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.
“Your life is made up of two dates and a dash. Make the most of the dash.”