Strava is a running and cycling tracking app that also allows you to track many other sports. Strava describes itself as a social media app for athletes with social features like adding pictures to runs and competitive leaderboards. There is a free option and a subscription plan with many additional features.
The free version of Strava allows you to track your exercise and see post-run stats like time, distance, pace, elevation gain, calories, heart rate, and running splits. Strava is unique in that the free tier has a live-tracking feature, Beacon, where you can share your current run and live position with friends and family for safety and support. Most other apps have this feature as a part of their paid subscription plans.
If you pay to use Strava you will gain additional features and access to more statistics. Subscription members will get access to data on power and more detailed heart rate tracking. They will also be able to compete on Segments, a leaderboard of fastest times for popular segments of trails or roads in your area. Strava premium members will also have access to Strava’s library of routes and trails, which the company claims is the largest collection of routes in the world, so you can always find a new place to run. Strava also has Heatmaps to show you where you most often run.
Strava has largely positive reviews among users. They love the combination of activity tracking and social media. They also love all the statistics they have access to within the app to analyze their runs. Some users were frustrated they had to visit the website to use some features like adding new shoes to track their mileage. They also wished they could hide information about activities they weren’t interested in if they were exclusively a runner or cyclist. Some users also found the auto-pause features a little slow to respond but it didn’t prevent them from using the app.
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