you can ‘follow’ other walkers, climbers and cyclists and tap into their knowledge. Routes and photos can be shared and Highlights recommended.
More than 10 million routes have already been completed by over 5 Million bikers and hikers, so for anyone picking it up now, there’s already a huge wealth of knowledge and insider information available. Those who contribute the most to mapping their local area get ‘Pioneer’ status to show everyone they’re worth following.
The app is currently available for iOS, Android and the web, as well as Apple Watch, Android Wear, Samsung Gear smartwatches and Garmin devices – so head to your app store and get downloading for your next adventure! You can find out more at komoot.com.