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Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS Watch

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  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver for improved performance and reception
  • Unit-to-unit wireless data transfer capabilities for waypoints, routes and tracks
  • Electronic compass and barometric
  • USB interface
  • Waterproof standard: IEC 60529 IPX7
  • Rugged, lightweight

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.3 x 7.4 cm ; 86 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 010-00777-00
  • Date first available at 7 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,390 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS Watch

The Foretrex 401 is a slim wrist-mounted GPS navigator perfect for outdoor activities that require the use of both hands. Foretrex 401 combines a high-sensitivity waterproof GPS receiver, electronic compass and barometric altimeter into a lightweight device ideal for hikers, skiers, campers and military personnel.

Garmin Foretrex 401: Easy-to-view location data <
Garmin Foretrex 401: Easy-to-view location data

Retrace Your Steps

No matter where your adventure takes you, you'll never worry about getting lost with the Foretrex 401. Foretrex keeps track of your path and displays it as a dotted trail on the screen. Just turn on Foretrex's TracBack feature, and you can retrace your path back to where you started. Keep track of your bearing and altitude with Foretrex 401's electronic compass and barometric altimeter. You can save locations in memory as waypoints, so you can always find your way back to any important place, like your campsite or vehicle. And with up to 17 hours of battery life and replaceable AAA batteries (not included), you'll never worry about making it back. The trip computer shows your current speed, average speed, maximum speed, trip odometer and other helpful statistics.

Garmin Foretrex 401: Save Waypoints And Routes
Garmin Foretrex 401: Save Waypoints And Routes

Time yourself

Foretrex 401 includes a timer so you can record how fast you’ve gone – whether that’s down a ski slope, over rapids, or across country on a run.

Garmin Foretrex 401: Time yourself
Garmin Foretrex 401: Time yourself

Track Your Data

Foretrex 401 lets you create and store routes to all of your favourite places and provides other helpful information, including a trip computer, sunrise/sunset times and hunting and fishing information. For even more data, connect Foretrex 401 to a wireless accessory (optional extra), such as a heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, or clip it on your bike with the accessory bike mount. To keep track of your trip, connect your Foretrex to your PC or Mac with USB to store your waypoints, routes and tracks on your computer. You also can share waypoints, routes and tracks wirelessly with certain Garmin outdoor handheld devices, and it also is compatible with Garmin heart-rate monitors and cadence sensors.

Get Connected

Upload your activities to Garmin Connect on the Garmin website. It allows you to view your activities on a map, explore other routes from more than 12 million customers and share your experiences.

Share your Adventure

Now you can share your activities with friends, family and fellow explorers for free via Garmin Adventures (to find out more, visit the Garmin website). It’s a great way to show people where you’ve been and highlight your favourite places. You can add photos, YouTube videos, geocaches and notes then share your adventure via email and social media. Simply upload your activity to our free BaseCamp programme online to get started.

Box Contains

  • Foretrex 401
  • USB cable
  • Expander strap
  • Owner’s manual on disk and quick start manual

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.4 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    81 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Waypoint Charlie on 20 Sep 2010
    This is my first walking/trekking GPS and I am generally very pleased with it. I'm glad I opted for a wrist worn device, rather than a portable brick, even if it does lack colour and mapping. For me a significant part of the enjoyment of trekking is the exploration and navigation and I want to use the Foretrex as a companion to a conventional map and compass. I don't feel ready for a Satmap Active yet and anyway, I've seen the price of the maps!

    The GPS sensitivity is good and in the open the Foretrex normally reports a position accuracy of 3m. Before setting off I set it down in the open for a few minutes, so as to get good satellite locks.

    Unlike some people I have no problem with the length of the Velcro strap. Perhaps I have a thin wrist or Garmin have simply designed it for the European rather than American physique! It's not uncomfortable to wear and the pins holding the strap are probably more robust than they look. It's not exactly a fashion statement, but then it's not supposed to be.

    I bought the Foretrex 401 instead the 301 as I thought I'd like the ability to link to a heart rate monitor (see update below). The electronic compass, altitude and barometer functions are interesting extras but, if I'm honest, up to now I could have managed without them. I'm sure the altimeter and barometer would be more useful in the mountains than in the Suffolk countryside! I also considered the Garmin Forerunner series. Some of the Forerunners are quite cute but they are intended more for fitness training than navigation and the lack of an OS grid reference was the show stopper for me.

    I find that it is necessary to manually calibrate the altimeter at the start of every trip as it takes about an hour for the auto calibration to take effect.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By I. Carbonell on 29 Mar 2010
    I bought the 401 a month ago.
    Since got out of the box put the batteries and I was amazed of how easy to work it was.
    Good controls to operate when running or walking with one hand.
    Good fit in your wrist small enough to have it in your wrist but big enough screen to follow yourtraks, and bignumber easy to read.
    Very easy to download or upload traks from websites like wikilok or gpsies.
    You will need probably an accesory program like easy gps (you can download free from the web into your computer)
    Batteries last really more than 15 hours.
    So a great piece of gear very usefull for walking in the hills running, cycling,geocatching,etc.etc.
    And even indoors at home the signal is very good.
    I would recomend it.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hoare TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan 2010
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    I Spent a while on the Garmin website looking at the foretrex gps devices. Garmin's target market for this is all over the place; If you are in the military there are options for programming in your parachute jumps! If you are into running then the garmin connect website will let you track your exercise and plan more. I wanted a gps logger for my camera so I can record where photos were taken. I was not concerned about the size of the GPS; i would never wear a digital watch. It very big for a watch though; about the size 1/3 height of an iPhone and twice as thick which definitely prevent me from wearing it. i am going to leave it in my camera bag as a walk about. The Foretrex devices are small and the 300/400 use standard AAA batteries (Sanyo Eneloop AAA 4 Pack Batteries; i highly reccomend eneloop rechargeables as they keep their charge.) If i am visiting another city or wondering the country side the track back feature is also a big plus if you like to explore without a plan.

    The benefit for me of the 3/401 over the 1/200 series is the integrated USB and the easy way of synching the data back onto your Mac (or PC.) The Foretrex 401 mounts itself as a hard drive and you can copy the garmin track files onto your hard drive. If you are using google earth these import straight in without any utitlies which is another great feature.

    4 Stars because it wont do live GPS over the USB cable which would have allowed it work with google earth on the move, the menu system is a bit crazy and the supplied manual is terrible - doesnt explain all the options under setup for a start.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Otto Meth-cohn on 30 Dec 2013
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    I have one of the original Garmin Foretrex 201, wrist- mounted GPSs. It is absolutely brilliant and has accompanied me faultlessly on countless walks and cycle rides in all kinds of weather over many years. Sadly, one of the rubber facings on the buttons wore away and the machine showed signs of old age - like me.
    Reluctantly I bought the latest version recently in case my 201 packed up. What a mistake!! Let me list it's faults:
    1. It now uses AA batteries, which need regular replacement, unlike the utterly reliable rechargable battery, which lasts more than 2 days per charge
    2. It has a very fiddly UBS socket rather than the excellent cradle (albeit serial) connection. I'm fairly sure that the rubber facing of this socket will not outlast the GPS which would mean a useless GPS. In time.
    3. Uploading and downloading routes - I use Memory Maps - is tedious, slow and unpredictable. It often seems to not recognise that it is connected to the computer! It also hates downloading a Track, which often only partly appears on the GPS. Altogether this is frustrating and totally unlike the user-friendly 201 which always behaves impeccably.
    4. In use the 401, despite all it's extra bells & whistles (which are generally no big benefit at all) is a pain. Whatever the setting it doesn't seem to enjoy showing a downloaded route 'always ahead' as you walk. Sometimes it does - sometimes it doesn't.
    In all, I'm sorry to say this device is a disaster. Can we have a nice, simple, user-friendly 201 back please? I also use another make of GPS that allows incorporation of mapping, which while useful, is nowhere near as handy as the simple 201.
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