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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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Style Name: With Compass & Barometric Altimeter
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.3 x 7.4 cm ; 86 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 010-00777-00
  • Date first available at 7 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,621 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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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

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    Style Name: With Compass & Barometric Altimeter
    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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    I bought this item to log how many miles I was doing when training for a cross-channel sea kayak trip and it did the job perfectly. I had considered the 401 version which has features concerning height climbed/descended but as I hadn't intended making any steep descents off waterfalls I opted for the cheaper version.

    This device would best serve the following people:

    Runners, Orienteerers, Cyclists, Canoeists wanting to measure their performance
    Ramblers, Hikers et al wanting to get a quick grid reference to support navigation
    Military Patrol Leaders

    Some of my observations:

    Seems to be well constructed and splashproof. I didn't try submerging it whilst kayaking.

    The battery life is very good and uses two AAA batteries, easy to change them too.

    Strap is very small, it does come with an extension strap and for anyone but those with the most skinniest wrists I would recommend using it.

    Night light is good and screen is easy to read in low light/no light conditions

    Satellite acquisition time is very quick (about 5-10 secs) or slightly longer if in a new location

    It has a standard mini-USB connection for use with your computer. It easily sync'd up with Base Camp (Garmin's free software) where you can plot out your waypoints on a digital map and then upload onto the device. It also allows you to download all your track data from the 301 onto your computer. I used this feature to then plot my tracks in Google Earth and make a video.

    You can't put maps on this device (just in case anyone thought you could).

    As well as coordinates and time it collects, altitude, speed and heading data when logging tracks. Great for analysing performance.
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    Style Name: Standard
    I bought the Garmin Foretrex 301 as a basic navigation device and to help me keep a track on my walks. I'm training for the Three Peaks Challenge in Yorkshire and wanted a way of working out distance, elevation gained and avearge moving speed etc - the Foretrex does this and more.

    As a GPS unit - it is very basic. You enter waypoints manually into the unit or download GPX files and copy them into the appropriate folder in the unit then just navigate from waypoint to waypoint. The onboard trip computer gives you the statistics you need, at least those I need. When connected to a computer (and I would like to say this unit works perfectly with a Mac running Snow Leopard), you can upload details of your latest walk into MyGarmin, where your route is transposed over a Google map along with terrain etc. Graphic representations of altitude are shown (GPS altitude readings are perfectly satisfactory) and all of your trip time, walking time, speeds and averages are displayed and saved for future reference.

    With mapping applications such as RouteBuddy and Anquet (this works with Anquet - Mac version coming soon), you can plan your walks on your computer at home then upload all the waypoints straight into the Foretrex through the USB port. I really like this gadget - it does what it says on the box without any fuss at all. GPS accuracy is really good and while everybody says always use a map and compass, I'd say, take them as a backup because using a Foretrex really makes the aforementioned items redundant in most cases.

    Battery life is good with rechargeable or Duracell batteries, my only complaint is that the wrist strap is a little harsh - velcro thingy and gets a little uncomfortable sometimes. Even with this minor complaint I award 5 stars for this great little device.
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