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ir1shboy - Only a fraction of what it could do...
As a I’ve been using Zwift and training indoors for the past year. Have made healthy eating decisions as well but overall has helped me lose 25 lbs and pushed me through the terrible part of the cold season where I can’t ride. This app is amazing. stand-alone the app is fine. If all you want to do is record your ride it does that. I own an Apple Watch 4th gen and as stupid as this is you can’t record on your watch in order to get heartbeat and have your iPhone mounted on your bike to use simultaneously giving you access to your mph, trail position, length or ride etc. The only thing they offer are workarounds. Until there is full integration between apple watch and the iPhone the app is only really half complete because they don’t compliment one another. Really is unfortunate because if they worked as one unit for a single recording it would be a fantastic app. Now it’s just cumbersome and annoying.
Hair_david - Functionality is going downhill, not that strava can measure it
Okay so this is a bit of a rage review. I've been using strava pretty dilligently for about 2 years. It's been mostly great, showing timed splits and elevation gain to give a good granular sense of what happened during a workout. It's really all I wanted, since I don't intend on getting heart rate monitor.
However, lately strava has been goofing up on time elapsed, distance gone, maybe my actual location? Not sure. But it'll take a good half-mile for the app to figure out that I've started moving, even after manually starting a workout and confirming that my location is correct. It will also just stop registering that I'm still moving in the middle of a workout, paradoxically showing my location way off of the blue line while the timer is still running. This throws off all the calculations for timing and honestly is pretty disheartening that I don't have an accurate record of my efforts.
I know strava gets is revenue from user data, but why am I using this broken app if it isn't even giving me the data it has advertised? How reliable is the background data being collected? At this point, I might as well go back to using the timer and maps apps built in to iOS, since I'm already using them to figure out what strava did wrong in the first place.
Aaron Macom - Needs work
I tried Strava a few years ago and didn’t love it. I’ve used several running apps over the years. The one I have used consistently over the last 4 years has been Runkeeper.
I have a few friends on Strava and I thought I’d try it again because I like the social aspect of sharing with friends.
Strava has a lot of nice data and it seems that their paid service revolves more around training plans rather than focused on just giving you more data. This makes sense to me. I really want to like this app!
I use an Apple Watch but also carry my phone. The watch app starts up pretty fast so that’s a plus.
My main issues with Strava is that I have to go to the website in order to add my shoes so I can track the mileage. This seems silly. I can’t find a reason for it. I don’t want extra steps to get the app set up I also have a big issue with the app not showing me two decimal places for mileage. This is beyond silly. It’s just dumb. Runner like stats. We don’t want to have to log on to the website to get info that should be available on the app. Isn’t the entire point of an application to be self contained? The app is good but be aware that setup will take you 10 extra minutes and that viewing stats will be something that you will have to set aside time to do AFTER your run.
Shmarmychaff - Has ALMOST every thing I want but...
Seriously, Strava you have just about every conceivable feature and aspect of a great running/biking app. Great social interaction, widespread usage, which makes the segment portion great almost everywhere I run/bike, and the BEST analytics. I have been waiting in vain for years for you to add ANY sort of interval training with distance, time, and heart rate. I would accept just a simple timer in the app, but audio cues for speed/HR/timers/distance and customizable training plans would be preferred. People might think with the paid version they would get it, but they would be wrong. Since this MAJOR OVERSIGHT has been noted by people on your forums, you know about it, but are willfully ignoring us, your users. I have almost reached my breaking point and am about to give up hope and switch to Runkeeper or Nike. It feels like the Benedict thing to do, but I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOU FOREVER! The saddest part will be leaving all my Strava friends behind for literally any other app that has this, simply because you refuse to add such a staple of training: INTERVALS. This is my last ditch effort to get ANY SORT of interval training in Strava, but if you don’t add it soon I am done with you 😢. Seriously Strava, DON’T MAKE ME LEAVE YOU!!! I LOVE THE REST OF THE APP TOO MUCH!
SG 🌻 - Apple Watch Series 3
I’ve used Strava for many years, I’ve been running for about 9 years now and I always use it to train for my races. I love the social aspect and I’ve never had an issue with the GPS when using my phone.
I recently got an Apple Watch series 3, the main purpose being for exercise. I wanted to ditch the heavy phone and run with something lighter. I also was excited about moving to Bluetooth headphones to avoid the phone/cord situation and the hands free aspect was really appealing. Not to mention the Apple Watch also tracks heart rate and other things that my iPhone didn’t do. However, I’ve been really disappointed in the connection between my Apple Watch and Strava. My runs are totally off, it often gets the distances wrong, misses huge chunks of my runs, and records my runs as if I had gone way faster. I thought that this was a flaw in the watch but I have friends who have tried other apps with success. I also thought this was a matter of having the data plan, but I switched over to the one with data and I’m still having issues.
I would love to see them make improvement in this realm. I’m so excited about the convenience of my watch and I want to keep using Strava, so I’m hoping to see some upgrades soon!
hannnah18000089797 - Love it but bummed out
I love strava & will continue to use the app but am disappointed with recent updates. I really enjoyed the leaderboard & monthly comparisons, which can now only be accessed through subscription. I would consider becoming a subscriber because I am a huge fan, but the cost has been a deterrent. I can understand their decision to try & make the app more profitable. However, I think they should have given longtime users the option of buying those features at a lower cost. I am simply someone who loves running. But I am not training for anything & given the surgeries I’ve had it is unlikely I ever will. Some of the other subscribed features may not suitable for me because of that. I want to support the app but I just don’t think the price is that accessible to everyone. I understand $60/year isn’t much, but when you’re a newly unemployed college student it’s difficult justifying that extra expense. I still really enjoy the app, I just hope these changes don’t alter how much I use it. I think if i never experienced those features I might feel differently. I am sad to see them go. Wish there was more of a middle ground for less competitive individuals.
808Seb - Slap in the face to long time users
Extremely disappointed with the most recent update that puts subscriptions at the center of their business model. I understand the need to stay current and keep up with user demand which has exploded in recent months. My issue is about long time users such as myself (member since March 2013) who opted in to giving Strava our data for free in order to develop better cycling infrastructure and freely share safe routes with new users. Routes never became freely accessible, they were instantly subscription only. That stung but I accepted it. Now with the newest update we can no longer compare our segment stats with friends on Strava, besides the standard top ten, all comparisons are subscription only. This was one of my favorite features, I love seeing how I stack up against friends and it was a great selling point for me to get friends to use Strava. I have a suggestion, as unfortunate as it is, for new users this is just how it will be. However, for long time users it might be fair to let us keep our free features that made us love Strava. You gave us an incredible app that motivates and challenges a lot of people and it’s a wonderful service. I thank you for that, now please return some of the basics that we all know and love.
CSharpster - Hard to use. Constant ads to upgrade.
A lot of my riding buddies use it and have asked me to install it. I just want something for free and can track my rides with elevation profiles and speed. Strava seems to do that and a lot more, especially ads that keeps hounding you to upgrade to the premium version. Cool thing is that it can record your movements with GPS and can be set up with privacy in mind. Here are a bunch of thing that bug me about this app:
1) the Feed is kind of confusing sometimes. It takes sometime to get use to on what is what, especially the stupid ads are mixed in.
2) the header part of the app where you have links or buttons. They're hard to press and a lot of the times, the don't work. A good example is the bell on the Feed. You have to press it numerous times or just let your thumb sit there for a few seconds to get you to a notification screen.
3) settings and other setups require so many steps to set up the app or to start a recording process.
I wish there's a non-paid app without any advertisements that can give you GPS tracking on a map with speed and elevation without all the bloated crap that comes with Strava. To bad there's none out there at the moment.
ornellagreg - Trying to love you Strava...
Wanted to find an alternative app for tracking my running miles (and the occasional bike ride) and decided to give strava a try. When I first downloaded the app, I still had access to leaderboards and all that jazz, but since then Strava has thrown the subscription model at its users like so many others. ($60 a year is pretty wild if you ask me). Although I was bummed, I still enjoyed the challenges and still preferred the overall interface over Nike’s. However, over the past few months I feel like I’ve been seeing an uptick in the amount of runs that don’t get tracked properly. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to finish a long run, only to get back and look at Strava saying I’ve only run 2.8 miles. Like what?? Sometimes the app won’t even track my movement at all during a run and I’ll find myself on the sidewalk messing with my phone trying to close out of the app to reset it, and at times that doesn’t even fix the issue. I would rather not go back to using Nike’s app (for reasons I won’t go into), but at least their gps tracking system is solid. Strava if you see this, please address this issue. (Currently on iPhone X)
Wonderland@@ - Heard the app was great but...
I am newer to running and kept hearing about this app and decided to download it. I uploaded all my workouts for the last month and then went into my dashboard excited to get started using the other features. I saw that every one of my workouts included a highlighted map of my route and where I’d been. I attempted to hide this only to find out through researching it that there is no way to do so completely. I can hide it from my dashboard by selecting “treadmill” but it still shows up in other areas of my profile. I am not the first person to be concerned with this feature. There are concerns stated in the help section with a response from Strava that this issue would be addressed in 2018! Obviously this issue has not been resolved. It is a major safety concern when people you do not know on a social media app can see exactly what routes you use to workout every day. I could set my activity to private but that kind of defeats the purpose for me to connect with others. Unfortunately because of this I cannot use this app until it is resolved. I hope they actually address this soon like they stated they would two years ago because I would love to use this app to connect with others and log my workouts.
house_of_ALT - Inaccurate GPS tracking
The social aspect of the biking got me to use this instead of MapMyRide. I love the badges and how motivational it is to beat your PRs and place in the top 10s. However, this thing is SEVERELY glitched. Granted, I’m using an iPhone and I keep it in my under saddle zip bag (could affect tracking?), but the times are heinously inaccurate. They have guys getting .03 seconds for a trail segment that’s 1/4 mile long, IN THE WOODS, on single track between trees. This isn’t even paved, and it’s physically impossible for a human to get those times, or even finish it in .10s for that matter. There are multiple people logging these ridiculous times. It’s important for me to know how I’m actually doing relative to the truth rather than fictional, glitched data. Completely deflates me when I put in maximum effort, easily clock under .30s on a trail segment and it reads 1:54!? I know I’m in the woods, but it’s absurd that in 2019 this data can’t be tracked with the utmost accuracy through some tree cover on a perfectly clear day. The features are really fun, but if the data can’t be trusted, this app is no better than a calorie counter.
CrumpyLady - Lagging data
I’ve been using this app for a couple years now. Haven’t had one issue...until now. My last two runs it doesn’t connect to satellite perhaps? I don’t know, but it sure doesn’t take me 34 minutes to run 1 mile and I’m not running through fields. The GPS is all jacked up and its really frustrating. Good thing I have a Garmin for back up. Maybe fix the problem before I give up on the app.
It’s been over 6 months since I wrote this review. Shortly after I wrote it I linked my Garmin to Strava and solely began using Garmin to track my runs, because I couldn’t rely on Strava to do it. A couple weeks ago I went out of town and forgot my Garmin. I thought I’d try Strava to track my long run that week and see if the issues had been fixed. Unfortunately, it did the same thing. Somewhere it loses me, and my run that I know from past experience is almost 8 miles, clocked in under 6. So disappointing. I don’t understand why it suddenly changed at the beginning of the year. But I sure wish you guys could fix it. I know several people who have this same issue, so I know it’s not just me or my phone.
LEDbaby81 - Useless
2 MAJOR problems with this app - first when using the app with my Apple Watch it shows my distance only to the 1/10 mile instead of to the 1/100th. Really?? How does any runner find that acceptable?? Makes the app completely useless for any kind of interval training that does not involve a track. Second, it shows my average pace. I couldn’t care less about my average pace. Most runners I know what to see their CURRENT pace! I don’t see any way to change that. Other more minor problems - 1) when it registers my splits and I want to glance quickly at my time, this app has to show me the stupid Strava logo for a second before it shows me my time. So annoying! I’m often trail running and need to pay attention to my footing so I don’t step in a hole or trip on a root. So having to keep my eyes on my watch for that extra second could actually be a problem. 2.) the walk setting only shows mph. Why would I want to know that?? I want minutes/mile just like for running. 3.) No splits for walking?? Just because I’m walking, Strava thinks I don’t care about my mile splits? Like I said, to me this is a useless training app. Back to the basic Activity app on the Apple Watch for me!
RFS Workflow - This App is NO GOOD!
While I love Strava, am a paid subscriber and love the desktop version, the mobile Strava app is junk. I have had it for years and it absolutely won’t work properly with the iPhone. It allows me to view activities of my friends, but as soon as I go to like an activity or click on a friend’s profile or pictures, the app freezes up and the icon telling me it’s working on the request just spins and spins. Sometimes after many minutes, the app will return and allow me to like another activity. Soon, though, the original problem surfaces again. Other times, the app never recovers from its frozen state.
When I close the app to start over, the app won’t load again and just repeatedly returns me to the home screen on my phone. The only way to get back in to Strava mobile is to power down my phone and restart it. This has been happening EVERY DAY, for years now. It is highly frustrating and time-consuming. As a result, I use the desktop version mostly, although the mobile app would be far more convenient (if it worked). You would think the engineering of this software would be of much higher quality. Disappointing...
SNSH86 - New Update - May 20, 2020
Very disappointed to see the focus of Strava move from a community based fitness app to a profit driven cash grab. Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic here but the reality is I don’t have money kicking around for a Strava subscription. I accept that there are going to be aspects of the app that I won’t have access to, however I would maintain that to this point the [free] app was of 5 star quality and a must have workout tracker. After the update is an entirely different story, however. The free app has been stripped to the bare bones, no more access to segment leaderboards...I can’t even view my own previous times on segments. Honestly I leave a 3 star rating because I have loved using Strava for the past few years, in reality I should really leave a 1 star review. If you are able to afford the cost of a subscription to Strava, then by all means, it is a great app that is a fun and useful tool for tracking your workouts...BUT, I would not personally recommend the app as it currently stands unless you don’t have any other option available.
Levi2u - Excellent fitness tracker
When at the age of about 55 I started a more serious fitness regimen I looked at the available apps and chose map my walk. I used it for about 3 years, and over the course of time it just became too needy, and required to much of my time to maintain it. I had sort of become aware of Strava, but I thought it was more for bicycling and really serious athletes. Anyway I decided to give it a go and have never looked back. It gives me all the data I need, and has been 100% reliable. I like the way it finds and keeps track of routes I regularly complete, and finds ways to give me badges for accomplishments on days I don’t expect it. It’s helped me log over 100 miles a month for the last 4 months. I have considered upgrading to the paid version but I really don’t like subscriptions. I would consider paying a onetime upgrade for a few more features.
natval82 - Charged unknowingly, bad customer service
Given this is a COVID era, I was quarantined and encouraged my my friends to get the app. It was good and all but I used it 4-5 times in two months. If I were a triathlete, I’d probably have gotten more use. The problem is I am an unemployed student and need every penny to make it right now.
My credit card showed up with 2 declined payments one night and as soon as I made some money from selling art I was charged $60 for “summit”. My account still is listed as free, I did NOT ask for Summit (or was unaware) and their customer service is completely dehumanized to try to answer your questions with links. There’s no number, only tickets that are listed as “solved” when no one did anything. I seriously need to get reimbursed, like this is a financially unfortunate situation where $60 is all I have, and Strava all of a sudden is a name that fills me with anger because it feels like $60 was stolen from my wallet when that’s all I had. I wish they would be more prompt with customer service and more up front with cost if $60 is really what it costs. But even then - my account says “free.” Strava, PLEASE get back to me and give me a refund.
Melting clocks - Autopause doesn’t work for hikes or walks
If autopause is on, it immediately pauses if I’m walking. That means I have to disable autopause if I’m tracking a hike or run/walk/run type training, so I’m always having to go back into the settings and switch it back and forth. I’ve lost tracking on parts of my routes because of this.
I don’t understand why autopause isn’t sensitive enough to track walking/stopping. Other apps seem to handle this just fine.
Units and splits: why does the display only show tenths of miles and not hundredths? Maybe since this started as a biking app, 1/10 of a mile made sense, but as a runner I think more in terms of 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 mile distances for pace training. I am unable to do this on strava because it doesn’t display the data (that it is already gathering), and because there is no way to select a different option for audio feedback frequency (like every 1/4 mile).
So, there are many things to like about the app, but the bottom line is that it has limited usefulness and versatility for training.
Alchemy2u - Non-responsive customer service.
The app works well for tacking your workouts, but I accidentally signed up for the premium service. I had put the phone in my pocket while loading a ride. When I looked at it was asking for my fingerprint. Thought it was locked and I would just go ahead and open it. But instead I guess I pocket requested the premium service and my fingerprint was accepting the charge. The bill rang on my phone immediately and then I realized my error. I notified Strava within 5 minutes and twice more the next two days. I finally got a response saying they have consolidated my 3 tickets into one. All they have said is they are working hard to get to my request as soon as possible. It has now been over a week and nothing new. It is getting to late to cancel the CC payment. Can Apple help?
Crog801 - Mileage wildly inaccurate
I’ve been using Strava for several months now and the mileage is wildly inaccurate. I submitted a number of reports on the app indicating the mileage is wrong but as of yet nothing has improved. Routes that I know are 4 miles long consistently come in at 3.5 and randomly sometimes will reach 4. I could understand some differential run to run but not that much. I’ve noticed that the app often doesn’t start tracking my run until I’m well into it. Recently I’ve been double checking to make sure that it says gps acquired before starting my run and even waiting a couple of seconds after hitting start to begin...still nothing. It’s really frustrating to have chunks of mileage taken off. Clearly the algorithms know there’s a problem because during my run the automated time announcement will say one time and when I finish the app has somehow adjusted it to a different time. I don’t get how the time adjusts but not the mileage. I may consider returning to MapMyRun since I experienced fewer issues.
MrNYCO - Strava and the iwatch app
I’ve been using Strava for years when I (road) cycle. Then a few years ago after a total knee replacement, I started swimming. I bought a Garmin watch to track my swimming progress and was happy to see that the Garmin watch, used to share this info with the Strava app on my iPhone and automatically shared this info. It had my swim with all stats right on my iPhone.
I recently was given an Apple iwatch as a gift and it has a default Strava app on it. It does not offer a swim tracking option. Furthermore, the Apple default activity app which I’ve been using for swimming does not automatically share this info with the Strava app and there is no option to do this.
So, I’m kind of disappointed since I am “friends” with a few people and would them to see that I am still training. And I would like them to give me the 👍 after a swim. Now I have to explain that I’m using a new watch that doesn’t offer swimming in the Strava app.
I suggest the developers figure out how to incorporate swimming in their iwatch app or at least “share” this info with the Stava app the way Garmin does.
Running back to Garmin - Great tool, needs a few more features.
Converted over from Nike Run app to Strava a few months ago and I’m loving it! I use my Apple Watch 3 and pay for the pro version. I find that the app and watch work very well together. Overall very pleased.
I do however wish there were more options for (a) goal setting and (b) workouts:
(A) I do wish I could set more than just a weekly and yearly mileage goals, being able to reach a pace goal or a run distance goal would be great for motivation.
(B) one of the features I miss about my Garmin was being able to set a goal distance or time or split pace for the run i.e. 6.5 mi or 60min or 9min/mi instead of having to constantly look at my watch to see when I have reached that point. I also wish there was a feature to set up workouts for the week I.e tempo run on Tue at various paces. This feature especially has me turning back to my Garmin when I train for big races.
Cool breeze 12345 - Latest iwatch 3 update
Previous version worked well for running if auto-pause was disabled because the watch would pause if you looked at the screen while running. I thought that was fixed with latest update because the timer keeps going.
I tried to run four miles two different days and I begin looking at my screen a lot at 3.8. The timer kept going but the distance was stuck on 3.8. I finally stopped looking at the screen at hit 4.0 eventually. This has happened last two runs and kills my average speed and try distance.
I’m pretty sure the app stops counting miles when the screen is active. I don’t know if this is related to auto-pause or not. I’ve turned auto pause off and don’t look at the screen anymore. The app is definitely buggy. Strava creates a great social network that is the standard for cycling, but stick with Your Garmin and then upload. Not sure why it’s taking this long to build a stable watch app. I never had problems with the phone app.
M4c0770 - Really Charging for what others give free?
On your press release you say that this charge is you putting all of your faith in your customers buying your service when your service is nothing without any of data provided by anyone who uploads freely theirs and keep a record for their own reasons. Why don’t you STRAVA put your thoughts into selling to companies and make this ADVERTISING BASED to cash your earnings. From all my colleagues, friends, friends of a friend and athlete’s that I’ve ran into by still social distancing, they all said are not buying and or finding something else to study or just look at what they has just did. That being a minute or a mile or a single km or a 200 km’s. And just like the review I just read before this... really in the middle of a pandemic, unemployment and chaos worldwide? That’s not so smart. You can bet all your earnings that if you don’t either bring back like it was before this premium price or you sell this Strava company... it will be still here but at a declining rate of paid subscribers.
use.to.love.yur.app - Not Greatest App anymore and your timing stinks!
Strava was the best tracking app for the past 5-6 year until someone decide that it was a good idea to take all the functions away for the loyal “not premium users”, this is Lame. On top of this you removed all subscriptions tiers??? I guess my thought is if you intended to make the best app ever with all the free options, only to make this subscription only after 6 years, why not just start the app as pay subscription. Oh I know because you would have never grown to millions of users! You thought a better strategy was millions of users world wide love your so much that when you decide its time to collect for your app the users will be so hooked they will be leveraged into paying to keep there same level of enjoyment with their friends, good call.
Anyway as stated above just really disappointed with the strategy and execution, especially now when we can’t ride with our friends but we could at least share the joy of a ride. Hope you right the wrong!
arizonapinks - I’m an old retired Fart on Medicare
Have been using Strava for over two years with iPhone app. No longer “run”...walk but use the run mode. I really like the functionality of the program...I typically log 25 to 40 miles,13-15 minute miles in a Strava week...starts on Monday vice Sunday(European). Goals set, route and segments created, personal records documented...event, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly data all neatly organized...plus “all time stats”...great tool...
Equipment logged...for me, shoes tracked by miles...maintain list of when put in service and retired...8 pairs “in stock” at the house...good for about 350 miles...
Glad to pay the premium member subscription...albeit, I don’t use the functionality...just want to support and hope that we NEVER see “advertisements”...keep Strava “pure”
bad review for you - Needs a lot of work.
I’ve been using Strava for a little over a year and was happy with the app until I tried to start the summit “free trial”. I clicked on it just to try it out and see if I liked it after all it was a free 30 day trial. I tried to use it and nothing worked that said it came with the trial. So I went back and tried again to see if maybe it for some reason didn’t register the free trail. It said I was already subscribed the free trial. so I went back and tried selecting one of the analysts that it said the free trial came with, and loan behold nothing brought me back to what I thought was the free trail page but so I selected it again and then went through and it worked. and a couple minutes went by I checked my bank account and then I saw I had a purchase for apple store for the “free trial” that I signed up for!?!! So I went into my subscriptions on my phone and there was two subscriptions for Strava one for the free trial that didn’t work and one for the one I got charged for... not happy with the app anymore its a rip off and a scam.
crh7 - Super motivating for running/biking
Strava has changed the game for me completely in running. It’s been so helpful in training for short races, improving my times, encouraging friends with kudos, and keeping some competitive spirit. Functionality could use some improvements - e.g., ability to add videos instead of just still photos, ability to see heart rate data from Fitbit with the free app version, etc.
I also find it frustrating that the privacy settings are not consistent with the monthly race challenges- in the past I was able to save runs as “followers only” and still have them count towards monthly distance challenges, but now runs have to be marked as “everyone” privacy in order to count for races/challenges, which I find frustrating- I should be allowed to maintain high standards of privacy for my own safety while also competing in challenges.
Wolfpack787 - Recent update 👎
I’ve used this app for well over 2 years and loved it. It’s the most efficient and integrated running/fitness app I’ve ever used. Prior to this update I would have this app at 5 stars without question.
That being said, the new update removes so many of the features that makes Strava great. If you are willing to cough up 60 dollars a year, you can still have access to all of the old features (segments, leaderboards, monthly stats tracking, etc...) as well as a few added features such as goal setting. However, Strava just removed access to these aforementioned features if you are a non paying user. I understand the developers need money, however, these community features are what set Strava apart from other running apps. The app is still great for tracking runs and staying connected with friends, but it’s lost a large part of its appeal with this most recent update.
xgravity23 - Decent but lacking lots
Strava does the most basic functions of workout tracker fairly well. Interface is easy to use and I really enjoy the popular segment feature.
There are however some pretty normal features Strava does not support or incorporate.
For example: Most of my workouts I’m not so much concerned about my mile pace as just seeing my total workout and total time spent running. However, Strava even after turning the autopause feature off does server side autopause no matter what unless you also mark a workout as a race. Why? Turning autopause off should be enough to not give me any autopauses.
Another biggie is adding manual workouts. Too often especially in the winter in sub 30° weather my phone dies so I need to go in and add a manual workout afterwards. However, Strava does not support mapped manual workouts. You can only add total distance and time worked out into a manual workout. Why? If I knew my distances without a tracking app I wouldn’t use a tracking app. A simple map tool to add the route I ran and calculating the distance for me seems pretty basic.
I deleted Strava after their most recent update completely bricked the app for iOS 11.2.5 users and it’s been 4 days since that and their has been no new update to fix the issue. That’s unacceptable for an app that most of us use daily. Way too many other run trackers out there for me to wait a week for Strava to get the app unbricked.
MTBJP77 - Disappointing Update
I have used Strava for 5 years to track my runs and mountain bike rides, and it has been one of my favorite apps. The features Strava provided in addition to GPS tracking were awesome and over the years have motivated me to become a better athlete. Some of the best features I am referring to are comparing past times and leaderboards. I even wrote an essay in my college Health Promotion class about how good Strava is at motivating people to be healthier and become better athletes. Unfortunately, Strava decided to make these features Subscription-only in the latest update, which greatly disappointed me. I can no longer compare past times or use the leaderboard, which were some of the best features. If Strava is struggling financially, I would gladly put up with a few ads in the app. However, they have decided to make you pay $60 to use the basic features. I hope these recent reviews will help them realize the impact Strava has made in the lives of many athletes and restore the basic free features.
Unhappyuserstill - Good, hoping it gets better
I’ve used strava for a decade now. The app is decent but there are some things that you have to use the web to do. Why? Shouldn’t be that hard to have the whole website functionality.
I’ve always used a third party site to fully analyze my strava data. I wish main strava did a better job comparing large chunks of data. Like I want to quickly see my 2012, 2015 and 2020 cycling data: Ten seconds with the third party. If that’s even possible with strava, it’s certainly not quick and easy. Want to see heart rate trend over time? Forget about that with main strava. The data is there ... let me mine it!
I don’t particularly care about competition but I do like to see my data over time. I have strava premium to just support the team and see where it goes, don’t really currently care about the premium features.
Ral12345678987654321 - Map My Run is better
I’ve been using my Polar HR monitor and Garmin HR monitor for running and cycling respectively. While the Garmin usually syncs up within a few minutes of finishing the ride, every time without fail since 2017 I’ve had to manually reconnect my Bluetooth as it doesn’t want to connect. If I were to not go back and connect the second Bluetooth device (it shows up as two for some reason and just bc one is connected doesn’t mean the other is), my ride would never make it to strava.
My Polar is even worse with Strava. Not only do I get the aforementioned problems (admittedly not as frequently), this particular bug is the worst for me. Sometimes the Polar workouts just straight up never upload to strava no matter what device I use to export the activity. Why is Strava not trying to improve this issue that’s been ongoing for over a year? They go to the effort to analyzing data and incorporating some graphs but what about the user experience?
I now use one of the two competing apps and both HR monitors work fine.
Aaa1111wwww2222 - Hot Garbage
I switched over to Strava because of the rave reviews. Sadly I came to find out that it’s functionality and challenges are a joke. I run an IPhone 7 (updated) and an Apple watch 3 (updated). In the 4 months since I’ve been running Strava I’ve had to reinstall it on my watch over 10 times (stopped counting) due to it deciding not to work with the phone app. Constant notifications asking me to re-login to the phone app when I’m staring at it open and functioning on my phone, and the new one, asking me to grant location access from my phone that’s ALREADY ON! The challenges are a joke, promising glory and prizes and then the next day some dude or dudette from who knows where has already tracked 160 miles in one day from the start of the challenge, super motivating, like watching a fellow runner jump in a cab at the beginning of a marathon. All in all, a crappy app with a toooooooon of hype. It’s nice to know a company that pulls in over $8 million a year with only 200 some odd employees can’t manage to keep the app from breaking.
Amtrak207 - Knock it off with the surreptitious advertisements
Everything was going so well: your support staff are excellent by the way.
And then, in June, I started seeing ads within another athlete’s posts. This is someone else I follow, but now their activities mention that they are using a Wahoo Element GPS, and there’s a banner at the bottom offering to let me shop for a Wahoo Element of my own. Mine is a two-pronged complaint:
1. I have paid for Summit for two years. To me, that means no ads. None. If I wanted to advertise for athletic gear, GPS units, underwear, et cetera, I would use a competitor’s product. I don’t, and this is why.
2. I already have a GPS from a different company. Does that mean that my activities are trying to sell my followers a GPS similar to the one I use?
Not cool. Get rid of the ads, and keep your support staff. Whether or not you decide to fire the management that decided to force-feed us this “feature” is up to you.
ModifiedAngel - No Sensor connect ruined a good app
Strava is a pretty good app but it really took a huge step backwards by eliminating Bluetooth sensor connections. You used to be able to connect a heart rate sensor or any other sensor directly through Strava and the data would feed into your activity (after paying for Premium). This is no longer possible. Now you have to use another app to record sensor data (I use Wahoo) and then upload it to Strava. One catch is if you want to send a tracking Beacon (after paying Premium) you have have Strava and Wahoo open. Why do I have to use two apps to accomplish what one app used to do? When I finish a ride I have to upload my Wahoo ride to Strava and then delete my Strava ride (or else it will double count your activity) then I have to edit the Wahoo ride. Now I have multiple more steps just to record a ride. So this basically ruined a good app. Strava please fix this and stop taking things away and saying the app is better!
J-R-81 - Scammers Bait & Switch
You sign up and get the summit membership and enjoy all the bells and whistles until... Next thing you know they drop Bluetooth technology and expect you to pay more money to purchase and use other devices and other companies apps to upload to their own just for some bells and whistles fitness info. What’s the point of being a tracking app if you have to rely on other apps heart rate, cadence, and power meter info? Strava shame on you for taking our money and a nice application that was simple and saying screw you to your customers. Instead of fixing issues they just drop issues and hope more ppl don’t realize that they’ve done this in the past as well. So be warned you will like this app at first and sooner or later they will drop the very thing you used and relied on to track rides and fitness and not care how it affects your use of their app because in the end your money is all they care about. Got news for you Strava. Karma is real and it will get ya back. Have a nice day!
CapOneScks - Now just another fitness tracker...
Latest update is really ill advised. For me what set Strava apart from the hundreds of other fitness trackers was the segment leaderboard and segment history features. With these core features now behind a very expensive paywall, I don’t see how they’ll possibly attract new users (no one is going to just jump in and start paying the huge premium without understanding these features first hand). And, as current users who are unwilling or unable to pay the large premium slowly move away from the app, the leaderboard concept loses much of it’s value. What fun is competing over and over against the same 3 people in town who choose to be subscribers!? Seems like a death spiral in the making. Really weird and unfortunate “upgrade”! I had been seriously considering signing up for the premium service, but this update struck me as really obnoxious, and also makes me question whether the leaderboards will even be worth paying for in a few months once everyone leaves.
JimJoe Donut - Really disappointing updates
Strava has been promising the world to its paying members but still is lacking all the features I actually want. I been using Strava since 2016 and just started paying for it at the beginning of this year to see if they would actually step up there game and offer useful features that seamlessly sync and work properly together. Well, it suffices to say they failed and I’m finally cancelling my membership. I will reactivate my membership if they “at least” make the app on the phone and on the Apple Watch run in sync with each other. I want to be able to use my watch for the sensor for heart rate, speed and, time and also use the phone map to see where I’m actually going. Just like the underarmour map my ride app that actually does... with the FREE version I might add.. sorry Strava. You been failing me for some time now not syncing correctly.
Cam FitzDavid - Update makes more work
I would normally give Strava 4 or 5 stars: it’s a good app to track walking/hiking, runs, and cycling. The segment feature is actually interesting and useful to track performance along various parts of a route, and it may inspire some friendly competition or help set a goal. The interface is easy to use, though swapping from the stats view to the map can happen accidentally.
But with the latest update, once you finish recording an activity, it immediately uploads it. The screen where you can title, add comments, and change who can view now has to be accessed by editing the activity. I don’t appreciate being required to hop through extra screens to title my activities and add comments. If there were a way to instruct Strava on how to title something, it would be a little more bearable. But lacking that feature, it’s quite irritating.
fr33lance007 - Can be improved
Below are the basic features that are missing in order to make Strava THE tool to track your athletics performance:
1) Be able to create splits with the Apple Watch app during the workout. There is now a Strava workout analyzer within the iOS app/website but if you can’t separate mark splits during your workout, it’s useless. -> please allow users to make splits when they run with the standalone Apple Watch App.
2) Fix the issue when the first mile of the run shows a wrong pace because the GPS of the Apple Watch started to pick up signal later. In this case, I would prefer to see only the part of the run when the GPS of the Watch was having signal -> therefore, adjust distance and not just time.
3) make the feed easier to navigate. I want to see the workouts|races having more priority than other types of run therefore be higher in the feed.
Royhargrove - Siri
Great app. I have been using it for years and I love the flyby feature. Please add Siri support so you can start recording a ride using Siri. For example, Siri integration would allow me to say “Hey Siri, start recording with Strava” or something along the lines of that. This will allow users to start rides without fumbling with their phone and having to open the app. Very helpful if you are wearing biking gloves or if you are biking and cannot divert a lot of attention to the phone. My ski tracker app called “snoww” has this feature along with apps such as “Lyft” which allow you to request rides using Siri. I contacted the support team about this and they responded with a canned response describing the voice feedback feature which gives you updates during your ride. This is not the feature I am requesting or talking about. That is a pathetic response. Please add Siri integration. Thanks.
rcrossfilms - Beyond annoyed- just downloaded and only crashes
I have tried deleting and redownloading this app over 5 times today. It has not opened once. I see the giant orange screen with Strava pop up and then it crashes ever single time. If it wasn’t for the fact my colleagues I know uses it and we were hoping to compete I would have just moved on to another app. Absolute waste of my time. My phone is fine, my storage is fine I’ve even reset my phone and tested other apps to make it was nothing else. And nope just Strava is crashing. Now not only will I have to use another app - my colleagues who are using will use that app with me so we can all compete together. I.e you just lost a lot of users. I’ve been searching online for a fix and keep seeing others complaining of crashing. If you can help great I’ll give it a try but if not please do something about this Apple or Strava. Oh and before you blame the “user” I work in tech and very familiar with troubleshooting, etc.
chazubell - I use to love this app
What with the last few updates to both this app and to iOS the application keeps on dying while I am using it.
I would start my run and by the time I reached the half mile point I wouldn’t hear any indication and I would look at the iPhone screen and not see the little blue bar at the top of the display. I knew at that point that Strava had stopped working and it would need to be restarted. This happened several times over the last few days and it is far too frustrating and annoying so I have moved on to other running apps. I had submitted a previous bug report which was to update my iPhone to the latest version of iOS (which I did) however that did not fully fix the problem.
By the wayI had already paid for a subscription.
Tommy the Stig - Need cursor-based time readout for indoor training
Strava: When users open a workout and are analyzing the speed, power, heart rate, cadence graphs for an indoor or stationary trainer workout, we need the cursor to show the specific workout time for any given moment in the workout. When I look at indoor trainer intervals, for example (I’m mainly a cyclist), I can see the simultaneous value for all the recorded metrics EXCEPT time. To be clear, I can see the simultaneous time readout for a geographic (outside) ride in the altitude graph just under the mileage. But when doing inside trainer workouts, those values, mileage and time, are lost. Of those, workout time (along with key recorded metrics) is most critical in analyzing an indoor trainer workout. Thank you for considering this addition! Best, Tom Ehrhard, Strava Summit user.
LateLifeRunnerGirl - Wish I could get into it
I have heard so much about Strava over the years, but was reluctant to add it bc I already track my runs so many ways - MapMyRun to share with friends, Nike+ Run Club for my lifetime running totals, achievements, and coached runs, and Garmin watch. I added Strava bc a virtual race I’m doing requires it and I thought I’d try it for a month of regular use with the free subscription. While I like the social aspects of this and the training data (still trying to learn what it all means!), there are several disappointing aspects that I can’t get past: - can’t use help/support feature in app (it repeatedly tells me to first confirm my email, I do, nothing changes) - can’t edit a run - can’t add shoes from the app, and can’t start shoes from the number of miles they already have - the training plan feature is absolutely bare bones. There is zero customization and no option for coached runs (fartlek, anyone?) - GPS tracking is wildly discrepant from my Garmin watch, which I’ve used for years. Adds anywhere from .15-.2 mi extra distance on runs from 3-5mi in length. That’s a huge difference. It makes me look like I’m much faster than I am, but it gives me false PRs. Not cool, Strava.
Bottom line for me: MMR and NRC do these things better and most of them for free. NRC is definitely the best value, even if Nike is constantly trying to sell me stuff.
Blucrabdeb - Hero to Zero !
I manage a bicycle shop and have personally introduced and recommended Strava to 100’s of cyclists. There were many great features, with lots of detailed data and useful information. Unfortunately the most unique feature, which was being able to compete with your friends and foes for trophies and top times, etc... has recently been rendered mostly useless!! This is a huge disappointment and unfortunate recent change to the App :-(((( Now most of the segments are not even possible to find. There are other Apps that do a lot of the same things you get in Strava. Unless they bring back the segment explore features to their previous functionality it will continue to be a very disappointing app!!!!
wulfmeister - Doesn't work with watch and phone together
You have to pick recording a run/cycle on either the watch app or the phone app. You can't view the map or stats on the phone while also recording heart rate data on the watch at the same time. Kind of lame.
Also, allowing data to be written to the Health app causes data overlap when recording with the phone, where the calories burned are added from the Strava app, but also added from the watch's "active energy" reading.
I've ended up using the Exercise app on the watch to record the workout to Apple Health with heart rate data, while using Strava with Health permissions disabled on the phone just to track the route. Which kind of makes purchasing Premium pointless
MauricioBrooklyn - Doesn’t work on iPhone
It’s very disappointing how unreliable this app has become, in the beginning was good, now they only care about money and silly challenges.
When I run open the app in both, Apple Watch and IPhone and always the distance is shorter on the Apple Watch between 0.1 to 0.6 miles, in top of that when I’m running I could see my moving time for mile on my phone but as soon as I finish only gives me the elapsed time which makes impossible to know the real pace. I exchanged a long chain of email with costumer service and the excuse was that “engineers were working on the problem”, 2 months later and the same issue persists. Maps are lousy, especially in big city, it’s ridiculous that show me running on top of buildings or on the water. I just gave up and I won’t renew my subscription in June. Looking for alternatives, maybe Nike Run Club is better, or at least no as bad as this one.
wasabicoder - Don’t use Strava with Apple Watch
Strava’s Apple Watch integration remains terrible and they’ve done nothing to improve it for more than a year. When you start an activity on the Strava app it loses heart rate data and you can’t see it on your watch. When you start an activity on your watch you lose out on audio queues and beacon and you can’t see it on your phone. So for cyclists with a phone mounted on their bike they are left with a terrible choice. A) no recorded heart rate data on the activity and feedback on their phone or B) heart rate data recorded but a black phone screen for the whole ride. No other running or biking app does it this way. It’s mind boggling that Strava is the only company in the space that doesn’t offer this functionality. Worse, there’s Strava forum posts with thousands of comments related to this issue and no reply from anyone at Strava. They’ve completely abandoned their Apple Watch users. I’ve cancelled my Strava premium plan over this issue.
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ShaneHero - Needs an easier way to stop time on Apple Watch
Brilliant app. Love it. But can we finally get some sort of easier way to stop the timer? Can it at least be an option to have something like being able to hit the button on the Apple Watch to stop the timer immediately?
There is so much messing around with the watch to get it to stop recording time, and so my recorded time is never actually accurate as a result. It’s always a few seconds off. When I cross the finish line I don’t stop right on the finish line. So stopping based on movement isn’t accurate either.
Seriously, if there was the ability to tap a button to stop the time, it would be perfect.
JealousOfYou95! - Lots of great features
👍Community (can follow friends/family who use the app) 👍Interactive map with multiple views (standard, satellite or hybrid) 👍Ability to add photos to activity 👍Shareable on Facebook & Instagram 👍Photos & map of route taken can be saved with activity statistics shown 👍No annoying ads 👍Can sign up via Facebook account 👍You’re notified when a Facebook friend joins Strava 👍24 sports to choose from to record data for 👍Can choose to make activity sessions public to everyone, private or visible to people following you 👍Can manually add details of an activity if you don’t want to use the tracking feature
👎Photos (portrait)with activity statistics are too tall for instagram (either logo or statistics get cut off)👎Local forest doesn’t show up on map image containing statistics (only when using the interactive map function)
jonezy69er - Great app but doesn’t have map orientation
First off this app is great. I especially love that I can plan out my routes on the website and then follow them from the app.
The only issue I have (and for me it is a big one) the map will only face North unless you move it manually (not safe or easy when riding and wearing gloves). It seems like it would be a simple update to just add the option to have the map orientate to the direction being travelled, but upon looking through Strava’s support community it seems to be a common request dating back as far as 2014 and Strava has responded each time with “they are putting it on the back burner” or another equally astonishingly unsatisfactory response.
I’ve missed turns on busy roads and had to go to the next lights, cross, then turn back around to return to the safer route. Also no one should be having to focus on where they need to turn in relation to an upside down or sideways map whilst they are navigating traffic. It’s extremely dangerous and seems highly unnecessary.
I want to keep using this app because it is actually very good, but I may just move to another that offers orientation as it doesn’t seem Strava really cares about this issue from what I’ve seen in their forum. Hopefully they add it someday soon.
Rubythebike - On the pedals
Love checking Strava after my ride. You always find me a little incentive boost rd on a segment or two. Love seeing how my buddies are doing and checking out their rides and pics. “If it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen” they say and certainly that’s how it feels on the odd occasion that there is a technical hitch with the computer. Only negative is seeing the e bikes on the leaderboards - definitely need to give them their own leaderboards. Or give them a bold colour to indicate EBIKE It’s bad enough when they zoom past on a big climb but adds insult to injury when they have more elevation on the leaderboard thanks to their electric motor. Overall though, I do love Strava, Keep up the good work! Thanks Jenny Hart
forjahwarrior - Strava is losing touch with their users
Having been away from regular Strava for a few years, I am only just coming to terms with the deterioration of Strava as an engaging & social athletic data tracker. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve read feedback asking Strava to stop trying to be another algorithm driven, forced feed Facebook (which feels as though it is also falling out of favour) and focus on user driven practical features. It doesn’t take much of a scroll through app feedback hear to compile a list of frustrated repeat requests. Give the user the option to choose to opt out of what you’ve thrust in their faces Strava. Focus on developing and improving practical features. Spreading your focus dilutes your identity and is turning the app into ‘many features but master of none.’ Like many others I’ve started looking for my new old Strava!
Reckless1 - Going down hill
From a running point of view downhill is great. But this app appears to be doing it too. Summit ain’t all that, there’s three options and they’re designed, it seems, to give a cheaper option choice but there’s stuff I want from all three as each individual choice leaves out a section of relevant data you would normally think would be kept with what’s in another option choice and the price has been hiked like petrol ⛽️ ..... additionally the Apple Watch app let me down big style this morning (promoting this review to be fair) not syncing and I had to lose a great run. Had to manually upload. So basically I’ll be getting a new Garmin and not renewing my Summit membership. Disappointed and I’m a big user of the platform. Might just stick to Garmin Connect. My advice to Strava is to be careful not to alienate your fan base.
Jie_Li_Aus - Life changing app
Best app for cyclists ever. I was 20kgs heavier than what I am now. 2.5years on, I’ve met new friends, completed multiple cycling races (local, regional, state), sub 10 hours 3 peaks challenge at Falls Creek, won a club champ and a time trial race, multiple Gran Fondos, travelled to Taiwan and competed in the Taiwan KOM challenge. Strava is not just a data collection tool, or a social media tool, or the KOM segment race engine, or the new routes you see people ride everyday and you want to give it a go yourself - but it is the collective sum of all those parts that makes you more active, more engaged with your new found friends and your desire to just “ride on and enjoy life”.
sapph dapph - Awesome app
This app is awesome! It keeps everyone on their toes to beat their own personal record and links up riders who were riding with you. What a fantastic set up.
I think they should make a map which shows every ride you have logged. That way you could zoom in and see if you have been a similar direction to another ride. Then make a link so you can see which ride it was.
I had a break from Strava and have just been getting back onto it. So fun to socialise and connect your rides. Great memories and lots of your fitness or social riding.
alexballvideos - Great! Bring dark mode back tho
Have been using Strava since forever, paid sub for last few. Great community, great features, tracking for training over time is great, GAP time also, website is super valuable for planning routes and seeing vertical meters and training also. Just want dark mode back, pleaaaaaaase! It been so long, the website also please, it’s just blazing bright and white. No good when I’m usually on it at night seeing what other people are up to and planning future adventures :)
Superdavey - Lost direction and broken features
Strava is definitely a go to app for riders and runners and for that is suffering from the competitive advantage. They have certainly turned their focus to the social game and forgotten to improve and add features.
Fundamentally the segment system is broken by which a rider out for a “Sunday” ride could KOM all of the segments in the area. If that happens more than once there is no hope for runners. It could be argued that you can manually hunt for the “report” area on the Strava website but this is impossible in the app. Also if a “runner” can complete a 32km “run” in 1 hour and the system cannot automatically detect an issue then what is the point.
The best parts of Strava is the ability to see what friends are doing and to keep a record of what you have achieved. Many apps out there do the same but just don’t have the same following.
It would be nice to think the expensive price of the premium features gave more information but you can get access to these via cheaper services that can use the Strava API.
DK™ - Keeps asking for password Apple ID style
Every time I open this app I get a pop up screen that looks like the Apple ID sign in pop up asking for a password. If I cancel and not enter a password I'm still logged into the strava app and can still view all my activities and post new ones. Even after quitting the app I still get the sign in pop up that asks for my password this keeps happening at random times throughout the day and will only cease when I delete the strava app. The password prompt looks way too similar to the Apple ID one and so obviously I never enter my password because it's feels like a phishing attempt via a bug in the strava app and since I'm signed in to strava despite not entering a password it feels even more suspect. I will not use this app until a fix is implemented.
wapsiebox - strava is a brilliant concept!
you track your rides and see them on a leaderboard for every leg of the journey. super cool idea. it’s also quite motivating seeing what your friends have been doing and to try and keep up.
developers: great job overall. my gripe is with the apple watch app. it now requires too many taps and swipes to start and complete a ride. it should simply be: tap to start, swipe across and hit finish. that’s it. No selecting ride type. No swipe to find and press the save button. No notification to say open the iphone app. Simplify it please! watch apps are meant to be extremely minimal. Thank you.
Lphuggs - Finally better with Apple Watch
Finally the Apple Watch experience is better now with audio cues instead of the annoying “notifications” feature. I love how you also added the functions for indoor runs and walks. The app is still a little buggy on Apple Watch with slow load times and having to press the stop button 3 times before it registers.
But overall it’s an improvement.
I go back and forth from this and Nike run club. To be completely honest it was only the Nike run club has recently been crashing and not saving any runs that I’ve come back to Strava.
Stephanieteddy - Only good when everything is updated
For some strange and utterly annoying reason, strava randomly decides every couple of days to stop tracking my distance, and duration. So none of my run gets recorded until right at the end it pops up with the distance but says I’ve been running for 000mins. I have a feeling it has got something to do with auto run but even when I turn it off, strava doesn’t register my time.. very frustrating. The only way it’s fixed is when apple has an iOS update.. otherwise the strava updates have no influence. However, when it does work it’s great! I just wish this wouldn’t happen so frequently. It’s not a GPS issue because my maps work fine.
_green_eggs_ - Utterly useless
Have been using strava for a long time now and I’ve finally had enough. Cycling activities using watch app are completely broken recently. For the last two weeks they have been losing km and time. My commute to work is a bit under 20km and takes about 35-40 minutes but they are being reported as anything from 0.9km for 9 min up to 9.9km for 20 min. Sometimes it seems to not work at all and other times like today I stopped it and saw it at 39min and correct distance. Then suddenly by the time it sync’d to my phone it dropped to 9.9km and 20min (on both watch and phone). Only thing to do is export or my activities and go to a competitor. Strangely enough the map is correct as far as showing/plotting route.
Jorgegt60 - Great App
Thank you for replacing the “Suffer Score” with “Relative Effort” it’s very welcome improvement. If only you’d communicated with your customers a little better we all would have been saved much frustration.
Love the becan feature, gives me good security when I ride at night.
A number of reviewers have claimed the activity can’t be edited before it’s uploaded. Personally I don’t have that issue. Like most problems it’s best to raise it with the right people before whinging to everyone.
anti-bait - No longer Love the app - couple of suggestions
I’m an app developer. I understand the principal of not being able to keep all people happy, all of the time.
Yet why, oh why, did you recently remove Bluetooth connectivity? Yes, the ‘millions of people suffering crashes related to a feature they never even used’. Well to be honest, that’s bad coding on your part, not bad usage by your users.
A better approach would have been to disable the feature by default, and then allow it to be enabled with a big fat disclaimer regarding reliability. And you would’ve done that, if you didn’t want your commercial partners selling more Bluetooth capable units. But only a cynic would believe the latter, right?
Big fan of the app. It works very well and makes accessing data post-ride super easy. A couple of improvements.
- when looking at your feed, ‘following’ should not include your own rides!
- private notes; there’s info I like to track related to my rides, but it’s not something I want posted on a public platform. Having a ‘private note’ section would allow this.
docjezza - Too unreliable for serious use
I have persisted with this app for a few years now. Works fine 90+% of the time. If that's good enough for you and you don't mind missing out on maybe 1/30th of your activities then read no further.
I have used it in several geographical locations and experienced same issue. App tracks my movement on the map, and timer is running, but registers as zero distance - rendering app useless. It's infrequent in general but means I lose data and destroys my confidence in the app.
This is its most core function and it's not acceptable. Has happened on iPhone 6s and 8 plus over many iOS and app versions and in perfect cloudless outdoor conditions most of the time.
I've now moved on to a different app.
stealthpooch - Great tracking tool
I love using this app for orienteering and remote mountain walks. However, the app is overly focussed on running and cycling. I really wish walking would count towards the vertical km challenges, for instance. A lot of the walks I do are not suitable running tracks - they’re steep and rocky. I’d really like to count them towards a vertical challenge because they are just that, a challenge, even without running it. Also, it’d be good to have orienteering as a sport category seeings as so many orienteers use Strava to track their route and it’s linked to the orienteering platform, Livelox.
.Mat... - Simple and excellent
I’ve been using Strava for my cycling, running and walking for many years. It is very easy to use on it’s own and also with a third party hardware device such as a GPS computer.
As a free app it provides basic information that is fun to compare with your friends and the Summit package really turns it into a serious training device without making things too complicated.
The Social Media functions make it a lot of fun too.
DJA_review - Cancelling because there is no Kilojoule recording
I’m cancelling my premium subscription and no longer using this app.
It’s a fitness app. For tracking fitness. The world is using Kilojoules now and not calories. Because you don’t support kilojoules - my Apple Watch and health apps show that I’ve done 1hour of cycling but there is no kilojoules recording which means it is useless for me to record a ride.
At least put in the option. I have seen questions online asking you to do this since 2014. Are you listening to your users? Once kilojoule tracking and recording on Apple health is added - I will reactivate my subscription and use the app. For now I’m just going to use workout tracking on my Apple Watch.
Mando_3008 - Great app - suggested feature
I love Strava. Had a few issues but support more than helpful! It would be great if you could click on a friend’s profile by tapping their name in the feed. Instead, you have to go in and search for them every time. You should be able to tap the ride to see their ride, but their name to see their profile. Or somehow at least see a list of the people you are following so you can quickly go to their profile, rather than having to search all of Strava.
Zjmcn66 - No complaints!
The latest update doesn’t really affect me, but in general strava is simply an excellent app for tracking your activities. The basic (not premium) version is perfectly adequate, for my needs at least, and I’m very grateful to the app designers for making such a fantastic app. Segments and the ability to follow your friends is one of the key features in my opinion that put it above other fitness tracking apps.
Ben ter Huurne - Bluetooth heart rate.
Strava provided an exellent way to record heart rate via bluetooth. In effect 100 times better than my simultaneous recordings with a Polar V650 computer. In addition the GPS recordings via the Strava app never fail, but the V650 fail in 30 % of rides. With your removal of bluetooth recording to the Strava app you have seriously degraded the quality of Strava. I have to consider the value of my premium membership. If bluetooth recording causes a problem with “millions of other users” you should have have fixed these problems in stead of embarking on an advertising campaign for Polar, a company that cannot provide reliable heart recording . Polar has failed me with the V650, the CS600x and the s720i.
i phone 11 or $300 pls - I neeeed help
I need this app for school and it’s been working great but all of a sudden it keeps glitching me out of the app doesn’t do it for any of my other apps so it must be strava ive tried re starting my phone deleting and re installing the app and a few other things and nothings working it doesn’t need to be updated I’ve checked I’ve gone on to setting to make sure everything is how it should be and it is but it just won’t let me stay on the app for more then one second
JoshMadge - Need to sort itself out!
On top of the issues below from others... the other major one faced...
One day you delete the app, redownload, refresh the connection to Apple health. Double, triple, quadruple tracking in Apple health fixes itself...
Next day, double, triple, quadruple records are back in Apple health... fun times 😠
After switching to Strava when picking up riding everything appeared great, but has since gone down hill.
Jakeozzie - Well overdue for an update...
I use Garmin (watch) to record all aerobic activities, which then syncs to Strava. I used to pay more attention to Strava because a few friends also use it and it is great for that social aspect of training. That being said, when trying to measure performance over time I have come to the sad realisation that Strava is next to useless.
Yes, Strava will let you know when you have made a PB, but you can’t check your last PB, of for that matter, you can’t even check your current PB outside of that activity.
Garmin has a much more detailed analysis of your current performance, as well as providing an easily accessible comparison to your past performance. I would think that is a fairly simple and staple feature of a fitness tracking app.
Why am I even using Strava when I could stop the activity syncing at Garmin? Please update... before Apple categorise Strava as a social media app rather than a fitness app.
bradman75 - 1 major problem
The app is good the info is great but the major issue is you can’t set Pre programmed distance or time or both which is a huge problem on the watch as it’s almost impossible to stop your run and get accurate times as the Apple Watch face doesn’t work when wet ie any sweat on your finger.
This would and could be an easy fix the best way is set a distance and the app will stop automatically or utilise the button on the side of the watch.
Shame so many good things but very annoying when you break a 10km distance time buy 10sec and you can’t stop the watch.
bigslackwater - Indispensable!
I’m just back training and running after over 5 years of back injuries. I cannot believe how useful the analysis is in this app. Now, I plan and review every run through this app and really find it invaluable for pacing my fitness. I know when to push and when to lay off for appropriate recovery... in the past I always just ran until I broke, then spent months or years out of action
RD6791 - Battery issues
I love Strava but on 5 runs recently my battery has lost all charge after 6km, sometimes when using ear pods to play music, other times without. This is always first thing in the morning. The watch is always 100% went I leave the house. It has only happened on very cold mornings, this may just be a coincidence. Any ideas Strava? Apple say there’s nothing wrong with my watch.....
Connor & Katelyn - Allow editing before upload
Please go back to letting us edit the activity before it is uploaded. Quite annoying that it just gets saved and shared with everyone then you have to go back into after this and edit it eg change it from a ride to a run give it a title and or make it only visible to yourself if it’s something of no interest to others like a 1km dog walk!
manamib - Keeps me motivated
It’s disappointing that we now need to subscribe for features that were free before, but when you put it into perspective, it’s not that costly. For the price of a couple of coffees a month, I’m not sure what everyone is complaining about. Developers need to get paid and you can’t get expect everything for free people.
It’s a great app, small price to pay for your health.
Ambsho - Good App but can be inconsistent
I really love the Strava app, it’s a great tool to track my running. I have been using it almost every other day for two months now. The disappointing part is this has happened twice now when I clicked record and checked everything ok before I run, at the end of my run when I looked at it. It is still stuck at zero and said no motion detected! I am contemplating using other apps which might be more reliable.
Ez_Babe! =D - Constantly Crashing
I started using this app 2 weeks ago. Was fine initially, I liked the variety of activities you could track. However the last 3 days every time I go to open the app it just says “Strava” and then immediately crashes. Ample storage on my phone, I’ve deleted and reinstalled it several times, turned my phone off and then on. Nothing makes a difference. It’s a shame, as I was starting to enjoy the app. It’s been very unreliable. Also it constantly tries to sign you up to a subscription which is irritating. Would not recommend this app if you’re serious about fitness.
knpviap - Strava is becoming more like Facebook
I’m finding more and more Facebook-like features that just do nothing to enhance overall experience but rather make it more complicated and clunky to use.
For example “Athletes you should follow” - not interested in this. It is very difficult to remove these suggestions from my feed and no way to turn it off completely.
Then there’s the feed itself with activities listed who knows how and no option for choosing preferred order.
The inability to edit comments on activities is a drag too.
On the plus side it’s a handy app to use to track km for each bike and I really like the components section for bike gear. It helps track service schedules and component wear.
I’ve tried the premium version but really quite pleased with free version as I’m only commuting with the occasional event thrown in and not “training” per se.
mad dog 09 - Weekly Total Missing
Just updated the app and my weekly total no
longer shows on my profile page. Why change things that don’t need to be.
In addition to that why can’t I choose who I want to share my activities with. Some activities I don’t want to share with all followers but only those who I ran with or a select few. A bit like Facebook sharing of posts you can choose who can see certain posts. Maybe you could develop this functionality
Lampada69 - Pointless
Tried this app under persuasion from a number of friends so that I could get an idea of how it might help improve my performance, fitness and recovery. Didn’t take too long to realize that the primary reason for the existence of this app is to optimize social connections with runners, cyclists and swimmers. As far as Strava is concerned that’s all that really matters. Nothing to do with enhancing sports performance.
No other sports are really a consideration.
If you really want to improve your performance there are better apps around to help you do that.
Have deleted the app.
89violist - Finally supports Apple Workout app!
I love the feature of syncing with the Apple Watch workout app. About time.
One thing that seriously needs attention: when you open Strava via notification of kudos received on an activity, that notification needs to be marked as “read” immediately if successfully loaded and “seen”, rather than having to go into the same notification a second time within the app to mark it as read! I can’t believe no one else had mentioned this so far, or that it hasn’t been fixed yet!?!?
One more thing: please allow calories to be changed to kilojoules!
Otherwise, awesome app to share fitness activities with friends and promote encouragement with kudos 😊
henny 2 - From good to great...
A great app for maintaining your motivation the result is a more active body and mind. Strava has done a good job and now moving to a great application!!
I use it for exercise in my kayak, any way of fine tuning the segments, I find a small deviation in the gps location (remember we are paddling in a large lake) can mean that the track is not included in a segment. Other functionality particularly aimed at kayaking!
enteranicknamelessthan - Used to be good but not any more.
Strava used to be pretty good but now since the latest update I have geo problems to the point that the app is now useless at best. I’ve followed the tips such as ensuring clear line of sight to the sky and no obstructions for several minutes before setting off but still only one in every five runs are tracked with any accuracy. Please fix this issue Strava.
LurgenB - The only app I use regularly on Apple watch
Great app that works well on Apple watch and is super responsive compared to other apps. What would make it even better is if when you complete an activity and hit save instead of getting an alert telling you to view it on your iPhone the alert would tell you how many achievements you earned as well.
Chick0019654 - Great app
Love the strava app. Do have problems sometimes with it when using on my Apple Watch. Not 100% sure it records my heart rate correctly as it will peak suddenly near the start of whenever I’m doing an activity. So not sure if that is my watch or the app...
But I would love to ask that you add Horse riding to your list of exercises! I use it for that a lot but have to put it down as a wall or run which of course is not correct. Please, please add horse riding!
Thank you 😊
Rogus74 - Upload File From App
Please look at installing the same function you have on the web version where we can upload a file from Roadtrainer or other program straight from the app..
It’s annoying having to transfer file from phone to computer then log in to Strava on computer to upload your workout..
Marc's Groovin - Thrilled....and then so disappointed
When I got back into using Strava a few months back, I loved its accuracy, tracking, segments, sociability and more. I used it for more and more rides, commutes and tooling about on weekends.
Since the ‘update’ I installed on 27 July, however, it’s gone down the toilet. Tracking particularly has become REALLY poor. I’m not getting any data whatsoever for entire rides sometimes. This morning, another example.
It looked ‘empty’, though after I hit the ‘finish’ button and was coding the exercise, I could see the route I took on my bike. Hope after all!
After upload, however, nope. Nothing. Nada. It disappeared completely.
Not that I would mind so much, but .... I do.
Your ‘helpline’ have tried, but each time I ask them to look at the data, or my feed....well, they don’t. Haven’t.
PLEASE fix!!!! I really want to LOVE Strava again :)
Mega Jew - Social media for exercise
Strava is great for many things, tracking your runs, fitness progression and connecting with others in your local area.
They have been slowly adding some extra features, like local legends, which have been great for keeping motivation up.
Sometimes the app is a little slow but on the whole it’s great.
Bigchin67 - Taken lessons from drug dealers?
Strava is a great app and I have used for several years enjoying the free features. I tried the premium but didn’t get the value. Strava has got us all hooked on the free version and now has taken away all the cool features unless you subscribe for $10 per month. Fortunately I can kick the strava habit and will switch to another app. It’s not that is don’t slike strava but management has taken the wrong approach - charge premium for premium features not lure people in then remove them. I am now using the Suunto app which is just as good and is free. Only syncs with suunto watches though
half a ride by the looks!!! - GPS fail
The gps on my phone works, however it is not syncing to Strava.. therefore losing at least half my ride.? Auto pause enables after 10 seconds and then doesn’t recognise movement, so I lose my ride until it magically recognises me again. I have the latest version of the app, have turned off auto pause ( doesn’t fix the problem) have checked location services on my phone etc etc. By the way, Strava does say hello to me and knows when I’m home..
Whyps66 - Apple Watch app unreliable
I love Strava. I pay for the premium service. But I have been disappointed in the app for the Apple Watch. I have lost several runs because the app just doesn’t sync. Forced to use the Apple Watch workout app and another app to sync. Also disappointed at the level of functionality in the Watch app. No way to set up intervals.
MS8008 - Strava takes away part of the functionality of its free service so they can make you subscribe
Strava has taken away a function from the free service to force people to pay! I’ve always been able to “see my results”, but now you have to subscribe! If they were to add new functions only available to subscribers that’s one thing, but to take a function away, that’s pretty disappointing. In one little move my respect for Strava has dropped!
Nads9 - Fed up
Every time there’s an update to “fix” something, it’s worse than before. Now if I want to review my ride stats, I need about an hour to do so. This gives me time to restart my phone at least 3 times just to get into the ride, then view the analysis, then see the full list of segments. For a little 26km ride, it took over half an hour (not including phone restarts) to review my ride because of the excessive loading time to open each segment. No, not my phone or network, because my other trackers are performing just fine.
It’s just pathetic.
Get your act together Strava!!
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R12M - Great training tool!
Fun! Great training tool when you have to ride solo!
Reviewer, Eh? - Best app ever
Best cycling app out there
PhilGilbert.b - yezzzir
Irish-LiFter - Strava is a joke now.
$76.99 a year now to use stravas features that made it popular. Just another app trying to max out profits which will turn out to be obsolete in a few years. Lost my support after taking away key features which made me enjoy using the app. Now that you have to pay for them I just use other apps now which still have the features for free. Strava your a rip off.
bike987654321 - De moins en moins utile
À chaque mise à jour, la version gratuite devient de moins en moins utile. C’est rendu presqu’exclusivement un logbook😢. Mettez des pubs si c’est une question de fric car je ne désire pas d’abonnement.
Malburr - My fave
I've tried other running apps. Strava is my favourite.
pascalruego - Subscribe to see my explorer segments?!?
Hi strava, you can’t just block everything which was free at the first place to now you charge us for that! No fair at all!!!
Adding different options that we have to pay for is ok.
What about running ads?
I hope you will change your mind very shortly, or in my opinion you will loose a lot of your members!!!
I will put back 5 stars when you will make it free again.
WeekendGamer - DISAPPOINTING UPGRADE... AVOID!!!
Removes a lot of features... ex. this year's leaderboards. i clicked upgrade button by accident, and i regret it after one ride.
what a sham!!! i would go back to previous version if i could. AVOID THIS VERSION!!!
JoPtn - Great app, but new subscription disappointing
I have been using Strava for a few years and have grown to like the app for tracking my activities and sharing them with others. I’m disappointed however at the new all or nothing subscription. I’m willing to pay for what I use and did consider going premium before but I train recreationally with no particular goals and so the premium features were of no interest to me. Even the perks almost all don’t apply to where I live. Why not have a basic subscription with the features that were free and have been taken away? Even though the subscription is “only the price of three energy bars a month” I don’t think I have ever bought three of those bars in my life because they are too expensive for my needs. I will probably continue to use Strava while watching functions slowly disappear since it still is the best I have found, but would like to contribute to the app in a non professional athlete kind of way while not being stuck with a bare-bones tracker.
Mustard-tiger - Worthless now
All the useful features are gone and losing so many people makes buying it pointless. This was my favorite app now i have no use for it
Cariboudesmersdusud - Retrait de nombreuses fonctions gratuites essentielles
La dernière mise à jour avec le retrait de nombreuses fonctions essentielles gratuites a rendu l’intérêt de l’application très faible. Dommage.
cridler - Forcing Subscriptions
Latest update removed about 3/4 of the functions and made them “subscription only”. This move has backfired for me at least - I was tempted to sign up prior to the switch. Now I feel extremely ripped off and refuse to part with a penny. I’ll delete the app and find something else before I spend a dime now.
Leupold22 - Completely disappointed.
I can’t believe they have ruined what was formerly the best app for cycling and running by making the basic features subscription based.
ddddrenik - Ma séparation avec Strava
Vous n'aurez vraiment pas du mettre la possibilité de voir les classement de segment dans la catégorie premium. Je vous quitte.
icwalker - Gets me Going!
Use every day. Love it!
dSidaway - Something is wrong
Since the Aug 30 update, the app is screwing up its gps connection. It was so good before this update. Giddy up lads.
Sparklo - Stop making your app worse!
Why on earth would you remove the weekly volume view from profile page? I am a paying customer and I still can’t see weekly mileage elevation history from the training tab. Why do you hate your product and seemingly trying everything to make it worse and worse?
Pourchmonkey - Shame Shame Shame
The latest update turns what used to be a great app into a sham. Only the basic features now are free. I'm shocked one of their office staff doesn't trail behind you on a run and beg for money or they'll trip you.
I'm switching to something else.
I hope they go under.
strava sucks now - Strava Disapointment.
Been with Strava for almost 30 thousand kilometres, up until about 4 months ago it was an excellent app you track your self and watch your buddies try improve there riding and fitness . Lately though every second or sometimes every ride it crashes and leaves you with a straight line . Some times it’s only a couple kms sometimes it’s 50 . That gets to be very frustrating when you like to keep track of your mileage and routes. This was all accessed with the free app. Very basic needs,so now your app doesn’t work reliably and you want to charge for it, to get the same flawed performance. I think you should rethink your plan , as I see it now you are losing thousands of subscriptions and with each one of those there are numerous bad reviews. There are other ways to make your app viable but not on the backs of your initial target group us the recreational rider.
Jiiii - Mise à jour décevante
Difficile de bien réagir quand on se fait enlever des fonctionnalités que nous utilisons gratuitement depuis des années.
Je comprend le concept d’utilisateur-payeur, mais ajouter de nouvelles fonctionnalités payante en tentant d’innover aurait entraîné de nouveaux abonnements sans frustrer une grande proportion de vos utilisateurs.
Je n’avais jamais songé à essayer d’autres applications d’entraînement; maintenant je vais envisager cette option.
N.B. Avant la mise à jour de mai 2020, j’aurais donné 5 étoiles, car l’application est vraiment très bien conçue.
zxzxzcz - Update
App no longer works for paid subscribers. Nicely done.
sluguarana - New update makes app useless
Strava was a great app to track your activities and see what your friends were up too. Now, due to their latest update, it is useless without a subscription. I ask the Strava management two questions: How are you going to make money if new users (possible subscribers) get nothing from the app? Are subscribers going to stay with the app, if they aren’t competing against many people?
Ssss364 - Pay to play
The only real reason to use this app over garmin connect is if A) you don’t have a garmin, or B) to compare stats with friends over the online Strava community. Now you have to pay to be apart of this online community, a fee that is more expensive than a basic garmin.
MaudeRo98 - Déception
J’adorais cette app.... pourquoi avoir TOUT mis payant?? Je suis vraiment très déçu, payer pour devoir suivre mes performances... très ordinaire.
mynamedoesn'tmatter - Recent update
The most recent update changed a lot of the simple free features and put them behind a pay wall, I would finding an alternative since the basic features in this app are decreasing
Gamer197533 - Leaderboards
They just changed the app to see leaderboards you have to pay $70. Just ruined the app in my opinion.
KesterWH - No longer a KOM/QOM app
What used to be a fun and free app to track your progress is no more. Basic and social features that made it great now requires a subscription. I’ve lost trust in this app and can not recommend it anymore.
Fear2bear - Used to be great
I used this app for years. It was great for tracking my rides and comparing times with friends. Moving the leaderboards and “following” boards to premium was a stupid mistake. Will now uninstall
Hp games - Corporate greed...
This app was great until they removed all the free features and made it part of their summit package. I can’t believe I have to pay to look up my previous segment times... Might as well stop using Strava all together and use Garmin connect.
Jeflessard - Boooo
Strava remove so many things from free version. Disappointing. I will look for an other apps. Any suggestions?
caroline048 - Disappointed about the new pricing
I use Strava for fun and to compare myself with my friends and other cyclist. It’s sad that I have to pay 7$ per month for just that feature. I wouldn’t pay for facebook or instagram, why do I have to for strava?
Roko Huser - removed feature
Was a amazing app until they decided to remove features.
Kim775fhsshd - Removed Features
Really disappointed to see the features that were removed. Trying to get more people to subscribe to summit is a low blow
AnyTie - Strava removing free features
I’ve used strava for over 5 years and recommended it to plenty of friends but today they crossed the line. Removing segment leaderboards from free users is not the way forward. Time to move on.
leepalisoc - Wow, this app sucks
This app doesn’t read/sync Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor when you start a workout on the iPhone app.
When you start a workout from your watch, it shows nothing on the iPhone app (making your phone attached to your bike mount useless).
Calculations are so wrong, too. This app is obviously using a generic formula for cycling, so that heart rate monitoring from your watch is useless.
Heckler69 - Disheartening.
Was looking at my active calories for a long, long time and discovered that Strava has been duplicating my workouts within my health app. Had no reason to check, just found it in passing.
What a terrible app to be so inaccurate with this. I look it up in the community and this is a common problem? Yeah... Thanks a ton. Thank god I didn’t pay any money for this. Was just about to spring for some training tools, I’m sure they work just fantastic too.
What a joke. Thanks for making it seem like I was doing better than I was.
Steve Nizzero - Glitchy & little Apple Watch integration
For the past 6 months, it’s been very glitchy. I can rarely open the app, let alone record runs.
Plus, the fact that you can’t record on your phone while recording heart rate from Apple Watch, or view stats on your watch makes it almost useless.
Tonglil - Undo kudos
Can't remove kudos
JMcCallan - Apple Watch still crashing
Latest update (June 5th) supposedly fixes Apple Watch crash upon startup... except it still crashes. Oh dear...
med200002 - not impressed
do an update and stops working on apple watch. Tested prior to releasing?
unhappywithfocus - Bad update
Doesn’t work on my watch since the last update. Crashes whenever I try to open it.
juanrojodesign - Social and performance analysis together
I started with the free version of the app for the social and competitive aspect. However, the stats and performance analysis provided by the premium version got me hooked!
PrudishGold153 - Subscription only
App is useless without a paid subscription
PoutineVancouver - WARNING: Now hacked for Sex Trafficking
Sex traffickers have sent me messages via Find friends on Strava and my personal email which I thought was hidden. Your servers/site is not secure.
tiago_boaventura - Very Inaccurate
Always adds or takes about 30m for every km. Just ran a 6km indoor and it marked it as a 4km. Apple’s native exercise app is way better — going back to it right away.
fredounebedoune - Gps from app never works
The app is great if you have a watch but running while tracking with the apps works 0.1% of the time. The gps starts randomly in the middle of your run or just doesn’t start at all.
oasisinastorm - GPS Issue
My app gets my location accurately, but on completion of the workout, it records zero distance. Frustrating!
np4kids - No good for long adventures with Apple Watch
Unfortunately this app has failed me. I want to use my watch while hiking and ski touring and it doesn’t work. On my series 3 Apple Watch it says .4 km or 1.2km even if I’ve gone 10. Very frustrating the Watch is not compatible with this app. It should be. The Watch does all those things in its own. I like the idea of storing it all on Strava to use the social media part and looking back at previous activities. This will not work for the Watch at the current time.
DudeManSirDudeSir - Good app but...
But waaayyyy too exoensive, and no connector to my wahoo blutooth cadence meter
JevFam - Apple Watch 1st generation
Having to take phone with me defeats the concept of having the AW. App used to work to the needs of many AW1 users. Now it is hobbled and not worth it. Sadly I have not found alternative.
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News man with eyes - Great App! Fun and Serious ! Motivates!
This is the Depository of all workout apps. If you use Garmin or Apple- it’s a must have.
You will see your friends workouts and be able to compare your workout to theirs...Seamlessly!
Segments are so easy. Compare your times to other who have done the same route or a small portion of a route: Run or Bike. For example: I might have just bike 50 Miles. There might be 10 segments and I can choose any or all when I am done. Strava let’s me see how I did against: other males; females; how I ranked today- for the year- all time- and if you’re Premium then by weight and more!
Set up your own segment and watch how you rank. This is fun and motivating for me. Also- I love how it keeps track of my mileage YTD and I can see how many miles I road at a quick glance.
I love my Garmin Connect, but this lets me see my buddies and I can find and or follow all my friends and track how hard they work out by their HR score (Suffer Score?).
This is a must have app. Set your privacy setting to what your comfort level is if you just want to share with certain people.
Learn, analyze and enjoy each workout with the App that gives back!
yannki18316 - Overall good sports app
Overall good sports app, which however needs some major important functions added:
(i) There is no way to see your current pace on the Apple Watch 3 App when running. Only split (for 1km) and average for the whole workout can be seen. This is especially a problem when you do interval workouts like yasso800´s, since you don’t know the speed for the 800m you are running. Other apps can easily do it and I don’t get the point why Strava just doesn´t add a third option of current pace besides split and avg.
(ii) There is no way to use your Apple Watch 3 to record a swimming workout and upload it to Strava. The only thing you can do is upload a workout manually, but it won’t show you the splits not anything. The Apple Watch 3 is the most native device to iPhones and the activity app nicely records the swim data, so it there should either be an option to import that to Strava or do natively record a workout with the watch in Strava.
(iii) it would be nice if there were certain standard interval workouts added, so you can choose the pace you want to run and the distance for each split and the watch will tell you when to speed up/ slow down.
Hope to see some of these features added in the future! Keep up the good work!
mr. m m - Have used Strava for many years.
I’ve been using Strava religiously for years and love it! Thus, 4 stars. As soon as they remedy the below item, I’ll change this review and give them 5.
I don’t really get while they’ve included manual activities like Kite surfing, Rock climbing, and Yoga - and with each update, they continually leave out any type of combat sport. As popular as the multitude of combat sports are these days, it seems like a conscious effort to exclude them.
And Yoga? What possible metrics would you need to measure for yoga?
That said, my complaint is a minor and very specific complaint. So it’s not a big deal. I still use Strava 5-7 x’s week for cycling, running, hiking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and/or workouts. And it’s been very reliable.
** premium user.
KSU_SF - Love this app! One suggestion...
5/4/18 Update: What’s with the app asking which sport every time I start a ride? This appears to be a new feature and I hate it. It adds a whole unnecessary step to it all. I have bicycling as my default, so just take that and start recording! I don’t need extra steps between my starting the app and tracking my ride!!
Original Post: So this is a great app and I use it for every ride I take. One feature that would be nice would be the ability to edit a segment of a ride, like delete part perhaps. I rode to a party and forgot to turn off the app when I got there so it tracked me walking around for 10 minutes before I realized. It'd be nice to delete out all of that walking around and have it reflect my true riding time and mileage. Otherwise, fantastic!!
1fitdoc - Could be better
I’ve been using Strava app since 2012. It was an incredible simple program then but an awesome innovation to what motivates athletes (a race every day). At that time it was social but not intrusive. It allowed you to see other people if you knew there name by searching. Now it post people recommended by other friend’s connections, sort of the same algorithm as Facebook. It clutters the screen on the app. It is annoying to delete the suggestion just to have it show up again. If I wanted Facebook, I would use that instead Some people may request that feature but my friends agree it is annoying as well. The ability to add gear is not available on the app. I cannot figure out why.
JTempo - Great for casual but seriously lacking elsewhere
You want to track your mileage and get an idea of your speed and compare with friends? Awesome. This is for you!
Do you know what your FTP is? Your power zones? Your heart rate zones? Do you want to know how these evolve over time and see the impact that they make on your fitness? Yes? NOT FOR YOU. Strava has a major flaw in that any changes to your fitness measures will rewrite your entire history on the platform. So if your FTP goes up to 300 and you update it, Strava thinks you've always had 300 and will update all your old rides as if that were the case this makes their Premium Fitness & Freshness feature completely useless. Strava even acknowledges this bug and seemingly has no interest at all in fixing it. What this tells me is that they aren't REALLY interested in being an excellent fitness app. They're interested in being a social app and accruing paying customers.
tricorder1701 - Makes me appreciate Runkeeper so much more
This app is the worst! I downloaded it to participate in a running contest with some friends. My loyalty to them is all that kept me from deleting the app the first time I used it.
It is not at all intuitive, is less accurate than any other running app I’ve used and the worst part is the Share setting. It is automatically enabled to the Everyone setting and there is no way to know that, until you inadvertently post your first run by saving it.
I’m coming back from an injury and am currently so slow I can’t keep up with my running group. Just getting out and moving again is a painful challenge and seeing my worst times posted for all the world to see made me want to give up rather than keep going. Fast or slow I’m not a person who likes to announce all of my activities to the world but this app only allows workouts to “count” toward challenges if they are posted for everyone to see. I couldn’t stomach it so I made most of my runs private and only posted enough to keep participating with my friends. I think the creators of this app should really reconsider if posting publicly should be a requirement to participate in challenges. Why does my effort only “count” if I brag about it? Shouldn’t it be enough for me to work privately to reach a personal goal? If my followers don’t see my run, did I even get off my couch?
warmsound83 - Apple Watch App Unstable
After a year or so of hit-and-miss with the watch version's reliability, I had a solid year of excellent performance. Unfortunately, the latest updates have rendered the watch app unstable. I have uninstalled and reinstalled on multiple occasions - both on my phone and on my watch. More often than not, when I start a run on my watch, I get the Strava logo with a parade of dots running around in a circle until the app crashes. Sometimes it eventually loads but increasingly I just get frustrated and give up after 5 minutes.
I purchased my watch and Strava pro specifically for tracking and monitoring my runs. Unfortunately, Strava can't keep it's apps running in a stable fashion.
James Sumners - Pretty good. But missing some nice things
I have been using Strava directly over the past few weeks because Wahoo Fitness developed a bug that caused it to constantly drain my battery even when completely closed and background permissions revoked. Strava retains the accuracy I was accustomed to with WF, and its auto-pausing and auto-resuming is far better. However, there are a few things I really miss from WF that I wish Strava had: prompts every 5 minutes with an audio summary of chosen stats; current speed display in addition to overall average; current BPM display in addition to overall average; sharing to other services (I like to export to RunKeeper for historical reasons).
The lack of these features isn't enough to leave a 3 star review but they're enough to remove the fifth.
Hawkeye910 - What is Strava
While most people think of Strava as a an app to track fitness, in reality it is that and much more. It truly has been the key to a better and richer quality of life for me. Through it, I’ve gotten over that first awkward bit of not knowing or remembering someone’s name and allowed me to gain insights into who they really are. It has been a irreplaceable part of my social circle through we I stay in contact with friends far and near. Through it my friends and I encourage, tease, joust regularly. I am generally a quiet and reserved person, but when I’m exercising that all changes and Strava basically allows me to carry over that openness to the rest of my life.
The Dude S - Works Pretty Well
I like the app to keep track of the miles I ride. I would suggest one serious improvement, one wishful modification, and have had one user issue.
The serious improvement I’d like to see, is a more sensitive auto-pause mode. I see many race-oriented cyclists running through stop signs. I think Strava is contributing to this. If the pause feature worked better, cyclists could stop at stop signs and be penalized less.
The issue I have is that my rides do not get saved frequently. I have an iphone 8+ with the latest software update. Sometimes I check my ride stats at the first stop, and there are none. Sometimes I try to end and save a ride, and an older ride I did pops up instead. Sometimes it looks like it’s saving a ride for me, but the upload simply fails. This always happens when I get home, and have an excellent internet connection.
The wishful improvement I’d like to see is auto-record. I used to use “Moves” before i started using Strava. With that app, it records your rides the minute you leave the house. You don’t have to launch the app and start it. I often forget to start Strava, which results in me losing many miles.
bk-eater - Love the app, need better precision
Love everything about Strava and I’ve been using it for years - biking and running. I don’t think anything else is even close.
Two things I would love to improve. One - precision. When people run, they rarely zigzag manically from one side to the other speeding up to an equine sprint, stopping and changing directions. It should be easy to figure out that a gps location keeps getting skewed by reflections from buildings or terrain and ignore those errant points, smooth out the path so it’s at least within the confines of the street. When this goes astray, the distance increases drastically and the speed gets miscalculated. Also, some places have bridges. Bridges and viaducts can go over lower terrain. It can’t be difficult to figure out that a runner is not traversing the surface of a river like a modern day Jesus Christ, but is going over a bridge and count elevation accordingly. If Jesus does come again and his walking across a body of water is incorrectly accounted for on Strava, he will forgive you. That’s kinda his thing. Short of that, why not figure out where bridges are and get the heights of their spans into the system.
Other than that, great work guys. Cheers.
TheFatTubist - Glaring flaw
They somehow can’t get the watch app to sync to the phone app so if you’re a bike rider you can either have a bike computer or you can have heart rate but not both. Also, there’s a fun glitch with this review box where I can’t actually see what I’m typing so please excuse the errors. I guess they don’t actually want people to review their app which h is understandable. The app works well for most cases, but if you’re a cyclist and you have an Apple Watch you want to use for heart rate while using the phone app for a cycling computer, no dice. One or the other bub. There’s a few threads in the support forums about this but they go back years with no vendor input so it looks like the devs aren’t going to add this feature back in. Also, if you’re interested in controlling your music from the app, you are again SOL. In other apps you can choose the playlist or artist to use during exercise and it would handle the rest but not this app!
MarkieBGoode - Good app, but sometimes slow
I switched to Strava from SportsTracker because the Love to Ride bike challenge thingy synchronized with Strava, but not Sports Tracker. I want an app that tracks my speed for a multitude of activities, maps my routes, and guesses at calories burned, etc. Both Strava and ST fit that bill. I don’t need or want the more advanced features. The big difference from an end user standpoint is that when I complete a ride or other activity, Strava spends a long time processing before I can see my ride in my log and review it. And it’s lost some rides. Sports Tracker didn’t seem to have these issues; when you finished and saved an activity, you could view it right away. Not sure why Strava needs so much post processing time. If it weren’t for the synchronization with Love to Ride, I’d ditch it and go back to SPorts Tracker.
Kaslppppp - Strava continues to impress
Strava has a great core product; I love being able to track all of my activities in a single place. Moreover, the open platform typically lets me use whatever sport-specific app I desire, but maintains a centralized view (with the exception of NRC/NTC, which I understand is more limitation on the Nike side).
I appreciate the continued work being put into the product. The new routes functionality is something I’ve been looking for awhile. My hope is to see recommendations refreshed on some cadence, the feature is great now but loses legs if I see the same things over and over!
My one concern is in regards to data collection and privacy. In my opinion, you can tell a lot about a company based on their default settings, and Strava sets new profiles to “open”. For a new user who hasn’t discovered things such as privacy zones or flybys, they may be unknowingly sharing more info to the public than desired.
Additionally, while Strava does charge for
some features, there is a lot of money to be made by selling data. This is not inherently bad; it could be sold to governments for urban planning, but could also be used to track individual’s routine movements.
Works far away - My go to cycle app
Like the app and the compatibility with my iWatch! Would love to have my iWatch have the capability with this app to have it ding/vibrate every mile so that I could be more aware of my turn to move to the front when group riding. That and maybe being able to pull up my average speed during a ride on my iWatch instead of having to wait till the end of the ride to see what my average was. These things are not deal breakers for me but I would love to see them as improvements. Love the app! It’s awesome for keeping track of my rides with my cycling buddies. Love the segment challenges to keep competing against others and push myself. Love getting badges on segments. I only have two apps that I use for cycling and my iWatch and Strava is my go to app for cycling. Thanks
Bunigrl33 - Not all athletes are runners.
I’m new to Strava. I chose this app because it allows me to track a variety of activities in one app. My primary activities are hiking and walking with a little bit of cycling. I didn’t mind accessing the website to input the info on my bike and my shoes, however, I am concerned that the app will not track the mileage that I put on my shoes because I’m not logging my activity as “running”. This info is just as important to hikers as it is to runners. My profile only shows running and cycling activities so it looks like I have done 0 miles. It appears as though it does not aggregate the miles I put on in other activities. I think we should be able to customize our profiles to show the activities that we actively engage in and get stats for those activities, regardless of what they are.
Old69rider - Stop lights kill your performance
I love the competitive segments when riding your bike but I just hate the terrible penalties you get when coming up on a red light. You can lose 3 seconds coming to a stop then another 3 trying to get back up to speed, but the worst part is when you come to a stop, the Strava timer continues for another TEN seconds !!! Why penalize me for stopping at a red light ?? I already lost time coming to a stop !! I talked to tech support 2 yrs ago and he stated that’s the way the designers did it and they did it for a reason and it’s not changing. I think that it’s stupid and not at all thought out. I did a 45 mi ride, hit 42 lights and was MUCH faster in my Sportstracker app because your time stops or pauses the second you stop then continues the second you take off again .... and much more realistic.
Veraxus - Basic Features Broken
Strava has two very important premium features: Beacon, which lets loved ones or crew follow your ride in real time for safety; and Heart Rate monitoring via Apple Watch. Unfortunately, do to very poor programming, you can’t use both at the same time. To track heart rate you have to start the ride from your Watch - but to use Beacon, you have to start the ride from your phone. Neither phone nor Watch communicate with each other in real time, so you can’t use both - just one or the other.
I really can’t comprehend how a major faux-pas like this happens, and worse, Strava has known about it for almost two years now and hasn’t lifted a finger to fix it. Given the poor state of the app, I recommend using Cyclemeter instead. Unlike Strava, it WILL track both your heart rate and live broadcast your location at the same time. You know, the absolutely basic things you’d expect a $7/month app to do.
hatchers11 - Awesome but it got messed up
I’m competitive, so this app is perfect. It has changed the way I work out. Fantastic.
Edit: lowered my review to three stars. Blatant cash grab from this most recent update. I’ve loved this app for a long time but this is bad. All this right in the middle of a pandemic where money is short. It’s disappointing and I expected more. I understand that you devs need to eat, and I encourage you to try to make more money off of this great app BY IMPROVING PREMIUM FEATURES. I would actually buy premium (I promise) if you gave me even more analytics or an improved route maker or more goals options. Now I will NOT EVER buy premium to get back my favorite features because I’m principally opposed to being extorted. Give your loyal fans back the service we’ve come to expect, and improve your paid service with new ideas.
goodkarmadude - No Sensors?
Been using Map My Ride for a long time now and am a paid subscriber. MMR works well and connects to my speed, heart rate, and cadence meter so easily. But the app is a lil - ugly. It also is geared more towards runners. So I thought I’d try out Strava and see why all the fuss is about - I signed up for the 30 day summit trial and everything looks - well - amazing. Keeps track of the miles I put on my bike and a myriad other brilliant things. Guess what though? No Bluetooth sensor connection - none. You need other supported devices to do that THEN upload that data to your Strava account. Guys, guys, nope. I’m going to cancel my 30 day free subscription. I’ll keep my dumbed down free account for now but won’t actually use the app for recording rides. If the Bluetooth sensor availability is changed I will definitely be forking out the $2 a month for the analysis pack. Until then - forget about it.
CaroC2002 - Apple Watch app
The app for the Apple Watch has many problems. (1) if you start a run and immediately want to stop it, you cannot. The app must detect significant motion motion which makes it not worth using. (2) I uninstalled the app and reinstalled it to deal with the previous issue. My watch told me that i need to login to my account on my phone for it to work, but when I went on my phone app I was logged in and it said my watch was set up. (3) it often does not account for parts of my runs and gets the time - and therefore pace - super inaccurate. For example, I will run 2.5 at about 7 min pace in reality and it will record that I actually ran 4 min avg pace and my first mile took a minute which which is obviously just wrong.
I really would like to use this platform but the watch app is just so disfunctional that I would not recommend it and will switch myself if these problems are not dealt with soon.
CBRAli - So disappointed
I used to love strava but the most recent update has taken away the most basic and essential function of the app, tracking your weekly miles. Seriously?!? I get that they want to try to push the premium subscription but taking away this feature essentially forced everyone’s hand by making the app essentially useless without the subscription. With everything going on in the world right now Strava is just exploiting the situation and forcing everyone to pay for the most basic things and it’s not right. I am extremely disappointed by how aggressive they are becoming with their premium venture. If the subscription was cheaper I’d consider it but the way they are going about it is so frustrating that I’m just going to go somewhere else since it doesn’t seem to any other choice, there essentially is no free version now.
abeginner - With latest release Strava stats and charts are still wrong
For swim analysis the fast split pace is slower than average pace, which is mathematically impossible. Also the swim pace chart looks like 90% of the data is thrown away; the resulting chart looks marginally better than random, especially if you have a mix of intervals and long swim sets. The stroke rate is called cadence, and I can’t tell if it counts “one cycle” as both arms or one arm. Pool length says 25 but not yards or meters, and I swim in both 25yd and 25m pools so the most important info is missing. The running pace chart shows an abnormally high amount of pace variation for a steady run (compared to my Garmin chart, and both are created from the same raw data.) At least the pace charts have meaningful labels on the axes. Before the running pace chart would only label the 6:00/mi and 12:00/mi tick marks, but now it has every minute pace marked.
DirtBagDoc - Decent
Nice app interface for basic functions. The social aspect isn’t too intrusive which is nice. It’s fun being able to compare times on different run segments. There’s some data in the pro version that isn’t accessible on the app which makes the pro version less desirable. Garmin uploads seamlessly which is nice. Some of the King of the Hill top times could be weeded out as there are impossible times (ie 1/4 mile run uphill has a king of the hill at <30 seconds). I understand why some of the pro features are paid (data analysis, Training plans, etc) but there are a few really basic features that are only for the pro version that should be accessible in the free version like setting a mileage goal for the week. Overall average app that I’d like to see improve because I use it all the time!
xTomxShanksX - Charging for features that were free b4
I’m not going to pay for any subscription when the features we use to access were free. It’s sad that the heads of the app decided to get greedy as opposed to sourcing adds and keeping it free. Common guys. I’m no one and I thought of that one all by myself. Keep the advice at no charge or..... it will be $60 every year for the use of the idea. Doesn’t seem right you say? Exactly what all of the old users of this app feel like. We made Strava what it is. With our hiking, walking, running, swimming, cycling, MTB etc. groups and the word of mouth that kept this app on the map. I’ll be looking for a new app as this app also has trouble linking with Garmins, Apple Watch and other smart watches. I’ve lost data on a bad sync and it’s not worth $60 to have an app this weak. Have a good day.
Mr Reptar - Active Sync with Apple Watch?
I’ve been using Strava to log my runs and rides. I enjoy the accuracy and features this app provides. One thing that I miss from using the Nike Run app is that if you open it from the phone and your Apple Watch is connected, it will show you the data on your Apple Watch and use it as a heart rate monitor. For strava, if I start it up on my iPhone, it won’t show the live data on the Apple Watch or use the Apple Watch’s sensor. A little disappointed that it does not allow that. I have to constantly start the app from the Watch, but then that doesn’t allow me to send my beacon alerts. Would love for this feature to be added; having both units in sync, especially when initiated from the phone.
GigiH60 - Forced to use the app
We are currently doing a challenge using Strava to track the data. When we first started using it, in order to log a manual workout, you had to go to the website. This was fine, since it allowed me to track my incline trainer time AND elevation. With the recent updates a couple things have happened. If you log in online, it forces you straight to the app. They HAVE updated it to allow you to create a manual entry, but the selection list is still limited, unlike on the website, (no option for stationary equipment), AND there is no way to capture elevation gains. It would also be nice to be able to log elevation losses as well as gains. Going down an incline puts different stress on the hips and knees.
Randy29615 - Horrible app, horrible tech support
Keep looking for a better app or use Apple Activity for a reliable and stable platform. Reported a problem 19 days ago and all I got was an email saying “We’ll respond as soon as possible.” 19 days. In those 19 days the app was never stable or consistent. It missed workouts that were recorded. The Apple Watch app would either not open, sometimes disappear, or repeatedly reinstall itself. Hopes it would work on iPhone X and latest Apple Watch. How totally disappointed I was. I tried this app because of a Trek bike challenge. I’ve told Trek they can find better partners. If you want an app that crashes, does not preform properly, does not record workout correctly, and has a tech support that is not helpful or responsive, then this is the app for you. I can’t imagine paying for their premium Summit service where you would actually be paying for a bad product and bad service.
riverman11 - No Bluetooth connection
I have loved Strava for a long time but now they are doing away with Bluetooth connectivity in the app for heart rate monitors and power meters. They say it is because the app crashes, why not just fix the problem? Without the connection strava will require you to use a third party if you would like to upload your data, my question now is what is the point of strava if I need to use a third party app to get data? One of the major things strava peaks offers is data based on heart rate meaning it will measure the HR and assign a number value for how hard you worked on a given workout, but with out HR connection this is a useless feature. There certainly is no reason to pay for strava (I am canceling my strava peaks) and I can’t find a reason to use the free version when the third party app will provide me the data I need with the connectivity. Strava was great but now seams completely irrelevant.
welshdk - Strava Locked my Nike Run Club App
I was having a very good experience with Strava, and I understand the need to go more toward a full subscription service to strengthen the company. What I am not happy with is the fact that now, because my Strava and my NRC both took data from my Garmin watch, and were linked, I woke up today and my NRC is now locked and tells me I must “purchase” it in the App store. The only problem is that NRC is a free App. So now, whether I decide to upgrade to a paid Strava account or not, my NRC is being held hostage. I don’t believe that Strava should have released the new mandatory pay version without working out the basic interface issues that might occur. At the very least, the new program should not interfere with the function ANY third party program, especially when one is now a mandatory pay service and the other is still free.
Litespeedrider - Still a problem
I don’t know whether it’s Strava, iOS12 Health app or WatchOS5 Activity app but calories from Strava workouts are not flowing to either Health or Activity. The workouts appear on Health and Activity but not the calories. I’ve done all the typical fixes including reinstalling Strava but the problem persists for both my wife and I. Hopefully either Strava or Apple or both will address this. Funny how I’m just adding to my earlier review. As of this morning, the Strava workouts now appear on my watch but not the calories or the amount of time the workout took. It’s nice that workouts from the Apple Activity App come to Strava but it’d be nice if all my Strava data would make it to the Apple Watch. This smacks of poor programming/coding as well as inadequate quality control. Maybe you need new programmers/coders?
Polymathic - Very good. You get what you pay for!
Hands down the best app for cycling and running. Still hoping for more privacy control and local moderation of segment creation.
To all the whiners out there too cheap to fork a few dollars a month.... we’ve had nine years of free Strava with no ads. Incentive to pay were too low. I only went premium years ago to support them, not for the features. Now it actually makes sense to subscribe. This is much better than going the ad route, and makes me hope they become profitable.
There are free options for those who don’t like the cost. It’s easy to download all you tracks to move on. So why so much complaining? Developers need to eat, too. The freeloaders’ entitlement is pathetic.
ydgsp - Inaccurate for pace and moving time
Too fast on running too slow on swimming....
For running, Strava computes its own moving time if you stop during a race at a water station Strava will not account for it even though you did not stop your watch. You have therefore a better racing time than the official time ( Kilian Jornet has a better time on Strava 18h46min than its official time at UTMB 19h16min). this is not accurate and was reported for years to Strava without any action ( check google). We lose accuracy shame.
For indoor swimming I have the opposite problem, Strava is taking into account the time elapsed between the start and the end of the workout not considering the pause made with my spartan watch. This seems to be a new issue since Suunto has releases its new application Suunto replacing Movescount... accordingly my pace is too slow.
Too fast on running too slow on swimming too much unaccuracy.
jrodrocks510 - Meh
This app works just as well as other GPS apps, but there’s still much to be desired. First, it only reports distance to the tenth of a mile instead of hundredth. Second, it does not give you the option of choosing to hearing your average pace after every mile, but instead only tells you the total time and the time of the previous mile. Third, every time I start a run it will start, pause, then restart. Finally, you can’t preset how far you want to run, so if you’re running an out an back for an odd number of miles you need to stare at your phone/watch until it says 2.5 (if you’re running 5 miles for example). This issue is exacerbated by the first problem I mentioned. If my training program wasn’t linked to Strava I certainly wouldn’t be using it.
gatorjos - Poor user interface while running
I want to love this app and I do like the community aspect of Strava, however the UI while running had gotten me so frustrated I'm staying to look around.
I don't own a smartwatch so my interface is the phone in an armband strap. That means I'm pushing the touchscreen through a plastic shield admittedly less than ideal.
Couple of things:
1. I keep accidentally going into the map mode while I'm running. I don't need map mode I know where I'm going. It took me forever to understand how to get back to the big numbers that show your pace etc. That's really hard to find.
2. Auto pause works like crap. It autopauses when I'm walking up a steep hill or does not pause when I'm taking a break and actually stopped.
I think the running mode should only have giant buttons. Having a little "hide" button on the top right of your screen when you are running and trying to manipulate the app through an armband is useless. The all could also use better smarts around track record. Like when it auto-pauses when I am still running and then didn't figure that out post factum to backfill the data.
Anyway I have lots more, but just know this app feels like a cycling app that was also turned into a running app
Bring back the stars - Stared segments
Strava brought biking to a whole new level. 5 stars. But what happened to the stared segments? Since a few updates the stared segments disappeared, its the biggest bug in smartphone history, please bring back the stared segments.
Now its showing a few random not interesting segments, I have to click all segments and when im there its hard to find the interesting segments because the stars are gone.
I first started to track my rides to know how far I go in a day, why dont Strava show total distance for the day? I used to get around that problem with connecting to health, and I could see total distance of the day in health, but that function stopped working.
SLAZ3 - Need Double Digit
I love your app and recommend it, but please I’m begging for the double-digit when calculating distance (we need to the one-hundredth), for example 2.9 is not as informative as 2.99! I really would like to use just your app instead of yours plus a second app which gives me that detail. We need this feature on the Apple Watch version!! I LOVE the fact that Strava remembers my segments and compares those runs - thank you! Last wish would be to be able to touch a segment after the run (in the phone or web version) and see my pace or speed at that moment of the run, or that segment. Thank you for the other amazing features!!
FlyingEar - Why Background App Refresh?
My old tracker app was not going to be supported by iOS 11 and a friend recommended Strava. I really like the app and appreciate that it does everything I need despite the focus on social networking which isn't my cup of tea.
The one thing that really bugs me is Strava's requirement for Background App Refresh to be active. I never needed to have that on for my previous tracker and I don't even need it for most apps which handle GPS and data functions just like Strava. I usually leave that function off to preserve battery life so it is an extra step (along with turning on location services) I have to take when starting Strava. If it could be updated to eliminate that requirement, I would give this app 4.5 stars (I know I have to pick an integer).
TheMoose16 - A Review from a Real Runner
Strava is overall, an excellent app. I run high school cross country and track, and through Strava, it has kept me motivated to train day-in and day-out. The fact that so many runners use the app, enables me to follow other excellent high school runners, as well as all-time great runners such as Jim Walmsley among others. It really allows you to analyze runners that spent their life finding the right balance between mileage and workouts, and by being able to access this, has given me a whole new prospective on training. KUDOS to the developers of Strava for creating such a motivational and inspiring app that I will continue to use for many, many years to come.
ZurichGuy - Needs Improvement
This is my second season using Strava for road cycling. This year, it sometimes “looses me” near the end of a ride and then when I finish, it just draws a line from where it lost me to where I stopped.
I use a C-dale cycle computer that I’ve calibrated to exact distances. Strava under and over reports the distances of my rides, sometimes by as much as 0.5 miles per 12 mile rides. Also, Strava consistently over reports max speed. Cycle computer reported 30.1, 30.3, and 29.1 and Strava’s numbers were 48.1, 45.0, and 36.9 for the same rides.
But the worst is calories burned. I used four different methods to track calories (HRM, cycle computer, fitness tracker set to cycling, and calculated from ride data). Those four vary slightly from ride to ride but generally give similar numbers for calories burned. But the Strava numbers are always about half of those other four methods (with a low of 41% lower and a high of 60.5% lower). I contacted Strava and provided complete details. Their response was basically “we like our method”.
The only reason I keep using it is because it tracks my efforts on various segments of rides and lets me know when I’ve improved on segments. I just wish the rest of the app was more accurate.
Fort Mudge - Logging Data to Health app
I’ve used Strava for four years to track biking and walking miles and I’ve been generally thrilled. It’s accurate (checked against odometer and Google Earth) and convenient and does everything I really need. But the link to the Health app needs fixing. When I edit an event (add a description, fix a typo leaving the data strictly alone) Strava adds a new record to Health rather than updating the existing record. So the particular event is duplicated and my total mileage, calorie and other data appears to double as tabulated in Health.
This should be an easy fix—just delete the old record before adding the revised record.
Chones - Apple Watch App Is Bad
The functionality of both the iPhone & Apple Watch app work well. There is sometimes a lag between syncing if you don’t take your phone with you on a run & have to manually sync. But other than that everything works ok.
The low rating is specifically for the Strava Apple Watch app.
It needs to be updated to take advantage of all the things that the watch is capable of which isn’t a lot but Watch OS5 does have some evolutionarily advancements that Strava ought to take advantage of.
As it stands, the Strava watch app is very basic. For example, there should be an option for interval training or perhaps It wouldn’t be too difficult to add that functionality to the outdoor run section. Or how about the ability to gauge cadence with Watch OS5? These are very basic quality of life improvements that Strava engineers could easily patch into a future fix...but it’s been years with this outdated, behind the curve basic watch app which is a shame because most runners I know use Strava to track their workouts exclusively.
qplunk - Needs a lot of work
I like the organization of the app, the interaction with friends, and how Strava shows your progress on routes you run often. I do not like how the pace that is posted is different than my actual pace, even with the auto pause turned off. If I have to stop because there is a red light on my route, I want that to stay calculated in my overall pace. I don’t want to think I run an 8 minute mile if I’m only running a 9 minute mile. I’m also extremely annoyed with the GPS on this app. There have been multiple occasions where I run a quarter mile or more and strava just doesn’t pick it up. I don’t want to be cheated of mileage or need to stop during a run to restart my phone and app so that the rest of my run and pace isn’t effected by strava. I’ve heard great things about run keeper and will be switching over.
Nick DiVona - Greed is ruining this app.
I’ve been recommending this to friends to track their activity simply because most people can get away using the free version of the app. The paid version previously had some solid features that were great, but the free version wasn’t lacking and didn’t feel intentionally crippled by the developer.
The new version does. The free version was essentially stripped of all features besides base tracking. All of these features were moved into the paid tier. All of this, especially in a time where tons of people are out of work feel incredibly greedy.
I’ll still use this app as someone who has paid, but it’s going to be harder to recommend it to others. Also this decision on Strava’s part has left a bad taste in my mouth towards a company that I otherwise liked.
Zeroes - Best running app, but...
Strava is the best app for analyzing run data, segments, progression over time, etc. As a data nerd, I love it, and happily pay for the premium service.
But, the Apple Watch app is an embarrassment. There are dozens of threads about issues people have with data syncing, lost distance, unclear online directions, worse data collection than Apple’s built-in tools (which Stava’s team have access to through APIs). I use Apple’s Workout app to track my runs, and import to Strava with a third app (RunGap). This is the only way I have been able to consistently track my entire run, get heart rate data, and have a watch app UI that is well thought out. The data I get though this process is as robust as the best dedicated GPS watches, but I can’t get it done with Strava’s app.
b_spencer - A sad day....
I hate to write this review as I have enjoyed using Strava in the past and I think that it did many things well. If one chose to pay for a subscription they received extra things that for many may have been well worth the investment. However, when you (Strava) feel that enough folks are not subscribing you should not take what was free and then charge for it! That is in poor taste. What you should do is improve what you offer for your paid subscribers that has never been offered for free. When you take what you once did not charge for and then charge for it while not improving it at all it says that you could not improve your product enough to create subscribers through new innovations. Very sad. I will not only not be paying to subscribe to see my “Matched Activities” but I will also now be deleting your app from my phone.
monrasmu - They keep removing simple features to force you to buy premium
I love the layout of Strava, but it’s not a great business model to give users features only to slowly take them away (leaderboards, weekly mileage) to try to get them to buy premium. At some point I’m going to get annoyed enough that we can no longer access simple features like weekly mileage or get tired of the constant pop-ups prompting me to buy premium. There’s a lot of alternatives on the market (Garmin Connect, RunKeeper, MapMyRun) that offer the same features, so Strava should be capitalizing on the popularity they have and trying to find a way to make that profitable without removing existing (simple, honestly) features, rather than slowly driving people away by trying to force purchase of premium 🤷🏻♀️ tracking weekly mileage is the bare minimum of a functioning exercise app.
ericpga - Problem with Apple Watch
I’m a fervent and frequent user of Strava, particularly using its Apple Watch app. Unfortunately after this release, the Strava in Apple Watch is quite buggy, constantly de-installing itself from the Watch, including in mid-routines, which unfortunately in my case I discovered in the middle of my weekly long run; What was my surprise that even though the Apple Wath app started running smoothly (which I doubled checked given the recent de-installations), it looks like somewhere thru my running, it deinstalled, NOT recording anything of my routine. I hope they solve this bugs so I can starting using/trusting again the Appel Watch version.
evancycles - Great Social Activity app with some features needing improvement
Great way to connect with friends, compare segment performance, and download routes. However I feel other apps do some non-social things better. For example: The app Ride with GPS creating routes feature is a fine tuned machine compared to Strava’s clunky beta route builder, even my Lezyne GPS comes with a better route builder online app. The ability to upload a GPX file not related to a Strava activity into the Strava route builder would be helpful. Overall Strava has become the Facebook of Running, Cycling and swimming with some good features, but it’s currently not the one and only app I use at the moment. I go back and forth on if the premium membership is with the cost, but I’ll likely renew.
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