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Old 06-06-2021, 02:35 PM   #1
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Changes in the offline mapping market

Seems the offline map market has picked up some entrants, perhaps due to covid outdoors-ism.

My standby, GaiaGPS (bought by Pocket Media in a mega merger of outdoor publications in another instance of consolidation), is now being bundled with a choice of three of those pubs for a mere $8.25/month. onX, of onX Hunt game, now has a “Backcountry GPS” app. That comes on the heels of buying Adventure Projects, the owner of the MTB Project family, formerly of REI.

PeakVisor, a combo to compete with apps like PeakFinder and GPS tracking, came out last year, I believe, and is using AR eye candy (though don’t believe its screen shots—it’s not nearly that good; PeakFinder has a better zoom and the dedicated GPS trail maps are easier to read, for me at least.)

Topo Maps + inked a deal with Benchmark Maps a while back to compete with my other standby, Avenza.

TrailForks is subscription-based now.

On the hardware side, Dometic bought FrontRunner, Enerdrive (an Australian solar power builder and marketer) and Zamp Solar so far this year.

I don’t follow either market so this may be old news to everyone else but it struck me as interesting and possibly a move toward consolidation in these areas. These examples are just related to my narrow interests. Not necessarily my idea of a good thing.


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Old 06-06-2021, 09:28 PM   #2
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Another up and coming player in the offline mapping market is Overland Bound. They have a companion app for the website that includes mapping. It is not yet as good as Gaia.

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Old 06-07-2021, 12:03 PM   #3
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Gee, I wonder how they will pay for these acquisitions and mergers. Raise prices???
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