WorkOutDoors is the only workout app for the Apple Watch that displays a detailed vector map whilst you exercise. Perfect for hiking, mountain biking, skiing and much more.
URGENT: Please update to version 2.2!
The company that provided the maps has shut down, so previous versions of the app will no longer be able to download any new maps after the end of January. The maps in version 2.2 have been improved, so it's well worth updating anyway!
The map has been custom-built for use with outdoor activities. It shows roads, paths, tracks, cycle trails, points of interest and much more.
Map areas can be stored offline on the watch for use when there is no signal.
The map can rotate to match the direction of travel. When in this mode the GPS location is shown below the centre, to show more detail ahead than behind.
The optional red compass points towards the north. Tap it to turn auto-rotate on or off.
A series of blue dots marks out your whole route. The dots are grey where the GPS signal was poor.
If you pan away from your location, then a Tracking button appears in the bottom left. Tap it to resume tracking.
You can use your finger to pan across the map in any direction.
You can zoom in or out by using the digital crown. A scale is shown as you zoom, making it easy to determine how far away places are.
GPX Routes can be imported and displayed on the map.
The colour of the routes indicates the elevation. Uphill stretches are shown in red and downhill stretches are shown in blue.
Routes can be configured to be shown as "Hollow". This means they appear as twin lines either side of the trail to follow.
This allows the user to see the trail types and names, rather than have them obscured by the route.
If the GPX route contains waypoints then these are shown as icons on the map, with the waypoint name underneath if room.
If the waypoint has a detailed description then this is available by tapping the icon.
The workout statistics shown can be changed by double-tapping to cycle through the available values. The text size is also configurable.
Double tap the map to hide the statistics and use the full screen for the map. Double-tap again to restore.
A map can be displayed without starting a workout. All of the same map functionality is available as when running a workout.
In this mode you can control how long the GPS stays on, to help minimise battery usage.
The optional green compass points in the direction of where you started your workout (marked by a green circle).
Tapping the green compass shows the distance to this starting position.
You can pause or resume your workout at any time by using the
force press menu, or by pressing both side buttons at the same time.
In running mode the app can pause automatically when you stop moving.
You can display coloured speed, elevation and heartrate route profiles.
These trails can be shown at any time during the workout by selecting
Info on the hard press menu. They are also shown at the end of each workout.
The GPS Signal strength indicator is shown in the top left corner. Double-tap that area to hide it or display it again.
Single tap the indicator to show the exact GPS accuracy at the bottom of the screen.
You can see more information about POIs or road names by simply tapping them.
The POI or name will enlarge to be more visible, and details will be shown temporarily at the bottom of the screen.
There are loads of other features available by tapping or double tapping items.
Tap the GPS arrow to see the latitude and longitude. Or tap the time to see it in full, with seconds. Double tap controls to hide or reshow them.
Workouts can be analysed in great detail using the iPhone app. Full information about the workout is shown, including maps and profiles for speed, elevation and heartrate.
Touching the profile shows instantaneous information at that position.
The route can be exported for use in other apps and websites, and is also shown alongside the workout in Apple's Activities app.
The iPhone app also allows areas of the map to be downloaded and transferred to the Apple Watch, for use offline.
This allows you to use the maps even without a data signal, and if you have GPS on the watch then you do not even need to bring your iPhone!
Downloading the maps in this manner also makes them quicker to draw on your watch, because it does not need to download them before drawing.
And finally here's a 30 second video of the app in action in Yosemite National Park: