I run and bike, and was hoping I could do both with Strava. I love that I can sync my peloton rides, and have one log book. The segments make mini challenges out of every ride.
However, the run interface in the app needs serious work. If I start a run on the phone, I can’t see progress on my watch. When it pauses, it takes a while to resume. I have run the same segment using different apps, and strava always reports the distance shorter than anything else (and my car, meaning the app is inaccurate). There is not even minimal music integration. At this point, the only value I see in the app is as a logbook and a way to share rides/runs with friends.
Previous review before trying premium:
I would pay a one time app price for some of the premium features, but dont need most (im not a pro sport person). -$70 per year is more than apple's music cloud service and half of what amazon charges for prime, and both those services provide WAY more value
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.
Dear Strava Inc,
You ask us to pay you $60 for barely useful “cool features” in your app. There’s nothing in there that would justify such price. How about you make your app useful to a cyclist who can use turn by turn navigation for a track he/she created? What is the use of your track map planing feature when you can’t hear where to turn while riding a bike? It’s strange how you have this decent planning tool to creat a track, but yet it’s so useless when it comes time to use it. Do you expect cyclists to pull out their phones in middle of the ride and check where they’re supposed to go? If you’re asking for more money from your app users, then provide a utility would be beneficial. Outside of keeping our workout records, which can be done for free with other apps, you do not offer any value.
Well, strava is a well designed app I enjoyed using. But it’s a shame they decided to paywall the leaderboard and a few of the things that didn’t use to be paywalled. I don’t fault them for wanting to make money, but I just don’t care enough about those features to pay as much as they’re charging, and so maybe I’ll use the app from time to time going forward, but now I don’t have a compelling reason to, since that was the fun part (as they know).
So II guess what I’m saying is, it’s not worth $8 a month unless maybe I was still competitively racing -but I’m not. And it’s a shame they made the changes and took away most of the value of the app. But I guess that’s the point.
I understand that a company is supposed to generate revenue. But are you joking. I have used Strava for years and all of a sudden I need to pay 60$ to look at a leaderboard of times, even against my friends. Kinda thought Strava would stay this cool app that was community friendly and supported and helps athletes grow. Turns out they only want to give you even half-useful data for a price. Can’t wait to see all the other apps that use the segments from Strava get completely ruined. Waiting for a good alternative, any developers get to work, I would even be fine with seeing ads for a carbon-copy of old Strava.
Unlike many other users I just recently (in April) started using Strava and it has been a great tracking app for all of my walks and runs. I hadn’t become familiar with all of the great features that are now being taken away in the free version. My frustration is that in the past five days since the most recent update I have lost two runs that were not saved. There is nothing more crushing than to end your run with the excitement of seeing your stats only to have it disappear as though it never happened when I know it was recording during the activity! It was a great app until now it’s not!
My team uses Strava as a way to keep a training log and keep up with each other’s workouts year round. It has become our own little version of social media over the years and many of us are on there almost every day. Recently, a few of us have had a problem where our Garmin devices have become disconnected from Strava, so our activities stop syncing. I have personally had this happen at least twice now over the last month or so. It is a little frustrating to have to continually reconnect the app when it has been connected previously with no issues. Hopefully this problem gets resolved soon!
Long story short: I tried to link my Apple Watch to Strava. I accepted all the permissions. I used the Watch app on the iPhone to install the Strava Watch app. Launching that tells me to “use my phone to sign in to Strava”.
Well I AM signed in to Strava. So I shut everything down, delete and re-install, log out, log back in, etc etc. You know the drill.
Nothing worked. The Apple Watch Strava app is DOA. The online Strava Apple Watch support documentation had nothing about this issue.
I guess I don’t get to use Strava on my Apple Watch. Trial canceled; app deleted.
I am new to strava and have had it for around a month. Today I went for a 5 mile run and hit finish on the app. It then went back to the main screen without updating and saving my run. I assumed it just didn’t save and would check again later. So I did later and it said “strava is taking too long please try again later” so naturally, I closed out of the app and reopened it. Nothing. No trace of the run I had just saved. I will continue to use the app but don’t recommend and if there was an app I could use instead I would gladly stop using strava.
This app was the leader of the pack in my opinion a few years ago. However, now with the Premium subscription service, rather than develop new, high end analytics for premium users they are taking away free features, consistently, one at a time and adding them to Premium. I’m becoming more and more disappointed with the free service with each update. It’s lazy - innovate something for Premium to make me want it, stop robbing me of the free features to try to incentivize me to subscribe. Your current strategy will not keep me as a loyal user.