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Old 12-08-2013, 06:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is anyone using the iPhone 5S with M7 chip for tracking board runs?
I've tried a few apps but most are just step trackers.
I'm currently trying Runkeeper which is nice but no tracking of top speed, descents, etc.
I know there are apps out there that do more but they are using full on GPS, meaning ur battery dies in a few hours.
Any tips?
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know how helpful this post be, but I used the Whistler/Blackcomb specific app, and it was pretty awesome: tracked speed, runs, distance, etc. using GPS. It was a bit of a battery drain, but the app ran without the need of cellular service or data, and I had all data turned off, (since I was out of the country), and I feel like it helped a lot with battery life. Being out on the mountain, service was pretty bad so I also turned all cellular service off at times, which saved battery life because searching for a signal really killed my battery. I ran it most of the day on the mountain, ~5 hours, and still had battery left over by the end of the day, using an iPhone 5.

The Ski Tracks app on the iPhone looks pretty decent - tracks speed, distance, etc. I don't know if you've tried it and had the battery drain or other problems, but it claims to run without the need of data/cell service, so it might be worth a shot! I think I might try and use it as well this season on my new 5s.
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The Ski Tracks app on the iPhone looks pretty decent - tracks speed, distance, etc. I don't know if you've tried it and had the battery drain or other problems, but it claims to run without the need of data/cell service, so it might be worth a shot! I think I might try and use it as well this season on my new 5s.
Yeah, I don't use an iPhone but have heard people use ski tracks all day without issues. I used to use phone based GPS tracking apps, and they're great for total distance and total runs, but the top speed is WAY off so I wouldn't worry about that.

Picked up a proper GPS watch last year and the difference is unbelievable... Now I'm inclined to (semi)-believe the results.
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Picked up a proper GPS watch last year and the difference is unbelievable... Now I'm inclined to (semi)-believe the results.
That watch sounds pretty cool. Which one do you have/how much did it cost? I might look into buying one for my dad for XMas.
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That watch sounds pretty cool. Which one do you have/how much did it cost? I might look into buying one for my dad for XMas.
I got a Garmin Forerunner 410, paid $150 as it was a clearance sale. I'm sure you can still find them around though, and I wouldn't pay more than $150-175 for one.

The good thing with the watch is they're designed for sports usage. They're generally shock and water resistant, and the battery is designed to be used for a FULL day of sports. The other thing is, they're so much more accurate I can actually see some of my turns when looking at the tracks, instead of just having a basically straight line down the runs.

The phone apps are fun, but if he's at all serious about tracking what he does, then a GPS watch would be an awesome gift!
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Wow, thanks a lot! I will definitely check it out!
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TRACE - The Most Advanced Activity Monitor for Action Sports by ActiveReplay — Kickstarter

This has already been funded a looks interesting for you. I use alpinereplay (app) and like it.
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TRACE - The Most Advanced Activity Monitor for Action Sports by ActiveReplay — Kickstarter

This has already been funded a looks interesting for you. I use alpinereplay (app) and like it.
Only trouble I see with that is the battery life. Although it would be cool to see what they do with the accelerometer data.
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Only trouble I see with that is the battery life. Although it would be cool to see what they do with the accelerometer data.
It says it has a 7 hour battery life. Seems that would be good for the majority of days.
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I have used paid version of Ski Tracks for Android all day and never noticed issues with battery life. It does req use of GPS (obv), which does drain you faster but its negligible. I do not think it requires active cell service as far as having a signal from a tower or whatever bc I had like no signal and like 1x at times and still seemed to work but not sure if it was accurate at those times or even how accurate it was at all. Like your "average" speed is always going to be less than act if you walk around, ride lift etc unless you pause between every run. Very simple and easy to use. I have tried a few other of the free ones and did not like as well.

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