Garmin Foretrex 201 Handheld Reviews
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Garmin Foretrex 201 Handheld

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  • FORERUNNER 301: The ultimate tracking device?

    Apr 19, 2005 by theuerkorn is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Electronics
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: GPS based track record, heart rate monitor, basic GPS function, training programs, PC link
    Cons: Spotty GPS reliability in thick forest, one user only, chest strap unreliable, useless indoors

    Summary: The Garmin Forerunner 301 is the latest gadgetry in fitness accessories. Heart rate monitors (HRM) like the ones from Polar are common these days. Garmin offered until recently everything but heart rate. With the 301 the GPS based Forerunner (101 or 201) ... read more

  • This GPS watch is a MUST for runners !

    Apr 3, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Super-accurate, great battery life, easy to use.
    Cons: Garmin 201 Size may annoy some. 

    Summary: I bought the Garmin 201 after my old Timex Ironman GPS watch gave up the ghost.  I wish my Timex had died years ago.  The Garmin is FAR superior.The most obvious advantages to this unit are the lack of required arm-band (which doesn't ... read more

  • keep on track without having to carry a brick!

    Aug 22, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: device definitely helps in the motivation stakes of personal fitness
    Cons: wouldn't recommend this unit for navigational purposes. It could in theory support/be some use though...

    Summary: A small GSP, for those who don't necessarily wish to associate the ability to keep on track with having to carry a brick around with them; its actually connected to the wrist - via a wrist strap in the same way as a watch, and its not much larger! I ... read more

  • Git 'R Done

    Jul 26, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Instant feedback for HR, distance and pace
    Cons: Somewhat bulky, HR is spotty

    Summary: The Garmin Forerunner 301 gets the job done. Plain and simple. My wife bought me this for Christmas last year and I have worn it on every run since. I just hit 900 miles since Dec.26. I am in the middle of training for my 4th marathon in December in ... read more

  • Garmin 201: Don't Leave Home Without It!

    Jan 23, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great training tool; fairly accurate; easy to use
    Cons: Loses GPS signal occasionally. Software doesn't work with Apple computers

    Summary: Let me start by saying, I'm not one for gadgets. I'm not good at them, and frankly, I don't need them. So I was not particularly excited when my husband bought me this device for my birthday. I am an avid runner, but was always happy with a pair of ... read more

  • Ditto Previous 2 Reviews

    Oct 22, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: No foot pedometer (pod)to wear on your shoe.
    Cons: Heart rate monitor(HRM)imperfect in performance. Trees and buildings do impact the GPS signal.

    Summary: I have been using the Garmin 301 since June-05 on almost all my training runs. I have not been too disappointed in the GPS tracking system. I ran a marathon recently that started in the city. I thought the FR301 wasn't going to lock onto a satellite ... read more

  • Garmin Forerunner 201 GPS Receiver: Worth the Cost to Track Your Performance?

    Jul 8, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, accurate, lightweight, options
    Cons: Takes some getting used to, software could be better

    Summary: I have always used some method to try to track my performance while working out. Almost all of my workouts are performed outside and it is not always easy to determine how far or fast I have covered the territory. I have used numerous pedometers, but ... read more

  • Great for any level of runner

    Apr 7, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ease of use great features and accuracy
    Cons: loss of signal in wooded areas, or around skyscrapers "rather" bulky size

    Summary: ***UPDATES ARE AVALIABLE AT THE END OF THIS REVIEW: The Garmin Forerunner 201 GPS Receiver is the perfect running companion when you finally get tired or running indoors, on a treadmill, or when it's just too nice to be inside. Just last night I was ... read more

  • Forerunner..best running invention since shoes

    Feb 24, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Simple to use, accurate, easy to read, not too heavy
    Cons: Very limited problem with calorie reading

    Summary: I bought my Forerunner Dec 26 (Thanks for the cash, Santa) and it has been an awesome purchase. I use it for all of my outdoor runs. I had heard a ton of reviews talking about how hard it was to get or keep a signal, and I have found the opposite to ... read more

  • Good product....for the most part.

    Jan 26, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Compact, easy to use GPS, with some really cool features.
    Cons: Loss of signal in heavy urban areas, serial port interface.

    Summary: I purchased the Forerunner 201 mainly for my wife to aid her in training for a 60km (40 miles) walk to fund Breast Cancer. As she gradually walks more and more each outing, she wanted to know exactly how far she was going, and how fast of pace she was ... read more

  • I love it!

    Dec 10, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Large face, easy to read. Accurate pacing and distance. Record-keeping software available.
    Cons: Can only be used outdoors (GPS satellite). Bigger than normal watch but doesn't bother me.

    Summary: I bought my Garmin Forerunner 201 for two reasons: first,I needed help with my pacing (I've run nearly 60 races at distances from 5K through marathon). I also wanted to know how far I've traveled on unmarked roads and trails, and in races. I was less ... read more

  • Great Training Tool

    Dec 8, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great way to track your daily, weekly, annual mileage
    Accurate tracking
    Lots of features
    Cons: No frills Logbook software
    Will lose signal in certain conditions

    Summary: I've had my Forerunner for just about a year. I've used it for almost every run that I've been on and have logged over 600 miles on it. PROS Great way to track your daily, weekly, annual mileage I mainly use the Forerunner to track my ... read more

  • When it's on, it's on - when it's not, what's the point?!

    Dec 7, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Battery life, functions, user-friendly, awesome when it works
    Cons: Weak GPS signal, heavy/bulky on wrist, really frustrating when it loses signal

    Summary: 2006 update: The thing broke after I left it outside in the cold for a few days, b/c I had to do that in order to get a signal active before going running (the alternative is to stand outside, still, in the cold, for 5 minutes, before you start moving). ... read more

  • Garmin Forerunner 201: Great Idea, but needs more work

    Sep 21, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Light weight; easy to read; compact; easy to use; Good software
    Cons: Inaccurate pace measurement; loses reception; uses a serial cable interface for PC(vs USB); moisture intrusion

    Summary: Garmin offers a product that many distance athletes have been waiting for. The forerunner 201 comes in a relatively inexpensive, light weight, and easy to use package. I purchased mine for $140.00 from a Marine Corps Exchange only to find it two days ... read more

  • ForeRunner 201 World's Greatest Pedometer and More

    Aug 20, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very reasonably priced. Wear on wrist. Many functions
    Cons: Need clear view of the sky.

    Summary: If you are one who, after taking a walk or bike ride, got on your car, retraced the route and guessed how far you had gone (I'm describing myself :-)), you will love to have the Forerunner 201. The Forerunner 201 is so much more than just a pedometer. ... read more

  • Exciting Idea But Did Not Work For Me

    Jul 4, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: When it functions as intended, it is everything advertised
    Cons: Lack of reliability due to signal strength and normal neighborhood trees

    Summary: I purchased the Forerunner 201 on June 12th from REI and paid $150. With great excitement, I set it up according to instructions, and then set out to measure all of the great runs and bike rides I have been doing for years to see exactly how far all ... read more

  • Great idea, but receiver is too weak

    Jun 21, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice package, lots of features
    Cons: GPS receiver is too weak. Unit has lots of trouble receiving satellites in tree areas.

    Summary: Having experience with a Garmin GPSMAP 12 handheld GPS unit I thought any product built by Garmin would be of highest quality and reliability. I purchased the Forerunner 201 about 1 month ago. After running on treed streets and bike paths with the ... read more

  • Be Aware: The Garmin Forerunner may not work in all areas. YMMV

    Jun 12, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to read features; Virtual training partner capability; Relatively lightweight.
    Cons: Device doesn't work in all areas causing data inaccuracy for pace and distance.

    Summary: I purchased the The Garmin Forerunner 201 after reading many of these reviews. The attributes of this device are well known and have been summarized extremely well by the other reviews on this page (so I won't repeat them again). As a caveat, I only ... read more

  • Garmin Forerunner 201/Excellent Training Tool

    May 9, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything about this tool is top notch for the serious outdoor trainer.
    Cons: It has same limitations that effect all GPS receivers using the worldwide GPS system.

    Summary: The Garmin Forerunner is an excellent training tool for all outdoor runners, inline skaters and cyclists. Using the 12 GPS satellites orbiting the earth, it uses triangulation to keep exact track of your position, speed, distance traveled etc. This ... read more

  • Outstanding Training Aid

    Apr 3, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Features and ease of use.
    Cons: Logbook software features are primitive.

    Summary: Wow, this thing is awesome. Itís great to determine exact distances of your runs and average pace. The GPS signal takes a minute or two to capture after I go outside, so I just start it up and begin my stretches while I wait. I run early in the ... read more

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