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Hiking, cycling, exercising: the best outdoor apps for iPhone and Apple Watch

Finally out again! Sunshine and spring warmth lure those annoyed by Corona into nature. Whether hiking, cycling, jogging or Nordic walking, there is an app for everything: be it to record your routes, monitor training goals, navigate comfortably or find suitable sockets for your e-bike. Afterwards we name the best apps from different categories – together with their respective strengths and weaknesses.

How many kilometers do you add up when hiking on vacation? How many meters in altitude do you have to climb to the nearby castle ruins? There is hardly an app that gets the answers easier than Footpath: If the finger circles the targeted area, it defines a walkable or drivable route. If the route does not seem ideal, you can erase individual sections with your finger and get an alternative. The clever app finds another way back from the destination (circular route), visualizes the altitude profile, calculates the distance and the total ascent and descent.

The detailed map material is based on Mapbox, which Foursquare and Snapchat use, among others. Subscribers choose between alternative map styles, overlay them with topographical data or highlight bike paths. Without a subscription, a one-off payment of 2.29 euros enables the elite functions for a single route and saves the map material including audio instructions for turn-by-turn navigation offline. Subscribers can start navigation via the watch, switch the voice output on or off and control the music without leaving the app.

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