We conducted a poll to find out how people use Gaia GPS in last week’s newsletter.
We have never done this before, so we found the results both interesting and eye-opening. We expected people to be more heavily hiking/backpacking oriented, but instead we found a very diverse crop of hikers, off-roaders, hunters, firefighters, search and rescue technicians, and more.
With over 450 people responding, this poll probably has some statistical significance, but we won’t make any scientific claims about the data.
Gaia GPS Poll Results
- Hiking/Backpacking (42.6%) – Conceived and built by avid hikers, Gaia GPS was created for this purpose, so it’s no surprise this is the top category.
- Jeep/Off-roading (23.2%) – A lot of off-road Gaia users prefer tablets, even mounting them into their vehicles and using the large screen to navigate. Gaia GPS has become the go-to app for off-roaders, and we’ve often seen Gaia GPS crop up places like expeditionportal.com, advrider.com, and a dozen other vehicular websites.
- Hunting (13.7%) – A large percentage of GaiaPro users are hunters and use specific map sources to view property boundaries.
- Search and Rescue (4.4%) – SAR technicians use Gaia to plot and navigate to precise locations using GPS coordinates.
- Research (2.9%) – Biologists, Geologists, Archeologists and other research professionals use Gaia for collecting location data in the form of waypoints and photos.
- Flying (2.9%) – Pilots use the guide me feature to navigate between waypoints, and use Gaia GPS for reconnaissance missions.
- Other – (10.4%) – Over 10% responded that they use Gaia for a different purpose. We wanted to know what, so we asked people to write in and tell us exactly what they use Gaia for.
One of the top categories that we were reminded of was cycling. It’s no surprise that cyclists use Gaia from roads to trails–most often doing one of these things:
- Bike touring/Long-distance biking
- Mountain Biking
As mentioned above, some people use Gaia GPS for professional endeavors such as Biology, Archaeology, and Search and Rescue.
Woodland firefighters and SmokeJumpers use Gaia to help plan escape routes, mark fire lines, and track the fire’s progression.
People also use Gaia GPS to do land and property surveys.
Gaia users are athletes. Here are some of the sports that users wrote in about:
- Ultra-distance trail running
- Cross-country skiing
- River Rafting
- Sea Kayaking
- Horseback riding
- Adventure Motorcycling
The hobbies people use Gaia GPS for don’t stop there. People pursue many passions with Gaia GPS.
- Cave documentation
- Trail documentation
- Nature Photography
- Metal detecting
And of course, people use the convenience of Gaia GPS maps while traveling abroad, where they can’t get an internet connection, and need some offline maps of even a city.