HemaExplorer | North America Off Road Navigation

HemaExplorer | North America Off Road Navigation

By Hema Maps

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2016-05-16
  • Current Version: 1.0.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 149.16 MB
  • Developer: Hema Maps
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 31 Ratings


Plan, navigate and share your next 4x4 or overland adventure through the United States and Canada with the Hema Explorer overland navigation app for North America: • Track your GPS position in real-time on offline maps • Use trusted topographic mapping to explore North America backcountry: USGS Topo, Thunderforest Outdoors and Canada Topo • Use additional street and touring maps for navigating populated areas: Hema USA Road Map, HERE Street and Canada Street mapping • Generate an offline route to an address or waypoint using Quick Routing • Save a log of your trip with track recordings, geotagged photos, waypoints and trip notes • Backup all your trip data to your free Hema Explorer Cloud account which you can share with the Hema Explorer community • Share your trips online with friends and family PLAN Generate a route line to an address or waypoint using Quick Routing, manually create point-to-point routes, or mark important locations using waypoints to plan your journey in full. You can even organise your data for each specific trip by saving it to an individual folder, allowing you to keep all your downloaded maps, waypoints and routes in one place. NAVIGATE By delivering offline mapping to your mobile device, Hema Explorer makes it easy to navigate 4x4 and overland adventures throughout North America. Download the maps you need offline before you go, then track your position as you travel and save a log of your journey to find your way home. With Hema Explorer, you get full access to detailed USGS Topographic and USGS 7.5 mapping, the Hema USA Road Map, Thunderforest Outdoors, Canada Topo and Canada Street, in addition to HERE Street, Terrain and Aerial imagery mapping for North America. SHARE Hema Explorer lets you record your journey with track logs, geotagged photos, waypoints and trip notes, which you can automatically backup to your free Hema Explorer Cloud account. You can then post your trips to the Hema Explorer Cloud trip gallery, where you can share your adventures with the Hema Explorer community, browse and comment on other people’s trails, or post your trip directly to Facebook and Twitter. Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.



  • Doesn’t work at all in iOS 11

    By DananC
    I contacted support because my app wasn’t working. This was their reply: When Apple introduced iOS 11 on September 19 2017, it caused some issues with the user interface within the app. There will be an update out (but we have no specific date when it will be available) to address the issues created by the iOS 11 update...
  • Great Potential, Long way to go

    By Jacklpe
    The format is relatively easy and user friendly. The performance is pretty lackluster. Lots of flickering in offline mode, and difficulty zooming in as well. Certain maps seem to also have trouble loading at all, even with a great connection. I hope this will improve in the future. Update 12/5/17 The basic functions of the app, like a usable back button aren’t even working now. I had really high hopes for this program, but it’s just a waste of money.
  • Serious UI issues

    By Sharky's Dad
    I had high hopes for this app. They weren’t met. The app has significant clipping and UI problems that force you to restart the app once you’re in a sub screen. Amazed that apple allowed the app in the store
  • Not worth it

    By Ullur
    This is essentially a dead app on iOS 11. Super buggy clone of the old Gaia app.
  • Don’t purchase this.

    By B Patt
    Quite disappointed with this app; don’t waste $20. For the price of this app you can have a 2 year subscription to Gaia GPS which is substantially better than the current Hema offering. This app has many software bugs, the offline functionality is lacking, and the route creation feature leaves much to be desired. Do yourself a favor and give Gaia a try for free for 7 days.
  • Clunky, poorly designed interface.

    By zerobeachone
    This was an interesting 1.0 app, but it’s been more than a year and interface problems have gotten worse, not better. Text buttons overwrite each other, making it impossible to click either of them and you have to force quit the program. I seem to recall paying $20 for Hema Explorer and it’s this poorly supported? Avoid.
  • Unsupported, sad clone of a better app.

    By BKO94
    I gave in to the Hema hype after hearing about it on various overlanding sites, and seeing it used in a few series. Unfortunately, the app as delivered is essentially a clone of Gaia GPS, but a clone of what Gaia was a few months prior. Gaia has progressed, seen substantial updates, and new content added on the regular. The Hema app however, is stagnant, buggy, and a bit of a waste of good potential. It's still somewhat usable, so I can't give it just one star, but it's not something I could recommend, when there's much better options available for the same (or similar) price.
  • 5138 miles

    By Buntings
    I used Hema Explorer to plan and drive a trip from Virginia through Colorado to Utah. I found tracks for the main off road areas we wanted to drive and loaded them on both my iPhone and iPad. The tracks made off roading in unfamiliar areas very easy. On the interstate I liked using the Hema base map to locate rest areas and other locations. The Thunderforest maps are okay but not always detailed enough or accurate but still very helpful. After I recorded over 3000 miles in a track to document the entire trip, the older iPad became unresponsive until I stopped recording and started a new track. I suspect future versions will get better and better. In 2017, I am trying to plan a second trip. I found tracks on Hema Cloud and added them to my account. Sync on my iPhone nor iPad will work. Sometimes, the app will not even open. I do not trust this app for any remote navigation since it is unreliable recently. I will take another app as a backup and paper maps. The app frequently crashes. I used Facebook sign in which may be part of the problem.
  • Long way to go.

    By chicogino
    I was super excited about Hema's debut in the US, but after struggling with the app for a couple months now, I don't think I can recommend it. The biggest issues for me: 1) The performance offline is terrible. You can download multiple map layers for a section, and as soon as you're offline, the map tiles never load when you zoom in. The result when you zoom in is either bizarre flickering between layers, or simply a blurred, extraoplated version of what you were just looking at. 2) Lots of UI and UI feedback quirks. For example, for me at least, switching between map layers is not intuitive, and after months of using it, it still isn't natural. The drag and drop interface feels like overkill; a much clearer layer adding/switching UI could be accomplished with other controls. 3) It isn't clear that you can download multiple map layers. It should be an integrated part of the download flow vs. something you have to hunt for. This doesn't really matter though, as offline maps do not seem to work. I've tested this app on an iPad mini, and a brand new iPad pro, and the issues are the same across devices. I gave it two stars because it seemingly will not work offline, and that's the entire point of this app. I hope HEMA can manage to pull it together with their North American product. Our market is many times larger than AU, but the bugs and a lack of user data are some big hurdles. Good luck, Hema folks! We need you. If the team wants more feedback, feel free to email me.
  • HEMA North America made for best trip ever

    By DallasFJ
    I went to the FJ Summit and learned the HEMA app on the fly on the way there. It was easy to pick up. Later in October I went to Moab, Utah. Pre-loaded maps and tracks made for one of the best trips ever. Instead of going directly to Moab via highway, I took offroad trails from Monticello. Note that some of the trails required permits which I had because I had pretty much mapped my route before I left from Dallas using HEMA and had made arrangements with national parks. The program was stable and easy to use. I have some tracks with photos which were across multiple days with no issues. At the end of the day, I just paused the track, set up camp, and was able to look at other programs without disturbing the track. I highly recommend this program for anyone traveling offroad. Preload maps and tracks and go. I did use the HEMA offline option as well as turned off the cellular data in settings on my iPAD when I was in very remote areas without cell service. The GPS still worked in this mode. Again, the app was stable and worked great. I highly recommend it.