Have you ever wanted to organise your own wolf pack ride or find a group social ride you can join and not have to worry about people getting lost or split up?
Now this free new Wolf Pack app for Androids and iOS makes all of that a breeze. Download the app here.
The app promises to allow you to create a route, invite friends and then keep track of them on the ride and even send messages within the group.
Or you can find nearby rides, join them and the app will then guide you to the start of the ride and hook you up with the other riders for tracking and communication purposes.
The idea of being able to track riders makes a group ride safer. If someone wanders off or – heaven forbid – rides off the road into the forest, you will be able to track them.
There are other tracker devices out there you can use that will have greater reach in remote areas, but this ties a lot of social features together in one neat package.
At zilch cost, it’s certainly worth giving Wolf Pack a go.
However, it should be noted the app uses your GPS to provide navigation so it can limit your smartphone’s battery life.
When the Wolf Pack makers asked us to review their app we were enthusiastic. However, it just didn’t work on an iPhone in any southern hemisphere countries.
We liaised with Wolf Pack CEO Jonathan Chashper until the problem was sorted in a couple of days.
“We found the problem; my iOS developer blocked all locations with negative coordinates basically, blocking out the southern hemisphere,” Jonathan says.
They submitted their fix to Apple for approval and it is now working just fine in every country, north or south of the equator. And it’s easy and intuitive to use.
Not only that, but they have already updated the first version and fixed a few other teething issues.
New Wolf Pack features include being able to see your lifetime pack and run activity and view details from other users by pressing on their profile image.
They’ve also added the option to set distances in miles or kilometres and the clock to 12h/24h formats.
It’s good to see they are on the ball to offer new functionality and fix any bugs users might find.
While some may say it’s all too technical, a dangerous distraction and spoils a good ride, others will appreciate the added security it offers.
Also, it should be noted that the message facility allows you to send quick, predefined messages to the pack with just a couple of taps of your finger. Ideally, you would do this when stopped!