Bivy – Messaging & Navigation

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About this app

*** Largest database of outdoor adventures on the market ***
*** World's Most accurate tracking and mapped adventures ***
*** More than just trails. 17 different outdoor adventure types ***

* Completely new look and design. Easy to use with a huge database of adventures.
* 17 different adventure types, Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Rock Climbing and Backcountry skiing all in one app.
* 43,000+ adventures fully mapped - never get lost again!
* Share adventures with your friends, build up your profile and contribute your favorite photos and routes.
* Share your location with friends and other Bivy users. Make it easy to stay safe and found.

• Easily find any kind of outdoor adventure near you. Filter by activity type, difficulty, and quality.
• Bivy has 17 different adventure types: Hiking, mountain biking, road biking, trail running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, camping, rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, canyoneering, bouldering, aid climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and sea kayaking.
• Search by map or list. Get directions to the start of every adventure

• Let Bivy track your location on the full path of every adventure.
• If you go off-route, Bivy will alert you to get back on the right path.
• Keep track of your pace, mileage, calories burned, top speed, resting time and ETA.

• Locate other friends and Bivy users in the outdoors. See other adventurers near you.
• Find out who has completed adventures you are interested in. And see comments on each adventure
• Build status in the community by completing adventures and uploading your own adventures, photos, comments, and corrections. Be the most accomplished adventurer in your neck of the woods.
• Every uploaded adventure is vetted by our knowledgeable staff so you can trust the accuracy and quality of the data.

• Share your location with friends or other Bivy users. If you don’t come back on time, they will be able to see your path and location.
• Every adventure description gives you detailed information on distance, elevation, and difficulty
• While you are tracking, Bivy will tell you how much further you have and your expected time of arrival at your current pace.

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
Updated on
Apr 4, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
App info and performance
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 4 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

145 reviews
Ming Slogar
September 23, 2020
The Bivy Stick is a genius device which avoids the oftentimes clunky interface of other satellite communicators by moving all of this functionality to your phone via the Bivy app. The Bivy app, however, is not quite as genius. Here are a few issues I ran into when using this on a 7-day backpacking trip with Bivy Stick Orange: 1) Incoming messages don't update reliably unless there's an outgoing request (message, weather). The "updated now/0 minutes ago" indicator is garbage -- I would still get a message from hours prior the minute an outgoing message sent. Luckily I paid for unlimited credits, so I'd just refresh the weather every so often to check messages. 2) Outgoing messages don't send reliably (most notably one asking my partner to pick me up from a trailhead -- two hours later without a response/my partner ever appearing I finally realized that the message must never have gone through -- and, indeed, it didn't, even though the app indicated that the message had been sent). This seems to be most prevalent if the message includes GPS coordinates. I've got Bivy Stick Blue on preorder and hopefully the check-in button works more reliably than the app's messaging -- otherwise perhaps the underlying issue is that the device itself is unreliable. 3) Tracking on the app drains phone battery quite dramatically. I think I went through 80% of my battery in 4 hours with tracking enabled. 4) Switching to another app while tracking is running crashes the Bivy app, and consequently crashes tracking. Do you really expect me to have the app open and in the foreground continuously? 5) Leaving the app open drains phone battery quite dramatically, even if not tracking and if running in the background. I had to force quit the app when I wasn't actively sending/expecting a message to get a day's use out of my phone. 6) Downloading offline maps is a PITA. Just let me select a huge area and download the whole thing, don't force me to use the clunky area selector interface to download 100 MB chunks -- I have 100 GB free on my device, after all. All in all, I'm glad I had this device + app when I was in the backcountry, but god damn, it'd be so much more worth the money if the app was actually engineered and tested by software developers worth their salt. (Edit: apologies for the wall of text; Google apparently doesn't like my whitespace formatting and keeps removing it.)
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Neelam Mudaliar
July 10, 2020
I love bivy and the app does have a lot of useful info about trails/adventures displayed in a easy format. I like the recording features that show your distance and speed and it is a easy format to read. Over all it has worked for me and I look forward to more data being included in the future. Their customer service is exceptional too.
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Jordan Pio
September 6, 2020
Works decently with my Bivystick. Could use some improvements. Wish that it displayed more clearly the battery status of my Bivystick (current charge percentage, whether it is being charged when plugged in, etc.). I also wish it would display more clearly the satellite connection status. It's often difficult to tell whether or not it has a good signal. Lastly, the messaging section feels pretty clunky. I often have to back out of a conversation to actually see that I've gotten a response.
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