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  • A solution for planning routes on your mobile...

    Whilst Connect Mobile is great in lots of ways, the lack of ability to plan a course/route as you can on the web version of Connect is a real pain. I found a brilliant free third party app (or £1.99 to remove ads) called Easy Route (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/easy...605127860?mt=8) which allows you to plan a route and then export it as a GPS file directly into Mobile Connect. It then appears as a course in Connect Mobile and then you can save it and export it to your watch.

    I find it's best to have Connect Mobile open at the same time as you do the export from Easy Route. Easy Route isn't perfect but it's pretty good and gives you the ability to plan a course when getting online to access full Connect just isn't an option. Just yesterday afternoon for example on a long drive home I decided I fancied a run in a countryside area I didn't know. I parked up, got out my phone, plotted a route on Easy Route (including roads and footpaths/trail) exported it as a Course to Connect app and synced it to my watch - got changed and I was off.

    Hope that's useful for some of you whilst we wait for Garmin to get mobile course planning sorted themselves!

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    On Android I'm using osmand+ that allows gpx export. Since i can't sync during an activity I'm also using iq receiver to transfer the gpx.

    Besides normal route Osmand+ also has minimize ascend and minimize grade route algorithms, that I like specially when I'm tired.

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    • #3
      Excellent app, thanks for the tip!

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      • #4
        I use Locus Map in combination with www.openandromaps.org or for Slovak or Czech user Freemap plugin for Locus.
        JH (Oregon 450, Forerunner 610, Fenix 3 Grey)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jose.cboliveira View Post
          On Android I'm using osmand+ that allows gpx export. Since i can't sync during an activity I'm also using iq receiver to transfer the gpx.

          Besides normal route Osmand+ also has minimize ascend and minimize grade route algorithms, that I like specially when I'm tired.
          Could you point us to a resource or directions how you utilize this app for planning a hike or something off-road? Same start and end point, but a loop or something squirelly like that. Struggling to figure out how to do more than a from-to for standard navigation.

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          • #6
            Garmin Explore is coming soon to Fenix family I guess - already out as a mobile app, but does not support yet Fenix.
            My equipment evolution: none -> mobile -> Ambit 3 -> Fenix 3 -> Fenix 5
            My running pace evolution: 10:00 -> 5:00 -> 5:10 -> 5:20 -> 5:40 ...... the sums are equal :-)

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