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: 3
From 23 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.



  • 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.
  • Would not even download it if it was a free app

    By Samgnz
    Worst App ever! Not even worth the time it took to download it. Wish i could get my money back on this!
  • Because X overland

    By Rascopermian
    Works great
  • Abandoned

    By Schmida
    This app hasn't been updated since launch in May 2016. You pay $20 for a lazy clone of a well maintained app (Gaia GPS), with the only value proposition being pretty much 'offline HEMA maps'. Keep in mind that those maps are lacking any detail once zoomed in even moderately. You are better off with paper maps for long distance planning, or one of the multiple apps that source publicly available or open-source material (e.g. USGS Topo series, Open Street Maps)
  • Improved

    By Bob4461
    Great app. Lots of different maps. Wish he would have a print map button. Off-line works great just make sure you take the time to download the Maps you want.
  • Partially great

    By Trentor
    It has some great features, albeit somewhat convoluted and overly complicated. I think it has great potential, but mostly my issue is that it crashes. all. the. time. Reinstalling doesn't help.
  • Very Useful

    By Noelskilz
    I downloaded the app to use in the Routt National Forest south of Steamboat Springs. The offline mode works well and the variety of maps is very helpful. I have not yet found a set of maps that are truly accurate for the area so having multiple views is very helpful. I downloaded a number of trails from traildamage.com directly to the app from my iPhone and it worked great. I would love to see this type of information included directly in the app, perhaps in the form of a state level trail package or something similar. I would recommend this app and look forward to future improvements.
  • Pretty much useless

    By m4guru
    This is Gaia's engine, stripped down and with barely any support. Might as well buy Gaia, Mpotion X, or LeadNav which acutally updates on occasion. I bought Hema NA based on internet hype the day it released, and a fool and his money parted ways, Has for Hema NA, I have removed and re-installed it 3 times, on three current iOS devices. Whenever I select a map layer, which I downloaded to run when offline and out of data range, it will flash up and go grey. I can see my icon roating on a blank grey screen. I will select another layer, which flashes and then goes away regardless of zoom or how many layers are active (1-6). I requested a refund after no updates or service could make the app functional after 90 days. I didn't even know you could request refunds on iTunes, because I've never downloaded anything as disappointing as Hema NA. Three months is enough to update an app you BOUGHT FROM GAIA and has been working for people for a long time. My refund was denied, so I deleted Hema and will instead use that storage space for dog memes, or photos of written directions to places I will never go in languages I will never speak, because it will still be more useful than this app. The only thing worse than the functionality of this app is the support that backs it.