3D view map preview is selected by default for all trail runs. I see it a lot in my feed because most of people who I follow are trail runners. I find that the 3D map hurts usability of Strava more than it helps. With the 2D map, just by glancing at the map preview, I often instantly know where the run was - many shapes of trails are easily recognizable.
But with the 3D map a good part of the route is often obstructed by terrain like in the example below. That is because the view is always oriented south to north. So unless the activity was on a south slope or the terrain is fairly flat, the 3D map often looks quite terrible and useless to convey a good information about the activity.
I find that I often want to switch back to the normal 2D map, and that is glitchy by the way. Often I switch the map at the same time as editing a run title and details but it doesn't get switched. And then I have to edit the activity and change it again.
I'd really like an option to remember the map type and automatically apply it. Except some rare cases I don't want to have the 3D map selected by default because frankly it doesn't work.
Howdy folks, I'd like to announce an update to 3D maps in feed. We have just released an update that will improve the visibility of your activity when you select the 3D static map option. We now select the best camera angle for your followers to see what you have accomplished. Here is a screenshot of what an activity looked like vs now with the latest changes in this feature.
Additionally, you can now disable the default 3D map for trail sports. Please be aware that changing this setting will only impact future uploads. Previous activity uploads will not be changed.
This is so frustrating. Even if 3d is the default map the fact that it ignores my choice of standard the first time I post an activity every single time and makes me have to edit the activity is a constant annoyance. My experience with Strava is currently worse than before I started paying for it...
That is true. I wanted to post about that again too. The first time the map view is changed, that is always ignored by Strava. So every entry has to be edited twice.
And here is another example of how useless 3D map previews can be - at least 80% of the route is obscured by terrain:
Are there any plans to address this?